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  • Built in wardrobes Start with a blank canvas (left image).Build the core (middle image). Fill out the sides(right image).This week was a very full week. It began, as you would ...
    Posted Mar 10, 2011, 2:46 PM by Jim Sear
  • Cloakroom refurbishment This is one I made earlier!I was asked to install a new cloakroom in a house in Wilingdon. This is what it looked like at handover.
    Posted Feb 21, 2011, 4:01 PM by Jim Sear
  • Sash windows? Reduce road noise with draghtproofing. Reducing external noise is one of the many benfits of draughtproofing sash windows.Not so long ago I was working on a house on a busy main road. The house ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2011, 3:11 PM by Jim Sear
  • Tier decking in Eastbourne Here is an example one of many decks I've built.Click on any of the pictures to see them full size. If you need help or advice on this ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2011, 2:51 PM by Jim Sear
  • Shelving units for videos Over the past month I've been building video storage units for a customer. I've constructed several units in different locations around the house. In fact apart from the ...
    Posted Feb 21, 2011, 12:12 PM by Jim Sear
  • Hide a Fuse box in a cupboard In full view, or tucked away in some obscure cubby hole. Too high up, too low down. Fuse boxes always seem to be in awkward places.   This time it was ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2011, 2:13 PM by Jim Sear
  • Alcove cupboard hiding TV DVD Sky and Speakers Click to enlargeClick to enlargeTom Ware Painters' wife was being driven to distraction by wires and boxes and remote controls and more cables and extension leads and ...
    Posted Mar 11, 2011, 1:59 PM by Jim Sear
  • Fitted Wardrobes Eastbourne Wardrobes closed (Click to enlarge)Wardrobes openIn between a dozen other small jobs this week  I've been building wardrobes in a couple of  bedrooms. As you can see ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2011, 9:54 AM by Jim Sear
  • Install a BEKO Slimline Dishwasher. Install a BEKO Slimline Dishwasher.BEKO Slimline DishwasherIn order to install the dishwasher, I first had to source it. The couple are in their very late years and time ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2011, 2:05 PM by Jim Sear
  • Sash window repair, broken cord, and top sash stuck. No sooner had I arrived at the house to start work this morning , than I had to turn back to home because I'd forgotten to bring the most important ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2011, 1:41 PM by Jim Sear
  • Light box bodge removed It always amazes me how many home made bodges last such a long time. I was asked to come to a house in Old Town to sort out a couple ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2011, 10:41 AM by Jim Sear
  • IKEA PAX sliding door wardrobe flat pack assembly and installation. IKEA PAX WArdrobeBuilding flat pack wardrobes from IKEA is all in a day's work for me. It goes together relatively simply and all the bits fit.  The beauty ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2011, 4:49 AM by Jim Sear
  • Genuinely! No job too small (The case of the lost teeth) This post is written with the kind permission of the client"I've lost my false teeth!" came the lisping voice out of the earpiece. "I had them in a ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2011, 12:13 PM by Jim Sear
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Built in wardrobes

posted Mar 6, 2011, 4:19 AM by Jim Sear   [ updated Mar 10, 2011, 2:46 PM ]













Start with a blank canvas (left image).Build the core (middle image). Fill out the sides(right image).

This week was a very full week. It began, as you would expect, on Monday morning. The remit was to build a wardrobe's internals and include full height sliding mirror doors. I only work for nice people - and this customer is a superstar. It was a real pleasure to work with the customer. 
The unit is made of MDF with Polar lipping applied to all exposed edges. The chimney breast is wrapped in shelving and a dressing table area. Both alcove spaces are fitted with rails for single and double hanging. The top of the unit is one long shelf that is able to take a huge amount of "stuff". The internals were done on the Monday, and the mirror sliding doors were to be hung the next day ---  unfortunately  --- the doors didn't arrive from the suppliers until very late in the afternoon. That meant that the job extended into Wednesday. 
While waiting for the doors to arrive I was able to sort out the front door which was inoperable. The lock was broken and the door was swollen shut. Changing the night latch was the work of a couple of minutes. It took about an hour to get the door fitting properly again, but now it opens and shuts as it should do. 
The mirrored sliding doors and surround were fitted Wednesday morning, and handover was completed by 12.
I'm going back to take a couple of photos of the finished room next week to update this post. So look back next week to see the finished article.

Click on images to enlarge


Cloakroom refurbishment

posted Feb 21, 2011, 2:34 PM by Jim Sear   [ updated Feb 21, 2011, 4:01 PM ]

This is one I made earlier!
I was asked to install a new cloakroom in a house in Wilingdon. 

This is what it looked like at handover.

Sash windows? Reduce road noise with draghtproofing.

posted Feb 16, 2011, 2:54 PM by Jim Sear   [ updated Feb 16, 2011, 3:11 PM ]

Reducing external noise is one of the many benfits of draughtproofing sash windows.
Not so long ago I was working on a house on a busy main road. The house is in the midddle of a lovely village (Horam), but with very heavy through traffic. The main bedroom faces onto the road.
The clients run "Little Sunflowers" childrenswear as a family business
Some of their sash windows are over a hundred years old.
With proper care, the sashes will easily last another generation or two.
By the time I had finished, my customers were amazed at the difference the draughtproofing made. They were so pleased that they kept opening and shutting the sashes just to test the difference.

Where a draught can get through so can noise dirt and dust. If the putty is old and dried out and any of the individual glass panels are loose (they rattles when tapped) then they too have to be resealed.

By the way, if you're looking for presents for young kids take a look at their website, 
it's http://www.littlesunflowers.com/
Little Sunflowers
Lyndhurst House,
High St,
HORAM
TN21

Tier decking in Eastbourne

posted Feb 16, 2011, 2:43 PM by Jim Sear   [ updated Feb 16, 2011, 2:51 PM ]

Here is an example one of many decks I've built.
Click on any of the pictures to see them full size.










If you need help or advice on this or any other topic give me a call on 07930 335 937 or email me 
Carpenter Electrician Painter Plasterer Plumber Eastbourne Handyman Eastbourne

Shelving units for videos

posted Feb 16, 2011, 2:18 PM by Jim Sear   [ updated Feb 21, 2011, 12:12 PM ]

Over the past month I've been building video storage units for a customer. I've constructed several units in different locations around the house. In fact apart from the stair well itself, there are video storage units everywhere. He has thousands upon thousnds of videos, and despite my best efforts, we still don't have enough storage. He tells me that we have only racked and stacked less than half his total collection! We've now commandeered the under-stairs broom cupboard to accommodate some more. I find other people's lives fascinating! Here are some pictures of various units...

           













Hide a Fuse box in a cupboard

posted Feb 16, 2011, 1:56 PM by Jim Sear   [ updated Feb 16, 2011, 2:13 PM ]

In full view, or tucked away in some obscure cubby hole. Too high up, too low down. Fuse boxes always seem to be in awkward places.   This time it was in full view in a kitchen, high up on the ceiling. Was it any wonder the lady wanted to hide it. I made the cupboard to match the kitchen units. By the time I'd finished I think it looked a whole lot smarter than when I started. 
As usual click images to enlarge
   
If you need help or advice on this or any other topic give me a call on 07930 335 937 or email me 
Carpenter Electrician Painter Plasterer Plumber Eastbourne Handyman Eastbourne

Alcove cupboard hiding TV DVD Sky and Speakers

posted Feb 13, 2011, 5:58 AM by Jim Sear   [ updated Mar 11, 2011, 1:59 PM ]

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Tom Ware Painters' wife was being driven to distraction by wires and boxes and remote controls and more cables and extension leads and speakers and blinking lights and telephones and mobiles and laptops and.... --- well, I'm sure you get the picture. 
It was a nightmare that takes place all over the country, in countless homes (including mine). But this home was important. It is HER home. And she doesn't want to see the tangle of wires etc. So her husband, Tom, being the super chap that he is, decided his ears had had enough ear bashing and he needed to tidy away his toys.... 

Along came Jim. 
From a standing start, it took me a day to build the unit, from scratch, out of three sheets of MDF. Now EVERYTHING is tucked away behind vented doors (to let the air circulate around the electronics). The cables running to the TV have been hidden and so harmony reigns in the home, and Tom can now watch his favourite programmes in super surround sound in peace. It's the job of every happily married man to keep his wife content - isn't it?

Update: Tom has now decorated the room and unit in matching colours

Fitted Wardrobes Eastbourne

posted Feb 6, 2011, 9:51 AM by Jim Sear

Wardrobes closed (Click to enlarge)

Wardrobes open

In between a dozen other small jobs this week  I've been building wardrobes in a couple of  bedrooms. As you can see from the pictures they're built to wrap around a chimney breast. Both wardrobes are double hanging with a storage shelf at the top.Above the radiator is deep shelving.  The radiator is used as a drying station during the winter months, otherwise I would have incorporated a radiator cover. In the other bedroom (picture to follow) I've built a similar single wardrobe with double hanging. It took two days from start to finish. To finish the room off, the plasterer has skimmed all of the walls which will be painted on Monday, and the fitters are coming in on Wednesday to lay a new carpet. The new bed is standing in the hallway ready to take pride of place in this completely revamped bedroom.

If you'd like to email me on this or any other topic CLICK HERE

Install a BEKO Slimline Dishwasher.

posted Jan 31, 2011, 2:03 PM by Jim Sear

Install a BEKO Slimline Dishwasher.

BEKO Slimline Dishwasher
In order to install the dishwasher, I first had to source it. 
The couple are in their very late years and time is taking its toll. Vision is fading, and falls are frequent. They need something robust and simple. No huge array of flashing lights and tiny touch screen buttons, but SIMPLE buttons ON - OFF - WORK. It doesn't have to be any more complicated than that. At home Trish and I  have a Bosch Logixx automatic dishwasher. A fabulous machine with DOZENS and DOZENS of different programmes. We use ONE. We want the dishes clean that's all. We don't want to fly to the moon. It goes on standard wash come hell or high water. One programme. Talking to the vast majority of my customers who use dishwashers and washing machines, they do the same. 
But I digress...
I went to Langney Domestics (opposite the Salvation Army) and sourced a slimline model with 3 proper controls. On/Off  Stop/Start  Programme 1/2/3. No stupid screen in 10 different languages.
Langney Domestics is a family run electrical retailer celebrating over 40 years of trading. 
Ken helped find the right sort of dishwasher for somebody with fading sight. The dishwasher was in stock (as is almost everything they sell) and I was able to take it straight back to the customers house. The unit slotted into position and fitting it was simple It was soon up and running, and the lady was happy. She can now operate the dishwasher by touch when her eyesight deteriorates further.
If you'd like to email me on this or any other topic CLICK HERE

Sash window repair, broken cord, and top sash stuck.

posted Jan 24, 2011, 12:34 PM by Jim Sear   [ updated Jan 24, 2011, 1:41 PM ]


No sooner had I arrived at the house to start work this morning , than I had to turn back to home because I'd forgotten to bring the most important bit of kit - dust sheets. Thankfully it was only a couple of miles there and back.
The next couple of hours were spent sorting out a sash window with broken cords and a top sash that had been painted shut. It's a routine task for me, but it must be disturbing for  some home owners when they see their windows being taken to bits. The hardest part of the whole operation is the removal of decades and decades of old paint that clog the slides and hold the sashes firmly shut. 

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