Steel Bolts, Self-drilling Screws, Lag Shield and Drywall Screw Price List

Average steel hex bolts, steel self-drilling screws, steel lag shields and drywall screw price list in the Philippines.

The price listed here are for pick-up prices only. Delivery costs, VAT and other extra charges are excluded.

Note that this price list is just a guide. Prices differ per region. What’s reflected here isn’t true for every locations in the Philippines.

Steel Hex Bolt Price List.

Steel Hex Bolt DescriptionUnitPrice (PhP)
1/4x 1/2pc9.00
1/4x 3/4pc9.00
1/4x 1pc9.00
1/4x 1-1/4pc13.50
1/4x 1-1/2pc16.00
1/4x 1-3/4pc18.10
1/4x 2pc18.10
1/4x 2-1/2pc22.60
1/4x 3pc27.20
5/16x 3/4pc16.10
5/16x 1pc20.90
5/16 1-1/4pc22.70
5/16x 1-1/2pc22.70
5/16x 1-3/4pc27.20
5/16x 2pc36.30
5/16x 2-1/2pc36.30
5/16x 3pc40.80
5/16x 3-1/2pc45.30
3/8x 1pc27.20
3/8x 1-1/4pc31.70
3/8x 1-1/2pc36.30
3/8x 1-3/4pc45.30
3/8x 2pc45.30
3/8x 2-1/2pc59.00
3/8x 3-1/2pc59.00
3/8x 3pc59.00

Steel Lag Shield and Fender Washer Price List.

Fender Washer and Lag Shield DescriptionUnitPrice (PhP)
5/16x 1-1/4 Fender Washerspc18.20
1/2x 4-1/2 Hex Head Lag Screwspc181.20
5/16 Short 1/2 Lag Shieldpc58.90
5/16 Long 1/2 Lag Shieldpc67.00
3/8 Short 5/8 Lag Shieldpc99.70
3/8 Long 5/8 Lag Shieldpc113.30
1/4 Short 1/2 Lag Shieldpc45.30
1/4 Long 1/2 Lag Shieldpc59.00
1/2 Short 1/4 Lag Shieldpc135.90
1/2 Long 3/4 Lag Shieldpc163.10

Self-Drilling Screw Price List.

Self-Drilling Screws DescriptionUnitPrice (PhP)
12-14x 1-1/2 Self-Drilling Screwpc36.30
12-14x 2 Self-Drilling Screwpc45.30
1/4-14x 1-1/2 Self-Drilling Screwpc45.30
1/4-14x 2 Self-Drilling Screwpc59.00
No.6 Nylon Junior Self-Drilling Anchorpc41.00
No.8 Nylon Junior Self-Drilling Anchorpc59.00

Drywall Screw Price List.

Drywall Screws DescriptionUnitPrice (PhP)
6 x 1 Drywall Screwspc4.60
6 x 1-1/4 Drywall Screwspc6.80
6 x 1-5/8 Drywall Screwspc6.80
6 x 2 Drywall Screwspc9.10
8 x 2-1/2 Drywall Screwspc7.25
8 x 3 Drywall Screwspc16.00

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How to Keep Your House Safe from Fire Philippines

Fire-prevention month is being celebrated in the Philippines every March. This month is especially selected because this is the time of the year with the highest tallied fire incidents in the country. March is when the country is apparently at its warmest.

Seize the opportunity should the BFP offers fire safety awareness program in your location. They give valuable fire prevention techniques and fire safety protection. The knowledge that they provide is truly worth your time.

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To help our mighty fire officers from the Bureau of Fire Protection, we decided to create a post about fire prevention and fire safety.

Here is the list of fire preventive measures to keep your house away from disastrous fire.

  • Ensure That Your House Planning and Construction Adheres to Fire Safety Protocols

Main reason why building permit and other building documents are required before construction of building for this reason. A house or commercial establishment should be well-built, sound, and it has to have access in case of fire emergencies. Certain parts of a house are intended for emergency evacuation should there be fire incidents and only professionals can give you advice about where to locate these.

Be sure to approach the right professionals when building and planning your homes.  This is an investment that can never go wrong.

  • Use Quality and Non-substandard Construction Materials

Quality materials [not necessarily the most expensive ones] passed certain tests and have undergone proper manufacturing processes. These quality tests check if the material can withstand the pressure, load, rating, or whatever unit of measurement a material will be subjected into.

On the other hand, substandard material, as the word entails, is substandard. Meaning, it wasn’t subjected to quality tests which proves it is even safe for use. How do you know if one is a quality material and one is sub-standard? Ask the supplier for certificates. If the supplier can show you legitimate certificates for those tests, then, you should be fine. Second obvious sign for substandard material is the price. If the cost of the construction material is too low compared to the average market price, then most likely, that material is an imitation or substandard.

  • Do Not Overload Electric Circuits

Electric outlet has certain electrical load it can carry. High powered appliances that require higher power normally have different type of outlet than the typical duplex outlets you see in walls. In example, air conditioning. In a typical house setting, you wouldn’t want to plug in your air-conditioning system in a typical duplex outlet as it requires certain electrical ratings. It even has its own circuit breaker in the panel.

DO NOT, by any means, carelessly put into habit plugging high-powered appliances like microwave, electric stove, and other similar appliances into a typical wall outlet when you are not sure if it can carry its electrical load. Ask a professional before doing so. Be informed that most wall outlets are in the same circuit line. Plugging two or more high-powered appliances at the same time (commonly called circuit overloading) may cause electrical failure caused by heated wirings or conduits, which would eventually cause fire. These wirings are typically embedded in walls or floors, so, you wouldn’t see any signs of failing electrical wirings except when it already exploded.

  • Keep and Regularly Inspect Fire Suppression and Alarm Tools

One would not know when a fire incident might happen that is why fire prevention equipment and fire alarms are a must-have in every household. Basic tools like a fire extinguisher and fire alarm are important and you should know where it is placed. Normally, fire extinguishers are placed in kitchen where we cook as most residential fire starts in the kitchen.

There should also be regular inspection for these fire suppression and alarm tools. It should be functional and ready in case of emergency. Check the equipment and the fire safety procedures its technician shows when you purchase it. Be informed how often to inspect these fire suppression and alarm equipment.

  • Educate Children and Yourselves About Fire

Children, when briefed at a young age about fire (and not to play with it) is a life saver. It is the responsibility of the adult in the household to educate children about the risk and peril fire can bring when not used properly.

When you can, attend the free seminar the government is providing. Some dos and don’ts, myths and facts, are discussed in there. You can even interactively ask professional firemen about your concerns. Who knows, you might discover things that you thought were beneficial but turns out to be detrimental in managing fire.

  • Keep Fire Hazard Materials in a Proper Place

Educating children doesn’t stop in keeping fire incidents from happening, adults should also put fire hazard materials like gasoline, paints, lighters, matches and the like in a proper storage place away from the children. When adults are away, children tend to imitate what they see in the movies and play like cooking. Fire prevention is better than firefighting. A simple diligence in keeping flammable things in order may save your house from fire.

Fire prevention is easy when one is committed to really prevent it. Equip yourselves with fire prevention techniques and educate your household about fire safety. Fire is a tool that should help better our lives by cooking and run our machineries. It should not be a venue for our valuables to be damaged just because of simple mistake or misinformation.

Standard Overhead Kitchen Cabinet Construction Cost

How much will an overhead kitchen cabinet cost? We get that inquiry a lot. Glad we are able to find time to finally create a post about it. A sample kitchen cabinet plan below comes with the materials breakdown with price cost and possible labor cost for it to be constructed. We hope this guide helps you.

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Before we proceed with the sample plan, remember that there are three main factors that affect the price of a fixed overhead cabinet are the following:

Material Used

Ordinary plywood will cost less compared with marine plywood. Normally, the more durable and aesthetically better the cabinet is, the more expensive it will be. It is good to use ¾” inch thickness of plywood, MDF (Medium-Density Fiberboard), marine plywood, or whatever material you want to use depending on your budget. Some uses aluminum cabinets as it’s easy to clean and it doesn’t attract termites as well.

You can also use fancy plywood or decorative plywood. This type of plywood is laminated with decorative hardwood designs on the outer faces. This plywood generally is more expensive, apparently two to five times the price of that ordinary plywood since you wouldn’t need to paint it. If your budget is a bit tight, better use marine plywood and paint it. But then, using marine plywood would require more time considering you would need to putty, sand and wait for paint’s drying time.

Dimensions and Length

This is no brainer. The bigger the cabinet is, the more material it requires for it to be finished. The more materials a cabinet needs, the pricier it will be. Your local cabinet contractor may have standard dimensions and length accompanied with its cost so just ask them for one.

If you are to create your own design, make sure that the dimension and lengths corresponds with what’s in the floor plan. Check your kitchen area plan. Anticipate in advance the height of the sink’s splashboard, the distance of the bottom of the overhead cabinet and the kitchen sink, including the height of the ceiling. What you need to know are the dimensions (L x W x H) of the overhead kitchen or pantry cabinet leaving enough spaces for you to move around below it but not clashing with the ceiling or any protruded sprinklers or lighting fixtures.

Complexity and Design

L-shaped cabinets will require more time to be constructed than I-shaped ones. Of course, the more difficult a cabinet design is, the costlier it will be to be completed. Better save your out-of-this-world designs and opt to minimalist and simpler ones to save some bucks.

Plan and control the things that will be placed inside it. Say, condiments, plates, your favorite ramen noodles, including appliances like microwave. If you’ll put any appliances in it, make sure that the electrical outlets are all laid out and installed before the cabinet installation. The electrical outlets should correspond to the location of the appliances. Ask your contractor if this is included in their package.

Painting works also plays a role in the kitchen cabinet construction. The more complicated the painting design is, the pricier it will be and the more time it will take to complete it since painting requires two or three coats which needs drying time. Some people we know with tight budget just go for the base cabinet and they are the ones who installs waterproof wallpaper, saving some money if properly done right. Otherwise, just hire a professional to do finishing works as you are sure with the quality of the work.

This overhead cabinet sample is constructed with the following material.

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Material DescriptionPrice (PhP)No. of UnitsTotal Amount (PhP)
Marine Local Plywood – 3/4″ 1,350.0022,700
Marine Local Plywood – 1/2″ (for back portion, may be omitted)795.001795.00
Hydraulic Inset Concealed Hinges280.0082,240.00
Common Nails – 1/2 Kilo40.00140.00
Wooden Handle25.004100.00
Heavy Duty L-Brackets (Shelf Bracket)160.004640.00
Wood Glue – 500g67.00167.00
Sandpaper16.008128.00
Body Filler w/ Hardener – Gallon573.001573.00
Paint Primer & Sealer White – Gal579.001579.00
Paint Brush & Roller109.001109.00
GRAND TOTAL>>>7,971.00

Total Materials Cost at PhP 7,971.00

These are the prices we’ve canvassed, but we found some items that are more affordable from THIS SHOP.

Please double check on the capacity of the L-brackets or shelf brackets though, we need the heavy duty one.

In the Philippines if the cabinet construction bulk, we call it locally as “pakyawan” cost at around P800.00-P1,500 per sheet (by sheet, we mean 4’ x 8’), including tools and equipment. If painted, add P200.00 – P600. The labor price may or may not be true per location, some highly urbanized area costs more than that. Other locations cost less. Since there are three sheets of plywood above, the total labor cost including their tools and equipment is PhP 800 x 3 = PhP2,400.00. Add PhP 200.00 x 3 = PhP 600.00 for the painting with a total Labor Cost of PhP 3,000.00 (minimum, may be higher).

Total Construction Cost of PhP 10,971.00 (Labor + Tools and Materials Cost only, delivery fee and other charges not included)

If you have the right tools and skills to do overhead kitchen or pantry cabinet DIY, then do it. If ever you are looking for professional tools, you may want to check this. On the other hand, if you do not have any skills and exposure building one, then please, check your local area if there are experienced and professional contractors that do modular cabinets or just cabinets. You can never go wrong hiring the right people because you are sure with the quality of the work. If you’re inexperienced, your DIY might be a disaster work, wasting your own materials, energy and time.

Remember, this is just a basic cabinet design and only a guide. If something in the above cabinet materials breakdown or costs conflicts with the idea of your prospect cabinet contractor, please believe in them. They know what they are doing.

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Do You Have Leftover Construction Materials? Don’t Throw it Away!

Did you recently have a construction project and you have tons of leftover or scrap construction materials to dispose of?

Check this post if you want to make some few bucks out of it and rather than throw it away. This is also perfect for the “kuripot” or cheeseparing people who wants to get something out of the expenses already made, nothing “must be thrown away” attitude it is!

These are just guides. Although not everything written is practiced per country, we hope that you will have an idea on how to make money recycling some excess construction materials you have.

1.) What to do with Leftover Reinforcing Bars

If say, you have tons of one-foot length left reinforcing bars, you can use those for dowels. Dowel bars are used to connect two non-homogenous concrete to reduce faulting. In other words, dowels help in reducing cracking by transferring the load across the entire concrete joints.

Other contractors save it for window or door openings. Corners of openings need reinforcement to prevent it from cracking. Even slab openings for stairs uses reinforcing bars also called as “corner wall bars” to prevent corner openings from cracking. Check your structural code if this is needed in your location.

If you have enough materials for round or square reinforcing bars, you can always use it for stair railings or window railings.

If what you have are lengths that are too small to be of use, then, better collect it all and ship it to your nearest junk shop. No matter how tiny, since junkshops buy it per kilogram, you can always sell it away.

2.) What to do with Leftover Cement

Normally, the shelf life of cement is around three months. Some contractor deliberately orders excess cement for patching purposes. Leftover cement may be used for patching holes that is punched by aircon contractor for the HVAC pipes.

For too much cement excess, you may want to use it for landscaping. Hire a skilled worker to create something nice about leftover cement, say, foot bricks for porch or backyard. You may also it to build your DIY barbeque or grilling station.

3.) What to do with Leftover Gravel and Sand

You can use your excess gravel for downspout openings. Course earth filling like gravel help in distributing the load of rushing rain water to your catch or area basin that causes soil caving. You can add some gravel in your catch basin or area drain as a means of filter as well. They help filter larger objects that may clogged stormwater line allowing only water to pass through.

For sand, you can use it for masonry and tiling works. Hopefully you won’t have too much excess sand left as sand serves as a base material for concreting works. It needs to come in with cement to create something useful. Always ask your contractor if he/she double checked the quantity of aggregates requested to lessen mistakes of too much wastage.

4.) What to do with Leftover Tiles

If you have few untouched tiles, better keep it for spare purposes. You wouldn’t know if the contractor did a good job with your tiling installation. It’s better to have some spare in case those tiles pops. Tiling industry is fast-paced and tile designs now may not be available in the next few years.

If what you have are chipped, cracked, or tiny portions of different designs, you may use it as random tiling for pathways or garage. Some contractors can do this in an excellent way, but, other also do this too messy so better do this with care. Skilled tilers even do balcony or terrace out of random tiles and they do it in a really good way. Some tilers also install random chipped tile for foot bath in swimming pools. Or perhaps lavatory or sink for dirty kitchens.

5.) What to do with Leftover Wood

With enough good quality hard wood, some furniture shops buy it. They are using it to make centerpieces, doors, frames, and others.

You can also do this DIY. If you have enough time, tools, and you are into doing this stuff, you can create good-looking wall decorations out of leftover woods. You can also create stair railings if you have too much wood excess. That way, you may even ditch the steel railings and just use the excess wood for railings, shell-out a few bucks if the remaining wood materials is not enough. You can save some serious money in there.

You can also use this to do tables and chairs for your garage or balcony. Or perhaps, some tiny toys for your kids to play.

6.) What to do with Leftover Plywood

Leftover high-quality plywood may be used as tiny chairs and table for children. When properly cured and painted, others were able to use it as service area / laundry chairs. Other people also use plywood leftover, with thickness of half inch or thicker in building pet houses for dogs, cats, pigeons, and others.

Others, with skills and tools, uses plywood for wall hang open storage and bookshelves. Just buy some brackets, or hidden brackets, attach it to the walls using rented tools, then you have wall hang extra storage. All for a tiny bucks and time investments.

7.) What to do with Leftover Glass Cuttings

Very common in the Philippines, Filipinos tend to use glass cuttings, say, cut jalousie windows over fences which serves to deter burglars. Other people even deliberately destroy glass bottles for this “anti-climb” measure for fences alone.

Don’t forget to use safety protection and gears when dealing with glasses as they are sharp and brittle it can easily cut you without you knowing. Tiny shreds can also get easily into eyes which is catastrophic!

8.) What to do with Leftover PVC Pipes

We hope you do not have too much excess PVC materials as there are not much to do with scrap PVC pipes. If you still have functional length that can be used for sanitary or water line, better check for online buy and sell groups if there is someone willing to buy it (normally in bulk). Buy and sell groups online provide better resale value than your local junkshops.

Otherwise, just like some of the materials on top, you can always sell it rather than throw it.

If you have tremendous amount of leftover materials, you may want to invest for some professional tools. Check this link as we’ve found some great deal at 50% off!

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There are hazardous construction materials that is better thrown away than recycled. Some of which are asbestos, lead-based paint and construction materials that are proven to be carcinogenic.  If you want to keep these things (advisable to be disposed-off properly anyway), better lock it in a secured and dry storage room to keep it away from playing children.

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We hope you were able to get some ideas as to what to do with scrap construction materials. It is ideal to not have any scrap construction materials at all but then it is hard to just attain it. Let us do our part in helping the world’s temperature at bay by somehow limiting our carbon footprint our own way.

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Region 12 – Metal Works Materials Prices

Common materials prices for truss works, steel-stairs and everything related to Metal Works for Region 12 (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong and Kidapawan). It also comes with corresponding prices of common hardware for steel works.

The price listed here are for pick-up prices only. Delivery costs, VAT and other extra charges are excluded.

METAL WORKS – REGION 12

MATERIALS DESCRIPTIONUNITPRICES (PhP)
Milled Steel Plates Checked FY36kg57.72
Milled Steel Plates FY36kg 59.48
Steel Sheet Stainlesskg 215.33
Bridge Rollers and Rockerspc4,531.83
Pins and Pin Holes FY60kg 100.31
Sliding Bearingkg 4,153.97
Structural Steel Angular Bar (A36)kg 67.18
Structural Steel Channel Bar (A36)kg 68.34
Structural Steel Square Bar (A36)kg 68.23
Structural Steel I-Beam (A36)kg 68.64
Strutural Steel Wide Flange (A36)kg 69.64
Rivets High Tensionkg 163.49
Washers High Tensionkg 154.66
Cork Expansion Joint Filler (.019m x 1.2m x 2.44m)pc675.20
Bolts High Tensionkg 552.13

HARDWARE – REGION 12

MATERIALS DESCRIPTIONUNITPRICES
Anchor Bolts w/ Nuts and Washerkg168.14
Machine Bolts w/ Nuts and Washerkg139.14
Tension Rods (38mm D)ln.ft.340.99
Tension Rods (16mm D)ln.ft. 56.40
Tension Rods (19mm D)ln.ft. 170.05
Turn Buckles (12.7mm D)pc94.85
Turn Buckles (16mm D)pc163.50
Turn Buckles (19mm D)pc219.90
W.I. Strapkg76.99
Hinge (50mm x 101mm)pr74.21
Door Locks (Schlage or Equivalent) set1,513.38
Automatic Door Closer (Yale or Equivalent)set2,950.12
Steel Cablekg131.84
Steel Grating Framekg97.36

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Region 11 – Metal Works Materials Prices

Common materials prices for truss works, steel-stairs and everything related to Metal Works for Region 11 (Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental and Compostela Valley). It also comes with corresponding prices of common hardware for steel works.

The price listed here are for pick-up prices only. Delivery costs, VAT and other extra charges are excluded.

METAL WORKS – REGION 11

MATERIALS DESCRIPTIONUNITPRICES (PhP)
Milled Steel Plates Checked FY36kg55.88
Milled Steel Plates FY36kg 55.01
Steel Sheet Stainlesskg 132.10
Bridge Rollers and Rockerspc4,711.82
Pins and Pin Holes FY60kg 85.67
Sliding Bearingkg 5,209.17
Structural Steel Angular Bar (A36)kg 55.89
Structural Steel Channel Bar (A36)kg 55.89
Structural Steel Square Bar (A36)kg 55.89
Structural Steel I-Beam (A36)kg 55.89
Strutural Steel Wide Flange (A36)kg 55.89
Rivets High Tensionkg 176.71
Washers High Tensionkg 175.71
Cork Expansion Joint Filler (.019m x 1.2m x 2.44m)pc861.31
Bolts High Tensionkg 150.09

HARDWARE – REGION 11

MATERIALS DESCRIPTIONUNITPRICES
Anchor Bolts w/ Nuts and Washerkg34.31
Machine Bolts w/ Nuts and Washerkg101.15
Tension Rods (38mm D)ln.ft.52.17
Tension Rods (16mm D)ln.ft. 24.36
Tension Rods (19mm D)ln.ft. 30.46
Turn Buckles (12.7mm D)pc160.57
Turn Buckles (16mm D)pc184.85
Turn Buckles (19mm D)pc231.70
W.I. Strapkg60.89
Hinge (50mm x 101mm)pr85.23
Door Locks (Schlage or Equivalent) set1,593.16
Automatic Door Closer (Yale or Equivalent)set2,791.77
Steel Cablekg120.12
Steel Grating Framekg85.37

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Region 10 – Metal Works Materials Prices

Common materials prices for truss works, steel-stairs and everything related to Metal Works for Region 10 (Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao Del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental). It also comes with corresponding prices of common hardware for steel works.

The price listed here are for pick-up prices only. Delivery costs, VAT and other extra charges are excluded.

METAL WORKS – REGION 10

MATERIALS DESCRIPTIONUNITPRICES (PhP)
Milled Steel Plates Checked FY36kg63.48
Milled Steel Plates FY36kg 65.80
Steel Sheet Stainlesskg 198.46
Bridge Rollers and Rockerspc4,854.01
Pins and Pin Holes FY60kg 71.18
Sliding Bearingkg 4,822.02
Structural Steel Angular Bar (A36)kg 70.96
Structural Steel Channel Bar (A36)kg 69.25
Structural Steel Square Bar (A36)kg 70.55
Structural Steel I-Beam (A36)kg 72.35
Strutural Steel Wide Flange (A36)kg 72.67
Rivets High Tensionkg 169.74
Washers High Tensionkg 165.31
Cork Expansion Joint Filler (.019m x 1.2m x 2.44m)pc718.92
Bolts High Tensionkg 177.50

HARDWARE – REGION 10

MATERIALS DESCRIPTIONUNITPRICES
Anchor Bolts w/ Nuts and Washerkg41.29
Machine Bolts w/ Nuts and Washerkg43.79
Tension Rods (38mm D)ln.ft.19.35
Tension Rods (16mm D)ln.ft. 25.48
Tension Rods (19mm D)ln.ft. 36.64
Turn Buckles (12.7mm D)pc104.46
Turn Buckles (16mm D)pc154.06
Turn Buckles (19mm D)pc210.20
W.I. Strapkg70.25
Hinge (50mm x 101mm)pr74.46
Door Locks (Schlage or Equivalent) set1,064.54
Automatic Door Closer (Yale or Equivalent)set1,626.66
Steel Cablekg147.89
Steel Grating Framekg95.29

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How to Compute the Number of Tiles in Simple Words

Computing the total number of tiles may be frustrating to a typical person. With the rule of arithmetic, you’ll use more number of tiles if you use smaller tile size compared to that with bigger tile size.

Here are the things to remember when computing the number of tiles you’ll use for your bathroom, shower room, or comfort rooms, or just any flat surface you want to be tiled.

  • Use the Same Unit of Measurement

In simple words, if you use square-meter [sq.m.] when computing the area to be tiled, use square-meter [sq.m.] in calculating the area of the tile.

To get the correct total number of pieces of the tile, get the Area of the tile size and divide the area to be tiled by it. For simplicity, below are simple calculations.

The area of 0.20m x 0.20m is 0.04 sq.m. [0.2m x 0.2m = 0.04 sq.m. Area of the tile]

The area of 0.40m x  0.40m is 0.16 sq.m. [0.4m x 0.4m = 0.16 sq.m.Area of the tile]

If 0.20m x 0.20m is used, for the 10 sq.m. area of to be tiled, the total no. of pieces is:

If 0.40m x 0.40m is used, for the 10 sq.m. area of to be tiled, the total no. of pieces is:

Always check the unit of measurement. Suppliers in the Philippines sometimes use inches, feet, or cm. If the area to be tiled is in square-foot (sq.ft.) then calculate the Area of the Tile in sq.ft. The key is to use the SAME unit of measure for both of your calculations to be accurate.

In the example below, we’ll use a standard 1.5m height for the bathroom wall tile. The sizes are reflected in the example below. This is a typical Filipino bathroom with toilet and corresponding dimensions. The walls are flattened to be understood easily.

As you can see, the smaller the size of the tile is, the greater number of tiles you’ll use. It is because of the Area of the tiles as discussed above.

Tile with smaller size can be installed easily rather than the bigger ones. But since you’re going to use more of it, it sometimes wouldn’t matter much in actual. The bigger tiles are heavier and thicker compared to the smaller ones. Since, you cover more area with the bigger tiles, your tiler may complete the work faster compared to the smaller tile. This falls down again on how experienced the worker is. Ask your local tiler about these things.

  • Provide Wastage Allowance, but Not Too Much

Tile is brittle in nature. Depending on how skilled your hired installer is, he or she may break a tile or so. Also, wall corners with columns which may not be included in the area calculation is included in actual like the one in the picture below.  Provide a wastage allowance for these. Better yet, incorporate them in your tiling area computations.

Tiles in Column | Philcon Prices

Assuming you’ve calculated the Area to be Tiled accurately, a good wastage factor is 3%-5%. 10% is normally too much. If you need 100 pcs of tile, add around 3-5 pieces for wastage allowances.

Remember to not add too much allowance. If wastage factor is too high, or Area to be Tiled calculated is too high, there will be extra tiles that will be unused, thus, a waste of money. You may already have added allowances when you calculated the area to be tiled so use lower percentage factor when adding wastage allowance.

  • Don’t Forget to Subtract the Openings

Openings like doors and windows and vents, of course, won’t get tiled. Do not forget to subtract these openings in your calculations. Other people tend to factor out the openings which leads to excessive ordering of tiles.

For the tile adhesive, cement, sand and tile grout, just multiply the factors below with your estimated Area (sq.m.) to be Tiled. You may use this as your guide (but not as your sole basis) in determining how much tile grout is needed, or how many bags of tile adhesive you need. Hire a professional tiler to do this calculations for you if in doubt.

[Disclaimer! Use these factors like a grain of salt, as these are calculated with too high wastage factors].

Tile Adhesive [bag] : 0.125

Cement [bag] : 0.325

Sand [cu.m.] : 0.026

Tile Grout [bag] : 0.12

The condition of your floor also matters. If the flooring is not leveled, you may need additional or less mortars for your tiling works, thus, those factors above for the tile adhesive, cement, and sand may be inaccurate.

For the labor cost, it depends on how skilled the tiler is. Hire the ones with proven tracks records rather than the unskilled ones. It would just cost you a pain in the head if you penny-pinch the labor cost. Skilled workers normally do it per tile piece (depending on the tile size) or per area (sq.m. / sq.ft.). Prepare to spend around PhP300-500 per sq.m. for labor alone. [May be higher or lower depending on the location or how skilled the persons are].

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With these, a typical person should be able to calculate the materials needed to tile their floor or wall. But, a friendly advice, hire a professional so you can ask them directly. They can always give you a better explanation on how this stuff are conceived. You can never go wrong hiring one.

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Ten Natural Ways to Make Your House Cooler This Summer

Some people may not afford an air conditioning system so this one’s for you. Here are the tips and tricks to make your house cooler the natural way. This post is also for people searching for a solution to do something about the heat inside your rooms. We know you are now bracing for the summer, so beat the heat!

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1.) Plant Trees Outside

This may not solve the house heat problem right away, but this one’s a good investment. Five or 10 years, you’ll eventually feel your room or house colder even without air conditioning provided that the tree is strategically placed to block the sunlight. Just make sure you don’t plant the seedling too near in the exterior wall so it won’t poise problem with your house foundation.

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2.) Ventilate with Outside Air

Most of the time, outside air is colder compared to that of your indoor air. Indoor air is congested with body heat, kitchen heat and dust particle that floats in the air even without you knowing. Ventilating your house with outside air may solve your heat problems inside your home. Go open those window openings and doors. Make sure you have also invested some window and door screens to keep the mosquitos from entering your house.

3.) Paint Walls with Light Colors

Did you know black walls absorb more heat compared to that of lighter colors? Yes, Dark walls tend to play a role in making your inside air presumably hotter. You may want to head to the hardware store this weekend and buy for some lighter wall paint.

4.) Block Direct Sunlight

This is no brainer. Direct sunlight that comes inside your home contribute to it being warm. Use thick but light curtain for this. You may also want to tint that window of yours. By doing this, you can feel your indoor air colder right away. Check this store as they have one of the best curtains there is.

5.) Rehydrate

During summer season, it is easy to get dehydrated even without you knowing. Being dehydrated adds up to the boiling feeling of the summer. Make it a habit to slurp up some water from time to time. This will sure help you feel cooler even without air conditioning. Plus, it is good for your health.

6.) Install Ceiling Insulation

The most common roofing material is galvanized sheets. These GI sheets during noon time absorbs so much heat that the people living underneath these roofs describe the feeling to be inside an oven. You may resolve this issue by installing ceiling foam insulation. These are locally available in the market and is very easy to install. You just need some tie wire, some anchoring material, scaffolds to elevate yourselves and you’re good to go. Don’t forget to wear some safety harness for your protection.

7.) Use Lighter Clothes

Well, depending on how hot the weather is, this fixes your feeling warm right away. By using light clothes, you are giving your skin to breathe, thus, releasing heat and sensing the colder air near you. This blog post is for the people without air conditioner, pair your wearing of light shirt by manually fanning or facing the electric fan and you will feel instant comfort.

8.) Clean up and Dust Off Regularly

Dirt, dust and pollutants congests inside your home which adds up to the poor air quality, making it warmer. By regularly dusting off those forgotten top portion of your shelves and tall furniture, the air quality inside your home or room becomes better. This decongests inside air. Better air quality is directly proportionate to the “feeling” of colder indoor aspect of your home. Find some time to clean up no matter how busy your schedule gets.

9.) Declutter

Having so many things inside your room, or house, adds up to the heat index of your place. When you have too many things inside your home, there is only small room for the air to circulate. You may want to sell that extra chair which is still fine. If it is barely standing up (because you fixed it poorly), you may want to throw that away. Do some decluttering once a year, as advised, if you want to make your home cooler. You can also book this weekend to prepare for the summer.

10.) Install Proper Exhaust Fans

Exhaust fans are used to direct indoor wasted air outside your property. It may be comfort room exhaust, or kitchen exhaust. We have seen subdivisions wherein the owner added a comfort room near her room. Window opening is not feasible because it sits just right beside the property wall. Every time someone showers, that someone needs to open the door every now and then because it is just too hot inside since the air inside is stagnant. We advised her to install exhaust fan and it solved her problem right away. Go contact an electrician for this. You need an experienced and professional person for this work.

With this simple tips and doable tips, you can somehow make your homes comfortable for the summer. You can do something about that heat so do something. Enjoy the summer!

Region 9 – Metal Works Materials Prices

Common materials prices for truss works, steel-stairs and everything related to Metal Works for Region 9 (Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, including five cities of Dapitan, Dipolog, Pagadian, Zamboanga and Isabela). It also comes with corresponding prices of common hardware for steel works.

The price listed here are for pick-up prices only. Delivery costs, VAT and other extra charges are excluded.

METAL WORKS – REGION 9

MATERIALS DESCRIPTIONUNITPRICES (PhP)
Milled Steel Plates Checked FY36kg47.09
Milled Steel Plates FY36kg 42.78
Steel Sheet Stainlesskg 123.40
Bridge Rollers and Rockerspc4,609.68
Pins and Pin Holes FY60kg 75.77
Sliding Bearingkg 5,127.96
Structural Steel Angular Bar (A36)kg 51.33
Structural Steel Channel Bar (A36)kg 54.58
Structural Steel Square Bar (A36)kg 49.15
Structural Steel I-Beam (A36)kg 53.21
Strutural Steel Wide Flange (A36)kg 52.65
Rivets High Tensionkg 57.18
Washers High Tensionkg 151.29
Cork Expansion Joint Filler (.019m x 1.2m x 2.44m)pc676.25
Bolts High Tensionkg 154.91

HARDWARE – REGION 9

MATERIALS DESCRIPTIONUNITPRICES
Anchor Bolts w/ Nuts and Washerkg35.97
Machine Bolts w/ Nuts and Washerkg113.49
Tension Rods (38mm D)ln.ft.49.85
Tension Rods (16mm D)ln.ft. 23.98
Tension Rods (19mm D)ln.ft. 30.16
Turn Buckles (12.7mm D)pc111.91
Turn Buckles (16mm D)pc200.10
Turn Buckles (19mm D)pc292.56
W.I. Strapkg59.09
Hinge (50mm x 101mm)pr70.65
Door Locks (Schlage or Equivalent) set1,145.36
Automatic Door Closer (Yale or Equivalent)set2,057.63
Steel Cablekg120.24
Steel Grating Framekg84.97

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