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

Plaster and plastering 2

Plastering techniques showing how to apply the plaster or render using the tools correctly and diy guide to angle beads, corners and patching lathe and plaster walls and ceilings.

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Plasterboard - cutting and fixing

plasterboard guide showing how to use, cut and fix to wood battens or studs on walls and ceilings ready for plaster or taped joints.

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Plastering - skimming plasterboard 1

How to apply a skim or top coat of plaster to plasterboard. Tools required, covering the joints with tape and preparing the area for plastering.

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Plastering - skimming plasterboard 2

How to apply a skim or top coat of plaster to plasterboard. Mixing the plaster in a bucket, loading the float from the hawk sealing or skimming the joint tape, applying the plaster and polishing or trowelling off.

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Preparation for a New Concrete Garage

Preparation is key when installing a concrete garage - In this how to guide we explain the steps needed to ensure the base is level, sound, and square so you can avoid costly problems

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Professional Tools

Looking at the difference between a basic and a top quailty saw and how it makes work easier

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Putting up a Fixed Shelf

How to put up a fixed shelf supported on metal brackets plugged and screwed to the wall.

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Putting up an Alcove Shelf

How to fit an alcove shelf between a chimney breast and return wall using timber battens to support the back edge and end of the shelf Completed alcove shelf

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Rainwater system replacement 1

How to remove old gutters and rain pipes and replace with a new plastic rainwater system.

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Rainwater system replacement 2

How to replace old gutters and rain pipes with new plastic rainwater system. Diy guide to fixing the outlet and guttering and connecting at the gulley.

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Reclaiming Bricks

Guide to salvaging old bricks and cleaning the lime or sand and cement mortar off using a brick hammer or bolster. Reclaimed bricks have a weathered and aged look and can be blended to match new brick work with original walls

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Removing an Old Kitchen

When fitting a new kitchen, you may be able to sell the old units, doors, worktops and appliances. In this guide we explain how to get the services including water electricity and gas disconnected, and how to dismantle the old kitchen carefully so that it may be re used.

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