Expert Advice to Make DIY Easy…

Ever needed to do a job around the house but weren’t sure how to approach it? From hanging a door to unblocking a drain, we show you how. On DIYBasics you will find no-nonsense step by step advice on how to do simple jobs around the home. We also tackle some of the not so simple jobs, but by laying it out in a clear manner we make it possible for the novice DIY person to graduate to more complex tasks.

Shuttering and Formwork for Concrete

February 9, 2012|1 Comment

Now that you've learnt how to mix concrete and work out the different mixes to use for different jobs, you'll need to know how to keep the runny stuff where you want it, right? Simple plank shuttering If you're doing [...]

Putting a Kitchen in a Basement

January 16, 2012|Comments Off on Putting a Kitchen in a Basement

With pressure on space in the UK, using basements for extra usable space is getting more and more popular. Using a basement for a kitchen presents a few technical problems, but if it ends up giving your house more room [...]

Solid Bases for Posts in the Garden

December 11, 2011|Comments Off on Solid Bases for Posts in the Garden

In all sorts of garden-based DIY one of the key jobs that needs to be done again and again is to secure posts into the ground. Whether it’s for fencing, individual items like birdhouses or larger wooden structures like decking [...]

Installing an Extractor Fan in Your Bathroom

November 28, 2011|2 Comments

Installing an extractor fan in a bathroom is an excellent way of reducing condensation, which leads to damp problems. Damp can leave marks on the wall which painting over won’t hide, it can encourage mould growth or at worst lead [...]

Odd Sized Screws and Screwdrivers

September 21, 2011|Comments Off on Odd Sized Screws and Screwdrivers

It might be surprising to know that there are many more types of screws and screwdrivers than the classic slot head screw or the Phillips cross head screw. In fact, you would be amazed at how many different types of [...]

Trimming and Finishing Laminate Flooring

September 11, 2011|Comments Off on Trimming and Finishing Laminate Flooring

In our first article on laying laminate flooring we gave a quick rundown on how to lay this quick, cheap and good-looking flooring. But the thing that makes a real difference between a DIY job and a professional one is [...]

Carpet Grippers and Fitting Plates

February 1, 2011|7 Comments

In our article on Laying Carpet we talked about the basics of lifting and relaying carpet if you had a need to do some sort of DIY repair job. We steered clear of trying to teach readers of DIY Basics [...]

Laying Laminate Flooring

February 1, 2011|Comments Off on Laying Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is relatively easy to lay and a great way to breathe new life into a room. It lends a clean, contemporary look and is easy to clean. But how easy is it to fit? Well, comparatively, although it [...]

Laying Carpet

January 26, 2011|2 Comments

Quite often we'll recommend that novice DIY fans stay away from certain jobs and carpet laying is definitely one of them. If you want a carpet laid well, and to look good for a long time, there's nothing to beat [...]

Internal Door Repairs

January 25, 2011|Comments Off on Internal Door Repairs

Internal doors should be trouble-free but can occasionally offer problems, particularly in older properties. Doors can stick, drag on their hinges or warp so they no longer close properly. But if you know what you are doing resolving these problems [...]

Lagging Pipes and Other Insulation

January 18, 2011|2 Comments

Many people only think of loft insulation when we talk about insulating homes. And there's a lot of that talk about, with rising fuel prices and a growing awareness of ecological issues. But insulating your home shouldn't stop with loft [...]

More Concrete Hints and Tips

January 10, 2011|Comments Off on More Concrete Hints and Tips

In our Simple Concrete Mixing article we gave the minimum details you need to start working with cement around the house and garden. In this article we'll be giving more information about different mixes and what they can be used [...]

Simple Concrete Mixing

January 8, 2011|Comments Off on Simple Concrete Mixing

The idea of mixing concrete might be one that novice DIY fans might baulk at but it's worth putting some time into it as it's a valuable skill. Being able to mix small amounts of concrete is very handy for [...]

Fitting a Cat Flap

January 4, 2011|Comments Off on Fitting a Cat Flap

Fitting a cat flap may seem like a daunting task, particularly if you are a DIY novice. But it's really only a case of cutting an accurate hole, the actual fitting is very easy. Pick Your Spot First choose the [...]

Kitchens for Disabled People

November 9, 2010|Comments Off on Kitchens for Disabled People

There are an increasing number of products and kitchen fitting companies who cater for the disabled market. It's a growing market. Healthcare improves daily, we are living longer all the time and we want to live independent lives. But you [...]

Putting a Bathroom in a Basement

November 8, 2010|Comments Off on Putting a Bathroom in a Basement

Putting a bathroom in a basement might sound like an odd idea but with the pressure on space in the UK and the growing fad for a bathroom for every bedroom, it's an options that more and more people are [...]