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Heard it was going to snow up North this weekend.
Check out this snow shovel for under a fiver and be prepared.

http://www.diytools.co.uk/faithfull-plastic-snow-shovel-with-handle.html

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Can I repaint the ceramic wall tiles in my Kitchen?


Yes you can. All you have to do is get yourself a one litre tin of a preparation product ESP which youve probably seen lauded on numerous home TV DIY shows, about 2.1/2 litres of each good quality oil based undercoat and gloss and a decent paint brush or small smooth roller and you are half way there.

For an extra special, smooth finish, pick up a litre tin of Owatrol oil as used by most of the professional decorators, (in the old days people used white spirits to thin the paint which was very detrimental to the paint quality and ruined hiding power) Owatrol oil will help the paint flow out beautifully without ugly brush marks or streaks. It also helps the paint adhesion, hiding power and gloss retention. Add about 20% Owatrol to the undercoat and about 10% to your top coat. About 60 or so should cover all the paint materials, which gives you an extremely cost effective colour change!

Check out ESP at DIY Tools

http://www.diytools.co.uk/house-home/home-interior-and-decorating/esp-primer-1lt-makes-paint-stick-to-shiny-surfaces.html

How to Change the colour of my PVC windows?


You can paint those PVC windows and doors any colour you like thanks to a clever product called ESP (short for easy surface prep).

We would suggest you choose an oil-based satin or gloss paint to do the job for maximum durability.Wash the areas to be painted with warm water and sugar soap and allow to dry.Now, to do the job all you have to do is get some clean lint free cloths, soak with ESP and wipe it all over the surfaces you wish to paint. Do one window at a time. Read the instructions carefully.Leave the ESP to cure for about two hours, and then you are ready to apply your gloss or whatever.In case you are unsure if the paint will stick, you will know as soon as you start to apply the paint, i.e. if the paint starts to crawl or run away from the brush you have not applied the ESP properly. If this happens, just wipe / wash off the paint in that area and re treat that area with ESP. On the other hand, if the paint goes on in the normal way, everything should be ok.Another Tip to ensure you get a lovely smooth, brush-free finish is to add some Owatrol oil to the paint if it feels heavy. This will also help with paint adhesion.

Check out ESP at DIY Tools

http://www.diytools.co.uk/house-home/home-interior-and-decorating/esp-primer-1lt-makes-paint-stick-to-shiny-surfaces.html

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How do I deal with left over paint?

At the end of a job, and especially at the end of the exterior painting season, there’s always leftover paint to be concerned with. Ideally we would always buy exactly what we need for each job, but some excess products are almost unavoidable.Rather than stack half-empty cans in a corner where they take up space, become useless, and may present a hazard, take care of them properly.One idea is to pour emulsions into a cardboard box or bag, and add absorbent material such as sawdust, shredded newspaper or cat-box filler to speed drying. Recycle the empty can, and then throw away the dried paint with your normal rubbish.

http://www.diytools.co.uk/help-and-advice#dealing-with-left-over-paint

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A great painting tip (Handed down from my Grandad !!)

Hair’s coming out of the Brush?

If you get a brush bristle in your paintwork, don’t try to pick it out with your fingers. Turn the brush and gently pick up the bristle with the very edge of the brush. Even very small bits of hair and bristle can be picked up in this way.

http://www.diytools.co.uk/help-and-advice#hairs-coming-out-of-the-brush

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I know I had trouble with my radiators before. This is actually quite useful.

http://www.diytools.co.uk/how-to-balance-radiators

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