DIY Top Tips
We have created a series of bitesize Top Tip videos to help you improve your DIY skills. Whether you want to improve your basic do-it-yourself knowledge or are stuck on a specific task, our tips have been created in conjunction with tradespeople to help you do it right.
Feeling confident about your DIY? View our handy how to guides and put your skills to use around your home.
Create a simple butt joint when building any timber frames for stability and ease.
To increase speed and accuracy when aligning evenly spaced timber, create a jig from a scrap piece of wood.
A feature that is raised above the surrounding surface can be described as proud.
Surfaces, sides or edges that are level with each other are described as flush.
To make it easy to identify cut lengths of timber, mark the dimensions on the wood with a pencil.
Drilling pilot holes in your timber will help prevent the wood from splitting.
To ensure you are using your power saw safely and precisely, it is key to create a level support for this bulky tool.
To avoid confusion, mark your timber with cross-hatching or a scribble to indicate where fixings should sit.
Cutting both ends of the timber will save you time adjusting the angle of your chop saw.
For a professional clean finish, fill holes with a dowel for a flush surface.
Creating a drilling template will save you time and effort.
Use glue to secure a joint before pinning to make the process easier.
To create stronger, sturdier joints, use your nail or pin gun at an angle.
Cut multiple lengths of timber at speed by creating a stop block for your chop saw.
Help guide your drill squarely into wood using a drill jig made from timber offcuts.
Using a bradawl to create a small hole in woodwork will ease the insertion of screws or nails.
For a flush finish, use a countersink bit to bevel the rim of a drilled hole so that a screw or bolt can be inserted flush to the surface.
Use masking tape to mark a depth gauge on your drill bit to ensure you drill accurate holes in your woodwork projects.
Marking measurements with a crows foot mark rather than a line or dash will make it clearer when drilling or cutting.