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Scotland Urges UK to Reduce VAT on Renovations

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Posted by Brenna McKinley at 14:11 on 17 Nov 2011
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In an effort to boost business in the construction sector and aid the wider economy, the Scottish government is urging UK ministers to lower the VAT from 20 per cent to 5 per cent on renovations, repairs and home improvements.

Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop told members of Scottish Parliament that the current VAT acts as a “disincentive to reusing existing buildings,” and that reducing it would act as a stimulus to the construction sector of the economy and make it more appealing for people to invest in homes and neighbourhoods throughout the UK.

Scotland Loosens Home Improvement Regulations

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Posted by Brenna McKinley at 16:42 on 04 Nov 2011
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DIY just got a whole lot easier up north. Come February 2012, Scottish homeowners will no longer have to apply for planning permission to renovate their homes.

The Scottish government expects about 4,000 renovation applications to be taken out of their system each year, as home renovation projects including garages, extensions and access ramps will no longer require official approval. The government hopes this will free people to make home improvements on their own to save themselves money while simultaneously creating job opportunities for builders and other tradesmen.

Build, Borrow, Save: Home Improvement in the Current Economic Climate

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Posted by Michelle DeCamp at 16:44 on 06 Jul 2011
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According to a recent analysis of the loan data at Sainsbury’s Finance, more Britons are taking out loans in order to invest in home improvements despite the apparent economic downturn.  For those of you interested in making this a possibility in your own home improvement endeavours, look no further!  The team at Problem Solved have tracked down some of the options, perks and setbacks of this new trend.

The Reclaimed Wood Trend

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Posted by Michelle DeCamp at 15:27 on 29 Jun 2011
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At once trendy and classic, reclaimed wood interiors are an excellent way to add timeless warmth and style to your home.  From reclaimed timber finishes on tables and cupboards to salvaged wood walls that are half-sanded and still have printing on them, this look makes a strong and beautiful statement in any room of the house.  Take a look at some of these ideas for home improvements using reclaimed wood pieces!

Zenith Staybrite offering 50% off all Windows!

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Posted by Zenith Staybrite at 17:19 on 22 Jun 2011
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Zenith Staybrite is one of the UK’s leading double glazing companies, installing thousands of UPVC windows and doors throughout England every year. They are currently running a half price sale on all their UPVC windows and doors – a great deal for anyone looking to update their home.

Money-Saving Tips for Any Home Improvement Project

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Posted by Michelle DeCamp at 12:08 on 21 Jun 2011
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Here at Problem Solved, we’re all about saving you the time, money, and headaches that often go hand-in-hand with home improvement projects.  We always strive to provide you with the best tips and secrets of the trade, but you don’t just have to take our word for it!  Tim Doherty, of The National Self Build and Renovation Centre, speaks some wise words on the subject to The Self Builder.

DIY Tips: How To Fix a Dripping Tap

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Posted by Abigail Brooks at 14:24 on 20 Jun 2011
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There’s nothing quite as irritating as the sound of a dripping tap – trust me, the tap at home has been dripping for a month! Luckily, HomeTips.com has some great DIY advice on how to fix any kind of leaking tap. Read on to get some of their useful tips!

Save 7.5% on Garden Offices & Studios!

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Posted by Jessica Lawrence at 17:19 on 03 Mar 2011
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More of us would like to achieve a better work life balance and Cotsmill Garden Offices could help you.  Specialists in creating beautiful hand crafted garden offices and studios to provide you with a fantastic work environment just steps away from your back door, right now Cotsmill Garden Offices is making your hard earned cash go further with 7.5% off any order.

Whatever style you are looking for, Cotsmill Garden Offices can help with both contemporary and traditional designs.

VAT Held at Schrijver Damp Control

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Posted by Jonathan Peace at 15:56 on 10 Feb 2011
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The award-winning Schrijver Damp Control System is an eco-friendly humidity regulating solution that works by maximizing natural airflow. Unlike traditional methods of damp removal that often simply drive the problem elsewhere, Schrijver’s chemical-free system is fitted into your external walls and removes moisture directly from them channeling it outside your property.

Totally DIY - National Home Improvement Trade Show This February!

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Posted by Jessica Lawrence at 14:51 on 27 Jan 2011
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Are you in the home improvement or DIY industry? Then make room in your calendar from 6 to 8th February because Totally DIY, Totally Tools and Totally Secure are coming to the Birmingham NEC.

British Homeowners’ New Year Resolutions: A Tidy House and Family Time are Top for 2011

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Posted by Jonathan Peace at 14:58 on 14 Dec 2010
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British homeowners are eager to start 2011 by spending more time with family in a spotless home, according to a recent survey for Interiors 2011 – a new 16 page supplement in the Daily Telegraph published on 29 January 2011.

Shopping trends for 2011

B&Q’s profits climb after cutting costs

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Posted by Elise Bowder at 14:22 on 16 Sep 2010
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B&Q, the largest European DIY retailer, reported a 15 percent rise in profits on Thursday. New cost-cutting measures and special offer are attributed to this increase, bringing B&Q’s UK profits to £158million.

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Win a Night in a 5 Star Penthouse and Tickets to Grand Designs Live!

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Posted by Jessica Lawrence at 09:29 on 03 Sep 2010
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Staying Cool Penthouse at the Rotunda

Brits Taking Out Loans For Home Improvement

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Posted by Jessica Lawrence at 08:55 on 02 Sep 2010
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New research has revealed that Brits are spending more money on home improvements and are taking out personal loans to pay for them.

The bright side of solar roof panels: save £600 to £1000 a year!

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Posted by Jessica Lawrence at 17:27 on 26 Aug 2010
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Installing a solar roof panels could save you from £600 to £1000 a year a new report has said. Research by British Gas suggests that over 12 million homes in Britain have roofs which, if solar panels were installed, could produce enough electricity for up to half of their household needs.

Solar panels save homeowners money

National Home Improvement Show Tickets Giveaway!

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Posted by Jessica Lawrence at 12:16 on 25 Aug 2010
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Are you a fan of refurbishment or an interiors enthusiast? If so, you are in luck as we are giving away 50 double passes to The National Home Improvement Show. Entries are on a first come first serve basis so follow the link below now for a chance to win entrance for you and a friend to the event being held at Earls Court from 1 – 3 October 2010.

National Home Improvement Show Tickets

Generation "Dad'll Do It" Lack Basic DIY Skills

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Posted by Jessica Lawrence at 11:14 on 23 Aug 2010
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A recent study has shown that half of young people do not have the basic DIY skills needed to maintain their homes. This lack of home maintenance skills has led to a ‘Dad’ll Do It’ generation who are unable to wire a plug.

Research undertaken by Halifax Home Insurance has found that, amongst under 35s:

- 50% can’t wire a plug.
- 54% can’t bleed a radiator.
- 63% wouldn’t attempt to put up wallpaper.
- 65% admit that their dads are better at DIY than they are.

Senior claims manager for Halifax insurance, Martyn Foulds says:




Short Term Costs Discourage Homeowners from Going Green

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Posted by Jessica Lawrence at 11:00 on 17 Aug 2010
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The National Improvement Show has said there is still a gap between “understanding and implementation” of green home improvements as people remain focused on the short term expenses.

DIY Tips for Women

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Posted by Jessica Lawrence at 10:48 on 16 Aug 2010
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According to a recent survey, DIY is no longer limited to burly men in plaid shirts – the ladies are getting into home improvement as well. The survey shows that 9 out of 10 women now own power tools and 67% are actively completing their own DIY tasks around the house. For women still getting to grips with the drill, here are a few tips on getting started.

Julie Kendall, presenter of BBC1's DIY SOS and interior designer says:

Great B&Q Deals for August!

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Posted by Jessica Lawrence at 16:31 on 12 Aug 2010
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For any DIY fans planning to get a little home improvement done this weekend, B&Q have some great deals on this August for indoors and outdoors.

Vanilla Ice gets DIY series

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Posted by Jessica Lawrence at 12:49 on 10 Aug 2010
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Robert Van Winkle, better known as early nineties rapper Vanilla Ice, has landed his own show on the US DIY Network, innovatively titled “The Vanilla Ice Project”. The 10 episode reality show will follow Ice-Winkle renovating his 7000 sq. ft. Palm Beach home. In other news, MC Hammer is soon expected to announce a new cookery program.

 

New Authentic Looking Cast Iron Styled Rainwater System from Polypipe

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Posted by Jessica Lawrence at 12:03 on 10 Aug 2010
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Ah, the British summer. After walking to the office today in the pouring rain, a timely press release popped into my inbox from the good folk at Polypipe.

The Big Green Home Show 2010

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Posted by Stephanie Thomas at 17:06 on 22 Jul 2010
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Instead of reading about all the eco-improvements being made daily, why not view all about green living yourself? The Big Green Home Show takes place October 29th-31st and will provide you everything you need to know about environment-friendly living in the home.

What's the Best Way to Finance Home Improvements?

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Posted by Stephanie Thomas at 11:57 on 22 Jul 2010
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If you are thinking of updating your home, we all know that the beautiful results come with a price tag as well. Multiple personal factors determine how you can finance home renovations, including how much you need to borrow, how disciplined and able you are to pay it back on a schedule and your credit score.
After looking at these factors, the two best options, unless you have significant savings on hand, are borrowing on a credit card or taking out a personal loan.


Hips suspended, EPCs remain

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Posted by James Mace at 16:36 on 28 May 2010
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From 21 May 2010, homeowners are no longer required to supply Home Information Packs (HIPs) when selling or renting a property. 
However Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) must still be provided as they remain a requirement under European law. 

NHIC calls on homeowners to make energy efficient improvements

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Posted by Ivy Lamb at 15:49 on 23 Apr 2010
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With Earth Day come and gone, we are left to ask ourselves if Earth Day is a once-a-year gesture, or if we are committed to working towards lifestyles that have a lower impact on the environment.

Earth Day, April 22, is often marked in a number of different ways worldwide, often including lights being switched off in offices and public places. While these gestures are important, it’s also important to look at longer lasting changes.

Dulux sponsors Let’s Colour Project

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Posted by Ivy Lamb at 14:47 on 31 Mar 2010
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Decorating Centre Dulux has started a campaign to regenerate neighbourhoods with a splash of colour. Through the Let’s Colour Project, Dulux is working in local communities with volunteers and experts in design in to re-paint spaces that need some colour so that they reach their full potential.

Wallace and Gromit to promote energy efficiency

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Posted by James Mace at 11:45 on 23 Jul 2009
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A 30 second commercial during tonight's The Home Show on Channel 4, will see duo Wallace and Gromit promote energy-efficient home improvements.

It will be the second nPower advert to feature the plasticine pretenders with the company's marketing director Keith Peake saying "We're hoping [Wallace & Gromit's] positive approach to energy efficiency will help people see how simple it is to make small changes and a big a difference to their energy bills."

Average home improvement spend hits £5,300

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Posted by James Mace at 10:22 on 27 May 2009
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There's good news for home improvement retailers, with the Halifax Home Improvement Survey showing that more than half of homeowners (55%) have undertaken home improvement projects in the past 12 months spending an average of £5,300.

1 in 3 women don't like having tradesmen in their homes

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Posted by Jonathan Peace at 14:48 on 27 Apr 2009
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A survey from npower hometeam has shown that 1 in 3 women don't like inviting tradesmen into their homes. One of the women polled complained that she walked into her bedroom to find a builder rifling through her underwear drawer, whilst another watched as her fireplace was smashed to pieces.

As "hilarious" as these anecdotes are, you've got to ask how helpful some of these polls are. The poll goes on to state that "an incredible 86%" want tradesmen to turn up on time - what about the other 14%?

Top ten projects to add value to your home

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Posted by James Mace at 18:05 on 30 Jun 2008
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I know that we’ve been harping on about this for months now, but it really does seem that people are looking to improve rather than move from their homes.

With house prices predicted to fall by up to 35 per cent in the next two years, home improvement is once again high on the list of priorities for the homeowner, as they attempt to sit tight and wait it out.

So what advice is out there for those looking to invest in a spot of renovation on their property?

DIY Dangers – Homeowners who avoid tradesmen

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Posted by Samee Mohammad at 17:37 on 16 May 2008
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As we head into summer, homeowners will be putting pocketing their wallets and pulling out their toolboxes - as a new survey from ProblemSolved.co.uk reveals 3 in 4 people would rather attempt DIY for home improvement projects than hire a professional.

And whilst the statistic may be a reflection on a general slowdown in spending, new research also suggests that many homeowners attempting maintenance work themselves aren’t covered against subsequent problems arising from bungled attempts..

Homebuilding and Renovating Show Birmingham starts today

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Posted by Samee Mohammad at 11:32 on 10 Apr 2008
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Just a reminder, as reported earlier this week, the Homebuilding and Renovating show will kick off today at the NEC in Birmingham.

If home improvement is high on the agenda this summer, you could come away with new inspiration thanks to the diverse range of exhibitors and contributors at the show.

Click here to register for your free ticket t

Tips and advice for kitchen buyers - part 6

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Posted by Tim Foley at 15:53 on 14 Mar 2008
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Installation issues

Are your existing electrical and plumbing services adequate for your new kitchen?

As the kitchen houses a number of appliances, it is imperative that your electrical supply is sufficient to withstand the demands placed on it. The same is true of water, waste and gas supplies and it is strongly advised to undertake a pre-installation check of all services.

At least someone managed a conversion...

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Posted by Jonathan Peace at 13:58 on 12 Mar 2008
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The Six Nations results make for heavy reading for the English so it's conversions off the rugby field that are getting tongues wagging as more and more "movers" start to sing to the "improvers'" tune.

Coalition lobby for cut in VAT on building materials

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Posted by Samee Mohammad at 14:35 on 08 Feb 2008
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Industry coalition calls for a cut in VAT A broad coalition of organisations including the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Empty Homes Agency, the Bathroom Manufacturers Association and the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC), has been formed calling on the Government to cut VAT from 17.5 per cent to five per cent for all building repair and maintenance work.

The ‘Cut the VAT’ Coalition is calling for a reduction in  VAT to help the Government achieve its target of cutting carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2050;

Putting up a curtain track

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Posted by Samee Mohammad at 17:09 on 28 Jan 2008
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Hints & Tips

What you need...
Fine-tooth hacksaw, craft knife or file, pencil, ruler, power drill with masonry drill bits, screwdriver, curtain track and fixings, wall plugs.

What you do…


Discounted wooden shutters from Shaftsbury Shutters

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Posted by Samee Mohammad at 17:41 on 21 Jan 2008
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Quality wood shutters not only enhance the overall appearance and design-look of your home, but can also add to value to your property. A specialist in this area, Shaftesbury Blinds & Shutters  have options to suit most looks and budgets – and is currently holding a January sale offering up to 50 per cent off selected shutter ranges.

Vancouver Shutters are reduced from £440 to £220 per square metre, Phoenix Shutters are reduced to just £188 per square metre, and the Phoenix Blinds down from £105 to £89.25 per square metre (excludes fitting).

Ask the experts

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Posted by Samee Mohammad at 14:55 on 16 Jan 2008
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Hints & Tips

A house that I am due to inherit has a loft extension without planning permission. It was completed in about 1976. Should we put it back to just an attic or will it be alright to sell and get the future owners to extend it properly?

Clean, protect and lubricate with the wonder can

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Posted by Samee Mohammad at 18:04 on 11 Jan 2008
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A can of WD40 is always handy to have around the house, and can be used for a lot more than just a squeaky door hinge or a rusty bike chain.

It’s useful for keeping garden furniture mechanisms free from rust and stiffness over the rainy winter. Spray on your mower blades to stop wet grass sticking and clogging up your mower.
 


Repairing a hole in a plasterboard wall

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Posted by Samee Mohammad at 15:05 on 08 Jan 2008
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What you'll need...

Craft knife, sandpaper, plasterboard, a drill, string, a nail, dry wall adhesive, interior filler.

What you do...

1. Firstly neatly trim the hole in the plasterboard into a square and tidy up the edges and surrounding rough patches with some sandpaper.
2. Using an off cut piece of plasterboard, cut a patch which is the same width as the widest part of the hole though 2 inches longer than the height of the hole.


Hot floors with bargain thermal primers at Hot-Floors.com

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Posted by Cara Verdi at 14:55 on 17 Dec 2007
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Now that the weather has taken a rather chilly turn, central heating has got to be on the minds of most property owners. If at the moment you are thinking of adding some underfloor heating to your existing system, look to Hot-Floors.com and their new thermal primer, I-Primer, for an added little boost.

Helping to speed up the heat up time of underfloor heating whilst also reducing its running costs, I-Primer creates a thermal barrier between the cold floor below and the heating system above. This barrier directs the heat upwards instead of down, reducing heat loss by up to 25%.

Meticulous Touch offers 10% off all decorating projects using ECOS Paints

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Posted by Problem Solved at 13:22 on 14 Dec 2007
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With Christmas just around the corner and the New Year knocking at our door, we just can’t afford to have disruptions around the house. But what about that decorating job that you desperately need to complete?

An introduction to deciphering Designer Lingo

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Posted by Tim Foley at 16:45 on 10 Dec 2007
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Well I’m delighted to have been invited to participate in the Problem Solved Blogs and I hope that you find the contents of the pieces I write over the coming months both useful and informative.

To introduce myself, I am Tim Foley, owner of the website www.kitchensfitted.co.uk and aside from our very popular forum that assists those buying and fitting kitchens and our website articles detailing how to fit a kitchen, we provide and install bespoke quality surfaces nationwide.

Make elegant stair runners from remnant pieces of carpet with Easybind

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Posted by Cara Verdi at 13:24 on 05 Dec 2007
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Putting good use to any of those remnant bits of carpet lying around the house, Easybind from Stairrods is a handy new way to bind rugs and runners at home with the use of only a simple hot glue gun.

Available in 23 varying colours of rope–style edging, Easybind can be attached to the edge of any length of carpet to create complementary stair runners or rugs for the home. Far cheaper than sending off carpet for professional bounding and over-locking, and far less time to wait for the end product,  Easybind can be attached and completed at home in a matter of minutes.

Website of the week – Betternest.co.uk

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Posted by Cara Verdi at 16:52 on 03 Dec 2007
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With the property market growing ever more unsettled, the more information you can have before taking the leap as a buyer or seller, can never be a bad thing. Fresh out of the box and here to help is Betternest.co.uk, a website which demonstrates a property's potential to be expanded and altered for maximum profit and spatial benefits.

Answering the three main questions on buyers and sellers lips, for a flat rate fee the Betternest Property Potential Report details what space can be added to a property, how much it will cost and the estimated profit made from the alterations.

Makita 18V Combi Drill reduced to £119.99 at Northern Tool & Equipment

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Posted by Cara Verdi at 16:31 on 03 Dec 2007
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This week from Northern Tool & Equipment’s Christmas discounts, up for grabs is a Makita 18V Combi Drill for only £119.99, a saving of £50 from its usual retail price. A great gift for DIYers of all levels and experience, the drill also comes with an extra 2 x 2.0 Ah Ni-CAD batteries, a 27 piece quad driver bit set and free delivery direct from the manufacturer in approx. 2 working days. An easily sorted and much appreciated Christmas present, its perfect for any one of your handy men or lady relatives.

The new proposed rules of planning permission

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Posted by Cara Verdi at 16:15 on 03 Dec 2007
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A dreaded procedure amongst all budding and experienced property developers, acquiring planning permission can sometimes be the hardest part of a project. Following the government’s newly published Planning Reform Bill, out last Tuesday 27th November, hopefully now some of these pains will be things of the past.

In this recent Planning Reform Bill, it states that there will be new relaxed restrictions of the Planning White Paper. This would subsequently allow more households to build loft conversions and extensions without the need for planning permission.

Fixing a dropped door

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Posted by Cara Verdi at 10:42 on 30 Nov 2007
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Tools and Material
Screwdriver, matchsticks, wood adhesive, mallet, wood chisel.

1. Firstly check to see if any of the hinge screws are loose. If so tighten them up.
2. If the screws will not tighten, you will need to plug the existing screw holes for reinsertion of the old screws.
3. With a screwdriver, remove the old screws from the hinge which will not tighten and put to one side.
4. Fold the metal hinge part back on to itself to expose the screw holes on the bare wood behind (either the door or doorframe).





How to fix a squeaky floorboard

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Posted by Cara Verdi at 14:11 on 20 Nov 2007
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It’s not fun to walk around your house, and be able to hear every moment due to a few central positioned squeaky floorboards. Easy to repair as long as you don’t have carpet (sorry), creaking floorboards generally occur when some of the fixing nails worked them selves loose from the joist below causing the board itself to become loose. To ease the squeak and be able to stealthily move around your home when needed, just follow the simple guide below.

Tools and Materials:

• Pincers
• Pencil


To change or not to change? What electrical work can I do in my home?

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Posted by Cara Verdi at 16:41 on 12 Nov 2007
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I know this is old news to electricians, but to anyone else planning to do odd DIY electrical jobs in the home, you should be aware of the electrical regulations put in place by the Building Regulations for England & Wales Jan 2005.

In the simplest format, the regulations states there are certain basic electrics you can do in your home, and more often than not, ones you can’t. The latter requires a qualified electrician.

Website of the week – uk-homeimprovement.com

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Posted by Cara Verdi at 12:14 on 06 Nov 2007
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A website dedicated to the hardy home owner with a passion for DIY, uk-homeimprovement.com offers some useful advice and tips to ensure it does cost less to do it yourself.

With illustrated step by step DIY guides from hanging wallpaper to putting up corner shelving, helpful tips on how to save money on your household bills, recommended suppliers for all your DIY product desires and an online shopping store to indulge in all the things which make your home your own, uk-homeimprovement.com is definitely worth look.

Website of the week – Yahoo! Answers

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Posted by Cara Verdi at 14:24 on 29 Oct 2007
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A fun and surprisingly handy website, Yahoo! Answers provides an interactive platform to indulge in one of man’s best virtues; curiosity.

With helpful categories such as the home and garden, health and computers to the more adventurous and opinionated such as politics, social sciences and parenting, Yahoo!

Insulating a loft with blanket insulation (fibreglass/mineral)

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Posted by Cara Verdi at 12:21 on 24 Oct 2007
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Hints & Tips

Did you know up to 25% of heat in an un-insulate house is lost through the roof? By laying down insulation in the loft you could save as much as 20% off your energy bills, and it’s really easy to do. So just follow the simple steps below and look forward to a having a cosy warm home for this and many other winter seasons to come.

Preparation:

• Firstly you will need to measure the area of your loft in square metres to calculate how much insulation is required.

Fixing a squeaky floorboard

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Posted by Cara Verdi at 13:38 on 19 Oct 2007
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It’s not fun to walk around your house and be able to hear every moment due to a few central positioned squeaky floorboards. Easy to repair as long as you don’t have carpet (sorry), creaking floorboards generally occur when some of the fixing nails worked them selves loose from the joist below causing the board itself to become loose. To ease the squeak and be able to stealthily move around your home when needed, just follow the simple guide below and hopefully those late night nags will just slip under the radar from now on.

Recommend a tradesperson and win a bathroom makeover worth £3,500

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Posted by Problem Solved at 14:13 on 11 Oct 2007
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If you have come across a great tradesperson and you want to spread the word to others, write a review for them here at ProblemSolved, the home to reliable local tradespeople.

UK's First Ever Self Build & Renovation Show

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Posted by Theo Bosanquet at 12:22 on 11 Oct 2007
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If you are considering creating the home of your dreams from the ground up or from an existing property, the UK’s first ever Self Build & Renovation Show (18th – 21st October 2007) at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon will certainly get your creative juices flowing.

Cable core colours

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Posted by Cara Verdi at 15:47 on 09 Oct 2007
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Something handy for all home owners, here’s a quick summary of what cable colours you can find in your home:

The IEE published Amendments No2. to BS 7671:2001 (the IEE Wiring Regulations) on the 31st March 2004 specifying new cable core colours for all new fixed wiring in electrical installations in the UK. These colours are referred to as ‘harmonised’ colours as they are closely related to the electrical practices performed in mainland Europe.

Website of the week from BritishEco.com

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Posted by cara verdi at 15:10 on 03 Aug 2007
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There are now fewer excuses for not doing your bit for the planet with British Eco.com, the UK’s premier website for all things green and eco. Not only providing up to date information and news on the green parade, British Eco.com provides a range of eco-friendly products and services for the home, garden and outdoor lifestyle.

Can you repeat that please?

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Posted by cara verdi at 12:44 on 02 Aug 2007
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Here’s a useful article I saw for all you budding home improvers of recent. We all know or should know a little bit of charm goes a long way and when it concerns your tradesmen it could be the difference between an average finish and a great finish. Knowing what a mug of hot tea and some biccies can do, how do you go about saying it in Polish?

Be careful what you ask for at ask.com

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Posted by cara verdi at 09:23 on 02 Aug 2007
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Ask.com is forging on with its “information revolution” in an attempt to make an assault on the big boys of search engines, Google.com. Sadly amidst all their battle plans they have overlooked something which all sane property owners would happily see the back of. Demonstrating why Google.com is the top search engine in the world and why Ask.com is not, click here to see what Ask.com has to say on cowboy builders.