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July 20, 2017

For Rubbish Clearance Hire a Skip

Filed under: DIY,Gardens,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 5:12 pm

For Rubbish Clearance Hire a Skip – If you have a lot of rubbish gathering in your garden, or perhaps you are planning some home improvements and are likely to generate quite a bit of waste, it might be a good time to think about ordering a skip so that you can get all that crap taken away and dumped. If you have a decent sized car, then you might be able to chuck some of the rubbish in there and take it to your local tip, but this always seems to mess up the car, with dust and muck everywhere, so it takes hours to clean it afterwards. Anyway, hiring a skip should solve all your problems and you can get an awful lot of stuff in there, in fact you might be running around looking for more stuff to dump. If you do decide to hire a skip make sure you use a company who tip their waste responsibly, because you don’t want them fly-tipping it just down the road and it getting traced back to you, because you could end up with a hefty fine, which wouldn’t be great news. A responsible skip hire company will actually recycle most of the rubbish, so very little of it should end up in landfill, which is of course good for the environment.

July 18, 2017

Give Palm Reading a Go

Give Palm Reading a Go: If you are interested in the pseudosciences and would like to know what might be destined for you in the future, one thing you could try is palm reading, a method of fortelling the future by reading the lines, mounts and shapes of the hands. This fascinating art has been practiced for many centuries and even as far back as ancient Greece, it was believed that the hands told the story of a persons life, past, present and future. Finding and having a reading by an experienced palm reader can be an interesting experience and even if you don’t believe in the accuracy of such things, you should try it at least once in your lifetime, if only to be able to say that you have had it done. There are many different types of palm reader and they all have their own theories about just what features of the hands relate to what characteristics of the person, therefore you could see two different palm readers and get two quite different readings although there will almost certainly be some similarities as most palm readers follow certain guidelines in preparing their results. By all means give palm reading a go and see what you think, but don’t take it too seriously.

July 16, 2017

Find a Good Gardener

Find a Good Gardener – If your garden is getting in a mess and you simply don’t have the time in your busy life to attend to it properly, it just might be the time to call in some expert help. That help would come in the form of your friendly professional gardener, who can help you with all aspects of your garden and get it looking beautiful once more. Even better, if you get him/her to visit on a regular basis (maybe once a month), they will be able to keep it looking fantastic, allowing you the time to enjoy it, entertain in it, and also look and admire it. Gardening is jost one of those jobs that you either love or hate, and if you hate it, you are going to put it off for as long as you can, meaning the garden just gets more unmanageable and overgrown, making it even more unlikely that you will tackle it any time soon. A professional gardener will soon get to grips with it and will know exactly what needs to be done to get the best results, he/she will sort out the lawn, tidy up your hedges and shrubs, trim and prune trees, mend the gate and fencing, clean your patio and put up that new garden shed that you have been promising yourself for years.

July 14, 2017

Get a Proper Electrician

Filed under: DIY,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 6:52 am

Get a Proper Electrician – When you have electrical problems in your home or office you will need to get the assistance of a qualified electrician to help sort it out. It is best if you do not try to deal with it yourself because not only is electricity dangerous, it could actually kill you, and we don’t want that do we? These days the safety regulations covering electrical installations are pretty strict and all electricians have to be checked to make sure that they are working to the correct standards. Most electrical jobs have to be “signed off” to certify that they have been done the work correctly and everything has been checked and tested. Don’t call in your local handyman for these electrical tasks because although he/she will probably have a go at fitting a new socket or light fitting, there is a good chance that they will not do it properly so there could be repercussions later if there is a fire or some other related problem. So be wise and safe and contact your qualified local electrician.

July 13, 2017

Call in a Tree Surgeon

Filed under: England,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 10:23 am

Call in a Tree Surgeon – When you have large trees that need attending to in your garden you would be best advised to seek the help of your friendly local tree surgeon to carry out the task for you. Trying to do this type of work yourself is possible but it can be very dangerous and is probably not the best idea. Also you will need to have all the right tools for the job, just jumping up there with a wobbly ladder and a rusty old saw is not going to solve the problem and if you don’t end up in hospital you’ll probably just damage your precious trees and end up wishing you’d have called in a professional in the first place. It is not just the cutting and pruning that needs to be done (of course there are lots of other tree related jobs as well), you will also need to do something with the resulting waste (branches, leaves etc) and unless you have a trailer for your car, this could be an additional problem. Most self-respecting tree surgeons will cart all this stuff away for you and dispose of it responsibly (not tip it at the side of the road a few hundred yards away from your property. Tree surgery is quite a skilled trade and you can rely on a qualified tree surgeon to do a proper job and not damage your trees or property. Be wary though, there are cowboy tree surgeons out there who will just lop the tops off your trees and dump them round the corner, so make sure you get a decent tradesmen in and not just the cheapest “Herbert” you can find.

July 12, 2017

Have You Tried Salsa

Filed under: England,Scotland,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 8:58 am

Have You Tried Salsa? – Ever fancied taking dancing lessons? Too embarrassed, not got the time or got two left feet? Come out of the closet and try your hand (or your feet) at salsa dancing which has become so popular these days. So, what is the attraction? Well it is a lot of fun for a start, it will help you get fit, you will learn a new skill and you will get out and meet lots of new people. That should be enough to tempt you to have a go at salsa, if not just climb back in that closet! Have a look around your local community and see if anyone is offering salsa classes, if you are lucky you might find someone offering a free trial class or taster class, this would be a good opportunity to have a go and see if you like it, nothing ventured, nothing gained. If you had fun and would like to do more you can book a series of classes where you can join lots of other like-minded people who all want to learn salsa. You could try a dedicated salsa course which might have fewer people and give you time to learn the steps properly, large classes can get a bit frantic. You can learn salsa dancing as a single person or as a couple, if you are single it is a great opportunity to meet new people of the opposite sex, you never know you might even meet a new partner. SO why not give salsa a bash and see hoe you get on.

July 10, 2017

Hire Professional Caterers

Filed under: Events,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 4:15 pm

Hire Professional Caterers – If you have a big event planned and need somebody to do the catering services you would probably be best advised to contact some professional caterers to take care of this for you. Its okay doing the catering yourself when it is just a small affair, but for a grand event, hiring proper caterers is the best plan. Have a discussion with some potential caterers to see what they have to offer and make sure you give them all the information that they need in order to give you an accurate estimate of the costs and to be able to properly plan the event. Which caterers you decide to hire might depend on the type of event as particular caterers specialise in particular areas, for instance some may specialise in wedding catering while others specialise in hog roasts and barbeques. Your choice may also be influenced by the type of food you would like served at the event and specific caterers may specialise in asian food, french food, British food or gourmet cuisine. Have a good search around and try to find the most appropriate caterers for your needs, you could try asking family and friends to see if they have used caterers in the past and if they had a successful event, in which case you might approach the same caterers yourself.

July 8, 2017

Have You Tried Aromatherapy

Have You Tried Aromatherapy? – In these busy modern times it is very easy to get stressed out and anxious just carrying out our everyday tasks, going to work, shopping, picking up the kids and so forth, and we rarely take time out to de-stress and relax, apart from maybe one annual holiday per year. Now one thing you could try to resolve this issue is to have a few sessions of aromatherapy massage, which should help you relax and get a bit of inner peace. Now aromatherapy practitioners make all sorts of claims for their treatments being able to cure a multitude of ailments and illnesses, but even if you don’t believe all that hype, at the very least you will get a relaxing massage to improve your general feeling of wellbeing. Aromatherapy is one of the alternative medicines and involves the use of essential oils, which may be used directly on the body or by means of diffusers or vaporizers. These essential oils are extracted from flowers, plants, herbs and fruits and are highly concentrated and quite potent. If you believe in the healing claims of aromatherapists you might try the treatments for migraine headaches, back pain, depression, sciatica and a number of other complaints. So why not book a session with your local aromatherapist and give it a shot?

July 7, 2017

Get Help Assembling Flat Pack Furniture

Get Help Assembling Flat Pack Furniture – So you’ve just bought some nice new furniture from Ikea or John Lewis and the delivery has arrived on time (phew!), your house is full of boxes and none of it looks anything like it did in the shop. Why is that? Its all flat pack furniture. Right let’s get a box open and put something together, what do I need? A hammer, a screwdriver, a tape measure, a couple of clamps might come in handy, that should do it. OPen the box, spread all the bits out mmm, lets have a look at the instructions mmmmm. Time to get on the phone to your local handyman or flat pack assembly specialist, because if you carry on this is just going to get worse and worse, the wrong bits in the wrong place, the wrong dowels in the wrong holes, the cam bolts in the wrong way round, shall I go on? We’ve all done it and all lived to regret the consequences. Someone who is experienced at flat pack assembly will do this in a jiffy, they will know what all the bits are, they will know where all the bits go, and they will know what order to do it in, they will probably even have a few spare cams and screws when you find that there are only 19 not 20 in the packet. Don’t give yourself a headache, just get on the phone and call in a flat pack assembly expert, sit back have a cup of tea and watch, it will be a pleasure!

July 6, 2017

Get a DJ for Your Event

Filed under: Events,Services,Uncategorized,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 6:49 am

Get a DJ for Your Event – Next time you are planning a party or special celebration you should consider hiring the services of a professional DJ to do the music for you and organise all the entertainment. A professional DJ will bring all his own equipment and gear with him (so you don’t have to use your own) and provide everything you need to make your occasion go with a swing. Apart from supplying the musical entertainment your local DJ will provide a top quality microphone for all those important announcements, first rate lighting system so everything looks and feels great, and may even sing or provide some other live entertainment. Once you have a DJ booked you can relax and leave him to deal with all the minor details, while you get on with organising the rest of the party. Make sure you discuss with your DJ the exact types of music you want, tell him the age group of the guests and he will be able to help you with this, also make certain you tell him the type of event and he will fashion his presentation to suit the occasion ie: wedding, birthday party or corporate event. So go out and get your DJ booked and lets PARTY…

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.

July 3, 2017

You Might Need a Plumber

Filed under: DIY,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 11:57 am

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.

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