Home Maintenance

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…

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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…

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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…

Painting & Decorating

A Guide to the Different Types of Plaster

Here’s a quick guide to the different types of plaster you typically use for home DIY jobs. You should be able to buy each of these from your local DIY store. Browning Used as a base coat on walls, brickwork, block work, breeze block and plasterboard. A 25kg bag will cover approximately 3-3.5 square metres…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Garden DIY

DIY Garden Planters

Garden planters can add colour to a patio or grassed area without costing a fortune. You can build them to the size and shape you need and not make do with what’s available at the local garden centre or DIY store. Perhaps the biggest advantage of garden planters is the ability to move them around to suit the style and…

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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…

Home Maintenance

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…

Painting & Decorating

How to Prepare and Paint Walls and Ceilings

If the walls or ceiling you wish to paint have been recently plastered then they will need to be completely dried out before any paint can be applied. This could take several weeks depending on the temperature in the room. Related: 10 tips for painting walls and ceilings like a professional It is sensible to wait this…

Painting & Decorating

How to Prepare Interior Woodwork for Painting

In this article, we’ll be looking at how to prepare interior woodwork for painting. You can use the methods described on skirting boards, window sills, architraves, bannisters, rails, doors etc. Good preparation is key when you’re painting interior woodwork. It’s worth spending more time on this part of the process than you think you need…

Painting & Decorating

Home Decorating Equipment – The Tools and Gear You Need

Welcome to my comprehensive list of all the home decorating equipment and tools you need to keep your house or flat looking smart and presentable. Under the umbrella term ‘home decorating’ I include painting, wallpapering and ongoing cosmetic maintenance. You can buy cheap versions of all this equipment from markets, hardware shops and online. But…

Home Maintenance

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…

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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…

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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 walls and building walls from scratch. The methods for mixing mortar and cement by hand are basically the same….

Garden DIY | Home Maintenance

How to Lay Flags or Decorative Paving

Tools required :- Spade / shovel, spot board, trowel, 1000 / 600mm spirit level, tape measure, wood saw, rubber mallet and plate vibrator (whacker plate). There are two common ways DIYers lay flags, the first is the spot method where five dollops of mortar are put on the ground and the flag is positioned level on top. This method,…

Home Maintenance

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…