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Which DIY tasks do Britons leave to the professionals?

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There’s no denying that lots of us here in the UK love a good DIY challenge. There’s a certain satisfaction to be had in being the one to solve a problem, and solve it alone. At the same time though, recent trends appear to show that British people are more confident tackling certain tasks more than others. It’s these latter jobs which often require the skills of professionals like electricians, plumbers, painters, decorators and more.

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What essential equipment do you need as a window cleaner?

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To be a window cleaner, you have a few pieces of essential equipment necessary to do your job. It’s always true that for any type of business, some tools will be required. Thankfully, the number of items needed as window cleaner isn’t going to break the bank.

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When should you replace your ladders?

Making the right decision when choosing access equipment

Ladders are like any other tool – they get worn over time and eventually something breaks on them. The difference with ladders is that it can put you at serious risk when they do. For that reason alone, it’s important to inspect them on a regular basis to look for problems to ensure they don’t break apart while you’re on them. It seems like an obvious point, but a leading cause of accidents at work is still falling from height, and a significant cause of visits to the Accident & Emergency ward at local UK hospitals. So, how do you know when the time is right to replace your ladder?
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5 most common roofing mistakes

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Commercial buildings, just like homes, need a good, solid roof to keep the weather out. This will ensure it enjoys a good life expectancy and you don’t get stuck with any catastrophic repair bills. But as well as making sure you do the job regularly, it’s also important to make sure you do the job right. Here are five of the most common mistakes we often see people making when it comes to their roofs.
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A useful checklist for using ladders

All you need to know about aluminium access equipment

Ladders are a useful tool in the workplace. From leaning ladders to stepladders, contractors use ladders to work at height in a variety of jobs, from electrical work to window cleaning. Health and safety should always be a priority when using ladders. Here is a useful checklist for using ladders at work or at home.
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Should you attempt your own roof repairs?

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If your roof is in need of repair and replacement, it can be tempting to do it yourself. Saving money is often a key motivation, and today there are YouTube tutorials for almost everything for everything from replacing guttering to shingling a new roof. However, while many DIY jobs can be easily done by homeowners, roof repairs are close to the top of the list of jobs you should almost always leave to the professionals. Here are a few reasons why! Read full news story

The Safety Equipment You Need as a Window Cleaner

Essential Window Cleaning Equipment

The 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act requires employers to ensure that their employees are as safe as is practical depending on the environment. For window cleaners, this means that not only do employees need to receive the appropriate training for working at heights, but they also must be provided with adequate safety equipment to ensure the activities they complete do not expose them to high levels of risk. We’re going to take a look at the safety equipment that every window cleaner needs in this article.

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Vital ways to stay safe when moving boxes to and from your loft

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The festive season is in full swing, which means it’s likely that you’ve already moved your decorations down from the loft, and they’re already pinned up in all their spectacular festive glory. However, in addition to storing Christmas decorations, many people use their lofts around this time of year to act as a valuable holding area for some of the bigger presents you don’t want other family members to discover. And with the big day drawing ever closer, you may already be thinking about how to move those down. Big presents notwithstanding, in a few weeks you’ll be moving the Christmas decorations straight back up there again, so it’s worth taking these key steps to ensure that ensuring the bare minimum of basic safety with your loft ladder.

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Job Vacancy: Ladder Inspector

Browns Ladders is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of Access Equipment, from Ladders & Steps, to Work Platforms & Scaffolding.

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4 useful advantages of scaffold towers over permanent scaffolding

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For certain jobs, a traditional ladder just won’t cut it – no matter if it’s made of aluminium, timber or fibreglass. Most often, these types of jobs are in the realm of rendering, plastering, window fitting and heavy duty construction like bricklaying and roofing. However, erecting permanent scaffolding – the type often seen on building sites – is equally too involved and time consuming. These are the situations in which mobile scaffold towers tend to truly excel. In this week’s post, we’re looking at just four reasons why!

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