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Painting Exteriors


Which Paint, Where?PreparationApplying the PaintChecklist If you're painting a large exterior area, a little psychology helps. Identify sections and then prepare and paint one section at a time. ...

Painting Walls and Ceilings

Paint Ceiling

Which Paint, Where?Selecting Tools for the JobPreparationPaintingCleaning UpChecklist 1. Which Paint, Where? There are two types of paint available for interior surfaces: water based or ...

Pebble Path

pebble path

This project explains how to make a pebble path using 100x75 (3"x4") treated lumber for the edgings, 20mm (3/4") graded base course metal and a choice of a number of topings (pebbles, bark, shell, ...

Handrail Anatomy


One example  Note: All lumber must be suitable for exterior use. a) Decking b) Joists c) Boundary joist: The boundary joist is fixed to the perimeter of the deck to give a neat finish ...

Deck Anatomy


Note: These plans and/or instructions are to be used expressly as a guide only. If contemplating doing any building work inquire at your local building department to find out what specific needs ...

Water level

Water level

How to make and use a bucket and hose water level Materials You will need a standard plastic bucket and 12 meters (40ft) of 6 mm (1/4") nylex clear plastic tube or similar. Both items can be ...

Making a straight deck

Laying decking boards

A method of laying decking boards straight Assuming the joists are fixed in place. If not go to How to Build a Deck This is an ideal method of how to lay decking boards straight and is most ...

How to set-out a building


Building Profiles  How to establish the building line (profile, perimeter of a building) and ensure it is square and level. Suitable for square or rectangular buildings. Peg the four outside ...

K2 Telephone Box burned down

K2 Telephone Box burned down

My K2 telephone box got cooked by Les Kenny I think my favorite project of all time would have to be the English K2 telephone box which I built back in 2012. It was a pretty good detailed copy of ...

Steel reinforcing in concrete


Related topics: About steel reinforcing in concrete Sometimes steel reinforcing in concrete is put there to strengthen it, help hold the concrete together and limit cracking. In many cases, ...

How to mix concrete


Safety Tip: Be careful when you mix concrete as prolonged contact with fresh concrete will burn your skin. Wear safety goggles, gloves, rubber boots and long sleeves when working with concrete. Ways ...

What is concrete


Concrete is a mixture of cement, water, sand and gravel (stones, crushed rock). The mixture eventually hardens into a stone-like material. Cement and water are the two ingredients that do all the ...

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