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Basic building | Decorating | Electrics
Fixings | Garden structures | Materials | Plumbing | Tools

Decorating

Flooring

Preparing old floor:

Timber | Concrete

Laying an underlay | Planning the job | Cutting around obstacles

Painting and preparation tools

Hot air gun | Scrapers | Abrasive materials | Brushes

Painting

Internal:

Surface preparation | Painting doors | Painting windows
Painting skirting and architrave | Walls | Ceilings
Painting textured finishes (Artex) | Removing textured finishes (Artex)

External:

Surface preparation | Painting doors | Painting windows
Painting walls | Gutter and down pipes | Metal

Paint brushes:

Selection | Care

Paint effects:

Ragging | Dragging | Stencilling | Graining

Paint pads:

Uses | Types

Rollers:

Selection | Uses | Types

Stain:

Water-based | Solvent based | Choice | Dye

Step ladders and access equipment

Tiles

Types and sizes of ceramic | Floor tiles

Tiling tools:

Cutters | Spacers | Tile file | Tile saws | Grout spatula | Grout tools

Tiling:

Tile on tiles | Wall preparation | Marking out ready to tile
Applying adhesive | Using spacers | Measuring for cuts

Grouting:

Applying grout | Smoothing the grout | Removing the grout

Re-grouting:

Removing old grout | Applying new grout | Grout pens etc

Varnish

Water-based | Solvent based | Choice

Wallpapering

Wallpaper types

Wallpapering tools:

Trestle | Brushes (paste) | Brushes (hand)
Seam roller | Scissors | Knives

Estimating number of rolls:

Allowing for pattern repeat

Where to start

Preparation:

Stripping old wallpaper | Applying lining paper | Plaster repair

Pasting:

Soak time

Hanging:

Vertical line to work to | Pattern match

Cutting around objects, light switches etc

Ceiling papering:

Preparation | Pasting | Access


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