Making a Plumb-rule

This simple piece of apparatus is useful for testing the verticalness of walls, posts and other parts of structures. It can be quickly made out of a 6-foot length of floorboard, planed smooth all over and given quite straight and parallel edges. A line is marked with the gauge down the centre from end to … Read more

Nails and Nailing

The wire nail is the most popular form of nail for general use. It has good holding-power and is easier to drive than nails with blunt ends. It can be bought in sizes ranging from 1-6 in. in length, and in various gauges or thicknesses. Its large head makes it difficult to punch in below … Read more

Types of Fuel For Home Heating

Consider the following points when making your choice of a central heating system: (i) What can be afforded for the initial installation and, even more important, for subsequent running costs? (ii) What are your heating requirements, full, background, partial or selective? This will be controlled by the size of the house, your living habits, size … Read more

Checking For Faults When Buying Timber

Where timber is to be used for furniture or any other function where strength and appearance are important, it is essential the best available material is purchased. A reputable timber merchant will allow you to select wood from stock to suit your own requirements and you should always take advantage of this; never buy timber … Read more

Purchasing Timber For DIY Woodwork

Buying your materials Timber is now commercially cut and sold in metric measurements, in centimetres and millimetres – in most countries. However, feet and inches are still most widely used and acceptable in purchasing timber in others. The change-over to metric measurements has also meant that certain sizes (in inches) are no longer automatically available … Read more

Types of Wood For Home DIY Projects

There are two main types of wood, hardwoods and softwoods. With a few exceptions, hardwoods are expensive, attractive in appearance, more difficult than usual to shape and smooth, wear well and take a lovely polish. Many varieties are not available in long lengths. Softwoods are often cheaper. They are easy to cut and smooth, and … Read more


When you have painted your ceiling and your walls, you can tackle the woodwork. But if you are putting up a wallcovering, paint the woodwork first. Order of work Paint woodwork in this sequence: 1. doors and surrounds 2. cupboards and shelves 3. window frames and window sill 4. fireplaces 5. skirting boards. Preparation Bare … Read more