Have your DIY woes solved by the new Half Built House Channel 5 shoe
It’s fair to say that there are things in all of our homes that we would love to change and have never got round to, or have started to make amends to but haven’t quite finished. Doing It Yourself is a great, cost effective way to get the home you want without tugging too much on the purse strings, but sometimes things can go a little wrong, or take more time to complete than previously anticipated. If your home is a bit of a DIY disaster and you’re looking for a helping hand to get your project finished, then Channel 5’s ‘Half Built House’ could have the solution.
Headed by interior designer, builder and renovator, Sian Astley, ‘Half Built House’ aims to give people whose houses have become hell, a place to finally call home. If you have knocked down a wall but have no idea how to finish the job, are a sink short of a kitchen or are seeing stars every night then get in touch. Sian and her team will offer solutions to your DIY problems and help you set things straight giving you the eat-in kitchen, insulated attic and children’s playroom you’ve been dreaming of but not managed to get round to.
With over 15 years of project management and home design experience, Sian Astley is the woman to rescue you from your DIY woes, showing you cost effect methods of improving your home and finishing the job to a high standard without breaking the bank.
If you’re interested in having Sian bring her expertise to your home, then get in touch with the team and tell them about your DIY renovation and redecoration disasters along with your contact details and any relevant photos to email@example.com and perhaps they’ll soon be on their way to help you out.
While DIY Doctor is broadly in favour of making planning regulations less bound up with red tape they have to agree with TrustMark who warn that consumers need more advice when planning building works – and the bigger the project the more guidance they may need.
TrustMark and DIY Doctor are both very keen to promote good, honest, reliable tradesmen and to try to eradicate the cowboy builder.
As the chairman of Trustmark, Liz Male, comments: “. . . through initiatives like this and the forthcoming Green Deal, the risk is that we leave too many people at the mercy of rogue traders and cowboy builders . . . If Government wishes to deregulate this sector, even for a short period, then it must also help by signposting people to reputable firms and good sources of advice.”
Trustmark is a government-endorsed agency which has over 21,000 licenced tradespeople on their website. To be eligible to be be listed every firm is inspected and checked by experienced inspectors. DIY Doctor has chosen to work solely in conjunction with TrustMark to help homeowners find reputable tradespersons to carry out building works on their homes. They are the only online trades listing who ensure the firms are accredited. To find suitable tradespeople in your area visit DIY Doctor’s find a tradesman area.
Liz Male adds: “We would always advise anyone considering building an extension, conservatory, loft conversion or other major building work to use a contract with their tradesmen. The free TrustMark app is a particularly important tool that can help with that, prompting you to ask all the right questions.”
We have a free building contract on DIY Doctor which will help to clarify all the stages of your project and if used properly will improve communication between you and your builder, avoiding some of the pitfalls, and helping to resolve any possible disputes.
Go to our section on Home Improvement Protection Solution (HIPS) where you can download a free Desired Outcome Contract.
This is the Evatronic chauffage soufflant iris – it has been voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer.
If you have bought one of these trendy-looking heaters you should NOT USE IT, they have been recalled because they are a fire hazard.
Models affected FH802
In green, turquoise and white
Made in China
You should get in touch with the place you bought it from for more information or you can contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 or www.consumerdirect.gov.uk.
This is a photo we found on an american site (electrical-contractor.net), apparently taken on a US base in Iraq, where a massive drill bit was used as a fuse on a UK plug……. OMG! Any electricians out there got any photo’s of DIY disasters you have come across? We want to see them….!
Unwanted intruders gaining access to your home is a terrifying prospect. It’s bad enough if you’re out at work when it happens, even worse if you’re upstairs asleep. In this quick guide we reveal the simple ways you can improve home security. We cover the most common burglar alarm systems – wired, unwired and monitored – and also look at different outdoor security lighting options. Don’t forget, an alarm will also normally reduce your home insurance premium.
What are the different types of burglar alarm system available?
Burglar alarm systems have various ways of detecting an intruder, coupled to various methods of raising the alarm – from loud noises and lights, to informing a security centre, and any combination of the above.
Home systems tend to use two main types of detector.
a) magnetic contacts on doors and windows which activate an alarm if the contacts are separated
b) interior Passive Infrared Detectors (PIRs) which activate an alarm when they react to body heat and movement within a defined arc. This is the most common type of detector used.