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  • Mission Christmas with Monkey Models in Middlesbrough!

    You may or may not have noticed but it’s getting very close to Christmas now and Mission Christmas is back! Supported by  Steve and Karen from the TFM breakfast show.

    Last year 'Cash for Kids' managed to deliver over £1.5 million worth of gifts to children, across the North East who would otherwise have woken up on Christmas morning to nothing.

    This year we want to join in and help make these disadvantaged Children's Christmas mornings that little bit brighter. So our lovely staff from Middlesbrough are having a bit of fund-raising fun! All we're asking is that our super customers model our monkey suit and for everyone who does we're donating £2 to this wonderful, Christmas cheer spreading, cause.

    We also thought you might like to see these Monkey suite models for yourself so here they all are - We'll be adding more to the gallery as they come in. . . Enjoy! Oh and if you're in the area and fancy joining in feel free to drop by! You can even Donate Straight to CashforKids Here.  OR Text Happy to 70070 to donate £5.

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  • My Home Has Flooded What Do I Do Now?

    Returning to your house to find it flooded is one of the worst experiences for any homeowner. Flood damage takes a long time to correct but by acting quickly when you discover the problem you can prevent things from getting worse. What To Do The first thing to do is make sure your electricity and gas supplies are turned off. You can usually do this at the meter, however don't touch any electrical switches if you're standing in water as this could be dangerous. If you're in any doubt call the National Grid's emergency line on 0800 40 40 90 for electricity or 0800 111 999 for gas. Once you've made things safe you need to call your home insurance provider. Depending on the type of policy you have they may be able to help out by putting you in touch with local tradesmen. In any event they should be able to advise on what you need to do to prevent further damage - moving items to a higher floor for example. If items have been damaged check whether they can be disposed of or whether you need to keep them for an assessor to see. If there is still standing water in the house your first priority is to get rid of it. Contact the Environment Agency Floodline on 0345 988 1188 to find out what is happening in your area. It's pointless pumping the water out if overall flood levels are still rising. The agency should be able to tell you if there's help available with pumping. Your local fire service may be able to help here too. Remember that flood water may contain traces of sewage so take care and wear gloves and protective clothing when carrying out your clean up. Removing Any Outstanding Water My Home Has Flooded What Do I Do Now 2Once there's only a little water left you can sweep or squeeze it out or use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner to remove the last traces. It's important to remove any items like fabrics, carpets and soft furnishings that have become waterlogged. Contact your local council about disposal but, as above, check with your insurer before dumping the items. Depending on the amount of water it's possible that wooden floors will be okay once they've thoroughly dried out. A dehumidifier can be used to help remove moisture and these are available to hire and your insurer may have arrangements with a supplier. Plasterwork will have soaked up water and this may need to be chipped off and replaced. Partition or 'stud' walls will probably need the plasterboard skin replaced, the timber frame may be okay but any insulation is likely to have soaked up water and will need to be pulled out and replaced. Don't be afraid to ask friends and neighbours for help. People pull together in a crisis and you'll often find that you can help each other out. If you need to rent skips, heaters or dehumidifiers for example, you may be able to share the cost. Flood damage can take a long time to sort out completely. But by acting quickly you can minimise the impact and ensure that you return to normal as soon as possible. Related Articles: How To Defend Your Home From Flooding My Home Is Flooded What Do I Do Now Image Sources : Image One = www.theguardian.com Image Two = www.aaaflooddrying.com

  • How To Defend Your Home From Flooding

    As the seasons roll around, thoughts inevitably turn towards the ways in which we can protect ourselves and our homes from the elements. For those of us who live in areas that find themselves subject to seasonal flooding, this job can prove more troublesome than average. Making some changes to your home can help greatly reduce the risk that flooding poses to your home, helping you to enjoy peace of mind should the weather take a turn for the worst. Whilst buildings and home insurance will help cover the cost of returning your home to the state it was prior to the flood, with a few changes made to your property, the time, effort and money needed to do this will inevitably be reduced. Alterations such as installing ceramic tiles and using rugs on the floor downstairs rather than fitted carpets, and ensuring that electrical sockets are positioned at least a metre and a half from the floor can help you deal with the effects of a flood. Whilst they don't necessarily protect your home, they can limit the hardships you will face following the flood. In the kitchen, using free standing units that can be moved around the room should it be necessary is a great idea, as it can help to keep these out of harms' way, and also allows the walls to be reached without a barrier. Investing in solid wood or metal units will also mean that they will not necessarily need to be replaced should the kitchen flood. This will not be the case should your kitchen have units constructed from chipboard, which will swell if it is affected by flood waters. How To Defend Your Home From FloodingIn terms of actually defending the home from flood waters, there are a range of steps that can be taken. Firstly, it is important to assess the home, and find out exactly where the danger zones are likely to be. The best places to look to begin with are the doors, as well as any air bricks, gaps around pipes, and the garage door. Another area you might need to think about is your toilet, to prevent the back-flow of flood and foul waste water you may need to 'Plug' your downstairs toilet. The Floodtite Toilet "Panseal" could save you a lot of trouble it securely creates a seal around the toilet pan rim. It is fitted in seconds and requires nothing more than a few squeezes from a simple air pump (eg a normal bicycle pump). A flood plan should try to divert the way in which water flows towards your home, so the use of temporary flood barriers or sandbags is a vital early defence. If you live in an area with a high risk of flooding, it is certainly wise to ensure that these sorts of items are stored somewhere easily accessible in your house in preparation. If you wait until weather warnings are issued, many suppliers could have sold out, leaving you without. Also, having them stored somewhere that is easily accessed helps them to be found swiftly should an unexpected deluge occur. There are a wide range of products available to help with both the prevention of flood waters entering the property, and the clean up if the worst does happen. Items such as the Hydrosnake which helps to absorb water, and door barriers which provide a fast seal around the doors of a property to limit the damage that water can do are handy to have if your home is at risk.   JTA-DOTW-INAE

  • Preparing Your Home For The Winter Weather

    Winter is fast approaching and this means that for many people their electricity and gas bills are set to rise. Thankfully, there are some fairly simple steps that you can take in order to winter-proof your home, helping to keep costs down and in areas likely to be hit hard by the winter weather this year, to help to keep you and your family as safe as possible. Insulate The Attic Loft insulation is one of the easiest ways to keep the heat in your home. It is a well-known fact that warm air rises so stopping that warm air from escaping out of your roof will mean that the house itself remains warm and cosy even in the worst of the winter weather. Double Glazing This can be a costly suggestion to implement but it is well worth the investment. Well-fitted double-glazing will help to create a buffer of still air between your inner and outer windows, helping to keep that warm air in your house. Clear The Gutters Preparing Your Home For The Winter Weather 2Clearing the gutters should be done after all of the leaves on the nearby trees have fallen but before the first heavy frosts start and before the first snowfall. Clearing the leaves and debris out of gutters will ensure that they are working efficiently and will help to stop dangerous build-ups of snow on the roof by allowing melt water to drain away easily. Close Vents Any vents you have which leads to the outside provide an outlet to allow heat to escape. Keeping them closed will help to avoid cold draughts from getting into your house and will also keep your heated air inside. Add An Extra Blanket This is a very simple step that a lot of people overlook. If you are worried that one thick blanket might get too hot, then simply adding a second blanket can ensure a good night's sleep. If you feel that you have a bit of extra money to invest in keeping your bed warm at night, think about getting a good-quality electric blanket. There are few things better than getting into a bed which is already warm after you come inside from the cold. Adjust Your Diet Cereal and cold milk for breakfast and salads for dinner are all very well along with being healthy but they won't help to keep you warm. For the colder months, switch to porridge, soups, stews and other warming meals. If you are worried about the extra calories, don't be. Keeping warm burns a fair number and the rest can easily be worked off by clearing snow and other winter-related physical activities. There can be no doubt that winter is a dangerous time of year for everyone, but taking a few precautions while the weather is still reasonably pleasant can make all the difference to how comfortable you find the coming winter months. Image Sources : Image One = www.allatticinsulation.com Image Two = mrdiyguy.com

  • What To Do If You Think Your House May Flood

    Floods have become a regular feature of life in certain areas of the UK. Knowing how to deal with them and having plans in place in order to ensure that you are fully prepared to deal with a flood should you happen to live in an area affected by them is essential. It is not possible to completely flood-proof a house. If there is enough water around, it will find its way inside. However, here are some practical steps you can take. Fit non-return valves on drains and pipes. This is a very simple measure which helps to prevent sewage returning to the house along the pipes from the toilet and sinks. This can help to significantly limit the damage to your property after a flood has passed and is relatively cheap to put in place. Varnish wooden skirting boards. This does not water-proof the wood entirely, and it is less effective than fitting plastic skirting boards, but it is much cheaper and has the added advantage of making your home look good. Get high shelves. A fairly obvious tip, this one, but ensuring that your important documents are kept well out of the potential reach of any floodwater is essential. Every year people lose their insurance documents to the floods, and this seriously hinders the progress of their claim. Plan ahead and make certain this does not happen to you. When you first realise that your home is in an area affected by a flood warning, it can be very easy to give in to the urge to panic. This causes far more problems than taking a few minutes to think through your options, and having a pre-arranged flood plan helps you to avoid panic too. Put together a flood kit — a waterproof container which contains your home insurance documents, a torch, warm clothing, a first-aid kit and a supply of any prescription medicines you take, bottled water and non-perishable food. When you realise that your home is in imminent danger of flooding, turn off your gas and electricity. Move your family, pets, and flood kit to a safe position — usually the top floor or attic. Place sandbags (use pillowcases or plastic bags filled with earth in place of sandbags if you don't have any) around the entrances of your house. What To Do If You Think Your House May FloodIf you have time after sorting all of that out, move any expensive equipment out of the reach of the flood water, and consider moving your car to higher ground. If a flood strikes, it is worth considering whether or not you have any vulnerable neighbours who might need some extra help to deal with this emergency. Community spirit is never more important than when nature hits the community as hard as it can. Floods are one of the most devastating natural events to hit anywhere in the UK. Having a plan in place to deal with flooding can help to make it less devastating.

  • The Deals of November...

    November is the time when the weather starts turning, nights draw in and its getting colder, so to help ease the transition into winter we have 4 great products for our November ‘Deal of the Weeks', they are…

    The Worcester Wave ThermostatWorcester Wave W/C 3rd November

    The Worcester Wave is the latest thermostat from the Worcester Bosch group. Allowing you to control your heating and hot water from anywhere in the world using your smartphone and the Wave App, you can turn your heating up from your office or on the bus on the journey home. With multiple features including load and weather compensation the Worcester Wave is the smart choice for use with your Worcester boiler.

    Defender_-_Workshop_Twin_-_461_x_1000Defender Twin Head Halogen Work Light W/C 10th November

    This twin head work light is the perfect solution for working into the dark nights, with tough cast alloy heads it perfect for withstanding the rigours of site use. Its adjustable tripod allows it to be extended anywhere between 0.6m and 1.7m and with its directional 400W halogen fittings it can be positioned to light any space making it a perfect choice for those that need some extra lighting.

     

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    Scruffs Executive Jacket W/C 17th November

    The executive jacket is designed to keep you warm and stylish though the winter months, it comes with a warm fleece lining and is constructed from hardwearing Rip-Stop fabric to keep the wind and rain out. It has a relaxed fit and comes with the benefit of a concealed hood within the high neck collar, perfect for when the weather takes a turn for the worse. With its large external, zipped pockets you will always have somewhere secure to keep your personal belongings. Whether it’s for work or casual use, this jacket is perfect for all occasions.

     

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    Youngman 3 Way Combination Ladder W/C 24th November

    Lightweight and compact this 3 way aluminium ladder combines strength, durability and versatility. Perfect for light trade and DIY projects, its quick and easy to use with a choice of three settings but is easy to store and transport. It includes stabilising and restraining bars for added safety and has a solid build quality. Its three use options include 1) Extension Ladder 2) Step Ladder and 3) Stairway Ladder making it a great solution for all your ladder needs.

    Remember that our deals of the week star every Monday, and last until midnight on Sunday. Make sure you don’t miss out!

  • Part P In Your Home

    What do you know about 'Part P'?

    'Part P' is the area of Building Regulations covering electrical installations in dwellings. If these standards are not met, not only are we at risk of there being electrical hazards in our homes, it could jeopardise your mortgage agreement and home insurance. The good news is you don't need to know a huge amount about 'Part P', we can leave the details to the Qualified Electricians. In actual fact, we've managed to squeeze the most important bits that home owners need to know, into this two minute video. Helen explains the risks of not complying with 'Part P' and then introduces Chris. Chris is a Qualified Electrician who talks you through what steps an electrician will take in order to meet these regulations. Then he explains how a record is kept against your property, showing that work has been completed in accordance with the Building Regulations 'Part P'. This week the temperature has started dropping as winter is nearing and we've had to put the heating on in the office. We thought it might be useful for our customers to know about the range of thermostats out there and the different benefits they each offer. With this in mind we are going to be filming product reviews on 10 different thermostats that we stock online. Here they all are in no particular order.

    1 Danfoss FP975 Two Channel Full Programmer 2 Salus ST620WBC Wireless Programmable Room Thermostat compatible with Worcester Bosch Boilers
    3 Salus RT300RF Wireless Digital Room Thermostat with Receiver 4 Danfoss RMT230 Room Thermostat
    5 Honeywell CM927 7 Day Wireless Programmable Thermostat 6 Siemens RWB29 Twin Channel Programmer
    7 Danfoss TP5000 Si Programmable 5/2 Day Room Thermostat 8 Siemens RAA21-GB Standard Room Thermostat
    9 Siemens RDJ10RF/SET-GB RF Daily Digital Programmable Room Thermostat and Receiver 10 Salus iT500 Internet Thermostat

      The Electrician featured in this video works for E&P Electrics from Bedale North Yorkshire, they are based around 200m from our Bedale Branch. Chris was great as Helen just turned up one morning with her camera and he was happy to help us out, even though she didn't give him any rehearsal time. Thanks Chris!

  • Home Security Month

    Statistics show that there are 20% more burglaries during the winter months so no wonder that October, when the clocks go back, has been named as National Home Security Month. The initiative is supported by Yale, the security specialist and aims to increase awareness of the importance of good home security in the fight against criminals. Are you doing enough to keep your home and property safe? Here is a look at the main themes of this year’s initiative, along with some helpful tips and advice.  

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    Secure Doors and Windows

    Most burglars will not smash a window to get into your home. Instead they will often try to force their way in via the frame. This is why it is important to ensure that your windows are correctly fitted and that they have at least one locking device. Keep doors locked at all times even if you are just popping out to hang your laundry on the line. It may come as a surprise to also learn that you should change your locks every five years to maintain maximum security. You should also change the locks as soon as you move into a new property, even if it has only just been built, as you can never be sure who has managed to get hold of the keys to your doors. Ensure your locks are fitted by professional locksmiths and that all products meet the current industry standards.

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    Protect your property and items such as Christmas presents, by following some simple security steps at home. Do not leave valuable items on display and have blinds or curtains to prevent strangers from looking in and assessing your home’s contents. Install a safe for important documents and expensive jewellery for example and ensure that you are extremely careful about who knows the combination.   Two safes we have available are;The Yale Home Digital Safe and The Yale Compact Digital Safe

    Defender_-_Task_Light_01_-_728_x_945Outside Security

    Outside lighting is especially important during the winter months when you may leave and return from work in the dark. Effective lighting is a great deterrent for burglars and can also make you feel safer and more confident when moving around outdoors at night. Ensure that outbuildings and garden gates have adequate locks and that the structures themselves are secure. There is no point having a new padlock fitted on your shed if the door is hanging off its hinges.NBHW Consider your outdoor environment at home. Noisy gravel and prickly bushes are disliked by burglars for obvious reasons, making them perfect for helping to keep your property secure. Do not leave bins and other items close to gates and fences if you do not want intruders to use them to climb over and consider starting your own Neighbourhood Watch scheme if there is not one already.

    Future Home Security

    Consider updating your home security system to make the most of technological advances. Smartphone home security is an increasingly popular choice and can offer everything from lock control capabilities to wireless camera feeds and motion sensors. These are generally incredibly easy to operate and can provide a real sense of security at home. All in all the initiatives taken up by National Home Security Month will hopefully reduce burglaries by a significant amount. It is important to follow the steps mentioned in this article which will help in keeping your property and all of your personal valuables safe. For more information and guidance you can visit http://www.homesecuritymonth.com/.

  • The Deals of October...

    Ever Monday we bring you a new 'Deal of the week' here on our website... and now we want to keep you up to date with what's coming up for the month ahead.

    This month we have 4 great products to help you with those projects around your house... and to tie in with home security month we are kicking off with the…

     

     

    Yale - Digital Home Safe

    Week Commencing 6th October

    Complete with a simple to use keypad the safe is designed to protect cash to up to the value of £1000 and those precious valuables up to a value of £10,000.

    The safe includes heavy duty 22mm solid steel motorised locking bolts, reinforced hinges and even includes a removable shelf so you can store various items of different shapes and sizes.

    For added security the safe comes prepared for installation with pre drilled holes that allow the safe to be secured to a wall or the floor.

    The ideal solution to store away your items & cash securely at home.

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    Dow Corning 785+ Sanitary Geocel, Silicone, Sealant, White, 310ml, bathroom, cheap silcone sealant, deal Dow 785

    Dow 785+ Sanitary Sealant 310ml (White or Clear)

    Week Commencing 13th October

    This kitchen and bathroom sealant contains fungicide to resist mould growth and offers excellent adhesion to most non-porous materials.

    With a 5-10 minute working time and fast curing-tack free of just 1 hour mean that it is perfect for sealing around sanitary fittings to giving a hygienic water resistant seal.

    785+ has also been tested and proven to protect against MSRA, E.coli and salmonella

    View - Dow 785+ Sanitary Sealant 310ml

     

     

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    Thompsons Water Seal – 5l (Clear)

    Week Commencing 20th October

    Offering maximum protection against water damage to masonry work, concrete and wood, Thompsons Water Seal is a simple solution to help with damp and waterproofing.

    It helps to prevent damage that is caused by freezing and thawing as it reduces the amount of water that gets inside the brick and it also reduces effervescence within the brickwork

    It can be applied by brush, roller, dipping or spraying, will cover up to 10m2 and last longer than standard waterproofers.

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    Grundfos - UPS2 50/60 A-Rated Pump

    Week Commencing 27th October

    A compact, high efficiency, variable speed circulator pump for installations where space is limited, such as boilers it is designed for use in a wide range of home and commercial systems.

    The UPS2 50/60 is an ideal replacement for UPS 15-50 and UPS 15-60 models in domestic hot water systems and can be set up to meet the requirements of a 4m, 5m, or 6m performance.

    It is perfect to optimize the efficiency of your hot water heating system and is fitted with modern motor technology which allows it to exceed new EuP/ErP standards.

    View - The Grundfos – UPS2 50/60 A- Rated Pump

     

    Don’t forget to check the website each week to get the best deals from JT Atkinson, and why not sign up to our newsletter to help keep you posted for any up and coming news, events and offers.

     

  • Gas Safety Tips & Advice

    Here at JT Atkinson we are supporting Gas Safety Week by releasing a new video which focuses on how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. This is one of several risks associated with the use of domestic gas appliances and Gas Safety Week, which runs between September 15 and September 21, 2014, aims to raise awareness of the issues in a bid to improve safety for the residents of Britain’s 23 million gas-fuelled households.

    Buy your Carbon Monoxide Alarm here

    Top Safety Tips So what can you do to stay safe if you have gas appliances in your home? It is vital that you have safety checks carried out once a year and have your appliances serviced regularly. This work, and any other repairs or modifications, should only be carried out by a Gas Safe-registered engineer.   When your chosen engineer comes to your home, check his Gas Safe identification card to make sure that he is suitably qualified. If he does not have one, send him away. If you discover a gas engineer working who is not registered, report him to the Gas Safe Register by calling 0800 408 5500, as what he is doing is against the law. Even if he does have a card, make sure that you read the back to check that he is actually qualified to do the specific job you need him to carry out. Increase Your Understanding One of the first steps to staying safe is to understand the risks. These include carbon monoxide poisoning, leaks, explosions and fires. It is also important to know the signs to look for that which will tell you that an appliance is not working as it should. These include hobs which have lazy yellow flames rather than crisp blue ones, an increase in condensation in a room and black stains appearing around appliances. Only use appliances for the jobs they were originally designed to do. For example, do not try to heat a room using a gas oven, and never use a gas-fuelled barbeque indoors. Ensure you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home and know the signs that the batteries are running low. Carbon monoxide is a colourless and odourless gas, and it can kill if left undetected. Make sure that your appliances have adequate ventilation, which will help to keep them burning correctly, and ensure that you have not blocked any of the air vents which have been placed around your home so that your appliances get the air supply they need.   Find Out More This newly released video urges everyone to ensure that they have fully operational carbon monoxide detectors in their home. Ideally, there should be one for every fuel-burning appliance, such as hobs, water heaters, log burners and boilers, and these should be placed between one and three metres away from each appliance. The video explains how to check that an alarm is working properly and describes what to do if carbon monoxide is detected, along with highlighting some warning signs to look out for that could indicate a problem with your appliances.

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