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DIY doggy door

You can't give your pet the key to the door! But a doggy door is the next best thing. Here are the full instructions.

Suitcase shelves

Damaged old suitcases take on a new lease of life as wall-mounted display cases.

Decorating with brights

If you want to introduce a jolt of fluro or just a bit of punchy colour, try these tips.

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How to make a pin board


Softboard. (If softboard is not available, please refer to alternatives listed in Step 1 below.) Fabric (enough to cover your softboard plus 60mm around all sides.) Elastic (enough to criss-cross over your board) Staple Gun
Build a timber deck


Timber piles 125 x 125 H5 treated Radiata Concrete, Easicrete, or cement and builder's mix Bearer: 100 x 100 H3.2 M/G No.1 Stringer: 150 x 50 H3.2 M/G No.1 Joists: 150 x 50 H3.2 M/G No.1 (@ 450mm centre to centre for 100 x 40 decking; @ 400mm centre to centre for 100 x 25 decking) Decking: 100 x 40 or 100 x 25 Griptread Nails: Galvanised 100mm and "U" shaped nails. Galvanised strap Nails: Flathead 30mm Bolts: M12 diameter galvanised or stainless steel


Hammer Sledge Hammer Stringline Spirit level/stringline spirit level Tape measure, square and pencil Spade Chisel Circular saw or handsaw Electric drill and drill bits Adjustable wrench
Build a timber pergola How to lay paving


Pavers: Quantity dependent on size of pavers. Granular Fill for Base Course: General All Purpose 7mm (GAP7) for walkway areas. General All Purpose 40mm (GAP40) for driveways. Bedding Sand: Clean, well-graded and preferably river sand, No1 or No3. Joint Sand: Pave Sand™, Pavelock, River Sand No1 or Pave Fill.


Shovel Tape measure Level Stakes and stringline Safety glasses and hearing protectors Gloves Compactor Rubber mallet Wheelbarrow Runners and Straight edge – to screed the sand Cobble cutter, Diamond Saw or a Skill Saw with a masonry blade - to cut the pavers.
How to install a shade sailHere are some tips to consider when you're looking to buy and install a shade sail yourself.


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