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How pontoons can create the best water patios

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There's nothing better for a lakeside retreat or a riverside cottage than a tranquil, relaxing patio where you can sit in comfort and overlook the waters ripple on a cool, summer day. Of course, you could build such a structure from wood or even metal. But if you want something that's flexible — something that you can be altered depending on your mood and needs each and every day — then nothing gives you versatility like a collection of pontoons.

14 September 2016

How To Perform Simple Concrete Repairs

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Face it: hiring tradespeople can be expensive. Call-out fees, labour and materials can really add up, and before you know it, the bill for that simple tap replacement or wall patch-up will make you start thinking about taking out a second mortgage! So, next time you notice a crack in your concrete stairs or path, don't call your bank manager. Give DIY a try—you might be surprised how easy it can be.

12 September 2016

Leaking Showerhead? Fix It With Vinegar!

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Sometimes a leaking showerhead is caused by a buildup of limescale. Hard water commonly contains high quantities of the mineral lime, and over time this can accumulate as a hard deposit in pipework and bathroom fittings. The tiny holes in the shower head can become blocked, forcing the water backwards away from the rose and putting pressure on the joins within the shower system, causing annoying leaks whenever the shower is in operation.

29 August 2016

How to Choose Exterior Roller Shutters for Your Home

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Exterior roller shutters are good for protecting windows against storms and hurricanes, but they also offer many other benefits as well. Considering your own needs and reasons for getting roller shutters will help you to determine the best type, as they are often made from different materials and offer different benefits. Note a few tips for choosing the best exterior roller shutters for your home. Noise Roller shutters can help to block out noise from nearby traffic, storms, your neighbors, and so on.

29 August 2016

How to Avoid Sharing Your Timber Floors With Hungry Beetles

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Timber flooring can make any home look beautiful, and your visitors will certainly appreciate this beauty. Having said that, you don't want to share the beauty with just anyone (or anything). There are a number of bugs and beetles who might not appreciate the look of your timber flooring but who will certainly appreciate the taste. How can you tell if you have a beetle problem in your timber flooring? And how can you banish those beetles?

24 August 2016

How to Restore Your Classic Car's Original Voice

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Owning vintage cars is one of life's great pleasures. There's nothing like the feeling of engaging the throttle of a 1960s Maserati Sebring or an Aston Martin DB5. Then there's the elegant appearance and class that iconic vintage cars possess. But along with the sensation of speed and the aesthetics of classic cars, there's another experience that motoring connoisseurs understand --the beautiful purr and rising growl of a perfectly tuned engine.

22 August 2016

Tips for coping with the aftermath of a flood

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Dealing with the repercussions of a severe flood can be extremely difficult, both from a personal and a financial perspective. The damage that this natural disaster can cause to a property takes a great deal of time, money and energy to repair. If you own a home in an area which is prone to flooding, read on for some advice on how to cope with this type of situation. Take safety precautions 

8 July 2016

Winter proofing an older house

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As the cold weather approaches, it's a good idea to do some home maintenance, particularly if you have an older house. Preventative maintenance can stop rain and cold air coming in the house, leading to lower repair bills and lower heating costs this winter. Here are some jobs you should consider doing.  Check the sealant around the windows The sealant that helps keep the glass firmly in place in the window frame in wooden framed windows can become stiff and crack off over time.

31 May 2016

Repair or replacement | 3 warning signs that your timber sash windows need attention

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With sash windows, knowing the right time to replace them is not that easy. Wear and damage normally develop unseen, so you really need to pay attention to these windows. Once you spot damage, you need to know whether it can be fixed or not, and this is one of the most difficult decisions homeowners face. Damaged windows mean that your home is not properly insulated, and in the end, it may cost you a great deal.

17 May 2016

How to maintain your leather upholstery

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Leather is a luxurious material that can be used for many different things. One of the most common uses for leather in people's homes is as upholstery. The issue with leather upholstery is that it's problematic to maintain, as it's a sensitive material that needs to be treated exactly right in order to stay in good shape without miscolouring or breaking. In order to maintain your leather upholstery properly and increase its lifespan, there are a few things you should think about.

31 March 2016