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April 18, 2017

Getting Doors Fitted

Filed under: DIY,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 5:14 pm

Getting Doors Fitted – For most of us the time will come when we need to replace one or more doors in our house, be it a front door or several interior doors. The thing with doors is that take a bit of a battering during everyday use and we perhaps do not appreciate just how much wear and tear most of our doors go through over the years. So it is not surprising that our doors get a bit tatty and need replacing from time to time. Of course it may not be that your doors are tatty and actually need replacing, it might just be that you have decided to go for a new look and perhaps change those moulded hardboard doors for nice new hardwood ones. Now if you are a keen DIYer, you might be able to tackle this task by yourself, but the chances are you are going to need to call in an expert door fitter (carpenter and joiner?) to do the job for you. Hanging doors is not everyones favourite job (even carpenters) because it is never as straight forward as you might think. If all the doors were straight and flat, and all the door frames were equal and plumb, we probably wouldn’t have so much bother with hanging doors, but as generally none of this is true, things can soon get a bit tricky. Calling in your local door fitter will certainly be a good plan and he will solve all these issues without too much problem, he will also fit your locks for you and make sure everything is working correctly. If you need a new UPVC front door, or maybe a pair of patio doors, you will need to get in touch with  a window/conservatory specialist rather than a carpenter, although some carpenters may still be able to do this for you or put you in touch with someone who can. Its just a case of getting the right door fitter for your specific door fitting job.

April 6, 2017

Need a New Staircase

Filed under: DIY,England,Scotland,Services — Tags: , , — needahand @ 5:49 pm

Need a New Staircase? – There comes a time for most of us when that tired old staircase starts to look a bit dreary and delapidated. What do you do? Do you restore or renovate your existing staircase of do you replace it with a shiney new model? Perhaps the first step might be to call in a staircase fitter to have a look at what you have currently got, maybe he can make some suggestions as to what might be the best course of action. You might be able to change your whole house around by moving or switching round your staircase, you might be able to incorporate a new style of staircase, maybe a spiral staircase or a floating staircase. This could dramatically change the look of your house and you could be the envy of your friends and relatives. This is not going to be cheap though, so be ready to shell out some serious money if you are planning this type of remodelling. If you live somewhere like London, you could find that you will actually add more to the value of your home than the cost of doing the job, of course this does not just apply for London, this could be true wherever you live, so you might want to investigate just how much value you could add to your property in your particular area.

March 30, 2017

Handyman Services Are Useful

Filed under: DIY,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , — needahand @ 3:42 pm

Handyman Services Are Useful – If I had a pound for every time my wife asked me to do odd jobs around the house I would have enough cash to hire a handyman to do the jobs for me. Don’t you find that the more you are asked, the less likely you are to actually do the job. I guess its stubborness (is there such a word?), but being constantly pestered really gets my goat up. It isn’t always for this reason the jobs get ignored or postponed though, sometimes I really don’t have the time, and sometimes there is a specific tool that would make the job so much easier and I don’t happen to have that tool. This is when calling in your local handyman might actually work out cheaper than going and buying the tools that you need. A handyman ….. well, comes in handy at times and they can generally do quite a wide range of jobs and have all the necessary tools and equipment to carry out the work. Next time you are calling in your local handyman (or handywoman) make a list of all those odd jobs the wife has been pestering you about, and you can get them all done in one hit.

March 23, 2017

You Might Need a Dog Walker

Filed under: England,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 9:10 am

You Might Need a Dog Walker – Many of us take on pets, especially dogs, without really thinking through the consequences of that action. Dogs take a lot of looking after and are quite a big responsibility if they are to live happy and healthy lives. Okay, your circumstances may have changed since you took on the dog, but even without changes our lives are very busy, with lots of duties and responsibilities to juggle. You are probably at work for most of the day and then when you get home, you have the kids to deal with, housework, home maintenance and you still want some kind of social life don’t you? Slot a dog into the this equation and you’ve got a pretty full day, so who is going to take the dog for a walk? Dogs need a lot of exercise and should really be taken out at least twice a day, it is essential for their health, their mental wellbeing and many other things, but do you really have the time? This is when you might consider employing a professional dog walker to take that responsibility off you. A dog walker will call in every day, collect your dog and take it for a nice long walk, leaving you free to do more important things. Walking the dog is not all the dog walker will do, they may also feed and check up on any other pets while they are at the house, do any pet duties while you are on holiday and maybe even offer services like dog grooming and dog washing. All in all a dog walker can take the stress out of owning a dog.

March 17, 2017

Time to Get Your Garden Straight

Filed under: Gardens,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 9:19 am

Time to Get Your Garden Straight – With the winter fading and the better weather arriving, it is a good time to start thinking about getting your garden straight. Bad weather, winter storms and months of neglect, may have left you garden looking somewhat dishevelled. With our busy working lives taking up most of our waking hours it is not always easy to find the time to spend on your garden, and even when you do it seems like 3 weeks later it lokks just as bad as before. Perhaps you should start thinking about getting in a professional gardener to take over the hard work for you. Book on in for a regular visit and your garden should be looking in tip top shape before you know it. You can then spend your leisure time enjoying your garden rather than working on it. Ask a friend or family member to recommend a gardener, don’t just pick the first and cheapest one that comes along. Many so called “gardeners” are not gardeners at all, just individuals trying to earn some pin money by mowing lawns, trimming hedges and clearing up dead leaves. If that is all you want done then fine, but it is better to employ a gardener who knows his stuff and can deal with problems as they arrive, having a knowledge of what will grow in your garden, what needs doing and when and understands the effects of the seasons and weather on your plants and green spaces.

February 23, 2017

Finding a Tree Surgeon

Filed under: DIY,Gardens,Services — Tags: — needahand @ 1:37 pm

Finding a Tree Surgeon – When you have trees that are getting overgrown in your garden or on your property you should normally not try to do this by yourself. While you might think you will save money by doing it yourself you could easily cause injury to yourself, your trees or others if the task is not carried out correctly. Employing a trained tree surgeon to do the work would be your best option and you can look in local newspapers, the Yellow Pages or online to find the best person for the job. Be sure to get someone who is fully trained, not just a guy with a ladder and a chainsaw (who will likely do more damage than you would do yourself).

January 20, 2017

TV Aerial Installation

Filed under: DIY,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 1:15 pm

TV Aerial Installation – From time to time you may need to get a new TV aerial installed on your house, maybe the old one is rusty and worn or perhaps it has become loose due to high winds and bad weather, or possibly you are changing to Sky and need a new dish installed. Whatever the reason you will need to contact a local aerial fitter to do the job for you. It is best not to attempt this type of job yourself as it can be pretty dangerous and also you need some special equipment in order to get your TV aerial set up correctly. Professional aerial fitters will complete this kind of task in no time and you should get perfect reception from your new aerial.

Installation of TV Aerials – From time to time you may need to get a new TV aerial installed on your house, maybe the old one is rusty and worn or perhaps it has become loose due to high winds and bad weather, or possibly you are changing to Sky and need a new dish installed. Whatever the reason you will need to contact a local aerial fitter to do the job for you. It is best not to attempt this type of job yourself as it can be pretty dangerous and also you need some special equipment in order to get your TV aerial set up correctly. Professional aerial fitters will complete this kind of task in no time and you should get perfect reception from your new aerial.

Warning: Do not try to put an aerial up yourself unless you have the correct safety equipment and adequate knowledge to do the job.

November 2, 2016

Taking Judo Classes

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , — needahand @ 3:22 pm

Taking Judo Classes – If you fancy taking up a new hobby, need something to increase your level of fitness or fancy improving your self defence capabilities, you might want to consider signing up for local Judo classes. Most major towns are home to a number of Judo clubs or schools and apart from gaining the aforementioned benefits you can also use these to meet with new people and make new friends. Now Judo is one of the more modern of the martial arts and was in fact only formulated in 1882 by one Kano Jigoro from Japan. It is now practised worldwide and is even a sport in the Olympic Games, so it has come a long way since the 1880s.

The first world champion of Judo was Shokichi Natsui who won the title in 1956.

This gentle system of unarmed combat has now become mostly a sport with complex rules and scoring methods, bit don’t let this put you off because it is a fun thing to do with plenty of health and wellbeing benefits. Maybe if you stick to it you will one day be a Black Belt!

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