DIY & Tools

Whether you are a DIY enthusiast or a professional tradesmen, owning the correct tools for the job makes all the difference.

As we own a number of properties (mostly rentals and Airbnb’s), we carry out plenty of DIY projects ourselves. Therefore, we are able to provide our “hands on” experience when it comes to our reviews, guides and tutorials. Below you can find all of our articles that relate to the DIY & Tools industry in the UK.

How To Replace A Window Sill

Whether your window sill is damaged or you simply want to change it to a UPVC board, the process of replacing it is very straightforward. Within this article, we walk you through how to fit a new window sill with photos of each step of the installation.

How To Install A Vented Tumble Dryer

Replacing an existing vented tumble dryer with a new machine is very straightforward to do but the installation requires extra steps if there is no ventilation hole. If there isn’t a hole, our guide walks you through how to install a vented tumble dryer using a vent kit.

Best SDS Drill

Whether you need to drill through concrete, masonry, metal, wood or any other hard material, an SDS drill is the best tool for the job. Within this article, we list some of the best options that are suitable for all budgets and available as a corded or cordless tool.

Best Site Radio

Site radios are designed to keep you entertained on building sites and withstand tough working conditions such as dust, knocks and splashes of water. Within this article, we list some of the best that feature DAB, Bluetooth, USB, AUX and high quality speakers.

Best Wallpaper Steamer

Wallpaper steamers use the power of hot steam to make the removal of wallpaper as well as any glue residue that’s on the wall far easier. Whether you need to remove vinyl, multi-layered, painted or textured wallpaper, below are some of the best steamers in the UK.

Best Wood Filler

A wood filler is designed to fill a range of imperfections in all types of wood and they are available in multiple shades and sizes. Within this article, we list some of the best formulas that are easy to use, fast drying and leave behind a durable finish.

Best Paddle Mixer

A paddle mixer is the perfect solution for quickly mixing plaster, mortar, concrete, screed, paint and a range of other construction materials. Within this article, we list some of the best mixers that are packed full of functionality and suitable for all budgets.

How To Use Self Levelling Compound

Self levelling compound is often referred to as floor screed and it’s used to create an even floor surface on top of a variety of uneven substrates. Within this article, we walk you through the entire process of using self levelling compound with pictures of each step.

How Long Does Concrete Take To Dry?

After laying concrete, it can be tempting to walk on it or carry on your DIY project as soon as possible. However, it’s important that you give the concrete enough time to dry and within this article, we discuss the various factors that affect its drying time.

How To Lay Concrete

Laying concrete is a relatively easy DIY task to achieve and it also requires no special tools to get started. Within this article, we walk you through the entire process of how to lay concrete along with photos of each of the steps involved.

How To Make Concrete

Concrete is a mixture of cement, sand and coarse aggregates and it’s relatively easy to mix up yourself at home. Whether you are undertaking a garden project or a DIY repair in your house, below we walk you through how to make concrete with pictures of each step.

How To Fit Coving

Coving is a really nice detail to add to any room in your house and it comes in a variety of types to best suit your requirements. Within this article, we walk you through the steps required to fit coving yourself along with pictures of each step of the process.

How To Change A Plug Socket

Whether you need to replace a faulty socket or simply want to upgrade the faceplate style and functionality, it’s relatively straightforward to change. Within this article, we walk you through each step required to change a plug socket with photos of each stage.

Best Knotting Solution

Before painting any wood, it’s important that you treat any knots with a knotting solution to avoid any seepage or discolouration of the final finish. Within this article, we list some of the best solutions that are easy to apply and very effective.

How To Install Spotlights

LED spotlights are an excellent replacement to standard pendant light fittings and they are relatively easy to install to existing ceilings. Within this article, we walk you through the steps required to install spotlights that come in all shapes and sizes.

How Long Does Plaster Take To Dry?

After you’ve had a room plastered, you may be thinking how long the plaster takes to dry before you can begin painting or wallpapering it. Within this article, we walk you through everything you need to know regarding the drying of plaster.

How To Cut Tiles

Whether you are taking on a bathroom, kitchen or en-suite renovation that involves tiling the room, you may need to cut the tiles in order for them to fit. Within this article, we walk you through how to cut tiles with or without a tile cutter

How To Remove Tiles With Ease

Whether you are tackling wall or floor tiles in your bathroom, kitchen or en-suite, the task of removing the tiles is relatively easy. Within this article, we walk you through the steps required to remove tiles quickly and with minimal hassle.

MDF or Wood Skirting Board

Skirting board can come in a variety of materials but these days, the two main materials include MDF and wood. Deciding between MDF or wood skirting board can be a difficult decision but below we discuss everything that you need to know.

Complete Guide To Tile Spacers

Tile spacers are small cross shaped pieces of plastic that are designed to provide a consistent spacing between tiles. As you can imagine, there is a variety of sizes available and below we discuss what size tile spacers you should choose and how to use them.

Complete Guide To Karndean Flooring

Whilst searching for ideas regarding new flooring for your home, you may comes across Karndean flooring, which is a relatively new vinyl type of flooring. In this guide, we walk you through everything you need to know in great detail.

Complete Guide To Floor Insulation

Installing or renewing floor insulation is a simple yet highly effective way to keep your home warm and reduce energy bills. Within this article, we walk you through everything you need to know and why it’s worth installing insulation in your floor.

How To Remove Wallpaper

The removal of old wallpaper is something that we all hate to do but is essential before refreshing the room with new wallpaper or a fresh coat of paint. However, below we show you how to remove wallpaper with ease and minimal fuss.

What Tools Are Needed For Tiling

Tiling projects not only take plenty of planning but you will also need the correct tiling tools and equipment to make the job go smoothly. Whether you are tiling a kitchen or bathroom, we have a handy tiling tools guide to help get you all setup.

Best Chainsaw Sharpener

Chainsaw teeth eventually become worn down after extended use but they can be easily restored using a chainsaw sharpener. They are available as a manual, electric or power tool attachment kit, which are suitable for all types and sizes.

Best Cordless Chainsaw

Compared to a petrol alternative, the cordless chainsaw is easier to use, lighter, quieter and is maintenance-free. They are battery powered and the latest batteries offer improved aH ratings, which allows the chainsaws to run for far longer.

Best Impact Drivers

The purpose of an impact driver is to drive large fasteners and uses rotational blow to deliver extra torque. They are available as cordless or corded units with many of the premium options using a powerful brushless motor.

Best Mitre Saw

Mitre saws are the best tool to use for making quick but accurate crosscuts at selected angles, bevels or angled bevels. Depending upon your requirements, most are portable and can be mounted to a bench, table or leg stand.

Best Angle Grinder

Angle grinders are versatile power tools that are best used for cutting, grinding or sanding various materials. They are available as corded or battery powered cordless units where most use a 115mm diameter disc for operation.

Best Electric Chainsaw

Unlike the petrol equivalent, an electric chainsaw is quieter, easier to use, lightweight and best used for domestic outdoor maintenance tasks. Within this article, we list some of the best machines that are suitable for all budgets and come with long power cables.

Best Telescopic Ladders

Purchasing a quality telescopic ladder is an investment that you won’t regret because they are so versatile. They are able to expand in length of over 5 metres but also collapse down into a compact size for easy storage into a cupboard or car boot.

Best Electric Screwdrivers

Screwdrivers are an essential tool for most DIY tasks but upgrading to an electric screwdriver offers multiple advantages. The main benefits include convenience, less effort to tighten screws, improved efficiency, variable speeds and so much more.

Best Table Saw UK

The best tool for precisely cutting a range of materials in a number of different cuts is a table saw. They consist of a fixed blade that protrudes out of the table and a blade that pulls the material towards it, which allows for accurate cutting.

Best Pressure Washer UK

For tackling tough dirt upon your patio, decking or car, a pressure washer is an essential tool. They are mostly powered by an electric motor but many brands offer petrol or cordless alternatives. Below we roundup the best for all types of cleaning.