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Home Improvements: Fitting New Bathrooms

Improving bathroom facilities is one of the most popular home improvement projects. In its simplest form, the job involves replacing like with like: taking out the old appliances and installing new ones in their place. The benefits are largely aesthetic … Continue reading

07. June 2017 by admin
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Managing the project yourself

Managing the project yourself There is, of course, one person who could potentially manage the project: you. It seems temptingly easy at first. Materials will arrive, contractors will turn up, and the work will proceed until it is done, which is … Continue reading

06. June 2017 by admin
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Planning a Loft Conversion

Loft conversions Although an empty loft can seem like an open invitation to extend your living area, loft conversions can be quite tricky. They usually involve dealing with an older, established structure and reorganising the loads it has to cope … Continue reading

06. June 2017 by admin
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Preparation Before Beginning To Paint a Room

Before beginning to paint, first clear the area as much as possible. Carpets should be rolled up and, if possible, removed. Curtains should be taken down and any furniture covered with dust sheets or paper. Collect together all the equipment … Continue reading

24. June 2012 by admin
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Faults in Old Paint Surfaces

There are several faults that appear in old paint surfaces. These include crazing, mould, cracks, flaking, blistering and bubbling, as well as the normal dents and chips of everyday wear. Chips can be rectified by first removing the old paint, … Continue reading

21. June 2012 by admin
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How to Strip Paint

There are three ways of stripping paint. It is a tedious job but the effort involved is worthwhile to achieve a good surface. Paint can be removed using heat, chemical or mechanical means. Heat is most effectively applied to oil-based … Continue reading

19. June 2012 by admin
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Preparation for Painting Old Walls

Wood primer is oily. Some of the oil is absorbed into the wood and helps to give good adhesion. Oily wood primer should not be thinned unless it is being used on highly porous wood. This should saturate the pores … Continue reading

16. June 2012 by admin
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Undercoating Wood

Undercoating In general new paintwork on soft wood will last longer if a four-coat system of painting is used. This consists of one coat of primer, one or two coats of undercoat and one or two coats of top coat. … Continue reading

14. June 2012 by admin
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How to Use Different Paint Brushes

Use of brushes If you are using a new brush, first brush the bristles against the palm of your hand to remove any stray bristles or dust. Charge the brush by dipping the bristles into the paint for two-thirds of … Continue reading

14. June 2012 by admin
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Rubbing Down Old Paint and Re-Decorating with New Paint

In many cases, if old paint is in good condition and the new coat will marry with the old, it is not necessary to remove it. The surface may need rubbing down with a wet-and-dry paper, used wet. Rubbing down … Continue reading

14. June 2012 by admin
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