Building Guides

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.

Building a Concrete Driveway

Building a Concrete Driveway

Adding a driveway to your property makes very good sense and if you have the room, this is a summer project you should really consider. Driveways are a good idea for several reasons, not least the added security they offer for your car.

Carpentry Guides

Repairing Wooden Staircase Balusters

Repairing Wooden Staircase Balusters

If your wooden staircase is the type which is nailed, you may find that nails work loose over time.

Fitting Shelves into Alcoves

Learn how to fit shelving into alcoves and other potentially wasted space in your home. Well built shelves can make any alcove both more attractive and more useful. The recesses beside chimney breasts are a very popular location for shelving. This guide will show you two different ways to add shelves to any alcove. Batten […]

How to Fit a Door Lining

Before fitting a door into an opening in a stud or brick wall, you need to fit a door lining. The door lining gives you something to firmly affix the hinges to

Sharpening Chisel Blades

Sharpening Chisel Blades

Whenever you are working wood with a chisel, it is essential that you keep the blade as sharp as possible. This will not only make your job easier, but will almost always result in a better finish to whatever you are paring.

Decorating Guides

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.

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.

Hanging Paper Borders

Hanging Paper Borders

Adding a paper border to a room seems to be as popular as ever and there are currently a huge range of styles and designs available. Hanging a border can enhance the look of a room and help to break up blank walls.

Plumbing Guides

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.

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.

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).

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.

Tiling Guides

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

Working with Granite Tiles

The appeal of granite is that it is beautiful, durable, and strong all at the same time, carrying the ability to withstand high traffic and use.

Garden/Exterior Guides

How to Build a Brick Barbecue

How to Build a Brick Barbecue

Learn how to build a stylish brick barbecue that includes cooking, serving and storage areas. The build is easier than it may sound and should be achievable in a day or less. Although it may be initially more expensive than buying a steel barbecue, a brick barbecue will last for many years with little maintenance […]

Replacing Shed Roof Felt

Replacing Shed Roof Felt

Replacing worn and split felt on the roof of a shed is essential if you want your tools and other garden equipment to stay in good condition.

Learn how to remove and replace old, worn or ripped shed roof felt in this step-by-step guide.

Shed Maintenance

Water is one of the biggest enemies of any building, it makes it uncomfortable for the inhabitants and it rots the fabric of the building. There are three main routes to keep the fabric of your shed dry

Installing Driveway Gates

Installing Driveway Gates

Whilst fitting a set of driveway gates may not seem like the most complicated of tasks it should be remembered that they can be very heavy and therefore will place a large amount of strain onto existing brick pillars. For this reason, if there is any doubt as to the suitability of the pillars professional […]