Warm Winter (DIY) Wonderland

Warm Winter (DIY) Wonderland

At this time of year, I would normally be writing about DIY related tasks that can be undertaken indoors, warm and snug and away from the bitter winter weather. But not this year. December has been unusually mild; shorts and T-shirts have been a much more common sight...
Gifts Galore

Gifts Galore

What with Abigail and Barney blowing up a storm, we might have to give the garden fences a once-over to check that they are still sound and that they will last the winter. If you have been unlucky and the fence has blown down, your best option for repairs is to use...
The First Frost

The First Frost

The nights are drawing in and it’s distinctly chilly first thing in the morning.  It won’t be too long before outdoor DIY is definitely not to be contemplated, so now is the time to sort out all those little ‘tidying up’ jobs that need to be done before winter really...
The Death of DIY?

The Death of DIY?

As weird as it sounds, the recession was good for DIY. It made sound sense not to spend scarce cash on hiring in specialised tradesmen for jobs that, with a bit of practice, you could attempt yourself. Whilst certain jobs still needed specialists (re-wiring and...
Community DIY

Community DIY

DIY is traditionally thought of as a bit on a solitary pursuit, man pitted against nature and battling the problems of construction with fortitude and quiet self-belief etc. etc. It’s probably on a par with being an allotment holder, particularly in the more...