Cut a small section of plaster onto the plastering trowel and apply to the repair with

Cut a small section of plaster onto the plastering trowel and apply to the repair with vertical and horizontal movements. Press firmly to work the plaster into the damaged area. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, leave the plaster to dry. Once the plaster is dry, use a spray gun or paint brush to dampen the surface with clean water. Using the edge of a clean trowel, work across the plaster repair to smooth the finish. Repeat this process if advised by the manufacturer. Check the area around the repair with a cable, pipe & stud detector to make sure it’s safe to cut through the old plasterboard. Add an extra 25mm at the top and bottom, then cut the offcut to size with a plasterboard saw or retractable knife. Using a pencil and straight edge, mark the original measurements (without the additional 25mm overhangs) onto the wall. Draw diagonal lines from the hole into each corner. Then, use a plasterboard saw to cut along the diagonal lines. Using a retractable knife and straight edge, score the plasterboard along the guide marks and remove the excess plasterboard. Drill a hole that is big enough to easily accommodate a nail into the centre of the plasterboard offcu...

2020 McLaren GT first drive review: Supercar heart, grand tourer finesse

Powerful, fast, comfortable and, yes, practical — this is truly the McLaren of exotic grand tourers. The McLaren GT might have the most straightforward name of all time, perhaps only behind the Renault Le Car. The latest trend for manufacturers of fun, fast or luxurious cars is to branch out and expand into the lucrative SUV market. But not at McLaren. Instead, the people in charge of McLaren Automotive have decided that what their customers want, in addition to their lineup of street- and track-focused supercars, is a grand tourer — a true McLaren GT. McLaren has dabbled in GTs before: The 570GT was a supercar with some token of practicality and the older Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was a fever dream of a bygone era. Yet the automaker says the aptly named McLaren GT is its first proper grand tourer. While McLaren initially set its sights on challenging manufacturers such as Ferrari and Lamborghini with its supercars, the GT takes aim at fellow Brits Aston Martin and Bentley. Both make cars that adhere to the list of requirements of a grand tourer: powerful, fast, comfortable, luxurious and with a certain degree of practicality and ease of use. The Aston Martin DB11 AM...