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Proper Job

Loves to learn new things and make stuff...properly. Born and living in the Thames Valley west of London, England. I have an office job during the day, but evenings and weekends are all about making.

wrapped brush
Painting & Decorating

Good paintbrushes are worn in paintbrushes. For the first few times you use them they will shed bristles. It is not until a brush has been used a few times that it reaches its optimum state. Therefore an old paintbrush is a good paintbrush and so proper storage of a

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Painting & Decorating

Preparation is everything when it comes to painting. If you want a professional, stress free job, then take it step by step and don’t cut corners. The result will be worth it.

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cracks around a fireplace
Building

If a wood stove has been recently fitted inside the plastered shell of an old fireplace (a great spot for it) you may see some cracked plaster after the stove has been used a few dozen times.

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bleed a radiator
Plumbing

Upstairs radiators sometimes feel considerably hotter at the top and than at the bottom of the radiator and this is often a symptom that there is ‘air’ in the radiator. How to bleed a Radiator. First make sure the central heating pump is OFF. Otherwise more air might be drawn

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Painting & Decorating

How to grout tiles to get the smoothest finish Grouting is not too difficult to do. However, most people will use a finger to smooth the grout and then accept the fairly rough finish that results. However, I learned the professionals tip for producing ever so smooth grouting that makes

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door
Painting & Decorating

Kitchen cabinets cost a lot to replace. However, the change most people want is purely cosmetic. Therefore you can save a small fortune and radically improve your tired old kitchen by simply repainting the cabinet doors. Preparing to repaint cabinets cabinet doorPreparation is everything. You really should remove the cabinet

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Electrical

Aerial Repair Aerials are quite simple things so fixing a broken aerial is often a DIY task. Understanding your aerial

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Plumbing

How to remove top of close coupled toilet cistern. Old fashioned toilet cisterns had a ceramic lid that simply lifted off when you wanted to get inside to examine the flush mechanism or ball cock. However modern close coupled units generally have the flush mechanism directly attached to the lid

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Plumbing

Baths get blocked when too much material collects beneath the drain. This is generally a mixture of hair, oils and soap. The wrong way to unblock a bath plug Traditionally people would clear it with a bent wire (and old clothes hanger was always the tool of choice when i

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enamel bath
Building

These days almost all new baths are made of plastic. However, older enamel baths are still around because they are very hard wearing and last many lifetimes. Usually with a good clean a tub that might be 100 years old will still come up looking as good as it did

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