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.
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.
A complete guide to the many different types of wall construction you may encounter in your house.
Having sanded wooden floors can make a big difference to the look and appeal of your house.
Most older homes will have floors constructed using individual floorboards nailed to the floor joists, either on both floors or just the first floor.
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.
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.
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.
When you are painting a whole room, you should always paint the ceiling first to avoid splashing paint on walls and woodwork.
In the event of a broken pipe, knowing how to do some quick emergency repairs can save a lot of damage being done.
Airlocks are common, particularly if your system has not been used for a prolonged period, but can be fixed quite easily.
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 […]
This guide looks at laying self-adhesive soft tiles, and the steps are the same for vinyl, cork or any other flexible tile.
A DIY guide to removing floor and wall tiles safely…
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.
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
Polycarbonate Roofing Sheets are mainly used on conservatories, but this highly durable material can also be used for glazing greenhouses, porch windows and much more.
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.