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Bank holiday DIY projects inspired by desire to increase house value

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Posted by James Mace at 17:51 on 30 Apr 2010
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There will be a surge in DIY projects this bank holiday weekend, and the main reason behind these projects is that Britons wish to add value to their properties.

Jace Tyrrell, spokesperson for the New West End Company, explained that the current surge in DIY improvements is because consumers want to "invest and hopefully make some money when the property prices come back".

Don't let DIY threaten your relationship

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Posted by Ivy Lamb at 11:32 on 21 Apr 2010
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DIY is a popular weekend activity, especially when people are looking to save money or think they can’t find a reliable tradesman. DIY can be great when all goes according to plan, but watch out: DIY disasters can strain the peace between couples.

Many people take on more than they can manage when planning DIY, which leads to big messes that can strain a relationship more than couples anticipate.

Neutrals with bright accents are the latest trend in paint colours

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Posted by Ivy Lamb at 15:53 on 15 Apr 2010
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The latest trend in home design is neutral colours paired with splashes of bright, bold colours according to David Shepherd, brand manager at Dulux. Speaking at The Gadget Show Live 2010, Shepard said that the addition of some bright accents to bright, neutral colours adds personality.

Easter weekend DIY accidents lead to spike in insurance claims

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Posted by Ivy Lamb at 14:13 on 15 Apr 2010
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Home Insurance expert Swinton has shown that safety warnings for DIY’ers are justified. Over Easter weekend, there was a spike in DIY accidents which led to a further increase in home insurance claims, Swinton reports. They say that this rise is down to people trying to fit too much into just a few days.

Builder's fatal accident leads to renewed warnings for DIY'ers

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Posted by Ivy Lamb at 14:24 on 08 Apr 2010
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A 42-year-old Auckland builder died working under his Avondale home on Monday morning. Investigators say they are still trying to piece together what happened.

The dead man had gone under his house to investigate electrical problems, and Labour Department investigators have been called in by police to see if there were any problems with the wiring at the house, and to help determine what led to the man's death.

Faulty hire tools a danger to consumers

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Posted by Ivy Lamb at 13:08 on 26 Mar 2010
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If you're doing a spot of DIY and decide to hire some tools for the job, be careful. A study by Which? showed that many hire companies have faulty tools which could be dangerous to the consumer.

The consumers advocacy company hired 26 tools form various hire firms, which included high street names and large DIY chains. The tools were independently tested for electrical and mechanical defects according to British standards and all companies except HSS failed for one or more reasons.

Free tickets for the Homebuilding & Renovating Show

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Posted by James Mace at 14:55 on 05 Mar 2010
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The Homebuilding & Renovating show is Britain's number one self build show and takes place at the NEC Birmingham from 18-21 March 2010. ProblemSolved is offering it's readers complimentary tickets (usually £10) for the event.

Carlisle train station given an unconventional new DIY makeover

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Posted by James Mace at 17:17 on 04 Mar 2010
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A train station in Carlisle has been given an exciting new DIY makeover in preparation for the filming of a new television advert.  The station's bridge has received a stripy-coloured makeover, while one of the platforms has been transformed with turquoise paint, purple wallpaper and lampshades hanging from the ceiling.

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How to Remove a Radiator for Decorating video

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Posted by James Mace at 15:57 on 02 Mar 2010
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If you're looking to decorate a room, it can be a tricky job to paint around a radiator. To get that perfect finish, you really need to remove the radiator from the wall. Here's a video about how to remove a radiator if you're decorating. If you need any further advice see the links below the video or search through our hints & tips section for more advice.

Summer outdoor challenge to better your property

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Posted by James Mace at 11:53 on 23 Jul 2009
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How to Reset a Miniature Circuit Breaker Video

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Posted by James Mace at 17:39 on 01 Jun 2009
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Have you been left in the dark? Watch this step-by-step guide about How to Reset a Miniature Circuit Breaker.

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Call for VAT reduction on home improvement

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Posted by James Mace at 09:49 on 01 Jul 2008
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With the cost of DIY soaring, many homeowners would be forgiven for not attempting renovation work. There is hope though, with the European commission declaring its support for the idea of lowering VAT on home renovation work.

The current proposals suggest that the rate should be lowered from the standard 17.5 per cent to 5 per cent.

Top ten projects to add value to your home

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Posted by James Mace at 18:05 on 30 Jun 2008
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I know that we’ve been harping on about this for months now, but it really does seem that people are looking to improve rather than move from their homes.

With house prices predicted to fall by up to 35 per cent in the next two years, home improvement is once again high on the list of priorities for the homeowner, as they attempt to sit tight and wait it out.

So what advice is out there for those looking to invest in a spot of renovation on their property?

To change or not to change? What electrical work can I do in my home?

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Posted by Cara Verdi at 16:41 on 12 Nov 2007
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I know this is old news to electricians, but to anyone else planning to do odd DIY electrical jobs in the home, you should be aware of the electrical regulations put in place by the Building Regulations for England & Wales Jan 2005.

In the simplest format, the regulations states there are certain basic electrics you can do in your home, and more often than not, ones you can’t. The latter requires a qualified electrician.

Not knowing how is costing Brits £26* billion a year!

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Posted by Cara Verdi at 16:03 on 19 Oct 2007
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It seems some of the simplest household tasks are costing Brits up to £26* billion a year according to a recent survey compiled by Yahoo!