Curtain Maths

Curtain Maths

Curtains do not look good or block heat and light if they are flat. As a result curtains are usually 1.5 to 2.5 times wider than the space they are covering so that they can be pleated or gathered in some way. But how do you decide which size curtain to buy or to get ...
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How To Wire A Plug

How To Wire A Plug

There will be a single power cable that leaves each of your electrical appliances and ends with a plug. This cable is actually composed of three separate wires individually wrapped in a different coloured plastic. These three inner wires are then tightly wrapped together inside a single white or black p...
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Garden Parties

Garden Parties

With both Halloween and Bonfire night only just round the corner – this is the time of year to think about parties. There’s nothing like a house full of friends and kids, daft costumes, silly games with lovely smells wafting through the air. Even though the summer has now long gone, if we are lucky, ...
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Electricity For Dummies

Electricity For Dummies

Electricity is a pretty dangerous thing however we all have lots of it coursing through our homes and we use it perfectly safely. This is because of several design features built into our homes that alert us to faults and protect us from their effects. Essential parts of this safety system include the p...
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Fuses

Fuses

When electricity passes through a wire it wastes a part of the energy it carries by creating heat.  Electrical wires get hot.  If too much electricity flows then wires can get very hot and melt. If a wire or appliance is supplied with too much electricity its parts may not be able to withstand the ...
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DIY Vertical Gardens

DIY Vertical Gardens

Vertical gardens are very trendy at the moment and they are being installed all over the world in fantastical large buildings. It’s a great idea – cover an ugly vertical wall and make it a feature. If you choose the right plants the wall can produce scent, herbs and veg. Most of the projects...
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Tile Maths

Tile Maths

For the slightly mathematically challenged among you we have performed a worked example of the calculations needed to work out tile quantities. You can follow this and use it as a model to work out the quantity of tiles you need for your own room. Our room is shown below. Its width (A) = 3.3m, ...
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Mice

How do I Know I Have Mice? If you see a mouse scuttling across your floor then you clearly have a problem. In most cases you will not actually see an animal, mice are secretive but they do leave clear signs. One of the biggest is the smell – their urine has a really strong ...
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Willow Structures

Willow Structures

Living willow structures are great fun to make and a highly unusual addition to any garden. You can make fences with them, arches, tunnels, screens and sun rooms. They self-renew, don’t need painting, the only maintenance required is a quick trim. In addition they help increase the habitat availab...
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Tommy goes Green!

Tommy goes Green!

Tommy Walsh is a celebrity builder and TV presenter who is best known for starring in BBC’s Ground Force. He is helping to raise awareness of The Green Deal – a Department of Energy and Climate Change scheme designed to make Britain’s homes warmer and protect people from rising energy...
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Safety Reminder

The spring is a great season to tackle DIY and home improvement projects , see our article on specific tasks you should think about, http://www.diy-tips.co.uk/spring-diy/. Whether you’re considering putting down new turf in the garden or repainting the outside of your home, you’ll save a lot of money ta...
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CORGI & Gas Safe Register

CORGI & Gas Safe Register

Gas is potentially a very dangerous substance. It is toxic and leaks can be fatal as well as cause fires and explosions. So you want to be sure that who ever fits, repairs and services your gas appliances is suitably qualified. That means never, ever have a bash at it yourself. Gas is not a ...
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Spring DIY

Spring DIY

After the cold and wet weather during the winter, the outside of your home has probably taken a bit of a battering. With the mornings starting to get lighter and the hint of spring just around the corner, now is an excellent time to take a look at your home and decide where you need ...
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En Suites

En Suites

En-suite bathrooms are a very desirable addition to any home, particularly if you only have one main bathroom that is shared. If this is a project you’re considering taking on, here are a few tips to help you along the way. Find the space As most of us (except Dr Who) do not live in ...
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