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Fitting Pipes into a Stud Wall

| April 9, 2015
Fitting Pipes into a Stud Wall

If you are planning to construct a stud wall to create a bathroom, for example, you might need to fit plumbing behind the plasterboard. This is fairly easy to do, as long as yoiu remember a few simple rules.

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Laying a Concrete Floor

| April 9, 2015
Laying a Concrete Floor

A rotten or damaged suspended timber floor, on the groundfloor of a house, can usually be replaced with a solid concrete floor if you wish.

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Hanging a Door

| April 9, 2015
Hanging a Door

Learn the quickest and easiest way to hang a new solid wood or flush panel door.

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Leaking Gutter Joints

| April 9, 2015
Leaking Gutter Joints

A leaking gutter is one the most common causes of isolated damp in UK homes, even though it is one of the easiest to spot early and to fix quickly.

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How to Balance Radiators

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
How to Balance Radiators

Knowing how to balance the radiator circuit of a gas central heating system is a handy trick that can make the difference between a miserable winter and a harmonious one.

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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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Types of Foundation

| April 9, 2015
Types of Foundation

Using or being able to identify the correct types of foundation needed for a particular building project can mean the difference between success and failure. Without a solid foundation, any walls or other structures are liable to move over time, and even collapse if the ground is unsuitable enough. Understanding the type of foundation your […]

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Removing Paint Distemper

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Distemper used to be a popular finish, and in older houses you are quite likely to come across it when renovating or redecorating. Distemper is chalk mixed with a glue and water.

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Painting Wooden Window Frames

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Although this might seem like a simple job, painting window frames should always be completed in a certain way.

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How to Choose Drill Bits

| April 9, 2015
How to Choose Drill Bits

Having a decent drill is only part of any diy job. If you do not have the correct drill bit for the task at hand, you will be making things hard (and possibly dangerous) for yourself.

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Covering Damp Stains on walls

| April 9, 2015
Covering Damp Stains on walls

If you have had a problem with damp that has left unsightly stains on the walls or ceilings of your home, covering them up after the problem has been solved can be tricky.

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Cutting a Doorway in a Stud Wall

| April 9, 2015
Cutting a Doorway in a Stud Wall

Creating a new opening in a stud wall may sound like a massive task, but as long as you plan carefully and follow a few simple rules, it really should be fairly straightforward.

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Dremel’s New Compact Saw Makes Precise Cutting Easy

| April 9, 2015
Dremel’s New Compact Saw Makes Precise Cutting Easy

The DSM20 is the latest tool in Dremel’s outstanding line of Versatile Tool Systems.

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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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Laying Carpet Underlay

| April 9, 2015
Laying Carpet Underlay

Carpet Underlay serves several useful purposes. It acts as a cushion for the carpet, helping to reduce wear and stopping the pile being flattened. Properly laid, it will also act as a very good insulator of both heat and sound

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Fitting Waste Pipes and Traps

| April 9, 2015
Fitting Waste Pipes and Traps

In modern plumbing systems, the waste pipes which carry away used water are normally made from plastic.

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Repairing Chipped Ceramic Tiles

| April 9, 2015
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.

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Tiling Around a Toilet – Dremel

| April 9, 2015
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.

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Clearing Blocked Drains

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Clearing Blocked Drains

Clearing blocked drains can often be a tougher job as the blockages will generally be bigger and can sometimes be a sign of a bigger problem such as a break in the pipe. However, you can tackle blockages yourself if you have the right tools and the inclination.

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Curing Airlocks

| April 9, 2015

Airlocks are common, particularly if your system has not been used for a prolonged period, but can be fixed quite easily.

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Rainwater Drainage System

| April 9, 2015

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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Home Improvement Safety Tips

| April 9, 2015
Home Improvement Safety Tips

These Home Improvement Safety Tips cover the very least you should think about before even opening your toolbox.

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Understanding Internal Partition Walls

| April 9, 2015
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 […]

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Repairing and Replacing Floorboards

| April 9, 2015
Repairing and Replacing Floorboards

Most older homes will have floors constructed using individual floorboards nailed to the floor joists, either on both floors or just the first floor.

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Fixing Snapped Blind Slats

| April 9, 2015
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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Guide to Hand Saws

| April 9, 2015

Choosing the right saw for the job can make a huge difference to both how easy the job is to complete and the finish of the cut.

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Preparing Plaster for Decoration

| April 9, 2015

Before you can decorate over newly finished plaster, you must allow it to dry out completely. Depending on the size of the area plastered, this could take several days. If efflorescence is forming on the surface, it is still drying out. Wipe any efflorescence away each time it appears. Once it stops, the plaster should […]

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Fitting a Cold Water Storage Tank

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Fitting a Cold Water Storage Tank

Checking the condition of the cold-water storage tank in your loft is important. Not only does this tank supply a lot of your water, it also has the potential to cause a lot of damage should it spring a leak.

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Tiling a Splashback

| April 9, 2015

The easiest way to create a splashback is to use only full tiles, extending them slightly past the edge of the fixture.

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Guide to Boilers

| April 9, 2015

There are several different types of boilers on the market, and which one you choose depends on both your heating requirements and your budget.

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