Home Improvement, Money Saving Tips

DIY

DIY projects you can take on yourself without the help of a hired contractor can be very enticing, but there is one thing to remember before picking up your arsenal. For one, it’s important to fork over the cash for quality. It’s easy to go to the local department store and just by a huge China-made toolset for less than the cost of a fancy meal, but you know it’s low-quality. Build your collection one at a time so it’s made up of quality tools that are durable and have a lifetime warranty.

The first essential tool for DIY projects is the classic 16-ounce claw hammer. It has enough heft to perform basic repair needs while remaining portable enough to carry around with ease. While hammers classically sport wooden handles, avoid this whenever possible as they will break with ease. It’s better to opt for one with a synthetic handle that will last longer.

Flathead screwdrivers come with a single blade to twist in a flathead screw. Though Phillips screws have generally come to replace these, it’s still worth having one of these in your arsenal. Similarly, since Phillips screws have, in fact, replaced most flatheads, you’ll want a good set of these screwdrivers in different sizes. For mechanical gears; straight bevel gears, spiral bevel gears, hypoid gears, and helical gears are just some of the basic types you can buy as starters. Other types of custom and bevel designs depend on the gear system your project requires. Check with gearbox suppliers and manufacturers like Davall Gears (davall.co.uk) for more precise sets and specifications.

Of all tools, a crescent wrench will likely see the most action since it’s practically a 50-in-one tool. This is a wrench whose width can be adjusted using a sliding jaw, allowing its user to use it on nuts and bolts of varying sizes.

Regardless of what kind of DIY you want to complete, precision is important, and having a good retractable metal measuring tape can help with that regard.

Vice grip pliers help for those who need an extra hand beyond the two you work with. These are pliers capable of locking in place, using a mechanism in which you can use one hand to release the lock. However, some models do require both hands in order to disengage the lock.

Though not a particularly exciting tool, another essential one to pick up is a utility knife. Every DIY project offers some kind of need to cut and scrape things, so there are hundreds of different ways in which you can enjoy using the super sharp blade of a utility knife.

Cleaning, Home Improvement, Maintenance, Renovations

When you are looking for the perfect machine to help you get rid of dirt and debris, a high-pressure water jetting machine will do just that. Water jetting machines use a variety of nozzles to combine the power of the keg nozzles and more. They can be used for washing the drainage system, plumbing, concrete and other hard-to-clean surfaces.

Water jetting can help solve those tough problems that are hard to remove by combing the power and nozzle technologies. In fact, manufacturers spend a lot of time trying to stay with the best materials to provide the best cutting edge products for users.

While Wetjet cleans are known for cleaning pipelines, they can be used for other areas with hard to remove debris. It is also one of the best methods for power cleaning your home or office.

Benefits of Water Jetting Machine

 

High Efficiency

Water Jetting Machines are a new technique that removes even the grimiest of dirt. The motorized, efficient technology has the power to blast a stream of hot water at a high pressure. The Jets will then shoot the hot water along or through the area to blast through those thick clogs and remove all types of build-up and debris.

Safe for Humans and the Environment

Water jetting is eco-friendly as they do not require mechanical or chemical cleaners such as toxins and drain snakes. Additionally, they won’t damage the insight of your draining system or roof. Without the use of chemicals, this provides a safer way to clean and dispose of the grime and debris after the job is complete.

Provides Versatility in Uses

Water jets are highly efficient in cleaning multiple areas and uses. You can use them to pressure clean factories, buildings, shops, and homes to benefit from water jetting. The high pressure of the blast will soften the tougher dirt that gets accumulated on hard surfaces.

Additionally, water jetting also helps to prevent problems in the future. The heat and pressure of the water will make it all the more difficult to let grime build up and continue the further damage.

Top Uses for Water jetting Machines

Nowadays, water jetting machines can be used for home owners and professionals as they are easy to use and maintain. That is why they make the perfect tool to deep clean uses that need it the most. Water jetting machines are even said to be more efficient that a cable machine as they require fewer resources.

So how do you decide if you need a water jetting machine? Here are some of the top uses for water jetting cleaners.

Drained Blockage

With draining issues like grease or grime, a cable machine won’t solve the problem. Water jetting machines can ensure that the blog will be fully removed.

Deep Cleaning

Water jetting machines will help flush out major blockages in need of high-pressured water blow outs.

Sewer Systems

In cases of tough to remove blockages in the sewer, water jetting in the opposite direction of the hose will help break down the blockage and open the pipe to flush down the waste.

Conclusion

Overall, water jetting machines are a great option if you find yourself with draining problems or want to keep tough surfaces clean on a yearly basis. Not only will a water jetting machine help with common problems, they will also save you time, energy and money while helping the environment.

Construction, Extensions, Home Improvement, Maintenance, Plumbing & Heating, Renovations, Roofing

Finding Building Contractors You Can Rely On

Have you ever been the victim of a cowboy contractor, or otherwise regretting your choice after hiring someone? It’s not uncommon. After all, how are you supposed to know until you work with them? Hopefully next time you will have some idea, because we have a few potential answers to that question.

Compare quotes

Perhaps the number one piece of advice we can give you is to never settle on the first price you hear. There is really nothing to lose by shopping around and asking a few similar firms for price estimates. Although a low estimate doesn’t mean everything, you can judge the best value once you do a little more research into them.

Find personal recommendations

It is one thing to read reviews online, but even from independent sources you can’t be sure how they originated. If you know someone who can vouch for a builder or other tradesperson, ideally after a similar project to your own, you should trust them.

Look locally first

Although you may be able to come to a good agreement with someone who doesn’t live in your area, it’s probably going to be less costly for both parties if the contractor doesn’t have to travel far. They will probably be travelling to and from your property at least once a day for the duration of the project, so this clearly adds up.

Check their qualifications and experience

Obviously professional people in any trade will need certain qualifications to confirm they can work on your property safely, especially with gas or electricity supply work. Check these and make sure they have at least a few years’ experience when it’s a major job. It’s likely that someone who’s never worked on a project like yours before will end up costing you more, even if they don’t plan to deliberately.

Agree a timescale

It’s not advisable to work with only a rough estimate for any project. If it seems too complex to predict, that means you simply haven’t planned in enough detail yet. It’s important to have a start date and completion date pencilled in.

Have it all in writing

Of course, agreements are meaningless if they’re only verbal in this situation. The only way to really ensure you’re going to get what you pay for one way or the other is to have a professionally written contract covering every aspect of your agreement. If the contractor really plans to deliver, they shouldn’t have any problem agreeing to reasonable terms.

Home Improvement, Plumbing & Heating

The Advantages of Column Radiators

Column radiators are a classic staple in home heating systems and they’re enjoying a revival in popularity thanks to the unique and modern designs widely available in the UK. They are now readily available in home improvement stores like Wickes and Home Hardware Direct. Alternatives are available which offer different practical applications, and some people are still put off the idea of basic radiators that don’t look up to date when surrounded by more modern features in a room, but here are some key points to remind you why it’s important to consider high quality column radiators.

1) Compatibility

It’s easy to fit classic column radiators onto almost any standard hot water system, so whether it’s your bathroom, bedroom or anywhere else you don’t need to make any major plumbing changes to accommodate your radiator. It helps to have a professional plumber to fit your radiator but you can be fairly sure it’s not going to cause any complications when you go for a column format. All you normally need apart from the pipe connections are wall brackets on which to mount your radiator. Continue Reading

Home Improvement, Plumbing & Heating

Luxury Features You Need In Your Bathroom

If you’re not planning to remodel your bathroom, we have great news. After reading this list, you will be! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite bathroom features and once you’ve seen all these for yourself you’ll wonder how you managed without them all this time. If you were already thinking about ideas for your new bathroom, then you’ll definitely want to re-think before you miss any of these.

1) Designer Radiators

Radiators are pretty much essential in any bathroom, but there’s no reason you should be stuck with basic designs that don’t match your style. Designer radiators come in a variety of styles and hardly cost more than traditional options, but can add so much to your design. Choose pure white or black to complement a monochrome style, a classic column radiator design or a flat panelled look that looks great with wooden features. Our favourites are tall, narrow radiators with a shiny metallic finish which are very popular at the moment and look amazing in most modern bathrooms. For more designs, check out the selection of bathroom radiators from The Heating Boutique.

2) Heated Towel Rails

To add a touch of luxury to your re-modelled bathroom, you needn’t rely on your central heating to enjoy a warm towel every time you step out of the shower. Although many fabulous designs can be plumbed in like radiators, you also have the option of freestanding heated towel racks powered by the flick of a switch. Depending on the look of your bathroom, you might opt for a small, classic silver design, thicker poles that look impressive and make it easier to hang your towel, or a full-sized metallic rack that looks perfect with a modern colour scheme. Continue Reading

Home Improvement, Renovations, Roofing

Different Types of Roof Design and Construction

At one time or the other, you might be required to repair or replace your roof. So, it is important to ensure that you know what is involved in the process and how much it will cost you. To help you in the process, this article offers a quick guide to the basics of roof design and construction, starting with the key differences between the main types of roofing.

There are two basic types: pitched and flat roofs.

Flat roofs 

A flat roof is a roof that is defined as having a pitch that is less than 15 degrees horizontally. A good flat roof should not allow water to collect, but instead drain away safely. This means that most of these roofs have a fall on them, making rain water flow naturally to collection points. You can also have a cosmetic covering of tiled roofs of 10-15 degrees if the underlying roof itself is too flat. Flat roofs are not always as attractive looking and problems with these methods to deal with rainfall are common, but when done properly they can look stunning on certain types of home design. Continue Reading

Home Improvement, Roofing

How To Deal With A Leaking Roof

Unsightly water marks on ceilings are a sure sign of a leaking roof that needs immediate attention. Delays in fixing a leaking roof can turn a small problem into a big one. Over time, a leaking roof will cause water damage to several structures in the house, resulting in high repair costs.

Detecting and locating a leak

The surest indicator of a leaking roof is water marks on the ceilings and walls. The leak is not always directly above the water mark, so it takes a little effort to locate the source.

  • For homes with accessible attics, checking the roof for mould, black marks or water stains is a simple way of finding a leak.
  • For homes with inaccessible attics or vaulted ceilings, the leak is found by climbing onto the roof and inspecting it. The most likely sources of leaks are the structures that project from the house and through the roof. We should check the chimneys, dormers and plumbing vents for cracks and loose seals.
  • While on the roof, we should also check for broken, missing or cracked shingles and check if the damage extends to the underlying structures.
  • If the leak is not found by visual inspection, it can be found by soaking areas close to the water mark with water to see if the water will reach the ceiling. This is a two-person job. One person goes on the roof with a hose and soaks the area above the water mark with water while the other checks for dripping water inside the house. If no leak is found, soak the spot to the left of the water mark and check for leakage, if no leak is found, then soak the spot to the right of the water mark. If the leak remains undetected, try the area uphill of the watermark and repeat the process until the leak is found.
  • Some leaks are very small and very well hidden. They happen in houses where the ceiling has a plastic vapor barrier between the attic insulation and the wall. Such leaks can be found by looking for flow stains on the plastic barrier. If no flow stains are found on the plastic, the source of the leak is probably a protruding nail on the underside of the roof. In cold weather, moisture freezes onto the nail and when the temperature rises, the water melts and finds its way to the ceiling. Removing the leak caused by nails is easy. Simply clip the nail with a suitable pair of pliers.

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