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DIY Store Arsonist Jailed

An arsonist who set fire to several DIY stores in Kent has been jailed for 4 years. Benny Joe Dighton pleaded guilty to arson at B&Q stores in Maidstone and Larkfeild and one at Homebase in Aylesford. The man was caught on CCTV at all of the stores during the May bank holiday of this year when the fires occurred. He was arrested later that day.

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DIY Stores Cut Carrier Bag Use

For the 4th year in a row, supermarkets and other retailers including DIY stores have cut the number of carrier bags used in their stores. In fact during those 4 years the total weight of material used to make supermarket bags has fallen by 50%, despite sales rising by 6%. The British Retail Consortium has commented that the voluntary approach adopted by supermarkets appears to be working and make the need for bans or charges much less likely.

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MFI Making a Comeback

Two years after it left the UK retail scene after falling into administration, MFI is set to make a comeback. The announcement was made on the company's website where it has described itself as “refreshed”. The retail brand was bought recently by plumbing business the Walker Group for £250,000.

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Basic DIY Skills Lacking Amongst Under 35s

A recent study by Halifax Home Insurance has discovered that around 50% of those aged under 35 do not know how to rewire a plug, while 54% couldn't bleed a radiator and an incredible 63% admitted that they would never attempt putting up wallpaper. The survey also found that 45% would ask someone else to put up a shelf and 36% don't even bother to do their gardens.

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Many Home Owners Over insured

A study by The Building Cost Information Service has discovered that 58% of UK properties are currently over insured. In most cases this is due to the fact that home-owners are insuring their property for the market value rather than the rebuild cost. This means that home-owners are paying £140 more per year than they need to on their buildings insurance.

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U Value Door Legislation a Step in the Green Direction

With WERs and U values becoming mandatory for windows on 1st October the industry appears to have largely forgotten about doors (which will need to adhere to a door U Value of 1.8 or lower as well). Yes, to those who haven’t been following this legislation change closely it will merely seem like another hoop for manufacturers to jump through. But in actual fact the introduction of a door U value is a huge step towards the government’s plans for all new build homes to be ‘0 carbon’ compliant.

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Giant Shower Head and a Huge Paint Can

B&Q have joined together with the Prince of Wales to support A Garden Party To Make A Difference – an event which will be held from September 8 -19. This unique festival will take place in the grounds of Lancaster House, Clarence house and Marlborough House on each day and will hope to entertain and inform visitors about how to live a more sustainable life.

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We're giving away a Bosch All Rounder in our Prize Draw

When you’re a homeowner it makes a lot of sense to embrace DIY. There’s the cost saving for a start, not to mention the satisfaction of completing a project yourself. That said, you’re always looking for ways to solve DIY dilemmas quickly and efficiently with the minimum of fuss.

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Home Loan Rates of the 90s

Personal finance website Moneyfacts has suggested that mortgage rates could increase to 14% if the Bank of England increases interest rates to 8% as predicted. The website points out that lenders are increasing their margins and may feel justified in adding anything up to 6% to the Bank of England rate, due to the increased risk of defaulting at that level.

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DIY Urban Bee Hives Needed

Research from the University of Worcester has found that UK bees seem to prefer our urban areas compared to the rural parts of the country which might have been expected. This preference appears to be down to the more varied diets which the bees can experience in urban gardens. Bees from the country tend to rely on large scale crops to collect their pollen, while urban bees need to move from one small garden to the next collecting pollen as they go.

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Only 34% Park Their Car In The Garage

With just 34% of more than 9 million garages housing cars, The Guardian has asked this week – what are we doing with the rest of them?

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9 out of 10 Women Own Power Tools

The Home Improvement Show has highlighted the fact that more and more women are starting to get involved in DIY tasks around the house. The news is backed up by a recent survey which shows that nine out of ten women now own power tools and 67% complete their own DIY projects around their houses.

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