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Improve your DIY skills and make the very best of your home, with our guides, tips, videos and step-by-step instructions to guide you through your next project.

 

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Bricklaying | Tiling | Decorating | Plumbing & Heating | Plastering

DIY Tiling Projects

If you're looking to get started with tiling projects use our guides to get off to a flying start on kitchens and bathrooms.

DIY Plumbing Projects

Whether it's a leaking tap or a new stopcock, our DIY plumbing guides will get you up and running.

DIY Plastering Projects

Get up and running with skimming and plastering.  Find tips and plastering techniques.

DIY Bricklaying Projects

If you're looking to get started with bricklaying projects use our guides to get off to a flying start on laying bricks, pointing and more.

DIY Decorating Projects

Whether it's emulsioning rooms or painting skirting boards and doors, our DIY decorating guides will get you up and running.

DIY Gardening Projects

Get up and running with planting, pruning and mowing.  Find DIY gardening tips and gardening techniques.

DIY Advice Guides By Trade

Whichever trade you're looking to master as a DIY'er, you can be sure that you'll find some useful hints and tips in our guides.

Windows and Glazing Extensions and Conversions Lofts And Loft Conversion Insulation And Ventilation

To DIY or Not to DIY?

When is it time to call in the professionals?

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Sometimes DIY jobs can seem much simpler than they are, which is why many people decide to take matters into their own hands, rather than enlisting the help on an expert.

This can work in your favour and save the costs of professional help but more often than not, it can have disastrous consequences and make matters worse.

At best, an inadequate DIY job will be displeasing on the eyes and at worst, it can be highly dangerous.

If you’re not sure when to call in the professionals make sure you stick to some rules.

The question of DIY expertise will often depend on the type of repair and how in-depth it is.

Electrical

Many small electrical repairs can be carried out by anyone, as long as you know what to do and are extremely cautious.

If the repairs are relatively basic, such as changing a switch or basic fixtures, it shouldn’t be too difficult to handle.

If the repairs are complex and may be dangerous, it is important to seek professional help.

Electrical work can lead to fires if not handled properly so make sure you know exactly what you’re doing.

If you feel uncomfortable about performing electrical repairs in the home, it’s probably a good idea to leave well alone.

There are also building regulations relating to electrical work, particularly in certain areas in the home where only competent professionals are able to carry out electrical work.

In particular, these relate to bathroom and kitchen areas.

If in doubt use the services of a certified electrician.

Plumbing

Relatively simple tasks like installing a washing machine or sink can usually be handled by someone with a decent level of DIY ability but if you don’t feel completely confident in your ability, it’s probably best to leave it to those in the know.

When plumbing isn’t sufficient, it can lead to floods and other dangerous which can end up being extremely dangerous.

Complex plumbing tasks should undoubtedly be carried out by a professional plumber.  Fitting of bathrooms and kitchens can be carried out by bathroom and kitchen fitters, however, on many occasions those fitting bathrooms or kitchens are often professional plumbers in any event.  Bathroom or Kitchen companies often employ professional plumbing contractors as part of their fitting teams.

Exterior Repairs

Simple repairs on the outside of your house, such as cracks on the walls will be easy to deal with, however loose tiles are better left to the expert as due the positioning, these can be very dangerous, especially if you are not skilled in dealing with them.

There are experts out there who can handle exterior repairs quickly and easily without causing any damage or danger to themselves or others.

Gas Appliances

Many people fall down when it comes to hooking gas appliances up correctly and this can cause many dangers such as carbon monoxide poisoning, which can prove to be lethal.

Gas appliances are best dealt with my trained professionals as there is always a danger that these repairs can go horribly wrong.

If you are in any doubt, seek some advice and assistance from an expert who will be able to ensure the repairs are carried out in a safe manner.

Gas installation work should be carried out by a tradesperson on the Gas Safe Register. which has replaced CORGI.

Asbestos

Asbestos poisoning can lead to a range of illnesses, which often take a long time to show up.

The removal of asbestos is definitely be left in the safe hands of those who know exactly how to get rid of it and in the safest way possible.

There are teams of highly skilled professionals in asbestos removal, who will be able to carry out this procedure quickly and effortlessly.

Ensure you compare a number of quotes and review estimates and scope of works proposed before choosing the appropriate service provider.

You'll likely want to undertake an asbestos survey prior to getting the substance removed safely to check whether asbestos is present in the first place in your home.

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