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Easy DIY tips are exactly what this page is about.

If you fail to save money on a project the result could be both disappointing and expensive.

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You have decided not to call in paid help and are undertaking a project with the help of easy DIY tips.

This job might take you more time but your time is technically free, so you will only have the cost of materials to cover.

If you take things steady your chances of success at the project and job satisfaction are greater. The secret is to prepare well and think positive.

Ladies often have more patience and shops report that the number of female customers undertaking tasks with easy DIY tips is increasing.

The following DIY tips should help avoid some of the disappointment as well as saving you money.


The tips given on weather-proofing your home are so easy to follow and very rewarding - both moneywise and in satisfaction.

Remember, on this site our joint aim is to save money.

1. First of all a statement of the blindingly obvious! Don't immediately throw out electrical goods if they suddenly fail to work, it may just need a new fuse to solve the problem.

Don't be like the lady who bought a new vacuum cleaner without checking the dust bag on her old one. It was jammed solid with dirt and was failing to suck any more. Or the toaster that just needed the fuse replacing! Not exactly an easy DIY tip, but many people make this mistake.

2. Masking tape is one of the wonders of the DIY world and without it, this page, easy DIY tips would be lost. Use it wherever you need to protect a surface while working on another. i.e., if you are painting a skirting board and need to protect the carpet below or the wallpaper above the skirting, use the masking tape. It is possible to buy low impact tapes if you need to mask wallpaper, or other vulnerable surfaces. This tip saves mess and your temper.

3. To save expensive DIY mistakes when sawing softwoods, instead of drawing a line with a pencil/pen, score the wood with a sharp craft knife e.g. Stanley knife. This cuts the fibres in the wood and makes it easier to start the saw. This is a valuable easy DIY tip - make good use of it.

4. After cleaning a paintbrush, shake the remaining moisture out, lay the brush head on a piece of newspaper allowing 2" to extend above the brush head. Fold this newspaper over the bristles then roll the brush along so that the newspaper is tightly around these bristles. This way the brush will retain its shape and will be easier to use second, third and many times around.

5. Time spent in preparation of a surface prior to painting is the secret to getting a good, professional finish on a DIY job. It may definitely seem to be the boring bit, but if this is done properly, the actual painting will be so quick in comparison and your efforts in preparation will be repaid by the good looking, long lasting finish that is obtained.

6. Prior to painting, the surface should be rubbed down with an appropriate grade of sandpaper. This will depend on the condition of the surface - fine sandpaper for slight damage, coarser for a badly damaged surface. This rubbing down makes the new coat of paint cling more easily to the roughened surface than it would if the surface was left smooth.

Wipe down with a weak solution of sugar soap. Liquid soda is also an excellent cleaning agent when diluted in water.

Items such as plastic water butt can be cleaned with white spirit prior to painting.

Don’t even think of painting on a surface that has not been properly rubbed down, cleaned and prepared – you will be wasting your time.

8. It is often said that poor workmen always blame their tools. Not so. If you are doing a painting job it will pay to invest it a decent brush or two, as some of the cheaper ones are not just up to the job, particularly the ones sold in packs of five for £1.00.

Take a look at the B & Q Select range of brushes. These have a stainless steel shank and are a pleasure to use. Sometimes it is false economy to save money. Look at tip No. 3 to take care of your good brushes - they are worth it..

8. When painting wooden window frames using a wood stain (Ronseal is very good – It does what it says on the tin!), keep a damp cloth to hand to immediately remove any spillage or careless brush strokes. The do-it-yourself wonder - masking tape may also come in useful here.

9. Don’t storm ahead on any job – take a few minutes to read the manufacturer’s instructions. They spend thousands of pounds researching and perfecting their product, so let’s assume they know what they are talking about when it comes to writing an easy DIY tip.

10. For more simple easy DIY tips take a look here. You won't regret it.

11. If you need to touch up a painting job but don’t want to buy a large tin of paint, and have some left in the bottom or a can. Strain the old paint through one leg of a pair of nylon tights, this will remove all of the lumps from the paint.

It always pays to close the paint lid tightly - preferably with a mallet so as not to damage the can. When you have closed the can lid down firmly, invert it so that the contents run down towards the lid. Turn the can back the right way up and this will make it virtually airtight and preserve the remaining paint until next time.

12. Always protect any domestic surface in the area in which you are working. Dust sheets are washable, domestic surfaces such as furniture, carpets etc., may not be so easy to clean. Newspaper is also handy here.
This tip also reduces the nagging factor. Therefore - surely a good and easy DIY tip!

13. When painting a ceiling, if you move all heavy furniture to the centre of the room and cover with a dust sheet, this will make your job easier.

14. When working at heights, always make sure that the ladder or structure you have put in place is safe and secure. Common sense and an easy DIY tip.

Having seen a professional painter do a not very graceful 'base over apex' from the top of ladder because he stretched too far, don't repeat this DIY trick!

Don’t help to increase the statistics for DIY injuries at your local hospital!

15. Don’t run out of wallpaper when decorating a room. Buy one roll too many rather than to end up unable to finish the project. Don’t throw the spare away until you redecorate again – you never know when an accident might happen. Also when buying the wallpaper take care and make sure that all the rolls are of the same batch and shade number.

When the wallpaper has finally served the purpose, any remainder can be used for lining the inside of drawers or wrapping large presents.

16. To cope with wallpaper blisters which are usually caused by a dry spot when brushing on the paste, if this is at a seam, gently lift the paper using the corner of a thin bladed filler knife. Push some paste behind the paper - an artist's brush is best for this, then smooth down. If the blister is away from a seam make a small, vertical cut in the wallpaper, push paste in from both sides, wait for a few minutes and then smooth the paper down. This easy DIY tip has turned many an amateur job into a professional one.

17. The easiest and quickest way of smoothing out silicone sealant, is to run a damp finger over it to produce a professional finish.

18. If a sink becomes blocked try using a rubber plunger, this may do the trick depending on what type of blockage is involved. If you coat the edge of the plunger with Vaseline this will improve the suction. So simple - just another easy DIY tip.

19. For a simple blockage on a sink, put a cup full of soda crystals over the sink outlet and pour a kettle of boiling water over the crystals.

This is also a good way of cleaning round the U-bend if your sink should start to pong slightly. A way of preventing the 'pong' is not to let solid pieces of vegetable waste go down to the U-bend by fitting a small stainless steel draining plate over the sink outlet. These cost just a few pence each.

20. To ease a sticking drawer, rub a candle along the wooden runners. This avoids damage, particularly on antique pieces. A really old fashioned tip.

21. Don’t buy expensive cleaner or tile grout pen when cleaning tile grout – all that is needed is a half-cup of thick domestic bleach and an old toothbrush. Rub the bleach gently along the grout lines; leave for an hour or two then rinse off. Pour any left over bleach in the loo and leave for the same time. This is a super way to save money. Quick and easy. Don't overdo the use of bleach if your house is on a septic tanks system. As an alternative, Listerine is reputed to be good for cleaning tile grout.

22. Use white vinegar in warm water to clean PVC window frames is a super easy DIY tip that will save money. They will look like new again.

23. Don’t buy expensive ant killer. If you have an ant problem, particularly in the house or conservatory, a much more pleasant way of seeing these pests off your premises is to shake any unwanted talcum powder over them.

This has exactly the same effect as proprietary brands of ant killer. The ants take the talcum powder back to their nests on their bodies and feet and it helps kill any other ants in the nest.

24. Own brand bottled lemon juice (Tesco) is good for cleaning stubborn spots on copper and brass and saves the expense of branded cleaners. Try mixing some salt in the lemon juice for even better results. Take a look here for more tips on the use of lemon juice in household shores.

25. To remove slippery, green mildew/mould from outside concrete, wood or tarmac surfaces, make up a weak solution of Jeyes Fluid and water in a watering can. Full directions are on the can. Pour on and leave.

In two days or so the green mould will be brown and dead. This saves on buying bottles of expensive mould cleaner. An easy DIY tip that also saves money and effort.

26. If you are repainting garden furniture with a protective coating, stand the furniture on sheets of carboard (old packging boxes broken up) - and avoid staining any patio paving slabs etc. with the inevitable drips from the paint-brush.

27. When painting exterior woodwork such as sheds, fences etc., use creosote with a small quantity of used engine oil added to it. Mix well together, use as usual and the woodwork will come up a darker shade and will last twice as long as creosote on its own. This is an easy DIY tip with a touch of recycling added.

28. If you are painting wooden tubs with creosote, take care because any leaves of the plant that rest on the wooden edge of the tub are likely to die off.

29. When you are engaged in an alteration project don't immediately seek out new fittings etc. Look around for companies that offer selections of interesting items second hand items for sale. Add a distinctive touch to your project instead of opting for new materials.

30. WD 40 is a wonder product in its own right. Use it for all those annoying little jobs that so desperately need a solution.

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