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Safety is no accident!

October is National Safe Work Australia month and it’s all about eliminating hazards and preventing injuries that stem from unsafe practices in the workplace.

This year’s theme is: Safety is a frame of mind. Get the picture.

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Figures from the National Injury Surveillance Unit show 25,000 Australians are hospitalised due to DIY-related injuring including ladder falls, nail gun injuries, and accidents from lawn mowers and power tools.

We’re all about safety at Hire A Hubby, so here are a few things you can do to make sure ‘do-it-yourself’ doesn’t become ‘damage-yourself’.

1.     Always wear protective gear.

Always consider the personal protective equipment (PPE) you wear when DIYing. The list below shows some staple pieces in every DIY arsenal and what they’re used for.

  • Gloves – handling heavy, sharp or prickly objects (carpentry, gardening)
  • Safety goggles – protection from flying debris and toxic fumes (sawing, varnishing)
  • Ear plugs – protection from loud power tools (drilling, sawing, mowing)
  • Coveralls/protective clothing – barrier for chemical agents (bleaching, painting)

2.     Be careful with power tools.

Accidents happen even to seasoned DIYers. Always take precaution when using electrical equipment and make sure there are no safety faults.

3.     Know your limits.

Don’t take on jobs that are out of your league. The worst way to finish a DIY project is with an injury. Also, paying a professional to fix a botched project is more expensive that engaging one from the start.

4.     Bring in the pros.

State-of-the-art tools can be bought at any hardware store but you can’t buy experience. Use professionals when expertise is required.

For more information or advice about your home DIY project, give your local Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

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The reality of reality TV

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There’s no denying Australians love property and home improvements. In fact, home improvement shows like The Block, The Renovators and House Rules are very influential in encouraging home owners to attempt larger DIY projects on their own.

But it’s not as simple as buying a bunch of materials from the local hardware store and turning a profit after a weekend’s work. There is a side to DIY often left out of television shows that makes it look much easier than it actually is, and the last thing you want is to lose value on your home after botching a job.

Here are five tips to help steer your home improvement plans.

Experience counts

Engage professionals from the outset of your project for their experience, skills and product knowledge. While anyone can try their hand at home improvement, it’s important to remember certain tasks such as detailed carpentry work or large tiling jobs require certain tools, experience and the right products.

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Risks involved

There are a number of critical design features that many DIYers can overlook and by doing so compromise the integrity of the house. For example, most of the structural members of a building are under the floor and in the roof and removal of internal walls can be dangerous.

Small doesn’t mean simple

Seemingly easy jobs like hanging a door actually require quite good hand skills and if not done properly the finished product can look ugly. Likewise, patching a hole in the wall can look awful if you’re using the wrong product.

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Develop a timeline

Home improvement projects aren’t as easy as they appear on TV, so estimate time generously. Half-finished projects are often the result of frustration or lost interest after underestimating the scope of work.

Avoid injury

Renovators-to-be need to know the limitations of their abilities and engage professionals for highly-skilled work when required. The worst way to finish a home improvement project is with an injury.

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If you’re thinking about undertaking home improvements, call your local Hire A Hubby for an obligation free quote on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Makeover Series Part 4: Makeover your house on a budget

This week we’re continuing our home makeover theme with some ideas on how you can ensure you’re focusing on the areas of the home that make the biggest difference.

A dream makeover is often too expensive to think about, so we’ve come up with some simple makeover ideas that should be at the top of your list if you’re after a new look without the hefty price tag.

Painting to change a room:

Try a new colour scheme or ideas like feature walls. A fresh coat of paint will brighten a room and picking a colour scheme can completely change the space without replacing all of your furnishings. Consider adding colour to walls if you have simple furnishings or whites to brighten the room, make it appear larger and put the focus on coloured furnishings. Using colours, or lack of, you can easily change the entire aesthetic and mood of a room.

 

Update your lighting:

Adding a unique light fixture to a room is a simple way to change up the space. Statement pieces like vintage chandeliers or modern light fittings can make simple rooms appear elegant or add character. Modern statement pieces will add style to the room and older metal style lights add rustic, country charm to the room, especially in older or wooden spaces. You can often find great vintage light fixtures online or in secondhand furniture stores. Ask your local Hire A Hubby about best practice installation.

Revamp your outside spaces:

The outside of your home is just as important as the inside but is often left aside during a renovation or makeover. Adding gardens or outside living spaces can not only make the appearance of your home so much more appealing, but a good courtyard is a great place to utilise when hosting friends and family. Our Hubbies can help you whether you want to build the kids a cubby house, plant a garden, build a deck and entertainment area, or even help make a space-saver garden.

 

New flooring:

Installing new carpet, wood or tile flooring is an easy way to make areas look brand new. With the wide range of flooring available on the market, ask your local Hubby about the best fit for your house. Floor work is always best done by a professional as fixing dodgy DIY work can end up costing far more than getting it done professionally in the first place.

Alternatively, if you have existing wooden floors, why not have them sanded back and restained? It will remove all those wear and tear scratches and scuffs and you can make the floors lighter or darker to suit your tastes or desired room aesthetic.

Clean, clean, clean:

A clean, tidy home always looks like new but we mean more than just dusting and vacuuming. Professional high pressure water cleaning removes any dirt, mould or stains on your paths, driveways and outside areas to make them look like new again. Ask your local Hubby if you think there’s an area around your home that needs a good clean.

If you think it’s time you did something about making over your home, call Hire A Hubby on 1800 803 339 to organise an obligation free quote or simply visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Home fencing

After your house, the fence is the first thing people see from the street and with spring fast approaching it might be time to fix up what might resemble that chicken pen you call a fence!

The fence around your home provides security, noise protection and it will help contain any pets safely inside your yard.

This week our Hubbies have put together a few great tips to help you decide what type of fence matches your needs.

Function

Function is the first consideration when deciding on a fence. What is the purpose of your fence? If you’re looking for longevity and little maintenance, steer away from products like timber that will need painting or wrought iron that may rust over time. If you live near a highway, you may want to think of a heavy fence with height. The general rule with noise is the bigger and thicker the better.

Design

Ideally a fence will have aesthetic appeal as well as function. Is your fence purely functional or do you want it to make a statement? If your home is modern, keep lines and finishes simple. Renders, aluminium and glass are great options. If your home is a classic style you may want to look at brick, timber or iron.

 

Installation

Have you ever installed a fence? It’s not simple. When it comes to installing, it might be best to leave it to a professional if you have little experience and aren’t sure what you’re doing. Measurements, levelling, setting posts are all things to consider as well as pipes and wires underground.

 

If DIY is not your strong suit give Hire a Hubby a call for an obligation free quote on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Choosing simple fittings: towel racks and toilet roll holders

Towel racks and toilet roll holders are essential fittings in most bathrooms, but from time to time you will be faced with the sometimes unexpected decision to replace them.

Whether you are well overdue for an upgrade, your fitting has broken overnight or you’re choosing a new bathroom fitting for the first time, our Hubbies are here to help.

This week they’re sharing some important considerations when buying new bathroom fittings.

Location, location, location. It’s all about location.

  • Before you go out and buy a new towel rack or toilet roll holder, consider the space in your bathroom. You don’t want to buy a multi-tiered towel rack that may clutter a smaller bathroom. Choose something simple that meets your requirement and works well in the space.
  •  Towel racks should also be positioned in an area that doesn’t get splashed with water and they should be positioned away from the bath or shower to avoid people using it to lift or steady themselves.
  • Our Hubbies recommend towel racks be positioned at a height of about 120 to 170cm, so factor this into the size and style or your fitting. Have an idea in your head of what fitting may work at this height.
  • Take measurements of the designated wall and/or a photo of the chosen room before heading down to buy your fitting. These provide a great reference to help guide your selection of size and style.

If you can’t find the time to install bathroom fittings yourself or DIY simply isn’t your thing, leave it up to the professionals. Give Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 and our Hubbies will be happy to help.

 

Safety tips for DIY carpentry

Many people like to try DIY projects at home and if you are just getting started on one it’s good to know some tips to make sure your work environment is safe.

People regularly ask our Hubbies to help out maintaining decks and pergolas, carports, ramps, installing door handles and locks, window repairs, assembling of bookcases, laying floor boards and general repairs and maintenance because we know what we are doing.

This week our Hubbies are sharing their top tips for safe carpentry practices and the basic steps to get you started on a job around your home.

The first thing you will need is to invest in some basic hand and power tools. It’s important to buy good quality tools and this doesn’t necessarily mean they have to be expensive, but investing in reliable, top notch tools saves you money in the long run as you will need fewer replacements and produce better quality work.

Before you attempt any carpentry work make sure you have familiarised yourself with your tools. If used incorrectly, your power tools pose a serious safety threat. Knowing your way around your tools is safer and more efficient. It’s a good idea to practice first on some spare wood for example.

Safety is one of the most important factors in basic carpentry. Our top five safety tips are:

  • Always wear safety glasses while working;
  • Don’t wear any dangling jewellery as it may get getting tangled in your equipment;
  • Disconnect tools entirely before changing blades or bits. It’s easy to bump a switch and turn a tool on accidentally so your safest option is to switch them off at the wall or even unplug them;
  • Always use sharp tools as blunt ones require more force and are at risk of bending or kicking-back; and
  • Don’t reach over a blade. After the blade has stopped use a push stick, rather than your hands, to move any scraps out of the way.

The most basic and important rule to remember with your work is to measure twice and cut once. Successful carpentry is about accuracy and experience. Practice makes perfect and will determine the quality of your work. Carpentry, even at a basic level, requires knowledge that comes with experience and you’ll be required to use tools that pose a danger if used incorrectly. If you’re not confident in your level of expertise, leave it to the professionals and give Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit www.hireahubby.com.au for more information.

Don’t neglect your deck! 7 Top Summer Deck Maintenance tips

Summer is in full swing meaning celebrations, family and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

If you have a deck or patio chances are it’s getting lots of use right now and you want it looking top notch for family and visitors.

Most people neglect their deck over the cooler months, meaning by summer rain, humidity and debris build-up have taken their toll.

Luckily this week’s blog post features tips from the experts at Hire A Hubby for ensuring your deck looks fantastic all summer long.

1.    Get down and scrub

For the best and most thorough clean it is necessary to hand scrub the deck. It’s as mundane as it sounds but the end result will be well worth the effort. Combine elbow grease with a good deck cleaner for best results.

2.    Choose a cleaner, stick with it and follow the instructions

It’s important to keep track of what deck cleaner you use each time you clean. It’s best to always use the same brand and type of deck cleaner as this allows the product to work more effectively and lowers the chances of flaking and peeling. Once you’ve found a cleaner you’re comfortable with, ensure you follow the label instructions to the letter, as incorrect application of cleaner can damage your deck.

3.    It’s hot and sunny, a perfect day to clean the deck right? Wrong

The best time to work on the deck is in the morning or early evening as sun exposure can cause the deck cleaner to either dry out too early or burn into the deck.

4.    I’ve scrubbed and cleaned, but the deck still looks shabby

If you’ve scrubbed and applied deck cleaner but the deck still looks worse for wear then it’s time to go one step further and use a stain and finish remover. This will help to remove the dirt and sealer remnants that just won’t seem to budge. Remember though, once completed you will have stripped your deck back to the bare timber, leaving it open to weather damage and mildew, which brings us to step 5.

5.     Apply a new stain and sealant

Once your deck is clean, dry and free of dust you can apply your new stain. Once again choose a colour and brand you are comfortable with (preferably one used previously on your deck.) Be sure to follow all label instructions as closely as possible and try to go for a staining treatment which offers both U.V protection and Mildewcide.

6.    Don’t neglect your deck for the rest of the year

The simple act of sweeping your deck throughout the year can prolong its life and improve its appearance. You wouldn’t leave leaves and dirt in your pool and the same goes for your deck. Natural debris holds water and leaving it on your deck will lead to timber rot and mildew.

7.    If in doubt, talk to the experts

If you’re still stuck or you simply don’t have the time to give your deck the attention it deserves, don’t panic, your local Hire A Hubby can help. Every Hire A Hubby team member is expertly trained in deck maintenance and can help restore your outdoor area to mint condition.

Find out more about Hire A Hubby property maintenance services by visiting our website www.hireahubby.com.au or call us on 1800 803 339.