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Maintenance

Maintenance

Good maintenance is important to keep your home in good shape and to make sure everything stays neat and attractive. And for wood and metal surfaces it’s important to carry out maintenance from time to time. Maintenance often looks more difficult than it really is. But if you follow our simple step-by-step instructions, your wooden door and window frames will look like new again!

Just click on one of our step-by-step instructions or DIY tips and you’ll be able to get started right away!

How to fix a sticking door or window

How to fix a sticking door or window

Sticking doors or windows are a frequent complaint. DIY 4 beginners helps you fixing a sticking door or window.

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How to replace a shower tap

How to replace a shower tap

If your old shower tap needs to be replaced, it’s a simple job to do it yourself.

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How to replace a kitchen tap

How to replace a kitchen tap

If you need to install a new kitchen tap because the old one is worn out or leaking, or if you just want a tap with a new look, it’s easy to replace it yourself.

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How to maintain gutters

How to maintain gutters

A good rain gutter keeps water away from the walls and foundations, and prevents walls from being affected by rising damp. Tips & Tricks!

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How to paint wooden window frames

How to paint wooden window frames

Wooden window frames will last longer if the wood is well protected against damp and sunlight. Paint and varnish also protect against insects and woodworm.

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How to repair a wooden window frame

How to repair a wooden window frame

It’s easy to repair a wooden window frame so that it will last for years. After filling, sanding and painting, the window frame will look like new.

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TIP

Changing a tap washer

Changing a tap washer

To make sure that you don't damage the tap with your pliers, you can apply the pressure you need using two strips of wood which you have tied or screwed together. This will allow you to grip the tap just as securely, without damaging it.

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Repair broken crockery

Repair broken crockery

To stop the object that you want to repair from rolling away while you are gluing it, fill a bowl with fine sand and press the object carefully into it. Then it will stay exactly where you put it. You can buy fine sand from a garden centre or pet shop.

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Remove a broken handle from a spade

Remove a broken handle from a spade

Has the handle of your spade broken off? Screw a long wood screw into the broken end. Fix the head of the screw in a vice and pull on the spade.

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Cleaning your circular saw

Cleaning your circular saw

Hang your circular saw in a tool cabinet and spray the blade with oven cleaner. After 20 minutes you can wipe the dirt and wood resin off effortlessly. Then dry and cover with Vaseline.

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Loose screws in wood

Loose screws in wood

If screws in wood have become loose, you can insert thicker screws. Or fill the extra space by gluing in a piece of wood (for example a match). When it's dry, just replace the screw.

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Non-stick sawing

Non-stick sawing

If your sawblade tends to stick, for example because of rust or corrosion of the steel, just rub a candle along the blade a few times. Thanks to the candle wax the saw will then cut smoothly through your workpiece.

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Wood filler of the right colour

Wood filler of the right colour

When filling holes in plain wood, it's often difficult to get filler paste of the right colour. You can solve the problem by mixing some sawdust from the same wood with wood glue and using it to fill the hole. After drying it will have the same colour as the rest of the wood.

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Loose hammer heads

Loose hammer heads

A permanent solution for loose hammer and axe heads is to drive a large nail halfway into the top end of the handle and then to bend it over downwards. Then the head won't be able to fly off any more.

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Repairing a drilled hole that’s too big

Repairing a drilled hole that’s too big

If a drilled hole has become too big, for example in a piece of furniture, you can repair it as follows: drill the hole out to 6 or 8 mm. Then glue a wooden dowel or plug of the same size into the hole. Allow the glue to dry and make the top edge of the dowel flush with the surface using a chisel. Then you can tighten the screw again at the same place.

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Removing an anchor bolt

Removing an anchor bolt

To remove an anchor bolt from the wall, first unscrew it completely. Then give it a sharp tap inwards, driving it further into the wall. This will release the anchor mechanism, so you can easily pull the plug out of the wall.

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Sharpening scissors

Sharpening scissors

Are your scissors blunt? You can sharpen them by just cutting a few times through a piece of fine sandpaper. That’s a quick and easy way to do it!

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Securely fitting a wooden handle

Securely fitting a wooden handle

Before you fit a wooden handle to a broom, hammer or axe, first flatten all round the end of the handle with a hammer. That compresses the wood so the handle can be pushed deeper into the hole in the tool. The wood of the handle will later expand again by itself, making the handle a very tight fit.

Read more

Changing a tap washer

Changing a tap washer

To make sure that you don't damage the tap with your pliers, you can apply the pressure you need using two strips of wood which you have tied or screwed together. This will allow you to grip the tap just as securely, without damaging it.

Repair broken crockery

Repair broken crockery

To stop the object that you want to repair from rolling away while you are gluing it, fill a bowl with fine sand and press the object carefully into it. Then it will stay exactly where you put it. You can buy fine sand from a garden centre or pet shop.

Remove a broken handle from a spade

Remove a broken handle from a spade

Has the handle of your spade broken off? Screw a long wood screw into the broken end. Fix the head of the screw in a vice and pull on the spade.

Cleaning your circular saw

Cleaning your circular saw

Hang your circular saw in a tool cabinet and spray the blade with oven cleaner. After 20 minutes you can wipe the dirt and wood resin off effortlessly. Then dry and cover with Vaseline.

Loose screws in wood

Loose screws in wood

If screws in wood have become loose, you can insert thicker screws. Or fill the extra space by gluing in a piece of wood (for example a match). When it's dry, just replace the screw.

Non-stick sawing

Non-stick sawing

If your sawblade tends to stick, for example because of rust or corrosion of the steel, just rub a candle along the blade a few times. Thanks to the candle wax the saw will then cut smoothly through your workpiece.

Wood filler of the right colour

Wood filler of the right colour

When filling holes in plain wood, it's often difficult to get filler paste of the right colour. You can solve the problem by mixing some sawdust from the same wood with wood glue and using it to fill the hole. After drying it will have the same colour as the rest of the wood.

Loose hammer heads

Loose hammer heads

A permanent solution for loose hammer and axe heads is to drive a large nail halfway into the top end of the handle and then to bend it over downwards. Then the head won't be able to fly off any more.

Repairing a drilled hole that’s too big

Repairing a drilled hole that’s too big

If a drilled hole has become too big, for example in a piece of furniture, you can repair it as follows: drill the hole out to 6 or 8 mm. Then glue a wooden dowel or plug of the same size into the hole. Allow the glue to dry and make the top edge of the dowel flush with the surface using a chisel. Then you can tighten the screw again at the same place.

Removing an anchor bolt

Removing an anchor bolt

To remove an anchor bolt from the wall, first unscrew it completely. Then give it a sharp tap inwards, driving it further into the wall. This will release the anchor mechanism, so you can easily pull the plug out of the wall.

Sharpening scissors

Sharpening scissors

Are your scissors blunt? You can sharpen them by just cutting a few times through a piece of fine sandpaper. That’s a quick and easy way to do it!

Securely fitting a wooden handle

Securely fitting a wooden handle

Before you fit a wooden handle to a broom, hammer or axe, first flatten all round the end of the handle with a hammer. That compresses the wood so the handle can be pushed deeper into the hole in the tool. The wood of the handle will later expand again by itself, making the handle a very tight fit.

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