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Five tips for great summer DIY



1. Hot, sunny days are the obvious time to do exterior repairs and painting, although painting in strong, direct sunlight and high temperatures isn’t necessarily a good idea – it can affect the finish.

If your home’s exterior walls are painted, a fresh coat or two will protect them ready for winter, and smarten them up.

As always, do any prep first, such as filling cracks and scraping off loose and flaking paint.

2. If you have a wooden front door and the paintwork’s tatty, you’ll need to fill, sand and recoat it. Paint on exterior doors has a tendency to crack and flake with movement, which can expose the wood to the elements.

The same applies to wooden windows – don’t allow the paintwork to deteriorate or the wood will soon start to rot.3. If you’ve got time off at home and the weather’s nice, tackling a big garden DIY project, such as building a deck or laying a patio, may be something to consider. Perhaps it’s time to turn your garden shed into something more than just somewhere to store your lawn mower and tools?A shed can be converted into useful living space, including a home office, studio, music or games room, gym, or playroom/den, as long as it’s easily accessible from the house, is insulated and (preferably) has electricity.


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