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DIY or Do It Yourself has really taken off in recent years in the UK , particularly with the boom in the property market. The British are very keen on owning their own home rather than renting and doing your own home improvement can increase the value of your house and is also very rewarding. This interest in DIY is reflected in the increase of DIY programmes shown on terrestrial channels in the UK . Game shows to win your dream house, rescuing distressed homeowners and their families from DIY disasters, and DIY tips on doing up your house within a budget are just some of the TV shows on our screens today. DIY decorating allows people to change the look of their house according to their tastes without having to go to the hassle and expense of hiring decorators. DIY is no longer exclusively the preserve of men; women are showing a keen interest and are prepared to get their hands dirty in the interests of getting the job done.
Other than watching television programmes for advice on doing up your home, DIY tips are available on a range of subjects across this website. Look in DIY projects for advice on DIY decorating, covering areas such as DIY kitchens , bathrooms and tiling. The section on DIY home improvement deals with systems and features on the inside of your home. Look here for DIY tips on central heating, plumbing, electrical systems, fireplaces and windows. For information on larger structures such as DIY conservatories and DIY loft conversions , or DIY plastering tips, see DIY building . DIY gardening covers work to do outside the house. This includes structures for the garden such as DIY swimming pools and DIY decking . There is a DIY help section of the The Toolbox - this has DIY tips for beginners, metric conversion tables which are very useful for those who grew up with the imperial system and are trying to adapt to the metric system now, budget DIY advice and a DIY glossary of some of the terms used throughout this site and some other useful terms.
Doing your own home improvement can be very rewarding and there are those who enjoy it for its own sake. It is also good to have the confidence to know that if there are any minor problems such as a leaking tap, you can fix them without having to call a professional tradesman who would charge an arm and a leg to fix a relatively minor problem. Plumbers and electricians are in great demand these days as there aren't enough people with these skills. Undertaking some DIY can save a lot of money.