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DIY plank walls are an increasingly popular trend – whether you just want to add some texture to your walls or want to follow the reclaimed wood trend, adding a plank wall to your home is an easy project that’ll really transform the entire room. MDF Plank Walls If you just want the boards rather than the full wood texture, MDF is a cheap material that will achieve the effect you want. Before you even buy your materials, measure your wall and decide how thick you’d like all of the boards to be. That way, you can get your MDF cut to size in-store to reduce the amount of work you need to do. Remember that your ceiling line may not be perfectly level, so check your angles with a spirit level before you add the first plank to your wall. Once you have that perfectly level, you can use pennies as spacers and just follow the first plank so the rest should be a lot faster to put up. Once you’ve nailed all of your planks down, don’t forget to ...

Now summer has arrived it is now time to be thinking about that new patio. Just imagine how proud you will feel when you invite your friends round for that traditional barbeque. Here is our easy to follow guide for forming that perfect area Tools you will need to lay your garden patio paving String / Ranging Line - key to a straight base. Rubber Mallet - knock the patio slabs in place without cracking them Shovel - clear out and prepare the foundation. Spirit Level - you need to make sure the levels are right. Trowel for pointing - for the finishing touches. Stiff Broom - brush away all the excess mess. PPE Personal Protection Equipment such as Goggles and Gloves - safety first! How to lay a Garden Patio using Decorative Concrete Slabs or Natural Stone Paving Make your choice: Lawsons carry a comprehensive range of both Natural Stone and Concrete Paving so your first job is choosing the right range and then ordering, this can be done onli ...

If you don’t live near the beach but still want the kids to enjoy making sandcastles, creating a sandpit is an easy and safe way to let them indulge and keep them entertained in the summer. You don’t have the risks you do in communal sandpits of having rubbish (or worse) in the sand, and can make it as big or as small as you want depending on the size of your garden. All you need is: 3-4 railway sleepers (buy new, not used for this project) Gloves, to handle the sleepers before sanding Weed fabric, to line the bottom of the box A spirit level A spade Wood preserver Safety glasses, for when you’re cutting the sleepers A palm sander A drill Sand Creating your sandbox is relatively simple, and should just take an afternoon. Measure out your area and cut the sleepers to fit: it’s best to at least use the length of the railway sleepers to cut down on sawing. You may need to cut one of the sleepers in half to make the ...

Now is the time to get out in the garden and start those repairs and improvements you have been putting off, don’t delay any longer – enjoy the challenge. Tools you will need for to install your garden fence using fence panels String / Ranging Line - key to a straight fence. Fencers Grafting Tool /Post Hole Digger - dig the post holes. Spirit Level - you need to make sure the levels are right. PPE Personal Protection Equipment such as Gloves - safety first! How to Install a Garden Fence Using Fence Panels Choosing your fence: The first thing to consider is how you would like your fence to look like. You can opt for an all timber fence with timber fence panels, posts and gravel boards, or alternatively concrete slotted posts and concrete gravel boards. Setting out: Once you have decided on the style you will need to clear the area where the fence is to be installed and mark your line with Site Pegs and String/Ranging Line. Next, wo ...

Using decking to create a raised area gives you an ideal place for entertaining your friends & family for those long summer evenings.  It does not matter if your garden is on a slope or level, timber decking can offer an attractive area for seating. Tools you will need for to install your garden decking Spirit Level  - you need to make sure the levels are right. Saw - the decking needs to be cut cleanly so a good saw is important. Posthole Digger / Spade - key to making a sturdy base. String / Ranging Line - key to a straight base. Gloves / Goggles - safety always comes first. How to Lay Wooden Garden Decking Decking area: Work out the area you want to cover with decking and mark it out with pegs and a line making sure all the corners are perfectly square.  Clear away all debris, vegetation and grass and level the area as best you can. Fixing: If your decking is to be connected to the wall of your house you can attach it ...

Tools required: Compacting Plate (Available to hire from most plant hire companies) Block Cutting Tool (Available to hire from most plant hire companies) Long Straight Edge for levelling sand and adjusting falls (Long straight edge timber plank or scaffold pole) Rubber Mallet String Lines and Setting Out Pegs Soft Broom Protective Gloves & Goggles Trowel for Kerb and Edging laying Shovel Spirit Level Plastic Float Bolster Knee Pads Uses Block Paving, also known as Paviours or Pavers, can be used in almost all paving applications be it large commercial projects, such as car parks and docks, right down to a simple garden path or patio. It is a good alternative to traditional concrete and tarmac as offers greater flexibility in design and is aesthetically more pleasing. Being interlocking in their design makes them extremely strong for use in trafficked areas. Types Concrete is the main material used in the manufacture of blo ...

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