Dragon’s Den inspires decorator to skydive for two charities!

A tradesman from Norfolk has been inspired by a Dragon’s Den contestant to don his decorating overalls for a charity skydive.
Wayne de Wet, a recommended and vetted Checkatrade.com painter and decorator based in Caister-on-Sea, has been fundraising for Cancer Research UK for the last 10 years but is now up for a new challenge since meeting Jordan Daykin, the youngest entrepreneur to receive investment on BBC’s Dragons Den when he was just 18-years-old.
Jordan, CEO of GripIt Fixings, secured an £80,000 cash injection from Deborah Meaden on the show in 2014 for 25% of his company which he invented with his Grandfather from their garden shed. By 2016, GripIt Fixings were being stocked in over 3,000 UK stores and exported to 32 countries and they now have the capacity to create 32 million fixings per year. As well as recently releasing his autobiography ‘Gripped’, Jordan is also an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, the charity which inspired Wayne’s charity challenge.
Wayne, who is planning to jump out of a plane at the end of November this year, contacted Jordan Daykin to test and review the GripIt MarXman, a professional marking tool. Wayne’s tool reviews regularly feature in The Decorator, the official journal of the Painting and Decorating Association.
Since reviewing the tool and receiving support directly from Jordan at GripIt, Wayne said: ‘I’ve always wanted to do a skydive for charity and after meeting Jordan, I thought what better way to raise money for two amazing causes – The Alzheimer’s Society and Cancer Research UK. I’m going to offer companies the chance to have their logos printed on my overalls, which will give them great exposure and help me reach my fundraising goals.’
The painting and decorating industry has offered overwhelming support to Wayne de Wet’s charity fundraising efforts over the last decade, and he’s hoping they’ll back his skydive in the same way.
If you or your company would like to sponsor Wayne and get your company logo onto the overalls he’ll be skydiving in, you can contact him on 07947 121936. Alternatively, you can donate direct to his Virgin Money Giving page at:

HBRS Trader Competition

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  2. To enter the Competition please speak with a member of the team who will register your entry. The competition will be open from 10am on 21/09/2018 and will close at 17:00 on the 23/09/2018. Winner will be announced by Friday 28th September 2018. Entries received before the opening dates or after the closing date will not be entered into the Competition. There will be 1 prize winner of 1 years free Checkatrade membership in total, plus up to 3 runner up prizes.
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HBRS Consumer Competition

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  2. To enter the Competition you must have attended the Checkatrade stand the Homebuilding and Renovation Show at London ExCel and submitted your guess of the number of nuts and bolts in the Chevkatrade tick via the Online App. The competition will be open from 10:00AM on 21/09/2018 and will close at 5:00PM on the 23/09/2018. Winner will be announced Midday Wednesday 26th September. Entries received before the opening dates or after the closing date will not be entered into the Competition. There will be 1 prize winner in total, selected from all eligible entries through the Online App.
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Caption This Competition

 

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  2. To enter the Competition please comment on the Facebook post a caption relevant to the picture we have posted with 20 words or less. The competition will be open from 4:30PM on 17/09/2018 and will close at 12:00 midnight on the 30/09/2018. Winner will be announced Midday Monday 1st October. Entries received before the opening dates or after the closing date will not be entered into the Competition. There will be 1 prize winner in total, selected from all eligible entries through Facebook.
  3. The winner of the Competition will receive One Thousand Pounds exactly.
  4. One entry per person. If more than one entry per person is received only the first entry will be accepted. Any entrants using false or dishonest information or creating multiple accounts for the purposes of entering the Competition will be disqualified. Entries that do not meet the rules of the Competition will be excluded and Checkatrade will not be liable for entries not received for any reason.  It is each entrant’s responsibility to ensure that the contact details they provide are accurate and complete. No responsibility will be accepted by Checkatrade for the loss or delay of the Prize in the post.
  5. Checkatrade reserves the right to substitute the Prize with a prize of equal or greater value in the event that the Prize described above cannot be provided to the Winner. The Prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be given.
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WHERE TO LOOK WHEN YOU CAN’T FIND YOUR STOPCOCK

When a pipe has just burst, what’s the worst that can happen? You can’t find the stopcock.

Leaks are unpredictable but acting fast will help to prevent water damage destroying your property, so you need to get to your stopcock as quickly as possible.

Where is my stopcock? 

The stopcock is usually found under the kitchen sink, but this is not always the case, especially in older properties. If you can’t find yours under the sink, try looking in:

  • The back of a cupboard in the bathroom
  • The airing cupboard
  • Near the boiler
  • Next to the front door, concealed behind a panel

Do I need to check if it works? 

Yes, we highly recommend testing your stopcock. Sometimes they seize up if they haven’t been used for a while, so we advise to give it a quick turn once or twice a year, just to be on the safe side.

Can Checkatrade help? 

If you have any questions or need help locating your stopcock, don’t wait until there is an emergency, get in touch with one of our Checkatrade members for help. Find a trader you can trust online at www.checkatrade.com

WHAT TO DO WHEN A PIPE BURSTS

Last winter saw more snow days than we can remember, resulting in lots of home disasters – which is why we need to start preparing our pipes now to help avoid flooding and other costly water damage.

Having a plumber check if your pipes are prone to freezing is the best way to prevent potential problems. You could also help stop water freezing in your pipes by insulating water tanks and lag pipes, making sure that there are no gaps at bends, valves or fittings – and don’t forget your outside tap! You can pick up any products needed from your local DIY store.

What do I do if a pipe bursts?

Step 1: Turn off the water supply at the stopcock. [HYPERLINK THE WORD STOPCOCK TO BLOG POST]

Step 2: Open all taps to reduce flooding

Step 3: Block off the escaping water with thick towels to stop other rooms from flooding

Step 4: Turn off all taps until the pipework is repaired

Step 5: Call a qualified plumber from www.checkatrade.com

HOW TO PREVENT YOUR DECKING FROM DECAYING

Prevention is better than cure when it comes to preparing your garden decking for the change in seasons.

Repairing or replacing damaged decking and broken sections can be a big and costly job, so if you can prepare and preserve your panels, you’ll be well on your way to looking after your wood for winter.

Using the right cleaning and preserving products is vital for removing mould and fungi from your decking. Cleaning, sealing and protecting are also really important. You can buy what you need online or from your local DIY store.

Before the wet weather sets in, it’s a good idea to recolour or stain your decking which will keep it looking better for longer, and when spring comes round your garden should look as good as new.

If you’d like more advice on preserving your garden decking, visit www.checkatrade.com to find a trader in your area who can help.

GET YOUR GUTTERS SORTED FOR THE NEW SEASON

The nights are drawing in, the weathers on the turn and the leaves are going brown and crispy. It’s officially autumn and time to start thinking about getting your gutters ready for the changing seasons.

Great Britain is renowned for our heavy downpours, blustery winds and colourful falling leaves and this unfortunately means that the gutters of homeowners are prone to build-ups and blockages. It’s important to keep your gutters clear as they are such an integral part of your home – controlling the flow of rainwater and protecting the walls, roof, foundation and surrounding landscape.

Why should I clean my gutter? 

You’ll probably be amazed by the amount of leaves, moss and other debris that can build up over the year. Once a gutter gets clogged up, it can cause all sorts of problems such as rotting of fascia boards which make it easier for water to enter the house and cause wall and ceiling damage and blocked downpipes.

How do I clean them?

If you are confident enough to use a ladder, cleaning out your gutters should be straightforward but you can always call on a Checkatrade trader to help you if needed at www.checkatrade.com. To clean your gutters yourself:

Step 1: Start by cleaning the gutter near the downspout.

Step 2: Remove all debris with a trowel and put into a plastic bag or bucket.

Step 3: Flush the gutter lengths with a hose starting at the end opposite the downspout.

WHY YOU NEED TO CLEAN YOUR EXTRACTOR FAN

How often do you think to clean your extractor fan? We think that this is one of the most overlooked household jobs, but you need to make it a must-do.

Why do I need to clean my extractor fan? 

Extractor fans draw up plenty of airborne particles and dust which collect in the vents, filters and blades of the fan which can lead to a build-up of mould and mildew.

How do I clean it?

By removing the fan and following our four simple steps, you can clean out the extractor fan yourself. But if you don’t feel confident enough, you can always ask a Checkatrade member to do the job for you.

Step 1: Make sure you have turned the power off. Most models have a plug located directly behind the cover.

Step 2: Removing the cover and fan can be messy and awkward. To reach yours easily, use a ladder safely. Most covers will have two prongs either side, but some might have screws. When removing the fan, take care not to knock it as the blades are easily chipped which can make your fan louder and less effective.

Step 3: Give the cover a vacuum to remove all the build up excess dust and dirt. Take a clean paint brush or old toothbrush and clean out all of the hard to reach smaller areas. Wipe down with a damp cloth and leave to dry.

Step 4: Reinstall the fan back in place and reinsert the exhaust pipe. Then screw the bracing back into place. Double check that the power is still off and then give the fan a test by carefully using your fingers to spin the blades a few times ensuring that it’s not knocking or ruining anything. Pop the cover on, turn the power back on and the fan should be as good as new.

Top Tip: Do this job twice a year – at the beginning and end of the spring and summer months is best.

Creating the Ultimate At-Home Gym from Floor to Ceiling

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 The dream of having your very own home gym is a common one – and it’s little wonder. Who wouldn’t want to work out away from all the annoying people you find at the gym? The too-loud headphones, the treadmill-hoggers, and, of course, those who are only there for the selfies…

Even if you’re one of these stereotypes, it would be nice to get away from a busy gym and exercise in the comfort of your own home. This post will provide everything you need to make sure you nail a gym-focused home renovation, paving the way for membership cancellation sooner than you’d think.

Know your budget

Before you start, you need to know how much money you’re spending on this project. A small-scale home gym can be done on the cheap, with the addition of a treadmill and some weights.

If you’re shooting for the moon and have grand ideas regarding an all-inclusive workout experience, up your budget accordingly – as there’s nothing worse than having a half-finished room in your home when the money runs out.

Use neglected space

If there’s an area of your home that you simply don’t use enough – be it your garage, a spare bedroom or a utility space – this could be the perfect home for your personal workout centre. Just make sure the floor’s tough enough to hold the weight of heavy equipment and, well, weights. A garage with a floor built to accommodate a car is the best place to set up your weightlifting area to avoid damage to carpets or flooring you’ve invested money in.

Breathing new life into your home in such a way will not only add value to your property but also make your home a more functional and pleasant place to be. An alternative to using neglected space is adding an extra element to an already existing room – if you work from home, why not stick a treadmill in your home office so you can put in an easy workout when on your break? Just make sure you’re not unduly cluttering the space, and you’ll be fine.

Know your workout type

A strong benefit of designing your own personal gym is that it can be tailored to you personally, and you can avoid having to pay for machines that you just won’t use. If you’re a cardio fan above all else, you won’t need to spend money on weights or pull-up bars and vice versa for treadmills and cross trainers.

If you like to get active in the great outdoors when you can, make sure there’s somewhere to accommodate your road bike on rainy days – either a set of rollers or something more high-tech, like a virtual cycling experience such as the ever-popular Zwift.

Add home comforts

The key here is to understand that you should exploit the fact that your gym is at home. If you’ve spent far too long staring into space in a dull-looking public gym, you’ll surely have plenty of ideas regarding what home comforts you could put in your at-home gym.

From a simple addition such as a TV or a Bluetooth speaker (no need to wear headphones, you can blast your tunes as loud as you like in your home) to something more luxe like a set of bi-fold doors that mean you can let the breeze in on a warm day, adding elements like these will surely put the ‘home’ in home gym.

Of course, be careful not to cram the space with homely touches, as the prime focus of your home gym is a successful workout.

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If you’re designing any new room in your house, the most important thing is to indulge your own creativity first and foremost. Adding a dash of your own personality to these actionable tips will have you cancelling your direct debit membership and living the home gym workout in no time.

Alex Jones is a features writer for Start Fitness – providers of running, cycling, gym, football and outdoor products.