Basic DIY techniques

If you’re going to start doing DIY jobs, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the basic techniques. It’s important to know which tools to use with different kinds of materials – for example drilling in metal needs a different technique from drilling in stone or masonry. As well as that, it’s important to know what preparations you need to make for each kind of job.

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  • How to use wall plugs

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    If you want to make a neatly finished angled joint between two pieces of wood, you need to bevel the two ends to be joined.
  • How to use different materials

    You’ll find different materials, both natural and synthetic, when you’re building or working on DIY jobs. These materials have different characteristics,…
  • Drilling tools

    If you want to hang something up or fix things together, you’ll often need to drill holes. Then it’s important to choose the right way to do…
  • How to drill in wood and plastic

    In most cases drilling in wood and plastic isn’t difficult, because these are usually soft materials. You can recognize the special wood drills by…
  • How to screw in wood and plastic

    Screws are available in many different types, sizes and materials. The choice depends on the material in which you want to screw, as well as the type of…
  • How to drill in metal

    Standard metal drill bits are fine for drilling in soft metals like copper and aluminium. But for hard metals such as stainless steel, it’s best…
  • How to screw in metal

    If you want to fix something to metal, you can use different kinds of bolts and screws, for example: hex-head bolts with full-length or short thread, Allen-head…
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    To fix an object to a wall or ceiling, you need to use wall plugs so you can insert screws. The best type of wall plug to use depends on the material of…
  • How to drill in stone or glass

    Different kinds of stone need different drill bits. There are hard types of stone (marble, granite, sand-lime bricks and blocks, quartzite and concrete),…