Due to the success of my Psychotherapy and Counselling practice www.individualpsychotherapy.co.uk
I now work part-time as the Frome Handyman, which limits me to small jobs and projects, and/or patient customers!
Please consider this before enquiring.
aka The Frome Handyman.
read the above Important Notice as I get a lot of enquiries about
sash window repairs and my circumstances now pretty much limit me to
sash cord replacement and catch refitting/replacement.
Original sliding sash windows are an essential part of
the character of Frome buildings. Many sash
windows with their wavy glass have probably acheived antique status
and there is much to be said for repairing and improving such windows
rather than replacing with new. If
your property is within the Frome conservation area or has a listed
status, it is likely that replacing your sash windows with anything
other than matching wooden sash windows will not be an option. I service and repair sash windows which may be more
economical, than replacing them, whilst retaining their character.
in woodwork, timber treatment and experience of
glazing makes me well placed to provide a comprehensive service for all
facets of sash window care and maintenance from repair through to
redecoration. Whether its simply renewing a broken sash cord, easing
stuck frames, replacing broken panes, altering weights, repairing or
replacing frames call me for an assessment.
sometimes be carried out without removing the sashes, provided they are
fully functional, i.e. the frames can pass one another. Generally
though, it is best to remove the sashes, to enable full access to all
parts of the window and the renewal of the cords, if necessary.
Obviously such work takes time and repairs to rotten timbers and
replacing glazing can make the work even more costly.
The changes to
VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) regulations a few years ago has had a
significantly detrimental impact on the application and durability of
modern oil paints. I now almost exclusively use Farrow and Ball paints
(Little Greene get good reviews from the trade) which are acrylic
based. The colours and finish are widely acclaimed and, if their
application instructions are followed, I am finding durability
reasonable (although it is too early to form definitive conclusions).
Furthermore being water based they tend to age by thinning rather than
cracking, meaning less chance of rot forming beneath the paint surface
making future maintenance easier. At least three coats, one
primer-undercoat and 2 top-coats are needed when overcoating previous
oil based finishes.
servicing and the correct installation of the beads can reduce draughts
and improve sash window energy efficiency. Personally
I am averse to fitting the nylon brush beads designed to
"draught-proof" the window. Technically once such beads are fitted, a
trickle vent should be fitted (like those seen in uPVC windows) to
permit sufficient ventilation to prevent condensation build up and the
detrimental effects this has to the building and occupant's health.
my knowledge and skills are applicable to all wooden windows and doors.
Right hand door jamb renewed at base
and Oak threshold made and installed. Door renovated.