DIY Tips & Ideas

Save time, money and effort around the house with our clever DIY tips and ideas. Get advice and inspiration on renovating, decorating, building and landscaping, plus learn lots of handy home-improvement shortcuts. Check out our problem solvers and hacks for the home, garden and workshop.

DIY Grass Stools
Now fake turf looks more like real grass but without the maintenance. Pet and child-friendly, it’s made from hard-wearing synthetic materials, making it ideal for outdoor use. Use it to cover timber stools that can double as ottomans like these gras...
5 Step Backyard Makeover
The key to a great outdoor space is clever design and getting the essentials like shade and furnishings just right. When it comes to current trends, tasteful furniture that blends with the surrounding setting is out, and unusual colourful pieces are...
A Quick Guide To Growing Asian Greens
From Thai and Chinese to Vietnamese and Malaysian, virtually everyone love Asian food. Whether we’re whipping up a stir-fry or going out for sushi or yum cha, we just can’t get enough. And the good news for Asian food buffs is that the greens they...
Make A Succulent Ball
It’s easy to make, just buy two wire-framed hanging baskets, remove the liner and replace with moss, then plant the basket from the outside with a selection of succulents. You can use cuttings in the ball but leave them in a brightly lit spot for th...
5 Extraordinary Uses For Paintbrushes
Sure paintbrushes are designed to you know... paint. But there are a variety of other ways you can use this tool, and none of them include a tin of Hog Bristle.
How to Mount a TV on Plasterboard The Easy Way
Mounting a flat-screen TV to an internal plasterboard wall needn’t be difficult – with the right fixing product. You need to be confident that the hardware you use to fix a TV to the wall will keep it firmly secured in the one spot for many years....
Ceiling refresh
The ceiling in this 1980s house was showing its age and, during winter, a few of the glass panels around the fire in the living area were broken. This allowed smoke to escape and rise to the ceiling, which created sooty stains. Halogen downlights we...
10 Tips For Moving Heavy Furniture
Whether you’re just rearranging your living room or moving house, shifting furniture can be a big task. If it’s not done correctly, you can waste a lot of time and energy. Here are a few simple techniques you can use when lugging heavy or awkward it...
5 easy steps to a new windowpane
Use the old pane as a guide to buy a new pane of glass from a supplier, or measure the opening between the rebates, then deduct 3mm from either side to allow for clearance and simple installation.
How to use a caulking gun
The gun comprises a cradle that holds the cartridge in position, and a plunger that pushes the base of the cartridge forwards, forcing the sealant or adhesive through the nozzle. This allows the adhesive to be delivered in a steady and controlled ma...
5 Extraordinary Uses For Paper Bags

Five ways to use paper bags around the home. Image: iStock 

Paper bags are very to handy to have around the home. While they are standardly use to carry food, they have other incredible uses. Here are five extraordinary ways you can use paper bags.  1. Dry herbs  Wash and thoroughly dry several bunches of...
Spraying glass jar label residue with Selleys RP7
Glass jars have dozens of uses in the home and garden, including sorting nails and screws, making garden lanterns, creating terrariums or storing spices, nuts and cereal.   Despite their many uses, it’s often very tricky to get the label off a glass...
DIY On Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island has a thriving and very creative DIY community 

Two of Australians’ favourite pastimes have to be DIY and home renovation.  It’s fairly simple to get into DIY. Read a good magazine or surf the web for ideas, get the materials you need, and you’re on your way. But what if the range of materia...
15 DIY Tips From Handyman Readers

Our readers share their best DIY tips and tricks 

Ticking items off the to-do list is very satisfying but when it comes  to DIY, working smarter, not harder, is the best plan of attack. Tried-and-tested tips from those who have done it before can help you work more efficiently, so you can get th...
Oscillating tools are extremely versatile, with countless attachments for a variety of tasks including cutting, sanding and scraping. Also known as multitools, they have dozens of handy uses. Here 5 ways you can use this versatile tool when renovatin...
How To Choose The Right Adhesive For The Job

Create a super-strong bond by using the best product for the surface

Have you ever looked for the right glue or adhesive to use on a DIY job and been baffled by the range of products? Here’s a simple breakdown of what to use for a few basic jobs around the home. Traditionally, the word glue was used to refer to bo...
6 Strategies To Keep Your Home Cool

A climber over a pergola gives you a gorgeous living canopy. Image: Alamy 

The warmer months are here and as usual they bring sweltering temperatures that can quickly turn the home into an unbearable furnace. Air conditioning is an effective solution, but there are also simple preventative steps you can take to minimise...
Ladder Safety

Always wear closed-toe, non-slip boots or shoes when you’re on a ladder. Image: Alamy

Do you know what is one of the most potentially dangerous things around the home? The chances are that you have one of them lurking in your garden shed, the garage or under the house.  We’re talking about ladders. These seemingly harmless DIY mus...
How To Hang Wallpaper In The Bedroom
Use the latest generation of easy-to-put-up wallpaper to give a room an instant facelift. The true test of a marriage, it’s been said, is whether a couple can survive hanging wallpaper together. But with the new generation of easy-to-apply produc...
Heating For Every Home

Different types of homes require different heating solutions, learn what heating best suits your needs. Image: Thinkstock 

Keeping your home toasty in the winter means creating an effective heating strategy,  working with the orientation and architectural style of your home.  Installing insulation in your roof will help retain heat, as up to 40% of the warm air can b...
How To Transport Items In Your Ute

Use the right equipment and techniques to transport your load safely 

Most DIY jobs involve shopping for materials, but overloading your ute to transport them home could be a recipe for disaster. According to the Victorian roads authority VicRoads, it gets about 700 callouts a year to remove debris on the road caus...
Iconic Brands

Times have changed but some brands have withstood the test of time

The shelves at the local hardware store are regularly updated with tools and devices that promise to make our lives easier. But the home maintenance products that remain most popular are those that were invented more than 50 years ago. When grass...
Home Security Solutions

Protect your home from intruders with our expert tips 

Knowing the house is properly locked up and protected is a critical part of enjoying a break, or even just a long workday, so it pays to review security methods before going away. Prevention is better than cure says Neil Mitchelhill, business man...
8 DIY Security Tricks

Learn our 8 security tips that will keep your house secure while you are on holiday

Empty houses full of Christmas presents make summer holidays a high-risk time for break-ins, and it takes just seconds for a thief to make off with your valuables.  To fool the casual observer into thinking you’re at home while you are actually a...
Install An Undersink Water Filtration System
You turn on the tap and out it comes, but how much more do you know about the water you drink, cook, clean and wash with?  It comes mostly from two sources. Surface water is rainfall collected from streams and rivers. Groundwater is water that ha...
A Budget Laundry Renovation, Handyman magazine, DIY,
A multi-functional utility room gets an overhaul to keep up with a busy family and maximise the floorspace.  When they first bought their coastal home, Handymanreaders Kate and Chad Griffith had already revamped the laundry as part of a total ren...
DIY or tradie, Handyman with drill and tool belt,

Figure out which jobs you can do yourself and which requires a professional during a bathroom reno 

There is plenty you can do in a bathroom renovation to save money without compromising safety standards but knowing your limitations and the legalities is key.  Overestimating what you can achieve in terms of quality and time is the DIYer’s downf...
Do you know what is one of the most dangerous things around the home? Chances are you have it lurking in your garden shed, the garage or under the house. We're talking about ladders. These seemingly harmless DIY must-haves are responsible for thousan...
man using ipad

Use these apps to help your renovation run smoothly

Smartphones are par for the course these days and the number of apps that are available to make life easier now seems limitless. The Handyman team have spent time road testing apps that DIYers can use during projects and home renovations.  Here’s our...
Top 10 Renovation Tips

Minimise delays with thorough research and planning

A home renovation should be a positive experience as, theoretically, it’s improving the value and appearance of your biggest asset. But more often than not a reno doesn’t go as smoothly as you’d wish.   As well as being dirty, noisy and expensive, wo...
Paint tins and paintbrush

Allow two to three days to paint an entire room from start to finish

Painting is high on the list of DIY home improvements but it can be daunting as it costs time and money. But done correctly, a freshly painted room is a cost-effective and big-impact way to make over an interior.   The four essential steps to a profe...
We show you how to increase the heat efficiency of your home with the application of weatherproof stripping to block drafts.    “Make sure your weatherproofing is up to scratch. Here’s a bit that wasn’t fitted very well. And it does wear out ov...
We show you how to install a smoke alarm in your home to keep you and your family safe from fire.   “Smoke alarms save lives. It’s irresponsible not to have them in your home and these days they’re inexpensive and so easy to maintain.    Be...