For newcomers to the world of DIY, it is important to have the basic tools for certain jobs. It also helps to be familiar with the meaning of terms used in DIY textbooks, magazines and web sites. Renovation will then be seen as a relaxing and rewarding hobby.
Below are some terms that you may come across when attempting your own DIY:
Bowler: the piece is housed in a cylindrical shape inside the door lock. It can be replaced without changing the lock.
Flux: the substance used to remove paint, varnish or lacquer furniture. It is usually a prelude to a new wood treatment. Chemical strippers are not able to completely dissolve the paint or varnish. Instead this substance will soften the paint.
Spatula: a type of small trowel with sharp edges and a long handle. It is used to smooth abrasive surfaces.
Sponge painting: a technique which is usually used on walls. To make it work, one layer is applied heavily and the second is applied with lighter sponge movements. You will tend to use two shades of the same colour to achieve a striking contrast. You should apply the lighter shade on the base and the stronger on the top (usually diluted with water), to make the wall stand out from the rest of the interior.
Miter: is the union of two pieces that are at right angles, relating particularly to trim boards.
Putty: a generic term that applies to any textured plastic material used as a filler or sealant. Its composition varies depending on the material on which it is used to work. It can also be found in powder form for further preparation.