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Should you buy second hand appliances?

If you are looking for electrical appliances then you may be tempted by the huge saving you can make by buying them second hand. There are many places to buy second hand electrical appliances such as Ebay, Gumtree, Facebook or at a car boot sale, but you need to be aware of the risks you may be taking.

If you are buying something from a seller that has refurbished the item then you may well get a warranty, but if buying privately then you may find that you have little cover and could end up wasting your money.

Buying items from a car boot is often the most risky as you will not have any way of contacting the person should the item not work and often you cannot test it until you get home.

You can save money on buying items second hand but if you are still talking about spending over a hundred pounds then I would seriously consider whether it is worth the risk, you may find by spending just a little bit more you can get yourself a 12 month warranty and have peace of mind should it not work or go wrong in the near future.

 

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Our Ultimate Weinor Awnings Buying Guide

Weinor fabric awnings are products of quality and incorporate sophisticated technology. They are easy to operate and they also have a long lifespan. Be it a conservatory awning, window awning, patio awning, side screen or sunshade, shade for a patio rooftop, the models are designed for different functions, offering a large selection range of colours, fittings and fabric patterns to suit your personal needs. If you purchase a fabric awning, you need to appreciate and maintain it for some time. Thus, it sensible to get some answers concerning the qualities and properties of fabrics before going for a purchase.

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Home improvements – the best way to remove old wallpaper

When you want to make improvements to your home often the easiest and cheapest option is to do some basic re-decorating and often this involves stripping old wallpaper. This can be a bit of a nightmare as if the plaster under the wallpaper is old then you may end up pulling off large chunks of plaster along with the old paper.

The key is to remove the paper as carefully as possible and this can be done in a couple of ways:

You could use an electric steamer, these are specifically designed for removing wallpaper however they can be costly to buy or rent and can exacerbate any damp issues in the room as there will be lots of condensation as a result of all the steam.

Another option would be the slightly more old-fashioned method of using a bucket of warm water and a large sponge to saturate the walls allow the paper to be scrapped off easily. The key to this is to soak each wall that you will be working on a couple of times and give it 10 mins to soak through the layers of the paper then use a flat metal scrapper and starting from a bottom edge work the scrapper up through the paper.

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Safety with corded electrical appliances

If you have corded appliances such as hairdryers, straighteners, an iron or any types of electrical charging devices there are certain things that you need to be aware of.

Many electrical fires are due to poor cord care rather than an item merely overheating or causing something else to catch fire.

When using your corded item you should first, before plugging the item into the power outlet, check that there are no twists, knots or damage to the cord. Any exposed wires or cracked casing could be extremely dangerous and could result in a fire or an electric shock when the item is being used.

You should also check the point that the cord goes into the appliance and into the plug and again no wire should be exposed and there should be no signs of stress on the cord casing at these points.

Most damage is done to appliance cords from either overstretching the appliance causing too much tension on the cord or from incorrect storage of the appliance wrapping the cord tightly around the appliance weakening the inside structures and again causing unnecessary strain on the material.

If you notice any signs of damage do not use the item and take it to a qualified appliance electrician to repair before attempting to use the appliance again.

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Fitting LED bulbs throughout your home

LED bulbs have been about for some time now, but only recently has there been a huge drop in the cost of them. With so many retailers selling LED bulbs, the competition has seen the cost of these decrease in order to allow them to compete with each other.

LED bulbs are more expensive to buy that your normal bulbs but can last a lot longer and many manufacturers offer a two to five-year guarantee on them although they often last a lot longer than this.  LED bulbs are more efficient as they can produce the same sort of light but by using less power than a normal bulb.

IF you are going to fit LED bulbs then I would strongly recommend fitting them throughout your home as you can save a huge amount of money by buying in bulk. When changing the bulbs do not forget to consider the outdoor lighting and garages or porches etc as these are lights that are often accidently left on for a period of time and could save you more money.

 

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