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Choosing decorating tools

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.

Filling knife

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.

Shave hook

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.

Paint pad

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.

Paint kettle

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.

Dust sheets

A good supply of purpose made dust sheets will ensure that surfaces are protected while you decorate.

Masking tape

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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Get the How to
This 'How-to' gives step-by-step instructions to help you through the job from start to finish. We've created the 'How-to' in a format that allows you to print it out and use it on the job.


Projects

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.

We've created these projects in a format you can print out and use on the job. Click on the topics below for an outline of each project.

Application
Glazing windows
Painting walls and ceilings
Painting woodwork
Papering ceilings
Papering walls
Installing mouldings
Painting tiles
Using plasterboard
Using varnish and stains
Fitting a roller blind


Construction
Building a partition
Building shelves
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
Laying soft floor tiles
Building with glass blocks
Laying a hardboard or plywood floor


Garden Cultivation
Caring for Roses


Planning and Preparation
Fitting a door
Planning a DIY project
Preparing woodwork
Preparing walls
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
Repairing plasterwork
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