Archive for August, 2011

DIY Tips - Repairing Holes in Plasterboard

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Small Holes Any hole that is smaller than 15 mm wide can easily and quickly be fixed with standard wall filler.  Use a small putty knife to apply the wall filler to the hole.  Build up the edges of the hole with wall filler as much as possible but don’t actually fill it.  Let the [...]

A Guide to Window Blind Terminology

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

When buying blinds for the first time the terminology used in sales pitches and on packaging can be confusing. It is therefore useful to understand these terms in order to ensure you make the best possible choice. Here is a guide to the most frequently used terms in window blinds. Bobble Chain This odd-sounding term [...]

Radiators and Underfloor Heating: A Comparison

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Radiators have long been a staple of home heating.  They have come to be relied on as the unquestioned method of choice when it comes to warming a house.  However, in more recent times underfloor heating has been gaining popularity as an alternative heating method.  So how do these methods stack up against one another?  [...]

Removing Efflorescence

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Efflorescence is a white staining on surfaces that can occur on concrete, brickwork or masonry. It is mostly a visual problem; rarely does it cause structural issues. It occurs when soluble salts are present in the bricks or mortar and when there is water enough to carry the salts to the surface. Once evaporation takes [...]

Best Blinds for a Bay Window

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Bay windows have always conjured images of lazy rainy afternoons and curling up with a good book while enjoying the view.  It is hard to imagine why anyone would want to cover them.  However, although bay windows allow people to bask in the beauty of the outdoors while being indoors, they can be a source [...]

Removing Ceramic Tiles

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

When redecorating bathrooms and kitchens, a certain amount of tile removal can be anticipated.  Sometimes it is feasible to leave tiles where they are and paint or re-tile over them with new materials.  However, if you want a smooth paint or wallpaper finish, total tile removal is your best option. Older houses often contain tiles [...]

Compare home insurance and get the best deal

Monday, August 15th, 2011

If you have a mortgage, your lender will most likely require you to take out a home insurance policy, but which one to choose?  There are many policies on the market and choosing the right one for you can be a daunting prospect.  Here are just a few tips to help you get started before [...]

DIY Tips - How to Strip Paint

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Stripping paint is not such a difficult DIY task.  However, you must take your time and use the best method for each area.  This article provides you with information on stripping paint safely and professionally.  Heat Gun A heat gun is perfect for large flat areas of paint where you plan to repaint the surface.  [...]

Blackout Roller Blinds and Energy Savings

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

By performing a simple experiment, one can easily see the energy saving abilities of blackout roller blinds.  Those who are interested in performing this experiment need only open the blinds on a cold winter morning and stand close to a window for a few seconds.  Even with the most energy efficient double glazed windows, one [...]

Different Types of Filler

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Filling in holes is one of the more common DIY exploits, especially when preparing walls for wallpapering or painting.  There are many types available, each with its own specialist properties for a certain job.  Generally, they will come either pre-mixed or in powder form, with the latter being the cheaper option.  Here are some types [...]