This newsgroup has a companion website for Frequently Asked Questions (the FAQ) at http://www.diyfaq.org.uk/ that contains a wealth of tips for the DIY'er. Please check it out before posting here, and if you are new to DIY or the newsgroup, you might find it already contains the answer to your question.
The FAQ website gives background information about a diverse range of DIY topics, and guidance on formulating questions to post here that will most easily get the answers you need. For example, you should explain the background to the problem as well as asking your question.
The FAQ includes detailed information on common DIY problems in areas such as central heating, plumbing, electrical, decorating, security, plastering, and tools. It also has a reference section pointing to other useful sites and companies.
The FAQ also makes clear that commercial advertising in this group is NOT welcome. Unsolicited advertising is considered abuse, and is likely to be reported as abuse to the advertiser's ISP. Replies to specific questions which mention products sold by the person replying are acceptable. There is more information on commercial participation in the FAQ.
-- Phil Addison The uk.d-i-y FAQ is at http://www.diyfaq.org.uk / Remove NOSPAM from address to reply