The top five DIY jobs you CAN do yourself

Lucy Searle 18/03/2015 09:52:34 DIY and How-to Guides

Think you’re not a do-it-yourselfer? Be prepared to change your mind. There are plenty of home improvements you can take on and save £££s. Try these... then give yourself a pat on the back.

How to fit shutters

You’ll need just four essentials to fit shutters: hammer, screwdriver, drill and spirit level. After that it’s a piece of cake. Prove it, did we hear you say? Check out our installation video.

We told you it’s easy! You’ll also find videos specific to each window shape and shutter design on our installation page, so you have all the information you need to get the job done. (And, of course, our measuring up video will mean you can order your shutters with ease, too.)

Classic poplar wood shutters, California Shutters

How to bleed a radiator

When your radiator’s cold at the top but warm at the bottom, you need to bleed it. You’ll need a bleeding key or radiator key. Turn off the central heating before you start. Find the bleed valve sticking out at the top of one side of the radiator. Hold a cloth underneath the valve to catch the drips, then put the key into the valve and turn it to open the vent. You should hear the air hissing out. Once water appears, tighten the valve back up again. Once the job’s finished, you can turn the heating back on.

Premium elm wood shutters, California Shutters

How to fill a crack in the wall

Minor cracks are unsightly, so it’s time for a little filling. Use a filling knife to rake out the crack, then get rid of dust using a small, dry brush. Ready-mixed filler is the easiest to use – apply it from the end of a filling knife, drawing the blade across the crack’s surface to pack it in. Scrape any filler off the knife’s blade, then draw it down the crack to remove excess filler and create a smooth surface. Once the filler’s dry, sand down so the surface is smooth and flush with the wall before you paint.

Colours Any Room & Surface One Coat Matt Paint Tutu, B&Q

How to unblock a sink

Water taking an age to drain? Sort it out before the problem gets worse. Use a cloth to block the overflow at the top, then fill the sink with enough water to cover the suction cup of a plunger. Put the cup over the plug hole and pump it up and down quickly to dislodge the blockage. Once you’re done, run the water to clear away debris. Still blocked? Put the plug in the sink, then put a bowl under the sink trap to catch the water as well as a cloth or old towel. Unscrew the trap and clear out the blockage using hot soapy water, rinse and replace.

Meadow Flower range, Tesco

How to fix a dripping tap

If one of your taps is dripping, get on the case as soon as you can. Turn off the water before you start then let the tap run until the water stops. Put the plug into the plug hole. Unscrew or take off the tap’s cover and unscrew and set aside the retaining screw underneath, then remove the head (depending on the style of tap you may also need to unscrew the metal shroud, using a cloth-wrapped wrench, to expose the headgear nut). Undo the headgear nut with the adjustable spanner. If it’s hard to budge, brace the tap body with your hand or wrap it in a cloth then use a pipe wrench to hold it still. Take off the washer – if it’s secured by a nut, you’ll need to unscrew it. Fit the new washer and grease the threads at the base of the tap, then reassemble.

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