Chocolate Tool Box Awards 2019 Funny DIY Disasters With Hoppy At Home Competition #AD

When you buy your first home it’s an expensive time. If you’re anything like me you’ll try to do all those DIY jobs around the home yourself. This can so often end in disaster because you don’t have the right tools or quite honestly the ability or experience to complete a particular DIY job. This can so easily end up with you having to call in the experts to put your DIY disaster right. Of course this can end up costing you twice as much. Looking back over the years I have had my fair share of DIY disasters and… [Read More]

Safety Gear Every DIY Enthusiast Must Own

The DIY community has got a lot of new members over the past couple of years. There are more DIY projects to try thanks to websites like Instructables and getting started with them keeps getting easier. You also have more tools and materials to work with, including advanced ones like 3D printers and ABS plastic.   One thing you don’t want to neglect when getting started with DIY projects is safety. If you are spending a lot of time outside working on a treehouse or a shed, for example, consider looking at these softshell jackets for extra protection and comfort…. [Read More]

Decorating A Child’s Bedroom With A Twist

Decorating a children’s bedroom can be very difficult, especially if you have twin girls as I do. Their characters, personalities and tastes are polar opposites. That means somehow we have to find a theme that both the girls are happy with, and believe me that is something that is incredibly difficult. You would think with me being a painter and decorator that decorating the girls bedroom would be a walk in the park, well, the decorating will be easy enough, that’s what I do everyday, but it is the decisions of what is going onto the wall that will be… [Read More]

5 Simple DIY Ideas For Busy Dads

Aah, DIY. As a Dad, you just get used to your kids shouting you, pointing at something that is broken, and waiting for you to work your Dad magic to fix it. In fact, your kids think that you can do pretty much anything, and whilst this is obviously very sweet, it’s a lot of pressure (especially if you’re a Dad who isn’t too clued up on DIY). Luckily, DIY is one of those things that is based upon trial and error, and it’s something that you’ll just learn to do the more that you try your hand at it!… [Read More]

Essential Daddy DIY Skills

Being good at DIY is sort of in the daddy rule book. Well, it’s sort of in the man’s rule book as well. Most women will expect the man they’re with to know a bit of handy skills around the home. Perhaps changing a door handle, being able to redecorate, and really fixing anything that seems to break. What we love is that mums are now super independent and take on a lot of this themselves, and we are true believers that both parents being able to do some DIY is the best way to go about things. But, we… [Read More]

I Had A Go At Repairing My Sash Windows

I’ve had a look at the outside wooden sills on my sash windows and I really think that it might be a job for a DIY enthusiast. Sash window repair doesn’t seem all that complicated, to my understanding we simply cut out all rotten section of timber, treat it, splice the timber back as neatly as possible, and then fill joints with a two part filler designated for external repairs. This is within range for a DIY effort I think. Here’s a look at the problem, I’ve marked in pen around where I intend to cut: I would then sand… [Read More]

Preventing DIY Disasters: A Guide To Getting It Right

DIY is a very popular hobby. If you’re handy around the home, you can save yourself a fortune at the same time as taking great satisfaction from the fact that you’ve fixed that leaking tap or put a shelf up in a matter of minutes. While DIYing can be hugely enjoyable, there are risks involved. You only have to watch the TV or flick through magazines to know that DIY can end in disaster. If you’re keen to get it right every time without fail, here are some steps to follow. Pexels Plan every project in advance You may have… [Read More]

Outdoor DIYs: Fun Projects For The Backyard

It might not be the right time of year to be outside in the garden, but spring will roll back around before we know it. If you’re planning ahead and thinking of projects you can complete next year, these three ideas will help to keep you busy! A garden shed A garden shed can be so much more than just a shed. It can be a workshop, a man cave- a place to create and utilise your tools. If you enjoy woodturning on a lathe, brewing beer or trying your hand at metal forgery in your spare time then this… [Read More]