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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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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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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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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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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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Electrical Safety

| April 9, 2015
Electrical Safety

Whenever you are dealing with any sort of electrical appliance or circuit it is essential that you follow some basic, but important, safety rules. If at any time you are not sure what you are doing, stop and speak to a professional.

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Penetrating and Rising Damp

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the UK we see a massive 25,000 gallons of rainwater a year, so it is no surprise that one of the most common problems in our homes is damp. Damp is usually fairly easy to fix, but can sometimes be an indication of a more serious problem.

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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 Stud Wall

| April 9, 2015 | 1 Comment
Building a Stud Wall

Have a look at our complete DIY guide to planning, building and finishing a Stud Partition Wall.

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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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Decorating Tiles

| April 9, 2015

If you are tired of your existing tiles, but don’t want to go to the trouble of removing and replacing them, you could always try decorating them.

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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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