These simple tips will help you with your DIY Doings, making your confidence soar!

Find your stop cock mains water tap and turn it every 6 months to ensure it works. Turn the tap Righty Tighty to shut it off (or close it) and Left Loosy will open it. Now you know you can shut off the water, giving you peace of mind if an emergency occurs. Never have it fully open as this can encourage it to seize up.

When doing any DIY jobs, especially plumbing, have the tools you need right next to you to avoid the tool you need being on the other side of the room! A few seconds can make all the difference in an emergency. Also, keep a couple of speed fit stop ends in different pipe sizes in case you need to close a pipe off quickly.

Switched on DIY Doers go shopping during the week, or in the evenings, as the DIY stores are much quieter and you don’t have to waste your precious weekend project time in an overcrowded store or queue.

Tiling tips for tile adhesive or grout mixed in a bucket. Put a damp towel over the bucket to gain more time to work with it before if goes off (or too hard). This is a must for warm weather or summer time tiling projects.

If you are doing some painting, avoid your brush or roller from drying out in between coats by wrapping your tools in cling film/shrink wrap or even a good plastic freezer bag, to keep the air out. Simply unwrap your brushes and continue your painting when you are ready.

At the end of painting, you can reuse all the excess paint absorbed in your roller by taking a spatula (or just a blunt kitchen knife) and holding the roller over the paint pot and gently running the spatula down the edges.  Be amazed at how much paint pours back into your pot. A real time saver when you come to washing the roller too!

Before drilling, use a centre punch or an old nail to gently tap a small dent on the wall where you will drill. Rest the drill in this dent to easily make the hole without fear of the drill bit slipping.

Smoothing sealant with a small amount of washing up liquid rubbed on your finger will ensure a lovely crease free line. Smooth it in one motion, then wipe your finger clean with a damp cloth, then add a bit more washing up liquid and repeat all the way along.

Drilling tip. Get on a level with your drill so that you aren’t having to stretch or drill higher than your head. Important for safety but also, this will make it easier to make sure your drill bit goes in absolutely straight.

Get a big elastic band and put it around the middle of your paint can. It needs to be fairly tight. Use the band to wipe your brushes on as you are painting and you will avoid the outer edges of the can getting clogged up with paint. Your lid will fit back on the pot beautifully every time.

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