Trevor from True Colours shows a new and effective way to paint your fence, using a spray system that you can buy at your local DIY store. This video is the first in a coming series of our tradesmen and tradeswomen showing off their skills and expertise. If you are a MyBuilder member and would like to appear in one of our videos then do feel free to get in touch with our Content Manager, Iain, via firstname.lastname@example.org.
It may well have been coats and jumpers weather recently, but the summer is generally the best time to test your central heating system and make sure it is in tip-top shape for when you need it. To this end we have a second video from James of James Gas Services for you. Here James shows how to make sure that your radiators heat all the way to the top, thus saving money on your heating bills, keeping you warm and saving you calling out a tradesman into the bargain.
The difference between an average tradesman and an excellent one can be almost imperceptible to the uninitiated, but watch someone like Kerry of Eurolay Asphalt and Roofing in action and you start to see what it is. The average tradesman just comes in and does the job they have been asked to do. Sure, they usually do it adequately, but professionals who take a real pride in their work think about the bigger picture. Here, what may have been a job tidying up the roof and fitting some decking becomes a bigger contract, as Kerry takes the time to check out the surrounding structure. It may be costly for the householder (and a better job for him) in the short term, but it would certainly make for big savings in the long term. A good tradesman will be willing to talk you through the work that needs to be done and even show you what is wrong. They talk in terms you can understand and are happy to answer any questions.
Our Ask a Tradesman section on the MyBuilder website is a great forum for those who need to hire a builder as well as DIY enthusiasts to interact with our expert tradesmen. Our tradesmen are generous with their time and their expertise, but they are not afraid to tell you when you need to get a professional on the job. Their advice on safety could even save your life in some cases.
Some things that seem simple to the experts are a puzzle for amateurs, so we will be adding some more instructional videos to the blog. In this one James from James Gas Services shows how to make sure your radiators are working efficiently and how tradesmen should be setting your radiators up correctly.
Dermot of DOC Carpentry Services shows us how to fit a decent lock, which locks you should buy and other additions you can make to keep your valuables safe. We’ll be bringing you plenty of instructional video in the coming weeks: all showcasing our tradesmen and their skills.