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Get this tool problem nailed; Using right materials ensures a good job and will save time in the long run.

Byline: Donny Sheridan

When it comes to nails, it is important to know which ones to use and when. Some of the biggest mistakes made in DIY are due to using the wrong materials - even when it comes to something as simple as nails.

I saw someone repairing a fence the other day using completely the wrong nails. He will therefore be repairing that fence over and over again.

He also had his nails all mixed together in an old shortbread tin. I have no idea how he managed to find what he was looking for.

The most commonly used nails for fixing are panel pin nails or oval nails.

These are the main nails when it comes to DONNY'S LITTLE free what I know everyone thinking, what fixing to wood. As the name suggests, they are ovalshaped with the flat oval running in the direction of the wood, which prevents the wood from splitting. a lint-free then why do I about cleaning Don't use glass and streak need to screen DONNY'S RELEVANT PRODUCT Panel pins are small nails and, as the name suggests, almost pins with a small head. They are used to fix things like hardboard to the floor or door mouldings. Remember, they bend very easily.

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These nails should be used when assembling a garden shed for example or fixing a sign to a fence or board.

Masonry nails do exactly what the name suggests. They are used for fixing wood to masonry. The nails are made from hardened steel. Remember to drill a pilot hole in the wood first and strike the nail straight on the head with a hammer or the nail will bend or even break.

Another thing to remember when it comes to masonry nails is that they are a permanent fixing and are very difficult to remove without damaging the masonry.

When it comes to fitting roofing felt to your garden shed - which is an easy job - use felt nails. They have a large head for holding the felt in place and are galvanised to prevent corrosion.

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Trunking plastic is ideal for Back to that fence repair now. What the guy should have been using was round wire nails which are quite thick in comparison to other nails. They have a large flat head which make them very easy to nail into wood and as such are ideal for fencing.

When you have cables and of your TV to the length it's length wires to and It is also a good idea to build or buy a box with little compartments to keep your nails separate. That way you will be able to find what you are looking for more easily.

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Q We are losing a lot of heat through the flat roof of our extension. It has a suspended ceiling. Any suggestions on how to insulate? AI would avoid insulating from between the ceiling and underside of roof as the chances are you will get condensation. Get a roofing contractor to fit the insulation on the outside and then fit the waterproof covering.

Q My house is shaded and this makes it very cold. If I were to move, what is the best type of house to buy as I want to save on energy bills? A Go for a modern property which will be highly insulated. You would also want the property to be south-facing with large glass windows. This extra heat from the sun will save you a fortune on fuel bills in the winter.

Q My wooden bath panel is swelling up at the bottom. What should I do? A It will need to be replaced.

If you can't find a replacement, build a panel out of plywood and tile it.

QI got a new worktop in my kitchen and I need something to finish off the walls where the worktop meets the wall. Any ideas? A You can buy strips of laminated splashback which are about 250mm deep and look great along the back of a worktop. They cost about pounds 26 at large DIY stores. Simply stick it on with grab adhesive.

Q My guttering is blocked with falling leaves. I managed to free the down pipe with a pressure washer but how can I stop this from happening again? A Get a mesh balloon that fits into the top of the down pipe, letting water escape while stopping leaves. You could make one from chicken wire, but the guttering will still block if you have a lot of trees around. You may need to clear the balloon once a week when the leaves are at their worst.

Q We live in a tenement and our upstairs neighbour has no carpeting throughout his flat. The noise is unbearable. The housing association have been to see him about it but nothing has been done. Is there anything we can do to muffle the sound from above? A Chances are the original deafening between your ceiling and his floor has probably been removed over the years. Ask the housing association if they would soundproof the room for you. I feel for you but it's a common problem.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 17, 2010
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