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Check out my top DIY tips, updated every week.

Sunday
Apr272014

How to remove wallpaper

Removing wallpaper is one of those jobs that most of us really dislike and there are so many variables.

What type of wallpaper is it, what type of glue did they use and also, what surface is underneath?

First thing to do when removing wallpaper is to turn off the power at the meter box, water and power don’t mix! 

I like to use a wallpaper steamer. You can get one from most paint stores or hire places. Try and peel the outer layer off the wallpaper, if it comes off, great! That will make the job a lot quicker!

A little tip is to always start at the bottom of the wall as steam rises and will help soften the paper above. 

I use a stiff, not too sharp scraper to get the paper off.  Make sure all glue is removed and wash thoroughly.

Be sure to wear your safety gear!

Sunday
Apr272014

Weather stripping tips

These days we’re all looking for ways to cut the cost of heating and cooling our homes. Newer houses are built with these things in mind. But those with older homes, listen up! 

First of all you’ve got to stop the outside air from getting in and the inside air from getting out. Sealing up the gaps around your windows and doors is a great start. 

Not only that, it’ll keep the creepy crawleys out and for a few bucks, it’s really simple to do. There’s a wide range of stick-on weather stripping, rubber ones, foam ones and even a choice of colours. 

Grab a tape measure, pad and pen and measure up how much you need. Then head on down to your local hardware store. 

Make sure you clean the surface really well before you stick the weather stripping on or it will fall off in less than a week. 

Sunday
Apr272014

A window cleaning recipe that you’ll love

Window cleaning can be a pain.. pardon the pun! Here’s a window cleaning recipe that you’re going to love.

Combine the following ingredients in a spray bottle:

½ Teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap – this will lift off dirt and grime

1 cup methylated spirits – it’s going to evaporate quickly and will prevent windows from streaking.

1 Tablespoon white vinegar – this works as a cutting agent and gets rid of all the oils and residue.

1 Tablespoon cloudy ammonia -  which leaves your windows sparkly and squeaky clean.

1 Litre of water 

It’s that easy! No more excuses for having dirty windows!

Always check with your manufacturer if you have any coating on your windows or you have special glass.

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