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How to Restore Rotted Timber

How to Restore Rotted Timber

When old timber becomes worn or rots away, reach for the epoxy wood filler.

Cutting Holes in Plasterboard

Cutting Holes in Plasterboard

One of the most frustrating and time-consuming parts of fixing plasterboard is cutting holes for electrical outlets and light fittings. Here's how to cut perfect holes, first time.

How to Grow Cucumbers

How to Grow Cucumbers

Cucumbers have been cultivated for about 3000 years, with many different varieties being developed from four closely related species to suit different tastes and uses. The fruit ranges from the tiny pickling cornichon of France and the common green cucumber to the related African horned cucumber, or kiwano, and the sweet Armenian cucumber.

Fix a Sagging Plasterboard Ceiling

Fix a Sagging Plasterboard Ceiling

A sagging ceiling can generally be renewed with a minimum of trouble simply by fixing timber battens and plasterboard sheets below it.

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How to Block out the Neighbours

How to Block out the Neighbours

Blocks are getting smaller while house sizes are getting bigger, so we're living closer to our neighbours than ever. At the same time, we aren't willing to give up our outdoor areas or our privacy.

Types of Bricks

Types of Bricks

We explain the differences between extruded, pressed and special finish bricks.

Types of Building Materials

Types of Building Materials

Advantages and disavdvantages of various Types of Building Materials, plus earth-wise tips!

How to Grow Lavender

How to Grow Lavender

Find all the gardening tips and advice you need to grow lavender.

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How to Grow Mulberries

How to Grow Mulberries

Mulberry trees mature into very large specimens so are not suitable for a small garden. But if you do have the space, the mulberry is well worth considering. It has a graceful, elegant habit and attractive foliage, and it produces abundant delicious fruit, with which you can make excellent jams and wines.

How to Install a Towel Rail

How to Install a Towel Rail

Towel rails should be positioned for easy access from the shower, bathtub or vanity, but not where they can get wet from splashing. The ideal height is 1200 to 1700mm, depending on the ceiling and any obstructions.

How to Install Deck Steps

How to Install Deck Steps

Install deck steps to solve a height difference

How to Grow Spices

How to Grow Spices

While spices may seem an overly ambitious addition to the garden, those spices related to ginger, such as cardamom, galangal and turmeric, can be grown in many warmer districts. Other spices can be grown easily in regions with tropical climates. The plants can add great beauty to the garden, while the intensely fresh fragrance and flavour will be a revelation to the cook.

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6 best screening hedge plant

Plant any of these varieties for a hedge that will block out the neighbours and provide privacy

How to Grow Apricots

How to Grow Apricots

Apricots were cultivated in China from about 2000 BCE and have since spread around the world. Today, the famous apricot belt stretches from Turkey to Turkestan via Iran, but any place with a Mediterranean climate of dry hot summers and cool winters will suit the apricot admirably.

How to Grow Sunflowers

How to Grow Sunflowers

Here are some tips for planting and growing sunflowers.

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