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Mouse Catching Advice And Tips

Bye Bye Mice

Let’s face it. Whether you live in a new home or an older Victorian era abode, these creatures will get in and they can be a real nuisance if they’re not caught. See some tips below to help the pesky problem.

Remember mice are very small (1-2 inches long), so even the smallest of holes can make your home accessible to them.

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Benefits Of Steam Cleaning

Benefits of Steam Cleaning

Rumour has it that ‘steam cleaning’ was discovered in Europe only about 20 years ago when a pub landlord used steam from the cappuccino machine to clean lipstick from a wine glass. Boom, steam cleaning was born. I’m not sure how accurate or inaccurate this information may be, but regardless it makes for a nice little anecdote!

Anyway there are obvious advantages to using steam to clean, and three that top the list are:

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Toddler With Dishwasher

Child Proof Your Home

For those of you with little ones, helping to keep your home child-safe is of utmost priority. Especially in the kitchen, you’ll want to make sure anything that could cause harm is out of the reach or way. Albeit, some of these things might seem like common sense, it is important to make sure you’ve taken every precaution in order to protect the young’ns. A few tips below will help keep your kitchen safe.

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Hosepipe Ban Update

It would appear that the hose-pipe ban could be ended sooner for some areas in the UK. Thames Water, the largest in the UK has announced that unless there is a ‘Saharan twist’ in the weather the ban should be lifted before autumn. (Not that any of us would be particularly interested in watering anything in our gardens at the minute!!)

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Hosepipe Ban Remains

OK, so perhaps like me, many of you are somewhat confused about how a hosepipe ban can still be in place after the weeks of rainfall we’ve experienced in April. I even recall we had the equivalent of a month’s worth of rainfall over just 24 hours. So why are we still technically in ‘drought’ and why is there still a hosepipe ban?

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Light Bulb In The Dark

Light Bulbs Know How

From September 2012 manufacturers will no longer be able to sell old style incandescent light bulbs in the UK- so standard everyday light bulbs to you and me.

The main reason for this change is the (soon-to-be) old style bulbs are really inefficient and the majority of energy lost is in form of heat rather than light. Overall, I’ve found the information regarding the switch to these new energy efficient bulbs pretty overwhelming.

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Better Late Than Never

The sunny British Summer (see: some nice weather for a few days) is finally upon us. What better time to take advantage and tackle any nagging unfinished DIY in and around your house and garden?

Right, you’re thinking why in the heck would I waste this weather on DIY? But it’s a known fact* that DIY completion is directly and positively correlated with capacity to feel pleasure. Simply, the more you DIY the more pleasure you’ll feel in all other aspects of your life. You thought the meal you had last night tasted pretty damn good? Now think, had you cleaned the gutters beforehand, suddenly that pork pie and Special Brew is tasting like a 5* Michelin meal washed down with Moet & Chandon. Or hey, maybe the 5* posh nonsense you were forced to eat is now tasting more like a good ol’ pork pie and brew.

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Its Good to Torx

It’s Good to Torx

I’d always wondered why modern appliances were held together by Torx head screws. I mean, everyone has a flat head or a Phillips screwdriver. Or even an Allen key. A lot less people own Torx head screwdrivers. So why do appliance manufacturers put Torx head screws on their appliances? To annoy us? To make us spend money on Torx head screwdrivers as part of some wild conspiracy?

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The Digital Switchover Is Here

The Digital Switchover…

The digital switchover is well under way. Have you switched over yet? If you’re not sure, Digital UK have a location checker on their website, which tell you if you’ve switched over, or if you haven’t, the year in which it’s scheduled. The switchover has been rolling out to various parts of the country since 2007; we’re currently about 60% through the process – it finishes in 2012.Read more