Guide to Basic DIY
Do it Yourself (DIY) and Home Improvement Glossary
Part one: The Basics
Top ten DIY jobs for homeowners
From foundations to the ground floor slab
Brickwork and blockwork (coming soon)
Roofs, roof coverings and loft conversions (coming soon)
Plumbing, central heating and drainage (coming soon)
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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