Author Archives: Handyman


When it comes to DIY you either love it or hate it. Some people will have a go at anything and some will be put off or unable to tackle even the simplest job. Knowing a reliable local handyman is like having an insurance policy.

It’s estimated that it costs around £42,000,000 a year to rectify DIY projects that have been started and either not finished or gone disastrously wrong. In many cases a professional tradesman has to be employed to correct the work, costing on average an extra £871 above what it would have cost if they had commissioned a builder to undertake the work in the first place.

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The London skyline is set to change again with the addition of a new ‘skyscraper’ which has been approved at Leadenhall, overlooking the historic market place. With 51,500 sq ft of retail space planned for the first three floors it should add significantly to the current shops in the area.

At 37 stories it’s not the tallest building, but will be replacing the existing 7 storey building occupied by the online retailer Amazon. Demolition and building is estimated to take 3 years and work is planned to start later this year with completion sometime in 2019.

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New Apple app

AzkoNobel the paint manufacturer have relaunched their innovative phone app Dulux Visualizer.

Tapping the app enables you to view your surroundings and then choose a colour from the Dulux range to change the colours of the walls. You can also share information with friends or your Decorator.

The app was first launched in 2014 and has been downloaded in excess of 10 million times. The latest version has a lot more features including allowing you to share your designs on social media.

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How do they sleep at night?

I’ve been doing some paving work for a nice old lady – she must be in her 70s, and noticed that she had had some new plastic verges put up on the roof.
I thought they looked a bit wonky, so got my ladder to check them over for her…..unbelievable…..they are totally the wrong size and each one leaves a perfect bird nesting hole. They are only fixed at the lower edge and were actually flapping about in the very slight breeze.
They turned up out of the blue, (“just passing and noticed they needed doing, we could do it straight away….blah blah blah….”) were there for just an hour and a half, and charged her £280……. ::b

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Red Brick Tile Window Sills


I know the sills you mean, you should probably be looking at a suitable primer rather than a power sander…(a decent primer and topcoat should last 5-10 years rather than 2)

Fence, similar, I can’t remember ever having to sand a fence (With the exception of picket fencing) a good wash down….creosote isn’t available anymore, so you are are probably using creocoat…..a completely useless product.

Try “Ducksback” or similar.

Properly applied should again last at least 5 years.

Any way, pics of your exact problem might help……..

Small 2w air pump device

I have an small air pump for my aquarium which is in my bedroom. It’s a bit noisy and disturbs my sleep so I worked out that if I place it in the laundry basket the noise gets muffled enough for me to get a quiet nights sleep.

It does get a bit warm after several hours of running (although I haven’t tested it yet to see hot warm it gets with ventilation.

The pump is sealed and does not have any ventilation holes of it’s own – (though I am not sure how it sucks air in – probably through the gaps of the shell casing.

Was curious is it safe to have it insulated like this or is it a fire risk?

Butinox or Demidekk ?

Hi ,
Can anyone with experience of Butinox or Demidekk Ultra help with some advice please ?
Basically, what’s the best stuff for my exterior windows which need redoing again ::b after many efforts down the years with the “usual” makes which all fail and well …don’t do what they say on the tin ! i’m now looking at the above makes which sound pretty encouraging ?
I’ve used spirit stain oil varnishes and all in one woodstains previously but they all end up failing despite following all preparation guides .
To be fair it’s worse on the more exposed areas with the lower parts of the frame peeling off and the sills pretty much back to bare wood .
Questions i have are –

1.Wondering about the differences/merits between Butinox 1, 2 and 3 – i see that 1 is called translucent and 2 3 are opaque – which obviously i get but they still refer to 2 3 as a woodstain/paint ?
Is the finish of 2 3 a basic flat colour like paint or does it perhaps leave a kind of impression of the grain ?

2. Can i get the Butinox’s or the Demidekk Ultra in a Dark Brown /Mahogany like colour ?

3. What do you think about the Demidekk Ultra in comparison – i think i’ve seen that it’s referred to as Demidekk “Windows doors” so would that perhaps be the better product for planed timber?(rather than cladding etc ) or would the Butinox do just as well ?

4 In regards to the application – because some parts such as sills are down to bare would as i say , should i use a primer (ie Visir) before using the top coat/s ?
Also because there is some cracking and damage etc to fill repair , is there a filler that you chaps would recommend for exterior repair ?

Any help or advice much appreciated