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eco village

Lammas Eco Village – Lessons in Best Practice

A Google search for top environmental projects quickly reveals one British build prized above all others. The Lammas eco village, in Pembrokeshire, Wales, was built in 2009 and has since been nominated for a host of awards and is held as an example of how eco-building should be done. This article investigates the background of Lammas, how […]

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How To Turn A Period House Into An Eco House

New builds are designed with sustainability in mind, but period houses, while beautiful, often lack eco credentials. This guide will show you how to turn a period house into an eco house. We will examine when listed building consent is needed and explore the top building materials and techniques used in sustainable housing. Get ConsentFirst of […]

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painting floorboards

Painting Floorboards – The Complete Guide

Painting floorboards is an easy way to update the look of a room. A classic style is white painted floorboards, that can then be jazzed up with a colourful rug to fit the theme of the room. This look can work anywhere from the kitchen or bathroom, to a living or dining area. Our simple guide […]

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How To Use A Paint Sprayer Like A Pro

Paint sprayers are recommended when painting a large area that requires a smooth, even finish. Sprayers are also a good idea for covering objects with lots of detail, as the paint can be precisely sprayed into all the nooks and crannies.This article looks at how to use the two most common types of paint sprayer: […]

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skip hire prices

Skip Hire Prices UK – What You Should Be Paying In 2019

Any big build or renovation generates vast amounts of rubbish, and the best way to remove this from the site is via a skip. But what size skip do you need? How long should you have it for and what will it cost you? This guide aims to answer these questions and provides helpful tips to […]

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carpet cleaning prices

UK Carpet Cleaning Prices in 2019

Dirty carpet getting you down? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.  You could clean it yourself, but if several rooms need doing, it might be better to hire a carpet cleaner. Read on to find out exactly what a professional carpet cleaner does and how much it should cost you. How to Clean a Carpet – […]

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Carpet Fitting Cost UK – What You Should Be Paying In 2019

Fitting a new carpet is something best left to professionals, but what does the job entail and how much should you be paying for it? We’ve compiled this guide to answer these questions, looking into price ranges for carpets, how long a job should take and helpful tips to make the job go smoothly. If you just […]

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wet rot treatment

Dry Rot and Wet Rot Treatment Guide

Buying an old property that has fallen into disrepair can be a great way to get a bargain in today’s housing market, but neglected properties often suffer from rot which will need treating before a home can be lived in. This guide will teach you how to diagnose dry and wet rot, looking at the signs […]

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types of nails

Types Of Nails – The Complete Guide To All 21

Even the most novice DIYer will be able to recognise a common nail, but did you know there are 21 types of nails? You can get ones with special heads for later removal, upholstery ones to attach fabric to furniture, and even specially shaped brads and staples for different projects. This complete guide to the 21 […]

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wood battens

Wood Battens – How To Prepare Your Wall For Dry Lining

While the bare brick look is trendy, many people still prefer a smooth wall. One way to achieve this is by attaching plasterboard over the masonry, using wood battens to provide support. This is a good method to use if you want to install insulation, as the battens provide a gap between wall and plasterboard […]

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woodworm

How To Treat Woodworm (and prevent it coming back)

You approach your roof timber, floor board or beautiful piece of solid wood furniture. You look closely, and there it is. Tiny little holes bored into the surface, the dreaded woodworm signs! You brace yourself, and turn to the internet and type: ‘How to treat woodworm’. Thankfully then this guide pops up and you relax, because […]

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plasterboard fixings

Plasterboard Fixings – The Top 7 You Need To Know

I’m guessing you arrived at this guide after going to the DIY store for some plasterboard fixings, expecting to have a couple to choose from, and then getting a little dizzy from all the choice. That’s what happened to me when I started writing this guide. I knew there would be different size fixings, and reckoned […]

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screw sizes

Screws: How To Pick The Right One For The Job

In this short, but comprehensive guide, we will explore the different types of screws, including their size and head type. You will also learn the difference between metric and imperial screw sizes. By the end of this guide, you’ll be able to make an informed decision on which screw you need for the job you’re tackling. […]

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How To Paint A Door Like A Pro

They say when one door closes another one opens, but this only works if you haven’t painted the door shut. Luckily, I’ve written this handy guide on how to paint a door to ensure that both interior and exterior doors in your home are as fully functional as they’re beautiful. In this article, we’ll explore […]

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painting MDF

Painting MDF – A Step-By-Step Tutorial

MDF, short for ‘medium density fibreboard’, is a cheaper alternative to wood. MDF is made of wood fibres that have been combined with resin to form a board. The main surface of MDF is smooth, but the edges, which when cut expose the fibres, can be rough. It’s not difficult painting MDF, but you do […]

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How Much Wallpaper Do I Need?

Blank walls are boring, so it’s fashionable to liven them up by papering them in a bold print. However, wallpaper has a reputation for being difficult to apply. Even before you start wrestling with paste and paper, you must work out how much wallpaper you will need. This guide will explain how to do precisely that. […]

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