One of the most valuable DIY jobs you can do is to insulate your loft and there’s no better time to do it because loft insulation is half price at Homebase. Two hundred millimetre Space Blanket, for example, is £5.99 for a roll that covers 1.48m sq. You’ll need around 17 rolls for a typical two-bed terrace or semi. But remember: loft insulation should be at least 270mm deep so you’ll need another product as well, unless you have some insulation already in place. For more information go to www.homebase.co.uk.
The insulation acts as a blanket which stops the rising heated air from the rooms below from escaping and traps it in. It is also worth considering lagging your pipes and cold water tank too.
f you do not currently have any loft insulation, you could save around £205 a year on your heating bills if you install the recommended 270mm depth of insulation. Not only this, but this would also save around 1 tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. In fact, about £710m could be saved per year if everyone in the UK topped up their loft insulation to 270mm, which would cover the annual fuel bills of around 740,000 households! (source: The Energy Saving Trust)
ASK THE EXPERT…
Q: Do I need to do any special preparations for painting bathroom floorboards?
A: As well as all the usual preparations required for painting bare floorboards, it’s a good idea to fill the gaps between the boards, plus any holes and cracks, with waterproof flexible wood filler. This has some give in it and should prevent water from penetrating beneath the boards and potentially causing damage.
The new Argos catalogue is in the shops and online, so check it out for DIY equipment and tools – they have a good range and you can reserve online before picking up in store, which is very handy. See www.argos.co.uk