Building Guides

Replacing a Cracked or Spalled Brick

Replacing a Cracked or Spalled Brick

If you live in an old brick built house, it is inevitable that at some point some of the bricks will need replacing. Assuming that the area to be replaced is not too large this is a relatively easy job.

Laying Wall Foundations

Laying Wall Foundations

Any wall not built on a solid surface must have a firm and level foundation. Standard wall foundations consist of a layer of concrete on a bed of hardcore, but if the ground is particularly firm, you can get away with just a thick bed of concrete.

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.

Cutting Bricks and Blocks

Cutting Bricks and Blocks

Cutting bricks or blocks cleanly and accurately takes a little practice, but once you have the knack you should be able to chop them in half quickly and easily. There are many occasions when you may need to cut bricks or blocks  in half or trim them to fit particular areas of a wall or […]

Carpentry Guides

Sharpening Chisel Blades

Sharpening Chisel Blades

Whenever you are working wood with a chisel, it is essential that you keep the blade as sharp as possible. This will not only make your job easier, but will almost always result in a better finish to whatever you are paring.

Hanging a Door

Hanging a Door

Learn the quickest and easiest way to hang a new solid wood or flush panel door.

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.

Creating Butt Joints

Creating Butt Joints

This guide takes a look at one of the most common joints used in woodworking, the simple but versatile Butt Joint.

Decorating Guides

Exterior Masonry Paint

Painting exterior masonry is one way to help keep it in good condition and can prevent water invading the brickwork, stonework or render. Masonry paint comes in several different types, each of which is more or less suited to a particular application.

Stripping Wallpaper

The key to successfully stripping wallpaper is to take your time, prepare the wallpaper properly and work methodically. Make sure you have everything you need for the job, including any specific wallpaper removing tools such as an orbital paper scorer and a clean paper knife.

Treating Mould and Mildew

Treating Mould and Mildew

Simply painting over patches of mould and mildew might hide the marks for a while, but unless the mould spores are killed, it is unlikely that will be the last you see of them. Here is a complete guide to killing the mould spores and then covering the stains on your walls.

Removing Paint Distemper

Distemper used to be a popular finish, and in older houses you are quite likely to come across it when renovating or redecorating. Distemper is chalk mixed with a glue and water.

Plumbing Guides

Removing a Toilet

Removing a Toilet

If you are replacing the cistern and the WC, you might be able to get then whole thing away from the wall in one go, but it is better to remove the cistern first, before tackling the WC.

Fitting a Monobloc Mixer tap

A monobloc tap replaces two taps (hot and cold) with a single unit from which both hot and cold water is supplied. Your main task here is to adapt your existing pipework to fit the tap tail fitted to the monobloc fitting.

Ceramic Taps

Not every plumbing job needs a licensed plumber. In fact there are many small jobs that can easily be handled by the do-it-yourself plumber. So when it comes to DIY plumbing, are ceramic taps an option for you to install?

Domestic Plumbing Systems

If you plan to do any work on the plumbing of your home, it is important that you understand the various different plumbing systems and how they work. You don’t need to be a expert on every single part of the system, but having a good overall idea of how things are linked together will make planning your DIY plumbing jobs a lot easier.

Tiling Guides

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.

Tiling a Wall

Tiling a Wall

Tiling a wall is one of those DIY jobs which is fairly easy for anyone to do, but more difficult to do well.

Garden/Exterior Guides

Building a Retaining Wall with Railway Sleepers

Building a Retaining Wall with Railway Sleepers

Reclaimed wooden railway sleepers are an excellent alternative to using bricks of blocks for building retaining walls for raised beds.

Fitting TV Aerials

The type of aerial you need to receive the digital signal differs from those that were used to receive the old analogue transmission. Digital aerials are all wideband, meaning that they can receive transmissions across the whole frequency band, rather than just the five frequencies of the old analogue channels. Choosing the correct aerial If […]

Building a Patio

Building a Patio

Laying a Patio successfully requires planning and preparation, along with a solid foundation. Learn how to lay a simple paving slab patio that will look fantastic and last for years with little or no maintenance. The advice and tips shown here can be applied to a patio two metres square, or 20 metres square. Marking […]

Laying Wall Foundations

Laying Wall Foundations

Any wall not built on a solid surface must have a firm and level foundation. Standard wall foundations consist of a layer of concrete on a bed of hardcore, but if the ground is particularly firm, you can get away with just a thick bed of concrete.