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DIY Renovations

An Introduction to My World of DIY

I am what you might call ”a DIY enthusiast”.  I love DIY and projects; there is always something to do and I have a problem prioritising.  When I took on my last project, it was on a bit of a whim and I had no idea how much work was going to be needed.  It started as a ‘fixer-upper’ and has been a complete renovation, perfect for the basis of my DIY blog!

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Using a DIY Flat Roof Kit Makes Life a Little Easier

Any work you do on the inside will be wasted if the roof is damaged, causing leaking or worse – collapse.  When you are doing DIY flat roof projects, time is precious and money even more so, you don” want to waste either!

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Gutter Cleaning Can Save Money on Roof Repairs

Gutter cleaning is a quick-fix solution to costly problems down the line.  While I am still on the subject of flat roofing and roof repairs, did you know that one of the biggest causes of leaks and damage to household interiors can be eliminated by regular gutter cleaning?

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Simple DIY Flat Roofing with EPDM Roofing Membrane

EPDM roofing membrane is easy to fit with not a heat gun or bitumen pot in sight. It really is the way to go if you are replacing your flat roof.

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Protecting You & Your Flat Roof Extension Against the Heat

One thing you will notice about a flat roof extension is that the heat, even in a good British Summertime, can be almost unbearable during the day.

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shed roofingUsing a DIY Shed Roofing Kit

I decided to go down the route of an EPDM DIY shed roofing kit.  Everything I need is in there, fixings, adhesive and the EPDM membrane.

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damp proofingDamp proofing During Renovation

One of the biggest problems, once the roof is out of the way is damp.  Damp proofing should now be at the top of the priority list for the renovation project, large or small.

 

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blocked gutter problemA  Blocked Gutter Problem Solved with a Great DIY Hedgehog!

Very recently, whilst reading another blog, I came across an excellent product – the Hedgehog Gutter Brushthat can eradicate a blocked gutter problem for good.

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getting a house rewiredPlanning DIY Renovations – Getting a House Rewired

With the roofing and the damp proofing sorted out the next stage will be to look at certain aspects of renovation that will require planning.  Getting a house rewired and re-plumbed will be a couple of the biggest expenses.

 

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Easy to Fit, Great Quality Roof SkylightsRoof Skylights for Flat Roofing – Quality Mardome

When fitting roof skylights for flat roofing, I can highly recommend Mardome for quality, ease of fitting and cost.

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Plumbing for an Old PropertyPlanning the Plumbing for the Renovation Project

We are nearing the stage of first fixing for plumbing for the renovation project and, if you haven’t done so already, it is time to get your priorities down on paper.

 

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House Renovations Advice

Watch a short video that gives some good points that you should bear in mind and act upon before you undertake your project.

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Plan Your Green Roofing Project with EPDM MembraneGreen Roofing Project Advice for Self-Build & Renovations

Considering a green roofing project? If you are renovating, it cannot have escaped your notice that green roofing is enjoying a boost in popularity.

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Options for Underfloor Heating Systems

Underfloor heating systems are growing in popularity, for many reasons, including long-term cost savings and aesthetic benefits, to name a few. This post will be the first in a series of posts exploring heating possibilities for your home.

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77980142_200x200Fixings for Guttering – EPDM Corner Outlet

I have used the Firestone membrane as the base of my green roof, as I know I have a 50 year life-expectancy from it and have been able to fit it in one piece, which will minimise my chances of leakages as there are no joins.

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tubes-365649-mOptions for a Domestic Boiler

Think about what you need the boiler to do and how you want the boiler to do it – are you looking for cost-savings in the long-term or do you want a cheap system? Are you going to be looking at the eco-friendly option or do you want the efficiency options for a domestic boiler with dual fuel or water heater?

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Solutions for Corner Flashings on a Green Roof

Finding the answer to corner flashings on a green roof had me scratching my head, but the answer was staring me in the face the whole time…

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fire-68202-mAlternative Heating Systems – A Back Boiler

We are discussing alternative heating systems in this series and must include the ‘good old’ back boiler. As we know, the back boiler is by no means a new idea, but advances in technology have encouraged a resurgence in its popularity over recent years.

 

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DIY flat roofing with EPDMEPDM Rubber Roof ~ DIY Flat Roofing Tips

Using EPDM rubber roof membranes on flat roofing can be perfect for the DIYer, with easy application and full tutorials in the form of easy-to-follow videos. Find out more about how you can deal with flat roofing during the renovation process…

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Domestic Oil Fired Heating SystemsDomestic Oil Fired Heating Systems

As we explore the different methods of heating the home, we come to domestic oil fired heating systems, which can be most commonly found in rural or isolated areas where mains gas is more difficult to supply or more costly to run and maintain.

 

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Creating a Watertight Flat Roof for Guttering

Creating a watertight flat roof is the most critical part of any DIY roofing project. EPDM offers the simplest way for laymen such as you and me to achieve this. With its cold adhesive application of the single-ply, one-piece membrane, no special skills, barring patience and a little creativity are required to ensure a professional finish.

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diy renovationFinding Your Limits to DIY Home Renovation

When you think about tackling DIY home renovation, it is wise to consider your limits. Know the boundaries of your capabilities and you will find yourself in a much better position when planning your budget and timescale.

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Great Kit Builder App Takes the Guesswork Out of Buying Flat Roofing Materials

One aspect of DIY renovation I have always struggled with is knowing the quantities of materials I need to buy. In many circumstances, there is no big deal to having too much cement for a job, or too much paint, as this is something I can store and re-use at a later date. But there are certain materials that are critical to get right for larger jobs, such as buying flat roofing materials, and I am not good at guessing!

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fitting windowsFitting Windows in a DIY Renovation Project

Fitting windows in your renovation project is perhaps one of the most aesthetically obvious decisions to make and one that you will have to live with if you intend to stay in your property.

 

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Fitting DIY Flat Roof Corners with EPDM Membrane

I am a great advocate of EPDM, as you by now realise – the system is super-easy for DIY flat roof installations and saves both time and money, which of course, is the all-important factor for DIY.

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how to build a barbecueHow to Build Your Own Barbecue – DIY Renovations

With the summer in full swing and some great weather in the UK, my thoughts turned to some outdoor renovations for a bit of a change. I decided, with a little prompting from my other half, to learn how to build a barbecue

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How to Apply Adhesive to a Flat Roof

When thinking about your DIY replacement roof, one of the most important points to get right is how to apply adhesive to a flat roof. If you are using the EPDM flat roof system, you will already know that the adhesive is cold-applied.

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Emergency Roof Repairs to Horseboxes

It is not often I come into contact with horseboxes, but a friend of mine called me in a panic last week and I went round with the very best intentions to help out. A leak had sprung in the roof of his horsebox, which was needed very badly for a trip.

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Breather MembraneEnergy Ratings – The Difference Breather Membrane can Make

When we undertake renovations, we always make the necessary planning applications well in advance of the planned build start date to allow for the almost obligatory delays.

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Windows & Doors for a Reno Project

Windows and Doors for a renovation is a big subject and one that takes a lot of thought. There are many factors that will determine the route you take. Find out more…

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Alternatives to DIY for Investments

Recently a friend of mine brought up an interesting point concerning alternatives to DIY for investments – projects that are renovated for profit. Find out more…

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Flat Roof SkylightsFantastic Flat Roof Skylights – Look Great & Save Energy

A flat roof project needs light. Flat roof skylights are just about the only way to go in my opinion. I have completed many projects over the years and have found that, particularly on a flat roofed extension, roof skylights can add timeless style, no matter what is ‘en vogue’.

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The Importance of Preparation When Replacing a Flat Roof

When you begin the DIY task of replacing a flat roof, there should never be enough importance stressed on preparation. This stage will probably take you as long as replacing a flat roof itself, but is the key to long-lasting, correct application and should never be overlooked.

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Interiors Planning Can Make a Huge Difference to SaleabilityInteriors Planning for Renovation Projects

Planning the finishing touches to a renovation project is not a job that should be taken lightly, particularly for a ‘turnaround’ project that is to be sold on as quickly as possible. We are all aware of the necessity of budgeting for the major works and essential planning that goes into these areas. Interiors planning for renovation projects is important and necessary.

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Green Deal Energy-Saving ImprovementsGreen Deal Scheme Offers New Funding for Energy –Saving Improvements

It has been announced this month that extra funding is to be made available to continue the Governments’ Green Deal Scheme, which offers grants to those of us who want to add energy-saving benefits to our homes.

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