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When should you bring in a professional?

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We’ve all been guilty of biting off more than we can chew when it comes to a D.I.Y project, but when should you call in a professional? We’re taking a look at some of the most common interior decorating tasks and when you should pick up the phone and call a professional.

Unless you’re a qualified Joiner & Carpenter or builder, we think anything that involves structural work should be left to the professionals.

Likewise, if you’re dealing with a problem that has the potential to cause structural damage and need dry rot treatment or damp proofing, you should leave it to someone who knows what they’re doing. The worst case scenario is if you’ve don’t get professional help which could make things worse, and you might end up needing to spend more money to correct the faults.

There are things that are you can probably do yourself like painting and wallpapering. But if you can afford to hire help you might find the experience less stressful and time-consuming.

If you need building work done by Recommended Builders UK, contact us here on 0131 447 5327 for a quote for peace of mind and a quality finish.

Tips for Drywalling

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Drywalling (also known as Plasterboard Drywall) can seem like a daunting task to undertake however, hanging drywall isn’t actually that difficult. There are a dozens of tips for installing drywall however; today we are only going to go through a few of them.


Safety is essential when doing any physical work. There aren’t many safety hazards when installing drywall however, wearing a dust mask and safety glasses to keep dust from getting in your eyes and lungs are the main hazards what you will need to worry about.

Measuring the wall

To begin with, you need to measure the wall. Measure the width of the wall and cut the sheet so that is about a quarter of an inch shorter.

Adding screws

Start to add screws to the middle of the panel at an appropriate height. After the first one is done continue with the rest whilst working your down from the middle toward the outside and about 16 inches apart.

Here at George Hardies we offer all types of Plaster Work including drywall installations.

If you need any assistance with drywalling call us now on 01331 447 5327

A few things to keep in mind before replacing your roof

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The roof is an extremely important part of your house, without it (of course) you would be cold & wet from the rain. That is why it is important that you get it right when having a Roof Replacement. However, replacing a roof isn’t cheap, they can cost up to £16,000 as an overall cost.

Take a good look at the paperwork

The actual job can take up to five days (depending on the size of the roof). Roofing in general, involves a massive amount of money & liability. There are three documents that are crucial:

• Building Permit
• A written contract – outlining everything you have agreed to
• A letter addressed to you from the contractors insurance confirming the project under the worker liability plan

Only the best

To ensure you won’t have to worry about your roof again, only go for the best Building Products. You will want to check out copper flashing which is very durable for sealing joints however; this would add around £800 to the cost.

If you need any roof repairs on your building, give us a call on 0131 447 5327

Exterior Property Paining

Top tips for painting the outside of your house

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When Painting Your House it is essential to remember that things can go wrong quickly and so you will need to start thinking about giving your house a new colour as soon as you see any blisters or any crack on the exterior. Take note to this article as we are going to go through our Top Tips For Painting Your House:

What paint should you use?

When deciding what paint to use you are faced with two kinds of paint to choose from when Exterior House Painting: oil based and water-based latex. To cleanup oil based paints you will need paint thinner unlike the latex which just needs water and soap.

Where to start?

The best place to start when painting your home is in the shade. It may seem obvious however, painting in the sun will let the paint dry quicker and therefore it will not last as long as you would expect. This will lead to cracks and blisters in the wall and needing to paint your home again!

Start from the top!

Whilst keeping in mind to start in the shade you should also remember to take it from the top then work your way down. To prevent lap marks you should always try to paint from one wet surface to another.
Don’t forget to check out our last article about basic ladder safety when giving your home a new coat of paint.

Ladder Safety Edinburgh

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As professional builders in Edinburgh we like to offer free advice on such things as ladder safety. When planning on going up the ladder to replace a light bulb, paint the walls, or even fetching the football stuck on the roof, it is crucial to keep in mind what to and what not to do whilst going up the ladder. Here are a few key things to keep mind.

Keep it flat
The first thing to remind yourself about is to make sure you are on the right surface. Keep it flat. Make sure that you set your ladder up on a flat surface so you can reduce the possibility of a hazard occurring.
If a flat surface is unavailable then ask a friend, family member or a neighbour to hold the ladder steady whilst you climb.

Need to bring any tools up with you?
If you need to any tools when up the ladder then it would be wise to invest in a tool belt to keep your hands free so you can concentrate on the climb.

What’s your angle?
Make sure when setting your ladder against a wall or fence that it is at the correct angle. This of course reduces the risk of any accidents that could happen.
Remember to keep your feet flat
I hope this information from our professional builders company in Edinburgh has been useful. If you need a good Builders Quote In Edinburgh then contact or number 0131 447 5327