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Category "Do-it-yourself & Construction"

How to build stairs

How to build stairs

When building stairs, it is important to design and take measurements carefully before making the final cuts on the materials. Working with materials can be costly in terms of finance, time and effort. Carpenters and homeowners should make the effort and check with building codes to ensure an exact cut and fit when building DIY stairs. Read this article to learn more on how to build stairs.
The pros and cons of an attic conversion

The pros and cons of an attic conversion

Many people decide that a home extension is a good idea when buying a new home that they want to make bigger or when trying to add value or space to a pre-existing home. If you have a loft, then one of the best ways to add space is a loft conversion. If you have loft ideas, the next step is to consider the attic design/loft design and get some loft plans drawn up.
A guide to effective mattress cleaning

A guide to effective mattress cleaning

A mattress just like any other sleep material which needs to be cleaned. After all, everyone nearly spends an average of six to eight hours a day in it. However, how do you keep a mattress immaculate and what are the ways to effectively clean it?
A guide to waterproofing an external wall

A guide to waterproofing an external wall

Water can be a destructive element in your home. It is important that you waterproof your exterior walls to protect them from harmful moisture. A damp wall is vulnerable to many structural issues such as rising damp. This is an ideal ground for mold and mildew which are substances that can cause health problems in your family. Read this article to get a guide to waterproofing an external wall.
How to fit a bathroom extractor fan

How to fit a bathroom extractor fan

Extraction fans pull moist air out of the bathroom and this keeps the room dry, preventing mould from building up. You will be able to find an extractor fan installed in the ceiling or in the wall of a bathroom. If your bathroom has a ceiling light and an attic, you will be able to install the fan yourself. You can use the wires that power the light in the bathroom and connect the fan to the existing wires. Then, you have to control it with the light switch. Find out how to fit a bathroom extractor fan in this article.
Uses of a folding cart

Uses of a folding cart

The folding cart is the generic denomination of all carts or boxes, specially designed to carry certain objects. Depending on its destination, folding carts provide a wide range of products, which can be used in different situations. The folding cart is a useful innovation, which reduces the strain on your body and makes any moving objects much more comfortable and pleasant.
The advantages and disadvantages of hardy board siding

The advantages and disadvantages of hardy board siding

Every type of siding has their advantages and also their disadvantages. The one thing about hardy board is that the fibers in the hardy offers you the most durable and also the strongest siding you can find. Hardy board is specifically engineered to give you the beauty of wood. Hard panel is not invulnerable to fire, severe weather and pests. This is a disadvantage that will make many people reconsider.
An introduction to cork board tiles

An introduction to cork board tiles

Cork board tiles are made of granulated cork, a by-product of the bottle-stopper production process. It is harvested for commercial purpose from the bark of the cork oak tree, distinctive in its cellular structure. A primer on properties, applications and availability of cork board tiles can help you decide on choosing this handy material.
How to change a sanding belt

How to change a sanding belt

As any sort of tool over time wear and tear, it means that some parts will need to be replaced or repaired. This is typically true of sanding belts which can soon lose any sort of abrasive action, especially after continuous use. Whilst there are many types of sanders on the market, the procedure of how to change a sanding belt is similar to all. Find out in this article.
How to find concrete contractors

How to find concrete contractors

Concrete contractors can perform a number of different jobs for you when you are building or designing a home or a business. No matter what your project is, when you are choosing a concrete contractor, the best thing to do is be informed and to find out as much information as you can.
How to remove mold

How to remove mold

Children, pregnant women, elderly people and those with existing respiratory diseases are vulnerable to molds which can produce symptoms of allergy, colds and other respiratory problems. The first step in managing mold in one’s home is to identify where they may be thriving and this should be followed by careful removal to avoid health problems.
Milwaukee 2620-21 18-Volt Sawzall®: Review and rate

Milwaukee 2620-21 18-Volt Sawzall®: Review and rate

Milwaukee first introduced the Sawzall in 1951 and created a revolution. The Sawzall was the first hacksaw that was portable and had a reciprocating mechanism that allows the blade to make a 3/4 inch stroke. The first Milwaukee Sawzall was corded, but as battery technology improved, the cordless Sawzall was introduced. The Milwaukee 2620-21 18-Volt Sawzall is a fine entry in the proud Sawzall line. This article provides details about the Sawzall hacksaw.
How to support a shelf

How to support a shelf

If you want to mount a basic shelf, you can do it yourself. All you need is a little basic knowledge. The most common shelf support that many people use is the L-shape bracket shelf. This is done by fastening brackets to the walls and then fastening the shelf to the bracket. This is a very basic shelf that still gets the job done. This article provides a guide to supporting a shelf.
Where to buy nails for nail guns

Where to buy nails for nail guns

Nail guns are a great time and labour-saving device for both professional and DIY use. Sometimes, it can be difficult to get hold of the correct replacement nails for your specific nail gun, and it is important to be able to source them at a good price. This article explains where to buy nails for nail guns.
How to fit an inline water heater

How to fit an inline water heater

In the current ecological climate (not to mention the current recession), may people are having to find ways of both saving energy and reducing monthly bills. One simple solution is to replace an old water tank with a inline ‘tankless’ water heater. This simple task is sure to cut energy bills in half. Here is a guide to their installation.