Building Guides

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.

Filling Gaps Around Window Frames

Gaps can appear around any type of window frame, on a house of any age. They may be caused by natural settling of the house cracking existing mortar or just by bad workmanship when the window was fitted.

Replacing a Cracked or Spalled Brick

Replacing a Cracked or Spalled Brick

If you live in an old brick built house, it is inevitable that at some point some of the bricks will need replacing. Assuming that the area to be replaced is not too large this is a relatively easy job.

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

Laying Floorboards

Laying Floorboards

Replacing part or all of a wooden floor is a big job which must be done with care, but even so, it is certainly a job that most people can attempt themselves.

Creating Butt Joints

Creating Butt Joints

This guide takes a look at one of the most common joints used in woodworking, the simple but versatile Butt Joint.

Restoring Wooden Furniture

Many people have an old wooden table or some wooden chairs knocking around the house. I tend to be given first refusal on lots of old wooden furniture my family don’t want or need anymore, but often the furniture is dark and drab.

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.

Decorating Guides

Restoring Wooden Furniture

Many people have an old wooden table or some wooden chairs knocking around the house. I tend to be given first refusal on lots of old wooden furniture my family don’t want or need anymore, but often the furniture is dark and drab.

Exterior Masonry Paint

Painting exterior masonry is one way to help keep it in good condition and can prevent water invading the brickwork, stonework or render. Masonry paint comes in several different types, each of which is more or less suited to a particular application.

Stripping Wallpaper

The key to successfully stripping wallpaper is to take your time, prepare the wallpaper properly and work methodically. Make sure you have everything you need for the job, including any specific wallpaper removing tools such as an orbital paper scorer and a clean paper knife.

Treating Mould and Mildew

Treating Mould and Mildew

Simply painting over patches of mould and mildew might hide the marks for a while, but unless the mould spores are killed, it is unlikely that will be the last you see of them. Here is a complete guide to killing the mould spores and then covering the stains on your walls.

Plumbing Guides

How to Fit Guttering

How to Fit Guttering

If you have inherited badly maintained gutters from the previous home owner, or if your previously well looked after guttering has somehow been damaged, you may be considering replacing some or all of this important rainwater drainage component. This guide will walk you through each step of how to fit guttering on your house.

Removing a Toilet

Removing a Toilet

If you are replacing the cistern and the WC, you might be able to get then whole thing away from the wall in one go, but it is better to remove the cistern first, before tackling the WC.

Fitting a Monobloc Mixer tap

A monobloc tap replaces two taps (hot and cold) with a single unit from which both hot and cold water is supplied. Your main task here is to adapt your existing pipework to fit the tap tail fitted to the monobloc fitting.

Ceramic Taps

Not every plumbing job needs a licensed plumber. In fact there are many small jobs that can easily be handled by the do-it-yourself plumber. So when it comes to DIY plumbing, are ceramic taps an option for you to install?

Tiling Guides

Tiling a Splashback

The easiest way to create a splashback is to use only full tiles, extending them slightly past the edge of the fixture.

Cutting and Shaping Tiles

Cutting and Shaping Tiles

There are several ways to cut tiles correctly, depending on what type of cut you are trying to achieve. Straight cuts are best done with a tile cutting jig. This is a purpose made device which makes it easy to hold and score a line in a tile.

Tools You Need When Tiling

Several of the tools you might need when tiling can be found in the most basic of tool kits.

Tiling a Wall

Tiling a Wall

Tiling a wall is one of those DIY jobs which is fairly easy for anyone to do, but more difficult to do well.

Garden/Exterior Guides

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.

Fitting TV Aerials

The type of aerial you need to receive the digital signal differs from those that were used to receive the old analogue transmission. Digital aerials are all wideband, meaning that they can receive transmissions across the whole frequency band, rather than just the five frequencies of the old analogue channels. Choosing the correct aerial If […]

How to Fit Guttering

How to Fit Guttering

If you have inherited badly maintained gutters from the previous home owner, or if your previously well looked after guttering has somehow been damaged, you may be considering replacing some or all of this important rainwater drainage component. This guide will walk you through each step of how to fit guttering on your house.

Building a Retaining Wall with Railway Sleepers

Building a Retaining Wall with Railway Sleepers

Reclaimed wooden railway sleepers are an excellent alternative to using bricks of blocks for building retaining walls for raised beds.