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4 Basic ‘Must Have’ Tools

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Tool HireEven if your not to fussed about DIY, you should have at least a basic set of tools in case you need to put a picture up etc. You will need some tools, whether it’s for assembling that Ikea bedroom furniture, or embarking on a remodelling project. If you don’t have a few tools, even the easiest task could be a bit of a problem! You can plan a trip to your local DIY store, or browse online for tools, but remember the wise old saying, ‘you get what you pay for’. Make a list of what you think you’ll need, and if you’re scratching your head, here are 4 tools your most likely to need.

1. Tape Measure

The humble tape measure is essential for any toolbox, as precise measurements can make or break a job. These little gadgets come in handy in numerous ways from discovering how many rolls of wallpaper you’ll need to visualising a few millimetres difference.

2. Screwdriver

Many power drills can also be used as a screwdriver, but it’s good to have a nice manual one to grab. Take a look around the room you are in right now, and check how many things are secured by screws. This is why you need at least one screwdriver, and a range of changeable bits too.

3. Hammer

Hammers are a great tool and are effective for a variety of tasks, the bigger the hammer the more powerful. The obvious use of course is to hammer in a nail when hanging that picture we talked about earlier. Even a medium sized hammer has an impressive crushing force with its solid metal head, and a claw hammer can wrench out old or crooked nails.

4. A Power Drill

This tool is crucial and a high quality drill will last for years and be well used. Making holes fast and accurately is the key to all kinds of tasks in Barking. These tools can be expensive so why not try hiring a drill, before deciding to purchase one. When hiring from Rhinos Plant Hire you can choose from a vast range of high performance tools.


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7 Reasons to Choose Wood Flooring


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woodpeckerHardwood flooring is an incredibly sustainable choice to make, as the home’s carbon footprint is reduced when using natural materials like wood. Some man made products are not particularly environmentally friendly. The production of one tonne of cement for instance takes five times more energy than wood flooring. But most people choose real wood floors for their beauty and appeal, raising the profile of any home. There are good reasons to go with wood and here are just a few : –

1. Natural Charm

Wood floors add character to any room, there are a variety of finishes available, so whatever your décor there will be wood flooring to match.

2. Tough & Long Lasting

Wood flooring from specialists like Harley Carpets, is highly durable and can cope with the heaviest foot traffic. Damage is not really a problem with wood flooring, as it can be deep cleaned, sanded and treated.

3. Warmth Underfoot

Wood is a natural, versatile insulator, It will retain heat when the weather is cold, and stay cool in the warmer months.

4. Less Noise

Wood flooring is also a fibrous material meaning it absorbs sound, resulting in a quieter flooring option.

5. Added Value

Hardwood flooring is extremely attractive to prospective buyers, and will add value to your home. Ensure that you use a reputable stockist like Harley Carpets though, to guarantee high quality.

6. Low maintenance

Contrary to popular belief, wood flooring is surprisingly low maintenance, simply vacuum and mop with an appropriate wood cleaning product and Bob’s your Uncle!

7. Allergies

Wooden flooring does not attract pests like dust mites or any other allergy causing organisms.


Harley Carpets have a vast range of flooring choices, including the spectacular Woodpecker collection. Woodpecker are a family business dedicated to providing high quality, versatile wood flooring. This flooring can be found in homes, hotels, department stores and offices thanks to its beauty and practicality.




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The Changing Face of Domestic Windows

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Market research over the last few years has revealed that, as suspected, aluminium windows and doors are becoming more popular than other glazing products. This preference is even extending to the domestic market, with home owners throughout the UK discovering the beauty of aluminium.

In the past, aluminium has dominated the commercial sector, being the favourite option for all kinds of applications including shops, offices, hospitals and car showrooms. Whether it’s unobtrusive shop fronts or impressive curtain walling, it features in most of the awe inspiring buildings that appear in our towns and cities. The reasons for it’s growth in popularity are manifold when you consider its strength, durability, flexibility and recyclable nature. Aluminium frames offer a highly tailored solution, as this material’s strength is retained even when extremely slim. This means that large expanses of glass can be held in place securely, while maximum daylight and unhindered views are enjoyed. Bespoke designs are also possible, handy where awkwardly shaped windows exist.

Powder coating means a vast choice of RAL colours from smoky anthracite grey to vibrant red, again catering to individual needs. Whatever your taste or style of home, be it contemporary or traditional, aluminium ticks all the boxes. Aluminium looks fab with only a minimum of maintenance, and has a 40+ year life expectancy. Once finished with, aluminium can be recycled indefinitely too, making it highly eco-friendly.

The housing market has seen a significant role reversal where aluminium is concerned, with aluminium being requested more often. UPVC has in the past been the material of choice due to affordability and thermal efficiency. Advances in technology have started to give aluminium a competitive edge for windows and doors. Improved energy ratings for aluminium glazing products along with their imposing aesthetics have caused the tide to turn in their favour.

First Choice Aluminium H&P are specialists in high quality aluminium window and door products, and are happy to advise on all aspects of professional installation. Give them a call on 0161 678 9144


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