If you are updating or renovating a room in your home and are looking at laying floor tiles, we have got all the information you need. Whether you are planning on laying a stone floor or vinyl tiles, our project on How to lay floor tiles will give you sound advice.
It covers the pro’s and con’s of tiling over varying existing flooring, and how to tackle it, as well as instruction on how to remove existing vinyl or quarry tiles. Depending on the type of flooring you have, e.g. timber or concrete, you need to be sure to prepare the surface properly, and we have a plan you can follow when you actually come to lay your tiles.
As the project states, most tiles are straight edged with angles of 90 degrees, but unfortunately most rooms are not, so it is really important that you lay the tiles square to each other and ignore the walls of the room. It is best to mark out lines using a chalk line so you have something to follow, then keep following the plan and instructions. There is also advice on how to cut different types of tiles and the tools you need for the job.
If you are considering a natural stone floor, there is information and examples provided by Shaw Stone on the vast selection available and the advantages and different effects you can achieve by having a stone floor.
If you are looking for a whiteboard for the home or office, you could try and save some pounds by creating your own.
Those clever people who hang out at Ikea Hackers (ikeahackers.net) have an alternative using a white glass table top, which apparently works perfectly as a whiteboard.
They recommend the TORSBY dining table top which apparently you should be able to buy seperately in store (although doesn’t seem to be available seperately online). It can be fixed to the wall using mirror fixings, and with a picture ledge fixed below for pens etc, it’s ready to use! Take a look at the pictures here.
If you need advice on how to fix somehting like this to a wall, take a look at our project on Hanging Mirrors and Heavy Pictures.
The European Federation of DIY Manufactureres (fediyma) and the European DIY Retail Association (EDRA) have announced that Mr Gilles Caille will receive the DIY Lifetime Award 2012 in Paris at the European Home Improvement Forum at the end of May.
Mr Caille is president of French DIY manufacturers’ association Unibal and also a co-founder of fediyma. He said “My dream of a strong European organisation alongside America and Asia have now been realised. Many countries have now joined fediyma and with a growing EDRA for the retailers the two associations have created a fruitful cooperation, which among others has resulted in the fediyma/EDRA European forum.”
A case in New York state has seen a plumber convicted and sentenced to four months in prison for grand larceny in the third degree ( which is basically theft). The plumber called Jerry Cioffi was found guilty of stealing $5000 from a homeowner having been contracted to build a sewer connection from her house to a main sewer. Cioffi received a $5000 payment in April 2010 towards the $10,000 cost of the job, and the homeowner was told that the necessary permits would be obtained and work should be completed by the begining of May 2010. The homeowner was forced to contact the Department of Consumer Protection in September 2010 as no work had commenced and was told that no permits had been applied for either.
According to a report in newcity.patch.com ”Cioffi did not return the victim’s money and did not provide an accounting of the job. The defendant was prosecuted under the state’s Lien Law, which mandates that upon acceptance of money in connection with a contract for property improvement, those funds become a trust to be used for that project only. Contractors are required to keep separate ledgers for each contracted job.
By not providing an accounting of the money and not returning the $5,000 at the homeowner’s request, Cioffi violated the Penal Law and the Lien Law.”
As well as the four month sentence he will serve five years probabtion and have to pay a $1000 fine.
We think it is great news that the New York state law is coming down hard on rogue tradesmen and would like to see more stories like this in the UK!
A DIYer from Chicago has had a very close call when he accidentally fired a three inch nail into his head with a nail gun.
The 34 year old, Dante Autullo, was unaware that the nail had actually entered his skull, as was his partner, who cleaned up the small wound. In actual fact the nail was millimetres of reaching the area of the brain which affects mobility. It was only when Dante started feeling nauseous the following day that they decided he should go to the hospital.
Having taken the x-ray and discovered the nail, the doctors operated for two hours to remove it safely, and Dante is now recovering.