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.
When hanging a picture, putting up shelves or attaching anything to a partition wall, it is important to find and fix into one of the wooden studs that make up the wall structure. There are several methods you can use to find the studs in a partition wall, depending on what tools you have to hand.
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 […]
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 […]
Fitting a garage door is not a DIY task everyone will want to try, but with the right tools, planning and instruction, it can be achieved by most people. Whilst there are many forms of garage door on the market, home-owners looking for a suitable design for DIY installation should seriously consider installing an insulated […]
Despite the fact that a garage door is extremely heavy and dangerous, it is amazing how many households pay little attention to this fact by letting it fall into a terrible state of disrepair. In fact when you consider that with the door is in the open position there is around 75-200kg of weight dangling […]
Using reclaimed timber for home improvement projects is very popular at the moment. The use of reclaimed timber, for lintels, floorboards, mantelpieces and other exposed features, can really add character to your home, particularly if you live in a period property. You can buy reclaimed timber which has been refinished ready for reuse, but this […]
When laying any type of floor covering onto a solid floor, it is important that the subfloor is sound, level and flat. By ensuring that the subfloor is in the best possible condition, you will create a far better finish and help to keep the flooring in better overall condition. There are several possible different […]
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 […]
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.
There are several reasons why you may want to build a partition wall from solid blocks, rather than the potentially easier and quicker stud partition wall. Solid walls will give far greater acoustic and thermal insulation than a stud wall (even if the stud wall has insulation fitted) and will certainly feel more solid.
Taking out a wall between two rooms, the dining and living room for example, can be a great idea. For a start you will have a larger room, most likely with more light as there will probably be at least two windows in it. However there are several things to consider before taking out that sledgehammer.