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Ceiling Tiles

There are several types of ceiling tiles such as cork, wood fibre or polystyrene, which make attractive ceiling finishes. The ceiling surface should be prepared carefully. It should be smooth, clean and grease free. Where distemper has been used, this … Continue reading

13. June 2012 by admin
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Ceiling surfaces

There are several other types of ceiling finishes other than wallpaper. These include polystyrene tiles; veneer-sheet polystyrene in different patterns and textured effects; textured ceiling papers, wood cladding; illuminated ceilings and decorative plaster finishes. The reasons for applying a decorative … Continue reading

13. June 2012 by admin
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How Much Wallpaper To Use

To calculate the wall angle strip needed, measure the complete perimeter of the room. The length of main supporting and bridging tee angle strip depends on the size of panel used. The main supports must be the width of the … Continue reading

11. June 2012 by admin
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How to Update Your Old Bathroom

If you decide on a refit for the bathroom, careful thought is needed as to the present and future requirements of those using it. Space may be better utilized by a general rearrangement. Modern, matching colours in surfaces and appliances, … Continue reading

10. June 2012 by admin
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Ideas for New Bathrooms

Lighting If the bathroom has a high ceiling, it may be possible to recess lighting above a false ceiling. Some shaving mirrors have lights incorporated. Strip lights can be concealed behind curtain pelmets or under cupboards. All lights must be … Continue reading

10. June 2012 by admin
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How to Reduce Condensation in the Bathroom

Cutting condensation As bathrooms are subject to condensation, thin polystyrene sheeting applied behind the wallpaper or panelling will help to insulate the walls, raising the touch temperature and so reduce condensation. Emulsion paint can be used on the walls and … Continue reading

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Cork flooring

Cork flooring consists of cork chippings or granules bonded together with resin to make a warm, resilient natural floor covering. Available in a range of wood tones, cork wears well and has good insulant properties. A popular form of cork … Continue reading

10. November 2011 by admin
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Building Screen walls

Screen walls require a similar bricklaying technique to that of ornamental brick laying, but must be supported at intervals, usually of eight screen blocks, by brick or concrete piers. These blocks, made of concrete, are bedded in mortar and built … Continue reading

10. November 2011 by admin
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Choosing Vinyl Flooring

An important part of any home-décoration scheme is the choice of flooring. Modern, easy-to-clean and lay, smooth-surfaced floorings provide a wide range of colours and designs which are attractive, versatile and hard-wearing. Choosing, calculating and laying techniques are described in … Continue reading

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Building Stepped Walls

An ornamental wall can look most effective when advantage is taken of a sloped site to stagger or ‘step’ this at varying levels. Double hollow walls can be filled with earth-but allow drainage holes in the base. Such walls can … Continue reading

10. November 2011 by admin
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