This blog is the result of over 20 years of working in building and renovations and a growing career in writing guides, columns and books.

Grip It fixings

Posted in Buying Guides, Power Tool Reviews on October 8th, 2013 by Julian Cassell – Be the first to comment

Grip It is a type of fixing designed for use in hollow walls around your home. By hollow walls, we’re talking about stud walls where plasterboard is attached to timber uprights, or drylined walls where plasterboard is secured to the blockwork below using dabs of adhesive. In both instances, there are large voids below the plasterboard and so you need a special design of fixing to ensure that whatever fitting you’re going to hang on the wall, it’s safely held in place. Now there are plenty of designs of fixing on the market that do cater for this need – some are shown in my guide – ‘Fixing into hollow walls’. read more »


The top 10 DIY time-saving tips

Posted in Home Improvement Advice, Top Tens in DIY on September 26th, 2013 by Julian Cassell – Be the first to comment

Time is always precious and finding the required time to do some DIY is no different in that respect. Therefore below, I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 tips to save time when carrying out DIY jobs. You’ll notice that most of my suggestions are related to planning and how to approach jobs, as I’m really not one for recommending so-called ‘time-saving’ products, as there aren’t many out there as far as I’m aware. Instead, get organised, plan well, and have a read through my more practical time-saving recommendations below. read more »


Pumpkin trees

Posted in Fruit Gardening, Gardening Guides on September 6th, 2013 by Julian Cassell – Be the first to comment

Definitely not my usual subject matter, and not anyone else’s as far as I can research, but my first view of a ‘pumpkin tree’ immediately appealed to my DIY nature. If there are such things as DIY or gardening ‘headturners’, this is most definitely one, and although you may have surmised by now, with a little disappointment I imagine, that you were correct in your assumption that pumpkins don’t grow on trees in the true horticultural sense, they can certainly be made to look like they do. read more »


Colour Republic

Posted in Home Improvement Advice, Tradesmen on July 19th, 2013 by Julian Cassell – Be the first to comment

Colour Republic is one of the south coast’s foremost property refurbishment companies. Based in Brighton they offer full design, supply and installation services in both the residential and commercial sectors – a genuine one-stop shop for all your building, fitting, and decorating requirements. read more »


Charcoal cooker hood filters

Posted in 'How-to' Guides, Kitchens on June 19th, 2013 by Julian Cassell – Be the first to comment

Charcoal cooker hood filters are used to help remove the odours from cooking fumes in your kitchen. They are essential requirements if you have the type of cooker hood extractor fan that is known as a recirculating fan, because it doesn’t vent cooker fumes through a hole in the wall directly to the outside. Instead, cooking fumes are sucked up into the hood, passed through the charcoal filters, before being circulated back into the kitchen as fresh air. read more »