How to: DIY Guides

Browse the DIY How to guides by trades:
  • Building

    This section covers a range of general building how to guides. Carpentry articles show how to repair and hang doors, sliding wardrobe doors and windows, fit locks and latches as well as fitting shelves and repairing rotten wood. From advice on creaking stairs to stripping varnishing and repairing floors as well as laying hardboard, laminate flooring and vinyl floor coverings. There's a complete guide to plastering and skimming plasterboard plus repairs to old plaster as well as advice for drilling and plugging walls. There are hints and tips on glazing and insulation plus guides on chisels planes power drills and saws. Other articles cover patio building, loft ladders and attic conversions plus roof repairs, rising damp, and sealants.

  • Central Heating

    How to guides to help with central heating systems, radiators and problem solving. There are hints and tips for draining down the heating, bleeding a radiator, balancing the system and corrosion prevention. We also have articles covering fitting and removing a radiator as well as dealing with leaks.

  • Electrics

    This section covers cable and flex stripping and connecting as well as information on earthing, bonding and colour codes for wiring. There are articles explaining how electricity works and all you need to know about the mains supply to your home. We explain how lampholders, light switches, sockets and appliances are connected to circuits. One way and two way lighting are explained as well as basics such as wiring a plug or television aerial.

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  • Kitchens

    This section helps you plan a new kitchen with advice on planning and setting out, how to rip out the old kitchen, plus guides to kitchen electrics and plumbing, drawers, flat pack cabinets, worktops and appliances. There are hints and tips on fitting sinks, the different types of lighting available and how to add the all important finishing touches to your new kitchen to help with the success of your project.

  • Painting

    This section covers which types of paint to use and how to apply them to doors, windows, frames, wall and ceilings as well as advice on using choosing and cleaning paint brushes and rollers. There are articles showing you how to wash down surfaces, prepare and fill holes and cracks before painting, and how to use apply knotting. We also have information and tips for staining and varnishing, paint stripping and sanding to help you get the best results with your decorating.

  • Plumbing

    This section covers a wide range of plumbing jobs from cutting bending and fixing copper pipe to solder and compression joints as well as dealing with air locks, blocked toilets and other plumbing emergencies.  There is practical advice on choosing and fitting baths, basins and showers plus taps and mixers.  Whether you want to carry out a temporary leak repair or install a new kitchen sink with all new waste pipes you'll find hints tips and advice to help

  • Tiling

    This tile and tiling how to section has information on all you need to know about setting out, cutting, and fixing ceramic tiles with help and advice on planning as well as advice and tips for grouting ceramic tiles.

  • Wallpapering

    This paper and paperhanging how to section details all you need to know about wallpaper.  We show you how to cut paste and hang wallpaper even in awkward areas such as the stairs and around windows and corners.  We cover problem papers, tools and preparation and have articles on papering ceilings, hanging lining paper as well as hints tips and advice on stripping old wallpaper

  • Insurance

    This section has general insurance advice as well as help and tips on buildings insurance and contents insurance.  There is also a common sense guide to ensuring you have adequate cover for all your possessions and property so that if the worst happens you will be properly protected by the policy and can make a claim.

  • Safety and Regulations

    This section covers safety considerations when carrying out home improvements and DIY around the house and garden as well as an introduction to electrical and plumbing regulations. Articles includes safety with ladders, gas, electricity and plumbing and we have hints tips and advice on safety when buying or hiring equipment. There's also a guide to dealing with accidents and emergencies.

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