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

Neil Cumins
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3 Best Pillar Drills UK (2021 Reviews and Guide)

Pillar drills are a niche product, but they perform a precise function which no other power tool or handheld instrument could match.  Essential for adding geometrically perfect holes to wood and metal, these tabletop drills offer an accuracy far beyond handheld alternatives.  However, pillar drills range significantly in price, power and performance, so understanding how …

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7 Best Scroll Saw Blades UK (2021 Reviews & Guide)

Whether you’re a professional tradesperson or an amateur carpenter, scroll saws are a vital addition to your toolbox.  More precise than a jigsaw and more user-friendly than a fretsaw, scroll saws allow artisans/hobbyists to precisely cut and carve materials on a low-friction circular table.  The best scroll saws have foot pedal controls, dust extraction systems, …

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Solar Panel Maintenance Cost UK – What To Pay In 2021?

Solar panels are a big commitment, and getting the most modern panels installed is a costly investment. According to Householdquotes.co.uk, the simplest home setups still cost around £1,500.  Before you take the plunge, you need to know all about installing and running solar panels for your domestic electricity. Most importantly, you need to know where …

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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 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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PVA for Plastering – Why You Must Use It (plus 4 steps to apply)

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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