• Mar24

    0

    Never hesitate to ask questions

    Most people who are experienced in this job are great for asking about the projects. Initially I was very nervous, while asking question in hardware stores. Those days, I used to think that it may be stupid thing for some people. Today, it’s all right for me. “I am quite new in this project. How can I get this job done?” Though I know little bit about it but it is better to show that you do not know anything.

    Capture photos

    Most of the times I take pictures of everything that is broken prior to going to the hardware shop. Often I take original objects with me as well. It happened a lot of time with me that I tried to explain the real problem and bought a wrong object. In this case, a picture can help you a lot.

    Start a project early in the day

    You must avoid starting a project at the end of the day or during the evening. You may need to buy a tool or materials from a hardware store in order to get your project completed. If you have started working at evening, you are not going to get your required tools on time since hardware stores or shops would be shut by that time. So start your project early in the day.

    Select Great Starter Projects

    At starting level, you should select small projects for learning new skills and gradually start taking bigger projects. It was very helpful lesson for me. Small projects like changing the shower head, rewiring a lamp, assembling flat pack furniture and painting a small room will inspire you to move up and tackle complicated projects.

    Tools

    If you want to make your task really easy, you must buy some helpful set of tools. You must carefully store these tools in order to use them for next projects. Use a tool box and always use cover guards which come with tools such as saws, knives and chisel blades. Buy tools and equipment made to a British or European standard. Read instructions and warnings, especially if you are using a piece of equipment for the first time. Choose the right tool and protective equipment for the job.

    If a job is too much, call in the professionals. We are here to help.

  • Mar20

    0

     

    Spring season is that perfect time of the year to renovate your home no matter how much you have in your budget. You will easily discover there is always something more you can do to improve your home . Be it gardening or repainting, you can pick up any task, apply your DIY skills, and put your hard work and creativity into fruition.

    On the other hand, if you can’t make up your mind which project to take on first, then you may refer to our guide for some ideas on the most renovated areas in the home in terms of spring DIY.

    Gardening and other outdoor improvements

    During springtime, temperature begins increasing and daylight time starts becoming significantly longer thus, it is quite normal that you want to make the most of your time outside with the beautiful weather. On the other hand if you want to lounge outside but your outdoor area doesn’t look that welcoming (hint: unkempt lawn, growing weeds, and dense flowerbeds) then you might want to start getting down to work in improving it so you can finally be able to chill out in there.

     

    As you know, spring renovation isn’t exclusive to remodelling or making over the inside of your home, and of course you can always, always find ways to improve your gardening skills or to simply test your green fingers.  The best thing about this is that there are tons of ways you can easily improve your yard or garden and that is – without having to spend a fortune. This then is a great option if you want to make significant improvements in home but on a tight budget.

    You can get down to work right away and pull out the weeds starting to peep through the soil, trim the bushes, and remove any dried or fallen leaves or twigs.

    It’s also a good idea to assess your outdoor space for any unsightly damage such as broken fences, peeling paintwork, or fallen trellises. Fixing these will instantly make a significant difference as to how your garden both looks and feels.

    Finally, you might also want to consider painting your fence or grills in vibrant color as well as making a few inexpensive additions. This could be as simple as hanging a beautiful wind-chime you made yourself or a mirror to make the space look wider.

    If you have lots of time and patience for it, you can also add a patio or deck which is highly recommended if you have special skills in carpentry that you have always wanted to show off. Adding an outdoor dining space is especially a good idea to bring some indoors out, dine and relax with a bit of fresh air.

    Knock-through and rearrangement projects

    If you have a larger budget, then doing a major renovation in your home can absolutely make a huge or high-impact difference. Doing major renovations can do great wonders to your home not just aesthetically but also practically, for instance creating an open-plan living space.  Knocking down walls is a lot cheaper than building them so this could be a very wise decision in order to easily transform your home no matter what size of budget.

    You can experiment and conjoin several rooms in your house into one huge living space where everyone in your household can do anything – watching TV, eating a meal, or cooking.

    Alternatively, you can also rearrange or repurpose some rooms in your house so that the spaces would be more useful. For instance you can create a play space for kids or a home office out of your unused/ spare dining room, or renovate your attic (if you have one) and transform it into a guest bedroom or bathroom or just about anything else you might fancy other than a dull, dingy storage space.

    Painting and decorating

    Adding a fresh coat of paint or replacing your wallpaper is the easiest and fastest way to give your interiors a brilliant makeover. Note: it also doesn’t have to be expensive.

    If your budget is a little bit limited, then you can paint just one wall of a room in your house for some accent. Choose a bright new color and it will instantly give the room a boost. The best thing about painting your walls or just about anything in spring is that the climate is warmer so that windows can be left open to let the breeze in speed up paint-drying.

    Clean up any accumulated dirt, remove webs, and also replace your curtains. You can also paint your ceilings a fresh coat of crisp white or other similar light neutral color to make the walls looks taller.

    Just remember, if you’re going to be the one to do all the redecorating, make sure that it is a thorough job otherwise, the result of all your efforts will just prove wasteful and worthless. You can hire a professional painter instead to get the job done right and fast and as with wallpapering, it is a trickier task and wallpaper can be very expensive so you can’t make any mistakes in installing them.

    There are yet other ways to redecorate your house and it can be anything from buying (or making your own) new curtains, window blinds, or having your furniture reupholstered. Nonetheless, redecorating or renovating in a perfect spring weather is always a good option no matter what type of project or budget.

    If you find difficulties in getting your diy project done we are happy to help. We are based in Wimbledon Park and cover most of the SW London. Call us now on  02089467171.

  • Mar20

    0

    If you are facing a tap-related problem the first thing you need to figure out is what type of valve you’re working with, since water taps are traditionally designed with three kinds of valves. The first type is a traditional one, which involves use of rubber washers placed at compression valve’s end located within the tap. The second type uses a washer mechanism. This is quite a modern approach that utilizes a ceramic disc. The third type involves the use of a ceramic cartridge, which is quite similar in function to the ceramic disc used in the second type, but the cartridge is very specific to taps wherein both temperature and water flow are controlled by one handle. If the tap handle can be rotated through one or a few turns, it is most possibly a rubber washer tap. If the handle does not rotate all the way through, but just for a quarter of a turn then the tap has a ceramic design.

    Tools and materials  needed

    • Phillips screwdriver
    • Adjustable spanner
    • Slip-joint pliers
    • Piece of cloth
    • Spare part replacement for damaged ceramic cartridge, ceramic disc, or rubber washer

     Preparations

    Turn off the tap at the isolation valve which can be found beneath the sink where the supply pipes are. With the slot head screwdriver, turn the screw slot towards a direction which is perpendicular to the direction of the pipe. If there’s a handle, you should turn it off. For removing the water that remains on the pipe’s uppermost section, just turn the tap on and let the water run. If there are no isolation valves, you have to find the stop valves further along on the pipeline. However, if you can’t turn off the water supply and can’t find the right valves, it would be better to call a plumber.

    Removing the handle of the tap

    There is a screw in the handle which you need to loosen up and remove. This is a small screw which keeps the handle in place. Check if the tap head has a screw. If not, flip off the lid with hand or a screwdriver. You can even use an adjustable spanner. Since, nowadays taps come in different designs, make sure to explore a bit to find the screw that you’re looking for.

    After unscrewing the tap head, set aside the screw because you’ll have to put it back later. Lift off the head of the tap. If the tap has a shroud part, unscrew this as well with your fingers of a slip-joint pliers if the need arises. The pliers can grip the shroud and you will find it easier to loosen it up. However, to prevent the pliers from scratching the surface of the shroud, protect it with a piece of cloth.

    Once the valve has been exposed, use the spanner to grip the nut at its base. Look for the place where the valve joins with the main body of the tap. Using a cloth, place the slip-joint pliers over the main body of the tap and hold it there firmly. Using the adjustable spanner, open the valve afterward.

    How to replace the washer

    The valve can be unscrewed by hand once it is loose. If the problematic part is a ceramic disc valve, the old one must be taken out and replaced with a new disc.

    If the valve you are handling is the type that utilizes a rubber washer, use the end of the screwdriver to flick it off. Check whether there is a small screw or nut that you need to remove first before you can reach the washer because some taps have those. After releasing the washer, remove it and replace it with a new one. Once that is done, reconstruct the tap by going back through the steps you’ve done. Turn the water on to check if the tap is still dripping or not.

    If you find difficulties in doing this we are here to help. Call us on 02089467171. We are based in Wimbledon Park and cover most of  SW London.