Archive for February, 2012

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How to Bleed a Radiator

February 29, 2012

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A simple way of making your home more energy efficient could be through bleeding a radiator. Many people completely overlook this as a way of reducing heating costs. When new water enters you central heating system air accompanies it.

What happens over time is air builds up and less hot water can reach the radiator. This means the radiators are less effective but still cost as much to run. So, how to bleed a radiator. Simple! Below are our top tips on how to bleed a radiator;

First – Fit a bleed key into the bleed valve which can be located on the end or the back of the radiator.

Second – Wrap some cloth or tissue around the key to avoid being splashed by any hot water.

Third – Turn the bleed key COUNTER CLOCKWISE until you hear a loud hissing noise.

Fourth – Stop when water begins to drizzle out.

Bleeding a radiator couldn’t be easier and once you’ve done the whole house you’ll notice a significant difference in the level of heat being emitted. Happy heating!

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How to Grow Seeds Indoors

February 27, 2012

How to Grow Seeds Indoors

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Painting a Bedroom

February 23, 2012
Painting a Bedroom

Painting a Bedroom

We’re reaching that time of the year, yep you guessed it, spring clean time. This is seen as a daunting time of the year when the house is turned over top to bottom and every speck of dust is sought out. To add to the list why not do something to spruce up your home? Free up some time and get around to painting a bedroom.

Painting a bedroom can give a room a new lease of life and give it a whole new look. If your asking yourself “but wait, how do I paint a wall?” then you may want to read our top tips for painting a bedroom;

Tip 1 – Choose a colour that suits the room and the lighting within the room.

Tip 2 – Remove everything that can be removed such as ornaments and anything that you can lift and store away while the paintings taking place.

Tip 3 – Cover the floor and any other immovable objects such as beds and wardrobes with newspaper to avoid splashing them with paint.

Tip 4 – Use tape to cover the edges of skirting boards and light bulbs and on the sides of the ceilings. Use this as your starting point. Use a small brush to paint around these edges as this will avoid getting paint in areas you want to keep clean and will speed up the overall process.

Tip 5 – When painting a bedroom user a roller. This will speed up things an ensure an even coat is given. Some rooms may need two coats depending on their size and the colour of the paint.

Next time someone asks you how do I paint a wall? keep the above in mind. It may seem like a lot of work at first but it’s worth it in the end and can be done for next to nothing.

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Gardening in February

February 21, 2012
Gardening in February

Gardening in February

 

So as way of motivating yourself to get out back into the gardening in February why not use it as your “thing to take up” for Lent? Instead of giving something up why not do something that will benefit your body through exercise and your garden through hard work, dedication and perseverance. To get you started we’ve set out the following list titled “your gardening in February to do’s”;

 

  • Wednesday 22nd –  Prune any deciduous trees with damaged or decaying parts and identify and remove any broken branches you find on the way.
  • Thursday 23rd – Start thinking about what and where you’re going to plant. Order seeds early this month to take avail of seasonal discounts.
  • Friday 24th – Clear garden paths of any weeds that have sprung up over the winter months.
  • Saturday 25th – Clean and repair any garden tools you may have so they are ready for the coming weeks.
  • Sunday 26th – If you haven’t already done so give your lawn its first cut of the year
  • Monday 27th – Check the lawn for any moss that may have built up. Use a rake to remove it or purchase a product to do the hard work for you.
  • Tuesday 28th – Get cracking on a compost heap and get into the habit of adding to it daily.
  • Wednesday 30th – Start to shape out the lawn and plant borders to neaten up the edges and add some definition to your garden.

 

So there you have it an easy “to do” list for gardening in February. After a couple of weeks the garden will start to show shape and after a few months the hard work will be worth it and you can reap the rewards of your efforts. Happy pancake Tusday folks.

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Energy Saving Methods

February 16, 2012

Reducing energy use and in turn the money you spend go hand in hand. The less energy you use the less it costs you and the more money you have to spend or save. Reducing the amount of energy you use isn’t easy and but it can make some noticeable differences in the piggy bank. Here are some of our top energy saving methods;

Energy Saving Methods

Energy Saving Methods

  • Take a shower over a bath – while we know baths can be a great way to relax after a hard day they use 80% more energy than a shower

  • Fix a dripping hot tap – May seem like common sense but a dripping hot tap can fill 3/4 of a bath over the course of a week

  • When wahing clothes in a washing machine – Fill it!! A half load setting can use more than 50% of a full load

  • Water tank and pipe insulation – These can be cheap and easy to buy and install and dramatically increase the amount of time water retains heat

    Why not give the above a shot? You’ve very little to loose and a lot to gain. Its the little changes that make the difference. Happy savings!!

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    February Gardening

    February 15, 2012

    Surprisingly today has been another rain free day and with the evenings getting longer its an ideal time to focus on the lawn. Preparation is the key to keeping your grass healthy and easy to cut. Taking the plunge into early mowing ensures that you wont have to cut it down with much effort when the real growth begins.

    February Gardening

    February Gardening

    The best way to go about doing this is to give it a cut now and another in three to four weeks depending on the level of growth. It can be hard to become motivated to get February gardening under way with it mainly being a month of preparation and pruning. The real benefit of beginning now is to avoid the hassle a late start can result in and to get back into the routine.

    After the first cut of 2012 focus on securing any young trees against the spring gales we’ve having in order to avoid damage. The best thing to do is to just get out there and do it! Once the hot weather kicks in you’ll be delighted you did as you can reap the benefits of the early start.

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    Gardening Holds no Boundaries

    February 13, 2012

    There’s no better feeling then waking up on warm, sunny, mid-July Saturday morning and heading out for a morning of tending to the garden. It’s refreshing, unpredictable and a great form of exercise. As of late we’ve been hearing a lot about “pop-up” shops and the success they’ve been having worldwide. It was only a matter of time before the two combined to create something special.

    It’s called “Guerilla gardening” and its taking the world by storm. Guerilla gardening is when unused public space, usually derelict, is used to grow a garden. The below image was to convey that regardless of it’s surroundings gardening could be used to add beauty to an otherwise colourless area.

    Guerilla Gardening Flower

    Guerilla Gardening Flower

    The process of gardening dates back thousands of years and is a great method of reducing stress, exercising, expressing creativity and developing patience. As well as this a great sense of achievement can be derived from the process. So what’s your excuse? Get out there while the rains at bay and get planting, pruning, sheering and cutting!

    Guerilla Gardening

    Guerilla Gardening

    The above was taken outside a bloke of flats in London’s East End. A garden holds no boundaries!