Thursday, 23 March 2017

Quick DIY Fixes - Bathroom Taps

Many of us shy away from doing DIY in our homes. Of course, having a professional come in and fix something is always a wise choice, but there are certain things which can be fixed through a little bit of DIY.

There are a number of plumbers merchants North Wales which can supply all the parts and equipment you need for the task, and online guides can help to guide you through the process step-by-step.

You’ll save yourself some money in the process, as well as having a sense of pride for tackling issues in your home without having to call a professional in. Never try to fix anything which involves gas, as this can lead to serious health risks.

Fixing a Dripping Tap

The non-stop dripping of a tap can drive even the most patient of us a little crazy. Thankfully, there’s typically a quick fix for this, which doesn’t take too long. A dripping tap is usually caused by a worn-out tap washer, which can be replaced without the need for a professional.

1. Before you start, remember to turn the water off!

2. To replace the washer, you’ll first have to unclip (or unscrew, depending on the style of your tap) the top of your tap off.

3. Once it’s off, a retaining screw can be found underneath. You’ll need to unscrew this to allow for the tap knob to come off, which will then reveal the valve.

4. Now that the valve is exposed, use a spanner to unscrew anticlockwise and remove it. The valve contains a washer on the bottom of it, which is what will need replacing.

5. Typically, washers are held in place with a screw. Remove the screw and remove the old washer before replacing it with the new one.

Fitting Bath Taps

Whether you’re fitting taps onto a brand new bath, or perhaps just replacing older ones, it’s a task which can easily be completed within 30 minutes.

1.      Before starting, ensure that the hot tap is ready to be installed on the left side of the bathtub.

2.      Unscrew the nut from the bottom of the tap, then lower it into the tap hole on the bath. If there are no tap holes present, you will have to drill them yourself.

3.      Underneath the tap hole, you then need to screw the nut back on. This can be done by hand.

4.      Tighten the nut with a spanner once you are happy with the taps position.

5.      Tap tails may need to be fitted onto your water pipes, depending on how your plumbing has been set up.

6.      Check for any leaks by turning the water back on. If a leak occurs, try tightening the connections with a spanner.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Know Your Coastal Defences

North Wales is a region that is dependent on the sea – whether for tourism, travel, or any other aspect of life within the region – and therefore most of the region remember the pain of the floods of 2015 which closed a large part of the A55 and saw the River Elwy burst it’s banks in St Asaph. 

Otherwise, there’s the December floods of 2015 which saw 15 separate warnings throughout Denbighshire and Flintshire, and going back even further, there are the distant memories of the Towyn and Kinmel Bay floods which saw 6,000 residents evacuated on February 26, 1990.

The case for coastal defences is not one that can be ignored, but not many seem to know the effort that goes into them. While indeed near-disasters like the floods mentioned above simply can’t happen again thanks to the £300k Sea Wall being placed at the town of Rhyl, by North Wales civil engineer Brenig Construction, Coastal defences remain a much-discussed part of council policy in North Wales.

Rhyl’s sea wall is a structure which is incorporated into the promenade itself, and is built to limit erosion which is caused by the sea. Brenig Construction’s Coastal Defences utilises material such as timber, steel, masonry blocks, and precast concrete in order to protect the area from a tidal surge, but look attractive. The sea wall within Rhyl is also curved, to reflect back the energy of the waves and limit overtopping in far more of an efficient manner than older designs.

Brenig Construction’s work also included the construction of varying gabions, which are steel mesh cages which are filled with rocks, concreate and also aggregate, which is used to stabilise vulnerable stretches of Rhyl’s coastline by absorbing the energy the waves generate.

North Wales is an area which holds a considerable amount of people throughout very many towns – whether these towns are holidaying destinations such as Llandudno within Conwy County Council’s territories, or even remote villages such as Ruthin within Flintshire.

As a region which is blessed with the sea, the increased commercial opportunities such as shipping, fishing and tourism should be encouraged, and that starts with looking after the region. Coastal defences alike the ones which protect Rhyl for the entire region are both wanted, and needed.  

What is BREEAM?

If you follow the construction industry, you would have likely of heard of BREEAM. This construction body is the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method, which was first launched within the UK in the early 90s.Essentially, what the organisation is all about is developing accepted guidelines of best practise in the construction industry, by grading environmental performance of buildings through design, specification, construction and the operation.

Essentially, BREEAM is embraced by the construction industry, as for it’s close ties with BIM. That, and the benchmarks BREEAM sets for standard categories of development works such as offices, retail developments, educational and healthcare buildings is very well established. The fact that it also offers bespoke packages for non-standard buildings increases it’s influence, as well as the fact that BREEAM certification also applies to new developments and refurbishment projects. There are also international BREEAM projects that exist outside of the UK.

Some clients require the use of BREEAM, and generally the scheme allows clients, project teams and facility managers to be certain that a required standard of best practise is met, and in active use on their project. Furthermore, the prestige of a BREEAM certified building is gigantic for companies which pay attention to the world’s growing focus on sustainability.

Even in the smallest areas of the world, there are companies which actively embrace BREEAM. Take North Wales based Brenig Construction, for instance. This construction and civil engineer North Wales has benefitted in a large way from BREEAM, as well as CEEQUAL standards – if not through public opinion, through the workload they are qualified to do when the rest of the construction sector may drag its feet toward change in general.

For instance, Brenig Construction carry out Local authority work which is part of local plans, and for the future, embracing a commitment to sustainability and the environment seems a great thing for future work – given the presumption in favour of sustainability in the National Planning Policy Framework. 

The Pros and Cons of Wood Burning Stoves

Wood burning stoves, such as the coveted Aga and Charnwood stoves are a popular heating solution for homes across the country.

Having a wood burning stove installed into your home is a big decision, and requires some thought into both the advantages and potential disadvantages a stove could bring to your home.

Many stove owners would argue that the positives of wood burners far outweigh the disadvantages. Here is a fair review of both the pros and cons of owning a wood burning stove, to help you make your final decision.



They Look Great

Wood burning stoves are not only a great source within the home; they also act as an attractive centrepiece.

When browsing for stoves, you’ll notice that there are a huge range of stove styles, which come in a range of shapes and sizes to suit every home.

Whether you have an ultra-modern home or prefer a more traditional style, there’s a stove style for you.

Wood burning stoves offer a much cosier and warmer feeling, especially during the winter months. Watching real flames flicker within the stove is an experience which is simply not imitable with electric and gas stoves.

The crackling and popping of logs within a stove also adds to the cosy atmosphere, which something you won’t experience with other heating methods.

They Produce Dry Heat

Wood burning stoves produce a dry heat, making them a good choice for homes which can become quite damp. Gas heaters give off moisture, which can create a humid atmosphere within homes over time.

Many stove owners leave their washing to dry next to the stove, as it saves on using the tumble drier. You can even boil food or a stove-top kettle on them!

They’re More Eco-Friendly

As wood is a truly renewable source, wood burning stoves are more eco-friendly than gas and electric fires.

Burning scrap wood retrieved from either the outdoors or local suppliers is a great way to save money, as well as cutting down emissions from transportation costs.

Modern wood burning stoves produce a clean burn, which means that no harmful emissions are released into the atmosphere whilst your fire is roaring.

It Can be Cheaper

Wood burning stoves can be a cheaper option compared to gas and electric stoves, depending on your accessibility to fuel.

If you live in a rural area, there’s a good chance there will be plenty of opportunities for scrap wood or local suppliers doing cheap deals.

If you’ll have to buy your wood from a large supplier each time, a wood burning may not be the cheapest option for you.


Installation Costs

Having a wood burning stove installed within your home can be a costly job.

An installation of a wood burning stove should always be performed by a qualified professional, as there are always a number of risks involved with a DIY installation of a heat source.

Depending on how much work is required to fit a stove within your home, the costs could total up over £1000, but you should think of it as an investment.

Regular Maintenance

Wood burning stoves require quite a bit of maintenance, especially in comparison to gas and electric stoves.

The ash tray will need regular emptying and cleaning, depending on the size of your stoves. With smaller stoves, you’ll find yourself doing this every time you have a fire.

The viewing glass on the front of the stove will also need to be cleaned regularly. There are plenty of cleaning solutions specially designed to clean stove glass efficiently, so with the right products, this task won’t take you too long.

Tending the Fire

Once you’ve got a fire going, you’ll have to keep tending to it in order to maintain a good heat. Many enjoy the aspect of this, however for some it can be a bit of a chore.

To keep a fire in for longer, consider a multi-fuel stove and add coals to it. Coal burns much longer than logs, however logs produce a hotter flame and are better for starting a fire with.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Architectural Services in Chester With Something Special

All of us have been there. There’s a large amount of difference between the satisfaction and optimism that comes with moving into a new home, and a few years on when all you can think about is things which really aren’t adequate and you’d give almost anything to change.

What is it for you with your house that makes it not quite suited to your needs? A large number of us are dissatisfied with our kitchens. For the fact that these rooms are used so much, it can often feel extremely disconcerting to have something that isn’t right. Think about it. You wake up and head to the kitchen immediately to prepare breakfast.

You leave for the day, and come home to prepare your evening meal. Kitchen. Afterwards, you can retire to the lounge or wherever else you like within your home, but as a bare minimum, you’re looking at being confronted with something you don’t like (at the very least!) twice a day.

But what can you do? Is it prudent to look for a new home immediately, in order to get rid of glaring inadequacies once and for all? No. Moving, for a start, is very stressful, and you’ll certainly lose the things you like about your residence by moving. What happens if you move out and into another home and then a few years down the line, you’re struck by something else that isn’t perfect?

You’re in the same situation again, of course – and while you can tell yourself to stop being such a perfectionist, your home is your home, and for the amount of time you’ll spend in it, the amount of money you’ll end up spending on it, it should be perfect. You should love coming home and spending time with your loved ones at home.

In order to help you achieve this, there’s help out there, and it comes in the form of an Luxury House Designer Chester.

BR Architecture are a well respected architectural designer in Cheshire with an extremely strong portfolio and a number of very happy customers, and can assist you from the initial concept stage right through to planning, as well as provide you with your choice of contractor for the final project.

Don’t hate your home. Get help with it, and turn it into the envy of the street.  

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Attractive Greenhouse Staging Built to Order

Spring is coming, and there’s a wealth of time to be spent getting things in order for the summer season. The very biggest and best gardens have shrewd gardeners behind them, which are capable of managing their priorities in order to get the very best out of their gardens in the best timeframe in order to have a truly spectacular result in the height of summer.

While indeed good management is part of having an excellent garden, another part of it is working in the right environment with the right tools and the right aids in order to not overstrain yourself or frustrate yourself into giving up. Good greenhouse staging, whether you prefer heavy duty greenhouse staging or folding greenhouse staging is vital – in order to truly enjoy what you’re doing.

You could make do, and do most of your potting on inadequate surfaces. Of course, doing so means you’re not working at the correct height, which can cause discomfort and in some cases, cause back problems. It’s important for gardeners to understand that even while you’re doing something you enjoy, you don’t have to be uncomfortable doing so – if you’ve ever wondered where the time has gone while you’re working within your garden, then perhaps it’s wise to make sure that you’re working comfortably as it likely won’t be the last time you spend all day at work!

Our recommendations for working comfortably within your garden is certainly related to getting some stagings. These excellent, custom designed tables are usually weatherproof and treated in order to last years and years. Even better, they can be custom designed for the largest or the smallest of greenhouses – helping you get the most space out of what you have, and also helping you enjoy doing what you love, but not at expense to your longterm health.     

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Residential And Commercial Conveyancing you can trust

Swayne Johnson are an excellent solicitor with a host of locations throughout the North Wales and Chester Area – and are very well known for their excellent, attentive service for a variety of matters. From obvious things such as will making services to more complex matters such as court of protection work, Swayne Johnson solicitors Chester have an excellent reputation for the fact that they are very invested within their clients and with them for the road ahead in a number of things, with a professional and courteous approach toward extremely complex matters.

Swayne Johnson solicitors also have a boon by the fact that they’re so spread out. While indeed Swayne Johnson solicitors is an independent company which certainly aren’t national players, Swayne Johnson solicitors are both local and extremely accessible to a number of people across the region, with offices in easy reach of all who might need their services throughout the region.

Swayne Johnson have offices within the areas of Tattenhall, Llandudno, Denbigh, St Asaph, Ruthin and also Bangor, which each benefit from a a very dedicated team of solicitors, some of whom are members of the Court of Protection and also STEP approved. With truly talented staff, a number of locations and also an excellent record of service, Swayne Johnson solicitors are poised to offer a number of services throughout the North Wales and Chester region, with a number of perks that you quite simply wouldn’t get if you went for offerings from other North Wales solicitors or even on a national basis.

Say you’re after residential conveyancing in North Wales – Swayne Johnson have a number of contacts within the North Wales area which they can refer you to at absolutely no fee, should something not quite be right with your mortgage deal. For instance, the firm can refer you to a completely and truly independent financial advisor that can illuminate why elements of your mortgage deal might not be suited for you compared to other options.

Swayne Johnson solicitors are well and truly aware that they work for you, not for the banks. If anything, this solicitors in North Wales have a very honest and open practise which is a joy to deal with and certainly unlike other solicitors within North Wales, which may have little to no interest in the technicalities of your endeavours.