With autumn rolling in and the evenings starting to get darker, we could all use a little more sunshine in our lives – and that’s why MyBuilder is giving away 10 free jobs to help families improve their homes.

Over the next month, ten lucky job posters will be selected at random, with each one getting the cost of their job reimbursed, up to the value of £1,000.

Have a whole host of projects you want to get started? Don’t worry, there’s is no limit to the number of jobs you can submit, so you can post as many jobs as you like before 14th October and they will all be entered into the prize draw. Winners will be announced from 29th October.

Whether it’s as simple as a boiler inspection, or the start of an exciting decorating project, don’t miss this chance to win.

 

To be in with a chance of winning, simply click the button below and post your job.

 

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Terms and conditions

  • Your entry to the prize draw in the form of a job post on the site is subject to approval by MyBuilder as with any regular job post on the site. All jobs posted on the site – and approved by the MyBuilder jobs team – between 00:01 on 17th September and 23:59 on 14th October 2018 will be entered into the prize draw. Jobs posted or approved after this will not be included in the prize draw, Free Job Frenzy. Work does not need to have commenced to be eligible for entry, but must be completed within 12 months.
  • Ten jobs will be selected by random draw – and will be paid for by MyBuilder (by reimbursement), up to a maximum value of £1,000 per job.
  • All selected winners will each need to show that their job has been completed by a MyBuilder tradesperson before payment is made.
  • Proof of payment for the work will need to be provided to MyBuilder before reimbursement of up to £1,000 are paid.
  • The prize of £1,000 will be paid to each winning entrant by bank transfer only.
  • By entering the competition you agree that if you are a winner that we may publish or share your Name and County as required under UK advertising code of practice.
  • Winners will be announced after the 29th October 2018.
  • The winner will be notified via email or phone and will have 7 days to respond. If MyBuilder does not receive a response from any selected winner within 7 days of the prize draw, that winner’s prize will be forfeited.
  • Any outstanding costs, in excess of the £1,000 maximum prize value, must be paid in full by the job poster.
  • No cash or other alternative prize is available.
  • There is no limit on the number of jobs a single homeowner can post.
  • All entrants must be at least 18 years of age and permanent UK residents.
  • We reserve the right to disqualify entries, without notice, and for any reason.
  • Employees of MyBuilder are not eligible to enter this competition.
  • MyBuilder reserves the right to withdraw or amend this competition in the event of any unforeseen circumstances outside its reasonable control without liability to entrants, the prize winner or any third party.

In addition, MyBuilder’s standard terms & conditions and privacy policy apply to this competition.

 

 

Being a tradesperson is hard work, filled with long hours and gruelling tasks. But we know there’s also a lighter side to the trades, and that Britain’s builders are some of the funniest people out there. We asked tradesmen to share some of their funniest stories of life on the tools, and they gave us plenty. Here are a few of our favourites…

 

Water water everywhere

 

I had a phone call from a man who was very concerned as he had water dripping down from the ceiling from his bathroom.

So I said I would go round to his house to see what was the cause of the leak.
When I arrived I knocked on the door and almost immediately the door was opened by a guy who, didn’t say hello, or anything, but just demanded that I take my boots off and insisted that I wore his slippers!

Then he asked me to follow him upstairs and into the bathroom.

I then started to ask him a question about his leak, to which he replied….. “you will see in a minute”….. Then he started to fill a baby bath, almost to the top, with water……..Then said “watch this “….. and threw it all over the floor…… Then said “now quickly follow me”. So I followed him downstairs with him now pointing to the ceiling saying “look… the water is leaking!

I honestly thought this guy was winding me up………but he was deadly serious.

The only advice I could give him was that as long as he NEVER does that again then he won’t have a leak.

He then just replied “OK”.

 

A cut above

 

We fitted a modern garden maintenance-free for a customer and he asked how often he should cut the artificial lawn.

Without batting an eyelid the apprentice said “I was wondering the same”.

Honestly, I couldn’t breathe.

 

A hole in the plan

 

We were working on a large project in Devon building one of our specialist wildlife ponds, it was quite big so it produced around 30 tonnes of spare earth which we included in the price to take away by grab lorry.

The lady of the house suddenly demanded ”why am I paying you to take away that soil in a big lorry?!”

I said “well, because there is nowhere else to spread it in your garden” to which she replied “pahhh, why can’t you DIG a hole and bury it!

 

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Public holidays can feel few and far between in the UK, especially at this point in the year – the August bank holiday is the last day off until Christmas, and no one wants to think about the festive period just yet. When these days are hard to come by, it’s essential we make the most of them – so why not make plans this weekend to make some positive changes to your home?

 

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Clear away your summer clutter

 

If you still haven’t got round to putting away your suitcase after a sunny holiday in the past few weeks, don’t feel guilty – maybe you just don’t have a good place to put it. We all have stuff that never seems to have a place to go, so why not finally make somewhere? Converting your attic into useful storage space can make a huge difference and mean there’s always somewhere for your luggage to go.

 

Change up a room

 

We all have a tired room that needs a lick of paint t0 sort out, but we’re usually all too busy during the summer to get it done. Now there’s an extra day at your disposal, why not take it on – and if you don’t fancy doing it yourself, just hire a painter and decorator who can get it done quickly, and to a high standard.

 

Get rid of your old shed

 

If you’ve spent the summer going for long bike rides or spending lazy evenings cooking on the barbecue, you might have had to endure the rusty nails and giant spiderwebs of your garden shed more than you would have liked to – so why not ensure you don’t have to go through it all again next year? A demolitions specialist can clear out an old shed in next to no time, clearing the way for the nice new one you deserve.

 

Clean the chimney

 

September is fast closing in, with colder weather following close behind, and while it might not feel like time to light the fire and get cosy just yet, you don’t want to be caught out when the opportunity presents itself. If you’re not sure your stove or fireplace is up to it, find an expert who can make sure it’s all in working order and ready to go.

 

Cut down any dangerous branches

 

Glorious summer weather may have seen our gardens filled with blooming flowers and towering trees, but if you have any overgrown branches that look like they could cause a problem if bad weather strikes, then it’s worth nipping them in the bud. An experienced tree surgeon can help advise on what needs to go and carry out any work safely.

 

Check your roof tiles

 

A few downpours aside, this summer has been very kind to our roofs and gutters, but are you ready for the next shower? We all know the old saying about fixing roofs and shining suns, so while we’re still in August, get rid of any doubts by getting in touch with a roofer who can take a look and put right any issues.

 

Inspect your boiler

 

We recommend this tip all the time on MyBuilder, but it’s for good reason. Firstly, no one wants to have the hot water go off when you need it most, and secondly, gas boilers need to be checked to make sure they’re safe and not letting off dangerous gasses like carbon monoxide. Getting your boiler inspected can be done any time of year, but if you’ve got a whole day away from work, you have no excuse not to spend a few minutes booking an appointment with a Gas Safe engineer.

 

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Every year at this time, millions of teenagers across the country summon up their courage and tear open the envelopes containing their exam results, taking out the pieces of paper that will decide what they’ll be doing for the next year, and beyond.

 

Many of us swear that school will be the end of our exams, but the truth is, we never stop being put to the test. From our jobs to our homes, we always have questions to answer and goals to achieve. If you want to see if your home is up to standard, we’ve posed some brain teasers that you can tackle – but don’t worry, there’s no pass or fail here… because we’ve given you the answers too!

 

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Is your home light enough?

 

If your home feels dark and dingy, there are a number of ways to approach the problem. First, are your windows being blocked, either by towering walls and fences or by looming plants and trees? In the first instance, a bricklayer or fencer may be able replace your problem fence with an alternative such as trellis, which allows more light through, while a tree surgeon can tackle unruly trees and overhanging branches.

 

Secondly, are you using lighting properly? A few well-placed lamps can help illuminate your home, but more permanent solutions can have more dramatic results – spotlights in a hallway, or above-cabinet lighting in a kitchen for example. An electrician can help install these fixes.

 

Thirdly, think about the role decoration plays. Dark shades of paint and heavy woods can drain the lightness from a room. A painter and decorator can introduce brighter tones and help lift a space.

 

 

Is your home well ventilated?

 

If your home has issues with damp and mould, you’re not alone – but there are simple ways to overcome the problem. Buying a digital hygrometer can help you keep tabs on the moisture levels in your property, but the key things are to keep air flowing and avoid producing too much moisture to begin with. Open windows where you can, and try to steer clear of drying clothes on radiators or taking long, steamy showers. You should also check your extractor fans to make sure they’re working, or have them installed if you don’t have any. If there are persistent damp spots in certain places, such as under windows, then you check if there are issues with leaks, either from the window itself or from the brickwork around the windowsill.

 

 

Is your home well insulated?

 

If your home feels too hot during warm summer months, but freezing cold in winter, you should consider your insulation. As well as saving money on heating bills, it will also make your home more energy efficient.

 

Windows are doors are prime candidates for being upgraded if you want to improve your insulation. Properly-fitted double glazing will make a big impact. Cavity wall insulation and loft insulation are bigger steps, but can also produce great long-term results. You can also insulate beneath the floors and target things such as pipes to prevent them freezing during winter.

 

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A good laugh can brighten up the working week and everyone has one of those stories that is guaranteed to get a laugh. Have you got a hilarious, embarrassing or shocking true story from working in the trade? Send it in and we’ll share the best ones!

 

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This week’s best stories:

 

We asked the great tradespeople who use MyBuilder for their funniest work stories and it turns out they are a bunch of pranksters… Not that we want to encourage this sort of carry on, but when it’s all good clean fun, we just had to share a few of our favourites…

 

A pizza the action

 

I told the labourer that the customer was ordering dinner, you just had to tell him what pizza you wanted – and so he did. He walked straight in and said “Hi, I will have meat feast thank you” which the customer knew nothing about. The labourer came out and we were all laughing. Always a funny one to watch.

 

Things that go bump in the pipes

 

Me and my buddy were working on a full heating installation just outside Edinburgh. The gentleman of the house left early in the morning for work and we carried on with the job. Around lunchtime, a woman came to the front door to inform us that the gentleman had died at his work. She was his niece and she told us to carry on with the work as normal and to call her when the work was complete.

In the afternoon, my buddy was in attic running a 28mm copper gas pipe. He had taken it up into the attic from the meter outside earlier that morning. I heard him moving around the attic so I decided to go outside and whisper ghost voices up the open ended gas pipe into the attic. “Ahhhhhh, Paaaaul, sorry I died young man……. please finish off my Central heating……  oooooo!”

Well, you should’ve heard him screaming and tripping over stuff in the attic. He basically fell down the attic ladder and ran outside! I had to run away slightly when I told him what I’d done. Laugh about it now though! 🙂

 

All you can cheat

 

Just told you a story about me and my buddy Paul…… ghost story, Well he got me back big time!!

We were at a job in Edinburgh. The customer left for work and we were working away.
During the job he said “Hey, look at this note beside the kettle: it says help yourself to tea, coffee, juice, sandwiches, biscuits.”

I thought it was an excellent gesture from the woman and she did seem the type to do this. We did intend to work until 7pm that night to get as much done as possible, but Paul got a phone call and had to leave.
As he was leaving, he said, “See you tomorrow buddy. Oh, by the way, I wrote that note!”…. and he left.
I had to down tools, head to the nearest Tesco and buy all the stuff we had ate! Total nightmare! Funny though when I look back on it.

 

 
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We all want to be as healthy as possible, and we’ve never been more aware of the importance of things like eating a balanced diet and getting some exercise. But just as important as what we do to our bodies and what we put in them is where we spend our time – and nowhere is that more important than our homes. We’ve put together some tips on how you can make your home a more healthy place to be.

 

 

Install alarms

 

It’s a basic safety element that no home should be without, but many of us our lax when it comes to putting in smoke alarms and keeping the batteries fresh. It’s also a good idea to have a carbon monoxide alarm as well, which checks for high levels of the gas which can result from issues with your boiler. If you need help putting them on the ceiling or on a wall, a handyman can help you install them and put your mind at ease today.

 

Make sure your extractor fans are working

 

Modern homes are typically well insulated, which helps keep them warm, but isn’t always good for keeping fresh air circulating. In bathrooms and kitchens in particular, if there isn’t enough ventilation, stagnant air can build up. A good extractor fan will help keep air moving and freshen up your home. An electrician is a good starting point for getting one installed if needed.

 

Check for water leaks

 

Unchecked mould can lead to respiratory problems, so it’s important to tackle any sort of moisture build up which lead to damp. As well as tackling ventilation, checking for leaks is also vital, to make sure water isn’t getting anywhere it shouldn’t such as under floors or behind plasterboard. A good plumber can make sure your plumbing system is leak free.

 

Clean your chimney

 

If you have a working fireplace and chimney in your home, it’s essential that it is regularly checked and maintained. Any blockages can lead to harmful gasses building up, while if there is larger debris trapped in the flue, it can lead to fires. A chimney and fireplace specialist will be able to take a look and give you the all clear.

 

Inspect your paint

 

If you live in an older home, especially one with rooms or features that were last renovated prior to the 1980s, it is worth checking to see if any of paint used was lead-based. High levels of lead are toxic, but it was commonly used for many years. Care needs to be taken if covering up or removing lead paint, so make sure you speak to an experienced painter and decorator. For more information, read the government advice.

 

Replace your carpets

 

If you are particularly sensitive to allergies, especially dust and pollen, then replacing carpets with a wood or lino alternative can make a difference, as carpet fibres hang on to dust and pollen leading to further irritation. A flooring fitter can give you a quote on how much it would cost to replace any carpets.

 


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