Building Guides

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 […]

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.

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.

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).

Carpentry Guides

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 […]

Learn How to Hang Shelves

Adding shelves to a room, whether as a feature or in a hidden-away corner, is one of the easiest ways of creating extra storage. Shelves can be made from a wide variety of materials, can be hung in a number of different ways and can be bought ready-made or custom build to suit a specific […]

Reclaiming and Reusing Timber

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 […]

How to Fit a Concealed Door Closer

A concealed door closer consists of the spring and chain mechanism in a metal barrel and two metal plates that attach to the frame and the door.

Decorating Guides

Sealers and Primers

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.

Learn How to Hang Shelves

Adding shelves to a room, whether as a feature or in a hidden-away corner, is one of the easiest ways of creating extra storage. Shelves can be made from a wide variety of materials, can be hung in a number of different ways and can be bought ready-made or custom build to suit a specific […]

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.

Choosing the Best Wood Finish

There are several options available to you when thinking about finishing exposed wood both inside and outside your home. This guide will hopefully help you choose the right finish for the job at hand.

Plumbing Guides

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.

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

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 […]

Tiling Guides

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

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

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

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

Garden/Exterior Guides

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 […]

How to Clean Glass and Polycarbonate Roofs

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 […]

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.

DIY Flood Protection Advice

There are several things you can do to make your property as flood-proof as possible. All of the measures explained here can be done yourself, fairly quickly, for relatively small amounts of money