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Scouts Now Able To Take Their DIY Badge

Scouts Now Able To Take Their DIY Badge

Scouts across the country are now able to take their DIY Badge as part of a collaboration with DIY retailer B&Q.

More than half a million Scouts will be offered the chance to get the badge which will have different levels and require a number of DIY skills to be demonstrated. Some of those tasks will be changing a washer on a tap and unblocking a sink.

Those who move on to more advanced skills will learn about insulating water storage tanks and pipe work and tasks such as painting and preparing woodwork and furniture.

B&Q has come to the party by offering the Scouts a set of online activity packs for different age groups allowing children to try out skills which are designed for their age group.

Simon Carter from the Scout Association has commented that the practical skills which children could gain from the badge will help them as they grow up and live in their own homes.

Meanwhile Katherine Paterson from B&Q has said that there is a chronic loss of DIY skills in those aged under 35, so this partnership with the Scouts could replace some of these lost skills.

Self Build on the Increase

The Observer has this weekend suggested that people in the UK are increasingly opting to build their own home themselves in a bid to save money during the recession. They say that plot prices are down by 20% since last year and the lack of builders able to purchase these sites has mean that BYO's (build your own's) can snap these up.

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Self Building New Church to Save £1m

Church-goers in Newmarket have this week begun one of the largest self-build DIY projects in the UK. The oak-framed building will be the largest in living memory in the UK and will be known as The Ark. Members of the High Street Church in Isleham are building the church themselves and are saving £1m by doing so.

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Selling Before Buying

The UK's largest self storage firm, Safestore has reported a 1.9% increase in revenues across it's 95 outlets in the UK.

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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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Single Households on the Increase

Latest news from Debenhams has indicated that more people than ever are living in single households rather than in family groups or house-shares. In fact they say that their sales of single serve products are up by an amazing 140% since last year.

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Smart Meters For All

The government has announced that it will be offering smart meters to every home in the UK by 2019. Starting in 2014, 53 million smart meters will be sent to homes and businesses around the UK. The meters allow homeowners to keep an eye on the amount of energy they are using. This makes it easier to make changes to keep electricity bills low.

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Snow Helps Sales Figures at DIY Chain

The latest news from DIY giant B&Q is that it's parent company Kingfisher has seen an increase in profit over the last quarter of more than 8%. Most of this improvement is due to the performance of the French chains Castorama and Brico Depot. In the UK sales increased by almost 2%.

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Snowy Weather Proving to be Good for DIY Stores

Freezing and snowy weather conditions are proving to be good for DIY stores around the country as councils have been turning to them in a desperate bid to get further supplies of grit, salt and sand.

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Social Housing DIY Rewards

The government has announced that it wants to reward those social housing tenants who undertake repairs and DIY work on their own homes. It says it will do this by giving them control over their repairs budget – spending it how they wish.

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Solar Energy Comparison

UK DIYers who are considering going green this year now have a new comparison website designed to help them make the best choice when buying solar panels.

CompareMySolar.co.uk allows users to compare different solar panel manufacturers and installers online instantly.

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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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