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February 15, 2020

Garden Pond Installers

Filed under: DIY,Gardens,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 7:03 pm

Garden Pond Installers – If you are trying to get a quality pond builder in your area, there are numerous ways in which you can do that. You could possibly have a word with friends and acquaintances, check local newsagents notice boards, search in you local classifieds, or check out Checktrade, Rated People or My Builder. But in order to make your life more straightforward you can simply choose to mosey along to our pond builder website where we will give you all of the info you need with regards to finding a pond builder and exactly what to think about when you’ve got pond installation chores to do in your business or home. Locating an outstanding pond builder isn’t always easy therefore it really helps to have some guidance and advice with this challenge. A situation that you certainly need to avoid is getting lumbered with a dodgy pond builder who’ll just mess up the task and leave you having to bring in somebody else to put it all right. Depend on our expertise to set you on the right path so that you will shortly have a very good pond builder getting work done on your pond and you will have a nice new fish pond before the week is out. The vast majority of dependable pond builders are going to have a backlog of work, so if a pond builder seems eager to come right away when you phone, you ought to be a bit dubious since excellent pond builders are hardly ever without work and you should expect to have to wait a while before they can begin work.

For more information on installing garden ponds and to get a quote from a pond installer look here: http://www.pondwise.uk

January 27, 2020

House Extensions

Filed under: DIY,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 4:28 pm

House Extensions – When you are looking to create more living space in your home and don’t really want to move, there are several options that you can consider. The most common of these is th standard house extension, which is usually done to the rear of the property taking up a part of the garden. These types of extensions most commonly create a large kitchen diner, either expanding the existing one or replacing it and allowing the old kitchen to be used for something else. House extensions are an extremeley cost effective way to add both space and value to your home and any money that you invest in this should be easy to recover if you do eventually decide to sell your home and move somplace else. When you are planning a house extension, get several builders in to give quotes and make sure you review their previous work by checking out a portfolio or viewing properties on which they have previously worked.

More info on house extension here: http://www.homeextensionz.uk

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

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 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

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 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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You need to make sure your kitchen fitter knows what he/she is doing before you let them get their hands on your new kitchen. So to find the best local kitchen fitters look here: http://www.fitteroo.uk

If you need a new bathroom fitted look here: http://www.bathroom.fitteroo.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 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

June 6, 2017

Get a Painter and Decorator

Filed under: DIY,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 9:37 pm

Get a Painter and Decorator – With the number of times we change our home colour schemes these days, it is just too much of an effort to keep on doing the redecorating ourselves. I mean all that mess, with dust sheets everywhere, dripping paint, messy brushes and paint sodden rollers, we can all do without it can’t we? So the time has come to call in your local painter and decorator, he/she will tackle all of this without any fuss or bother and seemingly breeze through your decorating project without breaking a sweat (how do they do that?). By the time they have finished, you will wonder why you ever bothered to do the decorating yourself in the past. So if you have painting and decorating work that needs attending to, get on the phone and call in your local decorating specialist today. You should avoid using hadyman type services because they will do a bit of painting and decorating but won’t be properly trained and will probably not do as good a job as a qualified painter and decorator.

Get more information on painting and decorating here: http://www.decoratorz.uk

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.

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