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We are a small family run handyman business based in Essex. We specialise in flat pack furniture, curtain poles, blinds, tv mounts and all other general handyman work.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Digital Home Network, Door / Window painting, End of tenancy cleaning, Fire alarm installation

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Reviewed by Jennifer on 20/2/2018

Very professional did a very good job and nice people.

We are two brothers based in Doncaster who have the skills and ability to complete a vast number of jobs and projects to a high standard. We have a small fleet of vans variying in size. We would be more than happy to quote you on any type of job from refrigeration and air conditioning, propery renovation and land scaping to rubbish removal and handy man jobs. We would appreciate the opportunity to come and provide a quotation for you and can guarantee an open and honest opinion on the works needed along with the best possible price.

Trades serviced: Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Burglar Repairs, Carpet Cleaning, CCTV installation, Demolition

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Reviewed by Darren on 20/2/2018

Dan and Dominic did an excellent job, I would have no hesitation in recommending them.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by K on 20/2/2018

Marcel has been brilliant in terms of his works, reliability and trust worthies. Company sent faulty fans twice but Marcel still keep advising and coming to change it for me. Best builder and definitely recommend.

Sole trader company taking care of total residential needs from small jobs to total refurbs ,extention and loft conversions.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing

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Reviewed by Manish on 20/2/2018

He did exactly what he said and it was exactly what I wanted. Good job.

My business going etc 1995 We are highly recommended

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair

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Reviewed by Philip on 20/2/2018

Quick response to advert arrived on day he said he would carried out work quickly explaining what he was doing happy with work carried out eould use again

We offer complete construction and landscaping services.More of our work can be seen at:.cnconstructionscouk

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

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Reviewed by Elysia on 20/2/2018

Chris and the team were brilliant. They came round to have a look and said that they would prep a bit, and they ended up finishing 80% of the job that day! They had to get some more turf as they didn't have enough with them, but they came back the next day and finished off. Extremely happy with the result and I would 100% recommend. Thanks guys!

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture

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Reviewed by Goodness on 20/2/2018

very friendly and honest guys. mistakingly paid him twice and the money was returned without a foss they did an excellent bathroom work for me

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Burglar Repairs, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Door / Window painting, Door Replacement

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Reviewed by andrew on 20/2/2018

Dan did a first class job for me. All the best qualities in a tradesman, skillful, punctual, polite, informative, tidy, value for money and nothing too much trouble. I will be definitely be using him again in the future

Here at Thomas Fishwick General Builders. We have acquired an excellent reputation for professionalism, quality of work and attention to detail. Which we value and continue to build on. We are committed to delivering top quality services in all we do.

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

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Reviewed by Helen on 20/2/2018

Really prompt and accommodating

I"m the bets in what i"m doing,i like to do my job same like i will do for myself.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by David on 19/2/2018

NEVER NEVER NEVER Use this man. He visited my home and quoted me to decorate my dining room, and set a start date. Two weeks before due date he phoned and confirmed that all would start on time. I arranged for new furniture, new carpets and curtains for after the finishing date. On the day he should have started, he FAILED TO ARRIVE to do the work and could not be contacted by phone or respond to my text. Eventually he spoke to me and said he would arrive at 4pm, but again didn't arrive. Warning - Don't use

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Locksmiths - what you need to know

What a locksmith can help with

  • Fitting a new lock.
  • Opening a locked door.
  • Replacing a door with a lock.
  • Emergency locksmith services if you’re locked out of your house or need the locks replacing quickly (normally 24/hr).
  • Burglary repairs where there’s damage from forced entry.
  • Key cutting.
  • Auto locksmithing (helping you get back into a locked car).
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What should I do if my key’s hard to turn in the lock?

Over time, dust and dirt can build up on the internal mechanisms that control the movement of a lock. You can try applying dry graphite to lubricate it or if you think it might be more than just dirt affecting it, a locksmith can assess the mechanism and tell you if you need a new lock.

Wooden doors can also expand and contract which stops the lock from fitting into the door frame. This can happen if the lock was installed during hot weather or in the middle of winter. Once the temperature changes, the door can shift slightly. In most cases, the lock will still work if you wriggle the key around and get it engaged, but you can ask a locksmith to adjust the lock for you to stop this from happening.

Should I have all of my locks changed if my keys are lost or stolen?

You won’t always need to replace your set of locks if your keys are stolen. If you choose to replace your entire lock, the lock itself and the knob will be replaced but it can be cheaper to have your locks re-keyed. In a re-keying job, the tumbler’s replaced so that you keep your old lock but only a new key would be able to open it. Your old keys would stop working in the lock.

Insurance for locksmith work

There is no legal obligation for locksmiths to be insured but locksmiths may choose to purchase public liability insurance so they’re covered in the case of injury or accidental damage to a property.

Questions you should ask a locksmith

  • How long have they been trading?
  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Will they be carrying out the job themselves or sub-contracting it? If the job’s being carried out by someone else, what experience do they have and are they covered by insurance?
  • How long is the warranty period for the work?
  • Do they have a call-out charge (particularly for emergency repairs) and how much is this?

Locksmith ideas

Find out how to secure your home and add burglar deterrents. Also learn how to look after your locks to prevent them from seizing up. 

 

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