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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.

February 23, 2017

Finding a Tree Surgeon

Filed under: DIY,Gardens,Services — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 1:37 pm

Finding a Tree Surgeon – When you have trees that are getting overgrown in your garden or on your property you should normally not try to do this by yourself. While you might think you will save money by doing it yourself you could easily cause injury to yourself, your trees or others if the task is not carried out correctly. Employing a trained tree surgeon to do the work would be your best option and you can look in local newspapers, the Yellow Pages or online to find the best person for the job. Be sure to get someone who is fully trained, not just a guy with a ladder and a chainsaw (who will likely do more damage than you would do yourself). Professional tree surgeons will know pretty much everything about trees, how they grow, pests that can affect them and what is the best ways to trim and manage them. If you value your trees, their good health and how they look, you should certainly call in a skilled tree surgeon when you need these kinds of services. No matter where you live in the UK, there should be decent tree surgeons nearby who can help you.

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February 4, 2016

Paving Driveways and Patios

Filed under: DIY,Services,Uncategorized,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 10:51 am

Paving Driveways and Patios – A great way to improve the overall look of your property (the outside areas at least) is to put in a proper driveway in one of the many available materials. These days block paving is getting very popular and though you would think this is more expensive than concrete of asphalt, it is actually quite economical. That’s not to say that it is cheap, because installing a driveway is not something to be done lightly, though it is an investment and adds value to your home. There are many advantages to having a driveway installed on your property including increasing the value of your property, giving a good first impression, better security for your vehicles, lower insurance premiums and greater safety for your family. The people to call, unless you are going to build your own driveway, are the best local driveway pavers that you can find.

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