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Neolithic Men Prone to a Spot of DIY

New evidence has emerged which shows that Neolithic men were house-proud and prone to a spot of DIY.

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Making Older Homes More Sustainable

A project in Redbridge has been awarded the Architect's Journal Retrofit Award in the large scale domestic building category. The award was part of the Sustainable Housing Awards ceremony held last week. The project took 20 older homes and made them more energy efficient. Ten of the homes achieved a reduction in carbon emissions of between 62 and 82 per cent through a combination of water and energy savings.

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Focus DIY Looking To Improve Sales & Profitability

It has emerged that the owner of Focus DIY, US private equity firm Cerberus, has called in investment bankers to find ways to improve the sales and profitability of the store.

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DIY Versus Employing a Tradesman

A recent survey conducted by Swinton insurance has found that one in five homeowners would rather pay a tradesman to do work on their homes, than do the work themselves. The survey of 1200 people by the insurer found that while 64% of homeowners do work themselves, 20% employ tradesmen to avoid making costly mistakes. With 30% of those questioned admitting they had done themselves an injury while doing DIY, this is probably a sensible statistic.

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Some DIY Stores Fail to Impress

A poll conducted by Which? has discovered that B&Q and Homebase are regarded as being the worst online retailers. The survey of 11,000 Which? members found that the DIY stores failed to impress on both pricing and products; achieving just two stars out of five in these categories. It was also found that both stores had the lowest customer ratings at just 52% and 50% respectively.

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Home Owners Worried About Winter Fuel Bills

Recent research by uSwitch has discovered that 60% of householders are worried about how much they will be spending on heating bills this winter. The comparison site also found that three quarters of those questioned would be cutting back on their energy usage over the winter in an effort to cut their bills. Another 20% also admitted that they were already having trouble paying for their utility bills.

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Students Complete DIY Projects on School Buildings

Pupils at a Staffordshire school are putting what they have learned in the classroom to good use by carrying out some much needed DIY work on the school buildings. Clough Hall Technology School in Kidsgrove have seen a transformation to their school after pupils painted a teaching block and a toilet block and even built a pedestrian entrance to improve access to the site. They have also installed planters and created a seating area.

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Home Owners Urged To Improve Security

Homeowners are being urged to make alterations to their homes to improve security. Graeme Trudgill from the British Insurance Brokers Association made the comment after the release of a study by Mintel which showed that just 75% of homeowners who have extra security lights or alarms, activate them when they leave their homes.

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Toilet Seat Not Included

New home owners are increasingly being forced to get out their electric drills and hammers to do some unexpected DIY before they even move in, according to a report in the Daily Mail Online.

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House Builders Face Big Changes

Yesterday's spending review may have major implications for house builders, as the chancellor cut the social housing budget by 50%. Although the government has committed itself to building 150,000 new affordable homes over the review period. In addition housing will see a reform to the way rents are charged to tenants.

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Simple DIY Could Solve Ghostly Noises

Recent research by the Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks has found that 13% of homeowners believe their home to be haunted due to strange noises in the night. Steve Reid from the bank has suggested that most of these ghostly goings-on would be eradicated through some simply DIY. He believes that most of it can be put down to loose and expanding real floor boards, birds in the loft and dodgy boilers.

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Energy Saving - More About The Money Than The Planet

The Energy Saving Trust has conducted a survey which indicates that homeowners are more interested in saving energy than ever before, although most were interested in saving money rather than the planet. 74% of those who responded to the survey stated that they were looking for ways to reduce their energy usage and 84% said that they were getting better at turning off lights routinely.

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