Before we bought our house 30 years ago, a friend was also interested in it. She got an architect to check it over and he said all the windows needed replacing. Fortunately for us, she backed out of the sale. We have replaced just one window and the others are still doing a sterling job. The quality of timber used today seems to be vastly inferior to the slower grown, better cured timber of the past so if I have any problems with doors and windows I tend to repair rather than replace. The same goes for garden furniture. You can often find some amazing bargains on eBay, Preloved or at an auction. These might well need a bit of a touch-up, but you can end up with an unusual, personalised piece that you are unlikely to see elsewhere. Our old green oak garden table is 3m x 1m. We made it from chunky planks pre-cut by a saw mill for £200. It featured in a DIY book I wrote 17 years ago, Garden Workshop. Now the top is a bit eroded in places and the husband (who is more Rothschild than Steptoe) started making noises. I (being more Steptoe than Rothschild) decided to give it a lift. Having admired a zinc-topped dining table, I decided a new top might work. Philip, from Manor Welding, wh...