How-to: Home maintenance

The below videos were created by our repairs contractor, Mears. They aim to help you complete basic home maintenance repairs in your home. However if you need to report a major repair, please give us a call on 0300 123 1745, and press option 1 followed by option 2.

Changing an outside lightbulb

Changing an outside lightbulb: Video transcript

Hi guys, I'm Rob from Mears. Today we’ll be showing you how to change an outside light bulb.

Right, first step: we’re going to undo the screws that secure the cover to the light and gently remove the light.

Having removed the cover we’re now going to remove the lightbulb by gently pulling it away from the socket.

Then you can identify and see which kind of bulb you need to replace it.

Right, I have a replacement bulb here. I've made sure it's exactly the same as the one I've taken out.

I'm just going to refit it by pushing it back onto the socket gently so it locates on the pins.

Right, final stage is to replace our cover back over the light. We're going to line it back up with our screw holes like so.

Turn the screws clockwise until the cover sits nice and tight back over the light.

Once the cover is back in place check the light is working by turning it back on at the switch.

A few safety tips for you to remember:

  • Always turn off the electricity before you start
  • Always use a safely erected ladder
  • Never stand on top of the ladder
  • Get somebody to help you if needed
  • Always wear flat shoes when working on a ladder
  • Dispose of the lightbulb safely once you’re finished.

One more thing: if you're not confident or you're not sure, give the Mears repairs team a call and we’ll come out and assist you.

Download the fact sheet

For more information on how to change an outside lightbulb, please click here to download the Mears fact sheet.


Fixing a skirting board

Fixing a skirting board: Video transcript

Hello, my name is Lee I work for Mears as a multi trader.

Today I’m going to show you how to re-fix a skirting board. Tools that will be required is a silicon gun, silicon, decorators caulk and a dustpan and brush.

Step one: Clear of any debris from the back of the skirting board and the wall and surrounding areas.

Step two: Apply the adhesive to the back of the skirting board

Step three: Place the skirting board back into place, applying even pressure so this sticks properly.

Step four: Apply decorators caulk to any gaps along the top or sides of your skirting board

If your skirting is going in the bathroom, please use a sealant to seal along the bottom of the skirting board where it meets the floor to keep a watertight joint.

So just to recap, clean any debris off the back of the skirting board, the wall and your surrounding areas.

Apply the adhesive to the back of the skirting board, push firmly into place. Use decorators caulk to seal any gaps along the top or side of your skirting board.

If you come across any problems while doing this, please give Mears a call and we’ll be happy to help.

Download the fact sheet

For more information on how to fix a skirting board, please click here to download the Mears fact sheet.


Door alignment fix

Door alignment fix: Video transcript

Hi, my name is Lee. I work for Mears as a multi trader.

Today I’m going to show you how to adjust kitchen units if they’ve dropped.

If this has happened, please check both of the main screws holding the hinge to the unit, and then adjust the grub screw until the door is in a line.

When adjusting the top hinges please make sure you’re standing on a suitable hop up or step ladder - don’t stand on chairs or any uneven surfaces.

Just to recap, check both of the main screws holding the hinge to the unit and then adjust the grub screw until the door is aligned. If you do have any troubles doing this, please give Mears a call and we’ll be happy to help.

Download the fact sheet

For more information on how to fix the door alignment of your kitchen units, please click here to download the Mears fact sheet.


Replacing tiles

Replacing tiles: Video transcript

Hello, my name is Lisa and I’m a multi trader for Mears.

Today I’m going to be showing you how to replace a tile that’s come off the wall.

Step one: Purchase the correct size and colour of the tile that you’re replacing.

Step two: Ensure that the area is clear of any old debris or adhesive.

Step three: Apply the tile adhesive to the back of the tile or the wall where it is required.

Step four: Press the tile into place apply even pressure until you’re happy with the positioning.

Step five: Leave to set. The timings for this will vary and this will be on the back of the adhesive that you’re using.

Step six: Apply grout in the gaps around the new tile. After five minutes wipe the excess off with a damp sponge.

Just to recap, purchase the correct size and colour tile. Ensure the area is clear and clean of any old adhesive. Apply the tile adhesive to the back of the tile or the wall where required. Press the tile into place and apply even pressure until you’re happy with the positioning. Leave to set. Apply grout in the gaps around the new tile. After five minutes wipe off any excess with a damp sponge.

And just one more thing, don’t forget your safety glasses and gloves.

If you aren’t able to do this or you have any problems, please give Mears a call and we will be happy to help.


How to manage condensation

How to manage condensation: Video transcript

Hi, I’m Rob from Mears.

In this video we’d like to give you some useful tips on how to treat mould and damp in your property and prevent new mould from growing.

The main cause of mould is condensation. Condensation occurs when warm moist air comes into contact with cold air or cold surfaces. Everyday activities such as cooking, bathing and drying clothes can cause condensation. Important steps to help reduce condensation would be:

  • Covering a saucepan when it’s boiling.
  • Drying clothes on a dryer or radiator and opening the windows.
  • When you’re bathing and showering closing the door and opening the bathroom windows or use the trickle vents that are located at the top of the window. Trickle vents can be opened by sliding the bar and checking with your finger that the air is coming through.
  • Ensure air vents are not blocked and allow air to circulate around furniture and cupboards. Do this by allowing space in your cupboards and between furniture and walls.
  • The next tip is to keep your home warm. Draft proofing will help keep the home warmer and cut down on fuel bills. When the property is warmer condensation is less likely to form maintain low heat when the weather is cold. This is more effective than using short bursts of high heat. If you don’t have heating in every room open the doors to allow warm air to circulate around your home.

It’s worth mentioning at this point there can be other causes for damp and mould in your home. These can be leaks on internal water pipes, or a leak in the roof system, or a lack of insulation. If you suspect any of these give the Mears repair team a call and we can investigate for you. There is one more thing you can do to help stop mould growing in your home, anti-fungicide sprays are available in most shops, they will help kill the mould. Or if you’re painting an additive can go into the emulsion and it makes it affectively mould resistant paint.

Finally, here’s some safety tips for you to remember:

  • Always use gloves when handling mould spray
  • Use a mould spray that carries a health and safety executive approved number and make sure you follow the manufacturers’ instructions
  • Dispose of all cleaning cloths
  • Make sure the area you’re working in is well ventilated.

One more thing, if you’re not confident or you’re unsure, give the Mears repairs team a call and we’ll come out and assist you.

Download the fact sheet

For more information on managing condensation in your home, please click here to download the Mears fact sheet.



    
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