Building Guides

Removing a Fireplace

Removing a Fireplace

There may be one of several reasons why you would want to remove your fireplace, from simply wanting to replace it with another to just wanting to get rid of a fireplace altogether to update the look of the room.

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.

Carpentry Guides

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.

Fitting Classical Architrave

Fitting Classical Architrave

Fitting a classical-style architrave rather than a standard one can really add a touch of class to your home. There are perhaps houses which would not suit classical-style architrave, but in period houses and houses with larger rooms, this more ornate style can look great.

Restoring Wooden Furniture

Many people have an old wooden table or some wooden chairs knocking around the house. I tend to be given first refusal on lots of old wooden furniture my family don’t want or need anymore, but often the furniture is dark and drab.

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

Fitting a Ceiling Rose

A ceiling rose makes a nice feature in a period property. You can buy plaster ceiling roses fairly cheaply in a variety of styles.

Restoring Wooden Furniture

Many people have an old wooden table or some wooden chairs knocking around the house. I tend to be given first refusal on lots of old wooden furniture my family don’t want or need anymore, but often the furniture is dark and drab.

Papering a Ceiling

In most cases it is better to paint a ceiling rather than papering it. Applying wallpaper to ceilings is tricky as you are working at awkward angles and against gravity.

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.

Plumbing Guides

Blocked Stack or Gully

It is not uncommon for soil stacks and drain gullies to become blocked. Soil stacks can become blocked at any time, but gullies are more prone to get blocked during autumn and winter.

Lagging Pipes and Water Tanks

Lagging Pipes and Water Tanks

Properly lagging both hot and cold water pipes and tanks is an important part of saving energy and money in your home.

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.

Installing a Water Butt

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 […]

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

Choosing a Garden Shed

Choosing a Garden Shed

A shed is many things to many people, from a sanctuary from the wife and kids to simply a space to store that spare half a bag of compost and a few tools.

Blocked Stack or Gully

It is not uncommon for soil stacks and drain gullies to become blocked. Soil stacks can become blocked at any time, but gullies are more prone to get blocked during autumn and winter.

Installing Driveway Gates

Installing Driveway Gates

Whilst fitting a set of driveway gates may not seem like the most complicated of tasks it should be remembered that they can be very heavy and therefore will place a large amount of strain onto existing brick pillars. For this reason, if there is any doubt as to the suitability of the pillars professional […]

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.