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When it comes to building, doing it properly is a matter of safety.

Cavity Wall Ties
Building

They are cheap, and simple but they stop your house from falling down. Cavity walls were invented around 100 years ago. They provide an enormous advantage over solid walls in terms of thermal efficiency. Basically a house with cavity walls is warmer than a house with solid walls. However two

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palett sofa
BuildingGardeningHobbies

If you’re thinking of buying a new garden sofa you could well be looking at spending over £1000 for anything half decent. Why not create something that is both totally bespoke and more solid than anything you can buy in the shops or online. By making your own sofa from

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Pallet
BuildingHobbies

I finished my simple log store recently and in doing so I have fallen in love with free pallet wood as a construction material. I have been scouring the web to see what I could do next and have been astounded by the talented folks out there who are turning

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Building

Creating a chemical damp proof course Damp patches When a damp patch appears, most people do one of two things. They either ignore it or panic. Neither approach is the right one. Damp should not be ignored, but it is not usually the disaster that it may first appear to

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flooring
Building

Laminate flooring is very popular because it is hard wearing, easy to lay (more on that later) and looks good. I just finished laying a laminate floor running from the kitchen (concrete base) to the dining room (floorboards) and I am very pleased with the result. If you take things slowly

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self levelling compound
Building

Creating a level floor is an important part of getting a home refurb job finished.If you are laying laminate flooring then you need to start with a flat base. Flat really means flat, and dips and bumps of just a few milimetres can really cause problems later on.

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Building

instructions to pour a slab of concrete  for large DIY projects requiring concrete often forget to tell you how to mix and pour a slab of the stuff. Well, here are the basics made simple:

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drill a wall
Building

When a housebrick gets cracked (frost, subsidance and being whacked by a heavy object are all possible causes) the crack will allow water into the wall. Therefore you need to replace the brick. This is actually quite a simple task that you can do yourself.

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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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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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