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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Which Door Handles are Best for You?

It may seem like a simple decision to make at first, but once you start looking for internal door handles you’ll soon realise, like with many products, there’s much more to door furniture than meets the eye! All of a sudden you’ll find out that there’s quite literally hundreds of models, styles and finishes of…

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How to Remove and Replace a Central Heating Radiator

There are several reasons why you might want to take a central heating radiator off the wall. Maybe you are fed up with struggling to wallpaper behind it or perhaps it is rusty, and you need to replace it. You might find that it no longer gets hot at the bottom even though you bleed…

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How to Fit a Bathroom Extractor Fan

Whenever you have a bath or shower, the steam generated from the hot water in your bathroom will eventually cause the moisture in the air to linger around and form a mist. And if you stay in the bathroom long enough your walls will start to “sweat” – even if you have a window or…

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How to Clean and Maintain Cast Iron Gutters

Cast iron guttering is very popular, particularly for its endurance and traditional appearance. Older houses often have cast iron gutters, and will need painting every now and again as opposed to plastic or PVC gutters and downpipes. If cast iron gutters are maintained and cleaned properly and regularly they can last a very long time,…

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Idiot’s Guide to Dry Lining

When it comes to DIY projects, dry lining is one of the most popular for homeowners to tackle on their own. Although you don’t need to be particularly skilled to install dry lining, it is however important that you have all the right materials, tools and knowledge, whilst working in a methodical manner. This guide…

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Fitting a Bath – How to Install a New Bathtub

Installing a bath isn’t a particularly difficult project; as long as you plan thoroughly and work in a methodical fashion you should be able to achieve a satisfactory end result. Here we work through the steps for installing a new bath in the order you are likely to encounter them The first step should, of course,…

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How to Remove Wallpaper

Are you looking for a quick and easy way to remove wallpaper before redecorating? Sorry to burst your bubble but there isn’t one! Every method I know is messy and takes forever. With that said, there is one method that outshines the rest – using an electric steamer.  These things make removing wallpaper so much…

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A Guide to Making Your Own Radiator Cover or Cabinet From Wood

How much time have you spent trying to find a radiator cover or cabinet that is the correct size for your needs, only to realise one of  the measurements is not quite right or the finished colour doesn’t match your existing furniture. If you are a good all-round DIYer why not have a go at building one of your own, I…