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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.

February 12, 2016

Repointing Brickwork

Filed under: Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 12:54 am

Repointing Brickwork – When weathering and rot have made your brickwork look untidy and unsafe, you might need to call on a bricklayer or repointing expert to put the job right and make your brickwork look like new. Make sure you get someone who knows what they are doing because it is not a job to be taken lightly, the mortar need to match the old mortar and the joints need to be profiled correctly to avoid future weathering.

January 8, 2016

How to Get Your Guttering Repaired

Filed under: Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 5:42 pm

How to Get Your Guttering Repaired – When your gutters are damaged or blocked you should seek advice immediately as it could lead to more serious problems if not attended to right away. Generally speaking roofers are the people who most often deal with guttering problems, so have a look at local roofers and see if you can find one that will tackle the job. Get the gutters inspected regularly and you should avoid these types of problems. If you have a decent set of ladders (and don’t mind heights) you might climb on up there and check them out yourself, you can probably pull out a ton of junk and leaves that will cause a blockage if left for years.

January 7, 2016

How to Find a Building Contractor

Filed under: Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 3:12 pm

How to Find a Building Contractor: Locating a decent building contractor in your local area is certainly not as simple as you might at first think, after all you are looking for someone you can trust and once you have chosen someone it is generally too late to change, if you decide you don’t like the standard of their work, so make sure you choose wisely from the very beginning. Checking with family and friends and also work colleagues is a good start and maybe one of them can recommend someone to you, who they have used in the past. While the internet is a good place to find builders, it is hard to know who is good and who is bad. You could try using one of the many tradesmen portals, these often have reviews and recommendations which you may or may not want to rely on. One example would be Rated People where you can get up to 3 free quotations and read relevant reviews, others include Trust a Trader and Check a Trade.

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January 5, 2016

What Does a Handyman Do

Filed under: Facts,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 5:01 pm

What Does a Handyman Do? Well that is a good question and there is no definitive answer because there are so many jobs that a handyman can do and each one will have his own particular skills and specialities. Just a few of the jobs that a handyman might do are: odd carpentry jobs, odd cleaning jobs, general building jobs, gutter cleaning, building flat pack furniture, general woodworking projects, door hanging, waste removal, tidying gardens, general maintenance, garden clearances, curtain rails put up, pipework boxed in, flat pack furniture repair, small electrical jobs, odd jobs around the home, coving and cornices, laminate flooring laid, brick re-pointing, window blinds fitted, timber flooring repairs, building maintenance, odd shelving projects, brickwork repaired, squeaky doors fixed, small plumbing jobs, odd tiling projects, general electrical jobs, general painting around the house, leaky taps replaced, general garden maintenance, maintenance quotations, office maintenance, vinyl flooring cut and laid, small carpentry jobs, odd jobs in the home, fencing put up, shelving fixed, general kitchen projects, general flooring projects, repairs to furniture, general painting and decorating work, general bricklaying projects, wooden decking mended, skirting boards replaced, internal doors fitted, timber decking built, handyman garden services, small decorating jobs, general plastering projects, linoleum flooring laid, odd job quotations and much much more.

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January 4, 2016

Do I Need Planning Permission to Build a Porch

Filed under: Uncategorized,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 3:22 pm

Do I Need Planning Permission to Build a Porch? – Many people have asked this question and the answer is not exactly straightforward – there are some ifs and buts. If the floor area of the porch exceeds 3 square metres, you will need planning permission. If your porch is going to be higher than 3 metres from ground level, you will need planning permission. If your porch is within a distance of 2 metres of the property boundary or within 2 metres of a highway, you will need planning permission. If none of the above applies then you probably won’t need planning permission but you should still check with your local council to be sure. Hope this helps.

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