Going green or upcycling

For years now there has been a lot of talk about going green & loads of products brought out by manufactures for the green market which seem to be very expensive with claims that the product will pay for the extra cost in x amount of years however the products only last x amount of years so not sure where the savings are there.
Maybe I am just naive but going green should not mean using up loads more of the earths resources for new products.
I am a big fan of upcycling which can be used in many different ways to great effect for instance

* Update your kitchen by replacing the cupboard fronts (new cupboard units will be the very same as the ones you have now so why replace)

* Paint/spray your existing cupboard doors & if mouldings are added before repainting you can change a straight door in to a panel door.

* Move your cupboards around until you get a new layout which is better suited to the room

* Replace your old worktop with new or tile your existing worktop ( hob & sink will need to be adjusted to allow for tiles.)

* Added extra mouldings to your skirting boards to make them bigger/taller or for door & window surrounds wider.

* Recolouring or styling your table to get a better match for the room it is in (take your time, no rush, get it right first time)

* The list could be endless ( be careful there is a fine line)

As you can see from my examples upcycling for me is keeping the main component & adding to it in order to update or upgrade & always been careful to carry out quality workmanship as the last thing you want is a DIY slapped together look.

Bathroom remodel on a budget

This can be quite a big undertaking & unless you are quite confident in your plumbing, carpentry & tiling skills it is best left to a more experienced person to help or do it for you.
Of course carrying out the install is the last step on getting the bath/shower room that you desire on the budget you can afford.
Here are some steps you should consider as the first step.

* Think about the style you like
* Go through broachers for ideas
* Remember you can mix & match
* Keep in mind the size of your room
* Price check items from different suppliers
* Think on colour & tiles style/square meters required
* get sizes, to ensure the units you want fit
* Make a list & leave nothing off to get a true cost

You should always keep in mind that the new bathroom is an investment in your property, also that it is you that will be using it for as long as your at that property therefore it is worth all the planning & price checking to get what you hoped for.
Before you purchase any material you should get at least three estimates for the labour costs & at the same time you can find out if there are any problems with your new planned layout.
A new stylish bathroom should not cost the earth but a little bit of forward planning on your side will make all the difference on what it does cost.

Bathroom remodel is quite a big job so there will be disruption but then again you can not make a cake without breaking some eggs.

WC

The WC is a very important & necessary unit but it is only when it stops working or has a fault that makes you relies exactly how important it is to you. Normally discovering this quite quickly at certain times of the day or evening.
I have been informed by customers that it is one of the most problematic of repair jobs to get sorted as it would seem that most plumbers they call are not interested in attending.(why this is I am not sure, possibly the size of job or type of work involved)
There are quite a few problems that can make the WC unusable or unpleasant to use such as

* Blockage
* No flush
* Broken seat
* Loose pan
* Broken handle
* Leaks

Due to the problems that my potential customers are experiencing with getting a repair person to call & secondly getting the problem sorted quickly, which I understand is very important.
I have decided that the best way to solve this problem is to carry a large stock of cistern parts, all the different types, pan fixing kits, handles est. this is an expense, however it should give a very high first time fix rate for the customer.
The idea behind this company is to be Honest, Affordable & do quality workmanship & I hope that actions show customers that we are not all talk.

Fencing & Gates

 

CAN DO WILL DO HANDYMAN are happy to sort out all your fencing & gate needs from installation ,repair to upgrade.
There are many problems that your fencing will suffer as it gets older so lets have a look at a few & how to repair them.

Fence panel
These will rot over the years if they are not maintained but they are easy to replace & if you have concrete posts all the better. Its just a matter of sliding the old panel up & out then sliding the new panel in. (please be careful, they can weigh quite a bit especially when wet.)
If your posts are made of wood the panels will be nailed or screwed & sometimes brackets are fitted.
Don’t worry if your not sure or need help just contact us.

Posts
If your posts are concrete there should be no movement from them however if there is they might need reconcreting at their base which should be sorted sooner rather than later.
Wooden posts are installed by concreting in or a post spike which is fitted to the bottom of the post then driven into the ground. Over time wood will rot if not maintained which make the whole fence unstable & the best solution for this is to replace the posts.
Panel sizing
As the length of every border is different there is nearly always a part of a panel required to complete the job. You will require tools to cut the panel but you must ensure that the end of the panel is fully supported once its cut to ensure it does not fall apart.
Again if you need help were only a phone call away & will be happy to hear from you.
Panel repair
This can be worth while if you have a lot of panels, the thing that goes first on a panel is the top timber due to rot but straight forward to replace as its nailed on ( you need to be handy with a saw & hammer.)
I would sagest that a few panels are purchased & used as parts, best practise is to use preservatives on the fence on completion

Gates
They have a habit of tilting which is due to the post not been able to support them or the gate it self which needs bracing.
If your problem is that the latch is not holding sometimes it just needs adjusting as timber has moved over time.
Please remember CAN DO WILL DO HANDYMAN is always happy to help with any of your household maintenance problems, feel free to call for a honest reliable service.

 

Wooden Doors & Windows

Do you live in Enfield, Southgate, or surrounding areas. Can do will do handyman are happy to solve any problem your having with your doors & windows.

 

Sash window
Sash windows look & work beautiful when first fitted however if they are not maintained they can look very shabby & hard to open or close.
Window cords break, weights can stick, timber swells & they can be very draftee in winter but all can be restored & draft proofed.
Front & back door
Doors can swell making them hard to close, locks can start to stick due to age, hinges become weak or maybe they just need some draft proofing & a little bit of door furniture ( knocker, door pull, kick plate est. )
Internal doors
These can be of many different types, sliding, cupboard, closet, est. which can become loose, hinges break , new knobs/handles required & many other problems can acre but with a little bit of work they can be brought back to a door that is useful not useless.

I carry out a lot of this type of woodwork so do give me a call as I am always happy to help.

MDF

MDF is a fantastic product however it does have limitations on its use & I just wanted to give a quick guide & some pointers.
MDF should only be used for internal work which is damp free due to the fact that it will swell badly when in contact with moisture.

When cutting a sheet a dust mask should always be worn as the dust fibres are quite harmful.

Use screws not nails to build a project as nails will not hold the boards together by them self.

Counter sink screw heads for filling as nothing looks worse than a bump of filler where the screw head is.

Only use a light grade of sandpaper on the edges.

Do not use a water based paint as this will raise the fibres.

Many things can be made out of MDF but you should always try & keep in mind the weight/size of the finished project if it is not a built in unit.

I always find it very satisfying making a unit of any type & if you have this urge to make something, GO FOR IT as its very rewarding but if things do not go to plan you can always give me a call.

Cheap Paint

Customer supplied the gloss paint for the interior doors and skirting a brand of which I have never seen before & hopefully will never see again the main problems with it were.

*The fumes it gave off filled the house within minutes
*Coverage was very poor due to consistency
*Drying times were extensive
In the end I only used one coat & after it dried sanded back then repainted with a known brand.

The moral of this storey is that there is no such thing as cheap paint but only good & bad so spend a little more on the paint & you will end up spending less on the labour.

Radiator not working

When you start your heating up again after the summer you will sometimes find that one or two radiators on the system will not work. This is normally due to the TRV (thermostatic radiator valve) where the seating is stuck down.
This is an easy fix, remove the head of the TRV by unscrewing (this is not a water carrying part )exposing the pin which is top centre of valve.
Tap the pin with a small hammer lightly & the pin should pop back up if however it does not try again if it still does not move it is more than lightly that the seating on the end of the pin is stuck due to sludge in your system. sometimes if you leave the head off the pin will pop back up on its own due to the pressure of the system running.

Hope this tip is of some help on the first cold snap.

Ink on Carpet

As I had just finished refilling the cartridge for my printer I managed somehow to knock it off the desk & on trying to catch it the ink covered my hand and dripped all over the carpet.
First things first put cartridge in bin and went to wash my hand, ink would not come off with soap or white spirit then tried turpentine, useless then I remembered a house hold product that I used to remove stains from a white kitchen worktop Cillit Bang I have two types one for limescale which works great on worktops but seems no good on ink & the other type that has bleach which I am pleased to say removed the ink quickly from my hand & the carpet(do not use bleach type on work tops as it seems to leave dull marks ).

There you go two lessons in one, how to clean a white worktop & how to remove ink from hands & carpet.

Cracked Wall Tiles

I had to replace two wall tiles in a wet room as the customer tried to put up a new shower rail but the tiles broke when he was drilling the holes.

Drilling holes in tiles

Step one; You are going to need the right size tile bit these are different to standard bits.
Step two; Mark the tile where the holes are going to be drilled then stick masking tape on these marks and remark on the tape (tape is to stop your bit slipping)
Step three; set you drill off hammer action & on to low speed, drill the holes.
Step four; ensure that the plug that you use in the holes go pass the tile because if the plug is touching the tile when you tighten up the screw it is quite likely to crack the tile.