This section features DIY help on all the problems that occur at work and at home.
It’s a wide ranging subject but probably the most productive and valuable for any novice. Averting an immediate crisis gives you more time to think about how best to solve it. Being able to deal with an emergency and giving yourself time to think about permanent solutions can save you stress and thousands of pounds
Many of the most serious building problems that arise at home and at work are also the simplest to avoid in the first place. How many readers know where their stop cock is? If you know how to turn off your water supply when water’s gushing out from some faulty domestic outlet you can avert a flood, or at least save the cost of the metered water
And calling out a 24 locksmith is a remarkably expensive way of dealing with a jammed lock or a lost key when only a quick reference to our DIY help on the subject can enable you to avoid or solve the problem yourself/. But most common building problems that arise at home or on DIY jobs aren’t emergencies. They’re run of the mill things that barely merit calling out a tradesman at all. We’ll offer DIY help to enable you to do the little things like replacing your door furniture or toilet seat, dealing with drawers that stick, coping with drafts, fixing minor damage to your furniture, sorting out your washing machine plumbing etc
But some of the problems you encounter relate more to the building itself. Building problems like cracking, leaks, subsidence and rot may appear to be things you can’t possibly tackle on your own. But don’t be so sure What appears to be a serious damp issue may only be a small leak which you can plug yourself
Even if it’s something you can’t its still a good idea to understand what the problem is. We’ve all seen TV programs featuring victims of builders who’ve advised them to have unnecessary work done at grossly inflated prices and building problems are by no means confined to older properties. If you’re having problems with a new house a couple of years after it’s been built, it pays to understand what’s wrong so you can go back to the builder and complain.
When it comes to older properties some building problems can be caused by inappropriate modern materials having been introduced into maintenance or conversion work. Some of the building problems we’re encountering as a result can be resolved by reverting back to the use of older more appropriate (and environmentally friendly) building materials into our existing properties. We’ll be showing you what to look for and how to make use of it. You can link up with our Sustainable Building section for further help
So if you need any DIY help and its something which might be of interest to others we can feature it in an article. Contact us and we can publish in days. Alternatively, if it’s a more specific question relating to you alone we may still be able to answer it with our free advice