Are you ready for the bank holiday this weekend?

 

It looks like it’s going to be a wet one - meaning it’s the perfect time to get that job you’ve been putting off done.  Or maybe you want to make use of the time you don’t normally have -  to indulge in a DIY project.

 

Whether you have a couple hours to spare, or a whole weekend for a more drastic home improvement project, there are a range of projects to choose from.  We've chosen 3 of the best to dedicate your time to.

 

If you have less than an hour to spare

 

If you have less than an hour to spare this bank holiday, then try this sharpie mug project. It’s super simple and easy enough to try with children. All you’ll need is a plain mug, a sharpie pen and an oven to heat it in.



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Steps: The steps are simple, get creative and decorate your mug with your sharpie design and bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 180c, or gas mark 4.

 

Verdict:

 

A quick and easy project for all the family, which is inexpensive and won’t require much supervision. Just make sure adults take care of the oven part, when placing mugs inside the oven and removing them.



If you can dedicate a whole day

 

Is your bathroom looking tired or dated?

 

With a day to spend on home improvement, you’ll have time to revamp your bathroom - if you choose to do it with our wall panels.  They are quick and easy to install - and you can find everything you need for the job on our website.

 

This is a job which doesn’t demand too much prep, as wall panels can be applied over tiles and on uneven surfaces - saving time and expenditure.

 

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1.  Firstly, measure the ceiling as accurately as possible. Measure it both vertically and horizontally, to ensure a nice even cut on both sides.

2.  Transfer the measurement onto the panel, and mark with a straight line and cut to size using your saw/jigsaw.

3.  Once your panel is cut, apply a generous amount of adhesive to the back of the panel and secure into place. Screw into the tongue section of the panel.

4. Repeat this process for each individual panel. They will then neatly lock into place using the tongue and groove edge.

 

Verdict:

 

This is a project which is suitable even if you don’t have a strong DIY skill set. It will take less than a day to complete, depending on the size of your bathroom. If you’re not feeling confident, there are tons of comprehensive how to videos online.

 

If you're lucky enough to have the whole weekend

 

If we’re lucky with the weather, you could set up your house for the long winter.

 

If you have the whole bank holiday weekend to dedicate to DIY and are feeling ambitious, then you could change your guttering before winter arrives - with its heavy rainfall.

 

We have all the guttering parts you’ll need, including deepflow and industrial guttering if your current system can’t handle the amount of rainfall you’re experiencing. If you’d like to improve your guttering before Autumn but don’t want to replace the whole system, you can apply our gutter leaf guards instead - which are key to long lasting guttering.

 

Steps; Our Pre-fittedlubricated gutter seal retaining clip system for fast, user friendly installation.

 

You’ll have to evaluate and plan the project, measuring your house. There’s lots of advice online on how best to fit your new guttering and it will vary depending on the build and design of your home. The Family Handyman has a comprehensive how to, and it’s best to have a read through before purchasing your new parts.

 

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Their planning tips are ;

  • Locate downspouts in unobstructed areas where water can be directed away from the house. Avoid locations with obstacles like electric meters, hose bibs or sidewalks.

  • Place downspouts in inconspicuous locations if possible.

  • Install oversized 3 x 4-in. downspouts on gutters that drain large roof areas or if you live in an area with torrential rains.

  • Slope long gutter runs (40 ft. or more) down both directions from the middle and put a downspout on each end.

  • Buy special roof hanger mounting straps for houses without fascia boards or for fascias that aren’t vertical.

 

Verdict:

This is a task which is moderate in difficulty, and suited to more experienced DIY-ers. It’ll be worth the time it takes when our wetter seasons arrive, and can even add 5% to the value of your home according to MoneyWise.