Building Guides

Building a Wall

Building a Wall

Building a wall is a fairly easy task, building a wall well is a lot tougher. Bricklaying is a job that can only be mastered by practice. Building the odd wall here and there does not make you a bricklayer.

Laying Wall Foundations

Laying Wall Foundations

Any wall not built on a solid surface must have a firm and level foundation. Standard wall foundations consist of a layer of concrete on a bed of hardcore, but if the ground is particularly firm, you can get away with just a thick bed of concrete.

Building a Concrete Driveway

Building a Concrete Driveway

Adding a driveway to your property makes very good sense and if you have the room, this is a summer project you should really consider. Driveways are a good idea for several reasons, not least the added security they offer for your car.

Building a Paver Path

Building a Paver Path

There are several different ways to create garden paths, but one of the most attractive is to use pavers.

Carpentry Guides

Fitting Shelves into Alcoves

Learn how to fit shelving into alcoves and other potentially wasted space in your home. Well built shelves can make any alcove both more attractive and more useful. The recesses beside chimney breasts are a very popular location for shelving. This guide will show you two different ways to add shelves to any alcove. Batten […]

How to Fit a Door Lining

Before fitting a door into an opening in a stud or brick wall, you need to fit a door lining. The door lining gives you something to firmly affix the hinges to

Sharpening Chisel Blades

Sharpening Chisel Blades

Whenever you are working wood with a chisel, it is essential that you keep the blade as sharp as possible. This will not only make your job easier, but will almost always result in a better finish to whatever you are paring.

Floorboards

There are several options to choose from when laying new or replacing existing floorboards, but your final decision will depend very much on how you plan to finish the room.

Decorating Guides

Renovating Fireplace Surrounds

Rather than simply ripping out and replacing old or tired fireplace surrounds, it is often a fairly simple job to renovate them. This will save you money and, if the surround is original, be more in keeping with your property.

Choosing Filler

There are many different types of filler available, and each has different use around the home. Choosing the right filler for the job will help to give you the best possible finish. As a rule, pre-mixed filler is easier to use but more expensive to buy than powder filler.

Hanging Paper Borders

Hanging Paper Borders

Adding a paper border to a room seems to be as popular as ever and there are currently a huge range of styles and designs available. Hanging a border can enhance the look of a room and help to break up blank walls.

Sealers and Primers

Preparation is the key to any decorating job. You may be the best painter or decorator in the country, but if you do not prepare your surfaces well, the result will often be less than perfect.

Plumbing Guides

How to Replace a Radiator Valve

Replacing a radiator valve is a straightforward DIY job which anyone can attempt. The most important thing is to drain the system before you start and make sure you have all the correct tools at hand.

Unblocking a Downpipe

If your gutter is overflowing but there is no obvious blockage along the length of the guttering, your downpipe might be blocked. There are several methods you can use to unblock a downpipe, depending on the type of pipe you have and where the blockage is located (top, middle or at the bottom).

Tap Repair and Maintenance

A leaking or dripping tap is a very common problem, but whilst a leaking cold tap is not much more than a nuisance, a leaking hot tap can cost you money. Fixing a leaking or dripping tap is a fairly straightforward project, as long as you know which type of tap you have and the probable cause of the leak.

Taps – Replacing Ceramic Discs

Taps – Replacing Ceramic Discs

Ceramic Discs are generally more resistant to wear and corrosion than traditional rubber washers, and so are particularly good for hard water areas.

Tiling Guides

Tiling a Concrete Floor

In rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms, a smooth concrete floor provides just about the best possible surface to tile over. Tiles are hard-wearing and easy to keep clean. They prevent spills from soaking through to the sub floor and, if laid correctly, will not harbour germs and stains

Working with Granite Tiles

The appeal of granite is that it is beautiful, durable, and strong all at the same time, carrying the ability to withstand high traffic and use.

Replacing Cracked or Broken Tiles

Replacing Cracked or Broken Tiles

Although tiles provide a generally hard-wearing finish, a hard knock (when moving furniture for example) can crack or chip them. Replacing a single or even multiple tiles is a fairly simple task.

Laying Ceramic Floor Tiles

Laying Ceramic Floor Tiles

Ceramic floor tiles can really add appeal to a room. But as well as aesthetic value, ceramic tiles also have the added bonus of being hardwearing, easy to clean and cool in the summer. Laying them is not too much of a job, but preparation is key

Garden/Exterior Guides

Installing Driveway Gates

Installing Driveway Gates

Whilst fitting a set of driveway gates may not seem like the most complicated of tasks it should be remembered that they can be very heavy and therefore will place a large amount of strain onto existing brick pillars. For this reason, if there is any doubt as to the suitability of the pillars professional […]

Tools for Creating a Sub-Base

When constructing a driveway, path or patio, the most important step is creating a firm sub-base for the paving or gravel to sit on.

Summer DIY Checklist

Now that the warmer weather is upon us, it is a perfect time to check up on how the exterior of your house has fared over the winter months.

Prepare Galvanized Steel for Painting

If you are having steel railings or gates fitted (or if you are fitting your own), it is a very good idea to pay a little extra to get the steel galvanized before it is delivered. A galvanized coating is probably the best and most cost-effective way of helping to ensure that your external steelwork […]