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Macclesfield Express - - HOMES -

MOV­ING heavy or bulky DIY tools and ma­te­ri­als, or large ap­pli­ances, is tricky, es­pe­cially if ac­cess is poor, but the great-value 3-in-1 Hand Truck (£69.99, prod­uct code 27108, www.screw­fix.com) makes it much eas­ier.

Depend­ing on what you’re car­ry­ing, you can use it as a ver­ti­cal sack truck, an an­gled sack truck or a flat trol­ley, and it’s easy to switch be­tween them.

The truck can hold up to 200kg and although it’s made of sturdy metal, it’s also light­weight – the big wheels are easy to ma­noeu­vre.

If you’re do­ing up your home and gar­den, the Hand Truck is one piece of kit you won’t want to man­age with­out. STAIN­ING floor­boards a dark colour looks stunning and is a great way to dis­guise mis­matched boards that have been patched in.

Ron­seal Di­a­mond­Hard Floor Var­nish in Satin Wal­nut (£42.98 for 2.5ltr, B&Q), is a so­phis­ti­cated dark stain that suits all styles of home – the more coats you do, the richer and bet­ter the colour be­comes.

It’s nice to use and dries re­ally quickly, so you can re­coat in no time.

As well as be­ing a lovely colour, it’s de­signed to pro­tect against knocks, spills and scuffs and is Ron­seal’s tough­est var­nish. When it comes to floors, you need a var­nish like this that looks great and wears well long term.

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