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Category "Do-it-yourself & Construction"

The advantages of PEX plumbing fittings

The advantages of PEX plumbing fittings

Unless you are a qualified and experienced plumber, you won't probably know exactly what type of piping is best for particular applications. While most people know that copper piping is widely used, the less well-known is the use of PEX plumbing fittings. In fact, many people probably don't even know what PEX is. Here is guide to this material and its relative advantages within plumbing.
A beginner's guide to electrical maintenance

A beginner's guide to electrical maintenance

The heart of your home's electrical system is the consumer unit. From here, electricity is distributed within the house via circuit breakers, which 'trip off' to protect each circuit if it draws too much power. Understanding how the consumer unit works is vital to all types of electrical maintenance. With that in mind, here is a beginner's guide.
How to fit a door lever

How to fit a door lever

Whether it be your kitchen door, bedroom door or the door to that bathroom cabinet, at some point, you will find the need to replace the door lever. Replacement door handles, knobs and levers come in a variety of styles and materials. Choose your antique knobs, brass handles or chrome knobs to suit your décor. Here is a brief guide on how to fit the replacement lever.
When do I need to install a shower pump?

When do I need to install a shower pump?

A problem for many home owners when installing their new shower is to find that they are confronted with a trickle of water rather than a relaxing and powerful stream that the best showers are able to deliver. One solution to this problem is to install shower pumps or an electric water booster. In this article, we'll show you how.
Where to buy scaffolding planks

Where to buy scaffolding planks

Scaffolding has been around in some form or another for centuries. The first use of scaffolding may have been at the Great Wall of China or the Pyramids. While in China, the first scaffolds were made of bamboo, the scaffolds of today are made from steel. Scaffolding consists of stands with planks upon which the workers can access their work. These planks come in various lengths and configurations and are available at more than one source.
A guide to home power washing

A guide to home power washing

Power washing is done in order to remove dirt and mildew that has accumulated over years. It increases the value of your home and prevents certain types of common repairs if done regularly. This article will provide a guide to home power washing.
How to make your own cheap TV stand?

How to make your own cheap TV stand?

You just bought a large LCD TV and need somewhere to put it. Buying the television is the most important part. Now you need a large enough stand which will be ideal for the TV. Hopefully, your living room is large enough for the TV stand. If you are just looking for something large enough to accommodate the TV and not take up any unnecessary space, then you will no need to relocate.
Where to buy SDS drills

Where to buy SDS drills

SDS or Special Direct System drills are a powerful alternative to ordinary hammer drills, delivering stronger blows due to improved hammer action. This article takes a look at where to buy both plug-in and cordless SDS drills to help you find the right SDS power hammer drills for you at a price to suit your budget.
How to build a shed

How to build a shed

Need extra storage in your garden? Then why not build a shed? While this may sound a little daunting at first, building a shed is not as difficult as it sounds. Here is a guide on how to build the basic structure.
A beginner's guide to gas boiler installation

A beginner's guide to gas boiler installation

Gas burners efficiently burn a combination of gas (either natural or propane) and air to heat either air or water in your furnace or boiler. Gas boilers are relatively straightforward devices, requiring simple installation. However, as this beginner's guide to gas boiler installation will show, for much of the work, you will need the help of a qualified gas heating engineer.
How to perform carpet binding

How to perform carpet binding

If you have a carpet that compliments the room it is in, you can turn it into a very attractive rug. The edges will fray and ravel unless you can finish it by binding it. Carpet binders are expensive and they will not be worth it if you are doing a small area. You can do rug binding yourself and you will be able to find the materials you need when visiting hardware stores and home improvement stores. Here is a guide on how to perform carpet binding.
A beginners guide to cabinet making

A beginners guide to cabinet making

Have you decided to renovate your kitchen and you want to keep your budget to a minimum? One simple way of doing this is by making the furniture yourself. While used cabinets are widely available, cabinet making is not difficult and you can customise them to suit the surrounding decor. Here follows a brief guide on how to go about it.
A guide to gutter repair

A guide to gutter repair

The gutters on a house are the defenses against damage to the house’s foundation, and also to the house itself. They are not only there to direct rain water to a drain or a runway. If the gutters on your home begin to fall apart, then you are compromising the integrity of the house’s structure. You can repair rain gutters yourself when reading this article, and you will not need gutter repair specialists' help.
How to build a wardrobe for storage purposes

How to build a wardrobe for storage purposes

Storage cabinets can be great if you want to organise your belongings. However, they can unfortunately be very expensive. Why not try cutting costs and building a storage cabinet yourself? Storage cabinets make a fairly easy project for even novice woodworkers, so you should be able to build a beautiful final product.