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.
Too few or blocked airbricks can cause serious ventilation problems in the home (there should be one airbrick to every 2 meters of wall), but fitting a new one isn’t beyond the Diy-er.
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.
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.
Sticking or Binding Doors are a common problem in both old and new houses. There are several possible causes of a door sticking, including moisture being absorbed into the wood and build up of paint on the frame
When hanging a picture, putting up shelves or attaching anything to a partition wall, it is important to find and fix into one of the wooden studs that make up the wall structure. There are several methods you can use to find the studs in a partition wall, depending on what tools you have to hand.
Using reclaimed timber for home improvement projects is very popular at the moment. The use of reclaimed timber, for lintels, floorboards, mantelpieces and other exposed features, can really add character to your home, particularly if you live in a period property. You can buy reclaimed timber which has been refinished ready for reuse, but this […]
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.
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.
Coving, also sometimes known as Cornice or Crown Mouldings, serves two main purposes. The first is to conceal the join between wall and ceiling and the second is to add a decorative touch to the room. It is fairly simple to fit and can be tackled by even a new DIY-er.
Preparation is the key to any decorating job. You may be the best painter or decorator in the country, but if you do not prepare your surfaces well, the result will often be less than perfect.
When painting with either gloss or emulsion paint, there are several problems which can occur, especially if you do not prepare the surface to be painted properly. Here we take a look at the most common problems and show how to avoid or fix them.
This guide in concerned with fitting a new sink unit into a new kitchen worktop. We will guide you through the process from marking out to connecting the mains water.
Airlocks are common, particularly if your system has not been used for a prolonged period, but can be fixed quite easily.
If you are replacing the cistern and the WC, you might be able to get then whole thing away from the wall in one go, but it is better to remove the cistern first, before tackling the WC.
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.
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.
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
Although tiles provide a generally hard-wearing finish, a hard knock (when moving furniture for example) can crack or chip them. Replacing a single or even multiple tiles is a fairly simple task.
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.
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 […]
Cleaning and maintaining the roof of your conservatory or sun room is one of those once or twice-a-year jobs which is as important as it is frustrating. Failing to clean and maintain the glass or polycarbonate roof of your conservatory is just storing up problems for the future, as moss, dirt and debris can attack […]
Laying a Patio successfully requires planning and preparation, along with a solid foundation. Learn how to lay a simple paving slab patio that will look fantastic and last for years with little or no maintenance. The advice and tips shown here can be applied to a patio two metres square, or 20 metres square. Marking […]
Now that the warmer weather is upon us, it is a perfect time to check up on how the exterior of your house has fared over the winter months.