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    Marian Finucane Saturday 1 August 2015

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    SEASONAL PROJECTS AT THIS TIME OF YEAR

    INDOOR PROJECTS

    INTERIOR PAINTING. 

    • 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

    Equipment needed

    • 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

    • Insert wall fixings

    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
    • Draught test
    • Sealing windows with stripping
    • Chimney balloons

    ASSEMBLING FLAT PACK FURNITURE

    • Preparation and organisation is key for sanity!
    • Read instructions
    • 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!

    OUTDOOR PROJECTS

    PAINTING A WOODEN FENCE?

    • Preparation is again key – depending on state of fence
    • You’ll need a dry day
    • 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
    • Brush down 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. 

             As above

     

    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.

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