Category Archives: The Right screws for the Job

Wall Washer Lights

Wall washers are turning out to be a very popular form of lighting. They are a relatively new type of lighting, which, as the name suggests, is designed to bathe or wash a wall in light.

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Using LED wall washers, you can really change the look and feel of any room. They work especially well in living rooms, but they are increasingly being used in dining rooms and bedrooms.

Gallery lights for the home

For decades, this form of lighting has been used in galleries and museums to bring a little drama to a space. Hotels use them to add a touch of luxury to their best rooms and you can use them in a similar way in your home.

Our stylish and elegant uplights cast a soft light that spreads out across the wall softening the surface and creating a gentle yet dramatic effect. These lights are the ideal way to highlight specific features of a room and to draw focus to specific points of a room.

Use wall washing to make a room appear larger

Wall washing also makes a room look and feel larger. This is because you are emphasising the vertical surfaces and drawing the eye to the far points of the room, which makes the room appear bigger. Wall washers literally add another visual dimension to a room. It is fantastic mood lighting, which you can switch on in an instant to turn an ordinary room into a sophisticated cocoon of luxury.

Regardless of the type of wall washers lighting you are looking for we can help. Our stock of wall washers is updated and replenished on a regular basis. We make it easy for you to find the best kind for your home or property. Our experienced lighting technicians are here to advice you about the best way to use this kind of lighting, and help you to find and buy the right kind of LED washers for your home or business.

The Right Screws for the Job

When installing any form of wall lights it is important to use the right screws for the job. You need the lighting to be secure. This is especially the case for lights that are installed behind a sofa or chair. The last thing you need is for the fixture to fall off the wall and hit somebody on the head.

You should use raw plugs to make sure the fixture is as secure as possible. Usually you will find suitable screws included with the uplights. However, if when you open the packet you are not happy with the length of the screws provided by the manufacturer, it is always a good idea to go out and buy some longer ones. It really is a case of better safe than sorry.

The Right Screws and Nails for Installing Cavity Wall Insulation

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More and more we are hearing about the need to insulate our homes to help us to save money on our energy bills and to cut our CO2 emissions. We read about loft insulation and cavity wall insulation, but because it seems complicated and potentially expensive, they do not bother to investigate any further. This is a shame because insulating your home is no longer difficult or expensive.

By buying cavity wall insulation for your home, you are making a real investment in the future. You will make your home more comfortable in the summer and the winter. In the summer, the cool air in the house is trapped inside the house by the cavity wall insulation and in the winter, the same is true with the warm air. Your house will be less drafty too.

Easy to install

Cavity wall insulation is one of the easiest ways to insulate your home. It only has to be done once and is not a messy process.
The best time to install cavity wall insulation is when your house or extension is being built. If you do it at that stage you can use rolls of insulation material. All you need to do is to unroll it and cut it to size and place it into the timber frame. It is thick enough to stay in place without any fixings.

All you need to do is to put the plasterboard over the top. To do this you will need good quality nails.

It is best to use galvanised corrosion resistant nails. Normally 2.65 30mm nails are right for the job. Only ever use plasterboard nails. They have slightly rounded heads that allow you to drive the nail just below the surface of the plasterboard. This allows the boards to be skimmed to a smooth finish and the nails to be hidden.

Finding and Buying Good Cavity Wall Insulation

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The best place to find good cavity wall insulation is online. However, it is a good idea to be familiar with the different cavity wall insulation products that are available on the market before settling on a firm. Once you understand the kinds of cavity wall insulation materials available to installation firms you will be able to see if the materials a particular installation firm proposes to use in your house is of a good quality and is really worth the money they plan to charge you. You need to look at cavity wall insulation as an investment the more heat it keeps in the more money you will save over the coming years. It makes sense to spend a little extra now to save more money later.

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Don’t delay start saving money now

As the price of gas, oil and electric continue to soar you will save more money every year. Should you come to sell your house later having cavity wall insulation already installed will make you house more attractive to potential buyers.

The right Screws for the job – installing guttering

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Very old buildings do not always have the rainwater systems we are used to seeing as standard on most new homes and other types properties. Of course, during the renovation of a very old house, new gutters are usually installed by the builders but fitting rainwater gutters on old buildings can often be a very tricky and expensive process depending on the type of rainwater system chosen.

The most popular and efficient downpipes and gutters come in either cast iron or aluminium. These are easy to fit because these are available in so many different dimensions and lengths so usually fit every requirement. The very first thing do before installing a guttering system is to measure the slope length of the eaves. Doing this will ensure that you only by the quantity and size you need.

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Fitting aluminium gutters

Aluminium gutters are probably the most popular choice because they are slightly cheaper than cast iron gutters. After choosing your aluminium gutter, measure it again and cut it to match the eaves of your house. After cutting the gutter, attach the gutter parts to brackets that are placed to the eaves and are attached to the gutter to provide stability. Once the gutter itself is installed, then place the downspout in the correct position.

The gutter pipe does not usually come with a hole for a downspout, so you will have to cut out a square hole yourself. It is probably best to do a test fit of the downspout before the final assembly of it. Once you are happy that everything fits together than secure it all in place with screws and brackets.

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Once the whole rainwater system is fitting well together, install leaf guards to prevent clogging of your brand new rain gutter with leaves and other types of litter.

Fit the guttering brackets properly

The key to fitting guttering is to fit the brackets properly. The whole system literally hangs off the brackets, so they have to be secure. If the brackets are not fitted using high quality screws, they will come loose and the guttering will begin to move and twist. In no time at all the guttering will start to come apart at the joints.

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Always use galvanised screws

You need screws that can stand up to damp conditions and not rust. It is always best to invest in stainless steel screws.

The right length

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Guttering is battered by the wind. It expands and shrinks in the cold and heat, which means the screws that hold the brackets in place are under a whole lot of pressure. You need fairly long screws to make sure that the brackets stay in place 30mm is about right for the guttering. Go longer for the downpipe.

Don’t scrimp on the screws

Fitting guttering is not a great job. You are working at height, so have to be very careful and often you feel cold or too hot, so it is tempting to get it over and done. It is tempting to just put one screw in instead of three. Whatever you do, resist the temptation and put the three screws in. This is the best way to make sure you do not end up having to go back up the ladder a year later to fix your guttering when it works its way loose.

The Right Screws for the Job -Sliding Doors

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As part of our home improvements series we are going to look today at sliding doors. They are not for every home, but they can be a good option. Here we help you to decide one way or another and include some tips to help you to buy and install the right type. Naturally included is some advice on the right screws for the job.

Are Sliding Folding Doors For Me?

Many people have heard of sliding or folding doors, but most people do not realise that you can now buy doors that combine the two characteristics i.e. sliding folding doors. They are a kind of door that has been around and in use in the US for some time, but they have only become popular in Europe in the past couple of decades.
Sliding folding doors are great for patios and look good in all homes, so are suitable for every homeowner. However, certain homes benefit more than others from using them.

The Advantages of Sliding Folding Doors

If you have limited space and furniture in front of your doors the fact that the doors slide is a great feature. This is because you do not need much space to open the doors, so do not have to move furniture out of the way and can continue to use all of your floor space inside your house and outside on your patio.

The folding element is a great advantage because on nice days you can bring the outside into your home. The fact that you can fold and slide the doors back into a corner means that you have effectively opened up a whole wall of your room to the garden area. It is like having a massive window that you can open up 100%. Folding sliding doors are also very safe there is none of the danger with traditional patio doors, which often get walked into or worse ran into by the kids.

Sliding Folding Doors Need Not be Expensive

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When installing patio doors many people do not even consider sliding folding doors because they assume they are expensive. Years ago this would have been true when the only place you could buy them was your local glazier or double glazing installer. Now if you want to you can buy sliding folding doors on-line and install them yourself, which has meant they are now very affordable.

If you do buy your sliding folding doors on-line, be careful to buy those that come with a guarantee.

Installing your sliding doors

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Installing sliding doors is something you can do yourself. It is not a difficult job but hanging the doors on the runner is best done with two people.

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The key to getting the doors to work properly is to lay the runners properly. To do this you have to secure them to the floor and ceiling properly. It is important to use the right screws for the job. They need to be top quality screws that are long enough to hold the runner in place. It is important to use raw plugs for this job. Doing this ensures that the screws stay in place and the runners stay straight and flat.