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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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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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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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Wallpapering Tools

| April 9, 2015
Wallpapering Tools

Wallpapering Tools. A guide to the tools needed for most household diy wallpapering jobs.

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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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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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Fixing Plasterboard to Stud Walls

| April 9, 2015
Fixing Plasterboard to Stud Walls

There are only really two ways to fix plasterboard to a stud wall, vertically and horizontally (although we could also add: The right way and the wrong way). The choice is really down to economics.

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Choosing Floor Coverings

| April 9, 2015

Choosing floor covering used to mean picking a colour of shag-pile carpet. Luckily, nowadays there is a huge range of options available to us lucky DIY-ers to choose from. But exactly what is available and what are the pro’s and con’s of each type?

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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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Erecting Wooden Panel Fencing

| April 9, 2015

Adding Wooden Panel (or Close Board) fencing along the boundary to your property is not only good for privacy and security, if done properly and maintained well, it can also add to the appeal of your home.

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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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