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 Got a technical query ?

The best place to start is with the new Haynes Victorian House Manual   which  covers  all  common  defects, shows how they are caused, and   explains the  solutions  all with  lots  of glorious colour  pictures, some   with detailed step-by-step projects.   Or just read  about the  fascinating   history showing how  they were  built, where the builders  skimped,  and   the unusual  materials sometimes used.

Here are some useful sites to get find specialist  guidance from online DIY experts :-

 

    Advice and  DIY help on the web  

 

 

     General DIY

 

   * Channel 4      www.channel4.com/4homes/diyandbuilding/index.html

 

    *  DIY FIX IT    www.diyfixit.co.uk

               

    * UK style   www.uktvstyle.co.uk

 

 

 

      bricks

 

    www.buildingcentre.co.uk/index.asp

 

    British Brick Society

 

 

      fireplaces & flues

    

       www.c20fires.co.uk/fireplace_fitting.htm

   

    National  Fireplace Association      www.nfa.org.uk/guides.asp    

 

 

 

      floors

 

     www.originalfeatures.co.uk/restorin.htm

 

 

 

       guttering & downpipes

 

     www.angelplastics.co.uk/cgi-bin/installation_guides.asp

    

      www.bre.co.uk/askbre/faqs/faq.jsp?categoryid=43&questionid=82

 

 

    

     heating

 

 

      Here's a handy 'BTU calculator' so you know what size rads you need: 

 

  www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/templates/contentlookup.jsp?content=/bq_advice/planning_tools/btu_calculator.jsp

 

   

 

     loft conversions

 

    www.loft-rooms.com

 

    

 

      plasterboard

 

     www.diyfixit.co.uk/nflash/building/Plasterboard/plasterboard.htm

 

 

 

      roofing

 

        www.slecladding.co.uk/diy.htm

 

 

 

      windows

 

       www.diyfixit.co.uk/nflash/building/SashWindows/SashWindows.htm

 

 

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