Top Reasons Why You Should Never Attempt DIY Electrics

Anyone with the right skills and tools can work with wood or have a go at plastering a wall. Even plumbing is bot beyond the remit of a competent DIY enthusiast, as long as you don’t mind dealing with leaks here and there. The only area where novices should avoid like the plague is electrics, and here’s why. Everyone knows electrics are dangerous, but this doesn’t stop enthusiastic amateurs having a go. They know how to wire a plug, so they assume that wiring in a new electrical socket … [Read more...]

Windows – curtains or blinds?

Sorting out the right window treatments in your home can pose a bit of a dilemma. Should you opt for drapes, for example, or should you choose blinds? Both curtains and blinds can be aesthetically pleasing and both provide privacy. In some ways the choice you make comes down to personal preference and decorating style although there are undoubtedly some particular windows that lend themselves to one or the other, or even a combination of both. Here are some things to think about when it’s time … [Read more...]

5 Common Water Heater Problems

Your water heater is an essential part of your household’s ability to function. Showering, bathing, washing clothes, and cleaning dishes aren’t possible if your water heater can’t keep up. If there’s a problem, it can wreak havoc on your entire routine for your family. Here are five signs that there’s a problem with your water heater. It’s important to act quickly if your water heater is showing signs of malfunction. 1. Supply Problems One of the most irritating problems with a … [Read more...]

Safety Equipment Is Vital When Completing a DIY Welding Project

When carrying out a DIY welding task, there is more to staying safe than simple precautions such as only welding on a level, flat surface and avoiding any water when you’re using a high power, high voltage welding arc. In fact, there are certain long term health risks and problems which are more likely to occur if you do not take the most basic of precautions when welding. The good news is that it’s not as difficult as you may think to protect yourself when welding and make sure that you do … [Read more...]

How to Fund a Property Renovation

Renovating a property is a chance to create a home that fits your requirements. The property may already be livable, but in need of modernization or extending. On the other hand, it may be a dilapidated shell and the only person with the vision to see what it could be is you. Either way, you will need to fund the work, so here is a quick guide to your options if you are itching to begin a major property renovation project. Why Bother? Home renovations are not something anyone should take on … [Read more...]

The effect of weather extremes on house paint

Unfortunately no-one can control the weather. Wherever you live the weather conditions can have an adverse effect on the paintwork of your property. This can be due to a freeze and thaw situation, or it can be due to the effect that the sun’s UV rays can have. If you hire a professional to paint your home they should know about these potential problems and do all they can to protect against them. House painting professionals like Kaloutas have years of experience in making sure that … [Read more...]

How Do Hypo Allergenic Mattress Toppers Work?

Allergies can be annoying and difficult enough during the day, but at night, when they stop you from getting the right amount of sleep, they can be a real nightmare. It does not matter what your allergic reaction is, from sneezing to scratching, it can keep you awake. This means that you do not get enough sleep which makes you tired and irritable and even less able to deal with your allergy the following night. Hypoallergenic mattress toppers are made with allergy sufferers in mind; they are … [Read more...]

How Lighting Can Make or Break a Room

Kitchen and Fireplace

The goal within any home should be to create an ambiance so perfect, so pleasant, so balanced, so inviting and chic, that you feel the most at peace within your own abode, and can share that calming atmosphere with others. Good lighting to a room is like caffeine to a sleepy brain – the ultimate energizer that has the power to bring to life everything within it, making it possible for the eye to appreciate every component. The perfect way to accent your space with proper illumination doesn't … [Read more...]

Tips for re-painting your kitchen

With spring finally upon us, there has never been a better time to brighten up your kitchen and add a little life back into the heart of your home. It’s a job that only needs doing once every few years and you’ll be surprised with the difference it makes instantly. It’s really important to make sure that when re-painting your kitchen, you stick to a colour scheme. You don’t want to create a design that clashes or looks out of place. The theme of your décor is a way to reflect your … [Read more...]

Choosing the right Greenhouse for your garden

A greenhouse is a structure, made up of walls and a roof, hence the name ‘house’. You usually find greenhouses made from glass or some form of transparent material. The reason for this being that plants require regulated climate conditions in order to grow properly. You can find all kinds of greenhouses on the market, from all kinds of sizes. The most common greenhouse is similar to the size of a shed; however, you can find greenhouses that are as large as an industrial building. I’m sure, … [Read more...]

Useful Tips to Understand Lighting Circuits

It’s a known fact that when it comes to electrics you need to know the basics. It’s also well known that many people are very in the dark when it comes to this particular topic. The important thing is to make sure you know a few simple tips to ensure safety but also help if a problem ever occurs. So, lighting circuits are actually wired in two ways. Most houses have at least two lighting circuits, one upstairs and one downstairs. The lighting circuits are actually always of the ‘radial … [Read more...]

Give Your House Kerb Appeal

People say you should never judge a book by its cover, but unfortunately, this doesn’t apply when it comes to houses. As soon as someone can see your home they will have created an opinion, it can only take up to 10 seconds to have decided whether or not you like it just from the front view. There are so many ways in which you can boost your homes ‘kerb appeal’, a property’s first appearance, and some of them are so simple and quick that its very worth doing. The Front Door Your … [Read more...]

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