How To Pick A Lock

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Lost your keys and you don’t have the money to pay for a locksmith? Locked out and would rather not break through a window to get into your home?

Then why not try and pick the lick yourself. Luckily the majority of locks around your home are fairly simple to open, if you know how. Even if you don’t have the right equipment, a little bit of improvisation using tools from around the house is all you need.

The technique will require patience and a lot of practice to get good at it, so we recommend getting the practice in well before the time comes when you find yourself in a sticky situation.

Click here to find out how to do it, but remember if you have any problems there will always be an emergency locksmith you can call out at any time, however this may be costly.

Inspecting Your Roof – What To Look For

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All roofs will at some point experience damage, there is no avoiding that. But if you live in a place that experiences harsh weather, the changes of damage are dramtaically increased.  Extreme heat, heavy rain and strong winds are the three main causes of roof damage and accelerated wear and tear.

So you should pay close attention to the parts of the roof that are exposed to the elements, and by doing this as you will be able to spot signs that damage has occurred and you can address the problem before it creates further issues.

If you see a build up of debris in the valleys, this should be cleared out. Also look for any broken slates or loose/missing tiles. If you see any of these things during an inspection, then you should deal with it immediately. If you don’t feel comfortable climbing on to your roof to replace the tiles yourself we would recommend calling out your local roofing specialists.

How to find a good roofing company? Here’s an example…

An area that has particularly harsh inclement weather is the west of Scotland. So if you lived in Glasgow you would probably want to call out well established & experienced¬†Glasgow roofers such as Evana Roofing & Building Ltd. Their video is below and they are a perfect example of what you should be looking for in a roofing company – many years of experience, a strong online presence (just search for “glasgow roofers” on Facebook) and their website shows positive customer testimonials.

 

Why is Earthing Important?

Earthing is what keeps electrical devices safe to use and ensures you don’t get a nasty shock when you handle a device.

If a device has a problem, such as a cut wire, the power will be looking for the quickest way to reach the earth. If the quickest way is through you then you are in trouble. It could potentially be fatal.

So to avoid this all electrical devices should have a thick earth cable to ensure the power has a reliable route to the ground that isn’t you .

This video explains the importance of earthing very well…

 

 

 

How To Change A Fuse On A Plug

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First thing to do is to unscew the small screw on the underside of the plug between the pins. Now you can pull apart the plug and remove the fuse.

Next you should check what rating the fuse is and if it is suitable for the appliance. As a general rule of thumb : for appliances up to 720 watts you should use a 3 amp use, and for appliances between 720-3000 Watts you shoiuld use a 13 amp fuse.

Next you shiould insert the replacement fuse in the holder and also enaure that the conductors and wires are all in place where they should be. Ensure the flex is firmly in place and close the plug, screwing in the small screw.

If the above description is not enough and you are still unsure of what to do, take a look at this video…

 

How To Fix A Blocked Waste Pipe

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Waste pipes have to deal with a wide range of things such as greasy food, hair and even paper or plastic waste. No it’s really no surprise ¬†that from time to time they will get blocked.

How do you know when a pipe is blocked? Well it may be obvious if your sink fills up and doesn’t go anywhere but you should also pay attention to the speed in which the water drains away. If it drains slower than normal it me be in the early stages of becoming blocked so it should be attended to.

So what to do?

The first thing you should do is try a water plunger. Cover the hole with the rubber end of the plunger so that it is air tight and press down firmly to force air through the hole and push whatever is causing the blockage through the pipe. Repeat this again and again until the water starts to drain at a good speed.

9 times out of 10 this will be enough to fix the problem. If not you could try a drain cleaning product. Follow the instructions on the bottle carefully and see if that works. Failing that you may need to cut off your water supply and cleaner out the trap. You should place an empty basin under it while you do this to catch the water and waste.

So there you have it. Next time you have a blocked waste pipe, there should be no need to spend money on calling out a plumber. Just do it yourself!

 

Welcome!

Welcome to our new blog which have created as a way to share useful home improvement tips and advice, allowing you do become more useful around the house and get more done… YOURSELF!

We will cover a wide range of topics (e.g roofing, plumbing, joinery, electrics etc) and will aim to equip you with not only the basic fundamental knowledge of these things but also a healthy amount of lesser known tricks to get things done quicker and easier.

Whether you have recently moved into your first home and have zero knowledge of household maintenance or you have many years of DIY experience, we are sure you will learn something from our blog.

So thanks for visiting our site and we hope to see you return again soon. Enjoy!