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Cheap and Cheerful Versailles Case

A Cheap and Cheerful Versailles Case A Versailles case is a wooden box that was used at the Palace of Versailles, in France, in the 17th century for growing exotics such as oranges, lemons, and palms, which could then be easily moved into the orangerie or the... read more

How to Fit Guttering

Things to think about When working on guttering, safety is the first concern. Gutter work should ideally be carried out from fixed scaffolding. Guttering can be made from different materials, but you will find it most commonly made from UPVC. This type of guttering is... read more

Change a socket

Things to think about If you are in any doubt about working with electricity, seek professional advice from a qualified electrician. Any electrical work must comply with the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) regulations (BS7671). Always refer to and follow... read more

How to Lay Hard Tile Floor

Before you get started Tile directly onto concrete floors, if flat, or use a self-levelling compound. Floorboards can be covered with 18mm structural ply to provide a sound, rigid surface for tiling. The underside and edges of the ply should be sealed with a suitable... read more

How to Fit Wall Tiles

Before you get started How many tiles you will need may be worked out by simply dividing the wall area that you want to tile by pack size (coverage). HEIGHT OF AREA x WIDTH OF AREA = NUMBER OF SQUARE METRES SQUARE METRES ÷ PACK COVERAGE = HOW MUCH YOU NEED (Add 10%... read more

How to Fit a Toilet

Things to think about Changing over an old toilet for a new one is straightforward if you are easily able to isolate the water supply, and both waste and supply pipes do not need major alterations in positioning. If you are changing the floor height in your bathroom,... read more

How to Fit a Bath and Taps

Before you get started Always use a cable, pipe and stud detector to help find safe and secure fixing points in the wall and floor surfaces. When ordering a bath, make sure that the taps you choose are compatible with the number of holes in the bath. In some cases,... read more

How to Fit Door Locks

Before you get started All doors and windows are potentially vulnerable and should be adequately secured to prevent unwanted intrusion. The two most common locks to be fitted on entrance doors are a mortice lock and a cylinder rim lock. A mortice lock is opened with a... read more

How to Fire and Safety

Things to think about Take precautions to prevent fire at home with an early warning system and sensible escape routes. First, fit effective alarms. Follow manufacturers’ guidelines precisely when positioning, fitting and maintaining a smoke alarm or carbon... read more

How To Fit Architrave and Skirting

Before you get started Refreshing your Skirting boards, Architrave, Dado & Picture Rails can really transform the look & feel of your home. Whether you’re wanting to add a little character with period features or transform your room with a simple yet stylish... read more

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