Category Archives: DIY Tips

REPAIRING ROOF BOARDS AND SNOWBOARDS

Where you are repairing a roof covering you should check the structure around it is in sound condition: damage in this area will shorten the life of the covering. Sometimes it may be sufficient to patch the damaged areas. Barge boards, fascias and soffits, for example, which have only slightly rotted can be temporarily repairedContinue Reading

Fitting a rear window heater

Clear vision both in front and behind is essential for safe driving; but while most cars have all the necessary equipment for keeping the windscreen clear, similar equipment for clearing the rear window sometimes has to be fitted as an extra. A heating panel fitted to the rear-window and wired into the car’s electrical systemContinue Reading

COVER A WALL WITH OPEN SHELVING

If the floor space in your kitchen is hopelessly inadequate, try looking to the walls to solve your storage problems and to make every square centimetre work for you. Standard wall cupboards can be expensive and they tend to waste a great deal of surrounding space. In addition, they are often quite deep so itContinue Reading

REPAIRING TIMBER STAIRCASES

Faults in a staircase can spoil its appearance or provide a nuisance; some may be serious and endanger the safety of stair users. Whatever the problem, it is worth correcting it at the earliest possible stage to save yourself the expense of more costly repair work later. Problems which can arise in timber staircases willContinue Reading

Matching carpets to rooms effectively

Carpets will greatly affect the appearance of the rooms involved, so make yourself familiar with THE different types of carpeting available before you make any major purchases. MATERIALS USED The quality of the material and the density of the pile used in your carpet are the two most important factors governing its durability and ensuringContinue Reading

DESIGNING DINING ROOMS

Your dining room may be separate or part of the general living area; in either case, you should plan it with great care. Whatever scheme you choose must be practical, comfortable and adaptable so you can use it to the best advantage. Many older homes – and some newer ones – have a purposc-buill diningContinue Reading

REPAIRING GLASS ROOFS AND SKYLIGHTS

If you have a glass roof on your property, you can successfully carry out repairs yourself. There is a range of products available which make some types of repair work relatively straightforward. For example, cracks in the glass and leaks along the glazing bars, the usual faults in a glass roof, can be sealed withContinue Reading

CHOOSNERS THE CORRECT & WRENCHES

Never use anything but a good quality spanner of the correct size to turn a nut or bolt: if you use a gripping tool, the damage caused could render the work useless. If you want to grip work.- there are two main points to bear in mind when selecting the tool for the job: itContinue Reading

DESIGN AND BUILD – TIMBER STAIRCASES

Basically a staircase consists of two sloping piect of timber, called strings, with treads fixed between them and a handrail. There is. however, a variety of ways in which these and other components are arranged and the form of the staircase will vary depending on the amount of space available and design of the house.Continue Reading

FIXING FAULTY WINDOWS

Windows may crack or stick, the frames warp or let in water and sash cords break. These common faults in windows are relatively easy to correct and it is worth doing so at the earliest possible stage to avoid prolonged inconvenience or further damage. But make sure any repairs are done thoroughly or the problemContinue Reading