Category Archives: DIY

Renovating an antique bench

In the 1960s the Chairman of the British Railways Board, Dr Beeching, famously rationalised the network by closing many branch lines and small stations. Unwanted station equipment was sold off and my parents acquired a sturdy platform bench with cast … Continue reading

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Reader, I lengthened it

I wore my new linen jumper for a few days and didn’t feel happy with its length. Then, midweek, I bit the bullet and took a pair of scissors to it. It was knitted bottom up with a shaped hem, … Continue reading

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Patching plaster

The weather has been so good that I’ve had no excuse not to get on with all the DIY jobs that have been accumulating for the last 8 or 9 months. It’s been possible to leave things half done outside … Continue reading

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LED under-mantel lighting

This week I installed the LED light strip I bought in December in its permanent position. It has neatly fitted along the side and front edges of the underside of the mantelpiece – a 2m long strip was the perfect … Continue reading

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Sod’s Law

2018 isn’t working out well so far. Domestically speaking, pretty much everything that could go wrong has. And that’s the definition of Sod’s Law. First of all the kettle gave up the ghost, then the microwave. As if this conspiracy … Continue reading

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LED light strips

I love LED lighting. It’s energy efficient, comes in various shades of white or a red-green-blue version that can give you any colour you choose, reaches full brightness immediately, lasts for years, copes with a wide range of temperatures and, … Continue reading

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