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|How to patch fibre cement2|
Work on cement sheet installed before the early 1980s should be done by a professional specialist due to risk of asbestos. Since then, fibre cement (FC) sheeting made with the safer cellulose has been used.
|How to repair ridge cap roof tiles2|
Exposure to weather eventually cracks the inflexible mortar usually used to hold ridge capping tiles, making repairs essential to avoid leaks. Always wear a harness when working on the roof.
|How to secure new handles on a cabinet2|
Choose slimline handles when installing cabinetry as they don’t work loose over time. Buy a handle template or make a jig to drill accurate holes. TIP Handles come with machine screws that are usually longer than required. Measure the door thickness plus 3mm then clamp the screw in a vice and use a hacksaw to cut it to length.
|How to fit a hinge to a door2|
Fitting hinges is the trickiest part of hanging a replacement door. It requires accurate measuring, and some basic carpentry skills.
|Repairing damaged masonry2|
Brick and rendered walls can suffer considerable surface breakout when plastic plugs or sleeve anchors like Dynabolts are removed after a picture or mirror is taken away.
|How to cover a damaged wall2|
A fast ﬁx for damaged plasterboard or a wall that’s been treated for rising damp.
|How to paint a room2|
The key to a professional ﬁnish is preparation.
|How to put in a smoke detector2|
How to install a smoke detector correctly.
|How to prepare and paint weatherboard2|
Update weatherboard, masonry or FC sheeting with good preparation and expert techniques for application.
|How to replace guttering2|
Gutters are the decorative eyebrows of a home that visually coordinate the fascia and roof. They tend to weather over time, becoming damaged or discoloured.
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