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I'm Brad from fix this build that and today I'm going to show you how to make this downdraft sanding table. It hooks up to a dust collection system or a shop vac pull suction so that you can sand on top of it. All the dust goes down into the collection system instead of up into the air and into your lungs.

I started the build by cutting the pegboard top to size at 18 by 24 inches which is a bit bigger than the one I've previously built. I found I needed just a little more room for sanding the size cutting boards that I make. I rip six inch strips out of half-inch MDF to the sides. I cut the long sides to 24 inches and the short ones to 19 inches. READ MORE

How to Cut Tiles

How to Cut Tiles

How to Cut Tiles with Wickes

Our How to Cut Tiles guides you through the various ways to cut tiles to ensure you can choose the right method for your project.

Whether you’re using ceramic tiles or thicker tiles made from porcelain or natural materials, this video guides you through the various ways to cut tiles.

How to Tile Around a Toilet

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How to tile around a toilet with Wickes

Our How to Tile Around a Toilet will show you how to accurately cut your tiles to ensure a snug fit. Don’t forget: you can apply the same method when tiling around hand basin pedestals or other obstacles.

When it comes to tiling a bathroom floor, you’re almost guaranteed to encounter obstacles – such as the toilet pedestal.

How to Tile a Bathroom Wall

How to Tile a Bathroom Wall

Our How to Tile a Bathroom Wall will give you all the help and advice you’ll need to do this job well. There’s even advice on how to tile in and around a window recess.

This video explains in easy-to-understand terms how to creating a tiled wall that’s durable, water-resistant and attractive. Starting with how to calculate the number of tiles for a given space, it tells you how to lay out your tiles, make a tile gauge, cut tiles to shape, apply adhesive, finish with grout and clean. There’s even advice on how to tile in and around a window recess. READ MORE

How to Install Base Cabinets

How to Install Base Cabinets

Base cabinets are crucial for any kitchen, creating storage and a surface for a worktop to rest on. Learn how to install a cabinet with this step by step guide from one of our Wickes experts.

These are the steps to install your cabinets:

1. Starting in a corner, markup exactly where you want your cabinets to go using a spirit level to keep it straight.
2. In the same corner, you started before, place the first unit in position, so it's resting with its back against the wall.
3. If there's pipework or a high skirting board behind you'll have to cut an access gap both sides of the cabinet – mark where the pipes will pass and cut with a jigsaw.
4. Check the unit is level with a spirit level and adjust the legs as necessary – you can then add the next cabinet.
5. Clamp the two units together with two G-clamps, one at the top and one at the bottom.
6. Remove the hinge plates to attach the cabinets together neatly, drill and screw through the adjacent cabinet with the screws provided, then replace the hinge plate.
7. Towards the back of the side panel, drill a hole through both cabinets and secure using screws.
8. Attach L-shaped brackets to the top of each side panel. Use these as templates to mark where they need to be drilled into the wall.
9. Check there are no pipes or wires using a cable and pipe detector.
10. Using the appropriate drill bit, drill a hole to the length of your screw, tap in a wall plug and screw the bracket into place.
11. Continue until all the cabinets are in position.
12. At the end of the row of cabinets, you should place a side panel, you may need to cut this down to the correct size to fit your cabinets.
13. Use a circular saw or jigsaw to cut down your side panel and if necessary, cut the panel around the skirting to using an off cut for guidance.
12. Clamp the side panel to the cabinet, remove the hinges and drill a hole through the cabinet where the side panel is to be hung.
13. Screw the cabinet to the panel and replace the hinges, repeat for all other side panels. READ MORE

DIY Donny answers your flooring questions

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DIY Donny answers your flooring questions and gives expert DIY and home improvement advice on how to get the best flooring for your home.

In addition to our video, we recommend you read our ‘How To Guide – How to lay laminate flooring'. Use this guide to find out how to choose your materials, prepare your subfloor, lay your laminate flooring and fit trims to finish your project. https://www.wickes.co.uk/how-to-guides/how-to-lay-laminate-flooring

For flooring inspiration and tips for choosing your laminate and wooden flooring. https://www.wickes.co.uk/flooring/tips-for-choosing-flooring?flooring-page=tips READ MORE

How to Remove and Replace Tiles

How to remove and replace tiles with Wickes

Our How to Remove and Replace Tiles shows you how to remove and replace tiles that are old, chipped or split, including how to re-do the grout.

This video shows you how to remove and replace tiles that are old, chipped or split. It offers two different methods of removal as well as explanations on how to get rid of grout and scrape off even the most stubborn adhesive. By the end of this video, you’ll know how to re-fit an evenly spaced tile that sits flush to its neighbours, and how to re-do the grout without making a mess. READ MORE

How to Hang Wall Cabinets with Wickes

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Wall hung kitchen cabinets are a useful feature to any kitchen, they are excellent for storage and look great too. Learn how to hang a wall cabinet with this step by step guide from one of our Wickes experts.

In this video our Wickes expert fits a corner cabinet. These are the steps to hang your wall cabinet:

1. Mark up exactly where you want your wall cabinets to hang, use a spirit level to mark where the bottom and the sides of the wall unit will be.
2. Check how the cabinet will hang on the brackets by checking the back of the cabinet – you'll see the hook that will hold it to the wall bracket.
3. Using a tape measure, measure the distance this hook is from the top and side of the cabinet.
4. Mark those measurements on the wall along with the positions of the screw holes using the bracket as a guide.
5. Check there are no pipes or wires beneath using a cable and pipe detector.
6. Put on safety glasses and gloves to drill holes into the wall.
7. Place the correct wall plugs into the holes and screw the bracket into place, repeat with the second bracket.
8. Lift the cabinet into place slightly above the brackets and lower so the unit brackets hold onto the wall brackets.
9. Finally, to make sure the cabinet is leveled you can adjust the height of each bracket using the adjuster block, use a spirit level to measure. READ MORE

How to Tile Around a Window with Wickes

How to Tile Around a Window

How to Tile around a Window with Wickes

Our How to Tile Around a Window will give you all the skills you need to do this job well.

The techniques featured in this video will help you master the skill of tiling around a window recess. You’ll find out how to accurately measure the depth of the recess, cut your tiles to size and fix them in place. There’s advice on fitting tile trim, creating neat corner joints, and instructions on how to make and install wooden supports to keep your top tiles in place whilst the adhesive sets. READ MORE

How to build a garden bench and table

How to build a garden bench and table with Wickes, expert DIY and home improvement advice on how to build your very own garden bench and table.

In addition to our ‘How To' video, we recommend you read our ‘How To Guide – How to build a garden bench and table'. It features diagrams and detailed step-by-step advice on how to build your own garden bench and table. https://www.wickes.co.uk/howtobenchproject

There’s no time like the summer to get inspired by DIY, so why not build your own garden bench and table set to make the most of the weather. All you need is a few planks of timber, some tools and a bit of elbow grease. We have everything you need to get the job done. READ MORE

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