Building Guides

Building a Brick Pier

Building a Brick Pier

Building a pier into a wall not only looks good, but it also adds to the structural strength of the wall as a whole, particularly on Half Brick Walls (walls which are only one brick thick).

Planning a Solid Block Wall

Planning a Solid Block Wall

There are several reasons why you may want to build a partition wall from solid blocks, rather than the potentially easier and quicker stud partition wall. Solid walls will give far greater acoustic and thermal insulation than a stud wall (even if the stud wall has insulation fitted) and will certainly feel more solid.

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

Shaping Wood by Hand

Shaping Wood by Hand

Although much of the cutting and shaping of wood is best done with power tools, being able to shape wood using hand tools is a useful skill to have.

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.

Sanding a Wood Floor

Sanding a Wood Floor

Having sanded wooden floors can make a big difference to the look and appeal of your house.

Decorating Guides

Stripping Wallpaper

The key to successfully stripping wallpaper is to take your time, prepare the wallpaper properly and work methodically. Make sure you have everything you need for the job, including any specific wallpaper removing tools such as an orbital paper scorer and a clean paper knife.

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.

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

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.

Bending and Joining Copper Pipe

Bending and Joining Copper Pipe

When you are working with copper pipe, you will often need to create a corner bend. You can buy elbow joints to connect two straight sections of pipe at a right angle, but it is often better to bend the pipe into a smooth curve to aid water flow. Pipe Spring Pipe springs are available […]

Emergency Plumbing Repairs

In the event of a broken pipe, knowing how to do some quick emergency repairs can save a lot of damage being done.

Tiling Guides

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.

Tile Accessories

For the first time tiler, drilling into tiles may seem a bit daunting and after all of the planning and preparing, what you don’t want is a cracked tile caused by a drifting drill bit. However before you start, try looking for some alternatives.

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.

Garden/Exterior Guides

Setting Timber Posts in Concrete

Setting Timber Posts in Concrete

Whether you are putting up a fence or building a raised deck, being able to securely set wooden posts into concrete foundations is a useful skill to have.

Make Your Garden Shed Secure

Make Your Garden Shed Secure

Even if you only have a couple of bikes and a few tools in your shed, the cost of replacing them could still be several hundred pounds. On top of that, tools stored in your unsecured shed could be used to gain access to your house.

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.

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