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  • Can Cavity Wall Insulation Save Me Money On My Energy Bills?

    Cavity walls, with two skins of masonry separated by an empty space, came into widespread use in the 1920s. They were designed to prevent the passage of moisture from the outside to the inside of the building, and thus stop dampness occuring. Continue reading

  • How To Apply For Planning Permission For A Building Project On Your Home

    If you want to make a major change to your property, build something new or change the way in which the property is being used, the first and most important step is to ensure you have permission from your local planning authority (LPA). Failure to obtain the proper permission can result in an enforcement order being issued, forcing you to undo all the changes you have made. The following guide will make sure you never fall foul of the regulations. Continue reading

  • 10 Tools That Make Great Valentine's Day Gifts For Your Man

    With Valentine's Day fast approaching, it's time to start planning a gift for the man in your life. Forget the flowers and chocolates - the way to a man's heart is through his toolbox, and we've rounded up ten great gifts that'll make his day. Continue reading

  • Alternatives To HIVE Active Heating

    Smart central heating systems are part of an emerging tech trend that is taking the world by storm. While HIVE may be one of the higher-profile brands in this fledgling market, it is not the only option for those looking to modernise the way in which they heat their home. Here are just a few of the alternatives. Continue reading

  • How Do I Stop My Pipes From Freezing?

    Water pipes that freeze in winter can be a first class disaster. Insurance companies have reported claims due to burst pipes as high as £100,000, but even if you escape initial water damage, back pressure can build up and cause damage elsewhere in the water system. Even a simple plumbing repair can be an expensive call out and leave you with additional damage to plastering and decoration, as well as days or weeks without heating or hot water. Continue reading

  • Is Laminate Flooring Waterproof?

    Laminate flooring is a great alternative to wooden floors and works well in any room. Cheaper than real hardwood, it's simple to install and it's durable. Not only that, the variety of colours and finishes to choose from means it's an affordable and versatile flooring option that will make your room look fashionable and elegant. Continue reading

  • Fixing A Leaky Roof This Winter

    It isn’t always obvious when you’re developing a problem with your roof, let alone the source of a leak, but there are a few things to watch. Pay attention to any debris you find in your garden - chunks of metal or mortar flashing, pieces of roofing material (slate, tile, asphalt shingles), plastic or metal guttering supports. Continue reading

  • What To Do If Your Boiler Breaks This Winter

    One in five boilers break down each year, and repairs can often cost several hundred pounds. Almost all breakdowns happen in the same cold snap and engineers are hard pressed to reach everyone quickly. If your boiler has broken down, what can you do yourself? Continue reading

  • How To Stop Your Home From Flooding

    In Christmas 2015, some of the worst floods on record plunged the North of England in to utter chaos, damaging homes, cars, business property and flood defences. Continue reading

  • How to Prevent Freezing Pipes

    Wicked winter weather can cause all manner of plumbing problems in your home, especially when considering the possibility of freezing pipes. Continue reading

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