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

Making a Footlifter

Making a Footlifter

Plasterboard is heavy and cumbersome and even holding it in place against the studwork is tricky at times. One of the ways to lessen this problem is to make yourself a simple tool called a Footlifter or Rocking Wedge.

How to Lift Floorboards

How to Lift Floorboards

Several DIY jobs might require you to lift one or more floorboards. You might need to reach a pipe or cable beneath the floorboard or you might just need to replace a warped or damaged board.

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.

Decorating Guides

Penetrating and Rising Damp

In the UK we see a massive 25,000 gallons of rainwater a year, so it is no surprise that one of the most common problems in our homes is damp. Damp is usually fairly easy to fix, but can sometimes be an indication of a more serious problem.

Decorating Tiles

If you are tired of your existing tiles, but don’t want to go to the trouble of removing and replacing them, you could always try decorating them.

Treating Mould and Mildew

Treating Mould and Mildew

Simply painting over patches of mould and mildew might hide the marks for a while, but unless the mould spores are killed, it is unlikely that will be the last you see of them. Here is a complete guide to killing the mould spores and then covering the stains on your walls.

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.

Plumbing Guides

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.

Penetrating and Rising Damp

In the UK we see a massive 25,000 gallons of rainwater a year, so it is no surprise that one of the most common problems in our homes is damp. Damp is usually fairly easy to fix, but can sometimes be an indication of a more serious problem.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.