Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sorted! Diy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sorted! Diy

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Byline: DIY guru Julia Gray

TOP TIPS FOR... repairing garden sheds

GARDEN sheds are usually made of softwood such as pine, so can deteriorate in the elements if not looked after properly. Check your shed for damaged boards, and if you find one use a chisel to split the wood further to expose the nail heads. Remove the nails with a claw hammer if you can, or cut through them with a hacksaw if they're too rusty to pull out.

Prise off the damaged board, taking care not to split any of the adjacent ones. It's generally easier to replace an entire length of board than to splice in shorter sections, not least because vertical joints are hard to make weatherproof. Measure a new piece of board to fit and cut to the required length with a fine-toothed saw. Make sure the board is supported properly when you cut it, and clean up the cut end with sandpaper.

Drill pilot holes for the nails at the ends of the board to prevent it from splitting. Slide the board into place and fix to the framework of the shed with galvanised nails, which shouldn't rust.

Don't forget to treat the board to protect it against the elements. Apply a couple of coats of an exterior wood stain or treatment, such as Cuprinol Total Garden Wood Treatment, which protects timber against rot and decay - see for more details.

DIY NEWS BULLETIN * WHILE I believe there are certain minor electrical jobs that competent DIYers can do themselves, a new campaign is urging people who might attempt such repairs and installations in the home to think again.

Fronted by interior designer Linda Barker, the 'Don't Take The P Out Of Your Home' campaign has been launched by electrical-contracting industry regulatory body NICEIC. It follows a survey by NICEIC of more than 3,000 consumers, which found that 63% of those questioned would happily have a go at home improvements themselves rather than employ a qualified electrician.

Indeed, 32% said they were now more likely to dabble in DIY as a result of money worries caused by the recession. …

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