property maintenance

Lovely clients…..

So, I know it is wrong to compare people, however, occasionally an especially lovely client goes that little bit further to make your day.

We always work hard at delivering above and beyond your clients expectations, but occasional clients seem to find just that extra encouragement to do your best.

An early morning breakfast.

We were just getting to the last stage of a garden office build for this client and he said โ€˜would you like a cooked breakfast?โ€™, and we said โ€˜yes pleaseโ€™. (Well we didn’t want to appear rude, did we… ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚)

If you want to provide breakfast on a frosty morning or want a garden office / shed or anything, give me a ring! ๐Ÿ˜.


Just a simple request…

.. but still needs planning and care

A regular client asked me for some help putting up his picture collection. Nothing really too hard, but still worth the time to lay out the pictures, consider grouping and spacing, then securely fixing for many years of enjoyment.

Picture hanging
Where is Tony Hart when you need him!..

If you have a few jobs around the home and need a little help, call me on 0791 702 4469.

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Door repair job

A client wanted a carpenter to repair a rotten door sill. You might notice that while the rest of the door is in good shape, the sill is often decayed. This part of the door takes rain water running down the door and directs it away from the threshold. It is key to keep your home dry. So in order to remove the rotten sill, I used a stack of rare earth magnets. These can be used to locate the screws on the other side holding the sill in place.

Rare earth magnets

The magnets is a trick I often use to find buried screws in walls and timber. On older properties with plasterboard held on with battens, the plasterboards screws can be quickly located. Once you have found one, the next is almost certainly 600 or 400mm away horizontally. It is a easy job then to locate good holding points for heavy pictures or mirrors.

Once, I had found the screws recessed onto the back of the door, it was a simple task of removing them.

With the screws located, the filler covering them can be dug out and then the screws removed. The new sill can then be installed. Then with a bead of clear silicone across the top, the worst of the weather is kept out.

A bit of filler over the screws in the back of the door and the job was ready for the client to paint.

With all the weather we have been getting, it is best to get on top of jobs like this one. If you need a carpenter for a door repair, call me on 0791 702 4469.

I will soon have your property ready for the worst that the weather can throw at it….


End of tenancy….

Sometimes work is like buses, no work for a landlord for a while, then two turn up at once.

Today was similar to yesterday in that a landlord contacted me to say that an empty property was about to get new tenants and would I be able to go in and tidy the place up a bit.

This type of work will often cover many different skills, so having the knowledge of many trades is a huge benefit.

For both jobs, making good dings in walls / plasterboard is a given. Happily both landlords had paint left over from previous work, so filler, sandpaper then mini-roller had the walls looking clean and smart.

Handyman tip: using a hot air gun (carefully!) greatly speeds up the process between drying and sanding.

The rest of the work included new blinds, silicone around bath/shower, fix door and window handles, trim back kitchen unit plinth for new fridge, re-hang electric heater and on it goes. Each job needs a different skill, each needs to be done to the highest standard.

Both landlords were delighted with the outcome and both said they would definitely ask me back for other properties. I suppose that is the acid test, do I get invited back…

If you are about to vacate a property and want to avoid losing your security deposit or you are a landlord looking to get your property ready for new tenants, call me for property maintenance/ handyman help in sorting out that list of jobs.


Why me…. :-(

Wood screw selection box
I have nothing to say….

Decking job

A quick deck clean and re-treat with preservative. Maintenance of a deck at your property is always going to be a good investment.

We all know about timber decks that become grey and or greasy. They soon become an eyesore and in the wet, lethal.

A client asked for a pressure wash then application of a clear preservative.

Here are the before…

…. and after pictures…

Decking cleaned and re-treated

If you have a decking in need of a spruce up, call me for a free quote…