Building Guides

Cleaning Brick and Stone

Before painting or treating the outside of your house, you need to make sure the stone or brickwork is clean and free from lichen, mould and Efflorescence.

Load-bearing Walls

Whenever you are planning on doing major work on the walls of your house, you need to know if they are load-bearing or not before you start. Load-bearing walls are holding up your house, and even slight alterations to their structure can cause big problems.

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.

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

Replacing Sash Window Cords

Replacing Sash Window Cords

Replacing Sash Window Cords is not the easiest task, but it can be done, and done for far less money than it would cost a professional to fix.

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.

Fitting Standard Architrave

Fitting Standard Architrave

Fitting architrave around a doorway properly is not the most difficult of DIY job, but it important to the finished look of any internal doorway. Architrave not only hides the joint between the door lining and the wall, but it also makes the doorway look complete.

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

Choosing Filler

There are many different types of filler available, and each has different use around the home. Choosing the right filler for the job will help to give you the best possible finish. As a rule, pre-mixed filler is easier to use but more expensive to buy than powder filler.

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.

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.

Protecting Solid Wood Floors

Protecting Solid Wood Floors

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.

Plumbing Guides

Draining a Plumbing System

If you are planning to leave your house for any length of time, it can be a good idea to completely drain your plumbing system to avoid frozen and burst pipes (especially in houses with older systems).

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.

Tap Repair and Maintenance

A leaking or dripping tap is a very common problem, but whilst a leaking cold tap is not much more than a nuisance, a leaking hot tap can cost you money. Fixing a leaking or dripping tap is a fairly straightforward project, as long as you know which type of tap you have and the probable cause of the leak.

Replace Silicone Sealant around a Bath

The main purpose of the Silicone Sealant around your bath or shower is to provide a flexible barrier to stop water seeping into the gap between the fixture and the wall. If a non-flexible sealant was to be used, it would crack after just a small amount of use.

Tiling Guides

Preparing Walls and Floors for Tiles

Preparing Walls and Floors for Tiles

Tiling can be daunting to the DIY-er, it seems like a far more complex task than hanging wallpaper for instance. However, if you prepare correctly, tiling should be both an easy and rewarding job. Before tackling any tiling, be sure to follow these simple rules.

Tools You Need When Tiling

Several of the tools you might need when tiling can be found in the most basic of tool kits.

Laying Ceramic Floor Tiles

Laying Ceramic Floor Tiles

Ceramic floor tiles can really add appeal to a room. But as well as aesthetic value, ceramic tiles also have the added bonus of being hardwearing, easy to clean and cool in the summer. Laying them is not too much of a job, but preparation is key

Laying Soft Floor Tiles

Laying Soft Floor Tiles

This guide looks at laying self-adhesive soft tiles, and the steps are the same for vinyl, cork or any other flexible tile.

Garden/Exterior Guides

Maintaining a Garage Door

Maintaining a Garage Door

Despite the fact that a garage door is extremely heavy and dangerous, it is amazing how many households pay little attention to this fact by letting it fall into a terrible state of disrepair. In fact when you consider that with the door is in the open position there is around 75-200kg of weight dangling […]

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.

Repairing a Felt Roof

Repairing a Felt Roof

Small bubbles, blisters and cracks are a common problems with felted flat roofs. If they are spotted early there is no reason why they need cause serious damage, and no reason for you to replace all of the felting. Check your flat roof as often as possible, particularly at the end of summer and the end of winter as both sun and rain/frost can damage roof felt.

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.