Building Guides

Building a Brick Pier

Building a Brick Pier

Building a pier into a wall not only looks good, but it also adds to the structural strength of the wall as a whole, particularly on Half Brick Walls (walls which are only one brick thick).

Lintels

Lintels

If you are planning to add a doorway or window to a load-bearing wall, you will almost always be required to support the load of the wall above the planned opening with a lintel.

Load-bearing Walls

Whenever you are planning on doing major work on the walls of your house, you need to know if they are load-bearing or not before you start. Load-bearing walls are holding up your house, and even slight alterations to their structure can cause big problems.

Building a Paver Path

Building a Paver Path

There are several different ways to create garden paths, but one of the most attractive is to use pavers.

Carpentry Guides

Repairing and Replacing Floorboards

Repairing and Replacing Floorboards

Most older homes will have floors constructed using individual floorboards nailed to the floor joists, either on both floors or just the first floor.

Home Improvement Safety Tips

Home Improvement Safety Tips

These Home Improvement Safety Tips cover the very least you should think about before even opening your toolbox.

Choosing and Buying Softwood

Choosing and Buying Softwood

Using softwood for your DIY projects makes very good sense for several reasons. Firstly it is easier to work than hardwood and so the finished results have a better chance of being good.

Fitting Classical Architrave

Fitting Classical Architrave

Fitting a classical-style architrave rather than a standard one can really add a touch of class to your home. There are perhaps houses which would not suit classical-style architrave, but in period houses and houses with larger rooms, this more ornate style can look great.

Decorating Guides

Papering a Ceiling

In most cases it is better to paint a ceiling rather than papering it. Applying wallpaper to ceilings is tricky as you are working at awkward angles and against gravity.

Fitting a Ceiling Rose

A ceiling rose makes a nice feature in a period property. You can buy plaster ceiling roses fairly cheaply in a variety of styles.

Restoring Wooden Furniture

Many people have an old wooden table or some wooden chairs knocking around the house. I tend to be given first refusal on lots of old wooden furniture my family don’t want or need anymore, but often the furniture is dark and drab.

Cleaning Brushes and Rollers

It is a little known fact that paintbrushes actually improve the more they are used, as long as they are looked after.

Plumbing Guides

How to Fit Guttering

How to Fit Guttering

If you have inherited badly maintained gutters from the previous home owner, or if your previously well looked after guttering has somehow been damaged, you may be considering replacing some or all of this important rainwater drainage component. This guide will walk you through each step of how to fit guttering on your house.

Draining a Central Heating System

There are several reasons why you migh need to drain a central heating system, from repairing a leak to replacing radiators. It is a fairly simple process if you follow some basic rules.

Draining a Plumbing System

If you are planning to leave your house for any length of time, it can be a good idea to completely drain your plumbing system to avoid frozen and burst pipes (especially in houses with older systems).

Removing a Cast-Iron Bath

If you are renovating the bathroom in an older house, you may need to remove an old cast-iron bath to make way for a modern replacement.

Tiling Guides

Tiling Around a Toilet – Dremel

Tiling Around a Toilet – Dremel

If the tiling around your toilet is old, cracked or the wrong colour for your new bathroom, it’s quick and simple to chip off the old tiles, make good and tile the new ones around and behind your existing sanitary fittings.

Tiling a Splashback

The easiest way to create a splashback is to use only full tiles, extending them slightly past the edge of the fixture.

Cutting and Shaping Tiles

Cutting and Shaping Tiles

There are several ways to cut tiles correctly, depending on what type of cut you are trying to achieve. Straight cuts are best done with a tile cutting jig. This is a purpose made device which makes it easy to hold and score a line in a tile.

Tools You Need When Tiling

Several of the tools you might need when tiling can be found in the most basic of tool kits.

Garden/Exterior Guides

How to Fit Guttering

How to Fit Guttering

If you have inherited badly maintained gutters from the previous home owner, or if your previously well looked after guttering has somehow been damaged, you may be considering replacing some or all of this important rainwater drainage component. This guide will walk you through each step of how to fit guttering on your house.

Repairing a Felt Roof

Repairing a Felt Roof

Small bubbles, blisters and cracks are a common problems with felted flat roofs. If they are spotted early there is no reason why they need cause serious damage, and no reason for you to replace all of the felting. Check your flat roof as often as possible, particularly at the end of summer and the end of winter as both sun and rain/frost can damage roof felt.

Unblocking a Downpipe

If your gutter is overflowing but there is no obvious blockage along the length of the guttering, your downpipe might be blocked. There are several methods you can use to unblock a downpipe, depending on the type of pipe you have and where the blockage is located (top, middle or at the bottom).

How to Clean Glass and Polycarbonate Roofs

How to Clean Glass and Polycarbonate Roofs

Cleaning and maintaining the roof of your conservatory or sun room is one of those once or twice-a-year jobs which is as important as it is frustrating. Failing to clean and maintain the glass or polycarbonate roof of your conservatory is just storing up problems for the future, as moss, dirt and debris can attack […]