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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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Laying Floorboards

| April 9, 2015
Laying Floorboards

Replacing part or all of a wooden floor is a big job which must be done with care, but even so, it is certainly a job that most people can attempt themselves.

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Plasterboard Fixings

| April 9, 2015
Plasterboard Fixings

Everything you could ever need to know about light, medium and heavyweight plasterboard fixings.

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Creating Butt Joints

| April 9, 2015
Creating Butt Joints

This guide takes a look at one of the most common joints used in woodworking, the simple but versatile Butt Joint.

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Fitting TV Aerials

| April 9, 2015

The type of aerial you need to receive the digital signal differs from those that were used to receive the old analogue transmission. Digital aerials are all wideband, meaning that they can receive transmissions across the whole frequency band, rather than just the five frequencies of the old analogue channels. Choosing the correct aerial If […]

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Restoring Wooden Furniture

| April 9, 2015

Many people have an old wooden table or some wooden chairs knocking around the house. I tend to be given first refusal on lots of old wooden furniture my family don’t want or need anymore, but often the furniture is dark and drab.

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Using a Cement Mixer

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Using a Cement Mixer

Mixing concrete and mortar by hand is fairly easy to do and offers a good amount of control over the consistency of the mix. However, if you have a large amount of concrete or mortar to mix, it is often worth hiring a small cement mixer to make things easier.

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Filling Gaps Around Window Frames

| April 9, 2015

Gaps can appear around any type of window frame, on a house of any age. They may be caused by natural settling of the house cracking existing mortar or just by bad workmanship when the window was fitted.

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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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Sharpening Chisel Blades

| April 9, 2015
Sharpening Chisel Blades

Whenever you are working wood with a chisel, it is essential that you keep the blade as sharp as possible. This will not only make your job easier, but will almost always result in a better finish to whatever you are paring.

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Building a Retaining Wall with Railway Sleepers

| April 9, 2015
Building a Retaining Wall with Railway Sleepers

Reclaimed wooden railway sleepers are an excellent alternative to using bricks of blocks for building retaining walls for raised beds.

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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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How to Clean and Seal Decking

| April 9, 2015
How to Clean and Seal Decking

Learning how to clean a deck properly will not only keep it looking good, but will also help to prolong the life of the timber. Deck cleaning can be a quick and easy process, as long as you do it fairly regularly.

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Removing a Toilet

| April 9, 2015
Removing a Toilet

If you are replacing the cistern and the WC, you might be able to get then whole thing away from the wall in one go, but it is better to remove the cistern first, before tackling the WC.

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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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Stripping Wallpaper

| April 9, 2015

The key to successfully stripping wallpaper is to take your time, prepare the wallpaper properly and work methodically. Make sure you have everything you need for the job, including any specific wallpaper removing tools such as an orbital paper scorer and a clean paper knife.

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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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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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Types of Glass

| April 9, 2015

Glass is available in a variety of thicknesses. The thickness you choose depends on things such as the amount of exposure to wind (and the suction load on the surface) and the size of the sheet required. Most domestic glass is 4mm thick.

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Fitting Classical Architrave

| April 9, 2015
Fitting Classical Architrave

Fitting a classical-style architrave rather than a standard one can really add a touch of class to your home. There are perhaps houses which would not suit classical-style architrave, but in period houses and houses with larger rooms, this more ornate style can look great.

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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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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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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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Sealers and Primers

| April 9, 2015

Preparation is the key to any decorating job. You may be the best painter or decorator in the country, but if you do not prepare your surfaces well, the result will often be less than perfect.

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Concrete Surface Finishes

| April 9, 2015

The surface of any concrete you lay can be finished in a number of different ways. Ideally, concrete should be made slightly rough to give a better grip if it is to be walked on.

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Choosing the Best Wood Finish

| April 9, 2015
Choosing the Best Wood Finish

There are several options available to you when thinking about finishing exposed wood both inside and outside your home. This guide will hopefully help you choose the right finish for the job at hand.

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Basement Waterproofing

| April 9, 2015

Keeping your basement dry can be a difficult task. But it’s not surprising when you consider that your house is surrounded by water. The soil surrounding your house contains water from rain and snow.

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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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Ceramic Taps

| April 9, 2015

Not every plumbing job needs a licensed plumber. In fact there are many small jobs that can easily be handled by the do-it-yourself plumber. So when it comes to DIY plumbing, are ceramic taps an option for you to install?

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Cutting and Shaping Tiles

| April 9, 2015
Cutting and Shaping Tiles

There are several ways to cut tiles correctly, depending on what type of cut you are trying to achieve. Straight cuts are best done with a tile cutting jig. This is a purpose made device which makes it easy to hold and score a line in a tile.

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