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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best tile cutter

Best Tile Cutter UK – 2019 Buying Guide

Whether you are tiling a new wet room or just refreshing your kitchen splashback, a tile cutter is an essential piece of kit.  Easy to use and fairly inexpensive, tile cutters are a great way to give a professional-looking finish to your home tiling project. But if you’re new to tiling, you may be feeling a […]

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damp proofing cost

Damp Proofing Cost – The Complete Guide

Have you discovered an issue with damp in your home? Whether it be a slight musty smell, an obvious patch of mould or a tide mark, it’s time to tackle the problem. But how do you know if you need a full damp-proof course? What is it, and how much is it likely to cost? We’ve […]

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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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best sander

Best Sander UK – 2019 Buying Guide

Sanders are essential tools that are necessary for almost all wooden DIY projects. So whether you fancy changing the finish on your floor or restoring your coffee table, you won’t be able to get by without one.  However, unless you’re a woodworking specialist, you may be bewildered by the seemingly huge array of different types of […]

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how much to paint a room

How Much To Paint A Room – Should You Go DIY or Pro?

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 does a paint job cost? Like any project, the final cost will vary based on the amount of preparation […]

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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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how much does a tiler cost

How Much Does a Tiler Cost – Everything You Need to Know

Whether you need to renovate the kitchen in a house you’ve just purchased or update those tired-looking bathroom tiles to something more pleasing to the eye, it’s a job that needs doing.  But can you do it yourself, or should you hire a professional? And how much does a tiler cost? With workmanship, time and labour […]

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fire retardant paint

How Does Fire Retardant Paint Work (and how best to use it)?

A fire could destroy your home and even take away your life or that of your loved ones. Why take the risk? For me, treating my home with fire retardant paint is an essential part of protecting my family, our possessions and the very roof over our heads.  However, while it’s relatively simple to do so […]

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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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laminate flooring fitting cost

Laminate Flooring Fitting – Everything You Need To Know

Whether you’re after a streamlined look or something that’ll repel dirt and damage, laminate is a popular option for your floor. Unlike vinyl, laminate is able to withstand items being dropped from a great height.  It’s not subjected to stiletto heel damage as wood can be (I speak from experience), and it can take a fair […]

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cost of removing pebbledash

What Is the Cost of Removing Pebbledash? [2019 Edition]

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 might […]

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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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woodworm treatment cost

How Much Does Woodworm Treatment Cost? [2019 Edition]

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 a lot of questions. How do I know if I have woodworm? How much does woodworm treatment cost? Can I do it […]

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vinyl flooring installation cost uk

Vinyl Flooring Installation Cost UK [2019 Edition]

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 is hard-wearing – great for high traffic areas. But what is the full cost of vinyl flooring installation in the UK, and is it something you […]

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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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do i need planning permission

Do I Need Planning Permission? 23 Projects You Can Start Now

Apart from the obvious lick of 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 done the research and we’ve uncovered 23 home renovation projects you can tackle to […]

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home improvement tips

Top 5 Home Improvement Tips For This Summer

Summer is the perfect time to tackle those DIY home improvement projects that you have been thinking about all winter. The days are long and sunny, providing the ideal weather conditions for both indoor and outdoor home DIY projects.  Here are our top 5 home improvement tips to make the most out of your summer […]

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