DIY For Dummies by Jeff Howell

By Jeff Howell

This hands–on advisor might help you organize for and deal with uncomplicated domestic maintenance and enhancements. Jeff Howell (the Sunday Telegraph′s DIY columnist) and a bunch of alternative specialists consultant you thru the pains and tribulations of DIY, aiding you to hold out a number of tasks – from solving a leaky faucet to striking wallpaper – competently, affordably 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 recommendation.

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If it’s not repaired, the plaster ceiling can collapse. Whether you patch or replace the sagging plaster depends on the extent of the damage: ✓ If the sagging is severe, meaning that it’s hanging a few centimetres or more away from the lath base, or if it covers a large portion of the ceiling, your best bet is to remove the old plaster and replaster the ceiling, or cover it with wallboard. Not an easy do-it-yourself project. ✓ If the sagging is slight, or covers a small area, you can reattach the plaster to the wood lath by using long drywall screws fitted with plaster washers.

Most homeowners can do this part of the project; plus, it’s a great way to let off steam! ✓ If you’re set on using some expensive materials, plan on paying a professional to do the installation rather than starting the project yourself and calling someone in midstream. In addition to the fact that you’ll have to pay top whack because you need help immediately, you may also have to pay to have someone correct your mistakes. ) You alone can’t wrap up many remodelling projects in a weekend or two.

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Danger in the Home In concentrated form, carbon monoxide (CO) can be fatal when inhaled – killing in minutes or hours, depending on the level of CO in the air. In smaller doses, CO produces a wide range of flu-like symptoms ranging from red eyes, dizziness, and headaches to nausea, fatigue, and upset stomach. One telltale sign of mild CO poisoning is flu symptoms without a fever. CO is an invisible, odourless, poisonous gas produced by the incomplete combustion of fuel – such as petrol, paraffin, propane, natural gas, oil, and even wood fires.

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