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Maintenance

How to clean and maintain composite decking

Wood plastic composite decking isn't the same as timber decking - and while it's likely to require far less maintenance than timber decking, it still needs to be cared for and cleaned properly to ensure that it lasts.

Decking maintenance

Decking maintenance

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.

How to restain a deck or pergola

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.

How to clean and oil a deck

Properly cleaning and oiling your deck will help to bring out its natural colours and make it look like new. Find out the best way to go about it.

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Traps, drains and wastes

How to clean and maintain taps and wastes

There's nothing worse than a leaky tap - except perhaps a dirty and leaking tap. Find out how to clean and maintain your fittings.

How to build a house

How exterior walls are put up

Once the frame's up (and sometimes after the roof goes on), it’s normally time to put the external cladding on your house. How exactly it’s done will depend on what you’re building with. Obviously the process for cladding a house will be different depending on what you’re using – bricks, weatherboard, metal cladding, hardboard or something else – and the amount of time it’ll take will vary too.

Home entertainment
Surround sound technologies

5.1 and 7.1 surround sound technologies

What's the difference between a 5.1 surround system and a 7.1 system, in practical terms? Which is right for your setup?

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