How paint can shape a room

The way you paint or choose for our professionals to paint your room will have a big impact on the overall look and feel of the space. Different ways of painting walls can completely change a room, transforming the perception that you have of it – no matter if it is a bedroom, bathroom, living room or office space.

Today, we are going to share some tips and tricks on how to make your rooms feel bigger, longer, shorter or even feel more positive and calm (all with paint!). Don’t want to get your hands dirty with paint? Get out London painters to decorate your property. We can paint front doors, paint office spaces, paint kitchen cabinets and much more. Get in touch with our team on 0800-0-12-12-12 and let us know how we can help, or book online today.

emerald green painted room

What colour to paint a room?

The first step to painting your room walls is to choose the right colour… and guess what? Choosing the right colour might affect your mood and how you feel inside the room. It all goes down to colour psychology.

Note: Reactions to colour are subjective. You might not particularly feel a specific way inside a room due to the colour used on the walls. 

As Very Well Mind explains, while perceptions of colour are somewhat subjective, there are some colour effects that have universal meaning. For instance, warm colours, such as reds, oranges and yellows, can evoke emotions ranging “from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility.”

Blue tones.

blue bedroom

Can evoke: relaxation, serenity and calmness.
Best for: bedroom and  bathroom.

Green tones.

green and white bathroom

Can evoke: calmness and de-stressing.
Best for: Living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.

Yellow tones.

yellow and blue living room

Can evoke: positivity, happiness and joy.
Best for: kitchen, bathroom and living room.

Orange tones.

orange feature wall in living room

Can evoke: excitement and enthusiasm
Best for: Playroom, living room and exercise room.

Red tones.

red coloured room

Can evoke: passion, anger and power.
Best for: dining room, bedroom and living room.

What’s the best way to paint a room?

After choosing the right colour, it’s time to start thinking about the positioning of colour. Which walls are you going to paint? Do you want your room to feel more elongated? Then, paint the ceiling and a feature wall. Do you want to shorten your room? Paint a feature wall only.

There’s no wrong or right way to paint a room but there are definitely ways to paint a room that will be better to follow when you want to achieve a specific look – it’s all about perception!

Make a room feel bigger.

white unpainted room to make room feel bigger

How: leave a white room unpainted.

Related: How to make a small room look bigger.

Make a room feel elongated.

paint ceiling and feature wall to elongate room

How: paint the ceiling and middle wall.

Make a room feel shorter.

paint feature wall to make room feel shorter

How: paint the middle wall as a feature wall.

Make a room feel more narrow.

paint side walls to make room feel narrow

How: paint the side walls.

Make a room feel more compact.

paint all walls and ceiling to make a room feel compact

How: paint all walls.

Make a room feel enlarged.

make a room feel enlarged by painting all walls but ceiling

How: paint all walls but the ceiling.

Highlight a specific room wall.

 

paint side walls and ceiling to highlight middle wall

How: paint side walls and ceiling, leaving the middle wall unpainted.

Make the ceiling feel lower.

paint ceiling to make it feel lower

How: paint the ceiling.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to paint a room. So, be sure to both think about which walls you want to paint and the colour you want to use. If you don’t have enough time to paint your office space or your living room, the Squad can help! Contact our team today on 0800 0-12-12-12 or book online, and we’ll be with you in a jiffy!

How to repair sash windows

Are your sash windows not staying up? Have you painted your sash windows and now your windows are stuck? Perhaps the cords on your sash windows are broken? These are some of the problems you might be experiencing with your sash windows. Today, to help you repair your sash windows, we will share some of the common issues with sash windows and how to fix them (or how to avoid them!).

modern white sash windows

1. Broken sash cords.

Over time, sash cords can become fragile due to wear and tear, which can lead to sash cords breaking or snapping. If this happens, you will need to replace the cords on your sash windows. You might choose to follow a guide our team has written in the past on how to replace a sash cord, or if you don’t feel confident undertaking this task, contact our London carpenters who will be able to replace the sash cords in a timely manner.

Related: Replacing the cord on a sash window.

2. Sash windows not staying up.

If your sash windows are not staying up, there might be a few things happening:

  • Sash weights are not balanced properly.
  • Wrong size weights.
  • Faulty component.
  • Components fell out of alignment.

If the sash window is heavier than the weights, it won’t stay open. If any of the window components have fallen out of alignment, it can lead to problems operating the window. So, it’s essential to inspect the sash window to figure out the problem and then assess the best way to deal with the issue. If there is a faulty component, it should be replaced.

old and worn sash window

3. Sash windows are stuck after painting.

So, you’ve painted over your sash window and now the window is stuck… it happens. You can easily unstick your window with a utility knife. Slide a utility knife along the edge of the window to gently break the paint seal. Then, gently loosen the window. Try raising the window – if it works, you’ve successfully opened a painted shut window.

In case you are still having issues with your sash windows, maybe it would be best to call a professional. At the Handy Squad, our team of experienced tradesmen can have a look at your sash windows, repair your windows and replace your sash windows. Book online today or get in touch with our team by calling 0800 0-12-12-12.

Disclaimer

At the Handy Squad, we strongly advise that you always take safety precautions into consideration when undertaking a DIY project. We also strongly suggest that you closely read and follow the instructions, that are provided by the manufacturer, of any building materials, products or tools you use for your projects.

Our aim is to provide you with clear and correct instructions, so that you can easily complete any DIY project you desire. However, please note that the information we provide should only be used as a guideline and that some information within the text may not be entirely accurate.

When using our articles for information and advice, please note that it is your own responsibility to determine whether you are capable of undertaking and executing the task you wish to complete.

Before starting a DIY task, it is essential that you inform yourself of any existing building, gas, water and electrical works regulations. If you were to have any further concerns, we recommend that you complete additional research and/or contact the necessary professional body.

We also strongly recommend that a qualified tradesperson completes the relevant safety tests and checks on any DIY work you have completed

How to hang doors

Whether you are looking to change your bedroom door or want to replace your garden shed’s door, our easy-to-follow guide should teach you the basics of how to hang doors. Don’t forget to take your time with it, there is no need to rush. No matter if this is the first or fifth time hanging up a door, you want to do it perfectly every time. So, plan your schedule in advance to make sure you have enough free time to fit your door.

wooden door

In case you don’t have enough time to install a new door or replace an old door, contact our team today. Our carpenters in London will be able to help you with any door-related tasks. Our team will be able to hang a front door, install an interior door, repair a door frame or fix a damaged door. So, if you are looking for a handyman to fix a door or for a handyman to hang a door book online or call 0800 0-12-12-12.

How to measure for a replacement door?

Has your kid been playing football inside and kicked the door by mistake? Has someone shut the door strongly and now it’s not closing properly? If you need to replace your door, it is essential that you choose the right door to fit into the door frame. To do this, measure the width, height and thickness of the existing door and then choose a door that matches your measurements. If you can’t find a door that exactly matches your measurements, round up them up and find the nearest door size.

Related: How to fix doors.

white door

Can doors be hung upside down?

Yes, doors can be accidentally hung upside down. For instance, if you are installing a four or six panelled door, it often has a taller horizontal style across the bottom of the door than it has on the top. Be sure to check the right way up before you install your door.

Which way should doors be hung?

There is no right or wrong way to install a door. There are preferable ways of hanging doors. As this article on Hunker explains, “The rule of thumb is to hang interior doors to open into the room, not out into a hallway or other common area”. This is done to prevent blocking hallways or other common areas.

door opening inwards

How to hang doors.

Materials:

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Wood Plane
  • Hand Saw
  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Wooden wedges
  • Hinges
  • Screws

How to:

Step 1. Measure and cut the new door to size. Lay the old door on top of the new door and mark any excess you will need to adjust on the new door. Hold the door in place using a workbench and cut the door to the required length with a saw. Test to see if fits the door frame.

Step 2. Get the door ready for the hinges. Hold the door up in the frame and mark the position of the existing hinge cutouts. Measure the thickness of the hinges and mark the depth with a pencil. Chisel the required area to create the hinge recess. Make several cuts and chisel in the same direction as the grain. Place the hinges in place and drill pilot holes.

Step 3. Hang the door on the frame. Place the door at 90° to the frame and place the wedges under the door. Fix one screw into the bottom hole of each hinge. Test the opening and closing of the door. Then, fasten the rest of the screws. Test the door one last time, and that’s it!

 

 

Disclaimer

At the Handy Squad, we strongly advise that you always take safety precautions into consideration when undertaking a DIY project. We also strongly suggest that you closely read and follow the instructions, that are provided by the manufacturer, of any building materials, products or tools you use for your projects.

Our aim is to provide you with clear and correct instructions, so that you can easily complete any DIY project you desire. However, please note that the information we provide should only be used as a guideline and that some information within the text may not be entirely accurate.

When using our articles for information and advice, please note that it is your own responsibility to determine whether you are capable of undertaking and executing the task you wish to complete.

Before starting a DIY task, it is essential that you inform yourself of any existing building, gas, water and electrical works regulations. If you were to have any further concerns, we recommend that you complete additional research and/or contact the necessary professional body.

We also strongly recommend that a qualified tradesperson completes the relevant safety tests and checks on any DIY work you have completed

How to assemble flat pack furniture

Did you get new flatpack patio furniture and can’t seem to figure out how to put it together? Have you been putting off assembling the nursery room’s flat pack furniture? We get it, assembling flat pack furniture can be quite overwhelming. However, the Squad is here to help. Whether you are almost ready to tackle your flatpack furniture or have some questions regarding flat pack furniture assembly – our team will be answering some of the most frequently asked questions.

flatpack furniture assembly

There is no shame in asking for a helping hand, especially if you’re not a skilled or trained handyman. The Handy Squad has teams of expert handymen who are highly skilled and happy to help you assemble your flat pack furniture. Get in touch with our team today or fill out our booking form to find out more.

Can a handyman assemble flat pack furniture?

Yes! If you’re looking for a handyman to help you assemble flat pack furniture, the Handy Squad can help. Our team of trained professionals are on call and ready to help with any of your flat pack assembly needs! Why bother wasting your precious time when a professional could do it in less than half the time?

home flat pack furniture

Is there flat pack assembly near me?

If you are looking for flat pack assemblers near you, the Handy Squad may be able to help. The Handy Squad has a team of highly-trained and multi-skilled tradesmen, who can help with almost any DIY or home improvement task in and around London. This includes office flat pack furniture assembly, bedroom flatpack furniture assembly, living room flatpack furniture assembly, garden flatpack furniture assembly and much more.

What tools do I need for flat pack furniture?

In order to assemble flat pack furniture, you will need a variety of tools. These may include an Allen key or wrench, a drill, a Phillips and flathead screwdriver, a hammer, a tape measure and a level, though some may require even more. Flat pack furniture will come with the required screws, so you don’t need to worry about buying any in advance.

handyman to assemble flat pack furniture

What should I do before assembling flat pack furniture?

Before you start to assemble the flat pack furniture, it is important to check that all the pieces are there. You don’t want to spend your time putting together an incomplete desk and then having to take it apart again. You should refer to the instruction manual, as there will be a list of the parts that are included.

Can you assemble flat pack furniture on your own?

While you may be able to assemble some flat pack furniture on your own, it’s always a good idea to get the help of a friend. Sometimes you may need to manoeuvre or handle heavy and awkward shaped pieces, and you don’t want to risk dropping anything. Sometimes, you may need someone to hold a piece in place while you drill.

office flat pack furniture

Do you really need instructions for flatpack assembly?

While many of us seem to think we could assemble flat pack furniture without using the instructions, it is highly advised that you follow them. There is nothing worse than assembling an entire table, only to realise that you’ve put one of the legs on the wrong way round. Also, if a piece of furniture is assembled incorrectly, it may be unsafe and could cause harm or injury.

How long does it take to assemble flat pack furniture?

Assembling flatpack furniture can take anywhere between a few minutes to a few hours. If you want to speed up the process, you should invite a friend to help or even hire a handyman. If you do decide to do it alone, stick to the instructions and be patient. After all, it’s better to take your time and get it right, than rush and get it wrong.

If you require assistance with any flatpack furniture, give the Handy Squad a call on 0800 0121212 or fill out our online booking form. Our expert handyman can also help with electrics, plumbing, decorating and more.

 

Disclaimer

At the Handy Squad, we strongly advise that you always take safety precautions into consideration when undertaking a DIY project. We also strongly suggest that you closely read and follow the instructions, that are provided by the manufacturer, of any building materials, products or tools you use for your projects.

Our aim is to provide you with clear and correct instructions, so that you can easily complete any DIY project you desire. However, please note that the information we provide should only be used as a guideline and that some information within the text may not be entirely accurate.

When using our articles for information and advice, please note that it is your own responsibility to determine whether you are capable of undertaking and executing the task you wish to complete.

Before starting a DIY task, it is essential that you inform yourself of any existing building, gas, water and electrical works regulations. If you were to have any further concerns, we recommend that you complete additional research and/or contact the necessary professional body.

We also strongly recommend that a qualified tradesperson completes the relevant safety tests and checks on any DIY work you have completed

How to mount a TV on the wall

If you’re thinking of mounting your TV to the wall, you may have a lot of questions. One of which may be “should I be doing this by myself?”. While some may be able to mount a TV with no problem, there is no shame in hiring a helping hand. After all, the cost of a handyman is going to be way less than the cost of a new TV if you drop it. If you do decide to go ahead, we have tried to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about mounting a TV to the wall. Alternatively, fill our online booking form and get a handyman to hang your TV on the wall.

How do you install a TV bracket?

To install a TV bracket, start by placing the bracket in position and use a spirit level to ensure it is not wonky. Mark the bracket’s screw holes with a pencil then put it down and use a wire detector to check the wires behind the wall. If there are no wires, you may proceed to drill where the four screws will go. Close the bracket back on the wall and drill in place.

tv mount to wall

What bracket do I need for my TV?

There are many types of brackets for TVs, including fixed TV wall mount brackets, tilting wall mount brackets and motion wall mount brackets. bracket types depend on your personal preference, however, bracket size is very important and depends on the size of your TV. Make sure your TV is within the weight limit of the bracket that you choose.

Should I get a handyman to put my TV on the wall?

Why not? That’s the real question. Do you have enough free time to do it yourself? Do you know how to mount your TV? If you answered “no” to both questions, get a handyman to install your TV.

If you’re looking for a London handyman to help you mount a TV on your wall, the Handy Squad can help. They have a team of expert handymen, who are always on call to help with any DIY at home improvement tasks in and around London.

tv mount to wall

How to mount a TV on a brick wall without studs?

If you want to mount a TV to a brick wall without drilling, you will need to use strong adhesives or a stand to allow you to mount your TV on, instead of the wall. Clip-on adhesives are a good choice, as are toggle anchors or toggle bolts.

Can I mount a TV by myself?

Mounting a TV can be quite tricky, especially if you’re doing it on your own. It is recommended that you enlist the help of a friend or a professional handyman, to ensure you do not damage your wall or the TV.

tv mount to plaster wall

How do you mount tv on plaster wall?

To mount your TV on a plaster wall you may need to use weight rated anchors to fasten the TV to the wall. These ensure that the TV does not fall off the wall. You should also use a level to make sure that your TV is not wonky. If you do not feel comfortable fixing your TV by yourself, you should enlist the help of a professional.

Can you mount a TV on any wall?

You can mount a TV on almost any wall, but you need to be careful with stud walls, as they are very thin. You should line your bracket up with the wooden studs in your stud wall. To do this, you can use a stud finder.

tv installed on wall

What do I do if I can’t mount my TV on the wall?

If you’re unable to mount your TV to the wall due to a lack of skill, consider hiring a handyman to help with the task. If this is not an option, you may have to resort to buying a TV stand.

What are the benefits of mounting your TV to the wall?

When you mount your TV to the wall, you eliminate the possibility of a child or a pet, knocking it over. You will gain a large amount of floor space that would have otherwise been occupied by a TV stand or cabinet. You are also able to view your television at a comfortable height.

Is there a service for mounting TVs to walls?

Yes, there are multiple handyman services that offer wall mounting services, such as the Handy Squad. Our team of qualified, experienced tradesmen have been fixing TVs to walls in and around London for over a decade. So, you can rest assured that your TV will be in safe hands!

For more information about the Handy Squad and their services, contact our team today. We can be reached on 0800-0 12 12 12 or through our online booking form. Our team can also help with electrics, plumbing, carpentry and more.

 

Disclaimer

At the Handy Squad, we strongly advise that you always take safety precautions into consideration when undertaking a DIY project. We also strongly suggest that you closely read and follow the instructions, that are provided by the manufacturer, of any building materials, products or tools you use for your projects.

Our aim is to provide you with clear and correct instructions, so that you can easily complete any DIY project you desire. However, please note that the information we provide should only be used as a guideline and that some information within the text may not be entirely accurate.

When using our articles for information and advice, please note that it is your own responsibility to determine whether you are capable of undertaking and executing the task you wish to complete.

Before starting a DIY task, it is essential that you inform yourself of any existing building, gas, water and electrical works regulations. If you were to have any further concerns, we recommend that you complete additional research and/or contact the necessary professional body.

We also strongly recommend that a qualified tradesperson completes the relevant safety tests and checks on any DIY work you have completed

What can handymen do?

Whether you have a busy schedule and can’t find the time to replace your lightbulbs or want to spend the free time you have with the family instead of repairing your kitchen cupboards – the best thing to do is to call a handyman. A professional handyman can complete a whole list of tasks that you might have, from small tasks to large projects.

However, you might have some questions about handyman services before you book a professional. From “what are typical handyman services?” to “why hire a handyman?”, today we want to help you better understand handymen and handyman services, so we are answering some of the most frequently asked questions about handymen.

If you need a handyman to help you paint kitchen cabinets or jet wash garden furniture, get in touch with our friendly team today by calling 0800-0 12 12 12 or filling out our online booking form. Our team is highly-trained, multi-skilled, polite, professional, fully insured and CRB checked. That is the only way they get to wear our uniform!

handyman drilling window

What are typical handyman services?

Typical handyman services include assembling flat-pack furniture, hanging up shelves, putting up curtains, mounting TV screens to walls, tidying loose cables, draughtproofing homes and much more. Our handymen can also complete decorating and painting tasks, such as fixing cracks in walls, painting rooms and hanging up wallpaper.

Some of our handymen can also complete minor electrical, carpentry and plumbing work. This includes replacing lightbulbs, changing light fixtures, assembling kitchen units, unblocking sinks, and much more.

Can a handyman do electrical work?

Yes, handymen can help with electrical work, as long as they have an electrical licence. Some unqualified handymen can carry out basic electrical work, but it is recommended that you opt for a qualified electrician for most jobs.

As Which? explains, “When you carry out changes to the electrical installation (wiring, fuse box and electrical circuits) in your home, this work needs to comply with building regulations, known as Part P. The building regulations are there to ensure that properties are built or altered to a safe standard.”

changing lighbulb

So, it is recommended to always use registered electrical for electrical work. However, it isn’t against regulations for handymen to carry out minor electrical works, such as replacing a light fixing, provided the wiring stays the same.

Can a handyman do plumbing?

Yes, handymen can legally help with basic plumbing tasks, such as unblocking toilets and repairing leaky taps. However, for tasks such as installing a gas boiler, make sure you opt for a qualified plumber, with certification and experience. The same goes for the installation of mains pressurised hot water. A lot of damage can be done if someone without the required knowledge or skills tries to complete such a task.

Can a handyman do flooring?

Yes, handymen are able to fit and repair flooring. Some of the types of flooring they can fit include wood flooring; engineered wood flooring; laminate flooring; vinyl flooring; PVC flooring; solid wood flooring; dark wood flooring and birch flooring.

drilling into wood

Handyman how much per hour?

The average price per house of a handyman can depend on a few factors, such as the day and time – many handymen will charge more for out of hours work. For large projects, it is best to contact the company to provide a quote. 

Standard Rate

(8am-6pm weekdays)

Handyman Electrician / Plumber / Locksmith / Carpenter*
1st half hour £42.50 / £51.00 inc.VAT min 1 hour
1st hour £65.00 / £78.00 inc.VAT £75.00 / £90.00 inc.VAT
Each further half hour  £22.50 / £27.00 inc.VAT £37.50 / £45.00 inc.VAT
Half day (up to 4 hours)   £180.00 / £216.00 inc.VAT  £270.00 / £324.00 inc.VAT
Full day (up to 8 hours)   £320.00 / £384.00 inc.VAT   £450.00 / £540.00 inc.VAT

Standard Rate

(8am-6pm weekdays)

Handyman
1st half hour £42.50 / £51.00 inc.VAT
1st hour £65.00 / £78.00 inc.VAT
Each further half hour  £22.50 / £27.00 inc.VAT
Half day (up to 4  hours)   £180.00 / £216.00 inc.VAT
Full day (up to 8 hours)   £320.00 / £384.00 inc.VAT
Electrician / Plumber
1st half hour min 1 hour
1st hour £75.00 / £90.00 inc.VAT
Each further half hour £37.50 / £45.00 inc.VAT
Half day (up to 4  hours)  £270.00 / £324.00 inc.VAT
Full day (up to 8 hours)   £450.00 / £540.00 inc.VAT

Out Of Hours rate

(7-8am, 6-8pm weekdays, all day Saturdays)

Handyman Electrician / Plumber / Locksmith / Carpenter*
1st half hour £52.50 / £63.00 inc.VAT min 1 hour
1st hour £85.00 / £102.00 inc.VAT £95.00 / £114.00 inc.VAT
Each further half hour  £32.50 / £39.00 inc.VAT £47.50 / £57.00 inc.VAT
Half day (up to 4 hours)   £235.00 / £282.00 inc.VAT  £340.00 / £408.00 inc.VAT
Full day (up to 8 hours)   £395.00 / £474.00 inc.VAT   £540.00 / £648.00 inc.VAT

Out Of Hours rate

(7-8am, 6-8pm weekdays, all day Saturdays)

Handyman
1st half hour £52.50 / £63.00 inc.VAT
1st hour £85.00 / £102.00 inc.VAT
Each further half hour  £32.50 / £39.00 inc.VAT
Half day (up to 4 hours)   £235.00 / £282.00 inc.VAT
Full day (up to 8 hours)   £395.00 / £474.00 inc.VAT
Electrician / Plumber
1st half hour min 1 hour
1st hour £95.00 / £114.00 inc.VAT
Each further half hour £47.50 / £57.00 inc.VAT
Half day (up to 4 hours)  £340.00 / £408.00 inc.VAT
Full day (up to 8 hours)   £540.00 / £648.00 inc.VAT

Why hire a handyman?

Hiring a handyman is the best way to ensure that your task is completed quickly, efficiently and to the highest standard. While many choose to try their hand at their own DIY tasks, trying to complete certain tasks alone could prove too difficult, or even dangerous, for the average person. Handymen are trained in their craft and are a much better and safer alternative.

If you have any further questions about handymen and what they do, feel free to contact our team today. If you need help with any task or simply don’t have time to tackle it yourself, book our handymen today.

How to draughtproof your home

Chilly draughts can quickly become a problem during the cold months if not dealt with. Whether you have a draughty window or more inconspicuous gaps in your home that let warm air out and cold air in, you should start thinking about sealing these as soon as possible.

If you don’t have time to draughtproof your home or would prefer to leave this job to the professionals, today is your lucky day! At the Handy Squad, our London handymen offer professional draught proofing and many other odd jobs. Contact us today on 0800-0 12 12 12 or book online.

What is draughtproofing?

Draughtproofing is the method of finding and sealing draughts. Draughts are “a current of air that comes into a place in an undesirable way.” as explained by Collins Dictionary. If you’ve ever been at home watching a film and felt a chilly breeze – no, it wasn’t a ghost – it was most likely a draught.

These unwanted gaps are uncontrolled. By having air openings in your home, cold air comes in and warm air is let out and wasted. By sealing these gaps, your home will be more comfortable, cosy and energy-efficient.

What are the benefits of draughtproofing?

    • Keeps your home warm and cosy
    • Saves money on energy bills
    • Uses less energy to heat your home
    • Helps reduce damp and condensation
    • Makes your home energy efficient

How to check for draughts?

The best way to check for draughts is by touch. Walk around your home and feel the sides of your doors, windows and other openings if you can feel chilly breezes coming from the outside. If you can, you’ve found a draught! Unwanted and uncovered gaps can be found in other areas, such as keyholes, cat flaps, letterboxes, floorboards, chimneys, skirting boards and much more.

How to draughtproof doors.

Your front door might be letting a lot of heat escape from a variety of areas – keyhole, letterbox and gaps around the edges and bottom. So, it’s important to consider draughtproofing all of these areas.

Keyhole – to make sure there are no chilly draughts coming in from the gap on your keyhole, purchase a keyhole cover. It will be very easy to install.

Letterbox – similarly to keyhole covers, letterboxes also can be sealed with letterbox covers, letterbox flaps or brushes. Keep in mind to purchase the right size letterbox flap for your letterbox.

Bottom gap – you can fit a brush strip at the bottom of your door or simply purchase a draught excluder (which come in a variety of styles and colours to match your décor!) that you can replace whenever you want.

Side gaps – to seal the side gaps of your front door, you can do the same as you did with your standard windows, to fit foam strip around the edges.

How to draughtproof windows.

Depending on the type of windows you have, there are various ways of sealing draughts.

For sliding sash windows, metal or plastic brush strips are recommended. You might choose to fit brush strips yourself or contact a professional to take care of it. Maybe your sash windows are quite outdated and highly draughty, it’s time to replace them. Our London carpenters can fix sash windows and replace sash windows.

For other windows, you can purchase draughtproofing strips that will stick around the window frame and block out any gaps. These are easy to install, so you can draughtproof your windows in an afternoon. If you have gaps on windows that don’t open, consider using silicone sealant instead.

Again, if you need any help draughtproofing your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. We are happy and ready to help. Book online today or give our team a call on 0800-0 12 12 12 and let us know how we can help.

Disclaimer

At the Handy Squad we strongly advise that you always take safety precautions into consideration when undertaking a DIY project. We also strongly suggest that you closely read and follow the instructions, that are provided by the manufacturer, of any building materials, products or tools you use for your projects.

Our aim is to provide you with clear and correct instructions, so that you can easily complete any DIY project you desire. However, please note that the information we provide should only be used as a guideline and that some information within the text may not be entirely accurate.

When using our articles for information and advice, please note that it is your own responsibility to determine whether you are capable of undertaking and executing the task you wish to complete.

Before starting a DIY task, it is essential that you inform yourself of any existing building, gas, water and electrical works regulations. If you were to have any further concerns, we recommend that you complete additional research and/or contact the necessary professional body.

We also strongly recommend that a qualified tradesperson completes the relevant safety tests and checks on any DIY work you have completed. 

How to change lightbulbs

Depending on the type of lightbulbs you are trying to change, replacing an old lightbulb might prove to be more challenging than you thought. Whether you have never changed a lightbulb before or are trying to replace a hard-to-reach lightbulb, we are here to help. We’ve put together a simple guide on how to change a variety of lightbulbs. Do you want to hire someone to change light bulbs instead of doing it yourself? The team at the Handy Squad will be right there.

Safety precautions.

Before you start unscrewing your lightbulb, there are a few safety precautions to keep in mind.

1. Turn off the power. Never do any electrical work with the electricity on.

2. Make sure the lightbulb is cool. Incandescent lightbulbs can reach high temperatures, so allow them to cool down before changing them.

3. Use a step ladder when changing hard-to-reach lightbulbs.

How to change a basic light bulb.

After turning off the power, you can start changing your lightbulb. A basic lightbulb includes any lightbulb that is easy to reach, including lamp lightbulbs. There are two main types of basic bulbs: screw fitting and bayonet. Screw fitting bulbs, as the name says, have a screw-type fitting. Bayonet mount bulbs, as Real Homes explains, have “two prongs fit into a matching fixture”.

– Screw fitting lightbulbs.

Step 1. Gently grab the lightbulb and turn it counterclockwise. It should come loose from the socket and you can easily remove it. Follow step 2 below.

– Bayonet mount lightbulbs.

Step 1. Hold the bulb firmly and gently push upwards while turning it counterclockwise until it comes out of the socket.

Step 2. Once your lightbulb has been removed, get the replacement lightbulb. Firmly push the bulb into the socket, and turn it clockwise until it locks into place.

How to change a recessed lightbulb.

Recessed lightbulbs usually have a trim cover around them to give the ceiling lights a perfect finish. Some trim covers need to be fully removed to replace the lightbulb. Others have a pin inside which needs to be pinched, removed and then allow you to unscrew the lightbulb. Check the type of trim cover your recessed lightbulbs have before trying to fiddle with them.

Once you have access to your lightbulb, unscrew it counterclockwise until it comes out of the socket. Push your replacement bulb into the socket and turn it clockwise until it locks into place.

For lightbulbs in hard-to-reach places, such as high ceilings, pick up a bulb changer pole from a local hardware store.

How to change a broken lightbulb.

To change a broken lightbulb, you need a few more safety measures on top of the ones already mentioned. This includes safety equipment, such as work gloves and safety glasses. You will also need needle-nose pliers.

Step 1. Insert the pliers into the rim of the lightbulb and spread the handlers apart. The ends of your pliers should be pushing against the inside of the lightbulb.

Step 2. Turn the pliers counterclockwise to unscrew the lightbulb.

Step 3. Dispose of the broken lightbulb safely, and then get your replacement bulb.

Step 4. Gently but firmly insert it into the socket and turn it clockwise.

How to dispose of used lightbulbs.

Halogen bulbs and incandescent bulbs can be disposed of with your general rubbish as they do not contain any hazardous materials. If your lightbulbs are broken, wrap them up before placing them in the bin.

If you prefer to hire someone else to change your lightbulbs, our electricians in London are happy and ready to help. Our professional tradesmen can complete (almost!) any job you throw at them, so whether you need help replacing a hard-to-reach lightbulb or want a professional to replace a light fixture, we will be able to help. Book our London electricians today by filling our online booking form or give us a call on 0800-0-12-12-12.

Disclaimer

At the Handy Squad, we strongly advise that you always take safety precautions into consideration when undertaking a DIY project. We also strongly suggest that you closely read and follow the instructions, that are provided by the manufacturer, of any building materials, products or tools you use for your projects.

Our aim is to provide you with clear and correct instructions, so that you can easily complete any DIY project you desire. However, please note that the information we provide should only be used as a guideline and that some information within the text may not be entirely accurate.

When using our articles for information and advice, please note that it is your own responsibility to determine whether you are capable of undertaking and executing the task you wish to complete.

Before starting a DIY task, it is essential that you inform yourself of any existing building, gas, water and electrical works regulations. If you were to have any further concerns, we recommend that you complete additional research and/or contact the necessary professional body.

We also strongly recommend that a qualified tradesperson completes the relevant safety tests and checks on any DIY work you have completed. 

How to clean a fireplace

The days are getting colder, shorter and darker. It comes as no surprise that you are thinking of cleaning your fireplace and getting it ready to warm up your evenings. Whether you have a wood-burning fireplace or a gas fireplace, it is important to give it a good clean. Cleaning your fireplace is important to ensure it runs safely and efficiently.

How to clean a wood-burning fireplace

Warning: Do not use your hoover to remove ashes.

If you have a fireplace that burns wood, you should not use a vacuum cleaner to remove the ashes on your fireplace. Not only can it damage your vacuum cleaner but can also make ash particles can escape into the air. Breathing in ash dust can be harmful to humans and pets.

Materials:

  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Fireplace shovel
  • Dish soap
  • Heavy-duty cleaner
  • Warm water
  • Stiff-bristled brush
  • Pumice stone

How to:

Step 1. Extinguish any fire. Spread out the embers. Leave it for 24 hours.

Step 2. Use a fireplace shovel to remove burnt wood.

Step 3. Sweep up ash with a broom and dustpan.

Step 4. Create a deep cleaning solution. Combine dish soap, heavy-duty cleaner and warm water.

Step 5. Scrub inside the fireplace with a stiff-bristled brush and the cleaning solution. Work from top to bottom. Repeat as many times as necessary.

Step 6. Use a pumice stone dipped in dish soap to clean the bricks. Allow it to dry thoroughly.

Related: How to save energy during the winter.

How to clean an electric fireplace

Do you want a mess-free fireplace? Why not install an electric fireplace? Our London electricians can install electric fireplaces, also known as fake fireplaces. These mimic a fireplace burning coal without the hassle and mess of a traditional fireplace. If you already have an electric fireplace and want to clean it, here’s how you should do it.

Materials:

  • Clean cloth
  • Metal polish
  • Paper towels
  • Glass cleaner

How to:

Step 1. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions on how to open it and suggestions on how to clean it.

Step 2. Turn off your electric fireplace.

Step 3. Open the glass doors.

Step 4. Dust the inside and outside with a clean cloth.

Step 5. Use metal polish to make your metal andirons shine.

Step 6. Clean the glass doors with a glass cleaner and paper towels.

Are your radiators not working properly? Our team of plumbers in London can repair radiators, from bleeding radiators and overhauling valves to balancing radiators and more. Keep warm this autumn and winter by having our team inspect your property and complete any required repairs and replacements.

How to clean a gas fireplace

Materials:

  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Glass cleaner

How to:

Step 1. Make sure the gas is off.

Step 2. Sweep the fireplace to remove dust and dirt.

Step 3. Clean the synthetic logs with an all-purpose cleaner. Wipe it down with a paper towel.

Step 4. Clean the fireplace’s glass screens and doors with a glass cleaner and paper towel.

Related: How to prepare your home for Autumn.

Once you’ve cleaned your fireplace, put on your favourite film, make a cuppa and enjoy a toasty night-in. If you need any help with any home renovations and repairs, free feel to give our team a call. We cover the whole of London and offer a wide variety of tasks. Request a free quote by filling our online booking form or give our team a call on 0800-0-12-12-12.

 

 

Disclaimer

At the Handy Squad, we strongly advise that you always take safety precautions into consideration when undertaking a DIY project. We also strongly suggest that you closely read and follow the instructions, that are provided by the manufacturer, of any building materials, products or tools you use for your projects.

Our aim is to provide you with clear and correct instructions, so that you can easily complete any DIY project you desire. However, please note that the information we provide should only be used as a guideline and that some information within the text may not be entirely accurate.

When using our articles for information and advice, please note that it is your own responsibility to determine whether you are capable of undertaking and executing the task you wish to complete.

Before starting a DIY task, it is essential that you inform yourself of any existing building, gas, water and electrical works regulations. If you were to have any further concerns, we recommend that you complete additional research and/or contact the necessary professional body.

We also strongly recommend that a qualified tradesperson completes the relevant safety tests and checks on any DIY work you have completed. 

How to prepare your home for autumn

Now that September has arrived and summer is drawing to a close, it’s a great time to carry out some home maintenance. While the weather may still be decent for a few months (you can never really tell with British weather), it’s better to be safe than sorry. Take a leaf out of the Scouts’ book and ‘be prepared’ by getting everything sorted out before it’s too late. That way, when the freezing weather hits, you can rest assured, knowing your home is prepared.  

Draughtproof your home  

Unfortunately, there is no way to escape the British weather (except by moving somewhere exotic, like Spain). However, if dropping everyone and everything you’ve ever known to escape a bit of wind isn’t for you, consider draught-proofing your home. This will prevent the cold from leaking into your home. If you’re not sure where to start, why not enlist help from the experts? If you need assistance draught proofing a home, the Handy Squad’s London handyman service can help. Give us a call at 0800-0 12 12 12, or request a free quote by filling out our online booking form 

Insulate your home  

Similar to draught-proofing, insulating your home can keep you warm. While draught-proofing stops the cold from getting in, insulation stops the warmth from getting out. Not only does it save energy, but good insulation can save you money on your heating bill.  

Related: Tips for insulating your home or office.   

Check on your boilers  

 Checking and repressurising your boiler once every six months is a great way to keep it healthy and extend its life. By keeping your boiler running efficiently, you will also cut down on any potential engineer costs. Depending on the age and type of boiler you have, you’ll need to use a filling key or filling loop (filling hose) to increase the pressure in your system.  

This can be tricky work, so there’s no shame in calling the experts for help. Our plumbers in London are always eager to help.  

Clean the gutters  

If your guttering ever becomes clogged with leaves, this could pose a number of issues. The rainwater may overflow, find its way onto external walls or cavities and create damp or mould.  

Cleaning gutters isn’t a particularly challenging task, but it can be messy, smelly and awkward, with some gutters in hard-to-reach areas. If you aren’t comfortable with heights, it may be a good idea to call a London handyman, as this job requires the use of a ladder.  

Bleed your radiators  

To ensure they are performing to the highest efficiency, it is good to regularly bleed your radiators. Any air trapped inside them prevents warm water from circulating properly, causing your radiator to be warm at the bottom but cold at the top. By removing this air, you allow for full circulation and an even distribution of heat. This is quite a simple task and can be easily completed by following instructions.  

Related: How to bleed a radiator 

Change up your decor  

Perhaps you’re getting tired of your old, worn wallpaper, and you’re thinking of changing things up? Now is a great time to start. Our London-based decorators will be able to hang new wallpaper and transform your home in no time! Is wallpaper not your thing? Our team could paint walls instead!  

Our decorators are polite, professional and fully CRB checked, so you can sit back and relax, knowing you’re in good hands. Our teams of electricians, carpenters, handymen and plumbers can help with any DIY or home improvement tasks. There’s no job too big or small for us. Give our team a call today on 0800-0-12-12-12 and let us know how we can help. Alternatively, request a quote by filling out our online form