Five extreme DIY jobs to perform in your home

When you need work done on your home it can be a pain not to mention expensive to get someone out to do it for you. If you have the time and patience, it can sometimes be way more beneficial to do it yourself, even if you have never done that kind of work before; from big jobs requiring hired equipment from someone like to little fix ups guided by an internet tutorial, you can take control of your repairs without losing your grasp on the family finances. Here is a list of five extreme DIY jobs to perform in your home that will hopefully help you to pre-empt some common household problems before they get to a point where you need to hire a professional to fix it. 


The main cause of leaky faucets is worn out washers. The washers inside of the faucet handles are rubber and tend to wear out quickly. If left for too long without replacing the washer it can lead to more serious plumbing issues. Replace them by turning off the main water supply, unscrewing the leaky handle that controls the flow of water to the spout, removing the old washer, and dropping in the new one.

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Fixing a leaking facet is not that hard


While gutters may go practically unnoticed when you look at your house, they are the main line of defence between your foundation and siding and the elements. Gutters are designed to capture water and debris runoff from your roof and divert it away from your foundation. Clean your gutters at least once per year by physically removing debris from the channels and rinsing them thoroughly by using a garden hose. Also, be sure to regularly check that your gutters are properly affixed to your fascia boards, and replace any sections that appear to be damaged or leaking. This will stop you from being taken by surprise during a storm when clogged gutters lead to water leaking through the ceiling and down the walls. 

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Extra security can still be attractive

Fit some extra security

Are you thinking about adding some extra security? You can fit door guards and hinge bolts yourself. A hinge bolt goes on the same side of the door as the hinges so it’s protected all round. A door guard limits how far the door opens, giving you extra security. Make sure the door frame is well fixed and strong; this is often overlooked when fixing new locks. To add two hinge bolts to a door, you'll need: Two hinge bolts, screws, electric drill. See our guide to choosing a drill for details of the different types on the market.

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I love this draft excluder

Excluding draughts through windows

Clean surfaces thoroughly before you apply self-adhesive draught excluders. Stick the draught excluder to the edge of the open window so it’s tight against the frame when you shut it. Apply it to the door frame rather than the door itself. Use 10 metres of self-adhesive rubber door and window sealer.

Checking Roof for damage

Periodically check your roof for damage. Damaged, discoloured, or gravel-less shingles should be quickly replaced to prevent the need to replace your roof, water-damaged trusses, or drywall when you finally discover a leak. During the inspection of your roof, pay special attention to shingles that surround skylights, vents, and chimneys, as these areas are the most leak-prone.

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The Conscious Collection

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Me in my Conscious collection shorts last year

There is nothing better than when the eco friendly ethos pairs up with style to make practical and wearable pieces, thats why I always get excited when H&H Conscious line comes out, as it always has affordable pieces. The collection uses a mix of organic cottons to recycled polyester and it's always great to see a big retailer trying to cut down there use of raw materials and their carbon footprint. Last year I picked up a lovely pair of shorts which lasted my all summer and will be coming out again this summer season. I have put together a few of my favourite picks from the line this year that are practical but also well designed. This is not a sponsored post, just love sharing great eco clothing with you all

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Fine-knit poncho £24.99

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Organic cotton top £6.99

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Shorts in silk mix £29.99

They also do some home wear pieces in organic and eco friendly materials - and I am in love with this hare pillowcase which is only £3.99 - bargain

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Conscious collection pillowcase in organic cotton £3.99

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Organic cotton tea towel £2.99

For the love of Chesterfield

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Once we redecorate and upgrade our current house before putting it back on the market and hopefully moving onto a more "forever home" both John and I have agreed that we would both love to have a big bold Chesterfield sofa in either our reception or living space, something we see as a real investment piece that has longevity. Even though sometimes they can seem quite heavy in appearance they are a classic piece of furniture that is a lot more versatile than you think.

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They fit perfectly into a lovely bay fronted victorian property as they do into a hip loft style apartment and they often look better with age and are an item that really stands the test of time, something you could even past down to your children. I always remember the amazing chesterfields in my fathers office at work and there is something very comforting about them. Vintage or new they hark back to the old British country lodge style and are strong enough to endure many toddlers antics as well as teens and adults and almost become apart of the family.

chesterfield sofa

There are very few styles of sofas that are as iconic and timeless as the Chesterfields and they can be as much a statement piece as also a workable piece of furniture that really does fit into any style of home. You can dress them up with various pillows, textiles and throws or leave them bold and beautiful and now you can also get them in different colours and fabrics. If your looking for some inspiration check out Distinctive Chesterfields who are having a 40% off sale (I love a bargain!) and they have a large selection of styles and shades to suit any taste. What is your favourite type of sofa?

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