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There’s a new DIY advent calendar perfect for home improvements lovers and you can get it from Wickes

IF there’s someone in your household who loves a bit of DIY then we have found the perfect advent calendar to buy for them this year.

The Draper Tools advent calendar includes a measuring tape, adjustable wrench, a selection of pliers, hexagon keys and a ¼” hex magnetic screwdriver with 31 different insert bits.

This Draper Tool calendar comes with 49 different surprises - perfect for creating a brand new tool box

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This Draper Tool calendar comes with 49 different surprises – perfect for creating a brand new tool box

It also comes with a handy, sturdy case to keep everything safe and organised.

The limited edition calendar will be available from stockists nationally around the country and online, including Wickes, from end of October.

It’s Recommended Retail Price (RRP) is just £34.99, although individual retailers can set their own prices.

The full list of contents for the calendar is:

  • 1x 2m Measuring tape
  • 1x 100mm Adjustable wrench
  • 1x 115mm Combination pliers
  • 1x 115mm Diagonal pliers
  • 1x ¼” Hex magnetic bit driver
  • 1x 1/4’” Hex 60mm magnetic bit holder
  • 9x 25mm PZ TYPE insert bits: No.0, No.1 (x2) No.2 (x4) and No3 (x2)
  • 3x 25mm Cross slot insert bits: No.2
  • 4x 25mm Plain slot insert bits: 3, 4.5, 5.5 and 6.5mm
  • 7x 25mm DRAPER TX-STAR insert bits: T10, T15, T20, T25, T27, T30 and T40
  • 3x 25mm Square insert bits: No.1, No2 and No.3
  • 5x 25mm Hexagon insert bits: 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6mm
  • 10 x Hex keys 0 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3., 4, 5, 5.5, 6, 8, 10mm
  • 1x Storage case with EVA insert

Draper Tools says that you’ll end up with the sort of set that could be handy for anyone around the house, garage or even at work.

As you open each door, you’ll start to build a tool kit that could come in useful for all those little unexpected jobs around the

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Architecture Of Bath: Past Perfect

bath cityDespite Bath’s allure as a tourism destination, it remains vulnerable to pressures of develop-ment and climate change
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Nestled between the rolling hills of Somerset beside river Avon, just two hours by train from the hubbub of London, sit the Palladian buildings of Bath, a city founded by the Romans in 1st century AD as a thermal spa. The Roman bathhouses and the city’s enthralling architecture have earned it the status of a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Called the ‘Monte Carlo of Britain’, Bath became a thriving spa resort, attracting the fashionable sections of society from 17th century onwards. They flocked here looking for both a cure for their illnesses—“take the waters”, as it was once known—as well as the perfect spot to hobnob. Today the city hosts one of the world’s best-preserved Roman Baths, the Gothic splendour of Bath Abbey, the 200-year-old Royal Theatre, and the Queen Square complex with its unique edifices. Interlinked spaces formed by crescents, terraces and squares blend seamlessly into lush greenery.

Incredibly, many of the city’s Roman attractions, several of which are subterranean, still exist in excellent condition, and are visited by over a million tourists every year. “Though there has been some loss of Georgian buildings elsewhere, Bath remains remarkably well-preserved despite its provenance going back more than 2,000 years,” says my local guide, as we walk on Roman pavements past the Temple of Sulis Minerva, the Roman town of Aquae Sulis, and the bath complex.

Located next to the excavated Roman Baths, the thermal springs were reopened to the public in 2006 in a fresh, new avatar as Thermae Bath Spa, consisting of an ensemble of Georgian buildings accented with contemporary flourishes. “The spa is the only place in Britain where you can bathe in naturally warm, mineral-rich waters as the

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Outdoor Kitchens – Designing the Perfect Backyard Cooking Station

Outdoor kitchens are becoming popular these days with everyone wanting to enjoy the great outdoors. Many families enjoy eating outside especially during the summer season. These cooking stations are also great for BBQ parties. Planning for an outdoor living area can sometimes take time because there are several important factors to consider. But once you have your own kitchen outdoors, you will realize that the time, effort and money you put in planning and making your kitchen is worth it.

Considerations

Before remodeling your house to include an outdoor kitchen, it is very important to plan everything first. This is to ensure that you will know exactly what you should, how much you will spend and the end result. The cost is definitely one of the most important factors to consider. How much are you willing to spend for your kitchen design? The price range for an outdoor kitchen usually runs from $ 3,000 to $ 15,000.

Aside from the cost, the design is another crucial factor. You should make sure that your outdoor kitchen does not clash with your house design, backyard landscape or your patio. These kitchens can add to the real estate value of your home so make sure that it blends with the surroundings. You can either hire a professional to design your kitchen or you can also look at picture of popular outdoor living areas for your reference.

Common Designs

There are several outdoor kitchen designs to choose from: L-shaped island, Basic island and U-shaped center. For those with L-shaped designs, there is a separate space for preparing and cooking food. On the other hand, a Basic island design usually includes a sink, a small space for food preparation and a grill. This is usually good for light cooking only. The U-shaped center design divides …

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Creating the Perfect Bathroom Design

Homeowners across the world are looking for ways to increase the value of their homes through renovation. Many of these homeowners turn to kitchen and bathroom renovations, creating an appealing space that will draw in potential purchasers and also make their home life modern, convenient and functional.

The decision to carry out a renovation is an exciting one, but it does come with a lot of imagination and decisions. It's very difficult to picture the space when completed, which is why it's so important to sit down with your designer or draw up your own layout, which you can use as reference when visiting bathroom showrooms and looking at the fantastic products available.

Your layout doesn't have to be anything fancy and it's really easy to do. Using a piece of paper write down the measurements of the space, measure the length and width of the space, so as you purchase products, you can ensure they leave you with enough floor space. It's always advisable to measure from floor to window sill, especially if you intend placing a bath or basin under the window.

Deciding on a design can be a little harder to accomplish. You may want to follow recent trends and choose a spa inspired space that oozes luxury and elegance or you may want to go with an ultra-modern space with plenty of straight edges and brilliant whites. There is no right or wrong here, the choice is down to what you prefer and what you feel will work best for you and your family.

When you visit a bathroom showroom you will find yourself tugged in all directions. There are so many products to look at and decide on. In order to ensure they work in your space, take your layout along with you. This way …

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