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March 9, 2018

Call in a Handyman

Call in a Handyman – We all have lots of outstanding odd jobs to do around the house and most of us put them off until “tomorrow”. If you have a build up of these kinds of jobs it might be a good time to call in your local handyman to finally get these jobs completed. Generally a handyman type person will be cheaper than a tradesman and in many instances will be just as skilled and capable of a tradesman who charges double the rates. make sure that your chosen handyman is capable of carrying out the work you need doing though, you don’t want to finish up with a bodged job that will require a craftsman to put it right – pay cheap pay twice as they say. If you are in any doubt head over to the Rated People website and check out the reviews for local handymen in your area, this should put your mind at rest regarding any potential handyman that you have in mind.

Find a handyman here: http://www.handymen.hirey.me

For garden and fencing work go here: http://www.fencingcontractors.hirey.me

February 27, 2018

Kitchen and Bathroom Tiling

Filed under: DIY,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 5:51 pm

Kitchen and Bathroom Tiling – There are very few home improvement projects involving the kitchen or bathroom that do not include some degree of tiling being done. While this is a job that you might attempt yourself, you will need to be pretty confident in your own ability. Tiling is a pretty straightforward task but to get a final result that looks neat, tidy and level is something that takes quite a bit of time and more than a little skill. Care has to be taken in both the preparation of the wall or floor surfaces and the setting out and cutting of the actual tiles. Getting all the joints to look equal and getting all the edges lined up is also important because even the smallest uneveness between two tiles will show up shockingly when daylight shines upon it, so beware. Calling in a professional tiler is normally your best bet and he should be able to handle anything you throw at him so long as he knows what he is doing. Ask to see pictures of his work and try to read some reviews of his services online if any are available. You could post your job on Rated People and then you will be able to study reviews for local tilers in your area. Good luck and good tiling!

Find tilers here: http://www.tiler.hirey.me/

January 25, 2018

Plastering and Screeding

Filed under: DIY,England,Scotland,Services — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 2:16 pm

Plastering and Screeding – Often when you are doing improvements to your home you will need some repairs to the plastering of your existing walls or even the skimming of ceilings or new dry lined studding. Sometimes handyman type tradesmen will offer this service, but generally it is advisable to call in a proper experienced plasterer for this kind of work. If you employ an experienced professional plasterer he/she will breeze through the work and the result should be a smooth and level finish with no lumps, bumps or trowel marks, and this is exactly what you want. Plasterers usually tackle a number of other related jobs including screeding, rendering and pebble dashing, so if you have other work in hand talk to them and see what services they provide. If you do not know of any good plasterers you can always check on a site like Rated People, where your job will be sent to trusted local tradesmen, who will contact you directly. As there are no actual plastering qualifications, you will need to look for someone with plenty of experience, and shy away from novices and rogue traders who will probably “bodgit and scarper”.

You could look for local plasterers here: http://www.plasterer.hirey.me/

January 9, 2018

Get a Proper Electrician

Get a Proper Electrician – When you have electrical work that needs doing in your home, especially if it concerns your consumer unit, rewiring or installation near water it is now necessary to call in a registered electrician to do and sign off the work in order for it to be legal. This is a safety requirement and has been put in place to protect you and your loved ones from accidents caused by incorrectly installed electrics. Smaller jobs can perhaps be entrusted to a handyman style tradesman or even perhaps done by yourself if you are confident enough but the serious stuff should be handled by an expert electrician. These serious jobs are now notifiable (since 2013) and are covered by the relevant building regulations. When you are looking for an electrician who is appropriate for your electrical work you could always give Rated People a try and get some free quotes for the work in hand. You will be able to read customer feedback before you decide, which is really helpful.

Also check out this site: http://www.electrician.hirey.me/

January 5, 2018

Need a New Kitchen

Filed under: DIY,England — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 4:03 pm

Need a New Kitchen? – When your old kitchen is getting tatty and worn out you need to make a decision about whether to replace it with a brand new one, tart up the old one or maybe replace the unit doors to make it look like new. While it might be possible for you to do this yourself if you are a DIY freak, it is more likely that you will want to call in a local kitchen fitter to do the job. These days kitchen fitting is a trade all of its own, whereby in former times it would have been a carpenter who did this job for you. While carpenters are often still quite capable of fitting a kitchen, specialist kitchen fitters are used to the many designs and styles of modern fitted kitchens and will be aware of the many problems that may occur when fitting them. So specialization is the key here and your local specialist kitchen fitter will be the best person for the job. Some makes of kitchen may throw up so many problems that your kitchen fitter may even refuse to fit such a kitchen, I have heard of this happening with B&Q kitchens in particular. But in most instances your local kitchen fitter will tackle whatever kitchen you have ordered or may design and help you order the kitchen on your behalf.

Find local kitchen fitters here: http://www.kitchenfitters.hirey.me/

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January 3, 2018

Plumber or Heating Engineer

Filed under: DIY,England,Scotland,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 4:42 pm

Plumber or Heating Engineer? – When you have some plumbing work that needs doing in your home you might at times be a bit confused as to who you should call in to look at the job. Especially when the work involves gas appliances or your central heating system. Generally speaking when you need work doing on your central heating system (in particular your gas boiler) you will need to call on the services of a heating engineer, but more importantly one who is Gas Safe Registered. If you have not used such a tradesman in recent years you might get a bit confused as these specialist tradesmen used to be called Corgi Registered but this was changed to Gas Safe in 2009. That is not to say you cannot call in a regular plumber for this type of work since many who simply call themselves plumbers have still gained Gas Safe registration, because if they do not do this them they are no longer qualified to work on gas systems or appliances. The main checks that you need to make before making a decision on who to employ is that they are Gas Safe Registered and that they have the necessary public liability insurance.

Find a UK plumber here: http://www.plumber.hirey.me/

September 27, 2017

Do You Need Scaffolding

Filed under: DIY,England,Scotland,Services — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 2:33 pm

Do You Need Scaffolding? When you are having work done on the outside of your house, you will normally need to put up some scaffolding to make a safe working environment for the tradesmen doing the work. Having a scaffolding put up also makes the area around the work, safer for yourself and your family, because you never know when a tool or lump of building material is going to drop from above, and you really do not want that landing on your (or your child’s) head. If you live on a main road and the scaffolding is likely to encroach onto the pavement of the main road, you will need to get special permission from the local council. Any respectable scaffolding company will help you with this and get the necessary permissions for you. The type of scaffolding that you need will depend on the work being done, and it may be that you only need a simple scaffold tower, which can be moved around to wherever you need it. If the roof is being repaired or replaced you are probably going to need a much bigger scaffold and in this instance a tower will simply not be sufficient. Contact your local scaffolding company and ask their advice regarding what type of scaffolding you need for your job.

August 21, 2017

Have Some Coving Fitted

Filed under: DIY,England,Uncategorized,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 2:41 pm

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.

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 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 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 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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