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I am a fully insured general handyman covering all aspects from painting to roofing. I am qualified and accredited in most trades and happy to offer a free quote service on all jobs. I cover DD,AB,EH,KY,FK and PH postcodes.

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Reviewed by Colin on 20/7/2018

I would have no hesitation in recommending Barry. From initial contact, appraisal of the task and resultant quote right through to the job itself and after-service, he was a true gent; polite, reliable, communicative and, of course, with a high standard of workmanship. I hired him to fix, rehang and repaint a common stair door and I couldn't fault the resulting work (by his own admission, locksmithery is his passion, he quite easily took care of the other tasks involved). Would definitely use him again.

We specialise in Aerial Satellite and CCTV installation and repair...very professional with a wealth of experience...our aim is to meet the customers requirements at the right price...warranty on all work carried out, always on the end of the phone.

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Reviewed by emmanuel on 20/7/2018

he did well

We are a  family run business and pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service and a friendly approach. Our focus and main objective is to provide our customers with only the very best quality of work and we promise to complete all works to your satisfaction. We work with our customers throughout the project to make sure that the finalised product is what you had imagined. 

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Reviewed by dimple on 19/7/2018

I enlisted BV Construction to do a few jobs with a mixture of results. A new fence was done and on time. A garden tap was also fitted. The main job was for new turf to be laid in the garden. They showed up on time and were courteous enough. Half the turf was laid but the other half wasn’t finished. After pleading with them to finish the job, they came back after 1 and half months and were not able to remedy the job. Half the turf is dead now and beyond the point of where it could be saved.

I've been working in the maintenance Industry for the past 17 years and i've worked for 6 different councils in London, I've been trading since 2012 with this company.

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Reviewed by Irving on 19/7/2018

Sebastian is extremely hardworking and reliable, he and his wife are also very pleasant. A good and efficient job done. Used them again to get new lawn laid. I would definitely recommend them.

Fully qualified and insured NICEIC electrician and maintenance contractor

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Reviewed by Melissa on 19/7/2018

Rory is a great find! I will certainly be using him again. He was very prompt, his work was high quality and fast.

Building that dream home or completely renovating that old barn can seem a daunting task when you first begin. So here at AMH Building & Construction we offer you decades of experience from our own skilled and experienced team of craftsmen that have worked on hundreds of sites across the UK. Our conception and philosophy is to provide a complete construction service from design through construction and finally maintenance. We will deliver competitive prices, quality work, projects completed on programme and within budget.

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Reviewed by Tim on 19/7/2018

Anthony and his team did a fantastic job, completed the work very quickly and expertly, would definitely recommend

We carry out all types of electrical work including emergency call outs, cctv and security lighting etc.

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Reviewed by Aneesha on 18/7/2018

Zahid did a great job quoted fairly, came fully prepared and asked for photos before hand so he could assess the work that needed doing.

Digital Installation Specialists - TV Aerials - TV wall mounting - Satellite dishes - CCTV - Integrated Reception Services - Data Networks - Telephone Points - HD distribution. we can help you with the solutions you need in and around your home.

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Reviewed by Simon on 17/7/2018

Excellent response times and communication via text. Thanks!

With over 5 years experience in the building industry I decided to start up my own company. I have qualifications in Bricklaying, tiling, plumbing and electrics. We tackle all sorts of work from assembling flat pack furniture and replacing socket and light bulbs to building walls and putting up shelves, unblocking plumbing systems to changing doors. My work focuses on the domestic and private work and the smaller jobs in the industry so I can commit to my jobs and get the work done.

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Reviewed by sola on 16/7/2018

Very nice chap with great work ethic

Family run electrical contractors who offer a wide range of electrical services to the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors throughout Scotland. We have close relationships with our clients who know they can rely on us to meet the highest standards

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Reviewed by Robert on 14/7/2018

The review was based on my experiance with you. That fact that you "bought" my job add then failed to respond to any of the comunications, delaying the job by over a week, in my view rates you as a prat. I also feel you are a waste of time.....dont snap up job adds if you are not going to see them through...

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Fire alarm installation specialists - what you need to know

It might just be the most important item you ever buy – your fire alarm could save your life. So, it pays to ensure it’s installed correctly.

No matter whether you opt for a top of the range “smart fire alarm” system, or the most basic model, if your alarm isn’t fitted in the right place and set up properly, it isn’t going to give you and your home the best protection.

Fire alarms will usually be located on your ceiling, in the centre of the room away from lights or any appliances that create steam. The number and location of fire alarms you need will vary according to the size and layout of your home.

The golden rule is at least one fire alarm per floor, but as fires can start anywhere you might consider installing a unit in every room (other than bathrooms) for maximum protection. The key consideration is that you can hear the alarm (should it sound) wherever you are in your house.

Cost of fire alarm installation

Including labour and alarm units

  • Budget: 2 x battery alarms – £100-£150
  • Medium: 2 x wired and interconnected alarms – £250-£350
  • Expensive: 2 x smart home alarms – £450+

What type of fire alarms are there?

There are 4 main types of fire alarm out there, and the option you choose will depend on your home, as well as the level of protection you’re willing to pay for.

Ionisation models are very common and are often the cheapest option. They detect very small particles of smoke, alerting you before it gets too thick. However, their sensitivity makes them prone to false alarms if they’re too near the kitchen.

Optical alarms are more expensive and are particularly effective at detecting slow-burning fires – the type triggered by smouldering upholstery or overheated wires. They’re also less likely to be triggered by innocent charred toast than ionisation alarms.

Heat alarms are more advanced systems that can detect increases in temperature and don’t rely on smoke to trigger a warning. This means they are suitable for use in a kitchen, although their coverage is much smaller than smoke-detection-based units.

Finally, a new breed of smart fire alarms (including the likes of Google-owned Nest) offer you even greater peace of mind. They’re slightly more advanced smoke-detection systems that are able to automatically alert your mobile phone, as well as integrating with security and other home protection services.

It’s also possible to get alarms that detect carbon monoxide, as well as smoke or heat. You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, so it’s advisable to get something that can detect this gas as well.

How do I look after my fire alarm?

Your fire alarm installer should be able to give you advice on how to look after your alarm. The majority of modern alarms should last between 7-10 years as standard, so replacing the batteries (or the unit itself) soon after installation won’t be necessary.

Most smoke alarms will need very little maintenance. Testing your alarm every couple of months is usually recommended (but refer to your specific model’s instructions, as they will state the exact frequency). Be sure to keep the alarm clean and free from dust or cobwebs too.

What fire alarm regulations do I need to know?

Articles 13 and 17 of the Fire Safety Order 2005 require homeowners to have fire alarms installed and properly maintained. Beyond that, the regulations aren’t as specific as you might think. The only other stipulation to be aware of is for mains-powered systems to have a battery backup.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

There are no specific qualifications your tradesperson needs to install a fire alarm. Where electrical work is involved, your installation expert may require NICEIC (the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) accreditation to sign off their work.

Insurance for fire alarm installation

Your main ask of a fire alarm installer will be public liability insurance. They may only be conducting very minor work, such as drilling holes for alarm unit brackets, but it’s easy for a hidden pipe or wire to cause big headaches. Public liability insurance will keep you and your property protected against damage.

Any units your installer supplies should also carry a warranty, so ask about that too.

Questions you should ask your fire alarm installation specialist

  • How many alarms would they recommend installing (and where)?
  • Will they show you how the system works?
  • Do the alarms they supply come with warranties?
  • Can they provide public liability insurance details?

Your local fire service

It’s also worth checking in with your local fire brigade to see what free advice or services they have. Depending where you are in the UK, most local fire brigades will do a free assessment of your home, including fitting smoke alarms if yours aren’t safe enough.

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