Building Guides

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.

Cutting Bricks and Blocks

Cutting Bricks and Blocks

Cutting bricks or blocks cleanly and accurately takes a little practice, but once you have the knack you should be able to chop them in half quickly and easily. There are many occasions when you may need to cut bricks or blocks  in half or trim them to fit particular areas of a wall or […]

Building a Wall

Building a Wall

Building a wall is a fairly easy task, building a wall well is a lot tougher. Bricklaying is a job that can only be mastered by practice. Building the odd wall here and there does not make you a bricklayer.

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.

Carpentry Guides

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 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.

Repairing Skirting Board – Dremel Guide

Repairing Skirting Board – Dremel Guide

Skirting boards get scuffed and worn and in some cases rot away or simply haven’t been fitted in the first place. Spending a little bit of time creating and fitting or replacing them will really help to smarten up your home.

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.

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.

Choosing the Best Wood Finish

Choosing the Best Wood Finish

There are several options available to you when thinking about finishing exposed wood both inside and outside your home. This guide will hopefully help you choose the right finish for the job at hand.

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.

Renovating Fireplace Surrounds

Rather than simply ripping out and replacing old or tired fireplace surrounds, it is often a fairly simple job to renovate them. This will save you money and, if the surround is original, be more in keeping with your property.

Plumbing Guides

Clearing Blocked Drains

Clearing Blocked Drains

Clearing blocked drains can often be a tougher job as the blockages will generally be bigger and can sometimes be a sign of a bigger problem such as a break in the pipe. However, you can tackle blockages yourself if you have the right tools and the inclination.

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.

Unblocking a Downpipe

If your gutter is overflowing but there is no obvious blockage along the length of the guttering, your downpipe might be blocked. There are several methods you can use to unblock a downpipe, depending on the type of pipe you have and where the blockage is located (top, middle or at the bottom).

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 a Wall

Tiling a Wall

Tiling a wall is one of those DIY jobs which is fairly easy for anyone to do, but more difficult to do well.

Making a Tiling Gauge Stick

One of the most important factors in making a good job of any tiling project is careful planning. It is not always the best idea to just start in the corner with a full tile and work up or across from that.

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 Concrete Floor

In rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms, a smooth concrete floor provides just about the best possible surface to tile over. Tiles are hard-wearing and easy to keep clean. They prevent spills from soaking through to the sub floor and, if laid correctly, will not harbour germs and stains

Garden/Exterior Guides

9 Easy Ways to Improve Curb Appeal

Even without an economic downturn and all the problems in the current housing market, it is important that anyone trying to sell their house presents it in the best possible light.

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.

Unblocking a Downpipe

If your gutter is overflowing but there is no obvious blockage along the length of the guttering, your downpipe might be blocked. There are several methods you can use to unblock a downpipe, depending on the type of pipe you have and where the blockage is located (top, middle or at the bottom).

Protect Your Home from Flooding

Protect Your Home from Flooding

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