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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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Get a grip on ladder safety this season

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Safety is an ongoing issue when it comes to the use of ladders, and this autumn, its importance is being highlighted by a new safety campaign run by the Ladder Association. Launched under the rather direct title of Get A Grip, the campaign aims to urge ladder users – and those responsible for them – to take a fresh approach to ladder training.

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Quick considerations when choosing which loft ladder to buy

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Now that the summer heatwave is fading and we’re moving into autumn, lots of people are looking at how to use their lofts ready for Christmas. After all, your loft is the perfect storage solution to keep any bought presents out of view, and that’s not to mention the hassle of taking down Christmas trees and decorations.

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How to choose the best ladders for window cleaners

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As with many other jobs, there’s no ‘one height fits-all’ solution when it comes to ladders. It depends on the height of the window you’re cleaning in question, and often whether you’re a homeowner doing a general household task, or a professional window cleaner looking for a more hard-wearing ladder for commercial tasks.

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Top tips from the experts on how to do a summer clear-out of your loft

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Typically, most people choose spring as the best time for clearing out their loft. But increasingly, more people are choosing summer to have a good clear-out, too. We can see why – there’s something about the bright sunshine that leaves people more energised for the bigger household jobs! Of course, a decent quality loft ladder should be the very top of your list before you start to make the ascent. Once you’ve got that sorted, here are our other top tips for making sure that attic’s clear this summer.

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How to carry out a health check of your roof

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Homeowners are using this particularly hot summer as a brilliant opportunity to carry out a health check of their roof. In many ways, it’s perfect – it’s bright, clear and dry, which mitigates a number of safety concerns normally associated with winter. This doesn’t mean it’s completely without risk, though, so in this post we’re going to be taking you through the main stages, step-by-step.

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