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Reviewed by Kenny on 20/9/2018

Great. Fast and efficient

Years of experience: 25 years. Specialities: Plumbing, Laminate Flooring, Plastering, Rendering, Brickwork & Blockwork and All Aspects of Decorating. We value our customers opinions. It is in our interest to make our clients happy, at all times.

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Reviewed by Barbara on 20/10/2018

I can't rate quality or reliability as no work was carried out, but I would say beware Martin Crane of Union Builders> Over a weekend he rang me twice, and sent me 2 messages. I was away and couldn't answer. I did speak to him on the Monday, and he saw the job the same day. When I refused his quote, the most expensive I received, he sent me a text lying about the amount of the quote. I have proof of this. He was very keen to get the work, saying he could start immediately. I wonder why.

We have over thirty years experience in 1st & 2nd fix carpentry ,internal and external from wardrobes and shelving to fences and decks.

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Reviewed by Debbie on 21/10/2018

Excellent

I have been trading over 20 years and cover all of Essex Pride my self on value for money and carry out my work to a very high standard

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Reviewed by aaron on 20/7/2018

Great job- quoted at short notice and did the job the next day within the quote.

RGM Roofing is a family run roofing service providing our customers with protection from the elements. For the last 25 years we have dealt with hundreds of satisfied customers with great ratings from them all .

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Reviewed by Neil on 1/10/2018

Good job done in a timely manner.

Construction and Building Services offered.

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Reviewed by KK on 17/2/2018

A professional service, I would recommend Sid.

At Lockhart Roofing and Brickwork Services, we believe in high quality workmanship, provided at very competitive prices. We give a 10 year guarantee on all roofing repairs & maintenance, along with specialist skills in leadwork. All quotes are free & no-obligation.

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Reviewed by Josh on 17/10/2018

Joe and his team were very professional and we are pleased with the work. They kept to schedule, were efficient and kept tidy. I will be recommending them to my friends!

Hi, my name is John Benham and I work under the wood doctor. I have been a fully qualified carpenter for exactly 29years. I served my apprenticeship at the unicorn gate college at Portsmouth dockyard. Carpentry runs in the family as my father & grandfather were carpenters. I am an old school type of carpenter, extremely reliable & punctual.i am very experienced in all problem solving involving carpentry. I am more about word by mouth than glossy websites !. Look forward to meeting new customers & old. Kind regards john.

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Reviewed by Kate on 12/10/2018

Thanks John for fitting the engineered flooring and skirting to my new extension. I'm really pleased with the work you did and grateful for your experience. A very professional service, would highly recommend.

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Reviewed by Clare on 18/10/2018

Chris was great. He was very efficient and very friendly. I changed my time and he was accommodating. Would highly recommend him

Honest and reliable family run business with over 20 years experience.

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Reviewed by Rob on 22/9/2018

Cancelled job Didn’t need them to quote

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Carpenters & Joiners - what you need to know

Well first off, you’re probably wondering what the difference is between a carpenter and a joiner. Traditionally, a carpenter works on site to install structural elements like doors and partition walls. A joiner, in general, is involved in non-structural elements, building the items that a carpenter then goes on to install.

What a carpenter or joiner can help with

  • Building and installing structures that are made of wood or wood substitutes.
  • For example – doors, door frames, decking, windows, floors, cabinets, staircases and partition walls.
  • Repairing damaged furniture.
  • Cutting and shaping timber for floorboards, skirting boards and window frames.
  • Building temporary wooden supports to hold setting concrete in place – this is called shuttering.
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This isn’t always strictly the case though, and some tradespeople specialise in certain areas, so when you post a job it’s good to be specific about the work you need done.

If it involves wood, you need a carpenter or joiner. It could be for decking in the garden, installing kitchen cabinets, having some custom shelves or cabinets made… there are lots of different things they can do.

Costs for common carpentry jobs

Some typical jobs Low High
Built-in shelves into alcove £200 £400
Erect shelves onto wall brackets £75 £150
Built-in cabinet in an alcove £450 £700
Built-in wardrobe (2-door) £400 £800
Fit curtain rail £60 £100

The qualifications your carpenter or joiner needs

There aren’t any required certificates or qualifications in order to do the work, but most good carpenters will have learnt through college courses and apprenticeships, combined with on-the-job training. If they’ve completed various college courses they might be happy to share those certificates or results, but really the best thing to do is ask about recent work and references. Of course you can also refer to their Rated People profile page to see all their recent reviews.

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Planning permission for carpentry jobs

If you want decking in your garden, you don’t need permission as long as:

  • The decking is no more than 30cm above the ground.
  • Together with other extensions, outbuildings etc, the decking or platforms cover no more than 50% of the garden area.

Most carpentry jobs won’t need any permission, unless you’re in a listed building. This information was correct at the time it was published, but you can go to the Planning Portal to see the latest.

Insurance for carpentry work

There’s nothing specific to carpenters that you need to look out for. Public liability insurance is a common insurance for all tradespeople to have, along with accidental damage cover, in the rare cases when something might get damaged.

 

Questions you should ask a carpenter

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Can they show you examples of previous work?
  • Do they employ or consult specialists?
  • Will they be carrying out the work themselves? If not, what experience does the person have and are they covered by insurance?
  • Will they give a guarantee/warranty for the work and how long does it last?
  • Will they source all materials and equipment?

Carpentry ideas

Turn to carpenters to add stylish furniture to your interiors as well as custom storage solutions. If you’re not sure where the best storage spaces are in your house then check out this post to help you find the best spots. Last but not least here’s how to choose the right doors for your home , and the right decking for your garden.

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