Hints and Tips

Diamond coated hole saws – Tiling

Diamond coated drill bits and diamond coated hole saws work on any type of stone and will easily cut holes in Marble, Porcelain and Glass.
DO NOT USE HAMMER ACTION WITH DIAMOND COATED DRILLS / HOLE SAWS
diamond coated hole sawThis diamond coated hole saw is the ideal choice for drilling through tough stone. You will notice that there is no arbour with these hole saws, this offers some advantages as the holes can be overlapped if required. If possible tiles are best cut before they are fixed and a stand drill is preferred and will make light work of cutting holes in any tile, it is important that water is used to cool the cutting bit.

Cutting plasterboard – Plastering

Plasterboard is a very easy material to cut and requires only very basic tools. More expensive cutting tools are available which will be described further down this page.
The basic tools are a sharp knife (Stanley knife) an old saw and a straight edge and tape measure, you may also need a wall board saw.
cut plasterboardProbably the easiest way to cut plasterboard is with a sharp craft knife (Stanley knife).
Simply score one side of the plasterboard
cutting plasterboardthen bend the piece to be cut the opposite way firmly
plasterboard cutand then cut the paper with the Stanley knife on that side and the two pieces will separate easily.
plasterboard cut cornerTo cut out a shape like this from the plasterboard you will need to use a saw and then a Stanley knife.
Firstly saw down to the long cutline using a plasterboard saw or old saw.

Wall Plugs -Fasteners & Fixings

Wall plugs are the most commonly used type of fixing device, they are simple to use and give good results with a simple wood screw. There are several different sizes of wall plug all of which are different colours to match the different Hole size and screw size.

Plug Colour Drill size Screw size
YELLOW

5mm

 6 – 8
RED

6mm

 8 -10
BROWN

7mm

 10 – 14
BLUE

10mm

 14 – 18

Many different variations of wall plugs exist and new designs are being brought out all of the time. Make sure that you use the correct drill and the correct screw or else the fixing will not work.

Mould – Damp

Mould can soon establish itself on a surface in damp, warm conditions. Mould can effect almost any surface as millions of mould spores in the air will soon establish on any suitable surface. Wallpaper, Paint and sometimes Grout all can attract mould!
Mould spores can be very harmful especially for the young, the elderly or people with a underlying health problem. Mould is often caused by condensation so it is essential that condensation is kept to a minimum. More advice can be read here- condensation Do not underestimate how dangerous mould can be, if you have mould you need to get rid of it ASAP, some mould can be toxic and can be very detrimental to your health.
Mouldy tilesThis is a classic example of a poorly ventilated shower area, as you can see the grout and silicone are badly affected by mould.
Do Not try and treat the mould with bleach as this will not be successful, it may appear to work for a short while but the mould will reappear in no time. If wall paper has been affected there is no option but to strip it off and replace it, Paint on the other hand can be washed with warm soapy water and then treated with a proprietary fungicide, diluted to the manufacturers instructions, be sure to wear some good quality gloves to protect you from the fungicide. There are some great products on the market that are designed for mould removal but please follow the manufacturers instructions carefully as the mould spores can be harmful when disturbed