Building Guides

Planning a Solid Block Wall

Planning a Solid Block Wall

There are several reasons why you may want to build a partition wall from solid blocks, rather than the potentially easier and quicker stud partition wall. Solid walls will give far greater acoustic and thermal insulation than a stud wall (even if the stud wall has insulation fitted) and will certainly feel more solid.

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.

Guide to Wall Construction

Guide to Wall Construction

A complete guide to the many different types of wall construction you may encounter in your house.

Carpentry Guides

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.

Choosing and Buying Softwood

Choosing and Buying Softwood

Using softwood for your DIY projects makes very good sense for several reasons. Firstly it is easier to work than hardwood and so the finished results have a better chance of being good.

How to Install Decking

How to Install Decking

Decking is a great addition to almost any garden, providing you with an attractive and useful seating area.

Decorating Guides

Protecting Solid Wood Floors

Protecting Solid Wood Floors

As with any painting or varnishing job, preparation is the key. However, the correct preparation is even more essential when the paint or varnish is being applied to floors. Floors obviously take more of a beating than walls, etc, so getting it right first time will mean less repair work in the future.

Using a Wallpaper Steamer

Using a Wallpaper Steamer

There are several ways to strip wallpaper, but the fastest way by far is to use a steam stripper. These can be bought or hired and will come will all the attachments you need. The only thing you need to add is the water.

Painting Walls and Ceilings

Painting Walls and Ceilings

When you are painting a whole room, you should always paint the ceiling first to avoid splashing paint on walls and woodwork.

Plumbing Guides

Installing a Water Butt

It seems that no matter how much rain the UK sees throughout the year, a few weeks of good weather will see the threat of hosepipe bans hitting the news all too frequently. Being able to tap into your own supply of rain water for things like watering plants or washing the car has considerable […]

Installing a Kitchen Sink

This guide in concerned with fitting a new sink unit into a new kitchen worktop. We will guide you through the process from marking out to connecting the mains water.

Removing a Cast-Iron Bath

If you are renovating the bathroom in an older house, you may need to remove an old cast-iron bath to make way for a modern replacement.

Tiling Guides

How to Remove Tiles

A DIY guide to removing floor and wall tiles safely…

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.

Preparing Walls and Floors for Tiles

Preparing Walls and Floors for Tiles

Tiling can be daunting to the DIY-er, it seems like a far more complex task than hanging wallpaper for instance. However, if you prepare correctly, tiling should be both an easy and rewarding job. Before tackling any tiling, be sure to follow these simple rules.

Garden/Exterior Guides

Roof Repair Tools

Roof Repair Tools

Performing minor repairs and maintenance to your roof is very possible, but you need to work safely and if possible work with a helper. Using the correct tools and equipment is an important part of working safely.

How to Install Decking

How to Install Decking

Decking is a great addition to almost any garden, providing you with an attractive and useful seating area.

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.

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Where to Fit Radiators

| June 27, 2014

Deciding where to position a new radiator in a room is, of course, completely up to you. There may be good reasons why you want to place it opposite the window or on the wall where the sofa will be but, if possible, it is usually best to follow a few rules for positioning radiators. […]

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Staggered Stud Wall

Staggered Stud Wall

| June 27, 2014

If you are planning to partition a room it is often a good idea to create some built in storage space. By creating a staggered stud partition you can quickly create alcoves in both side of the newly partitioned room which can be used for exactly this.

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