By late morning/early afternoon, you should be ready to start applying the decking treatment. Work in the direction of the grain along the length of each board to avoid overlap marks, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. By late afternoon/early evening, the first coat should be dry (allow about four hours between coats, depending on the product), so you can apply a second coat.
:: Unless further coats are required, you should be able to enjoy your decking from Sunday morning onwards - weather permitting. For a step-by-step guide to sprucing up your decking, download the All Decked Out podcast at www.sadolin.co.uk/homeowner
DIY news bulletin
Bosch has launched a really useful cordless cutting tool for DIY and more - the new and improved Xeo 2. Easy to manoeuvre, because it’s small and light, the Xeo 2’s also super simple to use - just take off the safety catch, grip the rubberised handle and press the trigger.
It’s brilliant for lightweight cutting tasks, such as cutting wallpaper ready for hanging, and it powers through carpet (up to 6mm thick) and vinyl flooring in seconds. The blade’s self-sharpening, there’s a safety guard to protect your
fingers, and it’s easy to see where you’re cutting, which isn’t always the case with power tools.
The new Ask a Designer app on B&Q’s Facebook page offers a free bathroom design service, with a detailed rundown of how to recreate the look you want within the space, budget and time available. You simply submit pictures of your bathroom and include details of what you’d like to achieve. B&Q’s team of experts will choose the rooms most in need of a makeover and then come up with a design to fit the brief. From August, the app will be available for kitchen makeovers as well. Submit your pictures to B&Q’s page at www.facebook.com