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DryLinePro Named Best New Product At The Totally DIY Exhibition

Richard Hall from Chipping Norton has won the award for Best New Product at the Totally DIY exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham. His invention is a new type of wall plug designed to protect wall plaster while allowing the user to hang even the heaviest of shelving units.

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Effect of DIY on House Values

A survey from LV Insurance has suggested that carrying out DIY work on their home may lower the value by 5% and invalidate insurance.

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Employee Injures Himself While Pruning a Tree

Peter Aspinall from Lancashire is suing his employer after he injured himself while pruning a tree. Instead of placing his ladder against the trunk, he rested it against the branch he was sawing off.

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Encouraging the Use of CO Alarms

TV property expert Kirsty Allsopp is spearheading a campaign to encourage the use of carbon monoxide alarms in homes around the UK.

The Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed campaign conducted research which showed that 80% of homes in the UK do not have an audible alarm to warn about the escape of the gas.

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Dangers of DIY Stoves

An inquest has found that a young man, Declan Oliver died of carbon monoxide poisoning due to an incorrectly fitted wood burning stove, which he fitted with his father. It was found that the flue was the wrong length which caused the carbon monoxide to leak into the summerhouse which was Declan's bedroom.

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Dangers of Faulty Hire Tools

Research from Which? has found that those who like to do a spot of DIY could be seriously in danger due to faulty tools from hire companies.

The consumers advocacy company hired 26 tools form various hire firms, which included high street names and large DIY chains. The tools were independently tested for electrical and mechanical defects according to British standards and all companies except HSS failed for one or more reason.

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Decking Goes Up In Puff of Smoke

Indulging in a spot of weekend DIY turned out to be more dangerous than useful for a home-owner from West Midlands. Ian Cooke was digging his garden when he came across a glass bottle. It wasn't until he pulled his spade out of the earth that he noticed the bottle was smoking.

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Diy Against the Law ?

Research by Readers Digest has suggested that old laws from the 19th century could be making DIY against the law.

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DIY Artwork Becoming Increasingly Popular

Figures have shown that people in the UK are spending £45m a year on DIY artwork made from photographs. Rather than buying prints, paintings or other pieces of art, Brits are much more likely to turn their own photos and children's drawings into clothes, keyrings, mugs and even cakes, as well as large wall art.

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DIY Energy Saving Tips

Ratedpeople.co.uk have warned home owners that they should be undertaking home energy audits regularly throughout the year to offset the problems associated with winter weather.

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DIY Fly Tipper Gets Fined

Frank Hobbs from Buckinghamshire has been fined £755 for fly-tipping his DIY rubble near the National Trust's Pitstone Windmill. Mr Hobbs had repaved his driveway and decided to dump the resulting sacks of rubble.

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DIY for Christmas

Research by Principality Building Society has shown that more than 50% of Brits would give a DIY or home-made present to friends and family for Christmas.

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