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Benefit of Retro Fitting Energy Saving Devices

A new study has found that retro-fitting older homes with energy saving devices is actually a more efficient way of achieving energy savings in the short term than building a new home. The study for Historic Scotland discovered that the building of a two bedroomed cottage emits 80 tonnes of CO2 when built to level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

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Wallace and Gromit and DIY

Fans of Wallace and Gromit and those who also enjoy a spot of DIY inventing will be pleased to hear that the show is looking for Britain's best inventors. Inventors are asked to build contraptions from bits and pieces they find around the home. It could be similar to the types of devices with which Wallace and Gromit fans will already be familiar or it can be something entirely new.

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Men in Sheds

Age UK has set up three pilot projects around the UK to encourage men to use their DIY skills to help the charity and to keep themselves occupied in retirement.The Men in Sheds scheme has already been proven to be such a success that Age UK is hoping to expand it across the country.

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Bodged DIY Totals £235 Million Last Year

New research from the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks has shown that homeowners spent £235 million fixing bodged DIY in their homes last year. The research was based on a survey of 2000 people and discovered that one quarter of those questioned who had experienced a DIY disaster, wished they had never started. One in ten people paid up to £500 to fix mistakes.

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Chief Executive at Builders Merchant Comments on Spending Cuts

The chief executive of Travis Perkins, Geoff Cooper, has commented this week that the upcoming spending cuts about to be announced by the government could actually be a positive thing for the retail sector. Travis Perkins, which also owns Wickes, has experienced flat growth for the Wickes part of the business and 7% growth across the Travis Perkins side of the business.

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A Cut Above The Rest

Diyfixit is giving you the chance to WIN a Bosch PST 800 PEL Jigsaw!

You take pride in your home and your DIY skills, so you need reliable tools that will deliver the best results time and again. But whether it’s the bedroom, bathroom or kitchen, there are times when an ordinary saw just won’t cut it...

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Beware Doorstep Traders

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning the elderly to be wary of doorstep traders offering home improvement services. They made the warning after they received more than 5,300 complaints about the issue in the last year; an increase of 16% on the previous year.

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World’s Smallest Apartment On Sale In Rome

The world's smallest apartment has gone on sale in the heart of Rome. The former porter's closet is just large enough to hold a single bed and little else. Split over two floors, the room has a sleeping platform over a shower room. There is one single window at the bed level. Despite its obvious drawbacks, the bedsit has been getting plenty of interest from locals who are attracted by the price tag of just 50,000 Euros.

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Plans For Affordable Home Energy Improvements

It has emerged that B&Q is one of the stores which is in talks with the government to be part of a scheme to make home energy improvements more affordable. Along with Tesco and Marks & Spencer, the DIY retailer may sell insulation and other home energy improvement products as part of the Government's energy efficiency scheme.

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DIY and the Nesting Instinct

It seems that there is much more to the nesting instinct that meets eye, as pregnant women have been found to attempt much more challenging DIY jobs than anyone might have expected. A study of 1500 Mums by Babychild.co.uk has found that 78% used flat pack or DIY built furniture to decorate their baby's room and 41% said that they built this furniture on their own.

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Toy Manufacturers Jumping on the DIY Bandwagon

Toy manufacturers seem to be jumping on the DIY bandwagon and are predicting that a new construction toy is likely to be a big hit this Christmas. The Real Construction Deluxe Workshop uses “kid wood” for a realistic DIY experience. The wood can be nailed and cut with a saw. It has already been highlighted by Argos and put on their top ten toys list.

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DIY Disasters and Insurance Claims

According to UK insurer Swinton, just four out of five UK homeowners know how to carry out basic DIY jobs. Their survey of 1200 young people discovered that 18% could not put up shelves and 22% could not wire a plug. 27% even admitted that they could not put up wallpaper.

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