Clips of Funny Home DIY accidents

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Laying Carpet Tiles | Carpet Tiles Fitting Guide

One of the great advantages of using carpet tiles is the ease with which you can cut and lay them yourself – this means you can save on expensive fitting costs generally associated with other types of floor covering. You can also use contrasting or co-ordinating colours to build your own custom design or to highlight specific areas, such as walkways.

Some important things to remember before you start are:-

  1. Always use a new, sharp blade
  2. Allow tackifier adhesive to fully dry
  3. Always cut from the back of the tile

Proper tools are key to a professional finish. The tools you will need are a sharp utility knife, metal ruler or straight edge, chalk line, double-sided carpet tape or tackifier adhesive

Carpet tiles must be stored in the laying area for a minimum of 24 hours at the same temperature and humidity that will apply when the tiles are laid. This should be at least 18º C (65º F).

Floor surfaces should be clean, dry and free from dust and debris. All traces of old floor coverings should be completely removed prior to fitting. Ensure the floor is level as carpet tiles are designed to lay flat naturally. Where floors are particularly uneven a self levelling floor screed should be laid and allowed to fully dry, prior to installation taking place. Each tile has an arrow on the back indicating the direction of the pile – to achieve a broadloom (carpet) effect make sure the arrows on the rear of tiles all point the same direction. To achieve a chequerboard (chessboard) effect using all one colour then lay the tiles with the arrows on the back at right angles to each other (see below diagram).


Setting Out

1. Measure the distance between the opposite walls to obtain the centre and draw a line. Repeat this with the other walls
2. Check to ensure that you are not left with a very small strip against the wall or in a doorway. If necessary adjust the starting point slightly off centre
3. Lay double sided tape or Tackifier and allow to fully dry
4. Start laying the tiles at the centre as indicated in the diagram and work outwards. Lay all tiles which need no cutting before starting on those which need to be cut
5. Ensure that each tile butts up to its neighbour as tightly as possible. However, do not cause ‘peaks’ by joining the tiles too tightly
6. Ensure that no pile trapped between the tiles
7. Finally cut edge tiles to fit neatly to walls and skirting



General Maintenance

Appropriate care and maintenance is essential to appearance retention and longevity of the carpet tiles. Regular daily vacuuming is recommended. Spillages should be cleaned immediately with a damp cloth before allowing to dry. Stains can be removed by using a good quality purpose made carpet cleaner carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions. Traffic paths may be avoided by periodically interchanging the tiles. Damaged tiles can be lifted and moved to a less noticeable area or simply replaced.

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How to put up a shelf the right way

A great step by step guide to putting up shelves!

The CDs are piled on the floor, the paperbacks are doing an impression of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It’s time to put up a shelf and graduate to the top of the DIY class. Fiddly, a little tricky and a lot easier if you have four hands, this task is a rite of passage for the amateur Handy Andy.

It’s tempting to suggest you put up a new shelf in your home just to practise your DIY skills and to have something to show off and say, “I did that!” Here, we’ll work through the example of a simple, single shelf with brackets. These same principles and steps apply to putting up a shelving system with long vertical brackets.

Tools you will need

A drill, wood screws, a pencil, hammer and nail for marking up, and a stud detector. You will also need a spirit level. Get a level which works in both orientations and you can use it for a host of jobs around the house.

1. Find the studs

To put up a shelf on a plasterboard wall, you will need to find two studs (a stud is the upright wooden support in the wall to which the plasterboard is attached) to anchor your shelf brackets. Use your stud detector to find them, then draw two vertical guides along the lines of the studs.

2. Mark holes for the first bracket

Take one of the shelf brackets and hold it up to one of the guide lines at the correct height. Use the spirit level to set it vertical and then mark through the holes with a pencil (or coat hanger wire if the bracket is too thick) to show where you need to make the holes. Add a cross and nail dent to each mark, for more accurate drilling.

3. Drill into the wall

Using a wood drill bit that is one size smaller than your screws, drill as far as the length of a screw (minus the depth of your bracket). Measure the screw and bracket against the drill bit first and mark the correct depth with tape. Choose the right length of screw to properly anchor the shelf to the stud. This will be around 20mm more than the depth of plasterboard and bracket. Plasterboard can be anything from 9mm to 13mm, so you will probably need to choose screws upwards of 30mm in length.

4. Screw in the first bracket

5. Mark holes for the second bracket

Take your shelf and balance it on the first bracket with your spirit level on top. Hold the shelf exactly level, then mark a short line along the underside of the shelf across the line you marked earlier for the second stud. You should now have intersecting lines on your wall, showing the correct spot for the top of the second bracket.

Put the shelf down and pick up the second bracket and spirit level. Place the bracket so that it will support the shelf at the level of the horizontal mark, and repeat the method that you used to mark the first bracket.

6. Drill holes and fix the second bracket.

Screw the second bracket securely into the stud, as before.

7. Put shelf in place and fix with screws, if needed

Depending on your bracket design, the shelf may need to be fixed on to the bracket, or it may just balance on top.

8. Check the level again

If you have worked carefully through the steps, your shelf should be perfectly level.

Notes on solid walls

If you are fixing a shelf to a brick or masonry wall, you should follow the same steps as above, though you will not need to worry about the studs. However, you will need to use plastic wall plugs to make sure the screws are secure. Drill holes to the correct size and depth for the plugs, using a masonry drill bit instead of a wood bit.

• This is an extract from Mend it! by the Green Party’s Sian Berry

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How to remove Red Wine stain from carpet

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A practical guide on how to quickly treat the carpet to avoid staining and how to remove a red wine stain from your wool or synthetic carpet.

Funny Clip of how not to clear snow from roof

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Because of the heavy snow and freezing conditions, ice had frozen in all the gutters.

The weight causing the pipes to sag and the brackets to break.

This was us in the process of damage limitation!

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