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Just the job
Visit our blog for more DIY hints, tips and helpful advice.
Our new DIY section is "just the job" for all DIY-ers, beginner or expert. From helpful hints and tips to advice on choosing the right tools, we've all you need to get the job done. To get you started, we've answered some of our most frequently asked questions below...
A: To extend the life of your brushes and rollers, it is essential to clean them thoroughly and allow them to dry before storing. How you clean brushes depends on the type of paint you have been using. All brushes and rollers that have been used with water-based paints should be rinsed in cold water and then washed in warm water with a little detergent. Brushes which have been used to apply solvent based paints should be cleaned with Polycell Brush Cleaner and then washed in warm water with a little detergent added. Rinse brushes in clean water, shake off excess water and w ap in a piece of clean paper towel and secure with masking tape.
A: As garden furniture is made of a very smooth plastic and it is flexible we do not recommend painting it.
A: When selecting a brush it is important to consider the following areas: type of bristle; job to be completed & coating to be applied. There are 2 types of bristle: synthetic and natural. Synthetic bristles are very hard wearing, lasting up to 5 times as long as natural bristle brushes. As synthetic bristles do not absorb large amounts of water and swell up they do not cause tramlines to appear in the paint. Their structure produces a fine finish on all water-based paints. Natural bristle has a structure that allows it to take and hold paint within the brush. In addition, the split ends of bristle brushes help to produce a fine finish with traditional solvent paints.
How to guides...
fitting blinds A great set of blinds will compliment your windows nicely. Putting them up is relatively straightforward. View how to guide » View our blind range »
repairing a wall or ceiling Whether you're fixing up a tattered wall or crumbling ceiling, we'll show you how to get it looking like new. View how to guide » View our filler & sealants range »
laying vinyl/carpet floor tiles With a little know-how, fitting vinyl or carpet floor tiles is a simple job that will get your place looking great. View how to guide » View our tile range »
keeping cables tidy. With every new electronic device comes a cable to keep it powered up & ready to use at the touch of a button. View how to guide » Find your neearest store »
fitting wall tiles Tiling a wall is a fairly tricky task. But with a little bit of practice and patience, it's very do-able. View how to guide » View our tile range »
'The tools for the job' Not sure which tool is right for the job? Our below guides will help you pick the tools you need to get the best results.
Choosing the right screwdriver for the job
Standard & Stubby
Your basic handheld screwdriver & the stubby to get into tight spaces.
A small, slim screwdriver set for use on small devices such as toys, spectacles and watches.
Ratchet & Dual Drive
A 24 in 1 auto loading screwdriver. Dual Drive has similar mechanism with an extra rotation on the reverse twist of the handle.View our range of screwdrivers »
Choosing the right hammer for the job
For pounding your nails in and pulling them out again.
A mini claw hammer for use in confined spaces.
Round faced for hammering wider surface areas.View our range of hammers »
Choosing the right saw for the job
This handy little all-rounder fits nicely into your toolbox for those general jobs around the house.
Designed to cut through household metals and plastics such as tubing or pipes. Also available in 'junior' sizes for confined spaces.
The jab saw
'Jabs' through plasterboard. A relatively small saw with rough teeth for making swift cuts.View our range of saws »
Choosing the right lock for the job
A key only lock.
A deadlock designed to incorporate a handle (handles sold separately).
Mortice nightlatch/rim lock
Effectively the same as a hacksaw; the close quarter saw is designed for tight or difficult spaces with not much room to move.View our range of locks »
Choosing the right pliers for the job
Used for gripping and cutting - these are probably the pliers you think of when someone says 'pliers', but there are a few others you should probably know about.
Used for angled cuts - not for gripping!
Useful for reaching in to those tight and hard to reach spaces. These grip and cut.View our range of pliers »