The Right Screws and Nails for Installing Cavity Wall Insulation


More and more we are hearing about the need to insulate our homes to help us to save money on our energy bills and to cut our CO2 emissions. We read about loft insulation and cavity wall insulation, but because it seems complicated and potentially expensive, they do not bother to investigate any further. This is a shame because insulating your home is no longer difficult or expensive.

By buying cavity wall insulation for your home, you are making a real investment in the future. You will make your home more comfortable in the summer and the winter. In the summer, the cool air in the house is trapped inside the house by the cavity wall insulation and in the winter, the same is true with the warm air. Your house will be less drafty too.

Easy to install

Cavity wall insulation is one of the easiest ways to insulate your home. It only has to be done once and is not a messy process.
The best time to install cavity wall insulation is when your house or extension is being built. If you do it at that stage you can use rolls of insulation material. All you need to do is to unroll it and cut it to size and place it into the timber frame. It is thick enough to stay in place without any fixings.

All you need to do is to put the plasterboard over the top. To do this you will need good quality nails.

It is best to use galvanised corrosion resistant nails. Normally 2.65 30mm nails are right for the job. Only ever use plasterboard nails. They have slightly rounded heads that allow you to drive the nail just below the surface of the plasterboard. This allows the boards to be skimmed to a smooth finish and the nails to be hidden.

Finding and Buying Good Cavity Wall Insulation


The best place to find good cavity wall insulation is online. However, it is a good idea to be familiar with the different cavity wall insulation products that are available on the market before settling on a firm. Once you understand the kinds of cavity wall insulation materials available to installation firms you will be able to see if the materials a particular installation firm proposes to use in your house is of a good quality and is really worth the money they plan to charge you. You need to look at cavity wall insulation as an investment the more heat it keeps in the more money you will save over the coming years. It makes sense to spend a little extra now to save more money later.


Don’t delay start saving money now

As the price of gas, oil and electric continue to soar you will save more money every year. Should you come to sell your house later having cavity wall insulation already installed will make you house more attractive to potential buyers.

The Right Nails for the Job – Fitting Cedar Cladding

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Fitting cedar cladding is a job that has to be done right if you want it to look good. Using the right nails and, in some situations, screws for the job is important. If you use good quality nails and do not scrimp on them your cladding will stay in place and will not warp, but more about that later in the article. First you have to decide if cedar is the right wood to use to clad your home or outbuildings.

What Is Cedar Cladding?

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Recently cladding buildings in wood has enjoyed a renaissance. One of the most popular forms of timber cladding is cedar cladding, which is made up of planks of high quality cedar that you apply to your building plank by plank. It is possible to buy cedar cladding in sheets, but the finish is inferior and the colour matching is not as good as cedar cladding that you apply to your building plank by plank.

Where to Use Cedar Cladding

Cedar cladding can be used in virtually any climate. It also looks great inside buildings and is suitable for use in most rooms.
Cedar cladding is naturally reddish in colour, but over time fades to a silvery grey colour if used on the exterior of a building. However, if you want to you can stain it to either maintain its natural colour or stain it a totally new colour. This means that you can make cedar cladding blend into any environment or landscape. Cedar cladding does not require any maintenance in its natural state, so it can be used even in inaccessible places where regular maintenance and staining is not practical.


Finding Good Quality Cedar Cladding

The quality of cedar cladding varies widely, so it is important to do your research and to shop around before buying.

Cedar cladding regulates its own moisture content to cope with the ambient temperatures around it, which is one of the reasons it rarely cracks or warps and decays slowly. However, for this to happen effectively you need to buy cedar cladding that has good natural levels of moisture in the first place. This means that you need to check how moist your cedar cladding is prior to buying it. Moisture contents of 20% are about right.


You can find good quality cedar cladding by searching online and comparing what is on offer there with what your local builder’s merchant has available. Look for suppliers who are members of timber trade associations, who offer guarantees and are available to speak to over the phone.

Installing your cladding

For cedar cladding, the best nails to use are stainless steel especially if you are using it on the exterior of your property. When cedar weathers it fades to a silvery colour, so the nails blend in better and will not rust. For seacoast cladding you need to use a 316 galvanised nail or screw. It is best to use hot dipped galvanised nails and screws if you can buy them.
Do not scrimp on the nails or screws doing so will just mean that the wood will warp. Ring shank nails are best for securing the cladding to the battens, but use screws for the battening. It takes longer but you get a more secure fit.

The right Screws for the job – installing guttering


Very old buildings do not always have the rainwater systems we are used to seeing as standard on most new homes and other types properties. Of course, during the renovation of a very old house, new gutters are usually installed by the builders but fitting rainwater gutters on old buildings can often be a very tricky and expensive process depending on the type of rainwater system chosen.

The most popular and efficient downpipes and gutters come in either cast iron or aluminium. These are easy to fit because these are available in so many different dimensions and lengths so usually fit every requirement. The very first thing do before installing a guttering system is to measure the slope length of the eaves. Doing this will ensure that you only by the quantity and size you need.


Fitting aluminium gutters

Aluminium gutters are probably the most popular choice because they are slightly cheaper than cast iron gutters. After choosing your aluminium gutter, measure it again and cut it to match the eaves of your house. After cutting the gutter, attach the gutter parts to brackets that are placed to the eaves and are attached to the gutter to provide stability. Once the gutter itself is installed, then place the downspout in the correct position.

The gutter pipe does not usually come with a hole for a downspout, so you will have to cut out a square hole yourself. It is probably best to do a test fit of the downspout before the final assembly of it. Once you are happy that everything fits together than secure it all in place with screws and brackets.


Once the whole rainwater system is fitting well together, install leaf guards to prevent clogging of your brand new rain gutter with leaves and other types of litter.

Fit the guttering brackets properly

The key to fitting guttering is to fit the brackets properly. The whole system literally hangs off the brackets, so they have to be secure. If the brackets are not fitted using high quality screws, they will come loose and the guttering will begin to move and twist. In no time at all the guttering will start to come apart at the joints.


Always use galvanised screws

You need screws that can stand up to damp conditions and not rust. It is always best to invest in stainless steel screws.

The right length


Guttering is battered by the wind. It expands and shrinks in the cold and heat, which means the screws that hold the brackets in place are under a whole lot of pressure. You need fairly long screws to make sure that the brackets stay in place 30mm is about right for the guttering. Go longer for the downpipe.

Don’t scrimp on the screws

Fitting guttering is not a great job. You are working at height, so have to be very careful and often you feel cold or too hot, so it is tempting to get it over and done. It is tempting to just put one screw in instead of three. Whatever you do, resist the temptation and put the three screws in. This is the best way to make sure you do not end up having to go back up the ladder a year later to fix your guttering when it works its way loose.

The Right Screws for the Job -Sliding Doors


As part of our home improvements series we are going to look today at sliding doors. They are not for every home, but they can be a good option. Here we help you to decide one way or another and include some tips to help you to buy and install the right type. Naturally included is some advice on the right screws for the job.

Are Sliding Folding Doors For Me?

Many people have heard of sliding or folding doors, but most people do not realise that you can now buy doors that combine the two characteristics i.e. sliding folding doors. They are a kind of door that has been around and in use in the US for some time, but they have only become popular in Europe in the past couple of decades.
Sliding folding doors are great for patios and look good in all homes, so are suitable for every homeowner. However, certain homes benefit more than others from using them.

The Advantages of Sliding Folding Doors

If you have limited space and furniture in front of your doors the fact that the doors slide is a great feature. This is because you do not need much space to open the doors, so do not have to move furniture out of the way and can continue to use all of your floor space inside your house and outside on your patio.

The folding element is a great advantage because on nice days you can bring the outside into your home. The fact that you can fold and slide the doors back into a corner means that you have effectively opened up a whole wall of your room to the garden area. It is like having a massive window that you can open up 100%. Folding sliding doors are also very safe there is none of the danger with traditional patio doors, which often get walked into or worse ran into by the kids.

Sliding Folding Doors Need Not be Expensive


When installing patio doors many people do not even consider sliding folding doors because they assume they are expensive. Years ago this would have been true when the only place you could buy them was your local glazier or double glazing installer. Now if you want to you can buy sliding folding doors on-line and install them yourself, which has meant they are now very affordable.

If you do buy your sliding folding doors on-line, be careful to buy those that come with a guarantee.

Installing your sliding doors


Installing sliding doors is something you can do yourself. It is not a difficult job but hanging the doors on the runner is best done with two people.


The key to getting the doors to work properly is to lay the runners properly. To do this you have to secure them to the floor and ceiling properly. It is important to use the right screws for the job. They need to be top quality screws that are long enough to hold the runner in place. It is important to use raw plugs for this job. Doing this ensures that the screws stay in place and the runners stay straight and flat.

What is Bespoke Furniture?

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Bespoke furniture pieces are tailor made. They are usually one off items that are made to a customer’s individual design and specifications. A piece of bespoke furniture may be a close copy of an existing piece of furniture or built from a drawn design. Sometimes, it is even possible to take photos of pieces of furniture you like and have a bespoke piece of furniture designed and drawn up into plans to match your tastes. Those plans are then used to build the piece of bespoke furniture.

Why Buy Bespoke Furniture?

Because they are tailor made bespoke furniture pieces are completed by hand, so they tend to be much better made than mass produced furniture.making furniture With bespoke furniture, you get exactly the piece of furniture you need to fit your home. There is no need to compromise on the style you want and you can have a piece of furniture made to fit any space. In most cases you get to choose the wood or materials your bespoke piece of furniture is made of and the finish that is applied to it, giving you total control over how it looks and what you need to do to maintain that piece of furniture.

Finding Someone to Make Your Bespoke Furniture


Until fairly recently the only way to find someone to make bespoke furniture was to find a local carpenter, ring them and visit them with your designs and ideas. The process was often quite long winded, time consuming and in many cases expensive, but now there is a faster and often cheaper alternative, which is to find a bespoke furniture specialist online.
Look for a company that specifically offers a bespoke furniture service and one that is well established. The years they have been in business the better. Make sure that they are contactable by both phone as well as e-mail so that you can discuss your needs properly and are easily contactable should there be any problems. Look for companies that include examples of their work so that you can get a feel for whether they are right for you.

Can’t Afford Bespoke Furniture?

Unfortunately, bespoke furniture can be expensive. Another option is to buy used furniture and restore it.

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This is not that hard to do. It is quite likely that you already have the necessary skills.
Start by buying a cheap piece of furniture to practice on. Rub it down and remove the finish. While it is in that state, fix any obvious issues. For example, replace any screws or nails and fill in any deep scratches or knocks. Also, check the screws and nails for signs of rust and replace any that are showing signs of corrosion.

It is important to use the right screws and nails for the job. You can either take a photo of the existing fastenings or as at your local DIY store for advice.

Once you are sure that the piece of furniture is solid, again it is time to re-finish or pain it. Buy good quality lacquers, paints or varnishes to do this. If you are not used to painting or spraying practice on scrap wood, that way when you apply the finish to your furniture it will look right.