Building Guides

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.

Load-bearing Walls

Whenever you are planning on doing major work on the walls of your house, you need to know if they are load-bearing or not before you start. Load-bearing walls are holding up your house, and even slight alterations to their structure can cause big problems.

Building a Brick Pier

Building a Brick Pier

Building a pier into a wall not only looks good, but it also adds to the structural strength of the wall as a whole, particularly on Half Brick Walls (walls which are only one brick thick).

Carpentry Guides

How to Fit a Concealed Door Closer

How to Fit a Concealed Door Closer

A concealed door closer consists of the spring and chain mechanism in a metal barrel and two metal plates that attach to the frame and the door.

Replacing Sash Window Cords

Replacing Sash Window Cords is not the easiest task, but it can be done, and done for far less money than it would cost a professional to fix.

Shaping Wood by Hand

Shaping Wood by Hand

Although much of the cutting and shaping of wood is best done with power tools, being able to shape wood using hand tools is a useful skill to have.

Decorating Guides

Painting Stripes on an Interior Wall

Painting Stripes on an Interior Wall

Painting stripes on a wall, rather than using striped wallpaper, can be a very effective way of creating a feature wall, and one which allows you total control over the width and colour of the stripes.

Replace Silicone Sealant around a Bath

The main purpose of the Silicone Sealant around your bath or shower is to provide a flexible barrier to stop water seeping into the gap between the fixture and the wall. If a non-flexible sealant was to be used, it would crack after just a small amount of use.

Using Wallpaper Paste

Using Wallpaper Paste

Although you might think that one wallpaper paste is much the same as the next, there are actually several different types, each with quite specific uses. Most of these types of paste come as a powder or flakes ready to be mixed with water. However, you can also by ready mixed paste.

Plumbing Guides

Replace Silicone Sealant around a Bath

The main purpose of the Silicone Sealant around your bath or shower is to provide a flexible barrier to stop water seeping into the gap between the fixture and the wall. If a non-flexible sealant was to be used, it would crack after just a small amount of use.

Rainwater Drainage System

In the UK, as in many other Northern European countries, an efficient and well maintained rainwater collection and drainage system is essential.

Bending and Joining Copper Pipe

Bending and Joining Copper Pipe

When you are working with copper pipe, you will often need to create a corner bend. You can buy elbow joints to connect two straight sections of pipe at a right angle, but it is often better to bend the pipe into a smooth curve to aid water flow. Pipe Spring Pipe springs are available […]

Tiling Guides

Laying Soft Floor Tiles

Laying Soft Floor Tiles

This guide looks at laying self-adhesive soft tiles, and the steps are the same for vinyl, cork or any other flexible tile.

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

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.

Garden/Exterior Guides

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.

DIY Flood Protection Advice

DIY Flood Protection Advice

There are several things you can do to make your property as flood-proof as possible. All of the measures explained here can be done yourself, fairly quickly, for relatively small amounts of money

Setting Timber Posts in Concrete

Setting Timber Posts in Concrete

Whether you are putting up a fence or building a raised deck, being able to securely set wooden posts into concrete foundations is a useful skill to have.

Other Recent Posts

Using a Cement Mixer

Using a Cement Mixer

| August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mixing concrete and mortar by hand is fairly easy to do and offers a good amount of control over the consistency of the mix. However, if you have a large amount of concrete or mortar to mix, it is often worth hiring a small cement mixer to make things easier.

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Fire Safety Tips

Fire Safety Tips

| August 11, 2014

There were roughly 39000 house fires in the Uk in 2010, almost 32000 of which were accidental. That works out to a staggering 106 fires every day of the year.

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