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Fix up loose bathroom fittings
When you buy fittings and shelves, these usually come with plastic wall plugs and screws for mounting. The first thing you need to do is throw away the plastic wall plugs, because they are useless! Use them and sooner or later (most probably sooner), the fittings will start to come lose.
Seal gaps around wooden windows and doors
Gaps in and around window and door frames should be sealed as soon as any cracks or opening in the joints occurs. Failure to fill in these gaps will result in moisture gaining access to the wood and leading to wood rot and eventual disintegration of the wood.
Where to buy timber and board
I get a lot of readers asking me where is the best place to buy timber and board products. While Builders Warehouse offers a range of timber and board and has branches around the country, there are other suppliers that offer a more extensive range. Here's a list of suppliers around the country that supply timber and board, as well as a cutting service.
Know your handsaws
While power tools may have made the handsaw obsolete, there is still a place in the home workshop for this hand tool, especially for cutting timber and if you don't own a jigsaw or circular saw. There are various types of handsaws, each with its own unique characteristics and uses. Let's take a look at the various types of handsaws and where you would use this for home DIY.
How to mount and overlay hinge
When making doors out of 16mm SupaWood you have to take into consideration the weight of the finished doors. If you are building a largish cabinet, say anything from a height of 800mm upwards, the doors will be heavy and require heavy-duty hinges rather than standard butt hinges. Using an overlay hinge is the answer.
Drill procelain tile with ease
Glass and tile drill bits are the answer to drilling holes in glass and tile, but minor chips are inevitable. The new Alpen Keramo Extreme glass and tile bit is designed to drill holes in extremely hard porcelain tiles up to Mohs/Ritz hardness 9, as well as glass and ceramic tiles.
How to... Shop for a drill/driver
Buying your first set of power tools can be intimidating. If you don't know exactly what you want, you could end up with something you don't need. In our how to shop for a drill/driver we take a look at where to buy a drill/driver and the various models available, so that when you are ready to buy your first drill/driver - you know which one you need.
Choosing the right screw for the job
Selecting the right screws for your project can be confusing, especially when instructions start referring to pan head, round head, drywall and chipboard screws. Here on Home-Dzine we try to keep it simple and use screws that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse.
DIY is on the increase
South Africa is following the global trend as more people realise that do-it-yourself is not just a way to knock a hole in the wall. Attendance at DIY Divas workshops around the country is a sure indication that Gals and Guys are looking to empower themselves with the skills to tackle a wide variety of home improvement, maintenance and repairs. But more than that, there is also a growing movement towards learning the skills to make-it-yourself.
How to use a screwdriver bit properly
We have seen more than a few beginner DIY enthusiasts who attend our DIY Divas and DIY Guys workshops. One common problem that seems to occur over and over is using a screwdriver bit in a cordless screwdriver or drill/driver.
Cut a straight edge with a circular saw
Cutting a straight edge with a circular saw can be a challenge. Here's a great way to cut a guide that you can use over and over to make sure your cut edges are straight every single time.
Tips for using an electric planer
Using an electric planer allows you to shave, trim and easily remove excess wood for edges. You can use an electric planer for cutting doors to size, levelling uneven floorboard or planks and removing saw roughness. In this article we will introduce you to using an electric planer for the first time, as well as provide a few tips, tricks and techniques.
Tool tips for DIY Divas & DIY Guys
The do-it-yourself trend continues to grow throughout South Africa as DIY Divas and DIY Guys realise the benefits of having the knowledge and basic skills to tackle home improvement, maintenance and repairs, and be able to make your own furniture and accessories with a few basic hand tools and Bosch power tools.
Stylish storage for living spaces
As far as affordable furniture goes, Ikea definitely offers the widest range of options for living room storage. Unfortunately we can't buy Ikea furniture here in SA, but that doesn't mean you can't grab your tools and make your own stylish storage furniture. Here are some tips to guide you...
How to paint handles and hardware
When you restore, upcycle, repurpose or make your own furniture, painting you want to be able to paint handles and hardware to match the finished project. Plus, you can't always find what you need in the stores, so it helps to know that you can - and how to - paint handles and hardware.
How to use a spirit level
No DIYer or Home Handyman should ever be without a spirit level - small or large. A spirit level is used for determining horizontal and vertical levels and can be used on a variety of DIY projects in and around the home.
What is a plumb bob and how do I use it?
When taking on DIY projects such as tiling walls, fitting cabinets, installing door and window frames, or any project where you need to determine the level of a vertical surface, you will need to use a plumb bob - or laser level.
Use roofing washers on bathroom & outdoor furniture
Being able to use SupaWood for bathroom furniture projects allows you much more scope when designing affordable cabinets and cupboards for a bathroom. However, we know that SupaWood is super-absorbent and should not be placed on a bathroom floor, or else it will swell. To overcome this problem I add roofing washers to the bottom of my bathroom furniture.
How often should I clean my tools ?
At our DIY Divas workshops we often get asked how power tools and hand tools should be cleaned. Not only does regularly cleaning your tools extend their life, it also allows you the opportunity to ensure they remain free from rust (if they have metal parts) and apply lubricant.
What are cam or locking screws?
You will normally find cam screws on furniture designed to be shipped as flat-pack or where some assembly is required. Cam or locking screws are 2-part screws where the cam is fitted in one piece and the screw in a piece to be joined to this piece. By slotting the two pieces together and tightening the screw you have a reasonably secure join.
Clever tips and tricks for DIY
There are always a few tips and tricks that you can put to good use - whatever DIY project you may be tackling. Here are just a few clever tricks I have learned along the way...

 

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