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Don't overdo the DIY this Easter... INTERIORS.

Byline: Joanne Ridout Property Editor joanne.ridout@walesonline.co.uk

Property developer, DIY expert and TV presenter Craig Phillips breaks from his live DIY demonstrations at this spring's Ideal Home Show at London's Olympia to give us in Wales some bank holiday DIY advice. Don't overdo it.

Craig says: "It's become a very fashionable time of year to do DIY.

"With the winter months out of the way, the lighter evenings and the advent of spring, it makes us feel more enthused to spruce up our homes, especially if most people have time off over the bank holiday.

"Home retailers have recognised this and keep the DIY momentum going at this time of year, with advertising campaigns and special offers online and in-store."

Through Craig's comprehensive experience within the sector, he thinks that there are a number of DIY home improvements that most of us will be tackling this weekend, aside from planting up the garden with spring blooms.

He says: "Painting is by far the most popular DIY activity inside the home at this time of year. It can be fairly quick and produce great results, but do prepare the area well first."

If you are painting a larger area Craig suggests you try a small painting spray, such as the Wagner wall perfect paint sprayer: "It's not difficult at all - people think they need special training, but it's easy to use.

"Once I have persuaded a member of the audience at the Ideal Home Show to come up on stage and have a go, there is suddenly a long queue of eager volunteers wanting to have a go!" Over recent years Craig has seen a marked increase in the number of people attempting tiling.

He says: "The key to good tiling, apart from keeping yourself safe with the correct safety gear, is where you place the very first tile, as this will dictate the remaining pattern and spacing of the rest of the area to be tiled."

But Craig is very clear that you shouldn't overdo the DIY this weekend.

"It is against the law to do your own electrics or gas plumbing, you need to get a qualified tradesperson in for these jobs.

"Maybe try using a specialist website like checkatrade.com to find a verified person in your area.

"I would also recommend you don't work on the roof yourself.

"I regularly work with The Health and Safety Executive looking at potential accidents at home and you'd be surprised how often the dangers of roof work comes up.

"Even going up a ladder can be very dangerous if you are inexperienced."

The consequences of getting some DIY jobs wrong can be huge and cause a lot of damage, Craig even suggests caution when trying to tackle smaller specialist DIY jobs.

"Just having a go at fixing a dripping tap can go very wrong and end up spiralling into a major leak," he warns.

"And causing this damage to your home yourself might even invalidate your house insurance, depending on the small print in your policy."

Hopefully Craig will take his own advice when he starts building his own dream home near Liverpool.

His 20-year-old ambition to build his own house will begin this year, now that the years of planning are over and the relevant permissions have been granted.

And will Craig be doing any DIY this bank holiday weekend? He laughs: "Sort of - I am doing DIY this weekend, but it's on stage at the Ideal Home Show, helping people to learn how to do DIY projects in their own homes."

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