Guide to Basic DIY
Brickwork and blockwork
Roofs, roof coverings and loft conversions
Plumbing, central heating and drainage
Plastering, plasterboard and partition walls
Part two: Projects
1. mixing concrete
2. laying bricks and blocks
3. mixing sand and cement mortar
4. matching mortar colors
5. pointing and jointing brickwork
6. replacing a damaged brick or ceramic tile
7. installing land drainage
8. building a soakaway
9. brick and block paving
10. laying edging stones
11. repointing a patio
12. concreting fence posts
13. basic timber decking
14. building a shed base
15. fixing to masonry
16. screeding a floor
17. laying floor tiles
18. laying on undercoat plaster
19. applying a plaster top coat (skimming)
20. building a partition wall
21. repairing a hole in plasterboard
22. sawing timber
23. pilot holes and countersinking
24. boxing in pipes
25. working with skirting, architraves, coving and dado rails
26. hanging a door
27. fitting a mortise latch
28. making shelves
29. building a cupboard
30. stripping cables and wires
31. wiring a plug
32. repairing a burst pipe
33. repairing a dripping tap
34. replacing a tap
35. curing an air lock in the hot water system
36. unblocking toilets and drains
37. repairing a toilet that won’t flush
38. painting or papering new plaster
39. blocking stains before decoration
40. ceramic tiling
42. stripping paint
43. painting timber
Kitchen: Planning and DesignGetting started: Carefully measure up your kitchen in centimetres making a precise scaled plan on a grid.
Measure in a clockwise direction, starting from the door, and note which
direction the doors open.
Planning your kitchen: It's important to design a kitchen
that revolves around your needs. Creating a triangle between your cooker, sink
and fridge will make a better working environment. This will ensure that your
workspace is never cramped, allowing you to move freely between appliances.
Working out the detail: Using the dimensions of the cabinets you wish to purchase, sketch your chosen units to scale on a grid. Alternatively, cutting out the shape of the cabinets to scale allows you to move individual units around your kitchen plan and work out the best layout.
Hints & Tips
Everything you need to Take Away today
Once you have decided on your units and worktops don't forget the other exciting accessories that can add those finishing touches - such as plinths, pelmets, cornices, handles, decorative legs and wirework.
Consult a plumber if in doubt about the positioning of a sink or dishwasher as it is not always possible to reposition them - you will need to take into account the positions for waste pipes and drains. It is also important to consult a Corgi registered fitter about air vents and an electrician about electrical work.top of page
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