LAYING CARPET

Laying carpet is something we would most certainly recommend is left to the professionals. Carpets are expensive and a mistake can cost a lot of money as well as leaving a room looking very untidy. However we know that DIY’ers the world over will want to have a go so we have listed the basic points to remember and, hopefully, help you. Carpet Fitting Tools You Will Need You should hire or buy a carpet knee kicker (or carpet stretcher) from a tool hire shop. It will stretch the carpet into position and stop any “bubbles” spoiling the job. You … Continue reading LAYING CARPET

MAKING A PLANTER

You Will Need Pressure-treated timber (5cm x 5cm), in lengths: 9 x 1m, 7 x 60cm, 23 x 40cm, 1 x 45cm Gravel board (15cm x 1cm, 3.45m length) Saw Drill 3mm wood drill bit Screwdriver Try square Pencil Tape measure Zinc-plated screws (75 x 7.5cm and 20 x 5cm) Step 1 Mark and cut all the pieces of timber to the correct lengths, cutting the ends as squarely as possible for a smooth finish. Using a 3mm drill bit, make a hole around 2.5cm from the end of every length to stop the wood splitting when you put in the screws. Step … Continue reading MAKING A PLANTER

HOW TO FIT COVING

The following list of tools are really all essential to ensure that your job goes smoothly and the finished article is top notch: A Hand Saw – Choose a fine or medium toothed saw with a stiff blade to ensure a straight cut Mitre box (also called a mitre block) or you can use a mitre saw or a coving mitre template as a cutting guide such as a Wonder Mitre (see below) Adhesives – You can use any coving adhesive, either ready-mixed or powder adhesive which you mix yourself. You can also use a silicon based adhesive and sealant … Continue reading HOW TO FIT COVING

HOW TO CHANGE WIPER BLADES

Why replace a wiper blade? It goes without saying that drivers need to be able to clearly see the road ahead to remain safe on the road. For a car to be in roadworthy condition, and pass its annual MOT test (if more than three-years old) it must have windscreen wipers, which should be correctly secured and in good working condition. Given that the UK and rain go together like the Queen and Buckingham Palace, Britain’s drivers rely on their cars’ windscreen wipers. On average, the UK has 131 days a year with rainfall of 1mm or more. However, in … Continue reading HOW TO CHANGE WIPER BLADES

ADJUSTING DOORS

Is your door dropped or sagging? Is your door catching at the top, side, or bottom of the door frame? Is it worse when the sun is shining or when it’s hot outside? You may need to readjust your door hinges. Proper door alignment not only allows the door to open and close smoothly but also prevents drafts and uneven wear and tear. You can realign your doors by adjusting the hinges. However, to determine how to adjust the hinges, you should first determine what is causing your door to be misaligned. How Do I Check if My Door Is … Continue reading ADJUSTING DOORS

HANGING YOUR ARTWORK

A step-by-step guide to hanging art prints on a masonry or plasterboard wall. We’ve been in the business of making framed art prints since 1982, so when it comes to hanging them, we know a thing or two. Here’s our step-by-step guide on everything you need to know about how to hang a frame. What you’ll need: Hammer Pencil Tape measure Screwdriver Power drill for masonry walls Spirit level Wall fixing suitable for your wall type (see step 4) 1. Choose the perfect wall position Unless it’s a very large statement art piece, avoid hanging your framed picture in an … Continue reading HANGING YOUR ARTWORK