DIY Projects

Installing A Walk In Shower In Your Bathroom

Shower head in bathroom

In the last few decades we have completely embraced the shower here in the UK, with the percentage of homes with a shower increasing from 20% in the early 1970s to 85% or more today. Showers don’t take up as much room as a bath and save water too, but installing a shower doesn’t have to mean a small shower tray stuck in the corner of the bathroom. For a really luxurious and contemporary look, think about having a walk-in shower fitted.

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Installing A Heated Towel Rail In Your Bathroom

Heated towel rail in a bathroom

Getting the design of a bathroom right can be very tricky. Most of the problems come from the fact that the location of the sink, bath and loo are pretty much fixed, unless you want to go through costly and disruptive plumbing work. Freeing up some of the wall space can make the way in which you use your space more flexible, and one of the best ways of doing this is be replacing a bulky radiator with a heated towel rail.

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Can I Install My New Bathroom Myself?

Red bathroom

As a nation, we’ve never had such an appetite for DIY. We devour home improvement and building programmes on television, and every Bank Holiday weekend the DIY shops are full to bursting with people buying paint or new bathroom tiles. Most of us are confident that we can tackle the small DIY jobs around the house such as putting up shelves or decorating the spare bedroom. But what about larger projects like replacing a bathroom suite and you’re contemplating “Can I install my new bathroom myself”?

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How To Create An Extra Bathroom

Aqua Modern Bathroom

You can never have too many bathrooms, and 80% of buyers put the number of bathrooms right at the top of the list when it comes to choosing a new home. If you have a growing family putting pressure on your bathroom, or just a partner who takes hours over brushing their teeth in the morning, then adding another bathroom to your home could make life far more pleasant and boost your property’s value as well. Here’s our simple guide on how to create and design an extra bathroom for your home.

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DIY Plastering Mistakes Made

plasterer using plastering tools - but what about current UK plastering costs and day rates for plasterers?

If you are into DIY, you have probably have noticed that obtaining good and reliable tips has never been easier. Besides all the books you can rent from libraries or buy at placesl ike book stores or on the online booksites, there is no shortage of instructional DVD’s which take you through detailed instructions akin to illustration of how it is actually done. You can learn and work at your own pace – and many of these sources of instruction also comment extensively not only on needed or otherwise recommended equipment but also safety issues, be they relevant to the actual practices incorporated in DIY or things you should know about the equipment you will be using (including how best to store it).

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What Is Skimming in Plastering

plasterer using plastering tools - but what about current UK plastering costs and day rates for plasterers?

Skimming in the plastering world is pretty much exactly what it says. It means to apply a thin skim or layer of plaster (usually referred to as skim, skimming plaster, multifinish plaster or board plaster, depending on the surface to which the top coat of skim is being applied).

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What Is Browning Plaster?

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Bonding plaster and browning plaster are similar. They are both basically used as backing plaster to provide a layer to apply your final thin coat of skim plaster or multifinish plaster.

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Laying Paving Blocks

rounded block paving

Although laying block paving may at first seem like a job for the professionals, it is something that can be completed by most householders with a little planning and effort

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Plastering Tools Needed

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It’s important when you start any plastering job that you have the right too
ls for the work in hand.Having the right plasterers tools for your plastering jobs will mean that you can crack the methods involved in plastering, as well as finish the job properly.

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Rendering A Wall

plasterer using plastering tools - but what about current UK plastering costs and day rates for plasterers?

The purpose of rendering is to help weatherproof exterior walls as well as to create a finish in pleasing textures. To this end, a rendered wall can be finished with a relatively smooth coat or with additives of small stones, clippings and other texturizing materials.

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Laying A Wooden Floor

wooden flooring

Over recent years wooden floors have eclipsed the more traditional choices of carpet or lino and have become a permanent fixture in many of our homes. Wooden floors are hardwearing, and are a practical choice in areas such as hallways and playrooms where spills or marks are a continuing issue with carpets. For families with…

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Create Tyrolean Render Finish In Plastering

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Tyrolean finish is an exterior rough finish whose name originates from the traditional alpine building process and gives a weathered look to walls. Tyrolean is a traditional finish in the UK and is available in different colors. If applied properly, tyrolean finishes resist cracking unlike plaster and cement finishes. Tyrolean finishes resist rain and snow and provides some insulation for both temperature and sound.

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How To Hang Gutters

Roofing with lead valley

Gutters are your house’s first defence against water damage and help to direct water away from walls, pavements and foundations. Proper installation of a gutter system can prevent costly structural and cosmetic repairs. Hanging gutters is a fairly simple project with just a few steps and important tips.

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Kitchen Plumbing

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There are many basic plumbing projects that can be undertaken by a DIY enthusiast and although it may seem a bit daunting, once you know the fundamentals of pipe work, you should be able to save some money in doing simple plumbing yourself.

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Keep Your Gutters In Tip Top Condition

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Maintaining the gutters around our home may seem like a tedious and unnecessary chore, but letting them build up with debris and leaves can cause a lot of damage to the structure of your roof and home. Clogged up gutters won’t allow rain water to drain away properly. With the water having no easy route to escape, it can damage the eaves and woodwork around your house with moisture entering walls to cause damp.

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How To Lay And Repair Turf

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Lawn looking dishevelled? Learn how laying and repairing turf can rejuvenate your garden lawn to its former glory with our handy guide to laying and repairing turf

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How To Clean Block Paving

rounded block paving

For the do-it-yourself homeowner, cleaning block paving is a weekend job that provides real satisfaction without backbreaking work

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How To Fit A Kitchen

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Before you rush into fitting a kitchen it is important that you carry out some preparation prior to the actual installation itself.

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Guide To Dismantling Your Old Kitchen

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Plan ahead. There is no point in dismantling your kitchen if you have nowhere to put the old cabinets and appliances. Order a skip and arrange collection of any old appliances, especially fridges which need to be disposed of carefully. Your local council can help with this.

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Planning A Bathroom

Red bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home, and has the potential to be both beautiful and functional. Having a stunning bathroom will also give a little glamour to your home, and add value to your property.

With some careful planning, it’s possible to transform what was once a functional and uninspiring room into a haven, where you’ll love to spend time to relax and unwind.

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Flat Roofs and Extreme Weather

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The great British weather seems to be getting more extreme, and if it’s not a heat wave through the summer, it’s sub-zero temperatures and frosts through the winter. Pitched roofs with slates or tiles cope fairly well with extremes of temperature, although they can be affected by high winds. Flat roofs on the other hand sometimes do not stand up as well to winter and summer temperatures, and this is something to bear in mind if you have a flat roof already, or are thinking of installing one.

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Fixing Your Garage Roof

Roofing with lead valley

Flat roofs are more common on garages and other outbuildings than on other types of roofs, and although a flat roof is a practical and economical solution, a flat roof can be less long lasting than a standard pitched roof with tiles or slates. If you’ve started to notice leaks or damp patches in your garage, then it is probably time to get a roofer in to make basic repairs, or to try to do the repairs yourself. Roofing has the reputation for being expensive, but depending on what you are having done, it could cost a lot less than you think.

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How To Hang Gutters

Roofing with lead valley

Gutters are your house’s first defence against water damage and help to direct water away from walls, pavements and foundations. Proper installation of a gutter system can prevent costly structural and cosmetic repairs. Hanging gutters is a fairly simple project with just a few steps and important tips.

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How To Paint Interior Doors

Our doors are one of the parts of the home which we do not really think about when it comes to home improvements and updating the look of a room or hallway. However, a room can be instantly updated and made to look brighter or fresher by a new coat of paint, and painting interior doors is one of the simplest DIY tasks that there is.

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How To Put Up A Curtain Track

Beautiful curtains in a lounge

How To Put Up a Curtain Track Nowadays we have a huge range of options for dressing our windows, including roller blinds, vertical blinds, curtains and roman style blinds. The choice of window dressing will depend on the rest of the interior design scheme in the home, as well as any concerns about privacy and…

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How To Wallpaper A Ceiling

Wallpapering, especially on ceilings, is one of those tasks that less experienced DIY enthusiasts may feel less than confident about tackling. Getting someone in to do the job for you is certainly a possibility, but it will cost substantially more than doing things yourself. With a bit of preparation and a few basic tools, papering a ceiling is something that will take no more than a couple of hours to complete.

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Wallpapering Behind Radiators

Hanging wallpaper in a room can create completely change the look and feel of the space, but it is important to get the finish as professional as possible for the best effect. Papering a square or rectangular wall is relatively straight forward, and papering only starts to cause problems when there are things like radiators, light switches and windows which have to be worked around. However, there are a few simple tricks which can made this job a lot more simple.

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How To Make A Wall Frieze

Although paint and wallpaper are the traditional ways of decorating the walls in the home, there are times when it’s better to think outside of the box and go for something a little bit different. Over the centuries one of the most enduring decorating features is the frieze, which is a strip of decoration along a wall. Friezes can range from the little strips of border wallpaper which were so popular in the 1980s to huge painted panels which are reminiscent of medieval Italy. Whatever the design, incorporating a frieze into your home can give a truly individual and eye catching finish.

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How To Remove Wallpaper In Easy Steps

When decorating a room, it is very tempting just to leave the existing wallpaper where it is and either paper or paint over the top. If there are only a couple of layers of paper on the wall this may not cause too many problems, but if the previous occupants of your home have been fond of embossed wallpaper or wood chip, then the only option is to strip the walls of the old wallpaper before starting to hang the new.

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How To Build Garden Steps

Gardening

Your Garden Steps Building Guide Not all of us are lucky enough to have an outdoor space which is all on the same level. Although there is nothing wrong with a gently sloping garden, if the gradient is too steep then the garden becomes almost impossible to use effectively. One of the best ways of…

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Plastering Repairs To Walls

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Some degree of cracking on internal walls is a common problem with a property of any age. Little hairline cracks are not generally an indication that there is a structural problem with the house, unlike a much larger crack which can be a sign of something serious like subsidence. Although they may not be a structural problem, small cracks can really spoil the look of a freshly painted wall. They are very easy to fix however and a small amount of effort can make a big difference to the look of a wall.

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How To Install An Outside Light

Having lighting outside in the garden performs the dual function of giving additional security or a deterrent for burglars and light for when dining or socializing outside. There is a huge range of outside lights on the market, and every DIY store will stock a good selection of different types. Although many people prefer to leave anything concerning electricity to the professionals, fitting a light outside is not a difficult task and can be achieved with a minimum of DIY skills.

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How To Install A Light Fitting

Electrical

Lighting is one of the most important elements of any home, but is something we often pay little attention to, living with the same sort of lighting for years on end. However, changing the look and type of lights you have in a room can alter the feel of the space completely. Although some basic DIY skills are required, changing a ceiling light is not a tricky job

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How To Returf Your Garden Lawn

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Getting a beautiful finish on your lawn can take quite some time and effort. Many lawns are plagued by weeds, moss and patchiness, and dealing with any of these problems can be tricky, expensive and time consuming. One way which guarantees a perfect lawn every time is to rip up the existing surface and replace…

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How To Build A Fence

A well-installed fence can last many years or decades, but for those who live in a property whose previous occupants did not make the effort to maintain or install proper fencing, their only option may be to start from scratch and put in a new fence to mark boundaries and keep the garden area secure.…

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Removing Moss From Your Lawn

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Moss is particularly bad for lawns because it stops the growth of new grass seedlings and cuts off the proper distribution of water, both natural and irrigated. Find out how to kill, remove and prevent the return of moss to your lawn

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Avoiding Mistakes In DIY Window Fitting

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It is not just a case of knowing how to source and use the right tools to use for your window fitting job and what the best materials for the job are (I would not be surprised if there are people who do not know Araldite from WD40). It is also a case of trying to ascertain the right material for your window fitting job.

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