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Fitting Coving

| April 9, 2015

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.

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Laying Turf Correctly

| April 9, 2015

Arrange for your turf to arrive no more than 1 day before you plan to lay it. When it arrives, if the weather is hot and dry, soak the outside of the pallet with water, making sure to apply plenty water to the ends of rolls that are showing. You should order an appropriate pre-turfing […]

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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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9 Easy Ways to Improve Curb Appeal

| April 9, 2015

Even without an economic downturn and all the problems in the current housing market, it is important that anyone trying to sell their house presents it in the best possible light.

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Skip Hire

| April 9, 2015

A guide to skip hire in the UK. Including what to look out for when hiring and how skip hire works.

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Types of Plumbing Joint

| April 9, 2015
Types of Plumbing Joint

If you are making alterations or repairs to copper plumbing pipes, you will probably need to connect two or more sections of pipe at some point. There are several different options available to you and most are available as elbow joints, tee joints and threaded joints, as well as straight coupling joints.

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Paint Problems

| April 9, 2015

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Choosing and Buying Softwood

| April 9, 2015
Choosing and Buying Softwood

Using softwood for your DIY projects makes very good sense for several reasons. Firstly it is easier to work than hardwood and so the finished results have a better chance of being good.

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Types of Plasterboard

| April 9, 2015
Types of Plasterboard

Discover the different types of plasterboard available for the DIY market and learn which type is suitable for each different situation.

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Repairing Leaded Light Windows

| April 9, 2015
Repairing Leaded Light Windows

Lead Lights, the stained glass sometimes found in or above doors in older houses, can seem difficult to repair if one of the small sections of coloured glass gets cracked or smashed. In reality, replacing the small panes of glass is a fairly simple, if slightly fiddly, job. The main problem you might encounter is […]

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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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Building a Patio

| April 9, 2015
Building a Patio

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 […]

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Using Wallpaper Paste

| April 9, 2015
Using Wallpaper Paste

Although you might think that one wallpaper paste is much the same as the next, there are actually several different types, each with quite specific uses. Most of these types of paste come as a powder or flakes ready to be mixed with water. However, you can also by ready mixed paste.

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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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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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Building a Brick Pier

| April 9, 2015
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).

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Repairing Plastered Corners

| April 9, 2015
Repairing Plastered Corners

Where plaster has broken off of an external corner (such as the corner of a chimney breast) it can be difficult to make a good repair. Making a sharp corner and achieving a level finish is harder because you often have no solid surface to press the wet plaster against.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Applying Joint Compound

| April 9, 2015

Whenever you use plasterboards as the finished surface of a wall (when no plaster is going to be applied over the top) you need to seal and disguise the tapered joints where the boards meet.

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Draining a Central Heating System

| April 9, 2015

There are several reasons why you migh need to drain a central heating system, from repairing a leak to replacing radiators. It is a fairly simple process if you follow some basic rules.

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