By Jef Howell
This hands–on advisor can assist you organize for and deal with uncomplicated domestic upkeep and enhancements. Jeff Howell (the Sunday Telegraph′s DIY columnist) and a number of different specialists advisor you thru the rigors and tribulations of DIY, assisting you to hold out quite a number initiatives – from solving a leaky faucet to placing wallpaper – competently, cost effectively and with minimal disruption. The full–colour drawings illustrate the step–by–step options and the lay–flat binding is ideal for on–the–job DIY recommendation.
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Any structural change can affect the stability of your house, and it must meet Building Regulations to ensure that the house remains structurally safe to inhabit. You also need to engage inspectors from your council’s Building Control department. You can contact them by calling your town hall and asking for ‘Building Control’. Choosing builders is always a problem area. If you don’t know anything about building, then we strongly advise that you engage an architect or chartered surveyor to plan and supervise the work for you.
A normal low level of CO in a home is zero. However, even a small reading – such as 25, 30, or 35 parts per million – indicates a problem that could escalate. If a higher level of CO is recorded, then immediately turn off the appliance that seems to be causing the problem, and call in a qualified heating engineer to investigate. The care and maintenance of CO detectors is basically the same as for smoke alarms. ) Unlike using kitchen matches to test a smoke alarm, you can’t test a carbon monoxide detector using an outside source – it’s imperative that you test the test buttons provided on the equipment at least once each month.
If it does, then either you or your builder has to pay a fee to have the progress of the work inspected and approved, either by the local authority, or by a licensed private Building Inspector. Don’t be afraid of this – these inspections are your best assurance that the work is done correctly, or at least meets minimum Government standards. Special rules for special buildings A listed building is a building placed on a special list by English Heritage (a Government body) because of its architectural or historical importance.
DIY For Dummies by Jef Howell