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DIY for beginners

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More than just a trend, DIY has become an affordable and practical way to tackle small maintenance and repair projects in and around the home, give any home a revamp, or make decor accessories and furniture. With access to a wide range of materials and products, and today’s lightweight, portable power tools, anyone with a few basic skills can discover the satisfaction of a job well done.

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Tips on using sandpaper

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For most DIY projects in and around the home, sandpaper comes in handy when you need to imrove, maintain, restore or revamp. When you visit your local hardware store you may be confused by the variety of sandpaper options available. In this article we look at the various grits and types of sandpaper and how you would use these for projects in and around a home.

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Sparkling clean swimming pool

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During the summer months a swimming pool needs to be regularly maintained to keep it sparkling clean. Algae spores driven by wind and rain can quickly contaminate a pool, especially when pool water is unbalanced. Seemingly overnight algae spots can occur.

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Seal around sink and hob

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Silicone sealer is not just for use in a bathroom. In fact, silicone sealer needs to be applied around any fittings or appliances mounted into a countertop and in contact with moisture or water. In this article we look at using silicone sealer to seal around a drop-in sink.

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Restore oiled or waxed kitchen cabinets

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Over time, wooden kitchen cabinets become dull due to regular cleaning and polishing. With the proper tools and materials, restoring kitchen cabinets to their original beauty is a worthwhile DIY project that will have your cabinets looking almost as good as new.

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How to treat rising damp

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Many homeowners simply paint over damp to try and hide the problem rather than try to find the source of the damp. Where any signs of damp occur in a home it is important to investigate and find the cause before you can proceed with curing damp walls. Slapping a coat of paint over any areas showing signs of damp causes further problems, as the constant supply of moisture is then diverted to other areas.

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Replace silicone seal in bathroom

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To prevent damage by moisture and possible mould, applying silicone sealer to sanitary fittings in a bathroom should be done when installed, and again when the sealer fails.

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