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how to measure stair carpets

How To Measure Stair Carpets

Homeowners often think it’s too difficult to do anything with their stairs. They’re not confident enough to try replacing their stair carpet themselves, and getting carpet fitted by a professional can be expensive, as we recently explained in our guide to carpet fitting costs. The fact is that sorting out your stair carpet isn’t as tough […]

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how to plane a door

How To Plane A Door Like A Carpenter

Most of the time, you might not give the doors in your home a second thought. That is until they start sticking, scratching your floor or otherwise giving you grief. Then they can quickly have you on the threshold of madness. If you do have a door needing some attention, it’s generally easier to resolve than […]

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how to fit a door handle

How To Fit A Door Handle in 6 Simple Steps

Not all home improvement projects need to be super complicated or break the bank to make a real difference. There are some simple things that anyone can handle, so to speak, which can really liven up the look of any room. Fitting new door handles is a great example. Once you know how, it’s a really […]

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how to remove wall tiles

How To Remove Wall Tiles Like A Pro

We’ve all got home improvement projects we know we should crack on with. According to research from B & Q at the start of 2019, Brits typically have 16 small projects either on the go or on their minds. The same research also revealed that replacing tiling was a project one in six respondents felt needed […]

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how to mix plaster

How To Mix Plaster – A Step-by-Step Guide

Amateur DIYers and home improvement newcomers fear few things as much as plastering. It’s a job with a reputation for being devilishly difficult to get right. Kezzabeth brilliantly sums up the frustrations which may arise in her blog post. There’s one key thing any would-be plasterer can do, to boost their chances of success. That’s to […]

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pva for plastering

Why You Should Use PVA for Plastering (and how best to use it)

If you’ve got some plastering work that needs doing, you’re probably wondering whether you should try it yourself. Plastering is something of an art form, and it can go badly wrong if you don’t know what you’re doing. With the right guidance, even an enthusiastic amateur can achieve great results. Jan and Christine, writers of the […]

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how to remove polystyrene ceiling tiles

How to Remove Polystyrene Ceiling Tiles

The 1970s have a lot to answer for in the interior design stakes. You only have to think of avocado bathroom suites and Artex to realise that. One of the worst decorating trends of the era, though, has to be the compulsion to install polystyrene ceiling tiles. These unsightly tiles have long-since fallen out of favour […]

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how to box in a boiler

How To Box In A Boiler – A Simple Guide

Is an exposed boiler spoiling the look of your kitchen? You’re not alone. Research has found that unattractive exposed boilers are a bugbear among many UK homeowners.  In fact, 57% of them would look to knock £5,000 off the purchase price of a house just because the boiler was on show! Fortunately, you don’t have to […]

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