wet rot treatment

Dry Rot And Wet Rot – How To Diagnose And Treat Like A Pro

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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distemper paint

Distemper Paint – What Is It And How Do I Remove It?

Chances are if you live in an older home built before the 20th century you have distemper paint on the walls. It’s an annoyance as it can be difficult to remove and nothing sticks to a wall with distemper paint on it.  below to find out what exactly distemper paint is and how to […]

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silicone sealant

How To Remove And Replace Silicone Sealant

Silicone sealant – it’s the clever stuff that keeps water from escaping out into places it shouldn’t. Typically you might think of silicone for sealing the edge around a shower tray or bath, but it’s also used around windows and in the kitchen too. You’ll find it anywhere that requires a water-tight seal. Whilst silicone sealant […]

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paint stripping

Paint Stripping -The Ultimate Guide

In a home renovation, you’ll likely need to strip away layers of paint which have built up over the years. Over time, interior trends change dramatically, as do personal preferences. The quickest and easiest way to update an interior is the power of paint. But the more layers of paint that are applied, the thicker and […]

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wallpaper steamer

How to Use A Wallpaper Steamer

Whether you’re looking to refurbish an old and tired interior, or you’ve just moved into a property with some seriously dated wall-coverings, you may find yourself needing to strip away old wallpaper. Luckily, stripping wallpaper isn’t a particularly difficult job and with the help of a wallpaper steamer, you can strip walls in literally a matter […]

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paint pads

How To Use Paint Pads

Cost Time Difficulty If you’re looking to paint those tricky spots in your house, paint pads are a great option. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to paint your walls, ceilings, and get in those tight spots. A traditional paint roller can get messy and paint pads provide a perfect alternative with a smooth and even […]

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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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types of hinges

Types of Hinges – The Top 10

If you type the word ‘hinges’ into the search engine of an online DIY store, you’ll soon be mind-blown with the endless varieties and types of hinges available to buy. It can be a bit of a minefield actually, especially if you’re new to it all. Knowing which is the right type of hinge for your […]

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plaster types

Plaster – The Top 11 Types And How to Use Them

Bonding plaster, One Coat plaster or Tough Coat plaster? We all want that smooth, high-quality finish on our ceilings and walls, but where do you start? Getting a good finish on your first attempt at plastering a wall is a difficult and is almost impossible to learn from videos (I know because I tried!). It’s a […]

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wood battens

Wood Battens – How To Prepare A 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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