I'm Chris and I'm hopeless at DIY. About five years ago, when I wanted to know how to fix a really troublesome faucet (that's a "tap" to you Brits), I searched on the Web, located some good information, and bookmarked the sites I found. I did the same thing when I made a real mess of redoing the silicone sealant in my bathroom. After a while, I found I'd built up quite a collection of useful DIY links and I realized it was probably useful to other people too. For a long time, I was an editor on the Open Directory Project (ODP), meticulously researching, editing, and compiling links for the good of humankind; but that project was gradually underminded by spammers and slowly marginalized by search engines who didn't like the competition. So I set out alone and decided to do what I used to do on the ODP by myself. That's how this very simple (and hopefully very effective) website was born. Over the last few years, I have very gradually extended the page so it now contains a hand-compiled list of over 550 of the best DIY pages I know about covering everything from replacing a broken window to fixing a dripping faucet. I put it together for my own benefit, but I hope it really is a valuable guide for you too. I was aiming to make the web-equivalent of one of those big old DIY manuals you used to find in bookstores about 20 years ago.
This site was made by a human, i.e. me!
Please note that this is not a mechanically generated site full of garbage links! It has been meticulously compiled by hand and is maintained by hand whenever I have time or something new to add. I've done my absolute best to make this website helpful to ordinary people who want quick advice for tackling household DIY problems.
- Everything is on one page where it's really easy to find. No glitz or glamour, no slow-loading photos—just one simple text page. Search engines hate pages like this that are packed full of links, but I beg to differ: I think people appreciate having everything collected onto one easy page where you can quickly find things. Links should open in new tabs or windows so you can keep this page open in the background and explore the links one at a time.
- I've marked with a star () the pages I think are most useful.
- I've included quite a few different guides to most topics so you can compare the advice and choose the one you like best. Different people value different approaches so I think that's the best way. I try to avoid listing "content-farm" articles (rip-off articles essentially copied from other people's sites and rewritten by badly paid workers) or other short, poorly written pages, but a few earn their place and one or two may have sneaked through while I wasn't paying attention. If you spot any bad ones, let me know. Similarly, if you spot any pages here that have ripped-off your content and you'd like them delinked, let me know that too and I will investigate.
- There are absolutely no "paid" or "affiliate" links anywhere in this list. I do not buy or sell links under any circumstances. Sites earn their place on this page by being informative and everything on this page is here because I think it's useful. Period.
I no longer have time to maintain this site, so the domain and its contents are currently for sale. Please contact me if you're interested.
Last updated: 18 March 2013 (All links completely checked and revised).
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- Safety advice:before you start
- Favorite DIY sites
- Planning projects and getting ideas
- Tiles and tiling
- Walls and ceilings
- Doors, windows, and security
- Insulation and energy efficiency
- Floors, rugs, carpets, and stairs
- Plumbing, heating, and drains
- Curtains, drapes, blinds, and upholstery
- Roofing and gutters
- Outside: paths, walls, patios, gardens, and garages
Introduction: Why do it yourself?
Are you happy with your home? Are there things you'd like to improve? Maybe you're put off by the daunting cost of home improvements, which can run into many thousands of pounds. Fear not, do-it-yourself could be the answer. Why have expensive tradesmen tramping through your home causing havoc when you can cause the havoc yourself? Seriously, if you're patient, organized, and methodical there's absolutely no reason why you shouldn't do an awful lot of home improvement yourself—and save a huge amount of money. Of course, there are some specialized jobs where you'd be an absolute fool not to use a professional. Plumbing and electrical work often fall into this category. But if all you want to do is paint the walls, hang new wallpaper, fix up some shelves, or build a garden path, why not try to do it yourself first?
Ten tips for newbies
Go straight to the links section if you want to but, if you're a complete beginner, you may prefer to check out our top-ten DIY tips first:
- Start simple: If you've never tackled a DIY project before, start with something easy to build your confidence. Try putting up some shelves, building a small outdoor path, or painting one small room. Once you get the easy job right, gradually build up to more difficult jobs. Start with something hard and bodge it up and you'll not only have a mess to put right, you'll also lose your confidence to do anything more.
- "Give me the tools and I'll do the job": Make sure you use the right tool for the job. Nothing's more likely to bodge a job than using the wrong tool. If you can't afford tools, how about hiring them or borrowing from a friend or neighbor? Have you looked on eBay for tools someone else no longer wants?
- Be safe: You can do a lot of damage with DIY, so be sure to review all the safety instructions and warnings on products and tools you use before you start.
- How-to projects save you time: Once you're a confident DIYer, you'll be able to come up with your own ideas very easily. In the meantime, there are literally hundreds of how-to pages on the Web that give you precise, step-by-step instructions. Start with these idiot-proof guides before setting out on your own.
- Take it slowly: There's always a temptation to rush to complete a job in a day or a weekend, especially if you're depending on something like the light or the weather. But don't rush: take your time. It takes twice as long to sort out a hurried, bodged job that's gone wrong as it does to do something slowly and properly in the first place.
- Know your limits: Don't take on something you can't manage, especially if it causes a major change to the appearance of your home. Remember that your home is the most expensive investment you will ever make. Nothing torpedoes the value of a house more quickly than bad DIY.
- Shop around: You know your saving pots of money with DIY so the temptation is just to buy the first raw materials you see. Don't! Check prices of tools, timber, and other raw materials in two or three places. It doesn't take more than a few minutes. Don't forget to look on eBay, in junk shops, and so on.
- Be green: Why not try to reuse and recycle materials when you can? Reclaimed timber is very fashionable for flooring, but even the waste products of DIY have their uses: don't forget to recycle unwanted wallpaper offcuts... and throw your sawdust in the compost bin!
- Don't be afraid to ask for help: Taking risks is a major cause of accidents. Why risk lifting something if you doubt you can do it? How long does it take to ask a friend to help you? Similarly, if you're not sure what you're doing is right, why not ask a friend for a second opinion.
- Don't be afraid to bail out: If it's all starting to go pear-shaped, stop, cut your losses, and call in a professional. If you're in a hole, know when to stop digging.
Safety advice: before you start
- DIY safety: Important advice from the BBC.
- RoSPA DIY safety advice: A few basic tips. (You need to scroll to the bottom, because this covers all kinds of other household safety topics.)
- DIYnot.com's guide to DIY safety: Quite a decent eight-page introduction, covering such diverse topics as gardening, hiring tools, and gas safety.
- Ultimate handyman: Putting safety first—includes photos of some outrageously unsafe unpractices.
- Choosing tools: A great set of articles about choosing different tools, including saws, drills, hammers, ladders, sandpaper, spanners... and more.
- OnlineToolReviews.com: Some really excellent reviews here. Informative, thoughtful, and detailed.
- Ultimate Handyman: Power tool buying guide: Includes guides to drills, cordless drills, power saws, grinders, sanders, rotozips, routers.
- DIYnot.com: Buying and hiring: Looks at the pros and cons of buying and hiring and things to watch out for, including basic safety points.
- BBC: DIY tool guide: What do you need for an emergency toolbox? More a guide for ordinary non-DIYers than serious DIY folk.
Tool buying guides from Homebase UK
The UK Homebase store has some clear and simple DIY buying guides, including quite a few covering tools:
Favorite DIY sites
These are some of the web's most comprehensive DIY sites, ranked in alphabetical order. Most are written by one-man DIY professionals with years of experience, who really know their stuff, and are happy to share their knowledge. These sites should be firmly at the top of your bookmarks—the backbone of your online DIY reading! I would always point you to sites like this rather than my own humble little effort, but what I do offer you here that's different is a selection of different approaches to different problems.
- Ask the builder: from Tim Carter. This is one of my favorite DIY sites and one I generally go to first. Sign up for Tim's newsletter for weekly tips and offers.
- BBC DIY Guides: Lots of practical guides based on popular BBC TV programs in the UK. (Note that the BBC keep moving/archiving/deleting their material for no good reason.)
- DIY chatroom: Forum-based DIY site. Ask questions—and others will help you out!
- DIYonline.com: More general DIY advice.
- Handy Guys Podcast: Your questions, tool tips, and other DIY topics presented in a weekly audio podcast.
- Home and Garden TV: Lots of project ideas and quite a lot of video guides.
- Julian Cassell's DIY Blog: A good collection of DIY "how-to's" from the author of the Dorling Kindersley Know-How, Show-How book.
- Hometips.com: from Don Vandervort.
- Mrs Fixit: Lots of clear, simple home repair advice.
- Popular Mechanics: Tons of excellent DIY advice in here! Click on "Home how to" or "How to".
- Ron Hazelton's House Calls: More general DIU advice and over 500 project guides.
- This Old House: Remodeling ideas for historic buildings and period or character properties.
Planning projects and getting ideas
There's a much-extended list of design links on our Complete Guide to Home Design page.
- Homebase: DIY Advice Centre: Basic planning guides from Homebase UK, including short how-tos and videos. Very well-done.
- Creative Homemaking: Home Decorating: Simple introductory articles covering bathrooms, bedrooms, fabrics, and children's rooms, including nurseries, kids rooms, and teen roms.
- 4homes: A variety of DIY, self-build, and other related guides from Channel 4 TV UK, including a good how-to section of simple DIY fixes and tricks.
- Open Directory Project: Home Do it Yourself: A well-managed directory of links.
- Open Directory Project: Home: Home Improvement: More links from the ODP.
- Interior decorating at About.com: A human selected guide to all that's best on the Web.
- Waverley: Facebook: Join thousands of fans of the interior design brand on Facebook.
- Home decorating ideas: lots of ideas from Home and Garden Makeover.com.
- Love Home: Ideas for remaking your home.
- Home decorating designs: Tips, Ideas and Tricks on decorating your home for a few cents.
- Decorating software: Using your computer to plan a new home look.
- Do it yourself projects: Free tips from Start remodeling.com.
- Bedroom redecorating ideas: What to do with your child's old bedroom when they move out?.
- Remodeling a kitchen: How-tos from DIYonline.com.
- Remodeling fireplaces: From Home and Garden TV.
- Wickes DIY Guides: A good selection of brief, online project guides and tips.
- Eco Centric: Environmentally friendly interior design and DIY products and tips from designer Oliver Heath.
Preparing to paint
- How to paint walls: Illustrated guide from Homebase UK, leads you through stages of preparation from selecting the right type of paint and tools to how many coats of paint you need and how to protect your home in the meantime.
- Dutchboy: Indoor and outdoor painting projects: Covers surface preparation, planning tools, and painting tips.
- Benjamin Moore: Quite a good selection on painting tips and tricks called "Learn how" buried deep inside the website (and difficult for us to link to directly). Keep following your way through the site till you find it!
- Buyer's guide: Paint: ninemsn gives a fairly simple overview of the different types of paint, inluding textures, palettes, odor or odor-free, etc.
- Build Your Skills leaflet 201: Painting basics: A decent two-page introduction from Wickes.
- Painting 101: Tips for buying paintbrushes and other painting tools, from DIY network.
- Stripping paint from wood: A detailed guide from diydata.com.
- Preparing interior walls for painting: Ideas from hometips.com
- Dutchboy: How much paint to buy: includes a handy project planner.
- BBC Paint calculator.
- Dulux paint calculator: A reasonably simple calculator that takes account of doors and windows, but shows measurements only in metric.
Painting factsheets from Julian Cassell
- Basic painting technique
- How to strip paint or wallpaper
- How to paint exterior wood
- How to paint exterior walls
- How to paint a room
- How to hang wallpaper: A well-illustrated, simple guide from Homebase UK
- Wallpapering: getting ready and Wallpapering checklist are just two of the useful articles on wallpapering at doityourself.com
- Stripping wallpaper: From DIY fixit.
- How to remove wallpaper: Tips from the Editors of Consumer Guide courtesy of Howstuffworks.com. Focuses on stripping/scoring and soaking and steaming.
- Stripping wallpaper the easy way: From decorate-redecorate.com.
Choosing new wallpaper
- Types of wallpapers: Another view from Do It Yourself.com. Considers the difference between ordinary paper, vinyl, coated fabric, and so on.
- Types of wallpapers: Basic advice from DIYdata.com.
- Wallpaper basics: An introduction from About.com.
- Zoffany: Sumptuous, deluxe wallpapers and wall coverings. Yum!
Tiles and tiling
- Ceramic tiles: Lots of tips from Ask the Builder.
- How to remove ceramic tiles: Includes a message board with tips from readers.
- Techniques and tips for removing floor tiles: A five-step plan from DIY Network.
- Tiling walls: A guide from The Tile Doctor well illustrated with color photos.
- How to fit wall tiles: tips from Homebase UK
- How to fit wall tiles: Very clear illustrated worksheet from Julian Cassell.
- How to replace broken tiles: Another good factsheet from Julian Cassell. This one shows you how to remove a broken tile and replace it without damaging the ones around it.
- Repairing chipped tiles: A good clear explanation from Tim Carter's Ask the Builder.
- Ceramic, wall, and floor tiles: A clear downloadable project guide from Wickes DIY.
There's a much bigger and better list of woodworking links on our Complete Guide to Woodworking page.
Guides to different types of wood
- Materials Sourcebook: Wood: Explains the pros and cons of different woods from A-Z, from Channel 4 TV's 4homes site, hardwoods and softwoods, and why wood is a good thing to use.
- Wood grain descriptions: Photos of grains for all kinds of woods.
- Good wood guide for DIYers: How to make sure your wood is environmentally friendly. A guide from Friends of the Earth.
- Wood For Good: A guide to using wood.
- Wood types and wood quality grades: Advice from About.com.
- Wood types and techniques: Another set of descriptions of woods.
- Understanding wood grain: A closer look from Wood magazine
Miscellaneous woodworking sites
- DIY Woodworking: Offers instructions and videos on basic wood working techniques, child wood working projects, tutorials, and more.
- WoodNet.net: The woodworker's online resource: Woodworking Tips, Techniques, Tool Reviews, Plans and Supplies for Woodworkers..
- Newwoodworker.com: Articles, tips, plans, tool reviews, and more.
- About.com Woodworking: Lots of woodworking projects and links.
- Open Directory Project: Woodworking: Human-compiled catalog of links.
- DIY fixit: There are lots of woodworking and carpentry how-tos in the "Building" section of this very useful site.
Using varnish and stains
- DIY.com: Guide to varnished finishes: A general guide to varnishing and how to care for varnished furniture.
- How to apply varnish to wood, How to stain wood, and How to wax wood are three useful illustrated guides from Julian Cassell.
- TLC: How to strip wooden furniture: How to remove paint and varnish.
- DIY Data: Transparent finishes for wood: The merits of dyes, wood stains, varnishes, polishes, and oils are considered and compared.
- Tips for a perfect finish: Various methods of finishing off wood from About.com.
Putting up shelves and shelving
- How to put up a shelf: tips from Homebase UK
- Making and Mounting Shelves: An easy-to-follow project guide from Sawdust Making 101.
- DIY shelving project: Links to quite a good selection of how-tos. Also some sources on the net for readymade bookshelf units.
- Putting up shelves: Some advice from Google answers.
- Shelf project: Step-by-step guide from DIY guide Ron Hazelton.
- Decorative wall shelf in one hour: Tim Carter's Ask the Builder has a variety of shelf projects, of which this is probably the simplest.
Bookcases and cabinets
- Cabinets and storage: Step-by-step guides from DIY guide Ron Hazelton. These are all clear, simple, and well illustrated with photos.
- Build a basic bookcase: Step-by-step from Digs magazine.
- Book eating bookshelves: How to build yourself affordable shelves that can cope with a gigantic reading habit!
- Full-size bookcase that's easy to build: A basic description of a tall bookcase.
- How to build a bookcase: An illustrated guide from Popular Mechanics.
More woodworking projects and guides
- Cutting wood to equal lengths: A great photo guide from Ron Hazelton.
- Making holes through Walls: An illustrated guide from Ultimate Handyman.
- How to make a mirror frame: An illustrated photo guide from Binky.
- Build your own Garden Decking
- Drilling Holes in Wood: A variety of handy guides from Wood Magazine
- Making Built-in Wardrobes
- How to Cut an Arch Shape: from Yahoo answers.
- Kitchen Cabinets: a guide to buying wooden cabinets from Don Vandervort's Hometips.com.
More tool tips from diyfixit.co.uk
These are good simple guides to a few of your basic woodworking tools:
Making stands for loudspeakers
- The TNT Stubby: A DIY Speaker Stand Project on TNT
- Homemade Monitor Speaker Stands: A list of several different DIY speaker stand projects from the Hometracked audiophile website.
- How to build your own home theatre: Includes speaker stands and screen.
There's a much-extended list of electrical links on our Complete Guide to Home Electrics page.
Electrical work can be highly dangerous! We strongly recommend you get all your home electrical work done by a qualified electrician. You can find qualified electrians in the UK through NICEIC.
In some countries, states, or other jurisdictions, it is illegal for unqualified people to carry out some or all aspects of home electrical work. For example, in the UK, from 1st January 2005, all new electrical work in a dwelling (a house, flat or small commercial premise linked to domestic accommodation) must be designed and installed to account for the new Part P of the Building Regulations. (Broadly speaking, that means only certified persons can carry out electrical work or the work must be certified when it's finished.) The UK Planning Portal also gives the full text of Part P of the Building Reglations.
- Popular Mechanics: How your house works: electrics: A great guide from Popular Mechanics. Much of the text is now available on Google Books.
- Know Your Home's Electrical System: Background from DIY network.
- DIYnot.com electrics pages: wiring, lighting, circuits, kitchen, and bathroom.
- Home Electrics: Information about home electrics, showing how it works and what it is, from The DIY World. Clearly written.
- Basic Electric information at DoItYourself.com: "Avoid calling the electrician for small electrical basic wiring projects".
- DIY data: A range of electrical tips and how-to guides from DIY data.com.
Homebase electrical project guides
The UK Homebase store has some very clear, illustrated electrical guides. Please note that these apply to the UK electrical system!
- Upgrading a socket
- Replacing a light switch
- Installing a pendant light
- Installing ceiling lights
- Installing outdoor lighting
- Fitting an extractor fan
- Energy Star lighting products: The US government guide includes decorative light strings, CFL light bulbs, light fixtures, and LEDs.
- Energy Savers: Lighting: Lots more good advice from the US government, including types of energy efficient lighting, lighting controls that turn your lights on and off automatically, lamp and ballast replacements, lighting maintenance, and suggestions for when it makes sense to turn off your lights.
- Energy Efficient Lighting: A really good introduction to the different types available and a comparison of LED and CFL technology.
- Lighting: An Energy Efficient Future: James Cavallo provides an excellent introduction to energy-efficient lamps for Home Energy magazine.
Other home electrical
- Electrical tips: A variety of useful tips from Allabouthome.com, including cords and plugs, doorbells, lamps and light fixtures, receptacles, saving electricity, wall switches, your electrical system, fuses, electrical safety precautions, diagnosing electrical problems, and troubleshooting electrical problems.
- How to wire a plug: A simple three-minute video guide from HowTo.TV.
- Changing a fuse: But fix whatever the problem is first, or you'll have to change the fuse a second time!
- Changing a fuse on the fusebox: How to change a fuse on the consumer unit, including wire fuses and cartridge fuses, ensuring that the correct size fuse wire is used to replace it.
Walls and ceilings
- The Ultimate Guide to Walls: How Your House Works: Popular Mechanics explains loadbearing and non-loadbearing walls (the basics of how walls support your home).
- Interior walls: Numerous useful articles from Tim Carter's Ask the Builder, including an Interior Walls 101.
- Interior walls and ceilings: Lots of great articles from home improvement and DIY expert Don Vandervort.
- Components of a house frame: Understanding the skeleton of your home.
Fixing and fastening things to walls
- Hanging a picture: A clearly illustrated guide from Hammerzone.com
- Types of fixings for solid walls: A basic discussion of which fixing to use for which wall, from diydata.com
- Restoring fire surrounds: A guide from Channel 4 TV UK.
- How to hang a picture correctly to improve the look of your house: Simple tips from Whatprice.co.uk
- A guide to hanging paintings, mirrors or flat TVs: This page from Canadian Home Workshop explains "the proper way to hang even the heaviest objects around your house".
- How to install a wooden book shelf: Tips from helpwith diy.com.
- Fixing a mosaic to the wall: You've made the mosaic—but how do you get it on the wall?
- Building a Glass Block Wall: How to plan and build a glass block wall, from Creative Homeowner.
- Picture this: How to hang pictures and mirrors: Quite a detailed guide from The Guardian UK.
- Removing a wall-mounted mirror
- How to hang a heavy mirror: from the Natural Handyman
Plasterboard and partitions
- Plasterboard: DIYdata has articles explaining types of plasterboard, how to cut it, how to fill it, and how to finish off the corners.
- Making stud partitions: How to divide one large room into two
- Cladding with plasterboard: Ready-to-go projects
- Plastering a wall: A simple animated movie showing you exactly what to do.
- Preserving historic plaster: All about lath and lime plaster in old houses, from This Old House.
- Ceilings: Lots of great tips and projects from Tim at AskTheBuilder.com.
- Ceilings information: A variety of tips from Do It Yourself.com, including what to do about cracks and leaks, how to decorate, how to install suspended ceilings, and much more.
- Putting up coving: An animated movie.
- How to fit coving and skirting boards: tips from Homebase UK
- Fitting coving and moulding: tips from Julian Cassell.
- Guide to corners for cornicing and coving: How to cut corners... without cutting corners.
- How to Fit Skirting Boards: A good illustrated guide from Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine.
- Fitting skirting boards: Step-by-step advice from The DIY World.
- Skirting board with end-fitting fiber-optic lights: Make your skirting light up in the dark!
- Filling gaps between walls and skirting boards: Helpful hints from DIYnot.com
- Soundproofing a room: Tips from Do It Yourself.com
- How to D. I. Y. soundproof a 100 year old apartment?: From Yahoo! answers.
Doors, windows, and security
- Doors: DIY guide Ron Hazelton has about 40 different guides to different aspects of doors and windows and the various problems you might have with them.
- Hanging an internal door: tips from Homebase UK
- Interior and exterior door fitting: A series of illustrated pages covering fitting interior doors or exterior doors, door maintenance, lock fitting, latch fitting.
- Replacing an interior door: A step-by-step guide to fitting a new door to an existing frame.
- DIY Network: Doors: All kinds of tips and project information about doors.
- Fitting a new external door: From DIYnot.com.
- Measuring or fitting an exterior or interior door: More tips from directdoors.com.
- Windows: Ron Hazelton has lots of guides covering how to install and replace windows, how to make them more energy efficient, and even how to decorate them.
- DIY Network: Windows: Quite a lot of articles and project information about windows.
- Ask the Builder: Windows: There are lots of window-related articles from Tim Carter's wonderful site, covering such topics as how to repair sash windows, how to install window boxes, and even how to add a stained glass effect to ordinary windows.
- Windows and doors: A small collection of how-to guides from Lowes, including how to install interior and exterior doors, patio doors, storm doors, and replacement windows.
- DIY double glazing: How to make your own—a net Instructable using perspex and magnetic tape.
- Repairing a broken window: How to repair a broken window, including, what you will need, temporary repairs, how to remove the glass...
- Wood window repair: A good collection of easy-to-follow how-to YouTube videos covering a variety of wood repair topics.
- Repairing wood windows: "Our old windows had broken glass and crumbling putty. Follow along as we repair them."
- Fixing Broken Windows: Wikipedia: The scientific theory of broken windows and crime isn't that much practical help, but reading about it is an interesting way to waste time while you put off the repair!
- How to Repair a Window Pane: Simple home project from Doityourself.com.
- Questions about repairing sash windows: Q&A from Ask the Builder.
- How to reduce window condensation: A useful page from Gilkey that explains what causes condensation, how much humidity a room can hold, and how you can tackle the problem.
- Fit door locks and furniture: A very clear illustrated guide from Homebase UK
- How to fit door locks: This guide from Julian Cassell covers how to fit a cylider lock. His site also tells you How to replace a five lever lock, How to fit a mortice door bolt, and quite a bit more about doors, locks, and padlocks.
- HomeTips DIY: Fixing Door Knobs and Lock Sets
- All About Doors and Windows: A "how-to" on replacing a lock on an Atrium Door.
Other good sites about home security
- How to plan or update home security: Why you need to secure your home and some simple ways of doing it. General advice from Julian Cassell's blog.
- Crime prevention: More anti-crime advice from the UK government's direct.gov site (via The National Archives Web Archive).
Insulation and energy efficiency
General energy efficiency
- Energy Saving Trust: Lots of money-saving advice from this UK non-profit group, including a good set of pages on home insulation & glazing.
- Draught Proofing: Lots of good tips here from Consumer Utility Services.
- Energy efficiency: A few more simple ideas for improving insulation and energy saving, from White Horse District Council. This page includes costings of how much you could save with various efficiency measures.
Roof and loft insulation
- Loft insulation: A practical step-by-step guide to improving your loft insulation from DIY Data.
- Project Guide: Loft insulation: An illustrated, step-by-step guide from Julian Cassell.
- Loft insulation: how to: Another basic introduction, this time from Consumer Utility Services (CUS).
- DIY loft insulation: More the Energy Saving Trust.
- Loft Insulation - the type of materials and how to install it: Details of the different materials and how they are installed, from DIYdata.com
Insulating doors and windows (general)
- Draught proofing windows and doors: How to draught proof windows and doors, various types of draught excluder available..
- Glazing: The Energy Saving Trust explains energy efficient windows, including double and triple glazing, low-emissivity (low-E) glass, heat-reflective windows, and more.
- Glazing technical manual: A detailed technical guide to environmentally sound home glazing, how it works, passive solar, heat flow, different types of glazing, window rating schemes, and more.
- Vinyl Windows: Purchasing Quality: Tim Carter explains how to get the best vinyl (PVC) windows for your money on his dependably excellent Askthebuilder.com site.
General draftproofing (draughtproofing) and air leaks
- Draught Proofing: The Energy Saving Trust costs some simple draughtproofing measures and the savings you can expect to make (with a typical payback period of 4-8 years).
- Care2 Make a Difference: 8 steps for window weatherizing: Annie B. Bond explains simple ways to keep draughts from your windows.
- Tread lightly: Draught-proof the home: Carolyn Fry explains how to reduce air losses from windows.
- Green property: how to draught-proof your home: Sarah Lonsdale explores letterbox flaps, draught excluders, inflatable chimney "pillows", and other ways of cutting air and heat losses.
- Draft-Proof Your House: Seal up and save on energy bills: Lis King offers a simple overview for the National Association of REALTORS®.
- Draught Proofing Advisory Association: Help on finding draught-proofing contractors (in the UK only).
- Proof is in the draft proofing: Caulking, tot hats for exhaust/exractor fans, and door snakes are just a few of the draftproofing techniques suggested for making your house airtight. Also explains the balance between ventilation and draftproofing.
- How to draft proof an exhaust/extractor fan: Tom Silva offers advice on replacing your damper for This Old House.
Draught-proofing sash windows
- How to Insulate a Window with Sash Weights: A step-by-step guide and video from This Old House.
- Sash Windows: Painting and Draught-Proofing: In this excellently expert article, David Wrightson explains why draught-proofing sash windows can give a much faster payback than the easier and uglier option of replacing them with uPVC plastic.
- How to make my sash windows more efficient?: Follow the discussion and tips on Green Building Forum.
DIY window insulation with plastic sheets
- The Plastic People: UK-based firm Barkston will cut and finish different kinds of plastic to precise dimensions, allowing you to make your own instant double glazing at low cost.
- DIY Plas: An alternative UK supplier of secondary plastic glazing kits.
- Caulking an exterior window sill: A clear YouTube video made by PaintSourceNetwork.
Cavity wall insulation
- Cavity wall insulation: The Energy Saving Trust show cavity wall insulation can pay back its cost in just two years.
- Tread lightly: Install cavity wall insulation: The Guardian explains the benefits.
- Jeff Howell thinks cavity wall insulation isn't always a good idea but Mark Brinkley generally rejects his arguments and thinks cavity walls insulation is generally worth doing.
Energy-efficient heating and boilers
- Heat and cool efficiently: More advice from Energy Star, geared more to HVAC equipment and a US audience.
- Consumer Guide: Heating Systems: Some great practical advice here from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Gives a breakdown of the costs and benefits of repairing a furnace or boiler.
- Heating and hot water: This quick introduction from the Energy Saving Trust shows that a gas boiler can account for about 60 percent of your energy use and carbon dioxide emissions, so getting a more efficient one makes a lot of sense.
Measuring home energy use
- Thermal imaging reveals heat leaks: This BBC News story reveals how a thermogram can reveal heat wastage and help you target your energy-efficiency measures to where they really count.
- Middle School Home Energy Audit: How to figure out your electricity consumption the old-fashioned way.
- What's your score?: The first step to cutting energy use is to measure what you use at the moment. This page from Energy Star tells you how to compare your usage to other people's across the United States.
- iMeasure: Test your energy score and try to beat your friends. A fun energy-monitoring project from Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute.
- Energy monitoring: Photos of energy monitors on Flickr. A bit of light relief from actually using them: take a photo and show it off!
- Earth Pill: A database of energy consumption measurements made by people with home energy monitors.
Floors, rugs, carpets, and stairs
General flooring tips, advice, and ideas
- How to choose and buy floors for your home: A great site packed with general advice from the World Floor Covering Association.
- Floor coverings: Lots of advice pages covering virtually every different kinds of floor you can think of, from DIY Network.
- Flooring: Julian Cassell's blog covers numerous flooring topics, including correcting loose floorboards, and laying hardboard, plywood, laminate, vinyl, and carpet.
- Floors, walls, and ceilings: Advice from DIY guide Ron Hazelton.
- Lowes: Flooring: How-to library: Lowes answer a variety of common flooring questions with useful how-to guides.
Choosing your new floor
- Floors: A basic introduction to the different types of floor and choosing the best one for you from HGTV.
- Choosing floor coverings: An alternative review of options from HomestyleExpert.
Environmentally friendly recycled floors
- Green flooring: Various pages of green flooring advice from the US Green Building Council.
- What makes a "green" floor?: A handy checklist from the GreenFloors website.
- Recycled Construction Materials: A general page about using recycled materials from the state government of Nebraska.
Fitting your own carpet
- Carpet?: A useful set of introductory pages from the World Floor Covering Association.
- How to install wall-to-wall carpet: Another step-by-step guide from DIY Network.
- Home Howto Projects: Yet another step-by-step guide to fitting catrpet.
- Carpeting: Lots of expert advice on choosing and maintaining carpets from Don Vandervort's HomeTips.com. About 20 or so useful articles here.
- Do-It-Yourself Carpet Installation: A well-illustrated guide from lets-do-diy.com.
- Carpets buying guide: Simple guide from Carpet Right explains the pros and cons of different carpet fibres/fibers.
- Installing new carpet: Compares the different carpet materials, the tools you need, how to prepare the floor, and a step-by-step guide to putting your carpet down.
Laying stair carpets
- How to install a stair runner: Help from This Old House.
- Measuring And Fitting Stair Rods To Your Carpet Runner: Which bits can you do yourself?
- How To Install Stair Treads: What to do, from Mussonrubber.com
- Stair rods: measurement and fitting guide: Stairheaven makes it easy!
Repairing and cleaning your carpet
Repairing your carpet
- HomeTips DIY: Carpet Repair and care: Free advice on carpet repair from home improvement and DIY expert Don Vandervort. Covers everything from stains and pet odors to removing spilt candle wax.
- FAQ: Carpet Repair : DIY Network: Sharon Hanby-Robie shares great advice on repairing and caring for carpet.
- Google Answers: CARPET REPAIR: "Can you find me a diagram/photos/instructions on how to repair a carpet?"
- How to repair carpet burns: A step-by-step guide from Discovery's TLC website, previously published on How Stuff Works.
Cleaning your carpet
- Cleaning carpet: There are lots of really useful guides here to different carpet-cleaning jobs, from Michigan State University Extension. Scroll down to "Carpet".
- Choosing a carpet cleaning company: Good tips From CHOICE, the Australian consumer watchdog. It isn't obvious, but this is a four-page article (click the numbers at the bottom to read pages 2, 3, and 4.)
Getting stains out of your carpet
- Stainmaster's carpet stain removal guide: This page looks at the stains you're likely to pick up at different times of year—and what you can do about them.
- 3M carpet stain removal guide: The makers of Scotchgard(TM) offer tips for removing most common stains.
- Your Complete Guide to Stain Removal!: This seems to be a really comprehensive list of stains and ways to beat them, though I've not actually tried any of the methods listed here. Doesn't just apply to carpets, incidentally.
- Carpet Stains Home Remedies: A good collection of stain-busting advice covering most common stains.
- Mohawk: Carpet care and maintenance: All about the stains you can remove—and a handy list of stains you probably can't.
- Area Rug Cleaning Tips: a few quick tips from Ask the Builder.
Cork, vinyl, and ceramic tile floors
- Why Ceramic/Porcelain?: A basic introduction from the World Floor Covering Association.
- Why Resilient/Vinyl/Cork?: Another introduction from the World Floor Covering Association.
- How to plan your wall and floor tiling: Plus lots of other how-to guides from B&Q.
- Introduction to Carpet Tiles: "One of the beauties of carpet tiles is the ease with which you can cut and lay them yourself"
- Carpet Tiles: DIY Network: An easy-to-follow how-to guide
- Heuga - Install guide: The definitive guide to installing Heuga carpet tiles
- How to lay vinyl or carpet floor tiles: tips from Homebase UK
- Cork Flooring Tile Installation: Step-by-step guide.
- Floors & Stairs > Cork Tiling: How to lay cork tiles and ways to go about cleaning and looking after them.
- Installing a cork tile floor: Step-by-step guide from doityourself.com
- Installing a sheet vinyl floor: Another illustrated step-by-step guide from doityourself.com
- Laying sheet vinyl: Lowes project guide.
- Ceramic, wall, and floor tiles: A clear downloadable project guide from Wickes DIY.
- Cleaning vinyl floor tiles: Readers offer tips for getting dirt off vinyl floors, including grime trapped beneath wax.
- Cleaning rubber marks off a vinyl floor: Tips for how to remove marks left by rubber shoes on linoleum.
- Removing scuff marks and heel marks: How to get marks off your vinyl floor.
- How to remove scuff marks: Some good practical tips here from HowtToCleanStuff.net.
Slate, stone, ceramic, and porcelain floors
- Why stone?: A basic introduction from the World Floor Covering Association.
- The essential guide to stone flooring: A very good general introduction from House to Home magazine.
- How to install stone flooring: Practical advice from the World Floor Covering Assocation.
- Tile and stone floors: What's the difference between tile and stone? Don Vandervort explains on HomeTips.com.
- Installing stone flooring: A basic introduction and quite a detailed set of questions from readers of The Flooring Lady.
- Stone tiles: The Tile Doctor helps you to choose between the different types of stone tiles.
- Install a slate floor: A clear how-to guide from doityourself.com.
- Slate flooring FAQ: Lots of your questions answered at BuildDirect, from the most basic (What is slate?) to more complex issues like what type of mortar and grout to use.
- National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association: A good starting point for info about terrazzo floors.
- Owner's Guide: Care and maintenance of terrazzo floors, cleaning instructions, maintenance precautions, etc.
- Terrazzo: What is it? Find out about the faux-marble floor covering in this basic introduction from Wikipedia.
- Keep your terrazzo floors beautiful: A good general guide to floor maintenance. [PDF]
- Terrazzo floor care: Tips from doityourself.com.
Wooden and laminate floors
- Why laminate?: A basic introduction from the World Floor Covering Association.
- How to lay a laminate floor: a very good illustrated project sheet from Homebase UK
- Laminate flooring: An online project guide from Wickes DIY.
- Laying laminate and real wood flooring: Julian Cassell's project guide.
- Laminate Floors: A how-to from DIYfixit.co.uk
- Laminate Flooring - BuiltOnline: A great guide from John Simonson.
- Video: How to install a laminate floor: A short (4-minute) how-to video on YouTube.
- Hardwood floors: Simple, illustrated guides to fitting, refinishing, and repairing your own rectangular parquet floor layout.
- Parquet flooring: How to remove a carpet and replace it with parquet flooring.
- The perfections of a parquet floor: The benefits of parquet explained by doityourself.com. This is a general introductory article, not a how-to guide.
- Parquet flooring: Another general introduction, this time from the Wood Floor Doctor, discussing the parquet patterns you can use.
- Refinishing parquet flooring: Is your floor looking a bit scuffed? Here are some tips for refinishing it and bringing it back to life.
- How To Lay A Wooden Floor: A guide from Channel4 4homes.
- How To Fix Squeaky Floorboards: Another guide from Channel4 4homes.
- How To Remove Old Floorboards:Another illustrated guide from Channel4 4homes.
Other wooden floors
- Hardwood Flooring Trends: A basic introduction from the World Floor Covering Association. Be sure to explore the other hardwood pages, which cover topics such as heating, cleaning, and choosing wood species.
- Hardwood floor installation: Good tips from Ask the Builder Tim.
- Laying a hardboard or plywood floor: tips from DIY Fixit.
- How to Build a Hardwood Floor This Weekend: According to this Popular Mechanics article: "A few tools, some cleaner and finish are about all you need to turn a tired and dull wood floor into a showpiece."
- Selecting wood for flooring: Some useful pointers here from Whole Log Lumber.
- Oak Flooring: A Guide to Selecting and Installing: A useful overview from Ambience Hardwood Flooring that explains the different kinds of oak flooring. Explains the difference between solid and engineered oak flooring, and explains different fitting methods and finishing styles.
- How To Sand A Floor: Easy-to-follow guide from Channel4 4homes.
- How to build stairs: Detailed worksheet from Stair Supplies
- Make a spiral staircase: Complete instructions for the wooden spiral staircase of your dreams.
- Building stairs: tips from Tim at Ask the Builder.com
- Building wood stairs: How to build a wooden staircase: Details from What Price.co.uk
- Framing a staircase: 34 steps to building cut stringer stairs.
- Lighter on their feet: Building a safe attic staircase.
- How to build a spiral staircase: Two photo sequences, showing how not to do it—and how to do it properly.
Has your career hit the floor? Maybe it should! If you're interested in a career in carpet fitting or floor laying, take a look at these pages...
- Careers, jobs, and training for carpet, floor and tile installers: A good introduction from Career Overview.com.
- Occupational outlook: Carpet, Floor, and Tile Installers and Finishers: A more academic review of what the job involves and what the benefits are.
- Floor layer and Carpet fitter: Career links: Information from Skills Development Scotland.
- Career profile: Floor layer: What the job involves and what kind of training you need.
- College toolkit: Career profile for flood layers: An alternative summary from CollegeToolkit.com
- Red Goldfish: Career profile: Floor layer: A basic overview of what the job entails and what you can earn.
Plumbing, heating, and drains
Please note: In some countries, states, or regions, certain aspects of DIY work (such as plumbing work) may be prohibited by law. It is your responsibility to check that what you want to do is lawful in your area.
There's a much-extended list of plumbing links on our Complete Guide to Plumbing page.
General plumbing problems
- How your house works: plumbing: Popular Mechanics featured a great introduction to a typical home plumbing system, served up here via Google Books.
- 10 ways to prevent a home-plumbing nightmare: Popular Mechanics explains how to keep home plumbing under control.
- DIY Network: Unclog plumbing problems with DIY Plumbing! In this workshop, master plumber Ed Del Grande helps solve household plumbing problems.
- Bathroom projects: Expert advice from DIY guide Ron Hazelton.
- DIY Plumbing Articles: Various plumbing articles, including central heating, from DIY Data.
- DIY - Plumbing: Lots of advice from DIYnot.
- DIY Plumbing Tips: , Do it Yourself Plumbing Tips from helpwithdiy.com.
- Fitting a kitchen sink and tap: Faucet and sink fixing advice from Julian Cassell.
- Love Home: Heating and plumbing: Covers typical plumbing problems such as spluttering taps, burst pipes, and blocked toilets.
- Plumbing Help, Plumbing Information - PlumbingPages: "The UK's largest source of information on plumbing, heating and bathroom installation."
- The Facts On Faucets: "How to tell well-made sink, tub and shower fittings from the polished pretenders".
- Soldering copper pipe: An illustrated photo-guide from Hometips.com
- How To Drain A Plumbing System: Advice from Channel4's 4homes site.
Project worksheets from Homebase UK
The UK Homebase store has a very good selection of how-to guides.
- How to plumb yourself out of trouble
- How to install a dishwasher or washing machine
- How to install a shower cubicle
- How to install and repair a toilet
- How to replace and maintain a radiator
- How to replace a hand basin or bath
- Plumbing Emergencies: More from allabouthome.com.
- How To Unblock A Toilet: Simple-to-follow guide from Channel 4 4homes.
Fixing dripping faucets/taps
- Cure a leaking tap - replace the washer: A simple guide to fixing a leaky tap from DIY Data.
- Mrs Fixit: Plumbing howtos: Clear and simple practical advice.
- When Faucets Drip and Toilets Run: A step-by-step repair guide from This Old House.
- Tauranga Water - Household Leaks: Seven simple steps tell you how to find a leak around your home.
- Central Heating Systems - balancing radiators: How to make a central heating system more efficient.
- How to bleed a radiator: Photo guide from the Ultimate Handyman.
- Common Water Problems: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection explains some causes of poor-quality drinking water, such as milky White or cloudy water.
Drains and drainage
- HomeTips DIY: Drain, Waste & Vent: Advice on lots of drainage and waste-pipe problems from Don Vandervort and HomeTips.
- Fixing Slow-Emptying Bathroom Lavatory: Advice from Michigan State University.
- Fixing Plugged Sink or Lavatory Drains: Another short, illustrated guide from MSU.
- Unstopping Clogged Lavatory Drains: How to unstop clogged lavatory drains.
- Waterlinks advice on cleaning your drains: Includes drain tools and how to use them.
Curtains, drapes, blinds, and upholstery
There's a much-extended list of home design links on our Complete Guide to Home Design page.
- Alternative Windows: Lots of tips on how to make and hang different kinds of curtains and blinds, with links to downloadable e-books.
- No Sew Curtains - Do It Yourself Instructions: Making Curtains Without Sewing. Written By: Wendy Fleat of Window Alternatives.
- How to make curtain tie backs: "How to Make Fabric Curtain Tie Backs. A simple sewing exercise for the beginner".
- How To Put Up A Curtain Pole:An illustrated guide from Channel4 4homes.
- Making roller blinds: Free illustrated instructions on making plain roller blinds.
- Making Roman blinds: A photo and video guide from UKTV's lovehome site.
- Fitting a roller blind: tips from Homebase UK
Making a shower curtain
- How to make a shower curtain: Easy-to-follow instructions from Andsewitis.net.
Sun shades, conservatory blinds, and heat-reflecting curtains
- A Guide to Conservatory Blinds: Considers the different types of blinds, pros and cons of each, and has a very handy table allowing you to estimate the cost of blinds based on size, fabric, and so on.
- Heat blocking curtains: A neat little project to reduce summer air conditioning courtesy of the Instructables website.
- How to make conservatory blinds: An illustrated step-by-step guide from UKTV's Love Home website.
- Backyards and Gardens: How to make conservatory blinds: Here's an alternative (and less-detailed) guide.
Cleaning and repairing upholstery
- Cleaning Upholstery FAQs: This cleaning section provides useful tips for cleaning upholstery in your home.
- How to Clean Your Home Furnishings by the Editors of Consumer Guide, from Discovery's TLC website.
- Cleaning Upholstery: More simple tips.
- Cleaning Upholstery: There are dozens of tips here from Michigan State University Extension. Scroll down to the lists under "Care" and "Cleaning."
- Top-100 Cleaning Projects: Step-by-step therapy from DIY network.
Roofing and gutters
General DIY roofing guides
- Roofing information at DoItYourself.com: Information from the online version of Canada's largest woodworking and do-it-yourself home improvement magazine.
- Ask the Builder: Roofing: Lots of tips from Tim Carter covering such things as roof shingles, the pros and cons of gutter guards, membrane roofs, how to fix leaks, and much more.
- Home Tips: Roof, chimneys, and gutters: Lots more articles here from Don Vandervort and his HomeTips site.
- EDPM Roofs : A very comprehensive collection of articles, FAQs, news, and practical info from the EDPM Roofing Association.
- Ventilating your roof space: Why is attic ventilation so important? Roofhelp.com explain.
- Top Roofing Projects: Includes how to install your own roof and why ventilation is important.
- Ask The Builder: Tim Carter's advice on fixing roofing problems.
- Wickes: Roofing leaflets: Scroll down for leaflets on Corrugated roofing & cladding, polycarbonate roofing, flat roofs, easy-seal roofing, guttering, and weatherproofing.
- Laying a flat felt roof: "How to lay a felt roof using cold adhesives - a guide to installation a flat roof using three layers of roofing felt with cold adhesive."
- Ask the Builder: Flashing Repairs: Flashing is responsible for lots of roof leaks. Here's how to fix it.
- HomeTips: DIY Roof Flashing Repairs: Free advice on DIY roof flashing and chimney flashing repair from leading home improvement and DIY expert Don Vandervort.
- How To Repair a Leaky Roof: Information from Fix-It Club and How Stuff Works.
Fixing roof tiles
- Tile and masonry roofing: Advice on buying, maintaining, and repairing tile and masonry roofing from Don Vandervort and HomeTips.
- Roofing and guttering: A variety of tips on slate, tile, and felt roofs from DIYnot.com.
- How to repair a ceramic tile roof: An illustrated guide from Traditional Roofing.com.
Repairing and cleaning gutters
- Stratco DIY projects.: There's a downloadable DIY guide to guttering from Stratco and various other useful DIY guides on this page (click on the downloadable "DIY Guide" PDF icons).
- Gutters and Drainage information: Help from DoItYourself.com.
- Repairing and Cleaning Gutters: Home Repair expert Brad Staggs repairs and cleans gutters.
- How to Put up Gutters and Downspouts: Information from Dulley.com.
- Home Problem Solver: Gutter and Downspout Repairs: Free advice on gutter and downspout repairs from leading authority, DIY expert and HGTV personality, Don Vandervort.
Outside: paths, walls, patios, gardens, and garages
- It's green outside: Designer Oliver Heath reveals practical ways you can green your outdoor space.
- DIY data.com: Outdoors and garden: Bricklaying, cement, fencing, and more.
Slabs and foundations
- How to Lay Flags and Slabs: Tips from the Paving Experts!
- Home Handyman's Step-by-Step Guide To Laying Concrete: A simple, easy-to-follow guide from ReadyMix(TM). Explains all about stakes, forms, using a concrete truck, placing, screeding, floating, and finishing your concrete.
- Concrete projects: Lots of step-by-step project guides from Quikrete.
- How To Build a Foundation for Gazebos and Sheds by Cedarshed: A step-by-step guide
- Repairing a Cracked Concrete Slab: Advice from Ask the Builder.
Patios and decking
- Building a patio: excellent illustrated project guide from Homebase UK
- Building a deck: another illustrated project guide from Homebase UK
- Laying a patio: A simple illustrated guide from Julian Cassell.
- Design and building a patio: Step-by-step guide from Gardenseeker.com.
- Patios: Lots of answers to patio queries from Tim Carter's Ask the Builder website, including which materials to use, how to build patios, and how to repair them.
- Recipe for an Informal Patio: "You can build this patio over the top of a lawn. You can build it in stages, as finances and time allow. You can also take it up again later..."
- How to Build Concrete Patios to Enhance Landscape Gardens: A practical guide from About.com
- Lay an Appealing Brick Patio: A guide from This Old House.
- How to build a brick patio: Alternative guide to brick patios from About.com.
- How to build (lay) a patio: "You can build this patio over the top of a lawn. You can build it in stages, as finances and time allow. You can also take it up again later..."
- Building a natural stone patio: From Popular Mechanics
Measuring and mixing concrete
- Family Handyman: How to properly mix concrete: Clear, comprehensive guide.
- Concrete Information: A simple guide.
Building garden steps
- Building garden steps: A very detailed guide from Paving Expert.
- Design Basics- Garden Steps: All about garden steps.
- Constructing Flagstone Steps in the Landscape: Compares merits of different types.
- How to Build Wooden Landscape Steps: A clear video guide from This Old House.
Making a garden pond
- How to Build A Water Garden or Fish Pond: Detailed instructions from WaterGarden.com.
- Build A Garden Pond: Reliable advice on planning a pond that will attract wildlife from the Cheshire Wildlife Trust.
- How to build a garden pond: A simple illustrated PDF guide from Wickes.
Garages and garage doors
- Garages information at DoItYourself.com: How to build your own garage.
- Choosing a Garage Door: What to look out for. Tips from Lowes.
- Ideal garage plans:Tips from Askthebuilder.com.
- Top 10 Questions about Garage Doors: "You'll find everything you need to know about garage doors online. And if you haven't started to build yet, you can even get garage plans online."
- How to install garage doors: Some useful guides here from Clopay, including how to measure up your doors and a step-by-step guide explaining how to install them.
Making a fence
- Building a fence: Comprehensive, illustrated seven-page project guide from Homebase UK
- Fence-All: FAQ for Fences: Start here! Basic questions on fencing for beginners.
- Fences and gates buying guide: Tips from Don Vandervort and HomeTips.com.
- Erecting a fence on soft ground: Clear tips from Julian Cassell, who also covers Erecting a fence on concrete.
- Ron Hazelton's HouseCalls - Picket Fence Installation.
- What types of fencing are there?: "From basic chain link to elaborate stone and wood rail, DIY Network explains the types of fencing options available and gives step-by-step tips and techniques".
- Build a Post Fence Without Digging Post Holes: Advice from Do it Yourself.com.
- How do you fit wooden fence posts?: Explores the various options for securing fence posts.
Making a gate
- How to build a gate: How to build a standard lumber and board garden gate with plans and instructions.
- DIY gate installation basics: Handy videos and articles from Amazinggates.com
- Building a gate: Advice from Jeff Greef.
- How to install a wood gate on a slope: "Choose the most level spot for your gate to make the best of a bad situation."
Brick walls and outdoor bricklaying
- Basic Brick Construction: There are some good bricklaying project worksheets among this large collection from Quikrete.
- How to build a brick wall: Step-by-step advice from Channel4 4homes.
- Bricklaying for the Do-It-Yourselfer: Basic beginner's introduction to bricklaying.
- Building a Dry Stone Wall Tutorial: "Animated and narrated how-to tutorial with step-by-step directions for Building a Dry Stone Wall from Easy2DIY.com."
- Bricklaying 101: A 5-minute video guide on YouTube.
- Brick Maintenance Tips: Tips for keeping your bricks in shape.
- Building a simple garden wall in brick: From Gardeningdata.co.uk
- Brickwork in gardens: Brick Walls and laying bricks in the garden: "At Gardenseeker we explain the process of building your own brick wall - foundations, and choice of bricks all explained."
- Build a Brick Wall - WikiHow: Not much info on here yet but, as is always the case with Wikis, it will gradually get better with time.
Making a garden path
- How to make a cottage garden path: Advice from the BBC gardening website.
- Here's How to Build a Perfect Path: Tips from This Old House.
- Japanese garden path wizard: Step-by-step guide from Japan Garden.co.uk.
- Make a Stone Garden Path: Good guide from The Family Handyman.
Making a garden shed
- How to build and erect a garden shed: tips from Homebase UK
- How to build a storage shed: Free plans from Buildeazy.com
- Building garden sheds in the UK: Factors to consider before you start (things like whether you need planning permission).
- Building garden sheds: From Popular Mechanics
- Build a colonial style storage shed (backyard barn): Plans from Popular Mechanics
- Garden sheds: Quite a lengthy discussion, covering all bases, from Garden Tools For All Seasons
Making garden furniture
- Build an Adirondack lawn chair and table: From Popular Mechanics
- How to build patio furniture: An overview from Howstuffworks website.
Building a pergola
- Build a pergola: A well-illustrated, step-by-step guide from Lowes.com
- Building the perfect pergola: From Popular Mechanics.
- How to build your own pergola: "Achievable over a weekend". A simple project from Garden Advice.co.uk
- How to build a pergola or arbor: Tips from Buildeazy.com
Making bird boxes and bird tables
- How to make a bird box: BBC guides to building bird tables, fat feeders, and nest boxes.
- RSPB Shop: You can buy ready-made bird boxes, tables, and feeders and a selection of bird food from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (Britain's biggest bird charity).
- How to build bird houses and nesting boxes: A collection of articles from About.com
- Building a bird box: A simple box you can make.
- Making a Birdbox: An eight-minute video from BIRST of Somerset.
- How To Make A Bird Box by Lara aged 10 Part 1: Lara and her dad get busy with the woodworking kit. A good video for parents who want to build boxes with their children.
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