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Keeping the winter out of your home.

Winter has arrived in the last few weeks. Would you have any quick tips for keeping winter out of my home?

One of the biggest culprits for heat loss in your home are the front and back doors.  Here’s a quick tip to find out if your exterior doors are well insulated. Once it’s dark, stand outside your front door and shine a torch around the edges of the door. Someone standing on the inside of the door should see any light seeping in. That's where a cold breeze can enter. 

Tips for insulating my home

Do you have any tips for insulating my home?

With fuel costs rising and another cold winter forecast, it makes sense for homeowners to improve the insulation in their home. A number of grant schemes and incentives are available for eligible homeowners to improve the energy quality of their homes. You can check out your eligibility with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

The attic is a good place to start as up to 35% of heat loss can occur through the roof. Usually the attic is easily accessible and improving insulation here can be done relatively cheaply. You can choose from a number of types of insulation from the widely used fibreglass and rockwool to more environmentally friendly options like thermo-hemp, sheepwool and woodfibre insulation.

Attic Conversions - What should you know?

 Q. I am thinking about converting the attic of our 3-bed semi detached house in Galway City. Before making any decision however, I would like to get an idea of the project requirements, the suitability of our attic space for such a conversion, the duration of such a project and what effect such a conversion would add to the re-sale value of the house. Can you please help?

Irish Independent Article - Ask the Expert: How to re-grout your bath

Q. The grout around my bath is unsightly, is it difficult to replace?

A. Bath and shower tiles get a lot abuse. Whenever you shower or take a bath, they get eroded with water as well as soap. Afterwards you use bleach and other chemicals to clean the same tiles. All of this abuse will cause the grout between and around bath tiles to become discoloured and worn. When grout becomes worn, it dries and cracks. When grout is damaged, it needs to be replaced with new grout. It is not a difficult one but it is slow and tedious. You can hire a qualified professional at www.Onlinetradesmen.ie or you can tackle the job yourself.

How to maintain your decking.

Q: With the recent good weather we have been out on our small garden deck most evenings. I have noticed that it is beginning to show signs of wear and tear – with some rotten planks and discoloured areas appearing. Can you give me some advice on how to maintain decking and to prevent this in the future? Thanks, Chris, Galway.

 
A: As I write from the confines of my office on the warmest day of the year so far, I am filled with envy at the thought of you out relaxing outdoors on your sunny garden deck! No doubt many families across the country are realising the very same benefits that decking provides at the moment – and long may it continue!

Onlinetradesmen.ie's weekly Irish Independent Article - Ask the Expert: How do we get rid of a foul bathroom smell?

 

How do we get rid of a foul bathroom smell?

Recently we moved in to a house built in 1960 and started to notice a constant and foul smell from the en suite bathroom in the master bedroom. A plumber cut off a drainage pipe outside of the house but it didn't work. We also tried to bleach the toilets and it didn't work either. Can you please tell us what might be the cause and how to fix it? Many thanks, Amy.

DIY: Does a cracked tile mean we will have to replace the bathroom wall?

 

I have noticed a cracked tile in our bathroom wall. Can you please tell me how to replace it without having to retile the entire wall surface?

Replacing a cracked tile can be an easy job if you take the proper care and follow the correct procedure.

How to pick the perfect colours for your paint job

 

Q. I am a novice looking to paint the interior of my home. Can you give me some advice on colour schemes and how to get started?

A. Painting the interior of your home can be an extremely rewarding exercise. In embarking on this kind of project you have the opportunity to change the entire look and feel of each room, the perspective of each area and influence the general mood of its occupants. No mean feat for a few cans of paint!

Irish Independent - How to wallpaper like a professional

As an alternative to painting, we are looking to use wallpaper to create a feature wall in dining room area. My memories of previous wallpapering escapades are not good - do you have an advice on how to do it properly?

Wallpapering large areas can be a daunting task but there are a number of tips for you to follow to get it just right. As with most projects, preparation is key and will remove most of the headaches down the track.

How to prevent flooding & clear flooded areas

Any tips on how to prevent flooding in my garden? Also what’s the best way of clearing flood water after the damage has been done?

If you’ve lived in your house for years and your garden has only flooded slightly, this doesn’t mean that you’re in the clear. After the last few week’s down pour many homeowners found themselves dealing with unprecedented flooding issues. Some of us may have thought the summer has skipped Ireland yet again.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Advice on how to wallpaper like a professional
By host @ 7:20 PM :: 598 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Property Doctor

 As an alternative to painting, we are looking to use wallpaper to create a feature wall in dining room area. My memories of previous wallpapering escapades are not good - do you have an advice on how to do it properly?

Wallpapering large areas can be a daunting task but there are a number of tips for you to follow to get it just right. As with most projects, preparation is key and will remove most of the headaches down the track.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007
Carbon Monoxide Posioning - Recognising the signs in your home and how to address them
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Carbon monoxide in the homeLast year we installed a new gas fire in our house. Although it worked well both my husband and I felt drowsy after a few minutes in the room with it on. There was no major gas smell in the room but I am worried that it may have been emitting carbon monoxide. I’d like to have it sorted before I need to turn it on this winter – can you please help?

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