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U Value Door Legislation a Step in the Green Direction

With WERs and U values becoming mandatory for windows on 1st October the industry appears to have largely forgotten about doors (which will need to adhere to a door U Value of 1.8 or lower as well). Yes, to those who haven’t been following this legislation change closely it will merely seem like another hoop for manufacturers to jump through. But in actual fact the introduction of a door U value is a huge step towards the government’s plans for all new build homes to be ‘0 carbon’ compliant.

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UK home-owners wait around 6 hours a year for tradesmen.

Recent research from TrustMark has shown that the average UK home-owner will wait around 6 hours and 3 minutes for three different tradesmen during one year. This adds up to an incredible 15 days over the course of a lifetime.

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UK Homes Flooded

Scientists have revealed that man-made greenhouse gases may have contributed to the floods which hit the UK in the year 2000. It was this year which was recorded as the wettest on record for the UK and caused flooding across much of Kent, Yorkshire and Sussex.

Professor Myles Allen told Sky News that the increase in greenhouse gases influenced the likelihood of this type of weather.

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UK Retail Chains Closing at a Rate of 20 a Day

UK Retail Chains Closing at a Rate of 20 a Day

Research released this week has indicated that UK retail chains are closing around 20 stores every day. Many of these stores have been involved in the home improvement industry such as Focus DIY, Moben, Habitat, TJ Hughes and Dolphin.

Latest figures from PriceWaterhouseCoopers have shown that 375 retailers went into administration during the second quarter of 2011, which is a 9% increase on the same period one year ago.

These figures show that around 4,000 individual stores closed in the first five months of this year, putting the national vacancy rate for retail units at 14.5%.

One of the most recent casualties has been the Homeform group which owns Moben, Doplphin and Sharps bedrooms. They have made 557 staff redundant after they failed to find a buyer for the kitchen and bathroom parts of the company. Their administrator has warned that 453 customers who have paid deposits in cash would be unlikely to be refunded.

Stephen Robertson from the British Retail Consortium has commented that some parts of the high street are in trouble. He points out that non-food retailers are finding things particularly hard. He suggests that high streets need to be promoted and that rates need to be kept down to help out those still in business.

UK's Home Baker Of The Year

The Ideal Home Show is launching a search for the UK's Home Baker of the Year by asking people to send in their best recipe and a picture of the finished item, before anyone eats it!

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UK’s Largest Plumbing Company

Travis Perkins is set to become the country's largest plumbing company after the takeover of BSS has been agreed at £557.6m. Chairman of Travis Perkins, Robert Walker has commented that the economies of scale achieved will offer cost savings and more operation efficiencies.

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Ultimate Duck Tape Launched

ULTIMATE DUCK TAPE FOR SUPER STRONG REPAIRS
Duck, the UK’s tape specialist has just launched new ‘Ultimate’ Duck Tape, its toughest ever multipurpose cloth tape with ultimate sticking power. Now stronger, tougher and super ‘tacky’ Ultimate Duck Tape is extremely versatile and suitable for 1000’s of uses, making it an essential item for every tool box, kitchen drawer, garden shed and car-boot.

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Unexpected DIY Jobs

A new study has revealed that new home buyers are being faced with unexpected DIY jobs because of problems which were hidden during the initial home inspection. The survey carried out by the AA discovered that buyers spend an average of £1,076 in the first year after moving into a property fixing problems they were not aware of. Overall this amounts to a bill of £800 million each year.

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Unlucky House Numbers

Confused.com has revealed the results a very unscientific, but nevertheless interesting, study which highlights how a house number can impact on how unlucky the household is.

While many homeowners might feel uncomfortable buying a house at number 13, it is actually the case that number 243 is unluckier than any other number house.

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Unusual DIY Projects – Basement Aquarium

A Nottingham man has built a huge aquarium in the basement of his five bedroom detached house which is the largest private aquarium in Britain. The DIY project cost Jack Heathcote £5,000 to build and holds 4,800 gallons of water. The structure which is 13ft square and seven ft high has a glass viewing gallery and takes six hours to fill with water. He joked that it costs a fortune as he is on a water meter.

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Van Emissions

DIY enthusiasts and tradesmen will soon have to take the latest emissions allowances into account when they consider which new van to buy. The European Commission has finally agreed to a target of 175g/km by 2017 and this will reduce to 147g/km by 2020. This target is more than was originally proposed, but is thought to be a sustainable target which will also allow growth.

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Van Hire Insurance Unlikely to Cover Possessions

A van hire website has warned their customers that their possessions in the van are unlikely to be covered by their van insurance if they are stolen or damaged. Mylocalvanhire.co.uk is pointing out that tradespeople or home movers who hire a van should take out additional insurance to cover the contents of the van or risk being left out of pocket.

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