candle
Cleaning

Candles add atmosphere to a room. Candles spread a warm, flattering light that makes any room more inviting. There is a German word ‘Gemutlichkeit’ that doesn’t have an English equivalent but ask any German speaker what it means and invariably candlelight comes up in the conversation. Candles are a lovely

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three post
Gardening

A Grape arbor is a support or trellis which a grape vine can grow over. Providing a trellis for a vine not only provides somewhere for the plants which are natural climbers, to grow against; it also provides a secluded spot to sit and enjoy the garden.

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bee house
Gardening

Bees are essential to food production. Approximately one out of every three mouthfuls of food comes either directly or indirectly from plants that were pollinated by bees. Without bees the world goes hungry. Do your bit to help our bees  by giving them a home.

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fence
Gardening

When a garden fence blows down, someone needs to repair it. This is a fairly easy job that can be taken on by most unskilled people. A bit of strength is needed to lift fence panels and posts.

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Downspout and water butt
Gardening

Installing a water butt is a good home DIY project that will save you money (if your water is metered) and will help the environment. Butt in this context is another word for barrel.

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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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Painting & Decorating

Preparation is important. use a vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean the room. Do this before you start so there is less dust around. Now sand the previous paint on the boards down to a smooth matt surface. Now vacuum again. Wipe the boards with a gentle sugar soap solution to

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Painting & Decorating

To get a good diy paint result you have to start with a good surface. This means filling cracks, cleaning off stains and most importantly, rubbing down to get a smooth surface. A good supply of sandpaper is the most important tool in getting a good finish. The quality of paint

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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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