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How To Fit a Washing Machine Belt

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Unlike older models, most modern washing machines are fitted with what are known as 'stretchy' belts.

How To Use a Soldering Iron

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Soldering is a surprisingly commonly-used technique in the fabrication of many everyday objects.

How To Make Cut Flowers Last Longer

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Cut flowers make a beautiful natural decoration in the home. However, the moment they are cut they are separated from their supply of nutrients and will gradually begin to wither and die.

How to Hand Wash Delicates

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“Hand Wash Only.” These words on the label of your favourite garment needn’t put you off. To care for cosy cashmere or sumptuous silk, simply follow these easy instructions.

How to make fat cakes for garden birds

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Garden birds can find it difficult to find enough food in the cold Winter months. If you have a garden you might have thought about putting some food on a bird table or feeder for them.

How to keep squirrels off a bird feeder table

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At this time of year, when the weather is quite cold, some people's attention in the garden is turned to providing some extra food for the local wildlife, especially the local bird-life.

How to do a speedy spring clean

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Let’s be honest - how many of us look forward to spring cleaning? In fact, how many of us have time for the annual cleaning-fest that our grandmothers and mothers took in their stride?

How to clear snow and ice from your driveway

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So it has been snowing again and the roads, pavements and drives all over the country are covered in a thick blanket of snow.

How to turn off the water supply in your home

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Although it is usually a straightforward procedure, it is unwise to wait until a plumbing emergency strikes before working out how to turn off the water supply to your appliances.

How to Paint Clouds on Walls

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I was recently asked to paint clouds onto a bedroom wall. I had never done this before, but after some experimentation, we managed to get it done.

How To Get The Cath Kidston Look

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Her designs may be hugely popular but slavishly buying every item from the collection can be costly. Try some of these tips to create her original look which mix genuine vintage with modern copies.

How To Remove Wallpaper

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Wallpaper is an excellent decorative alternative to painting. However, tastes inevitably change and signs of wear can begin to show. In these situations wallpaper removal becomes necessary.

How To Insulate Water Pipes

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Insulating your water pipes is a relatively inexpensive way to making your heating system more energy efficient. The resulting heat retention will directly impact your energy costs.

How To Use a Rawl Plug

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Rawl plugs are an essential piece of equipment for anyone mounting heavy objects or working with relatively soft wall materials.

How to block a phone number using the telephone preference service.

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Do you get sales calls that you don't want? Are you tired of rushing to answer the phone only to find its someone from a call centre?

How To Wire a Plug

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Wiring a plug is a quick, simple DIY task which requires little knowledge and a bare minimum of tools.

How To Grout Wall Tiles

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Grouting wall tiles is an essential part of the tiling process. However, it is an inexpensive and relatively easy DIY project which can be accomplished with a minimum of time and effort.

How To Install Laminate Flooring

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Laminate flooring is an excellent option when looking for durability, cost-effectiveness and the ability to install without expensive labour costs.

How To Change a Plug Fuse

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Patented by Thomas Edison, the fuse is a simple but vitally important piece of hardware which protects your appliances and can save you substantial amounts of money in replacement costs.

How To Fit a Viewer To a Wooden Door

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Door viewer installation is a quick and easy process that can be highly effective in increasing personal security.

How to Remove a Chocolate Stain

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Chocolate ice cream, chocolate brownies, chocolate truffles – if you’re a chocolate lover like me, these delectable treats are just the thing to satisfy your sweet tooth.

How to Remove a Coffee Stain

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Let’s face it: spills happen. Next time your morning cup of java winds up on your favourite shirt, don’t fret.

How to Remove Mildew

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These cold, damp winter days can lead to mildew problems in your home. Once surfaces begin to develop mildew, it’s difficult to keep it under control.

How to Remove a Blood Stain

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Cut yourself shaving? A blood stain can mean disaster for a garment, but with the right tools and proper care, that favourite shirt will be ready to wear in no time.

How To Bleed a Radiator

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An uneven distribution of heat in your central heating system is both inefficient and annoying. Yet it can be resolved with a minimum of effort by simply 'bleeding' your radiator.

How To Remove Paint From Walls

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When painting over old paint isn't an option there are methods of paint removal which can be used.

How To Fix a Leaking Tap

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A leaking tap can be both an annoyance and potentially wasteful if left unfixed for an extended period. Repairing the leak is generally a quick and simple procedure.

How to make a lavender satchel

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This is a great sewing project for beginners and makes a lovely gift.

How to clean mirrors and glass using newspaper

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Ordinary sprays can leave streak marks on glass and mirrors, not to mention they may not get rid of stains. Using products that you can find in your household can give you superior results.

How To Sand Wooden Floorboards

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Whether your floorboards are stained, weathered, recently uncovered or in need of revitalisation, sanding them back to bare boards is a relatively quick and inexpensive way to give them new life.

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