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ASK THE EXPERTS

We answer your DIY and maintenance questions with a little help from the experts

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My kitchen plughole has been giving off a nasty odour lately and I can see a layer of gunge around the top of it and further down the pipe. I’ve tried using bleach but it’s not helping and a friend recommended using an old toothbrush to tackle the overflow but it doesn’t reach all the parts I want it to. Can you suggest anything to make the job easier?

K Thorpe, by email

ALouise Renwick, Brand Manager at Buster, has the solution… The plughole is one of the most used areas of the home and often the most neglected, until there’s a problem. Warm homes can cause a buildup of grime and germs in and around the plughole, pipe and overflow. These germs can be dislodged by fast running water and find their way onto surrounding surfaces, infecting anything they may come into contact with.

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I know that November isn’t everyone’s favourite month, but I think there’s something rather cosy about coming home on a cold, dark night and curling up on the sofa in front of the fire. If you’re thinking of investing in a wood-burner to warm up your home this winter then turn to page 115, where we’ve got the low-down on the latest models and what you need to consider before you buy. Talking of making your home warm and toasty, do take a look at George Clarke’s column this month, where he shares his expert advice on insulating your home (p.111). Of course nothing beats, a tasty comforting supper on those chilly November nights – so do try our delicious recipe suggestions on page 100, packed with warming spices! I know many of you are keen to be braver when it comes to using pattern in your home, so on page 36 we show how to make it work for you, from balancing scale to creating the illusion of space and, of course, our pick of the latest designs for wallpapers and fabrics to inspire you. Many of us dream of living in a period property with gorgeous plasterwork and beautiful fireplaces, but in reality many of them have had their original features removed or damaged over the years. In this month’s home improvement feature, we take a look at what steps you need to take to restore your period home to its former glory and where to look for affordable, original materials (p.106). Happy decorating!