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A complete guide to tanking a wall

If you need to damp-proof your home, wall tanking is a highly effective way to do it. Here at Build & Plumb, we’ve created a guide to tanking a wall, including your step-by-step process for applying tanking slurry. What is tanking a wall? Wall tanking refers to the process of creating a protective, watertight barrier on internal walls to prevent damp and water ingress. Damp walls are a serious issue that can affect the integrity of the building, damage the property and cause health issues.  There are several factors that... Read More


How to install a loft ladder and choose the perfect loft hatch for your home

Whether installing a brand new loft hatch or replacing an existing one, choosing the right loft hatch to suit your home can be tricky. Loft hatches and ladders come in various types, materials and sizes, and not all options come with ladders included.  In this guide, we’ll walk you through the different types of loft hatch you can buy, and offer tips on installing a loft ladder, should you need to. What types of loft hatch can I buy? Things to consider when buying a loft hatch How to install... Read More

How To Clean Block Paving 21/06/2022

What are channel drains? Everything you need to know, plus how to install a channel drain

Also known as a trench drain or a linear drainage channel, a channel drain is an essential product for preventing drainage and rainwater issues on non-porous surfaces. Typically found on driveways, patios and other paved surfaces which cannot absorb rainwater, a concrete or plastic drainage channel helps prevent flooding and ‘ponding’ of water, making it a great solution for water management around your home or property.  If you’re new to channel drains and aren’t sure how to choose or install  them, we’ve put together this guide to help you get... Read More

How to use paving jointing compound for the perfect paving finish

If you’ve never used paving jointing compound before, fear not – it’s a lot easier than you might think! We’re here to help you quickly learn how to use paving jointing compound, as well as what you’ll need and why it’s important. What is paving joint compound? Paving jointing compound is a type of hard-wearing patio grouting used to fill the gaps between paving, flagstones, slabs and cobblestone. It’s designed to set quickly, even in wet weather, and once set, it helps prevent weeds and other unsightly growth from popping up... Read More

How to use paving jointing compound

Whether you’re jointing a freshly-laid patio or if you’ve arrived here from our previous section after removing some old patio grout, it’s time to break open your jointing compound.  Instructions for how to use paving jointing compound will differ slightly depending on the type of compound you have chosen, so always read the directions on your product carefully before you start. But most of the jointing compounds we sell here at Build & Plumb require the same or similar materials and tools, and follow the same processes.  For the purpose... Read More

How to Paint Wooden Furniture 17/01/2022

How to Paint Wooden Furniture: A Complete Guide

Upcycling furniture is a cost-effective way to give your current furniture an overhaul. If your wooden furniture looks dated or doesn’t match your new decor, a fresh lick of paint can give it a new lease of life.  Before you get started on the task, here at Build & Plumb, we’ve created a guide to all you need to know about how to paint wooden furniture. The tools you’ll need To paint your wooden furniture, you’ll need: Dust sheets to protect your floors Safety glasses and mask A paintbrush and... Read More

artificial grass, fake grass, how to clean fake grass 23/11/2021

Artificial Grass: Everything You Need to Know Before You Buy

What is artificial grass? Artificial grass – also commonly referred to as fake grass – is a synthetic alternative to natural grass. It’s usually made from durable plastics polyethylene and polypropylene, and sometimes nylon. Offering all the greenery of natural grass without any of the upkeep, artificial grass is a popular option for homes and commercial properties. Where can I use artificial grass? Because of its versatility and easy upkeep, artificial grass can be used in a wide range of different areas. These include: Home gardens Terraces Balconies Roof gardens Conservatories Children’s... Read More

Benefits of Pocket Doors 05/10/2021

6 Benefits of Pocket Doors

​​Pocket doors can be a stylish and creative dividing solution for a more compact living space –  whether that’s separating an ensuite in a small bedroom or sectioning off a study in a studio apartment.  So, are pocket doors a good idea for your home? Here at Build & Plumb, we know there are multiple benefits of adding pocket doors to your space – from creative solutions to open plan living, to introducing a subtle, minimalist aesthetic.  What are pocket doors? Pocket doors are sliding doors that disappear into the... Read More

All You Need to Know About French Doors 05/10/2021

All You Need to Know About French Doors

Timeless and classic, French doors add a stylish touch to your home. Whether you’re stepping from your conservatory to your garden or opening the kitchen doors to your patio in the summer, French doors are a perfect way to welcome natural light into a room. Here at Build & Plumb, we’ve accumulated a wealth of knowledge on French doors. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know, from measuring advice to soundproofing methods. What are French doors? French doors are designed with full-length windows and open outwards. They are generally... Read More

how to paint a fence 13/09/2021

How to Paint a Fence With a Roller & Brush

Time to spruce up your garden fence? Whether your wooden fence is old and in need of some TLC or you simply want a change of colour, a fresh lick of paint can completely transform your outdoor space. Painting a fence not only does wonders for the appearance of your garden, but the right paint will also help extend the lifespan of the wood by protecting it from rot, UV rays and weather damage. Here at Build & Plumb, we’ve created a simple five-step guide on how to paint a... Read More