DIY For Dummies by Jeff Howell

By Jeff Howell

This hands–on advisor may help you arrange for and deal with basic domestic maintenance and enhancements. Jeff Howell (the Sunday Telegraph′s DIY columnist) and a bunch of different specialists consultant you thru the pains and tribulations of DIY, supporting you to hold out a number of initiatives – from solving a leaky faucet to striking wallpaper – effectively, affordably and with minimal disruption. The full–colour drawings illustrate the step–by–step strategies and the lay–flat binding is ideal for on–the–job DIY recommendation.

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Tool kit: Keep a stash of the tools that you reach for most often in some kind of portable toolbox or crate. Be sure to include a stock of string, a pair of scissors, tough protective gloves, a tape measure, a torch, and other common household accessories. Many DIY jobs must be done on site, so having a tool kit that you can take with you to the project is invaluable. ✓ Kneepads: Cushioned rubber pads, held in place with elastic straps, protect your knee joints when you’re crawling around on hard, debrisstrewn surfaces.

If they can’t understand what you’re looking for, why would you hire them? You need to determine whether your personalities are compatible. This factor is critical to a successful remodel. You must be able to get along with the designer so that both of you can discuss suggestions and changes without becoming agitated. Homeowners too often fail to thoroughly feel out designers and architects before hiring them. Eventually, they end up having to make a switch halfway through the project. In all instances, the change in personnel costs not only time but also big money.

Clean out the interior of the crack so that no loose material is present. Chapter 1: Repairing Walls and Putting Up Shelves 41 2. Apply a light coating of wallboard compound to the crack. Premixed wallboard compound contains about 50 per cent water by volume, so it shrinks as it dries. For this reason, several applications are needed to build up a surface and overcome shrinkage. 3. Embed the paper tape in the wallboard compound and scrape a scraper or filler knife along the joint to remove excess wallboard compound.

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