How to Wallpaper a Room Step-by-Step

From this guide, you’ll learn how to wallpaper a room. We’ll look at the whole process from start to finish and provide you with some top tips to make everything go as smoothly as possible. As with most things DIY, good preparation is key to doing a great job. So be prepared to spend a…

How to Use a Steamer to Remove Wallpaper

A wallpaper steamer is the best tool to use to remove wallpaper. It’s fast, efficient and you can quickly strip a large room. These things are cheap, last for ages and save so much time, buying one is a no-brainer. I use one every time I need to remove wallpaper and pass it around the…

The 3 Best Types of Paint for Interior Wood

Back in the day, people automatically opted for gloss paint when painting wood around the home. Doors, skirting boards, door frames, bannisters – they all got the same treatment. These days, there are at least a couple more types of paint to consider. Let’s take a look at each of them so you can get…

6 Common Type of Hinge You’ll Find in Your Home

There are a wide variety of hinges suited to specific DIY purposes, from heavy duty gate hinges to piano lid hinges. With such a wide range of different applications relying on hinges to function correctly, we take a look at some of the many hinge types you’re likely to come across throughout the home. By…

How to Clean Paintbrushes (Water and Oil-Based Paint)

In this article, we’ll be looking at the best ways to clean paintbrushes after you’ve spent hours painting skirting boards, painting interior doors and generally sprucing up your home. A good quality paintbrush will last many decorating jobs and will help you achieve a high-quality finish. So it makes good financial sense to take care…

How to Lay Laminate Flooring

In this guide, we’ll be looking at how to lay laminate flooring. Further on in the article, you’ll find a list of tools you need to do the job and a couple of videos so you can see the process in action. If it’s your first time laying laminate flooring, I highly recommend you spend…

New Boiler Installation: Important Info and Helpful Tips

If you’re in the midst of shopping for a new boiler, you’ll appreciate it can be an expensive purchase. With many aspects to consider, including the price, energy efficiency, safety features and more, it’s important to get it right. Here, we look at how the UK government’s strategy to tackle climate change impacts boiler and…

How to Convert a Loft – Conversion Guide for Beginners

In this article, we’ll look at everything you need to consider when converting a loft or attic space into another room in your home. Typical examples include an extra bedroom, a hobby room or a home office. Converting a loft isn’t a simple DIY job you could do in a few hours nor is it…

Eco-Friendly Paints for a Sustainable Future

Before we get into the topic of eco-friendly paints, let’s take a look at the current landscape. Toxic and dangerous. Two words that describe some of the ingredients present in modern paints. They’re bad for human health and damaging to the environment. The ingredients that give paint its colour often contain cadmium, chromium and lead….

DIY Dry Rot Treatment: How To Treat Dry Rot Yourself

Every year, many homeowners face the problem of dry rot, leaving them to spend a considerable amount of money on home renovations and dry rot treatments. Meticulous homeowners stay on the lookout for all kinds of structural problems such as water damage, plumbing, or a foundation problem. Some of these structural problems can cause, or…

Building a House Extension: A Step by Step Guide

Building an extension on your house is an excellent way to improve your home. You’ll gain light, space and comfort. When moving house means hassle and costs, from stamp duty to legal fees, extending your house sounds an excellent alternative. This guide will help you: Understand all the stages Identify the planning requirements Evaluate costs…

How to Board Your Loft Whilst Achieving Good Insulation

In this article, I’ll explain how to board your loft the correct way, whilst achieving the recommended insulation thickness. Boarding out a loft helps increase the amount of storage space within your home. It’s the ideal place to store items you do not need regularly, such as Christmas decorations, collectables, or stuff you cannot store…

Electric Radiators: The Pros and Cons

Home heating systems play a pivotal role in your home, and there’s plenty to consider when you’re trying to compare the options. In this article we’ll be looking at the pros and cons of electric radiators to give you everything you need to decide if it’s the right heating solution for you. Electric Radiators: Pros…

Different Types of Damp and How to Treat Them

The appearance of damp in your property isn’t always caused by neglect or falling behind on household maintenance jobs. It can occur from external issues out of your control. For example, damage that occurs to property exteriors from high winds or flying debris can quickly lead to a damp problem without the household ever being…

How to Revive Tile Grout

Remember when you first tiled your bathroom or added a neat kitchen backsplash? The gleaming white grout looked great, didn’t it? Now though, after a couple of years of daily showers or washing dishes, it’s starting to look far less attractive. It’s likely pink in some places, black in others and off-white everywhere else. In…

How to Plaster a Wall – A Guide for Beginners

Get ready to dive into this detailed guide to plastering for beginners by somebody who does it every day! Through my whole experience as a plasterer, I’ve always been lucky to work with people who knew what they were doing. I’ve been shown the right plastering tools to use, the correct ways to prepare a…

15 Essential Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Building Contractor

This is a guest post by Grant Findley. Choosing and hiring the right building contractor for your latest home project is no easy task. The last thing you want to do is hire a cowboy builder or con artist, so you’ll need a way of vetting potential contractors until you’re feeling confident and comfortable with…

How to Paint Skirting Boards

Are you wondering how to paint skirting boards? Great! You’ll be pleased to know painting skirting boards isn’t a difficult job. However, it’s one of those jobs most people don’t enjoy. Especially because it involves lots of crouching and crawling around the floor. Typically, there are two scenarios – painting new skirting boards or repainting…

A Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Joinery

What is Japanese Joinery? Centuries before the invention of screws and fasteners, Japanese carpentries created their own beautiful and effective woodworking joints (known as joinery), closely related to Japanese architecture. It is the work of tightly slotting together pieces of timber or lumber to hold together and produce more complicated items. Joinery does not require…

How to Drain a Pressurised Central Heating System

This guide explains the process of draining down a sealed or unvented (pressurised) central heating system, so you can carry out repairs or maintenance – like replacing radiators or fixing pipework – without worry. This could save you a good wedge of cash if you know how to do it properly, but if you suspect…