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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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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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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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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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Repairing Skirting Board – Dremel Guide

| April 9, 2015
Repairing Skirting Board – Dremel Guide

Skirting boards get scuffed and worn and in some cases rot away or simply haven’t been fitted in the first place. Spending a little bit of time creating and fitting or replacing them will really help to smarten up your home.

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Finding Wall Studs

| April 9, 2015
Finding Wall Studs

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.

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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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Restoring Woodblock Flooring

| April 9, 2015

Woodblock or Parquet flooring can be very attractive in any home, but especially in period homes. Over time, a woodblock floor can become faded and damaged, even losing some of the many hundreds of individual wooden blocks which make up the pattern.

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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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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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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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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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Repairing Wooden Staircase Balusters

| April 9, 2015
Repairing Wooden Staircase Balusters

If your wooden staircase is the type which is nailed, you may find that nails work loose over time.

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Fitting Shelves into Alcoves

| April 9, 2015

Learn how to fit shelving into alcoves and other potentially wasted space in your home. Well built shelves can make any alcove both more attractive and more useful. The recesses beside chimney breasts are a very popular location for shelving. This guide will show you two different ways to add shelves to any alcove. Batten […]

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How to Fit a Door Lining

| April 9, 2015

Before fitting a door into an opening in a stud or brick wall, you need to fit a door lining. The door lining gives you something to firmly affix the hinges to

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Floorboards

| April 9, 2015

There are several options to choose from when laying new or replacing existing floorboards, but your final decision will depend very much on how you plan to finish the room.

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Sanding a Wood Floor

| April 9, 2015
Sanding a Wood Floor

Having sanded wooden floors can make a big difference to the look and appeal of your house.

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Reclaiming and Reusing Timber

| April 8, 2015
Reclaiming and Reusing Timber

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 […]

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Replacing Sash Window Cords

| April 8, 2015
Replacing Sash Window Cords

Replacing Sash Window Cords is not the easiest task, but it can be done, and done for far less money than it would cost a professional to fix.

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Fitting Standard Architrave

| February 28, 2015
Fitting Standard Architrave

Fitting architrave around a doorway properly is not the most difficult of DIY job, but it important to the finished look of any internal doorway. Architrave not only hides the joint between the door lining and the wall, but it also makes the doorway look complete.

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Understanding Internal Partition Walls

| February 18, 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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Learn How to Hang Shelves

| February 12, 2015
Learn How to Hang Shelves

Adding shelves to a room, whether as a feature or in a hidden-away corner, is one of the easiest ways of creating extra storage. Shelves can be made from a wide variety of materials, can be hung in a number of different ways and can be bought ready-made or custom build to suit a specific […]

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How to Fit a Concealed Door Closer

| August 11, 2014
How to Fit a Concealed Door Closer

A concealed door closer consists of the spring and chain mechanism in a metal barrel and two metal plates that attach to the frame and the door.

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Shaping Wood by Hand

| August 11, 2014
Shaping Wood by Hand

Although much of the cutting and shaping of wood is best done with power tools, being able to shape wood using hand tools is a useful skill to have.

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Choosing and Buying Softwood

| June 27, 2014
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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Repairing a Wooden Windowsill

| February 21, 2013

Keeping the external part of a wooden windowsill sound and free from rot is essential. Windowsills are designed to draw rainwater and other moisture away from the house but cannot do this properly if the windowsill is not protected by paint or varnish.

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Replacing Kitchen Cupboard Doors

| February 21, 2013
Replacing Kitchen Cupboard Doors

One of the easiest ways to give your kitchen a relatively cheap makeover is to replace the doors of the units.

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Using a Power Sander

| February 21, 2013

If you are investing in a power sander, a random-orbit sander is probably the best choice for most common sanding jobs around the home.

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Applying Oil or Wax to Wood

| February 21, 2013

Oil makes a great finish for good quality wood in areas of high traffic where it will be handled a lot, and in areas where moisture is going to be in the air. It takes a bit of time and care to apply, but the results are worth it if done properly.

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Replacing Balustrading

| February 21, 2013

If your wooden balustrade is damaged in several places it is possible to replace individual components or you can buy a full kit to replace balusters, handrail, base rail and newel posts.

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