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W Harris Garden and Tree Services is a fully insured, company based in Southampton, (Hampshire) with a safe and professional approach to all aspects of tree and garden work.

Trades serviced: Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Garden Clearance, Garden Maintenance, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe

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Reviewed by JANE on 18/2/2018

Wayne was very efficient and helpful. His quote was precise and he kept to it although the work was pretty arduous and actually made a brilliant job of clearing the overgrown shrubs, a border and taking everything away. I asked him to return the following day to do even more jobs, again at an agreed price, and the completed work including spraying weed killer and a ton of weeding was done so well. I was very impressed and wouldn't hesitate to call him again - and will this time next year if not before!

General builder,all types of walling, Harling, pointing, slabbing, drainage and groundwork .Free quotes

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory

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Reviewed by Mhairi on 17/2/2018

Very easy going and accomodating. Very good job.

We are a family run business with over 20 years experience in roofing and exterior services. We carry out all works from a single tile repair, school roofs and larger developments. We specialise in roofing services which include the following: Flat roofs, tile/slate repairs, lead work, chimney repairs/replacements, guttering clearance, moss removal, Velux windows/roof lights, ventilation/insulation, repointing, facias, soffits and tile hangings. We have completed a number of courses on the various roofing techniques. We aim to leave every customer extremely happy with every part of the process and offer great customer service/communication from start to finish. We offer to take photos of before and after and these can be sent to you with the relevant paperwork if required. Thanks for considering Willerby Roofing & Exteriors Ltd.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Chimney Building / Repair, External Rendering, External Tiling, External wall painting

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Reviewed by John on 17/2/2018

I had some lost tiles replaced and a tile-vent put into my pitched roof. Both were done quickly, cleanly and to a good standard. Stuart did the work, he was polite, friendly and professional. Very happy. Many thanks!!

We at Elite Building Services North undertake all electrical, plumbing, joinery and plastering work. Quality work at reasonable price assured.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair

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Reviewed by Kirsty on 17/2/2018

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Not many people these days actually have the time or patience to tend to their gardens.Thankfully, MKJ THE GREEN TOUCH is here to help. Whether you want to spruce up your garden for that upcoming barbeque or create a haven to sit and relax,

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Demolition, Garden Clearance, Garden Design

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Reviewed by Alison on 17/2/2018

Marc has just completed this job for me. Excellent work, quick, tidy and just what I wanted. Have got him to quote for another job. Highly recommended

Whether you need a small job done or would like to add an extension to your home, we do it all big or small. We Have over 11 years on the market and hundreds of happy customers. We are committed to customer satisfaction and delivering a superior quality of work each and every time.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Richard on 17/2/2018

Very professional approach and good workmanship as well.

G and D building services. We have 30 years experience. Our projects have ranged from small works up to barn conversions. No job is too small. We are a very friendly company and offer advice when needed.

Trades serviced: Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Demolition, Electric underfloor heating

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Reviewed by Mark on 17/2/2018

Excellent job. Knowledgeable, tidy and and skilled. We're already thinking of other projects they can do for us in the house.

We provide the best kitchen & bathrooms service in London Free designs advices on any projects www.cezaryrennovare.co.uk Marble, natural stone,onyx, travertine, Slate ,bathstone & granit restoration end instalation .Fully insured Friendly & helpfully service

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens

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Reviewed by Lorraine on 17/2/2018

Cezary is a very skilled and versatile tradesman, his work was of a very high standard and finish I would highly recommend him

A.s joinery and maintenance ltd all aspects of joinery lock smithing and maintenance work undertaken at grate rates

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens

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Reviewed by Geoffrey on 17/2/2018

Andrew did a good job - I am happy with the result.

I want to be judged by individual performance and I want be rewarded for my efforts based on their my to execute.Thanks

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Carpet Cleaning, Domestic House Cleaning: One off, Domestic House Cleaning: Regular

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Reviewed by George on 17/2/2018

Excellent job. Highly recommended - thank you!

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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.

timber framed construction

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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