By Jeff Howell

This hands–on consultant can assist you arrange for and deal with easy domestic maintenance and enhancements. Jeff Howell (the Sunday Telegraph′s DIY columnist) and a number of different specialists advisor you thru the rigors and tribulations of DIY, aiding you to hold out quite a number initiatives – from solving a leaky faucet to placing wallpaper – properly, cost effectively and with minimal disruption. The full–colour drawings illustrate the step–by–step suggestions and the lay–flat binding is ideal for on–the–job DIY suggestion.

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Many systems also have a fire-sensing capability that you must check and maintain as outlined in the ‘Smoke alarms’ section earlier in this chapter. Most systems have a keypad for indicating system operation and points of intrusion, and a horn or siren installed indoors (in the loft) or outside under an overhang or eave. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for maintaining and checking these features at specified intervals – pay particular attention to all points that signal an intrusion when contact is broken.

Patios and large decked areas can increase a home’s usable living space – not to mention increase its value. You can usually do these additions fairly easily because you add them to the outside of the house. A remodel requires a space for the door, but beyond that, most of the work occurs on the outside. After you’ve taken a hard look at what you want to remodel, list all the materials and equipment you’re likely to need in Table 3-2. Table 3-2 Room or Project Listing the Materials You Need Materials Estimated Cost Getting Estimates and Prices If your project involves structural changes to your house, you need to involve an architect, a builder, and possibly even an engineer.

But before you buy, make sure you know the latest prices of new materials from your local builders’ merchants, and don’t assume that just because materials are second-hand they must automatically be cheaper. Collecting items yourself You can also save money on delivery. If the stuff isn’t too tricky to collect and you have access to the right type of vehicle, consider collecting things yourself to avoid pricey delivery charges. Just don’t try to handle anything more than you can safely carry and then unload.

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