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gapfilla.com is based on the passing-on of knowledge and experience by those who have done to those who are interested in doing the same or similar things.

The Gapfilla Model

Gapfilla presents articles in a three part format; namely Planning, Design and Installation, and we have separated this site under those three groupings so that whatever field you start in, a progressive path can be followed through the three phases.

The Planning section is where we plan what we want to achieve. Here we discuss the logistical issues one needs to be aware of, and at this stage we are not concerned with how to put something up, but simply why and where we want it to go. The diy'ers outcome from this section is essentially a 'wants' list and in most cases will take the form of a (hand drawn) sketch.

With planning in the bag, Design enables one to decide how the physical work will be performed, in accord with the relevant rules and regulations. This detail enables us to cost and order the necessary parts and pieces. The outcome is typically a detailed design plus parts list complete with pricing.

Installation focuses upon a high level plan of the physical work involved. It does not get into extreme detail and in some cases refers the diy'er to alternative sources, noting that in many cases excellent installation detail is readily available elsewhere. Nonetheless it should provide what the diy'er needs to start work! The outcome is the completion of work. One additional aspect that Installation covers is the question of what work the diy'er may legally undertake.

Case Studies is an opportunity to address more specific tasks that may have relevance to particular projects you are considering undertaking. Case studies take someone's wants, and realise a solution tailored to those specific wants, drawing on the planning, design and installation topics for more specialised background.

Maintenance is a collection of short items that address the issues of how to maintain someone else's prior work. For example, if you were to inherit a limestone floor and want to retain it, how do you best look after it? This area will be populated in response to requests from people visiting that page.

We have separate headings for Tools, Consumables and (soon) Safety.

Articles are (typically) written in a highly factual manner, focusing on what a person needs to know to complete the project, with only minimal emphasis on the theory behind the processes. For instance, rather than discuss the electricity carrying capacity of cable, we simply advise that a 2.5mm cable is required for a regulation ring circuit. Full stop. In cases where the knowledge rests elsewhere, as in the selection of wall fastenings to suit curtain rods, we simply rely on a hyperlink to that detail.

Article length is determined by the amount and depth of the content.

We hope you find the gapfilla.com site useful.

Please be advised: gapfilla.com does not purport to be an expert in all facets of diy, but has significant experience in almost all of the topics covered on this site. We suggest that all persons take adequate care in the translation and application of this content to their projects, particularly as projects rarely encounter identical issues and constraints. If in doubt, we suggest you seek advice from a professional tradesperson or advisor. All material copyright gapfilla.com 2005-13