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

Breaking up a Concrete Slab

Guide to using a demolition hammer or breaker to break up an old concrete slab. The breaker delivers hammer blows to the point or chisel enabling it to be driven into the slab with minimal force breaking up the concrete into manageable pieces which can then be barrowed to a skip.

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Builder talk explained

Guide to builders talk and understanding words and terms used particularly in relation to loft conversions

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Buying the Right Door Handles

A guide to choosing and finding the right door handles - we look at fitting them with your colour scheme, furniture and other fittings as well as deciding on material and choosing styles - lever or knob, backplates, and locks

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Chimney flashing - front apron

Diy how-to on fitting and dressing sheet lead apron to the chimney creating a weatherproof seal to prevent rain water penetrating the brickwork.

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Chimney flashing - lead dpc tray

Diy how-to on fitting sheet lead dpc damp proof course to the chimney creating a weatherproof course to prevent rain water penetrating the brickwork.

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Chipboard Flooring - Laying and Fixing

Guide showing how to set out, cut and fix tongue and groove chipboard floor boards to timber joists. Boards are laid square to the joists, packed at the edges to allow an expansion gap, and glued and screwed with lubricated board screws.

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Chisels - choosing and using

Diy advice for buying and keeping chisels sharp and how to use it correctly.

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Concreting Foundations

Once the foundation trenches have been excavated and passed by the District Surveyor, shuttering may be required before pouring the concrete. This may be mixed on site in a concrete mixer or delivered by a ready mix lorry

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Coving and cornice fixing

Diy instructions for putting up cornice or coving, fixing to ceiling, cutting angles and supporting while the adhesive sets as well as advice on repair of old plaster cornicing.

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Cupboard handles and catches

Guide to cupboard handles and bolts and choosing either magnetic or ball catches.

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Cupboard hinges

Guide to hinge types and use. Butt flush piano cranked and concealed hinges.

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Curtain Poles Measurement Guide

A simple guide to measuring for curtain poles - armed with a tape measure, pen and paper, this guide will show you how to get the measurements you need when buying curtain poles

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