Building Guides

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.

Guide to Wall Construction

Guide to Wall Construction

A complete guide to the many different types of wall construction you may encounter in your house.

Blocking Up Doorways in Brick Walls

Blocking Up Doorways in Brick Walls

When blocking up a doorway or entryway in a brick wall, it is important to make sure that the new section is tied into the existing wall. This can be done in a variety of ways, as we will show here.

Carpentry Guides

Hanging a Door

Hanging a Door

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

Replacing Kitchen Cupboard Doors

Replacing Kitchen Cupboard Doors

One of the easiest ways to give your kitchen a relatively cheap makeover is to replace the doors of the units.

Using a Power Sander

If you are investing in a power sander, a random-orbit sander is probably the best choice for most common sanding jobs around the home.

Decorating Guides

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.

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.

Replacing Kitchen Cupboard Doors

Replacing Kitchen Cupboard Doors

One of the easiest ways to give your kitchen a relatively cheap makeover is to replace the doors of the units.

Plumbing Guides

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.

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.

Gas Safety Tips

Gas Safety Tips

Gas safety is an essential thing to consider for anyone with gas appliances in their home (and that’s just about everyone). It doesn’t take much time and it could mean the difference between life and death, so there really is no excuse for checking that the gas appliances in your home are safe and fit […]

Tiling Guides

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.

How to Remove Tiles

A DIY guide to removing floor and wall tiles safely…

Common Tile and Grout Problems

Common Tile and Grout Problems

Treating common problems with tiles and grout…

Garden/Exterior Guides

Prepare Galvanized Steel for Painting

If you are having steel railings or gates fitted (or if you are fitting your own), it is a very good idea to pay a little extra to get the steel galvanized before it is delivered. A galvanized coating is probably the best and most cost-effective way of helping to ensure that your external steelwork […]

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.

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.

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