A number of small and simple decorating tools and accessories can
make the task ahead a great deal easier. Here is a guide to essential
tools you may want to invest in before you start.
Scraper or stripping knife
A tool with a flat, slightly sprung blade designed for removing
wallpaper. It looks very much like a filling knife but the blade
is more rigid to stop it damaging the plaster. It can also be used
for scraping paint from a flat surface.
A flat bladed knife for filling plaster and woodwork. It looks like
a scraper but has a more flexible blade, designed for pressing filler
into holes and cracks and smoothing it level with the surface. In
limited access areas, a putty knife may be more effective.
A special scraper with a small, perpendicular blade for removing
oil-based paints from mouldings and corners. There are three different
blade shapes: triangular, for use on flat surfaces; pear-shaped,
for use on concave surfaces; or a combination, for mouldings such
as door or window architraves.
A paint pad applies paint more quickly and more thinly than a paintbrush.
With a layer of mohair bonded to foam backing and mounted on a handle,
paint pads come in various sizes. They are best used with water-based
paints, such as emulsions, since the solvents for oil-based paints
can attack the adhesive bonding the mohair to the foam.
A lightweight plastic or metal container for decanting a small amount
of paint. A handle makes it convenient for carrying and for hanging
from a ladder while you work.
A good supply of purpose made dust sheets will ensure that surfaces
are protected while you decorate.
A low-tack, self-adhesive tape for marking out straight or curved
edges and for keeping neighbouring surfaces paint-free. It comes
in rolls of various widths and tack levels and is easy to remove.
Available in exterior, curved surface, super sharp edges and waterproof
varieties. More heavy-duty types of tape for working inside and
out, or for sealing, repairing and reinforcing joints are also available.
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How-to: Replace a WC system
This 'How-to' shows you how to fit a replacement WC pan and cistern,
as well as how to take out the old one. Whether you want to replace
a broken pan or just have a change of style or colour, fitting a
new WC system, thanks to modern materials and fittings, is a project
well within the capabilities of most DIY enthusiasts.
What you'll learn
Here's an overview of what this 'How-to' covers:
Removing the old WC and cistern
Fitting a new WC pan and cistern
What you'll need
For a complete list of the materials and equipment you'll need.
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Laying a laminate floor and papering ceilings are challenging, but
not impossible tasks. Our DIY experts have created a collection
of detailed and illustrated guides to help you complete some of
the most demanding yet rewarding home improvement jobs.
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Using varnish and stains
Fitting a roller blind
Building a partition
Putting up wall shelves
Laying a laminate floor
Installing a shower cubicle
Working with small bore pipes
Working with soil and waste systems
Fitting an extractor fan
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Building with glass blocks
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Caring for Roses
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Understanding your water system
Draining your central heating system
Understanding your heating system
Repairs and Improvement
Fitting tongue and groove
Installing a pendant light
Installing wall lights
Removing a ceiling light
Upgrading a socket
Replacing a WC
Replacing a bath and hand basin
Replacing an electric shower
Repairing a dripping tap
Replacing damaged tiles
Fixing ceramic wall tiles
Replacing a radiator
Insulate and save energy
Making your home secure
Fit door locks and furniture