If you are female and live in the Bristol area, how about looking at learning or improving a practical skill?
The Bristol Women’s Workshop runs courses in woodwork and upholstery in groups of no larger than 8 students, so everyone benefits from one-to-one help. Beginners are always welcome and there are daytime and evening foundation courses in woodwork where you can learn to make a bookcase, a small box and a mirror. Having completed the foundation course, you can move on to making things such as coffee tables, blanket boxes and cabinets. There is a course in Driftwood Construction and also an evening course in Upholstery where you can take your own item or buy something there to work on.
The Bristol Women’s Workshop, based in Totterdown, is run by Anne Harding, who has been running the workshop since 1981. For further information, take a look at www.bristolwomensworkshop.org.uk or look around in your local area for courses in woodworking or DIY.
DIY Doctor will be running the ‘Tricks of the Trade’ section of the National Home Improvement Show again this year.
We will be delivering several presentations during the three days on How to Skim Plaster a Wall, How to Tile a Bathroom, How to avoid Cowboy Builders and a DIY Disasters comedy show. The Tricks of the Trade section is sponsored by Quotatis.
The show runs from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd of Octorber at Earls Court in London, and is the place to go to discover practical ideas for your home improvements. Whether you are looking to extend, save space, restore or decorate your home, you will find innovative and practical ideas to inspire you. You can even get advice on a one to one basis in the Ask the Experts area, or learn how to tackle a DIY project with us, DIY Doctor, in the Tricks of the Trade zone.
For loads more information on the show and to buy tickets go to the National Home Improvement Show website.
DIY Doctor have now opened their ‘shop’ on the website Folksy, where we are selling our woodworking plans. So far we are selling the plans to make a Bedside Cabinet, a Storage Chest, a Chair, a Bird Table and a Wheelbarrow Planter for the garden.
Folksy (www.folksy.com) is ‘a place to buy handmade things, and for makers to sell their work and find supplies. Based in the UK, Folksy aims to reclaim craft and showcase talented makers and their work.’ So you might also find some unique, handmade things made by makers and designers for your home.
All of the woodworking plans listed above, plus more, are also available on our woodworking plans project page.
DIY Doctor are now offering tradesmen work via lead generation, which can save you a lot on wasted advertising.
When a home owner wants some work done on their house or garden, and they feel it is beyond their DIY capabilities, they can come to our Find a Tradesman page and register, for free, to receive free quotes from competent, reliable, trustworthy and insured tradesmen to do the job.
This way, as a tradesman, you can pay for as many business leads as you would like, but you know the customers:
- genuinely want the job done
- already have a budget in mind
- are local to you, in the area you have chosen
- want work done in your chosen specialism
For a long while DIY Doctor has been trying to combat the effects of Cowboy Builders in our industry. We have published articles on Cowboy Builders and how the country loses millions of pounds because the majority of tradespeople in this country do not have any form of insurance to protect their customers.
We have now joined forces with Quotatis who will not allow tradespeople to join their data-base without the relevant insurances. They are also thoroughly vetted and references are followed up to ensure you only receive free quotes from the best of the bunch.
Click into any of our project pages or look at our Find a Tradesman page to be sure to beat the cowboys.