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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.
CRAFT AND DECORATING PROJECTS

Suitcase shelves

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

Materials

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

Materials

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

Tools

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
How to install a shade sailHere are some tips to consider when you're looking to buy and install a shade sail yourself. How to build a retaining wall

Materials

Determine the dimensions of the wall (length and height) to calculate your materials list. H5 treated timber 150 diameter poles @ 900mm centres of wall length H4 treated timber 150 diameter, half rounds, 1.8m long rails or alternatively H4 treated timber, 150 x 50mm or 200 x 50mm thick rough sawn or TG&V planks Concrete for the poles – bagged Quikcrete or 1 part cement to six parts builder’s mix Nails – 100mm, 125mm and 150mm glavanised Plastic sub soil drainage coil the length of the wall plus extra length to discharge points Free flowing backfill metal Bracing timber, pegs and nails Timber preservative

Tools

Spade or post hole borer Shovel Hammer Circular saw or handsaw Tape measure, square and pencil Spirit level Stringline Sledge hammer Old paint brush
Build a timber pergola
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