Home Design Guides: Maintenance
The time you have to spend cleaning a floor and how well it copes with stains will directly contribute to your long term satisfaction with it. Find out how to choose the right floors.
Cracks in concrete and settling ground can do a lot of damage to your home. Find out how to deal with and prevent this kind of damage.
Concrete slabs may become damaged when they're installed on reactive soil. Find out how you can repair and stabilise them.
Properly cleaning carpet on a regular basis is a good way to keep it looking fresh and new, and to keep allergens under control.
If your floorboards or parquetry floor are looking tired and worn, a good polish may be all that's needed to rejuvenate them.
Over time, slate and flagstone sealant will be scratched off and worn. Resealing your floor will help to restore it to its original glory.
With the vast masses of TVs being replaced for newer, thinner, more capable models, it's important that you dispose of your old television in a responsible way.
A well maintained roof is vital to the health of your home. As people say when all else is going wrong - ‘at least I have a roof over my head’. Find out more about how to keep your roof well maintained.
From time to time, a shingle roof will need to be re-laid. Find out what's involved, and who should do this work.
A failing roof needn't be the end of a home. Roof restoration or repair can bring new life to most houses. Find out more about how different types of roofs are restored.
There are many ways to connect your receiver to your speakers, but banan plugs are seen as a preferred option. Find out how to connect them.
It's not normal - or safe - for your plugs to arc or spark. Find out why this happens, and what you need to do when you notice that your plugs are arcing or sparking.
Find out how to safely maintain your home's electrical systems, and what to do if there's an electrical emergency in your house.
There are several things that can cause this problem, and accordingly, several ways to deal with it. Find out how to fix a door that either won't open, or is hard to close.
Stubborn lock? Key getting stuck in the keyhole? Locks can get dirty or rusted, especially if they're not used for some time. Find out how to clean and fix a dirty lock.
Doors generally aren't all that complicated - and fixing them isn't that hard. A little attention when and where it's needed will usually keep them in good working order.
Over time, decks may lose their colour and lustre. Find out how to choose the right stain for your deck, and safely restain it to the best effect.
Not all decks require that much maintenance. With wood plastic composite (WPC) decking and uPVC decking, for example, it's almost a matter of install-and-forget.
One of the most important parts of cooling your home is ensuring that air conditioners and fans are properly taken care of.
There are few things that will ruin a barbecue as quickly as an exploding gas tank... Find out how to ensure that your barbecue is safe and properly maintained.