DIY Insulation Tips

DIY Insulation Tips

Winter is everyone’s nightmare, with raging draughts and uncontrollable fuel bills taking the leading parts. But there’s a lot you can do to make your home warmer — and reduce your heating bills as well. If your house is cold in winter, or you find your fuel bills are too high, then thermal insulation may…

How To Insulate Walls

How To Insulate Walls

INSULATING SOLID WALLS If you can see both headers and stretchers on the outside of your house, your walls will probably be solid and therefore rather more difficult to insulate. Before you try to insulate them you must be sure that they are protected by a damp proof course. If you cannot find one or…

How To Insulate Floors

How To Insulate Floors

INSULATING FLOORS Surprisingly enough, the heat loss from a floor area can be quite considerable — cutting it down is a worthwhile job. Heat escapes from nearly every part of a house — roof, walls, windows, doors, even the floor adding substantial amounts to your fuel costs. Insulating the major problem areas can make a…

How To Repair Guttering

How To Repair Guttering

It is tempting to put off replacing old, decaying gutters and downpipes; but delay can lead to damaged fascias and damp walls. And renewing a guttering system is not as daunting a task as you may think. GAINING ACCESS TO THE GUTTERING Any sort of work on house guttering requires safe and easy access to…

How To Plumb In A Shower

How To Plumb In A Shower

Fit a shower as an extra facility in your bathroom, or install it elsewhere to create a new washing area. Either way, nothing comes close to its instantly invigorating spray. This feature looks at what’s involved in plumbing a shower into your existing hot water system. Not only does a permanently plumbed in shower add…

Sealing Around A Sink

Sealing Around A Sink

Light-weight pressed steel sinks tend to move slightly as you lean against them doing the washing up. In time, this movement can weaken any seals between the sink and the adjoining work surfaces or the wall behind. So Sealing Around A Sink is a useful thing to be able to do. If this happens, any…

Replacing A WC Connection – Fixing A Leaking Lavatory Joint

Replacing A WC Connection – Fixing A Leaking Lavatory Joint

A leaking lavatory joint between a lavatory pan and its soil pipe should be attended to immediately —even if you can only carry out a temporary repair. As an emergency measure, clean and dry the area thoroughly and wrap it tightly with heavy duty sealing bandage such as Sylglas. This should be viewed as a temporary…

How To Lay Hardwood flooring

How To Lay Hardwood flooring

Hardwood flooring is firm underfoot, good looking and hard wearing. What’s more, it costs less than a quality fitted carpet, and actually improves with age. Ordinary sanded and sealed floorboards are effective in a simple scheme of decoration — in a playroom or a bedroom with pine fur- nishings for instance. But if you want…

How To Lay Sheet Vinyl

How To Lay Sheet Vinyl

Almost all modern vinyl is designed for loose- laying. The only time this will need sticking down is if you have to join two sheets, or if an edge is likely to catch and lift–.3as in a door-way, for example. In either case, this is easily done with heavy-duty double-sided tape. Vinyl sheet which is…

How To Tile A Worktop

How To Tile A Worktop

Tiled worktops not only look good — they’re practical too. Easy to fit and in a wide range of designs, tiles can quickly transform a worn work surface into a bright new feature. Tiles might be ideal for walls and floors but they also make a practical and attractive work surface for a kitchen. They’re…

How To Hang Wallpaper

How To Hang Wallpaper

Where to start Wallpapering The general rule, especially with a light or plain paper, is to paper away from the light so that any overlaps between strips will not show up. Next to a window is ideal. But if you have a dominant feature, like a chimney breast, in the room start there — particularly…

Gloss Painting

Gloss Painting

There are no secrets to getting a good paint finish — just patience, care and attention to detail. Get this right and you’ll be rewarded with paintwork that’s almost as good as a car’s and will give tough protection for years. It’s an old but nonetheless true saying that successful painting is very little about…