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How to Finish Laminate Flooring Edges in 6 Easy Steps (DIY Guide)

Laminate flooring has become the default choice for many people, yet it’s surprisingly easy to spoil its aesthetic with a lousy finish. In particular, poor edging is often to blame—I.e. where the floor meets a skirting board or doorframe. Although it’s not always practical, removing skirting boards and laying laminate flooring underneath is one option. …

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Lap Joint Advantages and Disadvantages (Is It the Best Joint for Your Next Project?)

Lap joints are commonly used in metalwork, woodworking, and plastic piping. It’s one of the most accessible joints to create, which I found to my advantage during my house renovation. However, is it the be-all and end-all for your upcoming project? I decided to focus on lap joint advantages and disadvantages to give you the …

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How to Remove Laminate Flooring Without Removing Skirting Boards (DIY Guide)

Lifting laminate flooring is easier if you remove the skirting boards, but sometimes that’s not an option. I found this out to my cost when renovating a Victorian house. The skirting was old, rare, and nailed every six inches!  Instead of trashing the skirting, I opted to take a different route to remove the laminate …

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How To Lay Laminate Flooring in an L-Shaped Hallway (DIY Guide)

In the Victorian heyday of British housebuilding, hallways were usually straight and long. In response to their predecessors’ focus on symmetry, Edwardian architects and builders adopted wilfully asymmetrical designs like L-shaped hallways. This trend continued into the Art Deco movement, leaving us with a surprisingly high proportion of homes whose hallways aren’t even on nodding …

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When Do You Need a Damp Proof Membrane Rather than a Vapour Barrier (UK Guide)?

With rising energy costs, the need for better insulation and reduction in heat loss has never been greater, but this creates another problem – damp!  As an architectural technologist, one of the most significant issues in house building has been dampness and moisture control.  Rising damp and condensation result from poor control measures and must …

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How to Lift Chipboard Flooring (6 Easy Methods) – DIY Guide

Modern houses use tongue and groove chipboard flooring instead of traditional wooden boards. While it’s quick and convenient, it poses challenges when lifting the flooring for repair and replacement.  Experience tells me that lifting the flooring without breaking it is tricky because some are nailed down while others are screwed. In this DIY guide, I’ll …

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Bricklaying Tools List – 15 Essential Items Every Brickie Needs (DIY Guide)

Bricklaying is a surprisingly technical process, which you can only complete with the right tools. Most people would include spirit levels and club hammers on their bricklaying tools list, but more specialised items, such as bolster chisels and hawks, may be omitted. Avoid mid-job trips to the DIY store by stocking up on these essential …

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How To Cut Quarry Tiles in 7 Easy Steps – DIY Guide (UK)

Thanks to their non-slip qualities, quarry tiles are an excellent choice for high-traffic areas of your home.  If you’re planning to cut quarry tiles yourself, this step-by-step guide shows you how to cut quarry tiles safely and efficiently.  Tools & Materials Here’s what you’ll need before you get started: Tools Tape Measure Grease pencil  Tile …

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Best Underlay for Vinyl Flooring in 2022 (UK Buying Guide)

After extensive research and in-depth testing, we recommend the Grandismo 10m2 Roll Underlay for vinyl flooring.  This LVT underlay is perfect for click systems, and you can use it in commercial and household settings. It’s also great at reducing noise, and you can easily fit it over underfloor heating systems.  Last but not least, this underlay …

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Best Low Tack Masking Tape in 2022 (Reviews & Buying Guide)

After extensive research and testing, Faithfull’s Low-Tack Masking Tape wins our award for the UK’s best low tack masking tape. This low tack masking tape offers an excellent application timeframe, is suitable for all surfaces, and the narrow-width option is perfect for precision jobs.  Best Low Tack Masking Tape Reviews (The UK’s Top 3) After …

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How to Whitewash Laminate Flooring in 7 Easy Steps (DIY Guide)

Whitewashing is an excellent option to revamp your laminate floor or switch up your home decor.  Whitewashed laminate flooring creates a beautiful, rustic effect that brightens your home and gives your home a light, modern feel. Our step-by-step guide on how to whitewash laminate flooring walks you through the process in 7 simple steps.   Tools …

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How To Tell the Difference Between Cellulose and Asbestos Insulation (UK Guide)

Asbestos was a popular building material for decades in the UK. Its excellent insulating and fire-proof qualities meant that builders used it throughout houses and commercial buildings.  Unfortunately, these qualities came at a steep price.  Later on, scientists found that asbestos is highly hazardous to human health, and since then, builders have used cellulose insulation …

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How Long Does Carpet Underlay Last? – DIY Guide (UK)

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 Floor Varnish for Wooden Floors in the UK (2022 Reviews & Buying Guide)

So, what is the best floor varnish for wooden floors? After extensive research and testing, we highly recommend the Ronseal Diamond Hard Floor Varnish.  This varnish brings out the true beauty of your wooden floor while protecting it from all that life can throw, including scrapes, spills, chips and scuffs. This combination of beauty and …

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Best Combination Square in the UK (2022 Reviews & Buying Guide)

After extensive research and testing, we highly recommend the Workpro Combination Square. The Workpro Combination Square wins our award for ‘Best Combination Square in the UK’, thanks to its high-quality ruler and vial, the accuracy of the equipment, its excellent handle grips, and general durability. Best Combination Square – Reviews (The UK’s Top 3) After …

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uPVC Door Handles – Important Differences Between Type A and Type B (2022 DIY Guide)

uPVC door handles are common in British front doors, and their replacement is a simple task for most DIYers. Annoyingly, uPVC door handles are not a universal type.  This guide will show you how to identify your existing uPVC door handle type and the differences between Type A and Type B.  What are the Differences …

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How To Prevent Emulsion Paint Drying Patchy in 7 Easy Steps (DIY Guide)

Emulsion paint drying patchy is a real headache for decorators and DIY enthusiasts. And often, the bad news only becomes apparent after two coats of primer and three coats of emulsion – what a waste of all your hard work! Save yourself this headache by following my trusty step-by-step technique for preventing emulsion paint from …

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How Much Does Conservatory Insulation Cost in 2022? (UK Cost Guide)

Your conservatory is a warm and inviting space to relax in the summer. But is your conservatory as welcoming in the dead of winter? Conservatories are notoriously leaky when it comes to heat retention. Don’t panic; there’s a solution! Let’s explore your options and answer the question, “how much does conservatory insulation cost in ?” …

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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 imagine a screw head you can’t extract or insert with this set! This …

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Cost of Structural Engineer for Load Bearing Walls in 2022 (UK Price Guide) 

I’ve worked with many structural engineers, and I know how much value they bring to commercial projects. But they’re also helpful in domestic projects, such as opening up ground floor space to create a kitchen-diner and removing walls.  Read on to find out the cost of a structural engineer for load-bearing walls. In a Hurry? …

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How Long Does Tile Adhesive Take to Dry Before Grouting (plus how to speed it up)?

Tiling is my favourite DIY project because you see the effects immediately. You can cover large wall or floor areas in just a few hours, but then you must stop and play the waiting game.  It’s frustrating, I know, especially with flooring, because you can’t walk across it until the initial set is complete. So …

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How to Stop Condensation in Built-in Wardrobes (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 windows, 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 so …

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How to Remove Paint from Textured Glass – Step-by-Step DIY Guide

There are plenty of chemicals on the market for this job, but I’m going to show you how to remove paint from textured glass WITHOUT harming the environment and your health. If you’ve ever painted bathroom windows, you’ll know that removing paint splashes from textured or obscure glass is more complicated than ordinary glass. The reason …

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Removing Emulsion Paint from Plaster Walls in 2022 (Step-by-Step DIY Guide)

I’ve been in the property business for over 20 years. I’ve bought and renovated many houses in that time, so I know how removing emulsion paint from plaster walls is painful, not to mention hazardous. In this step-by-step guide, I’ll explain when you should remove old emulsion paint before repainting and how to avoid the …

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Sustainable Kitchen Renovation – Top Tips for a Greener Kitchen in 2022 (UK Guide)

Kitchens lend themselves very nicely to a sustainable makeover, as many different aspects can be changed or adapted to make the room more eco-friendly, whatever your budget. Sustainability is the watchword for all current building design and construction, but how can you create a sustainable kitchen? We all know about recycling plastic food packaging, but …

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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. Moreover, anti slip properties are vital because painted and varnished/stained surfaces can be treacherous …

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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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Do I Need Planning Permission? 23 Projects You Can Start Now in 2022 (UK Guide)

Apart from the obvious lick of quality emulsion paint or new carpet, have you ever wondered what home improvements you can carry out without going through the expensive and timely process of planning permission?  We reckon there’s probably more than you might think! We’ve researched and uncovered 23 home renovation projects you can tackle without …

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31 Home Improvements that Add Value in 2022 (plus 7 to avoid) – UK Guide

Whether you’re renovating a property or looking to flip one before putting it on the market, this guide has everything you need to know about home improvements that add value. We’ll take you through 31 ways to increase your property value, with tips on maximising your profit and making your money go further. We’ll also …

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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. Today’s radiator paints provide consistent coverage and fewer drips than their poorly-regarded ancestors, generating fewer toxic fumes.  Pro Tip: Always open the …

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Best Plunge Saw in the UK (2022 Reviews & Buying Guide)

Increasingly eclipsing the less practical circular saw, the spring-mounted circular blades on plunge saws are ideal for precise and consistent cuts through the hardest woods.  However, with so many plunge saws on the market today, it can be tricky to choose the best model. After testing the UK’s most highly-rated products side-by-side, we determined that …

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Best Concrete Breaker Reviews (2022 UK Buying Guide) – The Top 3

When I think back to my building-site days, concrete breakers were giant machines that created massive amounts of noise and vibration. These oversized concrete breakers were connected to compressors and typically operated by a big, burly man who undoubtedly suffered from white fingers and tinnitus. These days, concrete breakers come in more manageable sizes and …

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

Choosing the best folding workbench in the UK is complicated. With so many factors to consider, including worksurface size, max load, adjustable features, construction, and cost, it can be hard to pick the best model for you. To help you choose the best folding workbench, we’ve spent hours separating the good from the bad to …

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Best Cordless Chainsaw in the UK (2022 Reviews & Buying Guide)

Whether chopping down a tree or trimming a hedge, having a cordless chainsaw is extremely useful, combining practicality and freedom of movement without worrying about power leads. However, with so many products available, how do you choose the best cordless chainsaw in the UK? After many hours of research and testing, we’ve done the hard …

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Best Hand Saw in the UK (Reviews & Buying Guide) – The Top 5 in 2022

A hand saw is an essential component of any toolkit, but few DIY products come in a broader assortment of shapes and sizes, prices and brands. At Property Workshop, we’ve tested many types of saws. In our latest closely fought contest, Stanley’s STA515244 FatMax narrowly wins the ‘best hand saw in the UK‘ award. Part …

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Best Reciprocating Saw in the UK – 2022 Reviews & Buying Guide (The Top 3)

At Property Workshop, we love using Reciprocating Saws. So much so, we’ve spent hours testing the most popular models to find out which one wins the award of ‘best reciprocating saw in the UK‘. So save yourself time and money by reading our reciprocating saw reviews below. We’ve also included a handy buying guide to …

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Best Emulsion Paint in the UK (2022 Reviews & Buying Guide)

When it comes to the best emulsion paint, it’s often worth paying a little extra for a higher-quality product. High-quality paints have the texture and finish of single cream, whereas cheaper alternatives can resemble skimmed milk.  Our three shortlisted products all claim near-identical coverage of between 12 and 13 square metres per litre. This number …

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Best Impact Driver in the UK – 2022 Reviews & Buying Guide (The Top 5)

In many cases, impact drivers offer a more effective alternative to electric screwdrivers and drill drivers. However, picking the right one can be tricky, as there are so many options to choose from. In this buying guide, we’ve spent hours researching and testing the most popular impact drivers on the UK market to save you …

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Best Chalk Paint in the UK- 2022 Reviews & Buying Guide (Updated)

Chalk paint is underpinning the burgeoning fashion for upcycling older furnishings or accessories. Thinner than gloss and more muted than emulsion, chalk paint allows the weave or grain to show through. However, not all chalk paints are created equal. Some are suitable for upcycling metal surfaces or objects, while others aren’t. Also, coverage varies from …

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Best Corded SDS Hammer Drill in the UK – (2022 Reviews & Buying Guide) – The Top 3

If you have a large amount of heavy-duty drilling to get through, an SDS hammer drill is your ultimate weapon. However, there are huge price differences between the leading models, so is it worth paying more than twice as much if you’re after the best corded SDS hammer drill in the UK? This article explains …

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Best Hacksaw in the UK – (2022 Reviews & Buying Guide) – The Top 5

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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Best Bandsaw in the UK (2022 Reviews & Buying guide) – The Top 3

Less precise than a scroll saw and less powerful than a circular saw, a bandsaw may seem unnecessary compared to other tools in a carpenter or handyman’s armoury. However, bandsaws are great for repetitive cutting actions. The English Woodworker describes bandsaws as “hand saws with endurance“, capable of endlessly slicing through hardwood and some softer …

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Best Masonry Drill Bits – 2022 Reviews & Buying Guide (The UK’s Top 5 Sets)

Drilling through masonry is tough, and not all masonry drill bits are up to it. We found several so-called high-quality masonry drill bits failed at the first hurdle. This buying guide saves you time and money on low-quality masonry drill bits. Best Masonry Drill Bits Reviews – The UK’s Top 5 in We’ve reviewed five …

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How to Build a Close Board Fence – 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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Cavity Wall Insulation Cost per m² in 2022 – UK Price Guide & Money-Saving Tips (Updated)

There is nothing new about insulating cavity walls. We’ve been doing it since the oil crisis in the 1970s. Still, people only started taking it seriously in the mid-80s when changes to the Building Regulations forced housebuilders and designers to re-think construction methods. I know because I was one of them. I’ve based this cost …

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Best Washable Paint in 2022 (Reviews & Buying Guide) – The UK’s Top 3

Washable paints are essential for households with muddy paws, small sticky hands, or high-traffic areas that require frequent wipe-downs (e.g. kitchens and bathrooms). As their name suggests, washable paints should clean effortlessly with just water and soap. However, with so many options available, how do you find the best washable paint for you? In this guide, …

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How to Smooth Walls Without Plastering (6 Methods to Follow) – DIY UK Guide

For many of us, plastering walls is a daunting task. It’s messy, difficult to apply and time-consuming. In fact, ‘wet’ plastering is a skilled job that takes plenty of practice. Thankfully, we will show you how to smooth walls without plastering or hiring a professional. Several options are available for smooth, ready-to-decorate walls, depending on …

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9 Essential Types of Drills & Drivers You Should Know in 2022 (and when best to use them) – DIY UK Guide

I remember my dad using a hand brace to drill holes in a piece of wood and thinking, ‘there’s got to be an easier way’. Sure enough, there was, and when I was old enough to buy power tools myself, I wanted all types of drills going. These days, there are more types of drills …

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Does Emulsion Paint Go Off? (and how to prevent foul-smelling paint) – UK DIY Guide

Yes, emulsion paint does go off. But how do you know it’s gone off and what’s the best way to extend its shelf life? In this guide, we’ll address these common questions and provide some top storage tips that will maximise the lifespan of your unfinished tins of emulsion paint. How Long Does Emulsion Paint …

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Best Circular Saw Blades in the 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.  Capable of slicing through anything from timber and plastic to ceramic and metal, circular saws are uncomplicated one-job machines that come in various weights, power settings and states of portability. Best Circular Saw Blades Reviews – The …

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Lammas Eco Village – Sustainable Lifestyle Infrastructure (Lessons in Best Practice) – 2022 Case Study

A Google search for top environmental projects 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, …

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Floor Sanding Cost per m2 UK – 2022 Price Guide & Money-Saving Tips (Updated)

Wooden flooring is a popular choice with minimalists. It’s great for allergy sufferers too, and it’s often favoured by period property renovators. But whether you’re looking to restore an old wooden floor or apply a new finish to an existing one, knowing the potential price is a good place to start. Considering some typical scenarios, …

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Staircase Refurbishment Cost UK – 2022 Price Guide & Money-Saving Tips (Updated)

Whether your staircase is falling into disrepair, or you just want to bring it into the 21st century, you’ll need to know what costs you’ll be looking at. You’ll also want to know whether it’s something you can do yourself or if it’s best left to the professionals. Here we look at the common scenarios, …

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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. This guide will take you through how much stud partition walls …

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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. Slowing the movement of heat through your walls helps your home stay warmer for longer. If your insulation isn’t installed correctly, you can suffer significant issues. This guide explains when (and why) you might need to remove cavity wall insulation. It’ll outline how to …

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How Much to Wallpaper a Room in 2022? (UK Cost Guide & Money-Saving Tips) – Updated

There’s more to wallpapering a room than simply applying your favourite print to the walls. You first need to assess the current condition of your walls and whether any prep work needs to be done. These factors will help answer the question; ‘how much to wallpaper a room?’. The cost will heavily depend on whether …

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How Much to Paint a House Exterior in the UK? (2022 Cost Guide and Money-Saving Tips)

Kerb appeal is everything, especially for homeowners looking to attract potential buyers. However, the cost of painting your external walls depends on several factors, including; wall type, whether it’s been painted before, and most importantly, your decision to do it yourself or hire a professional. In this UK cost guide, we look at all these factors …

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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 it’s crucial to know what they are and when to use them. This guide answers these important questions and outlines the UK’s average fire door installation cost. In a Hurry? Find …

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How Much to Board a Loft in 2022? (UK Price Guide & Money-Saving Tips) – Updated

Without proper measures in place, your loft is not a safe storage location. Its primary purpose isn’t for storing stuff, and there’s the risk you – or heavy items – could fall through the ceiling. So, putting some solid flooring down for safety and practical reasons makes sense, but how much does it cost to …

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How to Fill in Gaps Between Window Frames and Walls in 2022 (Step-by-Step DIY Guide) – UK Edition

Save money on your energy bills and improve your home comfort levels in just a few minutes. Sound too good to be true? I recently filled in the gaps around my window frames, and not only is my home now fully weatherproof, but I’m also able to turn down my heating, and my room looks …

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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. You must deal with this hazardous material carefully, but what’s the best way to handle it and …

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How Much to Tile a Bathroom in 2022? (UK Cost Guide & Money-Saving Tips) – Updated

Whether it’s a facelift or a full renovation of the busiest rooms in your home, tiling is a popular go-to option for bathrooms But how much is it likely to cost, and is it something you can do yourself? This cost guide explains what you must consider when determining how much to tile a bathroom …

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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 replace their stair carpet themselves. However, hiring a professional carpet fitter is expensive, as we recently explained in our guide to carpet fitting costs. Moreover, stair carpet fitting isn’t as tough as you may think. It starts with …

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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 Much to Paint a Room in 2022? (UK Price Guide & Money-Saving Tips) – Updated

One of the easiest ways to breathe new life into your home is with a fresh lick of paint. This simple yet affordable project can transform dull, tired-looking rooms into bright and inviting spaces. But how much to paint a room UK? Like any project, the final cost will vary based on the amount of preparation …

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How to Mix Plaster (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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Laminate Flooring Fitting Cost in 2022 – UK Price Guide and Money-Saving Tips (Updated)

Laminate is a popular option among UK homeowners due to its appearance, relatively low cost and durability. Unlike vinyl flooring, laminate can withstand items dropped from a great height and take a hammering from children and pets. But how much does laminate cost? Can you do it yourself? We answer all these questions and more …

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Cost of Removing Pebbledash in 2022 – UK Price Guide and Top Money-Saving Tips (Updated)

The mere phrase ‘pebbledash‘ conjures ghastly images of grey, boring houses. But in addition to being used to knock up cheap housing, pebbledash — or rough-cast render — was also a big part of the Arts and Crafts movement.  On the other hand, if your home’s original features have been covered with post-war pebbledash, you …

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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. However, one of the worst decorating trends of the era has to be the compulsion to install polystyrene ceiling tiles. These unsightly tiles have long since fallen out …

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How Much Does Woodworm Treatment Cost in 2022? – UK Price Guide (plus top money-saving tips)

Woodworm infestations are a common problem throughout the UK. These hungry little creatures eat their way through your furniture and timber, leaving destruction wherever they go.  If you’re worried about woodworm, you probably have many questions. How do I know if I have woodworm? How much does woodworm treatment cost? Can I do it myself, …

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Vinyl Flooring Installation Cost UK – 2022 Price Guide (Plus Top Money-Saving Tips)

If your carpet has seen better days, or your kitchen floor desperately needs updating, you might be pining for a new surface underfoot. Vinyl flooring is easy to maintain and hard-wearing – great for high-traffic areas. But how much does vinyl flooring installation cost in the UK, and is it something you could easily do …

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How to Box in a Boiler (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 unattractive exposed boilers are a major bugbear among UK homeowners. A whopping 57% would want £5,000 off the house price just because the boiler was on show! Fortunately, you don’t have to grin and bear it by living with …

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How to Turn a British Period Home into an Eco House in 2022 – DIY Guide (UK Edition)

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 a listed building consent is needed and explore the top building materials and techniques used in sustainable housing. Get Consent …

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Renovation Project Management in 2022 – Top Pro Tips (UK Edition)

Starting a renovation project is daunting, especially when you’ve invested your life savings in buying the property! You probably have a mortgage and expensive bills to pay, all putting pressure on you to finish the renovation and sell/rent it out ASAP. In this guide, I’ll explain 11 key parts to successful renovation project management and …

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Property Refurbishment – Top Tips from UK Landlords (2022 Edition)

Everyone deserves a decent, safe, warm and comfortable place to live. Even if you specialise in social housing, like a good landlord, you should provide a home where you would feel comfortable. This guide aims to help landlords with their property refurbishment projects so that good tenants never want to leave. Getting a distressed property …

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

Unsightly pipes can ruin your home’s decor. Well, unless you’re opting for a trendy industrial vibe! Pipes covered in layers of thick paint or messy pipework sprawling across a wall can become eye-sore. Fortunately, if you want to hide your pipework, you don’t need a plumber to relocate them. There’s a much simpler, DIY-friendly solution. …

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How to Build a Cupboard (Step-by-Step DIY Guide and Top Tips) – UK Edition

When I was shopping for a new cupboard, I couldn’t find anything in the shops that met my requirements. I soon realised I could build a cupboard that would meet my storage requirements, fit my room’s decor and save money. A win-win-win! In this easy-to-follow guide, I’ll share my experience and show you how to …

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How to Fit Acrylic Splashback – Step-by-Step DIY Guide (UK Edition)

Practical and visually pleasing, acrylic splashbacks are hugely popular in kitchens. They provide an inexpensive backdrop against the wall, are durable, easy to maintain, and protect walls from grease and grime. This guide will show you how to fit acrylic splashback step-by-step. In a Hurry? Find top-rated kitchen tilers in your area by clicking the …

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How to Use Scrim Tape on Plasterboard (DIY Guide and Top Tips) – UK Edition

Scrim tape seals the joints between plasterboard panels to prevent cracking in the outer layer of wet plaster. Scrim tape is easy to apply, inexpensive, and essential for a smooth finish. This guide will show you how to use scrim tape effectively and provide some top pro tips. In a Hurry? Find top-rated plasterers in …

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How to Fit Plaster Coving (Complete DIY Guide and Top Tips) – UK Edition

Plaster coving is a decorative feature fitted where the wall meets the ceiling. Although coving is often considered a period feature, it does have a place in modern British homes. This simple three-step guide will show you how to fit plaster coving and achieve a professional finish. In a Hurry? Find top-rated plasterers in your …

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How to Paint a Radiator in 2022 (Step-by-Step DIY Guide) – UK Edition

Do your radiators complement your home decor, or have they gone rusty? If so, transform your radiators and your room by following this simple but effective guide on how to paint a radiator. Don’t fancy doing this job yourself? Find top-rated painters in your area by clicking the button below: Tools & Materials Tools Cleaning …

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How to Treat Wet Rot and Dry Rot in 2022 (Complete DIY Guide) – UK Edition

Buying an old property that has fallen into disrepair can be a great way to snag a bargain in today’s hot property market. However, neglected properties often suffer from wet or dry rot, which can make properties uninhabitable. This guide will teach you how to treat wet rot and dry rot without hiring a professional. …

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How to Replace Bathroom Sealant in 2022 (Complete DIY Guide) – UK Edition

If you need to remove and replace silicone sealant within your home, we’ve created this step-by-step guide. We’ll show you how to replace bathroom sealant like a professional but without the cost. Don’t worry if you’re not an expert DIYer either; this is a straightforward tutorial that anyone can accomplish. What is Silicone Sealant? Silicone …

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How To Strip Paint Off Wood and Other Materials (Complete DIY Guide)

Over time, many homes build layers of paint on their walls, ceilings, floors and furniture. These built-up layers become messy and difficult to remove. In this guide, we’ll show you how to strip paint off wood, and other common surfaces, such as masonry, metal and glass. Let’s get stripping! In a Hurry? Find top-rated painters …

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How To Use a Wallpaper Steamer in 5 Easy Steps (Complete DIY guide) – UK Edition

Whether you’re looking to refurbish an old and tired interior, or you’ve just moved into a property with some shocking wall-coverings, you may need to strip away old wallpaper. Fortunately, with the help of hot steam and this handy guide on how to use a wallpaper steamer, you’ll be stripping those ugly walls in no …

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Types of Hinges – The Top 10 in 2022 (plus how to use them) – Complete DIY Guide

Did you know there are no less than 21 different types of hinges? Yep, 21. It’s no wonder it’s all a bit confusing. But don’t worry, we’re not going through them all! Many of these hinges have more specialist uses, so we’re focusing on the most common and widely used hinges. This short guide will …

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plaster types

Plaster Types – The Top 11 in 2022 (plus how to use them) – Complete DIY Guide

Bonding plaster, One Coat plaster or Tough Coat plaster? We all want that smooth, high-quality finish on our ceilings and walls, but what plaster types should we use? Getting a good finish on your first attempt at plastering a wall is difficult and is almost impossible to learn from videos (I know because I tried!). …

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How to Batten a Wall for Dry Lining in 2022 (Step-by-Step DIY Guide) – UK Edition

While the bare brick look is trendy, many still prefer a smooth wall. One way to achieve this is by attaching plasterboard over the masonry, using wood battens to provide support. This guide will teach you how to batten a wall with vertical and horizontal wood battens to ensure a stable framework to attach plasterboard. …

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How to Wallpaper around a Window in 2022 (Step-by-Step DIY Guide) – UK Edition

Let’s face it; some areas are difficult to hang wallpaper, especially windows and door frames. That’s why I’ve put together this tutorial on how to wallpaper around a window.  Tools & Materials Tools: A damp cloth for cleaning walls Rosin paper or drop cloth to protect floors Tape measure Paste brush Scissors Pencil Putty knife …

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How to Treat Woodworm in 2022 (and prevent it from coming back) – Complete DIY Guide

You approach your roof timber, floorboard 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, turn to the internet, and type: ‘How to treat woodworm’. Thankfully, this guide pops up, and you relax because I’m here …

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7 Best Plasterboard Fixings (and how best to use them) – 2022 DIY Guide

Knowing which plasterboard fixing is best for your job is challenging, and picking the wrong one can mean disaster for your favourite painting, mirror, etc. To save you this headache, we’ve spent hours narrowing down the dizzying array of choices to seven key types of plasterboard fixings that cover any project you’re likely to undertake. …

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How to Plaster a Ceiling in 2022 (Step-by-Step DIY Guide) – UK Edition

Plastering is messy and requires a lot of work and skill. This guide shows you how to plaster a ceiling like a professional. Tools & Materials Make sure you have the following tools and materials before you get started. Tools Step Ladder Trowel Hawk Small Tool Sanding Block Hammer  Screwdriver Utility Knife Putty Knife Canvas …

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Screw Sizes UK – How to Pick the Best Screw for the Job in 2022 (Complete UK Guide)

This short but comprehensive guide explores the different types of screws, including their size and head type. You will also learn the difference between metric and imperial screw sizes UK. 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. Types …

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Patching Plaster – How to Repair Walls and Ceilings in 7 Easy Steps (DIY Guide)

Patching plaster may sound intimidating, but it’s not as complicated as you think. If you have the time and patience to follow the seven steps below, you shouldn’t need to hire a professional plasterer to fix small to medium-sized cracks or holes. Tools & Materials Below is a list of recommended tools and materials to …

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Dry Lining Tips – How to Plasterboard Stud Partition Walls in 2022 (UK Edition)

Dry lining stud partition walls is a project any homeowner can take on; you just need to have the right tools, materials, and dry lining tips. This guide will walk you through the whole process of dry lining, from selecting the right plasterboard to taping and jointing. Note: If you’re dry lining brick walls, please …

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Plasterboarding a Brick Wall in 2022 (Complete DIY Guide) – UK Edition

Plasterboarding a brick wall, which, if done correctly, produces a nice smooth finish that you can decorate immediately. There are two main ways to fix plasterboard to your wall: ​​​Stick directly onto walls with adhesive. Nail/screw to a timber/steel frame attached to the walls. In this post, I’ll cover #1. Don’t fancy doing this job …

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