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Basics of Surface Preparation
Basics of Surface Preparation
Dull and monotonous though it may be, the amount of effort that goes into the surface preparation before you paint or wallpaper the walls will be the difference…...
Care of Decorating Tools
Care of Decorating Tools
Good quality decorating tools like paint brushes and rollers will last a lifetime if properly cleaned and stored at the end of each job....
Cutting Straight Lines With Saws
Cutting Straight Lines With Saws
Tips and guidelines for cutting a straight line through wood (or other materials) with a hand saw....
Drilling Holes in Walls
Drilling Holes in Walls
Drilling holes in walls is easy to do but drilling them correctly can be a bit tricky sometimes....
Drilling Wood and Other Materials
Drilling Wood and Other Materials
A guide to drilling holes in wood, metal and some other materials that you might encounter while doing basic DIY....
Looking After DIY Tools
Looking After DIY Tools
Although tools are cheaper and more disposable today than they ever have been, it's safer and cheaper to take good care of them....
Marking Up and Measuring
Marking Up and Measuring
Measure twice, cut once, is the general rule and here we show you a basic measuring and marking up toolset which will cope with the basic DIY jobs to come your way in…...
More Concrete Hints and Tips
More Concrete Hints and Tips
More in-depth information about different concrete mixes to complement our article on Simple Concrete Mixing....
Odd Sized Screws and Screwdrivers
Odd Sized Screws and Screwdrivers
As well as the well-known slotted and cross head screws there are specialised screws you can come across on anything from self-assembly furniture to mobile phones....
Power Tool Basics
Power Tool Basics
Power tools have come down in price a lot in recent years so drills, jigsaws, sanders and the like are much more affordable....
Putting Together a Basic Toolkit for DIY
Putting Together a Basic Toolkit for DIY
Starting out on the DIY trail means putting together an basic toolkit to cover the majority of household jobs....
Shuttering and Formwork for Concrete
Shuttering and Formwork for Concrete
Shuttering and formwork are the two main ways of holding concrete in the form that you want when using it for DIY in the home and garden....
Simple Concrete Mixing
Simple Concrete Mixing
Mixing concrete is a job that a DIY novice may need to practise a few times but follow these simple instructions and you won't go far wrong....
The Basic Wrecking Tools
The Basic Wrecking Tools
Using wrecking tools to demolish parts of a property safely means using the right tools for the right job and taking a lot of care....
Tool Kit for Carpentry and Joinery
Tool Kit for Carpentry and Joinery
If you are upping the stakes and want to move from basic DIY to carpentry and joinery you'll have to invest in some good tools first....
Use the Right Screwdriver
Use the Right Screwdriver
Most DIY enthusiasts will have felt the sinking feeling as they strip a screw head but with the right type and size of screwdriver or bit it shouldn’t happen....
Which Screw to Use Where and Why?
Which Screw to Use Where and Why?
There are a confusing number of different screws available at the DIY store so we take you through the main things to look for when working on your home....
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