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Basement Renovations

Avoiding Unsafe Gas Work

There have been many stories in the newspapers surrounding the tragic consequences of unsafe gas work. There have been reports of people suffering from brain damage and paralysis from carbon monoxide exposure. Often this would be a result from faulty fitted or badly repaired gas appliances. Unfortunately the sting in the tale is that most of these tragedies could have been prevented, had the correct safety measures been in place.
The purpose behind the Gas Safe Register
The public needs to be protected from unsafe gas work and this is the sole purpose behind the register. It works in keeping track of any reports detailing faulty appliances or repairs which threaten gas safety and these reports are taken very seriously.
It is generally expected that the Gas Safe registered firms should take gas safety very seriously, and as part of the rules of registration, they are responsible in rectifying any faults reported by a customer. As most businesses owe a duty of care to their customers, they will be quick in taking action. The consequences of not doing so will be far worse for the business as the sanction against a firm can include suspension of their registration or even complete removal from the Register.
It is important to note that most businesses are very dedicated and honest in their approach by sticking to the law. They invest quite a bit of time, funds, and training into their registration, therefore they may feel it’s unfair when it comes to complaints from customers.
Nonetheless, public safety comes first, and therefore substandard levels of gas work are unacceptable. A great effort is made to strike a balance between taking care of customer’s needs whilst treating registered engineers with fairness and respect.
In many cases the complaints can be unfounded. This is why it is essential to keep the communication open between the customer and the business so that the customer can complain to the business when they are not happy with the gas work.
Maintaining the right balance
The Gas Safe Register is responsible for ensuring that the businesses are treated fairly whilst maintaining public safety. To demonstrate its fairness policy, as part of the investigation process, the Gas Safe Register invites businesses to participate too. This has many beneficial aspects. It allows to business to amend its ways and put things right. In addition, it allows the business to learn from the mistake to avoid future problems. It also gives the business the opportunity to maintain good customer relations.
If it is brought to the attention that the work was carried out by an incompetent or unregistered person, then this will call for immediate inspection and the information will be passed on to the Health and Safety Executive.
To ensure safety, it is necessary that when a defect notice is issued, the business takes the responsibility of completing the rectification work within the deadline specified by the Gas Safety Register. If for some reason the business fails to carry out the remedial work, then it should make alternative arrangements with the customer for another registered business to do it.…

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Room Additions

Things to Look Into When Choosing a Home Repair Business

It is a common situation for a homeowner to find that something needs to be repaired around the house. It can seem like things are always breaking down and needing to be fixed. Some of these repairs will be things that you will be able to fix yourself, but other things will require the help of a professional from a home repair business. There are some things that should always be checked into before you hire a home repairman.
When choosing a home repair business to fix things around the home, it is important to look into their past performance. Check the references for the home repair handyman to make sure that he has satisfied customers in the past. If he won’t give you references, that is a bad sign, so it would be best to look for someone else to do the needed repairs.
Make sure that everything is clearly stated in the contract. This includes who will clean up afterwards, and what things will be thrown away by the home repairman. The contract should include everything the handyman will do and what will be charged for these services. If something is not clear, it is important to make it clear before signing the contract.
In order to get the best work, it is a good idea to avoid extreme low ball offers, as well as any home repair business that requires payment up front for the whole job. A deposit is all that is normally required, with the rest of the money paid at the end of a job once the client is satisfied that it is properly completed. If the price seems to good to be true, it probably is, which means the home repair handyman will try to find other things to do in order to increase the overall cost of the job and make up any lost money due to the extremely low bid he used to get the job.
Hiring the right home repair business will make it more likely that any repairs will be done properly and at a reasonable price, so it is worth the time and effort it takes to research the various options using the internet, and by calling their references. For more useful ideas on this topic, see the author’s website about home maintenance / repair, mentioned in the paragraph below.…

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Renovation House

Log Home Maintenance: Keeping Your Home Beautiful

If you are the proud owner of a log home, keep yourself updated on maintenance tips. They will help keep your home in tiptop shape, providing you with a beautiful and comfortable shelter for a long time. Just like any other type of dwelling, a log home needs to be checked every now and then for possible repairs that need to be done. It is better to work on minor problems at once before they become bigger and more difficult to tackle.
The Beauty of a Log Home
There is something inherently charming about a log cabin. It exudes warmth, charm, and an overall welcoming feeling. It has a classic appearance that withstands the test of time. It can be decades old but the design still holds some appeal. Unlike some modern structures which seem to be too cold and unwelcoming, a log home practically invites you to relax within its comforting living areas. When you are in a log home, you feel like you are always on a camping trip, evoking images of hotdogs and marshmallows roasting by the fire, singing campfire songs and sharing horror stories with your loved ones. It is like having one big campout!
Maintaining Your Log Home
It is important to care for your home just like you would anything precious that you own. It is best to periodically check its interior and exterior for possible damage that can be remedied. For example, dirty spots can be cleaned with a simple water and bleach solution. Using a soft brush dipped in the solution, gently scrub the dirty spots until they disappear. Be sure to let them dry thoroughly before applying a new coat of stain. It is also normal for the logs to develop cracks as they adjust with the weather conditions. Caulking might be necessary to prevent them from getting out of hand, letting in water and cold air. Also, if you can feel the cold air coming in around the doors and windows, you might need to fill them in with expanding foam. There is a foam gun available specifically for this purpose. It is easy to handle and will deliver the precise amount of foam that you would need.
Staining Your Log Home
An important part of log maintenance is staining. It will protect the logs from harsh weather conditions such as extreme sunlight and heavy rains. Some home care experts suggest using an oil-based stain which is easier to handle and can protect your home for about five to seven years. Another type is the water-based stain, but it might need to be reapplied after only three to five years. To do a simple test whether your stain is still working, you could try sprinkling an external part of your home with some water. If the logs don’t absorb it, causing it to trickle down, then your stain is still performing its job.
Make sure to practice log home maintenance to protect the beauty of your home. The way you care for it will help provide you and your family with a lovely abode for many years to come. You will never regret having your log home because it is a truly classic design that is both cozy and stylish.…