October 23, 2017

BTU – Heating Maths

BTU – Heating Maths

OK so its deepest darkest February and the weather this year is even worse than normal.  So it’s a good time for us to release an article on heating.  Did you know there is a system to calculate how much heat a room needs?  Its called a BTU or British Thermal Unit. Once you have ...
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Win a Dremel MM40 toolkit

Win a Dremel MM40 toolkit

For novice DIY’ers it can be very frustrating when you realise you don’t have the right tool to complete a job or do it quickly. It can seem like you need a shed full of kit before you can complete the simplest of jobs which is prohibitively expensive and gives you a storage problem. Dremel...
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Christmas Crafts

Christmas Crafts

Christmas can be very expensive.  What not save money on decorations and gifts while providing some fun for your family or friends? Here are a few very simple craft ideas that you can get your teeth into over the Christmas holidays. All of them are very simple so you don’t need specialist kit or m...
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Garage Door Security

Garage Door Security

2013 has seen large numbers of local police forces issuing warnings to residents about garage security. Bikes, power tools and temporary storage of things like Christmas Gifts can all make our garages a tempting target for thieves. This combined with the economic situation has meant levels of garage the...
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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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