The free diy home improvement guide with answers to your questions on a wide range of do it yourself projects.

 

Mixing Concrete with a Mixer

Mixing concrete with a mixer is quicker than mixing by hand. This guide shows how to measure the sand, cement and aggregate, and add the right amount of water for the correct consistency.

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Nails 1

Nails and how to choose and use different types. Making strong nail joints and removing nails.

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Nails 2

Nail choices and different types used for strong joints. And nail removal.

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On the Level

Choosing a decent spirit level with tips on what to look for plus testing a level for accuracy

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Party wall etc act 1996

Explanation of the party wall etc act 1996 and meeting the requirements avoiding disputes with neighbours.

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Patio laying 1

Making a patio by laying concrete or stone slabs. Preparing the ground, planning and setting out the site levels.

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Patio laying 2

Making a patio by laying concrete or stone slabs. Digging out the ground, building the foundation and laying slabs or flagstones. Pointing with dry sand cement mortar.

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Paving stones and slabs for patios

Advice and know how for choosing paving slabs to meet your budget and suit the style of your house. From budget concrete slabs to quality natural stone replica slabs , there's plenty of choice.

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Permitted development - expansion to guidelines

Expansion to the Permitted Development Order 1995 guidelines covering detached houses, semi-detached and terraced homes.

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Planes - power

Advice on types of power planes and how to use them correctly for diy. Guide to planing wide boards for a smooth finish.

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Planes and planing wood

Advice on types of hand and electric planes and how to use them correctly for diy. Details of techniques for smoothing and planing wood to make timber square and the use of a surform.

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Plaster and plastering 1

Plastering techniques showing how to choose the right plaster and tools for the job - and how to prepare the wall or ceiling.

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