4 DIY Jobs You Should Be Doing This Christmas
Posted by Mark Hunter - December 12, 2012
There's no rest for the wicked, so the saying goes. And assuming you've been good enough for Santa to bring you some nice presents this year, you'll be raring to get stuck into those pesky jobs that have been nagging at you for months.
To help you get motivated we've compiled a list of 4 jobs you should be doing this festive holiday season.
And we don't leave you high and dry. We've also included in-depth "How to..." tutorials and/or detailed the tools you'll need to do the job.
Job # 1 - Finishing Your Drinks Cabinet
We all have unfinished jobs lying around the garage, workshop or front room. For some of you it'll be a piece of cabinet making, such as that 1970s style drinks cabinet you've been working on since... the 1970s.
What's been stopping you completing the job?
You want to make sure that the joints you're making are strong and neat. How are you going to do it? By using biscuit joints.
Click here to read our article on How to Make Biscuit Joints using the Makita PJ7000.
Jobs #2&3 - Hanging a Door to the Bathroom
This is another job that really should have been finished ages ago, but now you've got a bit of free time ahead of you, plan now.
Just think of the gratitude the rest of the family will display when dad finally hangs a door on the bathroom lintel.
This job is split into two parts. First off, you need to get the hinges fitted on the bathroom door. To help you out we prepared a 4-step guide to fitting hinges:
- Select the correct gear and drill setting for pre-drilling the hinges
- Select the correct bit for driving the screws into the hinge (click to read our guide)
- Select the correct gear and torque setting for driving the screws
- Place the hinges into the notches, and drive each screw into place
Once you've got your hinges fitted to the door, it's time to fit the handles and kick plate.
There's 8 steps involved in this job and you can follow them on our guide to fitting D handles and push plates, plus we've got a video where Martin from Makita talks you through the process.
Job #4 - Nailing Skirting in Place
This is another one of those jobs that we've probably been putting off for ages.
We've done well; we've laid the new flooring in the hallway, but we haven't fitted the skirting. Why not? Maybe we don't have the correct tool for the job.
Toolstop to the rescue once again.
We reckon the best job for fixing skirting, or door facings, is a nailer. And to help you put that Christmas present money to good use, we've prepared a guide to deciding Which Nailer is Right For You.
In the guide you'll learn the differences between a brad nailer and a finishing nailer, who should use either, and what to look out for when buying one.
Our guide covers the best nailers from Bosch,Makita,Senco andHitachi and you can read it by clicking here.
Tell us the jobs you've been putting off that you should really get sorted this holiday season. Use the comments below.
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