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Fixing Snapped Blind Slats

| April 12, 2017
Fixing Snapped Blind Slats

Pushing your arm through the slats of a wooden window blind is all well and good, until one of the slats snaps. Luckily, a guide submitted by avid reader Mr A. Smeaton shows how you can fix this quickly and easily with nothing more than a pink clothes peg and some glue. I’ll let the […]

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Want a Warmer Home? 7 DIY Insulation Tips

| April 9, 2015
Want a Warmer Home? 7 DIY Insulation Tips

Insulating your house well is beneficial both in terms of saving energy and saving money. A well insulated house is also much nicer to live in than a draughty house (obviously).

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How to Lift Floorboards

| April 9, 2015
How to Lift Floorboards

Several DIY jobs might require you to lift one or more floorboards. You might need to reach a pipe or cable beneath the floorboard or you might just need to replace a warped or damaged board.

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Replacing a Pane of Glass

| April 9, 2015

Replacing a pane of glass is a fairly simple task, as long as you follow some basic rules and work safely. The task obviously gets more difficult the larger the pane is and the higher it is located.

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Stud Wall Regulations

| April 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

Although you generally do not need to seek planning permission to build an internal stud wall, you will need to follow certain building regulations. Building regulations are in place for the safety of the householders and anybody visiting the property.

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Fitting a Monobloc Mixer tap

| April 9, 2015

A monobloc tap replaces two taps (hot and cold) with a single unit from which both hot and cold water is supplied. Your main task here is to adapt your existing pipework to fit the tap tail fitted to the monobloc fitting.

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Building a Paver Path

| April 9, 2015
Building a Paver Path

There are several different ways to create garden paths, but one of the most attractive is to use pavers.

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Concrete Pads

| April 9, 2015

There are several reasons why you might need to lay a concrete pad in your garden. You could be creating off-road parking or erecting a garden shed. Each situation will require a different thickness pad.

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Our Top 5 Online DIY Stores

| April 9, 2015

The team at DIY Extra spend quite a lot of money on tools and materials each month, and increasingly we are finding the best deals online. Here are our five favourite online DIY Stores, in no particular order, along with why we like them and what they provide the customer.

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Cutting Glass

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Cutting Glass

In most cases, any glass you need will be cut by the glass merchant, with you just supplying the measurements. However, there may be times when you need to cut class yourself and it is important you know how to cut it correctly.

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Taps – Replacing Ceramic Discs

| April 9, 2015
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.

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Lintels

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Lintels

If you are planning to add a doorway or window to a load-bearing wall, you will almost always be required to support the load of the wall above the planned opening with a lintel.

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Laying Wall Foundations

| April 9, 2015
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.

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How To Bleed a Radiator

| April 9, 2015
How To Bleed a Radiator

The easiest way to tell if a radiator needs bleeding is by touch. A radiator that feels cold at the top, whilst warm at the bottom has air in it and must be bled.

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Laying Floorboards

| April 9, 2015
Laying Floorboards

Replacing part or all of a wooden floor is a big job which must be done with care, but even so, it is certainly a job that most people can attempt themselves.

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Plasterboard Fixings

| April 9, 2015
Plasterboard Fixings

Everything you could ever need to know about light, medium and heavyweight plasterboard fixings.

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Creating Butt Joints

| April 9, 2015
Creating Butt Joints

This guide takes a look at one of the most common joints used in woodworking, the simple but versatile Butt Joint.

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Fitting TV Aerials

| April 9, 2015

The type of aerial you need to receive the digital signal differs from those that were used to receive the old analogue transmission. Digital aerials are all wideband, meaning that they can receive transmissions across the whole frequency band, rather than just the five frequencies of the old analogue channels. Choosing the correct aerial If […]

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Restoring Wooden Furniture

| April 9, 2015

Many people have an old wooden table or some wooden chairs knocking around the house. I tend to be given first refusal on lots of old wooden furniture my family don’t want or need anymore, but often the furniture is dark and drab.

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Using a Cement Mixer

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Using a Cement Mixer

Mixing concrete and mortar by hand is fairly easy to do and offers a good amount of control over the consistency of the mix. However, if you have a large amount of concrete or mortar to mix, it is often worth hiring a small cement mixer to make things easier.

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Filling Gaps Around Window Frames

| April 9, 2015

Gaps can appear around any type of window frame, on a house of any age. They may be caused by natural settling of the house cracking existing mortar or just by bad workmanship when the window was fitted.

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How to Fit Guttering

| April 9, 2015
How to Fit Guttering

If you have inherited badly maintained gutters from the previous home owner, or if your previously well looked after guttering has somehow been damaged, you may be considering replacing some or all of this important rainwater drainage component. This guide will walk you through each step of how to fit guttering on your house.

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Sharpening Chisel Blades

| April 9, 2015
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.

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Building a Retaining Wall with Railway Sleepers

| April 9, 2015
Building a Retaining Wall with Railway Sleepers

Reclaimed wooden railway sleepers are an excellent alternative to using bricks of blocks for building retaining walls for raised beds.

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Exterior Masonry Paint

| April 9, 2015

Painting exterior masonry is one way to help keep it in good condition and can prevent water invading the brickwork, stonework or render. Masonry paint comes in several different types, each of which is more or less suited to a particular application.

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How to Clean and Seal Decking

| April 9, 2015
How to Clean and Seal Decking

Learning how to clean a deck properly will not only keep it looking good, but will also help to prolong the life of the timber. Deck cleaning can be a quick and easy process, as long as you do it fairly regularly.

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Removing a Toilet

| April 9, 2015
Removing a Toilet

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.

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Where to Fit Radiators

| April 9, 2015

Deciding where to position a new radiator in a room is, of course, completely up to you. There may be good reasons why you want to place it opposite the window or on the wall where the sofa will be but, if possible, it is usually best to follow a few rules for positioning radiators. […]

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Stripping Wallpaper

| April 9, 2015

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.

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Treating Mould and Mildew

| April 9, 2015
Treating Mould and Mildew

Simply painting over patches of mould and mildew might hide the marks for a while, but unless the mould spores are killed, it is unlikely that will be the last you see of them. Here is a complete guide to killing the mould spores and then covering the stains on your walls.

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