At this time of year in the UK it seems to be rain, rain and more rain. You may have some building work or have some repairs to do that mean you will need temporary windows or perhaps you want to make your house more insulated and eco-friendly with makeshift-double glazing. There are many options that you can use, but I am going to concentrate on the easiest and quite possibly the cheapest.
Covering an open window frame with clear polythene is a very simple way of keeping the weather out and heat in . Here are some simple steps and tips to help you –
- When purchasing the plastic polythene make sure that it is heavy duty (at least 250mu), UV stabilised and also waterproof; here is an example.
- You need to cut the polythene a couple of inches over the size of the frame you want to cover (on all sides).
- Put the plastic either side of the window (preferably on the inside) and tape it into the place. As mentioned it should extend past the frame.
- You can use a number of fixing methods but it is usually accepted that it is nailed into place (as in the diagram below)
- Then tape over the nailed edges with specialist tape to seal the temporary window.
When you have finished with the plastic you can peel off the tape and then extract the nails. The polythene should be fit for use again if it is not damaged
Winters in the UK can be bitterly cold and do a lot of damage to your allotment or garden. There are ways to protect your plants through the cold months that include frost fleece, greenhouses and mulching. However today we will be concentrating on the preparation of soil for planting a new crop of vegetables or plants. As the winter turns into spring you will want to plant as early as possible to make the most of your garden; one way to speed this up is to make sure the ground is at its best quality to receive seeds.
You will want to commence the warming process in the late weeks of winter/early weeks of spring. The idea is to heat the ground, which coincidentally is very good at retaining warmth, so you are able to get your crop off to an early start. Polythene sheeting is the most effective product for the job; gardeners often use clear or black. Clear poly placed over soil allows the sun’s rays to pass through and trap the heat that they cause, not dissimilar to a greenhouse. Black can be used because it absorbs the most light and therefore becomes hot. Both types of plastic are suitable and have been proven to be effective.
You will need to cover the entire area of soil in polythene, making sure any heat cannot escape. When purchasing I recommend plastic that is at least .25mm thick (250mu/1000g) as it will hold in more heat and is strong enough to give a good resistance against ripping. Pegging the plastic down with groundsheet pegs or any other steel pegs and burying the edges, covering them in earth, will certainly do the trick; however gardeners do often use bricks or large stones as an economical alternative. Leave for a few weeks and it will help prevent the ground from freezing and increase the temperature ready for the spring.
Once you believe the ground is ready to plant in then you can remove the poly and hoe the earth. I recommend removing any signs of weeds or growth to give your crop the best chance. You can of course apply weed control or mulch at this stage before planting to reduce the amount of future maintenance. Do not use polythene as weed suppressant, I does not allow drainage and causes water to pool in your garden causing all sorts of trouble. Many gardeners are different and many ground treatments are used to nourish the soil; depending on your crop you may wish to look at options.
For anyone faced with the job of any asbestos removal then I would like to point you over to the HSE website. HSE provide guides such as this. It is important to undertake the job safely. For further help please contact your local council.
Doing a job that requires the removal of an asbestos related is not only tricky but must be carried out carefully and accurately as you do not want to face any serious consequences.
In order for you to find specialised help and instruction please contact your local council. The office will be able to provide you with all the details regarding disposal and the tools you will need. This is VERY IMPORTANT.
Polythene will need to be purchased for getting rid of any items relating to asbestos. Usually guidelines state a range of polythene from 500-1000 gauge. QVS sell a range of polythene that, if used properly, will be suitable for the job. Yet again it is important to mention that you will need to check exact specifications with the local authority on asbestos.
Protective disposable clothing will need to be worn and the fewer people the present, the less risk there is of harm. Be incredibly careful when handling any infected pieces!
In-depth information can be found on the HSE website.
Please follow the link for more details http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/essentials/