The DIY Doctor's Blog http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog DIY and Home Improvement Hints, Tips, Help and Advice from The DIY Doctor Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:48:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Plastering with EXTRATIME Gives Plasterer Greater Control http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2016/02/plastering-with-extratime-gives-greater-control/ http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2016/02/plastering-with-extratime-gives-greater-control/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 08:43:22 +0000 http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/?p=14581 The DIY Doctor's Blog
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Plaster goes quite hard quite quickly – or at least it used to. A plasterer can now get extra time to work with  plaster by using EXTRATIME plaster retarder. Ideal for for the professional plasterer, working on large areas Ideal for DIYers who need more time to work The Skill of Plastering Working with plaster Read on...

Plastering with EXTRATIME Gives Plasterer Greater Control

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Baling out Sewage after a Plumber’s Bodge Job http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2016/02/baling-out-sewage-after-a-plumbers-bodge-job/ http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2016/02/baling-out-sewage-after-a-plumbers-bodge-job/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/?p=14573 The DIY Doctor's Blog
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This is a reader’s experience of finding dodgy plumbing including leaks in sewage pipes and joints when he moved home. Gildas contacted us with his experience – which is a cautionary tale about finding the right tradesmen to work in your house. Read his murky experiences below. Three months after moving in to my house Read on...

Baling out Sewage after a Plumber’s Bodge Job

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Do you struggle to cut tiles to the correct size? http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2016/01/do-you-struggle-to-cut-tiles-to-the-correct-size/ http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2016/01/do-you-struggle-to-cut-tiles-to-the-correct-size/#respond Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:06:01 +0000 http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/?p=14568 The DIY Doctor's Blog
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Cut Tiles Right First Time Tiling with full tiles onto a perfectly smooth and perfectly square wall is a relatively simple job which is easy to DIY. Unfortunately these conditions are unlikely to be the ones you are facing in your kitchen or bathroom. We consider it our job to help you with the difficult Read on...

Do you struggle to cut tiles to the correct size?

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Planning to Build http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2016/01/planning-to-build/ http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2016/01/planning-to-build/#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2016 18:32:04 +0000 http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/?p=14560 The DIY Doctor's Blog
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10 Things You Need to Know when Planning a Building Project Set your goal – This may seem obvious but take time to think what it is you want to achieve when you are planning to build; what things are important to you during the project; and with the finished building. Make sure that you Read on...

Planning to Build

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Using a Junction Box for Electrical Work http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2016/01/using-a-junction-box/ http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2016/01/using-a-junction-box/#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2016 12:40:30 +0000 http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/?p=14543 The DIY Doctor's Blog
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How to Make Sure You Have the Right Junction Box Junction boxes are one of the most commonly used devices for both professionals and DIY-ers when working with electrics and cabling in the home. A junction box is a type of ‘connector’ that is used any time one cable needs to be joined to another, Read on...

Using a Junction Box for Electrical Work

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Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2015/12/alternative-christmas-tree-ideas/ http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2015/12/alternative-christmas-tree-ideas/#respond Wed, 23 Dec 2015 10:00:56 +0000 http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/?p=14528 The DIY Doctor's Blog
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If you are bored with the usual Christmas trees made out of some sort of spruce or fir then check out these clever DIY alternative Christmas tree projects. Stepladder Tree Once you have hung up your bunting, and anything else that you might need a ladder for, you can use your stepladder as an alternative Read on...

Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas

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Replacing a Single Brick http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2015/12/replace-single-brick/ http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2015/12/replace-single-brick/#respond Mon, 21 Dec 2015 14:33:49 +0000 http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/?p=14534 The DIY Doctor's Blog
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We recently wrote a project on how to replace single bricks. What you might not understand is why would I want to replace a single brick? We look at the causes of damage to bricks which may lead you to have to remove and replace bricks in an existing wall. Brick is Crumbling or the Read on...

Replacing a Single Brick

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World’s Worst Christmas Gifts http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2015/12/worlds-worst-christmas-gifts/ http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2015/12/worlds-worst-christmas-gifts/#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2015 08:44:08 +0000 http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/?p=14494 The DIY Doctor's Blog
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Worst Christmas Presents : Clothing Category Obviously socks are a boring present but these Christmas gifts go way beyond boring in to jaw-dropping WTF. Like this number from ASOS: Christmas Elf Onesie It is not attractive is it, and it’s certainly not sexy – why would you buy this? Either for yourself or anyone else Read on...

World’s Worst Christmas Gifts

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How to calculate how many bricks you need in 4 steps http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2015/12/how-to-calculate-how-many-bricks-you-need-in-4-steps/ http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2015/12/how-to-calculate-how-many-bricks-you-need-in-4-steps/#respond Wed, 09 Dec 2015 08:54:35 +0000 http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/?p=14482 The DIY Doctor's Blog
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How Many Bricks Do I Need for a Wall? Unless you work with bricks on a daily basis, it can be hard to calculate how many you need for a DIY project. Although it might seem easier to buy bricks and worry about selling excess bricks later, you can save money and hassle by getting Read on...

How to calculate how many bricks you need in 4 steps

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Hate Masking Tape – Try This Decorating Tip http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2015/12/hate-masking-tape-try-this-decorating-tip/ http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/2015/12/hate-masking-tape-try-this-decorating-tip/#respond Mon, 07 Dec 2015 18:11:14 +0000 http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/blog/?p=14246 The DIY Doctor's Blog
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If you just can’t get on with masking tape there are alternatives if you are cutting in or edging your paintwork. To avoid using masking tape altogether: Painter’s George A painters George is a long straight edge made of metal or plastic that you hold against the surface to be ‘masked’. You hold the George Read on...

Hate Masking Tape – Try This Decorating Tip

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