Teach Yourself: Master Basic DIY

Editor/Author DIY Doctor
Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Price: Core Collection Only
ISBN: 978-1-44-410119-5
Category: Arts & Leisure
Image Count: 153
Book Status: Available
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Ideal for new homebuyers and time-pressured owners who feel unable to do more than the essentials, this provides all the information necessary to undertake essential decorating and maintenance in an informed and sensible manner.

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Meet the author
  • Only got a minute?
  • Only got five minutes?
  • Only got ten minutes?
  • Introduction
  • Part one: The basics
  • 1 Tools
  • 2 Top ten DIY jobs for homeowners
  • 3 Sequence of work
  • 4 From foundations to the ground floor slab
  • 5 Brickwork and blockwork
  • 6 Roofs, roof coverings and loft conversions
  • 7 Home electrics
  • 8 Plumbing, central heating and drainage
  • 9 Plastering, plasterboard and partition walls
  • Part two: Projects
  • Basics
  • Mixing concrete
  • Laying bricks and blocks
  • Mixing sand and cement mortar
  • Matching mortar colours
  • Pointing and jointing brickwork
  • Replacing a damaged brick or ceramic tile
  • Outside
  • Installing land drainage
  • Building a soakaway
  • Brick and block paving
  • Laying edging stones
  • Repointing a patio
  • Concreting fence posts
  • Basic timber decking
  • Building a shed base
  • Inside
  • Fixing to masonry
  • Screeding a floor
  • Laying floor tiles
  • Laying on undercoat plaster
  • Applying a plaster topcoat (skimming)
  • Building a partition wall
  • Repairing a hole in plasterboard
  • Sawing timber
  • Pilot holes and countersinking
  • Boxing in pipes
  • Working with skirting, architraves, coving and dado rails
  • Hanging a door
  • Fitting a mortise latch
  • Making shelves
  • Building a cupboard
  • Electrical
  • Stripping cables and wires
  • Wiring a plug
  • Plumbing
  • Repairing a burst pipe
  • Repairing a dripping tap
  • Replacing a tap
  • Curing an air lock in the hot water system
  • Unblocking toilets and drains
  • Repairing a toilet that won't flush
  • Decorating
  • Painting or papering new plaster
  • Blocking stains before decoration
  • Ceramic tiling
  • Wallpapering
  • Stripping paint
  • Painting timber