Preparing Surfaces Before Painting

Before you begin to paint, every surface requires some attention and preparation. It’s the difference between a great paint job and a sloppy one.Removing WallpaperThis process can get messy and will get a lot of water on the floor, so make sure you've securely taped off baseboards and c...

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How to Build Adjustable Wooden Shelves

This is a shelving project you can easily do yourself. If you’re dead set on finishing this project in a weekend, here’s how.Your Tools: Pencil Table or Radial arm saw Router Tape measure Drill bits DrillTake measurementsMeasure your closet to get the exact size and number...

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Building a Dog Kennel

A place to escape the elements is a must for all dogs. Here’s a simple how-to guide for building a dog kennel to protect your pet from the elements and provide enough space and comfort.Your Tools: Jigsaw Circular saw or Panel saw Builders trestle Hammer Square tool Tape measure ...

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How to Change a Tap Washer

Prevent dripping taps from ruining your peace by learning how to replace a tap washer.Your Tools Shifting spanner Small screwdriver Small hammer Plumbing pliersStep 1 - Turn off the waterWhatever you do, don't start working on the tap until you cut off the main water supply. This sto...

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Give your Walls a Professional Paint Job

Looking to brighten up dull walls, create a new look with a splash of colour, or cover up old and tired walls? Whatever your reason, applying a new lick of paint can make an enormous difference. Read more to get some tips for how to get this job done well.Prep your wallsOnce you’ve decided ...

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Decorate your Kitchen on a Budget

A kitchen is for more than just cooking! It’s a place for talking, laughing and spending time with family and friends. Whether you are renovating, redecorating or simply adding a few new finishing touches, we have some useful tips for creating the very best kitchen on a budget.Don’t b...

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Reducing Energy Costs in Your Home

In every home there are many easy and low cost ways to reduce energy costs. By making simple changes to your home and garden you can significantly reduce your household costs.Lighting: Turn off internal and external lights whenever you aren’t using them. Replace incandescent light bulbs wi...

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Steel door DIY installation guide

What will you need to get the job done? Most of what you need is supplied with the door:   Additional tools and materials: - A tape measure - Screwdrivers - No.4 allen key - 10mm masonry bit - A drill - Heavy duty, external silicone.Fig 01.) Handle with spindle and screw extension...

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Building a Braai

You can buy a braai in every conceivable shape and size from any number of different outlets, but if you are serious about braaing and enjoy your DIY, what could be more satisfying than building your own? The materials that make up this braai are relatively expensive and it will last for years. ...

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Choosing the Perfect Paint Colour

Perhaps it’s time to give your home a much needed makeover, and your first start is to give it a fresh new lick of paint. However, choosing the right colour can have its challenges, so here are a few tips to make this process as smooth as possible.Don’t choose your colour based on the...

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Painting hacks that will save you money

Before you paint a wall, it is very important to prep the surface. This could save you an extra coat or two of paint, and will ensure your paint job lasts longer because your paint won’t peel or lift.Previously painted walls: Sand down any bumps and clean with sugar soap. Sponge the sugar s...

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Styling tiling hacks that will save you money

Choosing tiles Buying the right tiles will help you to achieve the effect you want and also ensure that the tiles stay looking good for years to come. So it is important to get the right tiles for the space.Exterior: Tiles are manufactured to withstand extreme temperatures and also need to be s...

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Purify your water

Whether you want to drink your collected water or clean your municipal water, there are purification systems that can be adapted to suit your needs.Making the most of your water A good purification system will allow you to use your water safely. Ideally, you should choose a system that can be ex...

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Secure your water supply for less

Save on saving water So you’ve decided to take a step to being water self-sufficient. Great. Here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of your installation.Choosing a water tank Before you settle on a water tank, you need to consider three things: How much space have you go...

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How to select the correct paintbrush

The right equipment ensures you get a great finish.The right size for the job12-25mm: Small jobs and touch-up work.38mm: Good for furniture, small panels, window frames, trellises, mouldings, shutters and downpipes.50mm: For small to medium size jobs, such as doors, screens, tabletops, railing...

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Big Blue Filtration Systems

How to make sure your reserve water supplies are clean enough to drinkThe BIG BLUE filtration system is an all-in-one system, designed to make it easy to filter both harvested and municipal back-up water, that are stored in tanks containing chlorine floaters, to a point where it is safe to drink....

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How to install your system correctly

How to install your system correctly for rainwater harvesting and municipal backup.

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Make sure your rainwater harvest is drinkable

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Make sure your municipal back up water is clean enough to drink

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Need to roof it?

Build it now offers a wide choice of truss options. We have pre-made kits for home and garage extensions as well as purpose made trusses for all types of roof designs. From steel to timber we do it all, to make building easier for you.

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Installing Curtain Rails

Simple step-by-step demonstration on how to install a curtain rail. Get it done right, and add comfort and character to your living space.

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How to wire a plug. Don’t blow it, do it right.

Step 1: You will need: 1) Stanley knife 2) Screwdriver 3) Wire stripperStep 2: Use a screwdriver to open the plug.Step 3: Appliances that do not need to be earthed have 2 pins. Remember, each wire must be long enough to reach the correct pin. Cut outer insulation where wires enter the pl...

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Laying Pavers

Laying paving slabs involves a good deal of physical labour, but in terms of technique, it is more complicated than tiling a wall. Accurate setting out and careful laying, especially during the early stages, will help you achieve perfect results.TOOLS REQUIRED Wooden Pegs Spirit Level Club...

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Installing Skirtings

Skirtings are an attractive feature in any room and are very easy to install. Removing old skirtings may be time consuming. But it’s well worth taking your time to work carefully and cause as little damage as possible to the wall and floor surfaces.TOOLS REQUIRED Pencil Square Markin...

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Measuring & Marking

Accurate measuring and marking are the secrets of success for many projects around the home and garden. Measuring and marking out help you to work accurately and are important in the costing of large jobs around the house and garden.TOOLS REQUIRED Tape Measure Pencil Craft knife Steel Ru...

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