Half an apple
HobbiesHome brewing

300 years ago, if you asked about the ‘proper’ way to make cider, you would have been astounded to discover that the ‘proper’ technique was probably the easiest method there is. You just take a pile of apples (any old apples will do) and mush them to a pulp. Next

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town crier
Hobbies

Town Criers are a tradition that goes back for thousands of years. Back when few people could read or write town criers were the key method of getting information to people. These days Town Criers do lots for charities, add a bit of spectacle to the streets and help to

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brew
Home brewing

Homemade wine is actually quite easy to produce. The basic process is simply to add yeast to sweet fruit juice and wait for the yeast to turn the sugars into alcohol. This is the same process as for brewing beer or making cider.

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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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steadicam
Hobbies

Most people have a video camera of some sort these days, whether it is a dedicated video device, a setting in a camera or a feature of a mobile phone or tablet. In all cases most of us had wished we could make our movies look smoother.

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plug
Electrical

How to wire a cable to a plug There are either two or three wires in cables which need to be attached to a standard British electrical plug.

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Cleaning

Rule one is act quickly. As soon as a stain appears on polished wooden furniture (usually a ring from the bottom of a glass or cup) buff it with a clean dry cloth untill the water stain has gone. A paste of baking soda and water was a technique used by

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table
Painting & Decorating

First clean the table thoroughly. Modern Varnishes are quite excellent and come in a variety of tints and finishes. Choose matt, semi-gloss or full gloss depending on the look you want to achieve.

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Cleaning

Here are some simple tips that can save you many hundreds of pounds in replacing rusty tools. Tools get rusty because when left in damp conditions, oxygen in the water comes into long-term contact with the metals in the tools and oxidation occurs. Salt water is even worse for tools because there

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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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