Today a team from DIY Doctor are setting up on the ‘Tricks of the Trade’ stage at the National Home Improvement Show which is on from Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd October at Earls Court in London.
Come and see Mike Edwards, author of Master Basic DIY, part of the ‘Teach Yourself’ series published by Hodder. He will be holding seminars and demonstrations which will include ‘How to tile a bathroom’, How to skim plaster a wall’ and ‘How to avoid cowboy builders’ as well as a DIY disasters comedy show. All these are free so please come along, meet the team and pick up some useful DIY tips.
DIY Doctor have just made their new building contract available for FREE on their website. Called the ‘Desired Outcome Building Contract’, it has been written by tradesmen, and aims to protect the home owner and contractor in equal measures.
The contract offers a simple solution in a document to every potential problem you might encounter during a home improvement project.
To read more on the Desired Outcome Building Contract and to receive a free contract, go to our Building Contracts project page.
I saw this great DIY Pinball Machine Coffee Table on Geeky Gadgets last week. It was made from an old pinball machine found on a dump in the US by www.zieak.com. There are links you can follow for instructions too. Let us know if you have had a go at anything similar or have any ideas for unusual items for your home, particularly if it includes recycling!
Of course you can always look out for bargains such as an old Space Invaders machine to use as a coffee table - take a look at our project on arcade machines for inspiration.
A new ecohome marketing campaign has been announced by Homebase, which they aim to launch from mid-October in 50 of their stores, with the plan to roll-out to all their stores by the end of 2011.
The £2.5 million investment is supposed to help consumers save energy and will see 3D ‘ecohome’ displays placed in-store. These will feature touch screen POS, energy saving information leaflets and information on installation services which Homebase have started in association with EON.
A spokesman said ‘The ecohome in stores demonstrate how easy it is for customers to make their homes more energy efficient, The message to customers is that small changes in lifestyle can make a big difference to energy bills.’
After trying to clean bitchumen spots off a roof i recently redone, the capsheet has wet marks where the white spirit was applied.
Anyone know how i can remove these marks ?