Building Guides

Home Improvement Safety Tips

Home Improvement Safety Tips

These Home Improvement Safety Tips cover the very least you should think about before even opening your toolbox.

Understanding Internal Partition Walls

Understanding Internal Partition Walls

When you are planning DIY jobs which involve altering or fixing to internal partition walls, it is important to understand their construction. The type of internal partition wall you will find in your house is largely influenced by the age of the house, but also things like whether the house has been renovated or altered […]

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.

Lintels

Lintels

If you are planning to add a doorway or window to a load-bearing wall, you will almost always be required to support the load of the wall above the planned opening with a lintel.

Carpentry Guides

Hanging a Door

Hanging a Door

Learn the quickest and easiest way to hang a new solid wood or flush panel door.

Home Improvement Safety Tips

Home Improvement Safety Tips

These Home Improvement Safety Tips cover the very least you should think about before even opening your toolbox.

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.

Understanding Internal Partition Walls

Understanding Internal Partition Walls

When you are planning DIY jobs which involve altering or fixing to internal partition walls, it is important to understand their construction. The type of internal partition wall you will find in your house is largely influenced by the age of the house, but also things like whether the house has been renovated or altered […]

Decorating Guides

Removing Paint Distemper

Distemper used to be a popular finish, and in older houses you are quite likely to come across it when renovating or redecorating. Distemper is chalk mixed with a glue and water.

Painting Wooden Window Frames

Although this might seem like a simple job, painting window frames should always be completed in a certain way.

Covering Damp Stains on walls

Covering Damp Stains on walls

If you have had a problem with damp that has left unsightly stains on the walls or ceilings of your home, covering them up after the problem has been solved can be tricky.

Preparing Plaster for Decoration

Before you can decorate over newly finished plaster, you must allow it to dry out completely. Depending on the size of the area plastered, this could take several days. If efflorescence is forming on the surface, it is still drying out. Wipe any efflorescence away each time it appears. Once it stops, the plaster should […]

Plumbing Guides

How to Balance Radiators

How to Balance Radiators

Knowing how to balance the radiator circuit of a gas central heating system is a handy trick that can make the difference between a miserable winter and a harmonious one.

Taps – Replacing Ceramic Discs

Taps – Replacing Ceramic Discs

Ceramic Discs are generally more resistant to wear and corrosion than traditional rubber washers, and so are particularly good for hard water areas.

Fitting Waste Pipes and Traps

Fitting Waste Pipes and Traps

In modern plumbing systems, the waste pipes which carry away used water are normally made from plastic.

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.

Tiling Guides

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 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.

Garden/Exterior Guides

Leaking Gutter Joints

Leaking Gutter Joints

A leaking gutter is one the most common causes of isolated damp in UK homes, even though it is one of the easiest to spot early and to fix quickly.

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.

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.

Erecting Wooden Panel Fencing

Adding Wooden Panel (or Close Board) fencing along the boundary to your property is not only good for privacy and security, if done properly and maintained well, it can also add to the appeal of your home.