DIY

How is bricklaying like baking?

2019-10-04T12:27:49+02:00

In researching this article I've come to the conclusion that bricklaying is a lot like baking. The basics are easy enough and if you follow the instructions your project will be passable. However there are a lot of tips, tricks and preparations that can turn your project from passable to masterwork. Things to Remember: Plan,

How is bricklaying like baking?2019-10-04T12:27:49+02:00

Sandpaper – The Nitty-gritty

2019-08-16T10:37:59+02:00

Sandpaper - a stiff paper or light cardboard with one side coated in rough particles, used for making things smooth. Should be easy right? Yet, a brief adventure down that aisle of the hardware store reveals an almost mind boggling array of types, shapes, textures and something called grit. It's sandpaper, it's disposable, does

Sandpaper – The Nitty-gritty2019-08-16T10:37:59+02:00

More Than a Mask – Uses for Masking Tape

2019-06-20T12:48:08+02:00

As the name implies, masking tape is used to mask surfaces while you are painting. This is far from its only use. You can use this under-loved painter's tool to make your life easier in many ways. Properties Masking tape is essentially adhesive paper ribbon. This means that you can write on it with

More Than a Mask – Uses for Masking Tape2019-06-20T12:48:08+02:00

Paint Prepper – Preparing for Painting

2019-05-30T13:22:14+02:00

AS we say here: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. That holds true with most things in life, all things in DIY and especially in painting. Preparing for Painting is a lot more than picking out a colour and buying some brushes. It takes some time, effort and planning but it will ensure that you

Paint Prepper – Preparing for Painting2019-05-30T13:22:14+02:00

Drip, Drip, Drip – Stop a Dripping Tap

2019-05-10T14:58:25+02:00

Apart from being incredibly annoying, a dripping tap can waste a shocking amount of water. This has an equally shocking effect on your water bill and it's not good for our water scarce country. Most of the time a dripping tap is caused by an old or degraded washer. Thankfully changing a a washer is

Drip, Drip, Drip – Stop a Dripping Tap2019-05-10T14:58:25+02:00

Up the wall – hanging objects on walls

2018-12-03T09:46:15+02:00

From artwork and bookshelves to televisions and towel rails you can use your vertical surfaces for both the pretty and the practical. But how and while we're at it, what and where? Don't worry hanging objects on walls isn't difficult if you bear three things in mind. Placement, surface and weight. Placement Like most

Up the wall – hanging objects on walls2018-12-03T09:46:15+02:00

Splish, Splash, make a DIY Bird Bath

2019-03-18T12:05:42+02:00

As the summer heats up, going for a swim seems like a wonderful idea. Our feathered friends think so too. Watching birds splash about is pretty and entertaining. An interesting DIY bird bath adds interest and whimsy to a garden even when the birds are busy elsewhere. Building a DIY bird bath is easy,

Splish, Splash, make a DIY Bird Bath2019-03-18T12:05:42+02:00

Nuts and Bolts – A Fasteners Guide

2018-10-11T13:25:20+02:00

If you do any DIY, sooner or later you're going to have to join two or more things together. Most of the time if this doesn't involve glue it involves fasteners of some sort. There are hundreds of fasteners of different shapes, sizes and grades, made out of different materials with different threads, head

Nuts and Bolts – A Fasteners Guide2018-10-11T13:25:20+02:00

BYOB – Build Your Own Braai – DIY Braai

2018-09-21T14:06:11+02:00

Spring has sprung and it's a Heritage Day long weekend which means it's time to indulge in one of South Africa's greatest traditions, the braai. Most South Africans can braai almost anywhere in almost anything from wheelbarrows to Webers. But why not build your own DIY Braai and give yourself something to brag about in

BYOB – Build Your Own Braai – DIY Braai2018-09-21T14:06:11+02:00