Ask the Specialist - DIY
SEASONAL PROJECTS AT THIS TIME OF YEAR
- Relatively cheap way to spruce up the whole house.
- The pitfalls: Getting colour right, drop sheets , filling cracks, masking tape Covering furniture.
- Other rules. Including have a ladder for stairs and landing walls.
- Preferred tools – brush vs roller vs sprayer
HOW TO REMOVE WALLPAPER?
- Can be an awful job if done incorrectly.
- Different ways to tackle it – manual way or using wall paper stripper.
- Prep – Drop sheet for water, remove fittings and turn off electrics
- Pitfalls: Tears, pulling plasterboard off
- Relatively simple once done correctly
- Allow walls to dry afterwards
HOW TO DRILL AND FIX TO INTERIOR WALLS?
- What are you hanging? How heavy is it?
- Know the wall type (Solid Masonry vs. Plasterboard). Will determine wall fixings and drill bits.
- Knock on wall in a few areas – hollow sound is plasterboard. Use a Multi detector to find studs or wires.
- Weight and wall type can determine where you need to hang item.
- Equipment – 18V Drill (Hammer if using for masonry), Safety goggles, Detector, Drill bits and wall plugs (plasterboard or masonry), appropriate hanging fixing.
- Heavy duty plasterboard fixing for heavy items or batten.
- Use detector to avoid wires – avoid plugs and sockets
Drill pilot hole & then larger hole
HOW TO LOCATE CABLES, PIPES AND STUDS?
- Obviously you want to avoid wires and pipe when drilling
- For handing heavy items it can be beneficial to drill into the stud – but often wires and cables can be chased around the stud. So a Multi-finder is beneficial.
FITTING SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS TO WALL OR CEILING.
- Very simple and potentially lifesaving exercise
- Most company provide a dual CO and Fire alarm that run on batteries
- Make sure it has the CE mark and Kite mark
- Get an electrician to install any mains powered alarms
- Can fix to a ceiling or wall – may need multiple
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions
TIPS ON SIMPLE WAYS TO INSULATION...
- Unforuntanley now a summer 2015 topic!
- Simple and cost effective ways to keep heat in – however you should always ensure CO alarm and appropriate ventilation in the home
- Draught excluders under door
- Sealing windows with stripping
ASSEMBLING FLAT PACK FURNITURE
- Preparation and organisation is key for sanity!
- Have appropriate tools – recommend a good drill/screwdriver with strong charge.
- Also good storage for screws and bits – they roll, get eaten / lost!
- Most manufactures are very precise – so if you have screws left over, you did it wrong!
PAINTING A WOODEN FENCE?
- Preparation is again key – depending on state of fence
- Equipment – Sprayer or brush, stiff cleaning brush, drop sheets & masking tape, protective gloves and face mask
- Waterproof fence treatment – preferably quick drying
- You’ll need to thoroughly clean area from grime, dirt and algae
- Tape off areas you’re not covering and use drop sheet for ground
- Paint downwards or use sprayer for bigger areas
PAINTING AN EXTERIOR WOODEN DOOR?
- Really as above but with different paint / varnish options
TIPS ON REJUVENATING PAVING?
- Again needs to be dry day
- Remove all pots and furniture from area
- Use Pressure washer to thoroughly clean area. Use one with specific patio cleaning attachment if you can. Otherwise a hose and some patio stain remover solution.
- When dry apply patio sealer to the area.
FIXING TRELLIS TO A MASONARY WALL.
HOW TO PAINT A WOODEN FENCE?
- As above
- Tips on rejuvenating patio furniture?
- As above
- Advice on maintain decking?
- As above but using decking stain remover and decking oil
WATER BUTTS AND WATER TIMERS - OPTIONS AND WHEN NEEDED
- Traditionally August is the driest month of the year. Conserving rain water in a basic water butt is a good idea for watering plants.
- If you’ve plans to go away and no kind neighbour to water plants, look at putting in automated device – a watering computer run off a tap which you can schedule when you want to get your plants watered.