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Top tips to building a durable deck

Top tips to building a durable deck

Whether you want to relax in the sun, entertain guests or want to add an attractive feature, a garden deck is the perfect way to enhance your garden space. However, there’s a lot to think about when building a deck which can make the project rather complicated,...

Staying safe on site

Staying safe on site

A lot has changed over the past few months and as more tradespeople return to work, it is of paramount importance to stay protected. Setting strong guidelines and consistently following them is essential to staying safe and still being able to work effectively on...

Top tips for building a shed

Top tips for building a shed

Having a shed is a great way to add extra storage space to your garden. They’re ideal for storing garden furniture, lawnmowers and outdoor toys. Most DIYers decide to build one by the end of the summer season. Not because the weather is great for outdoor work, but for...

Wood Word Scramble

Wood Word Scramble

Calling all woodwork experts! Are you a pro at distinguishing wood types? It's time to put your knowledge to the test in our ultimate word scramble quiz! See if you can name the wood types from the scrambles. Have you got what it takes to make it to the top of the...

Why pilot holes are not necessary with Optimaxx

Why pilot holes are not necessary with Optimaxx

Most tradespeople and DIYers would agree that pilot holes are an essential step before driving a screw into the material, especially when working close to the edge. Pilot holes are generally required for lower quality screws but let’s face it, they’re a real drag....

How Much Do You Know About Woodworking?

How Much Do You Know About Woodworking?

Calling all carpentry and woodwork experts! Are you a pro at distinguishing mortises from MDF? Do you skip shopping for furniture because you know you can build your own table better? Forget general knowledge, history or sport questions. We've put together ten...

How to drive screws without splitting the wood

How to drive screws without splitting the wood

Drilling screws into wood may sound like an easy task. In reality, it’s a task that involves careful preparation to avoid splitting the wood. Splitting the wood is a common problem most tradespeople and DIYers face which is caused by screwing too near the edges. As a...

Mental health and Covid-19

Mental health and Covid-19

We are currently battling through a scary, uncertain time which is causing havoc on our mental health. The media has been full of Coronavirus updates the past few weeks, from daily statements on the TV to stories on our social media. And with the new lockdown measures...

Spring into decking season with Optimaxx

Spring into decking season with Optimaxx

The days are lengthening, and the winter thaw is starting to come to an end, which means spring is just around the corner (Friday 20th March to be exact). You’re probably thinking about the lack of spring-like weather we’re having as you’re trying to heat up your...