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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Building a Patio

| April 9, 2015
Building a Patio

Laying a Patio successfully requires planning and preparation, along with a solid foundation. Learn how to lay a simple paving slab patio that will look fantastic and last for years with little or no maintenance. The advice and tips shown here can be applied to a patio two metres square, or 20 metres square. Marking […]

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Roof Repair Tools

| April 9, 2015
Roof Repair Tools

Performing minor repairs and maintenance to your roof is very possible, but you need to work safely and if possible work with a helper. Using the correct tools and equipment is an important part of working safely.

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Installing Driveway Gates

| April 9, 2015
Installing Driveway Gates

Whilst fitting a set of driveway gates may not seem like the most complicated of tasks it should be remembered that they can be very heavy and therefore will place a large amount of strain onto existing brick pillars. For this reason, if there is any doubt as to the suitability of the pillars professional […]

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9 Easy Ways to Improve Curb Appeal

| April 9, 2015

Even without an economic downturn and all the problems in the current housing market, it is important that anyone trying to sell their house presents it in the best possible light.

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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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Unblocking a Downpipe

| April 9, 2015

If your gutter is overflowing but there is no obvious blockage along the length of the guttering, your downpipe might be blocked. There are several methods you can use to unblock a downpipe, depending on the type of pipe you have and where the blockage is located (top, middle or at the bottom).

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Protect Your Home from Flooding

| April 9, 2015
Protect Your Home from Flooding

There are several things you can do to make your property as flood-proof as possible. All of the measures explained here can be done yourself, fairly quickly, for relatively small amounts of money

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How to Build a Brick Barbecue

| April 9, 2015
How to Build a Brick Barbecue

Learn how to build a stylish brick barbecue that includes cooking, serving and storage areas. The build is easier than it may sound and should be achievable in a day or less. Although it may be initially more expensive than buying a steel barbecue, a brick barbecue will last for many years with little maintenance […]

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Replacing Shed Roof Felt

| April 9, 2015
Replacing Shed Roof Felt

Replacing worn and split felt on the roof of a shed is essential if you want your tools and other garden equipment to stay in good condition.

Learn how to remove and replace old, worn or ripped shed roof felt in this step-by-step guide.

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Shed Maintenance

| April 9, 2015 | 2 Comments

Water is one of the biggest enemies of any building, it makes it uncomfortable for the inhabitants and it rots the fabric of the building. There are three main routes to keep the fabric of your shed dry

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Tools for Creating a Sub-Base

| April 9, 2015

When constructing a driveway, path or patio, the most important step is creating a firm sub-base for the paving or gravel to sit on.

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Prepare Galvanized Steel for Painting

| April 9, 2015

If you are having steel railings or gates fitted (or if you are fitting your own), it is a very good idea to pay a little extra to get the steel galvanized before it is delivered. A galvanized coating is probably the best and most cost-effective way of helping to ensure that your external steelwork […]

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How to Clean Glass and Polycarbonate Roofs

| April 9, 2015
How to Clean Glass and Polycarbonate Roofs

Cleaning and maintaining the roof of your conservatory or sun room is one of those once or twice-a-year jobs which is as important as it is frustrating. Failing to clean and maintain the glass or polycarbonate roof of your conservatory is just storing up problems for the future, as moss, dirt and debris can attack […]

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Patching Shed Roof Felt

| April 9, 2015 | 1 Comment
Patching Shed Roof Felt

If the felt on the roof of your shed has been damaged somehow, it is very simple to apply a patch of new felt rather than replace all of the felt.

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Building a Concrete Driveway

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Building a Concrete Driveway

Adding a driveway to your property makes very good sense and if you have the room, this is a summer project you should really consider. Driveways are a good idea for several reasons, not least the added security they offer for your car.

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Maintaining a Garage Door

| April 9, 2015
Maintaining a Garage Door

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 […]

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Flat Roofing Materials

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Commonly glass-fibre or polyester fleece, impregnated with a bituminous material such as tar or asphaltic bitumen. Usually coated on one side with a mineral to help protect the felt from sunlight and weather damage. Available in a range of sizes, but commonly sold in 1m x 10m rolls.

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Choosing a Garden Shed

| April 8, 2015
Choosing a Garden Shed

A shed is many things to many people, from a sanctuary from the wife and kids to simply a space to store that spare half a bag of compost and a few tools.

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Repairing a Felt Roof

| April 8, 2015
Repairing a Felt Roof

Small bubbles, blisters and cracks are a common problems with felted flat roofs. If they are spotted early there is no reason why they need cause serious damage, and no reason for you to replace all of the felting. Check your flat roof as often as possible, particularly at the end of summer and the end of winter as both sun and rain/frost can damage roof felt.

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Setting Timber Posts in Concrete

| August 11, 2014
Setting Timber Posts in Concrete

Whether you are putting up a fence or building a raised deck, being able to securely set wooden posts into concrete foundations is a useful skill to have.

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Make Your Garden Shed Secure

| August 11, 2014
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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Repairing Exterior Render

| August 11, 2014

Render is a mix of cement, lime and sand applied to external walls either to make them more waterproof or to cover up less attractive materials.

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Polycarbonate Roofing Sheets

| August 11, 2014
Polycarbonate Roofing Sheets

Polycarbonate Roofing Sheets are mainly used on conservatories, but this highly durable material can also be used for glazing greenhouses, porch windows and much more.

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