Home Maintenance

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…

Garden DIY

How to Build a Shed Base

The majority of homeowners have some kind of structure in their gardens, whether it’s a shed, log cabin or form of bike storage; but many of us don’t consider the important steps that go into the planning of a new shed. We just assume that it gets delivered and set down where we want it…

Home Maintenance

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…

Painting & Decorating

The DIY Guide to Wallpapering Feature Walls

Tastes change over time, so it is not surprising that the decor in our homes is constantly evolving. The trend for ultra-modern surroundings is not everyone’s cup of tea, but even in those rooms you will see twists on modern decor. I am referring to the one wall that people choose to wallpaper to make…

Garden DIY

How to Build a Summer House

There was an upsurge in the popularity of garden design in the 1980s thanks to the garden renovation programs on television and personalities like Alan Titchmarsh. Also, thanks to the rise in the popularity of DIY stores and garden centres, materials were widely available to the general public in a way that they never were…

Painting & Decorating

How to Paint Interior Doors Like a Pro

Over time the interior doors of your home will start looking a bit grubby and worse for wear. This is especially true if you have little ones running around all day. If money is flush and you fancy a change, you could invest in new doors from a local builders merchant or online from a…

Home Maintenance

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…

Painting & Decorating

10 Tips for Painting Walls and Ceilings Like a Pro

Painting might seem simple at first glance, but the tradesmen who have mastered it have plenty of secrets for improving efficiency while getting fantastic results. The top 10 tips for everything from preparation to completion are covered here so you can finish your project more easily without sacrificing quality. 1. To maintain a consistent texture,…

Home Maintenance

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,…

Home Maintenance

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…

Home Maintenance

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,…

Home Maintenance

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…

Home Maintenance

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…

Home Maintenance

How to Remove Wall Tiles

In this article, we’ll be covering the topic of how to remove wall tiles. But before we get to that section, a word about safety. Before you start removing wall tiles, you need to think about protection. Firstly, for yourself. Because tiles are hard-wearing, and removing them sometimes requires brute force, you definitely need to…

Garden DIY

How to Fit an Electrical Supply for a Garden Pond or Water Feature

This post is all about warning DIYers against the idea of fitting an electrical supply in your garden for a pond or water feature. Any electrical work carried out in the garden should be done by a suitably qualified electrician. Check out this site to find one in your area. The installation of cables and…

Painting & Decorating

How to Hang Lining Paper – A Complete Guide

In this article, we’re going to look at how you can hang and paint lining paper to achieve the same finish as a newly plastered wall. Using lining paper this way removes the cost and mess associated with hiring a plasterer (tips for vetting building contractors) or plastering a wall yourself. (If you’ve never plastered a…

Home Maintenance

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…

Home Maintenance

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…