Building Guides

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.

Cutting Bricks and Blocks

Cutting Bricks and Blocks

Cutting bricks or blocks cleanly and accurately takes a little practice, but once you have the knack you should be able to chop them in half quickly and easily. There are many occasions when you may need to cut bricks or blocks  in half or trim them to fit particular areas of a wall or […]

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.

Carpentry Guides

Repairing Skirting Board – Dremel Guide

Repairing Skirting Board – Dremel Guide

Skirting boards get scuffed and worn and in some cases rot away or simply haven’t been fitted in the first place. Spending a little bit of time creating and fitting or replacing them will really help to smarten up your home.

Repairing and Replacing Floorboards

Repairing and Replacing Floorboards

Most older homes will have floors constructed using individual floorboards nailed to the floor joists, either on both floors or just the first floor.

Repairing Wooden Staircase Balusters

Repairing Wooden Staircase Balusters

If your wooden staircase is the type which is nailed, you may find that nails work loose over time.

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 […]

Decorating Guides

Choosing the Best Wood Finish

Choosing the Best Wood Finish

There are several options available to you when thinking about finishing exposed wood both inside and outside your home. This guide will hopefully help you choose the right finish for the job at hand.

Cleaning Brushes and Rollers

It is a little known fact that paintbrushes actually improve the more they are used, as long as they are looked after.

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.

Plumbing Guides

Repairing Chipped Ceramic Tiles

Repairing Chipped Ceramic Tiles

Small chips or cracks in ceramic tiles and bathroom fittings are a common DIY problem. Dropping a heavy object onto tiles, the corner of a sink or a ceramic shower tray can sometimes break off small pieces of the material, leaving an unsightly mark.

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.

Tiling Guides

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.

Making a Tiling Gauge Stick

One of the most important factors in making a good job of any tiling project is careful planning. It is not always the best idea to just start in the corner with a full tile and work up or across from that.

Tiling Around a Toilet – Dremel

Tiling Around a Toilet – Dremel

If the tiling around your toilet is old, cracked or the wrong colour for your new bathroom, it’s quick and simple to chip off the old tiles, make good and tile the new ones around and behind your existing sanitary fittings.

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

Garden/Exterior Guides

Protect Your Home from Flooding

Protect Your Home from Flooding

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

How to Build a Brick Barbecue

How to Build a Brick Barbecue

Learn how to build a stylish brick barbecue that includes cooking, serving and storage areas. The build is easier than it may sound and should be achievable in a day or less. Although it may be initially more expensive than buying a steel barbecue, a brick barbecue will last for many years with little maintenance […]

Replacing Shed Roof Felt

Replacing Shed Roof Felt

Replacing worn and split felt on the roof of a shed is essential if you want your tools and other garden equipment to stay in good condition.

Learn how to remove and replace old, worn or ripped shed roof felt in this step-by-step guide.

Shed Maintenance

Water is one of the biggest enemies of any building, it makes it uncomfortable for the inhabitants and it rots the fabric of the building. There are three main routes to keep the fabric of your shed dry