Handy Hints


Please note these are handy hints only and anybody who takes the advice does so at their own risk. Where possible always test in small inconspicuous areas. Every care is taken to provide reliable details, but if in doubt ask a professional. You can get in touch via email or call 07810 825089

Vinyl Flooring

Sticky backed floor strips

Original flooring

Handyman services were required in Edinburgh to fit new Vinyl in a conservatory. The Vinyl was collected from a local flooring store. Thankfully the original sticky backed flooring sheets had been lifted prior to arrival. The floor however was very sticky and this made fitting the Vinyl a little more tricky than usual.

The vinyl was cut to an approximate size and then moved into place and trimmed around the edges. The bubbles were pushed out from under the vinyl and edges trimmed a little more if required. Once flooring is in position the edges could be sealed with a bead of silicone.

Silicone edge on vinyl flooring

Silicone edge on vinyl flooring

Vinyl flooring

Vinyl flooring


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Kitchen Tile Splashback

The heart of any home is the kitchen, so it is important to try and get it the way you want it. Some people may have a large kitchen with plenty of space and ventilation, but in many cases in the heart of the city it can be a more modest space which needs a little more thought and careful planning to make it work successfully.

Kitchen Splashback to remove

Kitchen Splashback to remove

diamante teal tile - Topps Tiles

diamante teal

Galley kitchen

Galley kitchen

For this job the kitchen was a galley style, with good work surface and storage space but sadly lacking in any real ventilation other than a small extractor fan fitted at high level, almost like an afterthought.

The plan was to remove the old tiles and freshen the area up with a more modern feel. The tiles used were Diamante Teal sourced from Topps Tiles.


The first task was to remove existing shelves and tiles from the walls. In this case they came away with relatively little damage to the walls. The position of the new extractor hood also needed to be calculated to sit just above the final row of tiles, and centrally over the hob.

Removing kitchen Spalshback

Removing kitchen Splashback

Marking area for new extractor hood

Marking area for new extractor hood


For the cooker hood a channel was required to be chased into the wall for the electrician to run a cable to a switched fused spur which would be located behind the extractor hood ducting.

Horizontal wall chase

Horizontal chase

Vertical wall chase

Vertical wall chase

Hole for single gang patress box

Hole for patress box

metal single gang patress box

metal patress box

Once the cable had been installed the wall had to be made good using undercoat plaster and ready to begin tiling.

damaged wall repaired with undercoat plaster

damaged wall repaired with undercoat plaster

Prepared walls with undercoat plaster

Prepared walls with undercoat plaster

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Cables Plastered into wall


With the walls prepared tiling could begin. Fitting the tiles with a staggered brick effect can have a great finished result but can take a little more time to fit the tiles as all partial tiles at the end of a row have to be cut as you go to ensure all tiles above fit, unlike a standard tile pattern where you can cut all the partial tiles in one go after fitting all the whole tiles.

Cut tiles around socket

Cut tiles around socket

Brick effect diamante teal tiles

Brick effect

Tile Splashback under counter

Tile Splashback under counter

Precision cut tiles around wall unit

Precision cut


After all the tiles are in place, spacers removed and the tiles given a good clean to remove adhesive residue, the tiles were grouted using Micromax2 white grout.

Grouting around precision cuts

Grouting around precision cuts

Grouting around new socket faceplate

Grouting around new socket faceplate


After grouting the cooker hood was fitted and some aluminium ducting installed to take all extractor air to existing vent where original extractor fan had been. The IKEA VINDIG fan which was installed has a very good fan power and the ducting had to be secured into place well to avoid any vibrations.

Ikea VINDIG Cooker hood

IKEA VINDIG Cooker hood

Blue Tile splashback below IKEA VINDIG Cooker hood

Blue Tile splashback below IKEA VINDIG Cooker hood

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Fully fitted IKEA VINDIG extractor hood


Ikea pipe extractor ducting

Ikea pipe extractor ducting

Ducting connected to exit point

Ducting connected to exit point

Ducting secured to the wall

Ducting secured to the wall


*Handy Hint. Getting the pipework to convert from 150mm down to 100mm diameter which was the existing hole size on the wall required a little bit of creativity. The reducer which comes with the IKEA VINDIG Hood does not quite go all the way to 100 mm but using the rubber seal from a Pan waste pipe connector over a 100mm jointing coupling it was possible to get a really good seal between the two.

To finish off the tiles the join between tiles and worksurface was siliconed to give a clean wipeable seal. Job Done, with a happy customer.

Finished kitchen

Finished kitchen

Finished tiles with White Silicone

Finished tiles with White Silicone

Siliconed edges

Siliconed edges


“Kitchen is brilliant sir,
can’t thank you enough
for your efforts. Tip top!”

Graeme


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Shed Base – Paving Slabs

Allotment Plot - BeforeAllotment Plot - Before

Allotment Plot – Before

When getting a new Shed you are best to get a good solid surface to build it on. Having a good solid surface of paving slabs will help prolong the life of your shed.

Handy David – Edinburgh Handyman Services was asked to clear a section of an allotment to facilitate a base for a new shed.

The ground to be used was reasonably covered in weeds but was nice and compacted and firm underneath.


Cleared area for shed

Cleared area for shed

Devils Coach Horse Beetle

Devils Coach Horse Beetle

Spirit Level

A level laying field


A suitable area was pegged out and cleared of all weeds, the ground was levelled and trodden in to improve firmness. Once the spot was level a mix of sand and crushed recycled glass with an addition of cement to help create a firm grip was spread evenly over the ground. Using a large spirit level the area was levelled ready for the first paving slab. Using the large 600mm x 900mm x 50mm slabs we can be reasonably comfortable that there will be very little movement and disturbance to the slabs once they are laid, due to the fact that they weight 68kg each. In this instance I used 12 and they unfortunately had to be wheeled down to the plot individually in a wheel barrow, over 300m away! – as did all the glass/sand mixture!


Paving Slabs 600 x 900

Paving Slabs 600 x 900

Handy Little Helper

Handy little helper, taking a break!


Once all the slab were laid then I filled the gaps with a fine sand and cement mixture. I then sprayed the surface lightly to help all the cement begin the setting process.

Just awaiting the shed.

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First Impressions

Nexus Business Space - Edinburgh


Handy David, Edinburgh Handyman Services, was asked to fix up the entrance to a local business, Nexus Business Space, as the mouldings at the foot of the main door surround had been badly repaired previously and were starting to deteriorate.

Damaged Front Door Mouldings

Damaged Front Door Mouldings

Repaired Front Door Mouldings

Repaired Front Door Mouldings

Silicone Sealant on Mouldings

Silicone Sealant on Mouldings


To fix the woodwork I first scraped all the soft filler that had been used and then removed the wooden mouldings to clean up and then re-affixed with panel pins.

Black Gloss Paint

Black Gloss Paint

The woodwork was then filled, patched and sanded back with an exterior resin based filler.
The repaired woodwork was painted with a coat of undercoat and 2 coats of gloss. Exterior frame sealant was then applied to neaten up bottom edges.

A coat of black gloss was applied to the kick-board as it looked a bit sorry for it’self  once mouldings were finished.


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Garage Door Repairs & Decoration

Handy David – Edinburgh Handyman services recently completed the repair and decoration of a garage door and wooden plinth.

Garage door needing Repaired

Garage door needing Repaired

Garage door profile before repairs

Garage door profile before repairs

Rotten Weatherboard

Rotten Weatherboard


This task was a mixture of joinery work and decorating services. The garage door, looked a little sorry for itself and the weatherboard plinth above was rotten quite badly in several places. This section was not worth the effort to try and repair, instead removing and replacing the weatherboard would be the best option. The Door was superficially rotten with only a couple of areas which required a bit  more than just TLC.

The first step was to sand back the door and scrape away all the loose flaking paintwork and removing rotten wood. The deeper holes were filled with screws to give the repair strength, all cracks and small holes were filled and sanded. One section of woodwork with rotten wood being removed was a moulded section, and this was sanded back into the original profile as well as possible.

Damaged profile Section

Damaged profile Section

Repaired Profile Section before sanding

Repaired Profile Section before sanding

Rotten section with screws to bond repair

Rotten section with screws to bond repair

Repair to rotten corner

Repair to rotten corner

Garage door filled and sanded

Garage door filled and sanded

Section with rotten weatherboard removed

Section with rotten weatherboard removed


Once the door was sanded the first coat of paint was applied, this helped to highlight any remaining indents or rough areas which would require more sanding or filling.

For the section above the garage door the existing rotten woodwork, which spans beyond this garage to the neighbouring ones, required to be carefully sawn and chiseled to allow it to be removed with no damage to the neighbours woodwork.

Removed Weatherboard RHS

Removed Weatherboard RHS

Removed Weatherboard LHS

Removed Weatherboard LHS


Wooden brace behind Joint LHS

Wooden brace behind Joint LHS

Wooden brace behind Joint RHS

Wooden brace behind Joint RHS


After removing the weatherboard Handy David – Edinburgh Handyman services had to install a brace of wood on the left and right hand sides to support the new joint. The new weatherboard was then cut to size and screwed into place with external screws. All screw-heads were countersunk and filled. The joints with the neighbouring garaged were now a weak-point and required to be sealed. A flexible and paintable exterior sealant/adhesive was used and the cover straps were screwed in place, with the screws again being countersunk and filled.

New weatherboard installed

New weatherboard installed

Finished Garage door

Finished Garage door

Sealed Joints

Sealed Joints


The woodwork then all received 3 coats of Butinox 3

Butinox 3

Butinox 3 – Opaque satin. The special alkyd oil/acrylic binder combination provides a highly flexible coating allowing the natural movements expansion and contraction of the wood. Life span up to 12 years


“The paint job and replaced wood lintel look excellent!
Thanks for the great job. Really happy with it.”

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Front Door Painting

Painting a front door is an important job as it is a showpiece of anybody’s home, getting a good finish is very important.
This door is a split door, which in itself only made the job minorly more difficult. the first step was to sand down all the woodwork, and fill and repair any damaged sections, in particular the bottom or the door frame surround. Preparation is the key job, sanding back the existing white paint to provide a key for the new dark grey finish that will be applied.

A wooden weather bar was fitted which has a rubber seal which will prevent the prevailing wind from blowing water under the door. After being fully painted this was glued and screwed into position.

Wooden weather bar with rubber seal

Sealmaster Wooden weather bar with rubber seal

Sealmaster weatherbar cross section

Sealmaster weatherbar cross section


After making good the surface the dark grey undercoat was applied, which is no easy feat in early Scottish summer weather, several Hail storms stopped play!

Undercoat front door

Undercoat front door

Front Door Undercoated

Front Door Undercoated


After 3 coats of undercoat, the top coats could be applied. 2 coats of Weathershield – Gallant grey, from Dulux was applied. Quick dry paint does make things easier.

Dulux Weathersheild - Gallant Grey

Dulux Weathersheild – Gallant Grey

Once the paint was dry the previously removed door furniture could be replaced. In this instance the original door furniture was brass but Chrome would be the desired finish. A new number, letter box and yale barrel were purchased and fitted, but for the rather unique brass door pull, we had to think outside the box, we could’t find a similar item in Chrome so we had the door pull and the escutcheon and the mortice rebate lock cover sent off to be chrome plated, and the returned items were better than could be hoped for.

Front door finished with Dulux weathersheild - Gallant Grey

Front door finished with Dulux weathersheild – Gallant Grey

Chrome Door Pull

Chrome Door Pull


Decorative Door Header

Decorative Door Header

Chrome Letterbox

Chrome Letterbox


Lastly the house number was to be painted above the front door on the glass panel, the font and design were chosen then printed backwards and fitted to the outside of the window and the design was hand painted in layers on the inside. The number was painted in Gallant Grey to match the door and the outline way painted in Metallic Silver.

Hand painted Door Number

Hand painted Door Number

Grey door number with metallic silver outline

Grey door number with metallic silver outline

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Fireplace Removal

Handy David, Based in Edinburgh asked to remove an existing Fireplace and hearth to allow for installation of large wall mounted tv and recessed shelves for AV units.

Pine Fireplace

Pine Fireplace

Red Henry Hoover

Red Henry Hoover

The fireplace took a fair bit of work to remove, intact, and there was a great deal of debris and sooty dust removed int he process, Henry Hoover was well worked on this occasion!


After removing the fireplace a boxing unit was built to shelf the AV equipment and then the fireplace was boarded up and the walls plastered and new traditional large format skirting board installed. The flooring also required the hearth area to be brought up to the level of the surrounding floor.

The wall was then Lined and Wallpapered on this occasion by the decorators and the TV installed by Anderson Installations. Close communications were observed to ensure cabling routes and wall finishes were to the required specifications of the other tradesmen.

Fireplace Removed and Plastered

Fireplace Removed and Plastered

Replacement Skirting board Detail

Replacement Skirting board Detail

Finished Feature Wall

Finished Feature Wall

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Pine fireplace and hearth trim £SOLD

Hard pine Fireplace in good condition, metal hearth trim designed to be fitted to hold a concrete screed and then tile finish. Dimensions to come shortly, please call or text if interested. 07810825089

Can Deliver.


Pine Fireplace

Original Pine Fireplace before removal

Fireplace and hearth trim

Fireplace and hearth trim

fireplace-corner-detail

Fireplace detail centre

Fireplace detail centre

Fireplace external trim detail

Fireplace external trim detail

Fireplace hearth trim fixing detail

Fireplace hearth trim fixing detail

Fireplace fixing tab detail

Fireplace fixing tab detail

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Bath & Basin Silicone Replacement

Silicone application gun

Silicone application gun

Over Time, trim tiles on a bath set with grout can loosen and once this happens water will penetrate behind. Because of the movement of a bath being filled and emptied and the combination of water loosening the tiles it won’t be long before they will just fall off. Water behind the tiles will also effect the wall behind and in more extreme cases the neighbours downstairs.

In this instance the tiles came away very easily and the adhesive underneath was very soft. Once all the residue had been removed and the edges of the bath and tiles polished and dried new silicone could be applied. A thick bead of silicone on a 45Deg angle allows the silicone a good grip on both the bath and the tiles which is important with all the movement.

Bath with old trim tiles which had lost their seal

Bath with old trim tiles which had lost their seal

Bath with old silicone removed and edge cleaned

Bath with old silicone removed and edge cleaned

Bath with new silicone applied in place of old trim tiles.

Bath with new silicone applied in place of old trim tiles.


For the Basin there was some mouldy silicone in place. This was removed and the basin and tiles again cleaned and polished. A new bead of silicone was applied, in this instance a smaller 45deg bead as the basin does not undergo as much movement, and does not get subjected to the same volumes of water.

Basin with old silicone removed and edges cleaned

Basin with old silicone removed and edges cleaned

Basin with new silicone applied

Basin with new silicone applied

Basin with new silicone

Basin with new silicone


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Parking Bollards

Parking bollard, Screwfix.

Parking bollard.

Parking Bollard bought from Screwfix, used and in working order, some slight cosmetic wear and tear. No fixings supplied. 3 Available –  Original Price £79.99

 

£50 per bollard or 3 for £130


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