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Materials

Materials are the constituent part of DIY – use the wrong material and the job may not be successful. This section is intended to help you choose the correct material for the job.

It is also important to know the standard sizes available. This will help you avoid cutting and trimming, e.g. plasterboard sizes need to be known prior to building a stud wall and the sizes of PSE timber (not the nominal size) needs to be known when planning a structure.

Adhesive

Gunnable:

Liquid nails

Wood:

Internal | External

Tile adhesive:

Waterproof | Wall | Floor | Normal | Wall | Floor

Wallpaper (paste):

Border adhesive | Lap adhesive | Ready mixed | Powder

Boards

Plywood | OSB | MDF | Hardboard | Chipboard
Melamine Face Chipboard (Conti board) MFC | Plasterboard

Flooring

Sheet material | Cork tiles | Thermo plastic tiles | Carpets/tiles
Laminated | Underlay

Mastics

Glazing | Gutter repair | Gap filler

Sealant:

Internal | External | General purpose

Mouldings

Shiplap | Beading | Stripwood | Glazing | Tongued and grooved TGV

Paint

External timber:

Solvent-based | Water-based

External masonry:

Smooth | Textured

Internal timber:

Solvent-based | Water-based

Internal walls:

Bare plaster | Wallpaper | Textured

Roofing

Corrugated | Twinwall (polycarbonate) | Felt

Shingles:

Cedar | Felt

Tiles

Ceramic:

Floor | Wall

Ceiling:

Acoustic | Polystyrene

Edging strips:

Corner | Waterproofing

Listello (division) | Tile on a roll | Plastic wall tiles

Timber

Planed Square Edge PSE | Sawn

Soft wood:

Types | Hardwood

Cedar shingles

Timber stain:

External | Internal

Timber treatment

External:

Pressurised | Brush applied | Spray applied | Decking | Fences
Sheds | Pergolas/gazebos

Internal:

Woodworm | Dry rot | Wet rot

Wallpaper

Woodchip | Lining paper | Anaglypta | Flock | Duplex
Embossed | Ready pasted

Meaning of symbols:

Scrubbable | Washable | Light resistant | Ready pasted | Vinyl | Peelable

Wallpaper borders:

Self adhesive | Peel and stick | Plain (need adhesive)


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