Spring Bank Holiday 2012 Was Hot…But
However we remember Spring Bank Holidays when it was not. It has probably escaped most people’s memory but at DIY Doctor, because we were working, we remember the Spring Bank Holiday of 1984 very well indeed.
It was the coldest, nastiest, wettest Bank Holiday recorded in the last 40 years. Apparently in Hertfordshire it rained for 66 of the 72 hours of the 3-day weekend. Temperatures stayed below 10 degrees c and only the very brave (and stupid) ventured outdoors.
Never Suffer a Cold Bank Holiday Again
DIY Doctor never wants to live through a weekend like that again so we started our plans for DIY sunshine and thirty years later they are complete. Here is the video to prove it! (Click to play.)
Never be caught out on a cold day again. Follow these simple instructions to make your own DIY sunshine and you will be forever tanned and happy.
Don’t forget the sunscreen though!
Countdown to a Million You Tube Views – we can bust this wide open by the end of the month with your help. Visit the DIY Doctor You Tube channel for loads of useful and fun videos about DIY, building, and Home Improvement tasks, tips and tricks, ‘How to vids’ and tool reviews.
Please leave your comments here on our blog if you have any ideas for more videos to film.
We are pleased to announce the winner of our logo competition, but it is a low key affair.
If you braved the snow to visit us at the National Home Building and Renovating Show at the NEC in Birmingham last month, you may have entered our logo competition.
The winner came over from Chester, but he has asked us not to use his name in our publicity, and we always protect our customers privacy if they want to remain anonymous.
Can we simply say congratulations to Mr X from Chester, and we hope that you spend your £50 tool voucher wisely!
The most popular show by far was the “How to Skim Plaster” demonstration which drew crowds to the stage and the surrounding walkways, whenever Mike Edwards was presenting.
The top tips for plastering included practice first on a spare board, use the correct tools for the job, and keep everything clean as you set up and work. There is more information on how to Skim Plaster in our projects section and on our You Tube channel.
We are teaming up with those nice guys at Moneysupermarket.com to find out what you keep in your drawers.
As we all know, a good workman can be judged by his quality, and quantity, of good tools, so we wondered if you would share with us what you have in your ‘Man Drawer’ for those times when something needs fixing.
Does your Man Drawer look like this?
or more like this?
There have been many aspersions cast around recently, about the lack of practical knowledge and skill that we have nowadays, but we know our readers are a handy breed. So whether you are a man (or woman) with very little DIY Knowledge, or a serious Home Improvement Expert, we would like to know what you keep close to hand for those quick fixes.
Please take the survey What’s in Your Man Drawer Survey it is a bit of fun; very quick and painless. Do share your Man Drawer photos with us – go to our contact page on our main site for ways to get in touch.
Anyone who has been to Mike’s presentations about plastering will know that he has been trying to track down the meaning of the word ‘hawk’, in relation to the tool a plasterer uses to hold his plaster while he puts it on the wall.
We have finally found an answer that he is happy with and, as he promised, the person providing the answer gets a free hawk.
The meaning comes from the latin for hawk being “accipeter” (used during medieval times) and accipeter coming from the latin verb “caper” which means “to seize”. This working accipeter developed into the word assistant which we use today for working birds, mammals, and tools alike, so the modern (last 100 years or so) direct translation of “hawk” is “working assistant”.
I am very excited to be able to help and am looking forward to using my hawk to fix the plaster in my kitchen which decided to fall off the wall not long after we moved in (a week before xmas). Thank you also for the hints and tips, they will be invaluable during our renovations this year.
‘Rachael from Coventry’
We also had replies that suggested it was:
- linked to the boards used by street-hawkers, or street-sellers, and while they may come from similar sources, we could not find any link from the street hawkers to the plasterers board
- named after a falconers hawk because the plasterer holds it on his arm like a hawk
- was from a German term for seize or grasp
In any case whatever you believe you need a hawk and a trowel if you want to have a go at plastering. Make sure you buy a light hawk, whether you chose plastic or aluminium because it will get very heavy after a couple of hours of plastering so don’t make your job harder by skimping on the quality for your tools.
Aluminium hawk – one of several available form our online shop – click to see price and availability
We have projects on how to plaster on our main website, and there are video instructions on Skim Plastering on our You Tube Channel.