Any builder, be they a professional or a DIY enthusiast, will need to know their way around mixing mortar. A hugely popular product in the building trade (hence the term bricks and mortar being used to describe many buildings), mixing the appropriate amount of mortar for your use can be something of a precise science.
Installing a wood burning stove into your home is a great way adding character to your property – who doesn’t love the idea of watching logs burn on a chilly winter’s night? It’s also a much more even distribution of warmth than central heating, and potentially much more cost effective and building up energy bills.
Who Can Install a Wood Burning Stove?
You can – provided you comply with certain criteria. There is no law that states wood burners must be installed by a particular professional, but these log burners are covered by the restrictions of building regulations in the UK.
Whilst only a qualified electrician is permitted to install a new circuit for an electric cooker, any competent DIY enthusiast is welcome to replace or upgrade their gas oven to an electrical alternative. This guide will talk you through the process of installing and wiring an electric cooker.
What Preparation is Needed to Install an Electric Cooker?
Firstly, you’ll need to be aware of your requirements. Electric cookers draw a great deal of power – more than a gas oven, because they generate a larger, more evenly distributed amount of intense heat.
Screws are undeniably the most populous item in the tool shed of any DIY enthusiast, coming as they do in a multitude of different shapes and sizes.
There are two primary areas of confusion when it comes to screws, however; the difference between wood screws and sheet metal screws, and the eternal struggle of understanding imperial vs. metric screw sizes. This guide will assist with both of these problems.
What is a Wood Screw?
Wood screws are designed for connecting items to a wooden base (for example, attaching metal coat hooks to a wooden rail).
A water-based decorative covering, artex is usually used on ceilings or walls in order to apply a pattern. While was undoubtedly considered pleasing to the eye during the peak of its popularity, the downside of artex is that the product often contains traces of asbestos – something that is hugely dangerous for people to breathe in.
If you have recently moved into an older property and are unsure when the artex ceiling or walls were installed, or you simply wish to change the aesthetic design to something more to your personal taste, you may wish to consider remove any existing artex from your property.