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Planning Permission

| April 9, 2015

A guide for DIY-ers needing to apply for planning permission in the UK.

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How to Install Decking

| April 9, 2015
How to Install Decking

Decking is a great addition to almost any garden, providing you with an attractive and useful seating area.

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Removing a Fireplace

| April 9, 2015
Removing a Fireplace

There may be one of several reasons why you would want to remove your fireplace, from simply wanting to replace it with another to just wanting to get rid of a fireplace altogether to update the look of the room.

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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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Self-Build Guide

| April 9, 2015

Building your own home can be both one of the most rewarding and the most stressful things you will ever do in your life. There are numerous benefits to building your own home, as well as many pitfalls waiting to catch out the unprepared.

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Constructing a Radiator Cover – Dremel Guide

| April 9, 2015
Constructing a Radiator Cover – Dremel Guide

Radiators don’t have to be boring. If your boring radiators need a bit of a facelift, why not create a wooden case for it, add a screen and paint it?

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DIY Home Security

| April 9, 2015

Improving your home security needn’t mean spending a fortune on flash burglar alarms (although that’s not to say that alarms are a bad idea!). There are numerous steps you can take to make your home more secure that cost just a few pounds, and some that will cost nothing except a bit of your time.

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Removing a Cast-Iron Bath

| April 9, 2015

If you are renovating the bathroom in an older house, you may need to remove an old cast-iron bath to make way for a modern replacement.

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Fitting an Insulated Wall Lining

| April 9, 2015

There are several ways to insulate a party wall to cut the sound that is transmitted, but one of the most effective is adding an insulated lining.

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Installing a Water Butt

| April 9, 2015
Installing a Water Butt

It seems that no matter how much rain the UK sees throughout the year, a few weeks of good weather will see the threat of hosepipe bans hitting the news all too frequently. Being able to tap into your own supply of rain water for things like watering plants or washing the car has considerable […]

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Replacing Sash Window Cords

| April 9, 2015
Replacing Sash Window Cords

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.

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Ready Mix Concrete

| April 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

There are a few DIY jobs which might require large amounts of concrete at one time, including creating concrete driveways or laying the concrete slab foundation for a garage or outbuilding.

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Building a Metal Framed Stud Wall

| April 9, 2015

If you need to partition a room where sound penetration is not an issue, using a metal-frame stud wall kit can be an easier and cleaner option to building a traditional stud wall.

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Wiring a Plug

| April 9, 2015
Wiring a Plug

A very simple DIY task, but one that is important you get right. The plug of any electrical device is about as close as you will ever get to the wiring, but it is also the part which gets pulled and pushed and knocked around. Making sure that it is wired correctly and securely is […]

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Bosch IXO 4 Cordless Lithium-Ion Screwdriver

| April 9, 2015
Bosch IXO 4 Cordless Lithium-Ion Screwdriver

The Bosch IXO 4 Cordless Lithium-Ion Screwdriver is more than just a pretty face–this small and handy tool can take on a wide range of everyday screwdriving tasks.

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Repairing Concrete Steps

| April 9, 2015
Repairing Concrete Steps

Casting new concrete steps requires quite a lot of complicated formwork and is tricky to get right. If you need steps in your garden, it is better and easier to build them from pre-cast slabs and blocks, or even bricks.

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Lagging Pipes and Water Tanks

| April 9, 2015
Lagging Pipes and Water Tanks

Properly lagging both hot and cold water pipes and tanks is an important part of saving energy and money in your home.

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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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Papering a Ceiling

| April 9, 2015

In most cases it is better to paint a ceiling rather than papering it. Applying wallpaper to ceilings is tricky as you are working at awkward angles and against gravity.

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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 Fix Sticking Doors

| April 9, 2015

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

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Cleaning Brushes and Rollers

| April 9, 2015

It is a little known fact that paintbrushes actually improve the more they are used, as long as they are looked after.

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10 Tips for Building Stud Walls

| April 9, 2015
10 Tips for Building Stud Walls

Planning, building, altering or removing a stud wall are all home improvement projects that are manageable by most competent DIY-ers. Being able to completely change the layout of a room, add storage space or a bathroom or turn two rooms into one, without having to call in an expensive builder has got to be worth considering.

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Draper 230-Volt Hammer Drill

| April 9, 2015
Draper 230-Volt Hammer Drill

This practical Draper hammer drill has an ergonomic design, which gives you better control when drilling

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Replacing Taps

| April 9, 2015

The first thing you need to do is to turn off the water supply to the taps. Most modern plumbing feature a isolator valve on the pipes close to the taps which can be closed with a screwdriver.

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Make Your Garden Shed Secure

| April 9, 2015
Make Your Garden Shed Secure

Even if you only have a couple of bikes and a few tools in your shed, the cost of replacing them could still be several hundred pounds. On top of that, tools stored in your unsecured shed could be used to gain access to your house.

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5 Tips for Avoiding Cowboy Builders

| April 9, 2015

If you have decided that a project is too difficult, dangerous or time consuming to do it yourself, it is time to call in the professional. Hiring a tradesman rather than doing something yourself often means that you will be handing over a substantial sum of money and letting a stranger into your home. It […]

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Making a Footlifter

| April 9, 2015
Making a Footlifter

Plasterboard is heavy and cumbersome and even holding it in place against the studwork is tricky at times. One of the ways to lessen this problem is to make yourself a simple tool called a Footlifter or Rocking Wedge.

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How to Replace a Radiator Valve

| April 9, 2015

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.

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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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