Lockdown has turned Brits’ into DIY enthusiasts, evident by online searches for DIY jobs such as painting (31,430 monthly searches) and flooring (15,130 monthly searches).

With many of us starting as DIY novices, we have gradually learnt more as lockdown has progressed, yet there are still aspects that Brits’ are struggling to grasp.

Interested in renovation and restoration, the experts at MyJobQuote.co.uk provide their tops tips and recommendations on how best to tackle some of the most common *DIY conundrums Brits’ have submitted to MyJobQuote.co.uk.    

  1. Can I paint my decking with fence paint?

Expert Advice: Fence paint on decking is much less durable.Many people tend to use fence paint on decking because it usually costs less than decking paint, stain and oil. The ideal recommendation is to use decking oil as it effectively penetrates the decking wood and gives it longer-life protection from foot traffic and weathering.

  • Which tools are best to remove plaster?

Expert Advice: Plaster can be very tricky to remove but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be. The easiest method to remove old plaster from walls is using an SDS hammer drill with a flat chisel. SDS hammers are inexpensive, with a good-quality one costing anywhere between £30.00 – £60.00.

  • What are some examples of different damp proofing methods?

Expert Advice: Damp internal walls can cause significant structural damage to a property (e.g. plaster, paint etc.) and leaves an unpleasant musty smell. This is obviously a major hindrance to the quality of living.

To resolve this, there are solutions such as damp-proof paint, damp proof injections and plastic membrane. The latter is often the most stringent measure, it involves cutting a membrane sheet made from high-density polyethylene to size and fit into walls/floors to prevent dampness from transferring to internal finishes.

  • How do I fix paint bubbles/blisters on walls?

Expert Advice: Paint bubbles usually occur when a wall has not been adequately cleaned before painting. Not to worry, to treat the problem areas on a wall scrape and then, sand the bubbles/blisters.

Once a smooth finish has been achieved, coat the walls with primer before applying a quality acrylic latex interior paint. Also, remember not to use oil-based or alkyd paint over latex paint as this can also lead to paint bubbles and blisters.

  • What is the white substance on bricks and is there any way to remove it?

Expert Advice: The white substance is a cause of efflorescence, which is salt inside the mortar and brickwork. A quick and easy way to remove the salt deposits is by spraying distilled vinegar on the affected bricks and then waiting up to 10 minutes for the efflorescence to absorb the vinegar. Once this is done, use a dry and stiff bristle brush to scrub away the salt deposits.     

  • Should I use water resistance paint in bathrooms?

Expert Advice: The simple answer is yes. As water resistant paint will protect the bathroom walls and ceiling from humidity and moisture that can lead to chipping, staining and peeling.

  • Which is better to use – UPVC or composite doors?

Expert Advice: UPVC doors are made entirely from plastic, whilst composite doors are made from several different materials compressed together in high pressure conditions.

Composite doors are typically made from a combination of plastic, wood, streel and fiberglass. In terms of security, composite doors are much stronger than UPVC doors. Likewise, composite doors are more aesthetically pleasing.

  • Can you paint over mould/mildew?

Expert Advice: Don’t simply paint over mould/mildew – there is a process that needs to be undertaken beforehand. The first step is to wash the infected areas with a bleach based cleaner to kill off any mould growth or damp spores. After letting it dry – apply a primer, damp paint or anti-mould paint as an undercoat and then paint the wall with the colour of your choice.

Other resources to resolve any DIY struggles!

The Internet

With the internet providing a plethora of information, read relevant blog posts to find the solution to your DIY problem – there are various reputable publications which address a ton of different DIY jobs. 

Video Assistance

Simply type in the DIY task you are experiencing issues with on Youtube. In turn, this will bring up multiple ‘how to’ videos, which are likely to have the answers you are looking for. With a lot of the videos being conducted by professionals, their advice is sure to be reliable.

Process Information

Before you use any electrical tools, read the manufacturers manual to ensure you fully understand how to use it and are competent enough to deal with any safety issues that may arise. The same applies to any building materials.    

*The identified DIY conundrums are those that Brits’ have most frequently asked MyJobQuote.co.uk in the past two months.   

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