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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 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/

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.

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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.

June 26, 2017

Get a Carpenter

Filed under: DIY,England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 5:54 pm

Get a Carpenter: When you have renovations to do in your home and much of the work involves the use of wood then you should be looking for  a qualified carpenter to help you out with your project. Carpenters can generally do a huge amount of general building work though will not usually get involved with plumbing, electrics or bricklaying. For those of you who like to do a bit of DIY, you might be tempted to have a go at the work yourself but make sure that you are capable of the work before starting, because it can be more expensive to get it put right by an expert later. For jobs ranging from hanging an internal door to installing a brand new roof, your local carpenter should be perfectly able to do a fantastic job on your property. Before choosing a particular carpenter, it might be a good idea to get recommendations from friends and family, as word of mouth recommendations are normally the best kind and someone who has already proven that they are capable are likely to do a good job for you as well. Make sure you get an accurate quote from your carpenter before the work starts so that there are no arguments later on

June 23, 2017

Laying a New Patio

Filed under: DIY,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 7:17 am

Laying a New Patio – In the spring and summertime it is really nice to spend a bit of time in the garden after being cooped up in the house all through the winter. The trouble is the garden is not always in a fit state to use especially if the weather has been rainy for months on end. All you seem to get is muddy shoes and damp trouser bottoms. The time has come to get a decent patio built where you can sit outside in comfort, cook a barbeque, place a table and chairs and start entertaining family and friends. Sounds perfect doesn’t it? The trouble is it is not always that straightforward, you could probably attempt this little job yourself, but is is not a little job and there is going to be a lot of mess and waste to get rid of. Maybe you should call in the local patio layer or gardener to see if he is willing to do the job for you, for a price of course. Your local patio layer will design your patio for you, order and collect all the required materials, do the the job and then get rid of all the rubbish afterwards. Now that sounds like a better idea, lets get on the phone!

June 8, 2017

Get a Decking Fitter for Your Garden

Filed under: DIY,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 5:24 pm

Get a Decking Fitter for Your Garden – With the summer upon us once more, thoughts turn to spending some time in the garden, but hell its been raining and all I get is muddy feet and clothes, not to mention the mess I make of the carpet when I walk back indoors. What is the solution? Well a great idea might be to get some timber decking fitted to provide a clean mud free area where I can walk, set a table and chairs, entertain friends and family and allow the kids to play without getting all messed up. This may be your story as well, so what should we do if we are not really capable of doing this work ourselves. The answer might be to call in the local decking fitter who will be able to do all this work for us, he will order and collect the correct materials, prepare and level the area, lay the decking in a professional manner and treat the decking with preservative so that it will last a nice long time. Sound good to you? It does to me to, I’ll be on the phone tomorrow and let you know how I get on. I have spent so much time on my property in Aylesbury, I might as well finish the garden off as well.

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