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January 14, 2020

Polished Concrete Flooring

Polished Concrete Flooring: A flooring option which most people associate with warehouses, galleries and department stores, polished concrete is nowadays making inroads into the domestic flooring market. It has a number of advantages over traditional flooring techniques and although you might not at first think so, it is good for the environment. This is because most properties already have a solid concrete base (foundation), so there is no need for additional expensive flooring materials which will only last a few years and then need replacing. Concrete will endure for many years and it is thought by many that a properly treated polished concrete floor should last upwards of 100 years, making it by far the most long-lasting form of flooring available today. It is also cost-effective because the main materials are already in place and once done, it will never need replacing and in many cases not even need to be repaired as this flooring is “tough”.

There are a wide range of colours and finishes that can be applied to polished concrete and it can be made to look like pretty much any other type of flooring, from wooden plank imprints to complex marble-like colouring processes. The obvious and most common look of polished concrete is the ubiquitous “wet” look, with a highly polished, glossy surface that looks like you could eat your lunch off it.

Easy to clean and maintain, polished concrete is going to become much more accepted as a domestic flooring choice in the next few years, so if you are planning to have a new floor in your home or office, you could do little better than to explore the possibilities of a polished concrete floor.

http://www.polishedconcreter.uk

August 21, 2017

Have Some Coving Fitted

Have Some Coving Fitted – If the rooms of your house are looking a bit tired and drab you might want to consider having some coving fitted to give your rooms a bit of a lift by adding some decorative and attractive features. If you decide to use some of the cheaper polystyrene or polymer coving that is readily available at DIY stores, you might be able to do this job yourself if you are that way inclined, but even using this readily prepared coving with corner sets included, you might find that it is a bit tricky once you get started. So you might need to call on the services of a specialist coving fitter to either do the job from scratch or finish off you feeble attempts at the project. If you already have coving installed, it will be something of a bigger job to remove all the old coving, clean up the walls and ceilings, and cut and fit the new coving. In this case it would really be better to call in the help of an experienced coving fitter (or plasterer) who will breeze through this job in no time at all, having all the correct tools and equipment readily to hand.

If you are looking for a coving fitter look here: http://www.covingo.uk

If you have other similar work that is a bit more involved than simply coving, you may need the assistance of a plasterer, in which case you could look here to find information abour plastering and plasterers:

http://www.plasterered.uk

July 5, 2017

You Could Try Acupuncture

You Could Try Acupuncture – Have you got aches and pains that won’t go away? Have you been to the doctor a dozen times and never got a solution to your medical problem? Then it might be time to try an alternative therapy such as acupuncture, to see if that can get to the root of the problem. This age old treatment began life in China many centuries ago and has been adopted in the UK more and more over the last fifty years or so. Acupuncture involves inserting fine (very fine) needles into the skin at certain points of the body (not necessarily where the pain is) to open up the energy channels and restore the balance of Chi. Supposedly your life force or Chi flows through channels in your body which are called meridian lines and it is on these meridian lines that the acupuncture needles are inserted. Because the acupuncture needles are so fine, there is rarely any pain felt by the patient, in fact pain may disappear quickly as a result of the treatment. Acupuncture therapy can be used for many different complaints including back pain, sciatica, anxiety, IBS, joint pain, post-operative pain, dental pain and headaches (or migraines). So if you have got pains that won’t go away, have a try at acupuncture, you might just be pleasantly surprised.

Visit: http://www.acupunctures.uk

July 3, 2017

You Might Need a Plumber

You Might Need a Plumber – While there are quite a few plumbing related tasks that you can do yourself around the house, there will inevitable come a time when you need to call in a qualified plumber, especially if the job has anything to do with gas in which case you will not only need a plumber but also a Gas Safe registered one, who has all the necessary qualifications to work with gas and give certifications that the work has been done correctly. Among the jobs that you might try for yourself (assuming that you are pretty useful with your hands), are changing tap washers to stop those pesky dripping taps that have been driving you mad for months, bleeding a radiator when your heating system is just not doing its job, and clearing a blocked drain or toilet, which you might need to buy some simple tools to complete. If there is anything wrong with your gas boiler, your gas heater or your gas oven, call in a Gas Safe plumber or heating engineer. For quite a lot of small plumbing jobs like replacing a wash basin or toilet, you could try the services of a handyman who will be cheaper than a plumber, though if you want confidence that the job is done properly, maybe calling in a plumber would be best and to hell with the cost. Another job that you might need to call on a plumber for is unblocking drains. Many plumbers will do this sort of work, though for some problems you might need to call on the help of a specialist drain unblocking contractor.

Find the best plumbers here: http://www.plumberwize.uk

May 18, 2017

Garden Clearance Services

Filed under: Gardens,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 4:41 pm

Garden Clearance Services – When you don’t have enough time to deal with your garden and it is starting to look a bit like a jungle, you might want to consider calling in a professional garden clearance service to help you out. Clearing your garden and getting rid of all the rubbish is not always the easiest thing to do, especially if you only have a family car to use. Proper garden clearance services use vans and trailers and can therefore clear much more rubbish than you would be able to with your car. They will also have all the proper tools to do the job and deal with any dangerous waste such as asbestos shed roofs and sharp metal fencing and barbed wire. Apart from the usual garden waste, these services will also take away old furniture, white goods and builders rubble. A decent garden clearance service will get your garden looking tidy and dispose of the rubbish ethically. This is important because local authorities now have the power to fine fly-tippers instantly without needing to go to court, this means getting a proper clearance specialist is best.

Get gardeners and garden clearance specialists here: http://www.gardenerably.uk

Need a new patio? Visit this page: http://www.patiolayers.co.uk

March 17, 2017

Time to Get Your Garden Straight

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.

Keeping your hedges in order is especially important, so keep them trimmed and neat during the spring and summer so that they are dense and compact and doing the job that they are meant to. Don’t forget to check for bird’s nests, you are not supposed to cut hedges when birds are nesting and breeding.

Hedge cutting services here: http://www.hedgewise.uk

February 12, 2016

Repointing Brickwork

Filed under: Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 12:54 am

Repointing Brickwork – When weathering and rot have made your brickwork look untidy and unsafe, you might need to call on a bricklayer or repointing expert to put the job right and make your brickwork look like new. Make sure you get someone who knows what they are doing because it is not a job to be taken lightly, the mortar need to match the old mortar and the joints need to be profiled correctly to avoid future weathering. You should not attempt to do this yourself or bring in a handyman type person who is not qualified in the skills of bricklaying. When you contact a bricklayer, try to get photos of brickwork and repointing that they have previously done so that you can check the quality of their work. Hopefully you should have your tatty brickwork looking pristine again in no time.

More details here: http://www.brickery.uk

December 17, 2018

Tiling and Tilers

Filed under: DIY,Services,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 11:26 am

Tiling and Tilers: There are plenty of jobs that need doing around the home that require the attention of a professional tiler. DIY fans will be keen to do tiling work themselves but this may be a mistake if you want the resulting tiling work to look good and up to standard. Some plumbers will include a tiling service when they are fitting a kitchen or bathroom and some of them are very good at this, though perhaps not as good as somebody who specialises in this kind of work. Proper tilers know just what they are doing and can make an accurate assessment of how many tiles you need to complete the task in hand, how much adhesive is required, and exactly how long it will take. So for your planned tiling project whether it be a new installation or the replacement of an existing area of tiling, you woul be best to contact a professional local tiler to get the work done correctly and efficiently.

http://www.budgettrades.uk/

 

September 18, 2018

Use a Chimney Sweep

Filed under: Services,United Kingdom,Websites — Tags: , , — needahand @ 3:47 pm

Use a Chimney Sweep – If you have an open fire or use a wood burning stove or boiler in your home you will be making use of a chimney flue. All types of fire cause a build up of soot and muck in the flue and this means that it is important to clean your chimney on a regular basis. For solid fuels you should get your chimney swept at least twice a year, for other fuels, once a year should be enough. Now if you have a chimney brush and want to shove it up the flue, you could always give it a go, but calling in a professional chimney sweep is definately preferable. An expert will know exactly what he is doing and will sweep your chimney with very few problems and hopefully with very little mess. Your chimney sweep will all keep a close lookout for any issues and problems with your chimney and spotting these early on can be vital if you are to avoid serious restoration down the line. A heavy build-up of soot and especially wood tar (creosote) can easily be the cause of a fire in your chimney stack and this is a particularly unpleasant experience that you will not want to go through. Regular cleaning and sweeping alleviates this problem and means you can relax in the knowledge that you have done everything possible to avoid a fire.

For more about chimney sweeps look here: http://www.chimneysweepz.uk

September 13, 2018

Improve Your Doorway With a Porch

Filed under: DIY,England,Services — Tags: , , — needahand @ 8:58 am

Improve Your Doorway With a Porch – You can greatly improve the look of your main entrance by adding a lovely new porch. You can add value to your property, stop draughts, get extra security and have a place to keep dry when entering your home. If you’re on the lookout for a decent porch installer in your local area, there are a number of ways in which you can do that. But to make it much a bit easier you could simply choose to visit our website where we will supply you with all the information and facts that you need about choosing a porch installer and what to consider if you have porch installation tasks to do in your house or office. Uncovering a really good tradesman is not always simple therefore it really helps to have access to some advice in this respect. A scenario that you unquestionably want to avoid is getting lumbered with a cowboy porch installer who’ll simply screw up the job and leave you needing to contact someone else to put the job right. Count on us to show you in the right direction and you will shortly have a good porch installer getting work done in your property.

Visit This Page for Porch Installers

September 7, 2018

Hire a Wedding Planner

Filed under: England,Events,Scotland,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , — needahand @ 5:09 pm

Hire a Wedding Planner – Organizing a wedding event can be a very stressful time, there is just so much to remember and so many things to do. To take away much of that worry and anxiety you should think about hiring a professional wedding planner to do most of that worrying for you. Wedding planners know everything there is to know about organizing a wedding and will simply take it in their stride, leaving you free to enjoy the run up to your big day. You will find that it takes a big load off your shoulders when you can rely on somebody else to take all the stress and it means that you will enjoy your day more when it finally comes around since you will be more relaxed and able to cope with the process. Simply knowing that nothing has been forgotten and that everything has been thought about and taken care of. Employing a wedding planner is not a cheap option but is well worth the cost when you think about the many benefits.

http://www.weddingplannerz.uk

August 22, 2018

Add Space With a Loft Conversion

Add Space With a Loft Conversion – Many people move home when space is at a premium and the family is outgrowing their existing property. It could be that you don’t really need to move house, just create some more living space in the property you already have. Not so simple you might think, yet having a loft conversion or garage conversion can easily create a new room or two and save all the hassle of moving. Expensive you might think, well yes it can be quite expensive to do a loft conversion but the work will add at least the comparable value to your property and save you the expense of moving which can also be costly and is basically lost money. You should be wary of the ceiling price of properties in your area however, as you do not want to be the most expensive house on the street if you later DO need to sell, that could make your property hard to sell, although it may be the most spacious house in the road. You have to weigh up all the options but consider it carefully and it may just be worth putting up with building work for a few weeks and making the most of your loft. Having a loft conversion may make the rest of your house warmer and save on heating costs, so there are additional benefits to be had.

http://www.loftconversioners.uk

June 28, 2018

Get Your Roof Checked

Filed under: DIY,England,Services — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 8:38 am

Get Your Roof Checked – As a home owner it is important to get your roof structure checked on a regular basis. Your roof is the thing that keeps everything in your home safe and dry and having problems with your roof can cause untold distress and loss. Imagine being away on holiday and coming back to find there is a leak in your roof and it has been raining non-stop for the last week. The loss of treasured items and damage to furniture, carpets and possessions could be considerable. Just having a trained roofer look over your roof from time to time could avoid all this distress and give you peace of mind. A tiny thing like a cracked tile or a blocked gutter could cause a lot of damage and is very simple to resolve, so why would you not do it? The problem with roofs is that most people are too scared to get up there themselves and the feeling is that roofers overcharge because they know that you will not get up there yourself and check. if you call in a trustworthy local roofer, this should not be a problem and many will inspect your roof for a very modest fee or even free of charge in some instances.

You can find local roofers here: http://www.rooferers.co.uk/

This website also gives information on how to find a good roofer and a bit about what roofers do.

June 27, 2018

Handyman Website for Sale

Handyman Website for Sale – For any handymen living and working in the Wisbech, Cambridgeshire area who don’t currently have a website to promote their business, you could be missing out big time. If you would like to bring yourself into the 21st Century and have a higly ranking website that people can find on Google, Yahoo and Bing, I currently have one for sale that could be just the thing for you. The website is built with some relevant text and pictures on there and you can buy it for just £500, which includes the domain name for one year, super fast web hosting for one year, email address etc. Plus I will edit the site to include your own text content, your own pictures and your own contact details, so everything is perfect to start generating leads for your handyman business right away. You will soon recover the cost of this from just a few generated jobs, then after that it will be all profit and you can enjoy the many new leads that will come to you, without the need for additional advertising for the years to come. After one year you can move it to another hosting company if you wish or pay me a small additional fee to keep it going for the next year or so.

See the Wisbech Handyman website here:

http://www.handymanwisbech.co.uk/

Secure this website for yourself quickly before one of your competitors does and snatches that valuable business from under your nose.

We also have a website for sale for a handyman in  Runcorn, Cheshire. So if you are a handyman in Runcorn and don’t currently have a website, you might be missing out on a lot of local business and leads. Take a look at our Runcorn handyman website for sale here:

http://www.runcornhandyman.co.uk

We now have another handyman website for sale this time for the town of Witham in Essex. This should be just the thing for you if you are running a handyman service and don’t have a website.

http://www.withamhandyman.co.uk

To continue on the same theme we’ve now got yet another handyman website for sale in Dover, Kent. This is a busy town with a good sized population. So if you are offering handyman services in and around Dover it is not difficult to see how having your own handyman website could boost business and give you lots more qualified leads. Take a look at the website below and see what you think.

http://www.doverhandyman.co.uk/

Today we have added yet another handyman website to our range of websites for sale. This one is for the large Hertfordshire town of Watford. So if you are providing handyman services in the Watford area, but do not currently own a website to promote your services, you can get a ready made one here, which should be ranking on page one of Google very shortly. Get in quick it will be snapped up fast.

Watford Handyman Website for Sale here: http://www.handymanwatford.co.uk/

June 17, 2018

Handyman Odd Job Man

Handyman Odd Job Man – When you’ve got a load of odd jobs that need attending to around your home and garden it is either time to get those tools out and get to work, or find the contact details of your local handyman so that you can call him in to have a look at them. It’s easy to keep putting off doing these jobs so you need to get them sorted right away before even more things go wrong. Hiring a handyman is usually a good way to save a bit of money rather than hiring specialist tradesmen who, as we all know, cost a fortune. Many handymen can just as effectively do these jobs, but at a fraction of the cost. Make sure they are capable of doing the jobs that you have planned and that they are not taking on more than they can handle. Once you’ve got yourself a decent handyman, you can call him in any time that you have an odd job to do and not have them building up and becoming a burden.

Useful handyman site: http://www.handymanic.uk/

June 5, 2018

Learning Tai Chi

Filed under: Sports,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 12:15 pm

Learning Tai Chi – It is always great to learn something new and if it also has health benefits then it is even better. One of those pastimes that has just grown and grown in popularity in recent years is Tai Chi, an historic martial art that has been around for many centuries. Part of Tai Chi’s appeal to the masses is that it is so slow moving and sedate that everybody feels that they could manage it with ease. No hectic, fast paced movements with Tai Chi, just controlled movements and exercises that can greatly help with such things as stress and anxiety and can also improve flexibility, balance, posture, concentration and spacial awareness. Tai Chi is also known to help with pain relief and may aid recovery from a number of illnesses. Tai Chi is great for meditation and is often called the moving meditation because pupils are actually moving as they are meditating, albeit slowly. Tai Chi is also a great way to meet new people and generally improve your lifestyle in a safe relaxed way. Tai Chi can be used as a form of self-defence so has added benefits apart from those relating to health and wellness. If you have a Tai Chi school near you, it would be a great idea to get signed up and try it for yourself some time soon. If you find that you want to take things a little further you can graduate to the self-defence side of Tai Chi and even learn some disciplines which involve the use of weapons.

More info here: http://www.taichief.uk

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