Home Maintenance

16 Winter Home Maintenance Tips for Outside and Inside Your Home

Our homes can take a battering during the cold winter months. And because there aren’t many daylight hours, doing DIY work around the home often takes a back seat between October through to about March. But if something goes wrong with your home during that time, you’ll have to take steps to either fix it…

Different Types of Fuse Ratings in Plugs

All electrical items in the home should have a plug top fitted with the appropriate fuse rating, the load (amps) of electrical equipment and appliances can be calculated thus :- WATTS ÷ VOLTS = AMPS 1 KILOWATT = 1000 WATTS                  VOLTS = 240v So if you have a 240 volt heater rated at 3 KW (3000…

How to Replace an Electrical Plug Socket (UK)

Replacing a damaged or faulty electrical socket-outlet should be a fairly straightforward task, but if you aren’t completely confident in your ability then you should use the services of a qualified electrician. You must switch off the consumer unit and remove the appropriate circuit fuse / miniature circuit breaker. This reduces the risk of electrocution…

Pointing Brickwork – How to Repoint a Brick Wall

The term ‘repointing brickwork’ refers to the practice of replacing, or repacking, the mortar that joins together the bricks in the walls of a building (or standalone wall).  Over time, due to weather conditions, aging and sometimes the quality of the original mix, the mortar crumbles away leaving gaps and holes, which allows water to…

How to Assemble Flat Pack Furniture Without the Headaches!

Assembling flat pack furniture can be a nightmare, but if you’re methodical and yes, you follow the instructions, you should be able to build your typical flat pack furniture from IKEA and other stores without too much hassle. If you’re able, especially if you’re putting together a large item such as a wardrobe, work in…

How to Hang a New Internal Door

From this post you will learn how to hang a new internal door to an existing frame. There’s a short video at the end of the post, which shows you exactly how to hang a new interior wooden door. If you prefer watching over reading, scroll down to watch it. When you have your new…

How to Fit Door Handles and Latch to Interior Doors

From this post, you will learn how to fit the latch, latch plate and door handles to a new door and door frame. First of all, decide on an appropriate height for the door handles and mark the centre of the door handle on the edge of the door with a pencil. Using a square, mark…

How to Repair Cracked or Damaged Plaster on Internal Walls

Should you discover cracks or patches of loose plaster on the internal walls of your home (usually found when you redecorate), you will have to repair the walls before painting or wallpapering. Small cracks can be repaired using an appropriate flexible filler, then sanded to a smooth finish. Larger patches of damaged or loose plaster will require…

How to Fit Security Lights to Protect Your Home

Making your home more secure to deter burglars doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Fitting a security light is a great deterrent against burglars and can be very handy as the winter nights draw in. You don’t need a mega-wattage fitting that will scorch the grass from 10 metres, a 150 watt halogen floodlight with…

How to Tile a Wall

Before you start tiling a wall, you’ll need get it ready for the new tiles. The first job to do is to remove any existing tiles from the wall. This can be done using a hammer and bolster chisel. I strongly urge you to wear safety goggles and gloves when removing tiles from a wall…

How to Install PVC Gutters and Downpipes

Do you need to install a PVC gutter or downpipe? Read on. This article is for you. Start by measuring the length of guttering and downpipe you need for the project. Make a list of any connectors, stop ends, set angle pieces of gutter, gutter outlets, clips/brackets (usually spaced around 30″ (760mm) apart) and fixings…

How to Lay Bricks: Bricklaying Tips for Beginners

In this article, we’ll be looking at how to lay bricks. If you’ve never laid bricks before it’s good practice to build a small sample wall first. A four brick course (row), three bricks high is sufficient. The bricks can always be cleaned and reused later. When you are happy with your ‘practice’ wall, you can start…

One-Way Lighting Circuit Modified for Two-Way Switching

Here are some helpful diagrams that show how lighting operating on a one-way switch can be changed relatively easily for two-way switch operation. Turn off the consumer unit and remove the appropriate circuit fuse / miniature circuit breaker first before working on any electrical circuit, once the cable is installed make the connections to the two-way switches…

How to Fit a Dado Rail

First of all you will have to decide on a suitable height for the dado rail, it doesn’t want to be either too high or too low, as an example, on a recent project the dado rail was fitted at a height of 37 1/2″ (950mm) to the top edge with a room ceiling height of 116 1/2″ (2450mm). When you…

3 Easy Ways to Draught-Proof Doors

Draughty doors are a nuisance. They make your home colder and increase your energy bills. But there are several ways you can draught-proof doors so you feel more comfortable and keep more money in your pocket. The good news is that these methods don’t cost at a lot to implement and they provide tremendous benefits…

How to Mix Concrete or Mortar by Hand

Knowing how to mix concrete or mortar is a useful skill to have when you do a lot of outside DIY jobs around the home. A few examples include when you’re building a brick barbecue, repointing brick walls and building walls from scratch. The methods for mixing mortar and cement by hand are basically the…

Which Screws do I Use?

If you are fixing something to a wall the first thing you must do is to ascertain how heavy it is and what is the wall made of, eg brick, plasterboard, thermal block etc. Experience does go a long way to help you decide what size / type of screw and plastic rawlplug you should need and the…

How to Replace a Ceiling Rose

Replacing a ceiling rose is a job that can be carried out by a competent DIYer, but as always, if you’re not confident working with electricity you should use the services of a reliable electrician. The best way to find a decent electrician is by asking your friends (Facebook is perfect). Failing that, check your…

How to Fit a Kitchen

Are you wondering how to fit a kitchen? In this article I’ll tell you about the process I used for fitting a new kitchen in my mum’s home. You can see the before and after pictures below. The cost of bringing in a contractor to fit a new kitchen could run into several thousands of…

How to Stop Pipes from Freezing

If a water pipe freezes and bursts inside your home, it could cause a terrible mess and leave you with a large repair bill. It’s highly likely going to be a terrible experience for you and your family given that water pipes only freeze when the outside temperature drops below zero. So, in this case,…