Our All Trades Blog

Blogging about joinery, plumbing, roofing, brick-laying, plastering, landscaping and many other trades.
Painting and Decorating

Painting and Decorating

Of all the jobs around the house, painting and decorating is the easiest to Do It Yourself. That’s not to say it’s easy to do (certainly not easy to do “well”!!) but it’s accessible.

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Plasterboard repair

Plasterboard repair

Plasterboard is the most commonly used material for finishing the inside of houses in the UK. Whether it’s plastered or just taped up, it provides a really nice surface to paint and decorate…

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Boarding Up / Securing Property

Boarding Up / Securing Property

There are lots of reasons why you may want to temporarily board up your property. It provides extremely effective security against intruders, squatters and pests such as cats, foxes etc.

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Outdoor electricity supplies

Outdoor electricity supplies

Nowadays it is quite common for people to be using their outdoor spaces a lot more. Since the pandemic a lot more people are working from home and deciding to build a small office in their garden.

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Smoke alarms in Scotland

Smoke alarms in Scotland

The rules around smoke alarms are going to change in Scotland from February 2022. On the back of the Grenfell Tower disaster, it has been decided to try and make domestic dwellings safer and try and reduce the risk of deaths in the event of a fire.

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Roughcasting

Roughcasting

When it comes to external rendering there are various types that are common within the UK. The most popular choices are pebble dashing (sometimes just called ‘dashing’), smooth casting or rough casting.

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Plastering

Plastering

Plastering is one of those jobs that DIY’ers rarely get right. It involves a lot of preparation, the right tools and plenty of experience to get a good finish. However, it is relatively cheap to have a go at yourself and lots of DIY’ers do tackle plastering.

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Key Safes / Key Cabinets

Key Safes / Key Cabinets

Most police forces recommend key safes as a very secure way to allow trusted people access to the key for your home. It is recommended that you fit key safes that have the “Secured by Design” logo and approval.

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Door cutting / door fitting

Door cutting / door fitting

Having poorly fitted doors is a very common problem among home owners. Why does it matter? Well, there are several reasons why a badly fitted door will impact you.

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