Home Maintenance

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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,…

How to Remove Wallpaper Without a Steamer

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. Check out this guide (how to use a…