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Expert Advice At Building Show

Those living in the Somerset area will be able to enjoy the Homebuilding and Renovating Show at the Bath and West show-ground on the 27th and 28th of November.

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Possible Sale of Focus DIY Stores

DIY store Focus is sounding out other retailers about selling off some of their UK stores in a bid to raise an additional £40 million to roll out a new store format. Selling off some of its 180 stores is just one of the options being considered.

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Fears of Increased Fuel Poverty

British Gas has announced this week that they will be increasing their gas prices from December 10th. It is thought that the increase will lead to a £1.50 increase in fuel bills each week. With a cold winter on the cards this could lead to more fuel poverty for many, especially the elderly.

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Home Owners Struggling With Loan Repayments

Homeless charity Shelter has released figures which show that around one fifth of homeowners are struggling to keep up with their home loan repayments. This is a 10% increase on this time last year.

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Rock Bottom Rents For Farmhouses

DIY enthusiasts from around the world are applying to become tenants in disused farmhouses in New South Wales, Australia at a mere $1 a week. Six farmhouses in the outback town of Trundle have come up for rent and it is hoped that encouraging people from around the world to live in them would help to boost the economy and the population of the area.

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WIN A £50 Laura Ashley Gift Card

Laura Ashley, one of the world’s best-loved fashion and home furnishings companies is giving away a £50 Gift Card to the winner of our Prize Draw.

From humble beginnings. Laura and Bernard Ashley started printing fabric on their kitchen table in London in 1953, following a Women’s Institute exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum on traditional handicrafts. Laura was inspired to make her own patchwork quilts, but couldn’t find any suitable fabrics in the shops, so the young enterprising couple decided to try producing their own.
And now ... one of the great names in fashion and furnishing.

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The Cost of Outdoor Christmas Lights and Decorations

According to comparison site Gocompare, more than half of UK families will be installing outdoor Christmas lights this festive season, many of these for the first time. The survey also discovered that the average household expects to spend around £236 on the decorations for the outside of their house.

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Nation’s Local Builder Goes Into Administration

It has been announced this week that the housing maintenance specialist Rok has gone into administration. The company has described itself as the “nation's local builder” and employed contractors around the country, including some of the largest. It is thought that 3800 jobs have been put at risk by the move.

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Is Your Home Ready For The Windy Weather

Homeowners are being warned this week that they need to ensure their homes are ready for the coming storm season. The Met Office have predicted that December and January are the months when high winds and rain will be at their peak.

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Is That Timber Legal

Conservation charity the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has found in a survey that just 50% of those who shop for timber, wooden furniture or paper products are aware it could be coming from illegal or unsustainable sources.

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Exercise Keeps Radiators Fit

Over the summer, as heating systems are switched off, a large number of thermostatic radiator valves (TRV’s) will jam. The result is no heat to the radiator just when it’s needed again. Faced with this, a DIY expert may take to removing the TRV head, or even striking the jammed valve pin with a hammer in an attempt to restore the flow of hot water to the radiator. Alternatively, a heating engineer will be required to fit a new valve body.

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M&S in Talks to Join Green Deal

It has been confirmed this week that Marks & Spencer has been having talks with the Department of Energy and Climate Change to see if the company can become part f the new Green Deal.

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