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  1. How to Repair the Felt on My Shed Roof

    How to Repair the Felt on My Shed Roof

    It’s that time of year when rain, wind and snow are the main features of every day. It is also the time when you suddenly realise you forgot to repair your shed’s roof felt that was flapping around over the summer. The job is now even more urgent as the weather worsens.

    Don’t worry. We are here to help.

     

    Patch it up?

    It may seem easier and quicker to just patch up a hole, gap or rip in the felt. However, in the long run, it will just lead to more work. The edges of the patch and original damage will remain susceptible to the worsening weather. You will, inevitably, be dragging the ladder out again.

    If you do decide to patch the felt, make sure you place the patch under the torn section of felt and secure both the patch and the original felt in place with appropriate sealant such as roof and gutter sealant.

     

    Out with the old

    If you decide that an all-over job is a better solution, first you need to remove all the old felt and nails. Pry off old nails carefully. Goggles are a must for avoiding loose grit flying into your eyes. If you cannot remove all nails, ensure they are banged flat so they will not be able to rip the new felt.

     

    In with the new

    It is good practice to use 3 pieces of shed felt: one for each side of your roof and one to run over the top of the shed, overlapping the side panels for a secure and watertight finish.

    Measure the one side of your roof and cut 3 pieces of felt making sure to allow an extra 5cm on each edge so you can overlap and seal the edges well. A straight edge, such as a metre stick, and a Stanley knife will do the job.

    Nail your felt to the sides of your shed using galvanised nails to protect from rust. Make sure to pull the felt tight as you nail it to the roof spacing the nails at between 15-30cm apart. When you add the top section, use felt adhesive to secure the bottom edge to the side panels and then add the nails at approximately 5cm intervals.

    7'x5' (2.1x1.5m) Shed-Plus Dip Treated Apex Overlap Shed 


    Now you have a watertight, smart felt roof to protect your shed and its contents.

     

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  2. How to Repair a Wooden Fence

    How to Repair a Wooden Fence

    Most things require a bit of TLC in order to continue doing their job effectively and stay looking their best - the garden fence is no exception. The weather, soil, garden pests, rot and (of course) games of football can all play their part in shortening the life of a wooden fence. Fortunately, panels, posts and rails are all relatively easy to repair, which will save expenditure on fence replacement, including fence installation costs.

    As with any job, the most important thing to consider beforehand is safety, so:

    • Enlist the help of a friend or family member
    • Wear protective clothing
    • If coming into contact with concrete, thoroughly wash any exposed skin as soon as the job is complete
    • Use a stiff brush to clean any tools (because they need looking after too)

    1.8m High Devonshire Screen

    Wood Fence Panel Repair in 5 Easy Steps

    1. Use a crowbar to gently ease the panel away from the supporting posts until the nails are exposed, cut through the nails with a hacksaw, and carefully remove the panel.
    2. Hammer down the nails left in the post and panel. Alternatively, remove them using pliers or a claw hammer. Repeat this action at the other end of the panel.
    3. If the fence can be repaired by removing individual slats then slide them out and replace with new ones. If a whole new panel is required, measure the replacement to ensure that it is exactly the same size as the original.
    4. Mark out where the nails will secure the panel to the post and drill pilot holes to prevent the nails from splitting the wood. Alternatively, fence clips can be used.
    5. Support the replacement panel above the ground, ensure that the panel is level, and hammer the nails into the pilot holes. When using fence clips, lift up the panel, slide it into position, and screw in the fence clips to secure the panel in place.

    3.5"x3.5" (90x90mm) Planed Pressure Treated Fence Post

    Wood Fence Post Repair in 5 Easy Steps

    1. Remove the post from the panels, which will need supporting with wooden stakes whilst making the repair.
    2. Dig out the post and (if applicable) its concrete plug. Ensure the hole is a minimum of 450mm (for a 6ft fence).
    3. Saw off the rotten part of the post and liberally apply a quality wood preservative to the remainder to prevent the rot from spreading.
    4. Brace the post against two wooden props, nailed together in an ‘L’ or ‘T’ shape, and spiked at one end to assist driving them into the ground. Place a support spur in the hole, against the wooden post, and attach the post to the spur using coach bolts.
    5. Fill the post hole with a concrete mix and use a trowel to smooth the surface downwards to prevent rainwater damaging the post. Remove the props once the concrete has set.

    Fence-Plus Arris Rail Brackets Pack of 6

    Fence Rail (Arris Rail) Repair in 5 Easy Steps

    1. Liberally apply a quality wood preservative to prevent the rot from spreading.
    2. Ensure the rail is level and nail a small wooden block to wedge snugly against both rail and the adjacent post. Alternatively, for a longer-lasting repair, a steel brace should be used.
    3. In this case, ensure the rail is level and drill pilot holes into both the rail and post.
    4. Secure the brace to the rail and post with screws.
    5. Ensure the joint is watertight (caulked) and paint the brace to match the fence, if desired.

    Fence-Plus Pressure Treated Brown Featheredge Panel

    Finally

    Don’t forget to properly maintain your fencing in order to keep it functioning properly and maximise its lifespan.  

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  3. The Many Benefits of Wheelie Bin Storage

    The Many Benefits of Wheelie Bin Storage

    When it comes to thinking about the garden, whether planning enjoyable projects or carrying out essential maintenance, it’s fair to say that wheelie bins are not the first thing on most people’s minds. Viewed as a necessary eyesore and something to be tolerated rather than enjoyed, the good old British wheelie bin is not the most loved and thought-about garden fixture. What’s more, in these more environmentally conscious times, most, if not all, properties have a minimum of two wheelies to contend with. If not properly managed, this can cause unwitting householders a real headache.

    So, what can be done to combat potential wheelie woes and dustbin dilemmas? The answer is simple: purchase a wheelie bin store. Here are some of the many benefits of such storage, including a handy link to help choose the ideal wheelie bin storage unit.

    Great to look at

    There’s nothing as unsightly as a wheelie bin. After admiring that newly mowed lawn and carefully pruned tree, a feeling of disappointment is inevitable when turning around to face the house and being greeted by a pair of wheelies. Buying a wheelie bin store will prevent this problem. Available in a range of premium materials, these stores are all incredibly smart, with options to suit traditional tastes or the very latest styles.

    5 'x 3' Rowlinson Double Wheelie Bin Storage (1.56x0.82m)


    Deters garden pests

    Ever since the clampdown on horse riders wearing red jackets, the wily fox appears to be on the rise. Whether he’s a handsome, lovable rogue or a darned nuisance matters not, there’s nothing more he enjoys than searching through bins. Rats pose a similar problem, whilst during the summer months it can seem impossible to deposit household rubbish in a wheelie without being confronted by a swarm of excitable flies. Buying a wheelie bin store will prevent this problem. Whilst offering householders incredibly easy access to the bins themselves, these great stores can all be securely fastened to prevent even the most cunning pest from rummaging through the rubbish.

    2'7 x 2'8 (0.80x0.82m) Rowlinson Wheelie Bin Store


    Stops vandals and thieves

    Don’t chuckle, for this isn’t a laughing matter. To some people, even rubbish has its attractions. From Sunderland to Southend, Truro to Tunbridge Wells, drunken dopes and greedy gangsters pose a pair of problems to hardworking households. What the irresponsible deem a little high-jinx at the end of a night out is, in reality, incredibly anti-social, and causes both anger and misery to many communities. Possibly even more alarming is the pandemic that is wheelie bin theft. Both opportunistic thieves and organised gangs have been responsible for a spate of crimes across the country and, with councils often charging more than £20 for a replacement, this is an expense that most people can do without. Buying a wheelie bin store will prevent this problem. With a combination of locking systems and padlock fittings available, to deter prying eyes, householders can sleep soundly without worrying about their bin going walkies.

    4' x 3' (1.31 x 0.78m) Suncast Resin Kensington Six Store


    Combats smell

    With a flimsy bag and one layer of plastic separating the contents of the kitchen bin from the garden, this can be a particular concern in summertime, particularly if the aforementioned garden pests have been at play. Buying a wheelie bin store will prevent this problem. Completely constructed from a range of premium materials, these stores provide a robust additional protective layer around rubbish, preventing unpleasant odours masking the smell of those beautiful garden flowers.

    5'x3' (1.5x0.9m) Duramax Waste Bin Store


    Withstands the Weather

    There’s two things to say on this front: there’s nothing that can be done about it and it’s becoming more unpredictable. High winds pose a particular problem for wheelie bins and, once toppled, a wheelie is even more vulnerable to some of the other hazards mentioned above. Buying a wheelie bin store will prevent this problem. Cleverly designed and sturdily constructed, these weatherproof storage units will stand strong and shelter their wheelies in all conditions.

    5'x3' (1.5 x 0.9m) Store-Plus Bi Fold Double Bin Store


    Take a look

    Once fully aware of the many benefits of wheelie bin storage, most people’s first port of call is Fencestore. Click here for further details and to browse through a range of stylish, effective wheelie bin stores to suit any budget.

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  4. The best composite decking ideas

    The beauty of composite decking is, well, its beauty! Along with long guarantees against scratches, distortion and slipping, it is a super product to use around the garden.

    Decking can be something as simple as a patio. But with individual boards you, as your own garden designer, have the opportunity to run the boards in any direction you want. You can make gardens look wider than they are or persuade the eye to gaze down a run, making a plot look longer. Think lines of design.

    But that's just on the flat – with the correct and stable framework, you can easily introduce height into your garden. Simple steps bring height, even a few inches, into what would otherwise be a flat bed of garden. Bring in more and suddenly you've created an interesting walkway to take you around a garden.

    You can, of course, go bigger and bolder and create a platform with composite decking. Check with the neighbours before going too high but nothing is stopping you from creating a raised area for entertaining friends or even as the base of a raised garden building.

    If you're feeling brave and are a competent builder, you could create a stunning tree house for any design you come up with. Make sure it is safe and sound before use. You can also use composite decking as Juliet balconies (but, obviously, you have to ensure all safety precautions and legalities are strictly adhered to – and always check planning regulations to ensure you are allowed to build).

    Composite decking is inherently adaptable and the opportunities to create and improve a garden are bountiful.

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  5. Different types of fencing

    Fencing can be highly practical or mostly decorative. The workaday fence panels are the unsung heroes, working tirelessly without really being noticed. Decorative panels, however, take some of the garden limelight, are highly visible and are often the actual focal point of a garden.

    Purely practical fencing has to be hard to scale and is excellent at marking out a boundary. They simply get on with things. In truth, the whole garden is built around them (or in front of them) and without them your garden design would look loose and messy around the edges.

    Decorative panels are perfect for supporting sweet peas, roses, honeysuckle, or even just standing there, in splendid isolation, looking terrific in a garden design. They do work hard, just in a different way to the practical panels.

    Now occasionally you get a good mix of the two types – they are the engine room of a garden. They make the whole garden tick. Think of a standard panel with a decorative trellis top.

    All types – whether they are made out of wood, metal, plastic or made up from bits and bobs – need to be put up correctly. As a result, they will last for years and help turn a good garden into a great garden.

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  6. How to install composite decking

    When installing composite decking, the main thing to remember is thermal expansion. Always have that in your mind and you can't go far wrong. Oh, and levels of course. So, that's thermal expansion and levels. Composite decking sorted! In hot summers, composite decking can expand and if the individual boards are fixed too closely together they can buckle. Probably not by a lot but enough to ruin the look of your decking. And those levels – a slight run away from any house walls is the intention to prevent damp problems arising. Otherwise, it's easy!

    Your project begins with a framework and this has to be stable and solid. Only use pressure treated wood as it carries a 15-year guarantee against rot. You certainly don't want to be taking up your decking to repair the frame within a year or two. Take your time, get help and ensure your framework is correct. It is the unseen hero of a quality deck. Only start to fit the boards when the framework is absolutely solid and all concrete is completely set. It's also a great idea to put some weed suppressing membrane down beneath the decking at this stage. It really is a fiddly and time-consuming job trying to remove weeds from the gaps between individual boards.

    Invisible clips are available for some boards and these are a delight to use. Spaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions, they allow boards to be installed without any screws heads showing. If you are using screws, always countersink them to prevent an untidy look and a dangerous finish.

    You may need to face the ends of the boards to prevent leaves and debris getting into the boards. A simple picture frame construction around the outer perimeter of the deck will sort out that problem and give the whole project a quality finish. Then it's a case of getting the garden furniture, sitting down and enjoying the view. Nice!

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  7. How to install concrete fence posts

    How to install concrete fence posts

    Concrete posts last longer than timber alternatives and, if they are slotted, remove the need for any other fixings. The fence panels simply slide into the slots making them easily removable for maintenance or replacement.

    Do I need help?

    Being heavy, you will need two people to fix concrete posts into the ground and there is only one way to do it – by digging deep holes. A six-foot fence panel will need at least eight and a half feet posts (basic maths = at least two and a half feet into the ground!) It may seem a lot but many fence panels can act as sails in the wind and the force on them is immense, even in the slightest of breezes. Plus, the post itself is heavy to start with.

    Digging the hole

    Digging the hole is simple but take care not to slice through any cables or pipes (you shouldn’t as they should be deeper than 2 feet down, be marked with warning tape or even armoured).

    1. Make the hole twice as wide as the post. 
    2. Position the post in the hole, ask your friendly helper to measure and check levels.
    3. Use a quick setting post mix (pour the contents of the bag into the hole around the base of the post, add water, hold it all in place and it sets within minutes) or make a mix of ballast, sand and cement and do the same - this will take a little longer to set. 
    4. It's best practice to wait overnight if possible before offering up any gravel board or fence panel and marking where the next post should be positioned. 
    5. Ensure all the cement has 'gone off ' or hardened and capable of supporting the load. 
    6. Of course, never do cementing in freezing conditions as chemical reactions within the mix simply don't happen.

     

    And remember, if the posts are slotted the panels will slide in. If they rattle you can put a little bit of wooden packing in place, but wood will expand and contract depending on how wet it becomes so let everything settle down before doing anything else. 

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  8. How to treat your fence panels in time for winter

    How to treat your fence panels in time for winter

    When your plants are dormant and skulking underground, it’s time for your fencing to shine. Defining edges, true and strong make a great garden – but only if you look after them. And because the plants aren't draped over your panels, winter is a great time to treat them to a coat or two of nourishment.

    What to do first

    First of all, check for any wobbly panels, any rotten sections or snapped rails. Repair or replace. Check all fixings are still fixing and again replace if necessary. Winter winds and the soon to arrive spring rain will rattle them free if you don't get to it now and that could mean squashed plants.

    Adding a preservative, stain or paint

    If and when all is sound, stand back and decide whether or not the panels need a coat of preservative, stain or paint. You know the answer – of course they do. Choose a colour to match other wood in the garden or go bold and make a statement with one of the many vibrant colours available. Measure up carefully and buy accordingly. Buy an extra can and keep the receipt – there's nothing worse than running low and either eking it out to finish the job or completely running out and having to rush to the shop as the dusk settles and the owls come out to hoot. Just keep that receipt.

    Check the weather forecast

    Then it's a case of checking the weather forecast, choosing as warm a day as winter can offer, where there's no frost and rain isn't forecast. They do occur and then get cracking. Read the tin as do exactly as it says – stir contents for five minutes means stir contents for five minutes. Quality brushes or made for the job sprayers will make the project easier.

    Enjoy your handiwork

    And then, once finished, stand back, stretch your aching legs and arms and admire your handiwork. You'll also know it won’t need doing for another five years or so and that your plants can spring to life without getting damaged. It's a great winter job when done right. 

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  9. Maintaining garden structures over winter

    Maintaining garden structures over winter

    Don't let the winter blues get you down as now is the perfect time to sort out all your garden structures to ensure that when spring arrives, in a few weeks’ time, the skeleton of your garden is in tip top condition. After all, as the plants snooze you can be busy sorting out pergolas, fences, arbours, garden furniture, raised beds – the whole lot – without any danger of damaging emerging shoots and tender leaves.

    Check your structures

    Before anything, have a wander and give all your structures a good shake. If anything wobbles (not on you!) then it might be worth resetting posts or uprights. Cross beams on arbours need a good check as the weight of plants is surprising and it is so much easier to replace or repair structures when they aren't smothered in sweet peas or honeysuckle. Once everything is structurally sound you can move onto the next stage – a wash and brush up.

    Cleaning garden structures

    Pressure washers can clean a lot of structures quickly. Pergolas will get covered in algae so if bare, get the pressure washer out and give them a blast. Do the same with your garden furniture and arbours. The only structure to play safe with is fencing. Unless you are filming the process and prepared to send it to somewhere like 'You've been framed' (and claim your £250 or whatever it is) I wouldn't blast a pressured jet of water at a fence. Chances are you will be staring into the neighbour’s garden as soon as the water hits the wood. Soapy water will get a lot of muck off without any danger to you, your fence or your neighbours. If you have hired a pressure washer don’t forget to whizz around the patio to get that clean and non-slippy. Always choose a day when it isn't going to freeze at night – unless again you are filming your activities!

    Let it all dry and if required, sand down any jagged edges or splinters. Then you can re-coat with preservative, re-stain or repaint. There you go– job done and ready for lots of gardening activity safe in the knowledge that your arbour isn't going to collapse, your uprights will stay in place and all wood is safe and sound. 

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  10. Great examples of uses for old fence panels

    Great examples of uses for old fence panels

    Using old fence panels

    While the term “DIY” usually implies crafting projects from the ground up, sometimes the most spectacular Do-It-Yourself projects can simply involve transforming a worn piece of furniture and giving it a new identity or purpose. Even something as useless as a broken chair can still be turned into something else that is both functional and attractive.

    Reclaimed wood furniture, for example, is often accompanied by some kind of history, which can further add to its originality and charm. Below are a few projects utilising old fence panels that might spark your creative side.

    For the adults: aesthetic wine rack

    The great thing about wooden fence panels is that they are incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of smaller DIY projects as well. One of the simplest projects using old fence panels would be to transform them into a classy wine rack to hang on the wall.

    For this project, you’ll need a total of three 6”x12” end fence panels and three 24” cross rails to hold the bottles. The finished project should be able to hold a total of 15 wine bottles.

    For the kids: a fun fort

    While the idea of being able to construct a tree house for your kids is a good one, not every home has trees in their yards. Instead, take it to the ground and build a fort using your old fence panels.

    Even if you don’t have a yard, fence panels can be the ideal size for an inside fort as well (just be sure to make sure that the wood is finished). Hinges can be added for easy portability so it can be stored when it’s not in use.

    For the house: rustic wood cabinet

    Wooden cabinets are always a beautiful addition to any home, but it can often be expensive to have them custom made and professionally installed. With a little creativity (and maybe some help from IkeaHackers), you can repurpose your fence panels and create beautiful wooden cabinets for your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc.

    If you’re not up to constructing an entire cabinet from scratch, consider sprucing up your existing cabinets and create new cabinet doors from your used fence panels.

    For the artist: wood wall art

    While repurposing old fence panels into something more functional is always impressive, the dimensions and natural state of the wood can also serve to make exquisite wall art. Take some time to salvage the pieces you find most interesting and create a layout of the wood that looks most appealing. Be sure to consider the amount of space you’ll be limited to when creating your masterpiece!

    For the office: simple shelves

    When it comes to shopping for shelves that not only have the right dimensions but the right price as well, creating your own shelves from old fence panels is a more affordable option. In addition, you also have the assurance that the shelves will be the correct size!

    For the garden: stylish planter box

    Whether you have an indoor garden, outdoor garden, or both, and are tired of being stuck with the plastic containers from the garden centre, reusing wooden fence panels can be an excellent way to give Mother Nature a little more style.

    Whether you prefer a simple wooden box for the outdoors or something more eye-catching to go with the interior of your home, creating a planter box from old fence panels can be as simple or elaborate as you want them to be.

    For your guests: inviting coffee table

    They say that it’s the rug that brings the room together, but sometimes, all you need is a coffee table. Using a bit of elbow grease, you can take those old wooden fence panels and turn them into a conversation starter. After all, wood usually always comes with some kind of history!

    When it comes to home improvement, sometimes all you need to do is look outside in your back garden to find inspiration. What will you create next?

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