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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.

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.

May 14, 2017

Get an Odd Job Man

Filed under: DIY,Services,Uncategorized,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 10:27 am

Get an Odd Job Man – I am sure that all of us at some time or another have odd jobs around the house that we need to tackle. Now while some of us are able to do the majority of these jobs ourselves, there are many people out there who are just useless at DIY, who don’t have the correct tools, or simply never have enough time to tackle these kinds of job. So what are we to do? Well the answer is quite simple, do a search for a local odd job man or woman who can do the work for you at a much cheaper rate than your average tradesman. These days there are thousands of odd job men out there, ready and willing to complete your odd jobs around the home and garden. Try looking in your local newspaper, have a quick search on the internet, browse through the Yellow Pages, or head along to a website like Rated People where you can get quotes and contacts for free. So if you have been putting off those odd jobs for months or even years, get off your backside and contact a local odd job man. You will be pleasantly surprised at just how many jobs a decent odd job man/woman will be able to help you with and it is not just the small odd jobs like hanging a picture or sticking up a shelf, he/she might also be able to build you some garden decking or add a new partition to your house. Make sure they are confident at doing the job before giving the go ahead.

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.

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