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 … Read more

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 … Read more

How to Fit a Dado Rail (and Make Sure it’s Straight!)

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. For 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 … Read more

Two Ways to Lay Flags or Decorative Paving (Spot and Screed)

There are two common ways DIYers lay flags. The first is the spot method. The way to do this is to place five dollops of mortar on the ground (one in each corner and one in the middle) and position the paving slab on top of the mortar. Once the flag’s in place, use a … Read more