Dick’s DIY Tricks

When tackling any DIY project, it’s always nice to have a helping hand in getting the job done. That’s why we have called upon Dick Strawbridge to share his DIY tricks.

Armed with his DIY knowledge and love of home improvements on his own French chateau, Dick has put together a short series of how-to videos that reveal his everyday tips and tricks.

From how to properly plan your projects, measure and cut wood, to knowing what’s the best tools to use and how to use them – Dick’s DIY tricks will have you feeling like a pro in no time.

How to Plan your Project

Every successful DIY project starts with a well-thought-out plan of action.

Beginning with what tools, materials and skills you’ll need, Dick will help you lay all the right foundations, so you can successfully complete every task.

How to Use a Tape Measure

It’s an often-overlooked step at the heart of every home improvement task, as many of us feel confident in how to use a measuring tape – yet we always find ourselves driving back to Homebase for more materials.

In this short clip, Dick shows you how to avoid the most common mistakes when measuring up your project.

How to Choose your Saw

What type of hand saw you need depends on the material you’re cutting and your desired finish.

Here, Dick shows you the different types of saws and some clever hacks on how to get the most out of your hand tools.

How to Saw

Sawing wood may look simple, but there are a few steps you can follow to avoid splitting and snapping your materials – and Dick’s here to give you some top tips, alongside some practical DIY advice to ensure you achieve a professional-looking finish every time.

How to Choose the Right Screwdriver Bits

While screwdriver bits may look similar, there’s actually a range of different types you should know about. As part of Dick’s DIY Tricks, he’s here to show you how to choose the right bit for your screws.

How to Plant

To give your herbs and flowers the best chance of thriving and surviving, you’ve got to start by planting them properly. In this video, Dick reveals his tips and tricks that will make you a planting pro in no time.

Now you’ve got all of Dick’s DIY tricks, ready to tackle your own home improvement project? Check out our Give It a Go with Dick & Angel series.

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