DIY – a few tips

Someone holding a Bosch electric drill

These last few weeks I’ve been doing some DIY on the new house and thought that you might appreciate a few tips that I’ve learned.

  1. When drilling through bathroom tiles make sure that the drill isn’t set to the ‘hammer action’ setting.
  2. While preparing to drill through bathroom tiles — say for example in a shower cubicle — don’t stand in the wet cubicle shower tray in your bare feet while asking your wife to hand you the corded electric drill because invariably she won’t. Instead she’ll instruct you to first dry out the shower tray and then put on a pair of rubber-soled shoes.
  3. While drilling into a door — for example to add a coat hook — make sure you don’t drill all the way through the door as this doesn’t lend itself to a professional-looking finish.

And this one isn’t a tip just an observation: Unibond’s Ultimate Anti-Mould Shower and Bathroom Sealant (Ice White) smells like salt and vinegar flavour crisps.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

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