Neil Cumins

I’ve been a property journalist since 2003, writing about everything from architecture and construction to interior design and home improvements for property clients all over the world.

best rug gripper for carpet uk

Best Rug Gripper for Carpet in the UK (2022 Reviews & Buying Guide)

Loose flooring is an unsightly health hazard, posing traction problems for pets and risking the safety of anyone who crosses it.  While gripper rods have their uses, gripper tape is often the best way of securing rugs, carpets and other fabrics onto hard flooring. After extensive testing, we reckon the best rug gripper for carpet …

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How Long Does Carpet Underlay Last? (2022 DIY Guide)

Like skirting boards and plug sockets, carpet underlay is an underappreciated home component. This cushioning material serves a vital role despite being completely hidden from view. Most people only notice their underlay when it begins to fail! To determine how long does carpet underlay last, we have to consider several factors, from materials and installation to …

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Best Screwdriver Bit Set in the UK (2022 Reviews & Buying Guide)

After careful consideration and extensive analysis, we reckon the best screwdriver bit set in the UK is manufactured by Draper.  We especially liked that their 82398 Magnetic Bit Holder Set contains niche heads, including Robertson and imperial/metric hex bits. It’s hard to think of a screw head you can’t extract or insert with this set! …

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Best Flexible Filling Knife in the UK (2022 Reviews & Buying Guide)

Filling knives are an unglamorous but essential component in any serious DIYer’s tool bag. In this guide, I’ve spent several hours researching and reviewing the top three filling knifes available in the UK. I’ve also provided a handy buying guide so you can find the best flexible filling knife for your specific needs. In a Hurry? …

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How to Stop Condensation in Built-in Wardrobes in 2022 (Step-by-Step Guide)

If you’ve ever taken something out of a cupboard or wardrobe and noticed a slight clamminess, you’ve encountered the unwelcome phenomenon of condensation.  Synonymous with window panes, damp and clammy air can cause significant issues in wardrobes, though these problems may not immediately be apparent. This guide explains how to stop condensation in built-in wardrobes, …

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Best Decorating Filler in 2022 – Reviews & Buying Guide (UK Edition)

Picking the best decorating filler may seem like a simple task that requires little research. However, once you get past the basics, it’s surprising to discover many differences between seemingly similar products. In a Hurry? Here’s our Top Pick for the Best Decorating Filler in In this guide, we’ve spent hours reviewing three very different …

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Anti Slip Decking Paint Reviews – 2022 Edition (UK Buying Guide)

Decking quickly becomes dull and worn when left untreated, and anti slip paint represents a colourful alternative to varnishing or staining. While the latter simply adds a clear coat of protection, pastel colours can dramatically enhance the appearance of your decking. In a Hurry? Here’s our Top Pick for the Best Anti Slip Decking Paint …

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Corded vs Cordless Drill – Which Power Source Is Better in 2022? (UK Guide)

DIYers of a certain age sometimes claim that different jobs call for different drills, but the historic performance gap between corded and cordless products has narrowed in recent years. Advances in battery technology and improvements in product design have led to Bosch claiming there’s no longer any difference in durability or power when comparing a …

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Best White Gloss Paint UK (non-yellowing) – 2022 Reviews & Buying Guide

As a regular DIY job throughout the home, finding a dependable gloss paint can simplify the annual (or biennial) task of sprucing up woodwork. It can also transform metallic surfaces, adding new interest and character.  In a Hurry? Here’s our Top Pick for the Best White Gloss Paint UK in : While there’s a bewildering …

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Best Radiator Paint in 2022 (Reviews & Buying Guide) – UK Edition

Painting a radiator requires precision and diligence to achieve a quality finish that will last for years. Furthermore, choosing the best radiator paint can significantly simplify the task and improve the finish’s longevity. In a Hurry? Here’s our Top Pick for the Best Radiator Paint in : Today’s radiator paints provide consistent coverage and fewer …

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Best Hacksaw in the UK – (2022 Reviews & Buying Guide) – The Top 7

After many hours of research and rigorous testing, we highly recommend the Stanley Fatmax 5-in-1 Hacksaw. It’s uniquely flexible (though not literally – its lightweight frame can deliver 100kg of blade tension) and has five different configurations, including one as a jab saw. While any hacksaw can cut plywood, it takes plenty of chassis strength …

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How to Build a Close Board Fence in 2022 – A Step-by-Step DIY Guide (UK Edition)

Whether you’re moving into a new house with a turfed lawn but no boundaries or improving the privacy of an existing garden’s open fencing, there are plenty of reasons for learning how to build a close board fence. A fully boarded fence gives you complete privacy at ground level, preventing your pets from seeing neighbouring …

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Best Circular Saw Blades UK (2022 Reviews & Buying Guide) – The Top 7

When it comes to high-speed cutting, there’s nothing to match the power and durability of a circular saw.  In a Hurry? Here’s our Top Pick for the Best Circular Saw Blades UK in : Capable of slicing through anything from timber and plastic to ceramic and metal, circular saws are uncomplicated one-job machines that nevertheless …

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Stud Partition Wall Cost per m2 in 2022 – UK Price Guide & Money-Saving Tips (Updated)

Many home improvement projects aim to make the most of the available space in a property, but sometimes the setup of your home may waste precious space. If that’s the case, installing a stud partition wall is a great way to improve the layout. In this guide, we’ll take you through how much stud partition …

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Cavity Wall Insulation Removal Cost in 2022 (UK Price Guide & Money-Saving Tips)

Good cavity wall insulation can work wonders for your heating bills. By slowing the movement of heat through your walls, it helps your home stay warmer for longer. If your insulation isn’t installed right, though, you can suffer significant issues. This guide explains when (and why) you might need to remove cavity wall insulation. It’ll …

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Fire Door Installation Cost in 2022 – UK Price Guide & Money-Saving Tips (Updated)

Installing fire doors isn’t something many of us will have done before. Fire doors aren’t necessary for all property types and development projects – but when they are, it’s crucial to know as much about them as possible. Below, we outline the average fire door installation cost in the UK. We cover all the ins …

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Asbestos Removal Cost UK – 2022 Price Guide and Money-Saving Tips (Updated)

Think of your worst nightmare during a home improvement or renovation project. Were you thinking about the possibility of finding asbestos? If not, you probably should have been. Asbestos in any kind of property can cause huge problems. This hazardous material is something you must deal with carefully, but what’s the best way to handle …

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How to Measure Stair Carpets in 2022 (Step-by-Step DIY Guide & Pro Tips) – UK Edition

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 a 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 …

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How to Remove Wall Tiles in 2022 (Step-by-Step DIY Guide + Pro Tips) – UK Edition

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 to …

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How to Mix Plaster in 2022 (Step-by-Step DIY Guide & Pro Tips) – UK Edition

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 …

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Why You Should be Using PVA for Plastering in 2022 (and how best to apply it) – DIY Guide and Top Tips

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 …

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How to Remove Polystyrene Ceiling Tiles in 2022 – Step-by-Step DIY Guide and Top Tips (UK Edition)

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 …

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How to Box in a Boiler in 2022 (Step-by-Step DIY Guide and Top Tips) – UK Edition

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 …

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