The free diy home improvement guide with answers to your questions on a wide range of do it yourself projects.

DIY Tools and Materials

This section details all the tools materials and equipment used for building and DIY projects, explaining what they are and what they are used for. From hand tools to power tools and kitchen cabinets to hobs and ovens - There are thousands of tools and products available. Each is explained here and we also show you where you can buy any of the items listed.

Simply browse the categories to find the products you need for your next project.

DIY abrasive tools and equipment. These abrasives are used to prepare, shape and finish materials. The abrasive is rubbed over the surface either by hand or using a power tool and this action wears away the surface to produce the required result. Obvious examples include smoothing wood ready for painting and removal of rust from metals.

Access and storage tools and equipment. From builders steps to extension and combi ladders there's a lot of choice when it comes to access equipment. Choosing the right ladder, tower or platform for the job is essential for reaching areas safely. There's also a wide range of shelving and storage plus trolleys for moving heavy materials.

Bath basin shower and wc suites including digital and electric showers, units and storage solutions for bathrooms. This includes the sanitary ware, fixtures and fitting you'll need plus all types of showers, pumps and accessories. - whether it's for a complete bathroom makeover or you're simply replacing a few items such as taps and towel rails.

Doors windows decking and fencing plus paving landscaping roofing and insulation. This includes many of the essential construction and building materials and equipment. Replacement windows and doors as well as staircases and stair parts for both new build and renovation projects. Hard landscaping materials for drives, gardens and paths.

Cleaning products including brushes chemicals floor care and machinery as well as window and specialist cleaners. Selecting suitable tools and equipment for cleaning jobs will make for more efficient and professional cleaning results. Whether you are looking for a powerful pressure washer for cleaning a patio or products to help remove stains.

Paints and tools brushes and decorating sundries plus wallcoverings and tiles . This includes most of the decorating specific tools and products. A wide range of paints is available each for specific applications. When buying brushes aim for decent quality as this can have quite an impact on the results. Rollers are ideal for covering areas quickly.

Hand and power tool blades and drill bits plus specialist cutting blades and screwdriver accessories. A wide range of all the cutting, drilling and grinding blades that you may need for your home improvement project. This includes all manner of drill bits and blades as well as cutting and drilling accessories. Also sold as sets with a range of sizes.

Cables and connectors to switches sockets and lampholders, the electrical categories here will help you find what you need for your home improvements - whether you're looking for accessories and connectors or tv and telephone components. This includes many of the essential electrical materials and equipment. Includes switches & sockets.

Wide range of fixings for use in construction work, home improvement and Do It Yourself. This includes all manner of anchors, fixings bolts, steel and brass screws and nails as well as specialist fixings for frames, masonry and plasterboard. You'll find security screws and shear nuts for vandal proof fixing as well as rivets, staples and screw cups.

Flooring includes laminate floors, real wood and engineered wood floors as well as ceramic floor tiles and accessories. Carpets and rugs provide a warmer feel underfoot and with suitable textile mixes can be reasonably durable and resistant. Hardwood and laminate floors are both hard wearing. Laminates are popular due to their ease of installation.

Hand tools for every imaginable home improvement project - from plumbing and carpentry to building and fixing . Hand tools includes most of the tools you may need for DIY jobs around the house. From specialist tools for bricklaying, tiling, electrical and plumbing work through to basic tools like hammers, wrenches, pliers, drivers and saws.

From air conditioning units to heating, cooling, fans and extractor units this category covers all air treatment. Electric and gas heaters are used to provide warmth whereas air conditioning units modify the temperature and humidity of a room to create a comfortable environment. Fireplaces with surrounds can create a feature for any lounge.

The home and garden section includes furniture such as bookcases beds, tables and chairs as well as outdoor items like garden chairs and barbeques. The home and garden section is also full of fabrics curtains blinds and artwork to inspire you whatever style or colour scheme you have. Garden buildings, sheds and log cabins provide extra space.

The term ironmongery in building and DIY is used to describe a wide range of metal items and fixings - from door knobs and handles to window furniture, and hooks and brackets to hinges and bolts. Ironmongery is available in a wide range of finishes - brass, chrome, steel and aluminium and may be found to suit period & modern styles.

The kitchen category comprises all elements required for the installation of a new kitchen - from wall and base cabinets, worktops, panels and plinths to the appliances such as cookers, hobs, extractor hoods and dishwashers as well as sinks, taps and fixtures and fittings. A range of contemporary and classic styles is available to suit any home.

The lighting category includes a multitude of light fittings from wall and ceiling lights and downlighters to a wide range of lamps to suit specific purposes. Low energy lighting is becoming the norm and there is wide availability of fittings and lamps. Low voltage lighting is popular and there are specific lights for different areas.

Vehicle accessories includes all products and tools for maintaining your car or van as well as for working on it. This section has security products, battery charges, lubricants and mechanics tools such as spanners sockets and wrenches, as well as roof racks, trailers and sat nav systems - Plus waxes and polishes, shampoos and body repair products.

The plumbing category covers all water and waste connections and components - From plastic push fit pipes and fittings to solvent weld waste pipes and connectors, plus boilers, central heating valves and components, heating controls and water cylinders. The section includes maintenance items such as washers and replacement WC fittings and components.

The range of power tools covers drills and drivers through to circular saws and jigsaws as well as more specialised equipment such as stone cutters, tile saws, compound mitre saws and air tools. Many power tools are available as corded or cordless versions - cordless tools are more portable and adaptable as no nearby socket outlet is required.

Sealants and adhesive products for all manner of DIY projects and building work are included in this category. Specialist sealants are available for flooring, glazing, bathrooms and kitchens, as well as a range of adhesives for wood, metal, porous and non porous materials. Also includes masking tape to insulation tape as well as decorators caulk.

From smoke, carbon monoxide, and fire alarms to door locks and padlocks, there is a wide range of security and safety equipment on the market. This section includes all the different types of lock imaginable plus wireless alarms, cctv monitoring and recording equipment, digital locks, night latches & deadlocks plus a selection of first aid kits.

This category includes all the safety and protective gear you may need when carrying out building and DIY projects. From safety goggles and ear defenders through to chainsaw protection, head gear and hi-vis clothing, there is a wealth of equipment and clothing to reduce accidents. Boiler suits and overalls keep clothes clean while working.

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