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Books > Health, Home & Family > Home & house maintenance > DIY

Clean Your Way to Happy - 1,001 tips for tidying your home and clearing your mind (Paperback): Alexandra Fraser Clean Your Way to Happy - 1,001 tips for tidying your home and clearing your mind (Paperback)
Alexandra Fraser
R210 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R35 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Cleaning has never been easier with this essential guide to tidying your house and home. With over 1,000 ideas, hints, tips and shortcuts from industry professionals, every domestic cleaning problem is covered - from swift solutions in moments of panic to ideas for a weekend deep clean, Clean Your Way to Happy has everything you need to achieve a tidy home and a tidy mind. Sections include: * Kitchens * Around the home * Valuables * Stains * Pets and animals * Clothes * Cars and bikes * Prevention This title was previously published as Trade Secrets: Cleaning.

Paint techniques - Decorative finishes to enhance any space (Paperback): Winnie Saayman Paint techniques - Decorative finishes to enhance any space (Paperback)
Winnie Saayman
R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days

Whether it's old second-hand furniture that you want to upcycle, or a modern piece that needs a soft, aged look, this book shows you how to transform an old wooden piano, a metal cabinet, cement floors, tables and chairs, a plain built-in wardrobe, brick wall, staircase and even an entire bathroom into works of art with an innovative approach to paint techniques. The author starts off with basic information on understanding colour and how it can affect you and the space you live in, followed by a description of all the tools and products you will need for the techniques and projects in this book. Clear setp-by-step photographs and instructions show you how to apply the different paint techniques like colourwash, layering, distressing, ombre, gilding, stencilling, dragging, wood graining and more, to any surface or piece of furniture in your home. More than 40 inspiring projects are accompanied by beautiful photographs of the finished look, easy instructions and helpful tips to enable you to create pieces that are original and somewhat out of the ordinary. This book is the perfect excuse to grab a paint brush and start breathing new life into your home. So what are you waiting for? Go paint!

Home & DIY 3-Book Collection (Paperback): Home & DIY 3-Book Collection (Paperback)
R399 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R74 (19%) In stock

Make Your Home: 75 Decor & Lifestyle Projects
The authors love taking everyday items and giving them a twist. Upcycling and repurposing are key terms in their design lexicon. As they say: “Trends come and go, but you have to live in your home, so make it a comfortable space that can grow and change with you.” Through their innovative ideas, inspired use of materials and ability to reinvent ordinary objects, the authors present projects suitable for all craft and décor enthusiasts, from beginners to those with more advanced skills. Whether you prefer to tackle projects with a handsaw and cordless drill, craft paper and scissors, or a sewing needle and delicate trim, there is something here for everyone. From storage solutions to paint techniques, through knitted rugs and upholstered seats, to stamped tiles and outdoor seating, there are ideas to brighten and enliven your home and outdoor spaces – all showcased via beautiful photography, concise instructions and an appealing design.

Woodwork Made Easy: A Step-By-Step Guide
Woodwork made easy is a guide that introduces DIY enthusiasts and amateur carpenters to the full range of techniques and equipment required to tackle a wide range of projects. It describes the different types of woods suitable for various uses, and features step-by-step photographs to guide the reader from start to finish. More than a dozen projects are illustrated step-by-step, along with materials lists and suggested tools and equipment for each task. Alternative ideas are also given. Wood is a versatile material which may be used to make a host of items from decorative objects to furniture and outdoor structures. Once you have grasped the basic skills required you will find that it is not a difficult material to work with. A chapter on building procedures is intended for those wishing to tackle more involved projects like garden sheds, outbuildings or even granny flats. Instructions and illustrations guide you through dry wall construction and show how basic doors and windows are fitted and a simple roof erected.

300 Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets For Painting & decorating
This useful compendium is packed with tips, techniques, quick fixes and trade secrets aimed at complete beginners planning their first-ever home makeover. Clear, simple instructions will de-mystify all key aspects, giving you the tools to get the job done quickly and professionally. The book’s focus is on painting and decorating, and includes all aspects of preparation of walls and paintwork, including stripping, sanding, filling and sealing and moving onto pro-standard wallpapering, painting and tiling. Readers will pick up the kind of trade secrets to achieve a really good finish, really fast – avoiding the common pitfalls and mistakes that can often beset the occasional DIYer. With useful lists of the essential tools required for a job, along with fix-it solutions for when things go wrong, 300 Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets for Painting and Decorating is the manual that will make home makeovers as painless as possible.

The Home Edit - A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals (Includes Refrigerator Labels) (Paperback): Clea Shearer,... The Home Edit - A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals (Includes Refrigerator Labels) (Paperback)
Clea Shearer, Joanna Teplin 1
R484 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R117 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Woodcraft - Master the Art of Green Woodworking with Key Techniques and Inspiring Projects (Hardcover): William Wall Woodcraft - Master the Art of Green Woodworking with Key Techniques and Inspiring Projects (Hardcover)
William Wall
R548 R403 Discovery Miles 4 030 Save R145 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Beginner's Guide to DIY - Essential DIY Techniques for the First Timer (Paperback): Alison Winfield-Chislett, Jo Behari Beginner's Guide to DIY - Essential DIY Techniques for the First Timer (Paperback)
Alison Winfield-Chislett, Jo Behari
R310 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R75 (24%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Start doing your own household repairs and simple renovations without the expense of calling in a professional! If you are frustrated by your own inability to handle a repair, or resentful of having to pay someone to take care of simple home maintenance--you've come to the right place. Full of expert advice, this practical handbook features easy instructions for all the home DIY basics, from painting and wallpapering to simple plumbing, changing a lock, using power tools, fixing a squeaky board and much more. Beginner's Guide to DIY will provide first-time homeowners and renters with the basic skills and guidance to get the job done. This ultimate reference guide for the DIY novice offers help for anyone who has a busy working life but still wants to make their home look good--without spending a fortune.

How to Build a Shed (Hardcover): Coulthard Sally How to Build a Shed (Hardcover)
Coulthard Sally
R346 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R84 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Ever dreamed of having your very own garden retreat? Off-the-shelf sheds aren't always the answer - the cheap ones are badly made and freezing cold, and the better quality ones are really expensive. But what if you could build your own shed from scratch? How to Build a Shed is the ultimate practical guide. With its clear, easy-to-follow instructions, expert advice and specially commissioned illustrations, you'll be able to source the materials, choose the right tools and build your dream shed on a budget - even if you've never used a hammer.

Code Check Plumbing & Mechanical 5th Edition - An Illustrated Guide to the Plumbing and Mechanical Codes (Spiral bound):... Code Check Plumbing & Mechanical 5th Edition - An Illustrated Guide to the Plumbing and Mechanical Codes (Spiral bound)
Redwood Kardon; Illustrated by Paddy Morrissey; Douglas Hansen, Skip Walker
R436 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R116 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Shed Manual - Designing, building and fitting out your perfect shed (Hardcover): John Coupe Shed Manual - Designing, building and fitting out your perfect shed (Hardcover)
John Coupe 1
R577 R437 Discovery Miles 4 370 Save R140 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Covering topics such as getting started, shed styles, materials, foundations, hardware and finishing, The Haynes Shed Manual provides step-by-step instructions and wide-covering advice on all aspects of planning and building sheds. Written by two shed experts, it's for the enthusiastic DIYer and those considering taking on a project.

One Block of Wood - 15 Projects to Make (Paperback): Nina Tolstrup One Block of Wood - 15 Projects to Make (Paperback)
Nina Tolstrup
R281 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R86 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Ideal for beginner or seasoned crafters Includes 15 original and inspiring projects Cheap and quick ideas with stunning results Whether you're new to woodwork, an old hat with a bit of wood you'd like to use up or just curious to discover what you can create this book is for you. Nina Tolstrup has devised 15 simple, beautifully made projects from one block of wood. There's no need to worry about buying new materials - this eco-friendly selection will ensure that you'll have all the help you need to use up those leftovers. Nina demonstrates the versatility of this easy-to-work with material. The ideas range from a stylish Garden Bird Feeder to a sturdy Doorstop and Herb Box. It's as easy as it sounds. Other titles in the series include One Ball of Wool, One Piece of Fabric and One Piece of Paper.

Family Handyman Make It Last - 750 Tips to Get the Most Out of Everything in Your House (Paperback): Family Handyman Family Handyman Make It Last - 750 Tips to Get the Most Out of Everything in Your House (Paperback)
Family Handyman
R392 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R89 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Collins Complete DIY Manual (Hardcover, New edition): Albert Jackson, David Day Collins Complete DIY Manual (Hardcover, New edition)
Albert Jackson, David Day 1
R795 R561 Discovery Miles 5 610 Save R234 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Collins Complete DIY Manual has sold over 3 million copies and is the most comprehensive and authoritative DIY manual ever produced. For novices, DIY enthusiasts or professionals, this essential book continues to be the most in-depth, up-to-date and user-friendly DIY book on the market, covering everything from decorating and repairs to electricity, plumbing and much more. This fully updated version features an even more accessible design to help you navigate easily through the info, and thousands of new photographs and illustrations to make sure you get your job done quickly and safely. There have been many changes to regulations in recent years, particularly in electricity (the new Part P legislation and changes to cable colours) - the Manual not only lists but also clearly explains these new regs and helps you work with them. And as we all become much more conscious of the environmental impact our homes have, new material on energy-saving DIY is essential reading for any householder - saving you money too in the process.

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Plumbing Updated 7th Edition - Completely Updated to Current Codes (Paperback, Seventh... Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Plumbing Updated 7th Edition - Completely Updated to Current Codes (Paperback, Seventh Edition, New Edition)
Editors of Cool Springs Press
R429 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R121 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Period Property Manual (Hardcover, Reprint): Ian Rock Period Property Manual (Hardcover, Reprint)
Ian Rock
R564 R437 Discovery Miles 4 370 Save R127 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Britain has a wonderfully rich stock of period houses - everything from medieval cottages to Georgian townhouses and Edwardian mansions. But many of these historic properties are now at risk. Some are unwittingly damaged by well-meaning owners or incompetent builders; others suffer long-term deterioration where mortgage lenders have imposed quick-fix 'remedies'. Despite being some of the most sustainable buildings on the planet, many old houses are now being subjected to ill-advised works to upgrade thermal efficiency, resulting in the destruction of the very qualities that make them so appealing, slashing their values. Haynes have come to the rescue with this clearly written, lavishly illustrated manual explaining the correct approach to care and repair - covering the full range of traditional materials. Every old house has a story to tell, so Haynes also show how to explore your home's history and strip back modern finishes to reveal long lost original features. This comprehensive manual is essential reading whether you want to get your hands dirty or just want to understand how old houses work and how to go about employing specialist craftsmen.

Wood Craft - Master the Art of Green Woodworking (Hardcover): Barnaby the Spoon Wood Craft - Master the Art of Green Woodworking (Hardcover)
Barnaby the Spoon 1
R443 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R88 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Looking for a simpler, more natural way of working with wood? Create beautiful wooden objects from fresh green wood by becoming skilled in the crafts of whittling, axe-based furniture making, and turning. With green woodworking there's no need for costly materials and machinery. All you need to begin crafting is a log, an axe, and a hand knife. Starting with the selection and splitting of your very first log, let Wood Craft show you all the techniques of green woodworking and guide you step by step through a series of rewarding projects. Learn to carve your own spoons, bowls, shrink pots, and other objects; construct simple pieces of furniture, such as a frame stool and side table; discover how to turn wood on a pole lathe in order to construct a full chair with turned legs and back rest. Wood Craft brings up-to-date a newly resurgent folk craft and makes it truly accessible to all - no workshop required. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with nature and find harmony working with your hands.

Woodcraft - A Practical Guide (Paperback): Alet Genis Woodcraft - A Practical Guide (Paperback)
Alet Genis
R103 Discovery Miles 1 030 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days

Woodcraft is the latest craze to hit the arts and craft markets. This guide shows you how to cut, paint and assemble a delightful variety of both useful and decorative painted wood items, some of which include humorous and sentimental sayings for added charm. It features instruction for over 50 simple items that can be created by anyone, regardless of skill level. Creating these innovative and original designs is fun, inexpensive, and requires only a few basic tools, making them perfect for you home, craft markets and gift-giving. Templates for every project are included in the back of the title and the informative introduction covers general painting and finishing techniques that will inspire you to create your own original designs. Lists of idioms and saying suitable for various projects or events, as well as examples of easy lettering, are also included.

50 Things to Do with a Penknife - The whittler's guide to life (Hardcover): Matt Collins 50 Things to Do with a Penknife - The whittler's guide to life (Hardcover)
Matt Collins 1
R241 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R71 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A beautifully presented, practical gift guide to the age-old art of whittling. There are 50 projects featured in the book, ranging from quick makes to more elaborate projects, and even a chapter on creating things from cork. The 8 main themes are: Quick Things - including a doorstop, a bookmark and a gift-box book; Into The Woods - including a willow whistle, walking stick, fish hook and slingshot; Around The House - including chopsticks, coat and crochet hooks; Cork Creations - including a succulent pot, stamp, and earphones spool; Ornamental Carving - including a boat, a deer and a spinning top; Kitchen Carving - including a carrot flute, apple candle and onion flower; The Natural World - including a bird feeder and instructions to prepare a fish for cooking, a graft an apple tree. The projects cater for a range of skill levels and the instructions are complemented by smart step-by-step illustrations, which highlight the tactile quality of the material in hand. The book also includes an introduction with advice on selecting a penknife, maintaining your blade, choosing your caving material, and carving techniques. Featuring the ultimate crossover of cool craftsmanship and savvy survival-skill projects, this book is the perfect gift for creative adventurers.

Life to the Extreme - How a Chaotic Kid Became America's Favorite Carpenter (Hardcover): Ty Pennington Life to the Extreme - How a Chaotic Kid Became America's Favorite Carpenter (Hardcover)
Ty Pennington; As told to Travis Thrasher
R482 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R128 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

As a kid, Ty Pennington had too much energy. He was chaotic, bouncing off the walls, and on a first-name basis with the local emergency room staff. Back then there wasn't public awareness of attention deficit disorder yet. People just thought Ty was rambunctious. A trouble maker. What do you do with a kid who just can't sit still? Who can't focus? But Ty discovered something amazing when he was just a boy: he felt focused when he was building something. He discovered that he loved to work with his hands - to use tools and be creative. He loved to try new things, build and design new things. In Life to the Extreme Ty shares his remarkable life story. In his characteristic humorous style, he takes you racing through his life with ADHD-infused diversions that will make you laugh out loud. He shares about how he was diagnosed with ADHD in college, and what it has meant to be an advocate for ADHD awareness. He shares about his start as a model and carpenter, and his eventual move to television where he starred in the hit shows Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Trading Spaces. Life to the Extreme will inspire you. Ty's boundless energy and his sense of humor are infectious. You'll laugh. You might cry a little. And you'll definitely be inspired to change the lives of those around you.

Woodworking - Traditional Craft for Modern Living (Hardcover): Andrea Brugi, Samina Langholz Woodworking - Traditional Craft for Modern Living (Hardcover)
Andrea Brugi, Samina Langholz 1
R485 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R148 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Using simple techniques, Tuscany-based woodworkers Samina Langholz and Andrea Brugi teach you how to make 20 beautiful wood objects for the home. From an egg cup made from a reclaimed beam and broom handle to a chopping board featuring a hand-carved "butterfly" - an old trick for stabilising a crack - here are a wonderful selection of approachable carpentry projects that don't require complicated tools, and can be done easily in the home. Suitable for all levels of expertise - even the complete beginner - the simple and accessible step-by-step instructions are accompanied by stunning location photography. Inspired by the rustic lifestyle of rural Italy and the unspoiled views of olive groves that surround them, Samina and Andrea make beautiful carpentry pieces and this book will inspire you to recreate them in your own home.

Complete Woodworking (Hardcover): Chris Tribe Complete Woodworking (Hardcover)
Chris Tribe 1
R510 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R148 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
SuzelleDIY: The Book (Paperback): Ari Kruger, Julia Anastasopoulus SuzelleDIY: The Book (Paperback)
Ari Kruger, Julia Anastasopoulus
R390 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R85 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 15 working days

SuzelleDIY: The Book gives DIY a humorous twist. Julia Anastasopoulus, aka Suzelle, shows us how to deal with household chores, maintain your car, live green, make braai day a day to remember and how to minimise the hours you spent in the kitchen. Marianne, her friend, joins her and takes a special interest in our furry friends. The DIY diva also shares her DIY and beauty secrets, while also entertain us with the best recipes from her kitchen. Because anybody can.

Wooden Furniture Hacks - Over 20 Step-by-Step Projects for a Unique and Stylish Home (Paperback): Hester Van Overbeek Wooden Furniture Hacks - Over 20 Step-by-Step Projects for a Unique and Stylish Home (Paperback)
Hester Van Overbeek 1
R299 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R81 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Discover how to update and repurpose wooden furniture and homeware for an effortlessly chic home. Nowadays, it is easy to find affordable furniture for your home from chain stores, but those pieces can lack character. This is where furniture hacking comes in - updating, repurposing and personalising to create stylish, unique masterpieces. Hester van Overbeek shows you 23 ways to update your wooden furniture and home accessories, all with step-by-step photos to guide you along the way. Projects range from simpler ideas, such as a table made from stacked old magazines, to larger pieces like the window shutters, which you can create for a fraction of the price it would cost to buy them new. Discover how to make your own four-poster bed by combining a budget bed base and pieces of reclaimed wood, or convert a bookcase into a sideboard. There are five chapters covering the main areas of the home - Living Room, Kitchen and Dining Room, Bedroom, Home Office, and Outdoor Space. Hester's philosophy is that you don't need much money or many DIY skills to make your house into a cosy, stylish home. With the right inspiration, you can create something beautiful.

Complete Do-it-Yourself - An Essential Guide to Painting, Papering, Tiling, Flooring, Woodwork, Shelves and Storage, Home... Complete Do-it-Yourself - An Essential Guide to Painting, Papering, Tiling, Flooring, Woodwork, Shelves and Storage, Home Repairs, Home Insulation, Outdoor Projects and Outdoor Repairs (Hardcover)
John McGowan
R525 R493 Discovery Miles 4 930 Save R32 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This title offers expert advice on essential home decoration and maintenance, including painting, papering, tiling, laying floors, carpentry skills, insulation, and outdoor projects and repairs. Projects include painting and varnishing wood, tiling a work surface, laying foam-backed carpet, replacing window panes, fitting window locks, making a garage storage wall, insulating roofs, repairing roofs and guttering, laying decking, making pergolas, building rock gardens, installing water features, and many more. It features a guide to tools for a wide range of do-it-yourself jobs, including using chisels, saws, drills, hammers, screwdrivers, pliers and sanders. Over 2400 photographs illustrate each step-by-step project, to provide instant reference. Looking after your home is economical and satisfying, and this book is filled with practical tips for do-it-yourself jobs. All areas of the home are covered, both indoors and out. There is clear step-by-step advice on internal and external maintenance, repairs, carpentry, flooring, brickwork, roofing, fences, walls and paths.The book includes instructions for painting and papering walls and ceilings, laying ceramic tiles, fitting floor coverings and carpets, making bookshelves, draught-proofing doors, repointing brickwork, laying patios and installing ponds and fountains. The book also contains a guide to tools, from saws and drills to spanners and paintbrushes. A reference for beginners and experienced do-it-yourselfers alike, this is an essential manual that you will refer to again and again.

The Woodworker's Studio Handbook - Traditional and Contemporary Techniques for the Home Woodworking Shop (Paperback): Jim... The Woodworker's Studio Handbook - Traditional and Contemporary Techniques for the Home Woodworking Shop (Paperback)
Jim Whitman
R411 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R122 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Celebrate the joys of working with wood in your own home studio or wood shop.

The Woodworker's Studio Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the artistry, design, and skills all woodworkers need to propel their hobby to the next level.

Master woodworker Jim Whitman walks you through planning your work space, helps you select tools and the right wood for the right projects, and gets you comfortable with your tools so you feel at ease in the studio and ready to experiment...all with gentle instruction and reassuring humor. His 20 teaching projects make you feel like a seasoned craftsman from step one, regardless of your experience level.

Learn about the importance of proper planning, measuring twice so you just have to cut once, and how to make the most of your wood. Above all, get ready to get your hands dirty: woodworking is about play just as much as precision

The Woodworker's Studio Handbook

- Teaches joinery, lamination, routing, turning, carving, and finishing--core woodworking skills in full-color photographs, and complete with illustrated tool guides.

- Illustrates the steps for 20 beautiful teaching projects for all skill levels, including a picture frame, a small cabinet, a carved pendant, turned bowls, and more.

- Engages your creativity with reclaiming recycled wood, using green wood, or using a sketchbook and drafting tools to design original work.

Make: Volume 66 (Paperback): Mike Senese Make: Volume 66 (Paperback)
Mike Senese
R189 R132 Discovery Miles 1 320 Save R57 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

We're excited to present our "2019 Make: Digital Fabrication Guide"! This year we get our hands on maker-ready waterjet cutters with machines from Wazer and Omax. We also review the latest 3D printers, CNC routers, laser cutters, and vinyl cutters. More than 20 tools tested to help you find the best one for your shop or makerspace. Plus, more than 30 DigiFab projects and lessons: Build a robot companion that reacts to the faces of people around you Make Nixie tube-style display with LEDs and acrylic Create a mini Intaglio printing press and create unique artwork and much more.

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