Category Archives: DIY

Weed Dandelion

Homemade Weed Killers

Category : DIY , Environment , Project

Some homemade weed killers have been used for centuries and claimed to be very effective.  They may not be as effective as a commercial weed killer but they work in some degree. You may not be able to get rid of the weeds totally and they may grow back after a period of time.  In some ways I prefer trying some of the eco-friendly concoction. They are safer to use and less harmful to your health and environment than using commercial chemicals.

Below is a list of six of the homemade weed killers you should try:

1. Vinegar
2. Salt
3. Boiling hot water
4. Bleach
5. Newspaper or cardboard
6. Salt, vinegar & dish soap

They are more effective when you manually remove all weeds before applying any of the homemade weed killers. If you try any of the suggestions above please let us know and share your experience or your own weed killer concoction.

Happy experimenting!


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WD-40 Multi Use Can

Category : DIY , Project

WD-40Most people would think of WD-40 as an industrial lubricant used by handymen and machinists for silencing squeaks, preventing rust, and loosening stuck parts. Beside those uses mentioned they have dozens of other uses that sure surprise many! Once you know how much they can do for you, you will never want to go without it! Here are a few uses I discovered and came across.

    1. Polishing silver. Spray WD-40 on your tarnish silver. Wipe it off with a clean cloth. It is that easy to keep your silver looking sparkly and new.
    2. Cleaning trainers. You can remove stubborn rock salt spots. Spray WD-40 over those spots and wipe them down. You can spray your entire shoes with WD-40 to make them waterproof.
    3. Clean tiles. You can remove spilled mascara, nail polish, paint and scuff marks from tile floors, and also help you wipe away grime from the grout lines. Clean up access WD-40 on your tiles with soapy water.
    4. Keep bugs away. Spray WD-40 on window sills, etc. to keep spiders and other bugs out. I guess is the smell they didn’t like.
    5. Protecting bird feeders. Rats and squirrels are notorious for stealing seeds from bird feeders. Spray down the pole with WD-40 and those critters will slide down the pole like running water.
    6.  Soften leathers. Oil can help break in stiff leather.
    7.  Cleaning toilets. Use WD-40 the same way you would use your toilet cleaner. It will help dissolve the gunk and lime. You will notice that it gets clean quickly and stay clean longer.
    8.  Removing crayons. Spray WD-40 on crayon where it shouldn’t be and wipe it off.
    9.  Remove rust. Spray and rub away rust from circular saw and hacksaw blades.
    10. Unsticking gum. Nothing can remove those horrible hard chewed-up gum from floor and shoes like WD-40. A squirt of WD-40 makes it easier to peel gum out of carpet and even on hair.
    11. Removing gooey residue. Removing residue from price tags, stickers, and duct tapes. Coat item with a generous amount of WD-40 and gently peel off stickers.
    12. Defrosting ice. This is handy during winter. Spray your car window down with WD-40 and wipe excess away. This keep ice from sticking on your windows. Hopefully spending much less time in the cold scrapping the ice off your windows!
    13. Lubricate a shovel. Spray WD-40 on a shovel, spading fork, hoe or garden trowel. The soil will slide right off—especially helpful when digging in clay.
    14. Removing water stains. Spray a spritz of WD-40 on the shower glass panels and you will see the water stains disappear.
    15.  Removing stains from stainless steel sinks. Spray WD-40 on the stains in the sink and wipe off with kitchen towel. Wash down sink with warm soapy water to remove smell and grease.
    16. Polishing scissors. Polish scissors with WD-40 regularly to keep them from getting sticky.
    17. Unsticking zipper. Spray WD-40 on stuck zippers and gently work them back and forth. They will eventually slide back into place.
    18. Removing tea and coffee stains. Squirt WD-40 on stains on your wooden surface table and you will see it banish away in no time.
    19. Removing tar stains. Save you pennies. Do it yourself instead of the body work garage. This work even on most stubborn tar stains. Spray generously on tar and it should melt away like butter!
    20. Removing ring off your finger. Ever had a ring stuck on your finger. It happens to most people at some point of their life. Try this first before chopping your finger off! Spray a generous amount of WD-40 on your finger. This work like magic. The ring will slide off your finger.
    21. Removing lipstick on clothing. Use WD-40 as a pre-wash stain treatment. Spray on the lipstick stain and put your item of clothing in the wash as normal.
    22. Extending the life span of shower head. Shower head does break down over time. By applying WD-40 you can extend the life span by years.
    23. Remove mildew from refrigerator gaskets. Gunk build up on refrigerator gasket over a period of time. They look pretty disgusting and unhygienic. Well, WD-40 will do wonder for you here. Simply spray WD-40 on those gunk and leave for a few minutes. Wipe off with kitchen towel and you are done. You may want to clean down with warm soapy water after that to give the overall refrigerator a good clean.
    24. Filter dust in air conditioner. Spray a thin layer of WD-40 on the air-con filer before installing, and you will notice the filter is so much more effective. When you change your filter you will notice that it has so much more dust than usual.
    25. Removes splattered grease on stove. Not only it removes splattered grease from your oven, it also polishes the entire oven.
    26. Clean musical instruments. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings and ski equipment.
    27. Floor polish. Spray on floor and it will give your floors a waxed sheen without making slippery.
    28. Keeps flies off cows and horses. This is an interesting hack for farmers depending if your animals actually bother with those small irritating flies. Spray on your animals and it will keep those flies away. Caution: Do put around eyes!
    29. Restore and clean chalkboards. We don’t see many chalkboards around these days. If you have one that needs a real clean, here is what you can do. Spray on chalkboard and wipe the access off with a clean cloth.
    30. Clean and polish BBQ grill. This hack is for outdoor BBQ grill. Be sure to burn it off before cooking.
    31. Keep bathroom mirror from fogging. Steamed bathroom mirror is quite hard to avoid especially after a hot bath or shower. Spray a thin layer of WD-40 on mirror to prevent it from steaming up.

If you have tried any of the hacks above, please let is know how you get on and share your experience.

For your info, the main ingredients in WD-40 are:

  • 50% aliphatic hydrocarbons.
  • <25% petroleum base oil.
  • 12–18% low vapour pressure aliphatic hydrocarbon.
  • 2–3% carbon dioxide.
  • <10% inert ingredients.

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Lock Replacement

Category : DIY , Project , Security

door_lockFire exit door refers to final exit door leading to the outside of a building, although the term is also refer to doors inside the building leading to the final fire exit. The purpose of the fire exit door is to allow a quick and unhindered escape through a well lit door into a place of safety while stopping unauthorised access from the outside. It can also be opened from the outside with key-lock overriding the lock.

Fire exit doors should open easily and, wherever possible, in the direction of traffic flow. If it is a security door it is usually kept locked and can be used by members of the public in an emergency situation. The locking device is usually a panic or push bar. It is not necessary for a fire exit door at the end of the escape route to be fire resistance.  The doors must never be obstructed and have to be clearly marked and well lit. There should be fire exit signs fitted above the doors.

In an ideal world, you wouldn’t have to worry about locking doors, but leaving one unlocked you can almost guarantee you’ll have uninvited guests. However, this presents a problem. From purely a security perspective, you would want the most advanced locks fitted and keys would be kept by a select few. But you can’t just consider security – especially if it’s a fire escape door. What does the law say about these doors, and how do you manage both the security and fire safety risks? In general, doors on escape routes shouldn’t be fitted with locks, latches, or bolts unless these are simple fastening, which can readily be operated. Although it’s preferable not to fit any secondary locking devices to fire exits. If locking is necessary, there are few points to consider.

Fire exit doors must not be locked or fastened in a way preventing people from opening them in an emergency. Therefore, it is necessary to change the lock to push bar, panic bar or a thumb lock.

Thumb-turn lock offers the ideal security solution for this instant. The above image is a fire door with key lock. This is not ideal as the door needs to be kept lock at all time. If you have locked your door and could not find the key to get out in case of an emergency, what would you do? As it is a community centre the door needs to be fitted with security device for easy exit and cannot be opened from the outside. The  thumb lock is the ideal solution for this instance. The door can be locked and unlocked from the inside without the use of a key or compromising on security.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please feel free to call us on 07421 139612 or contact by filling the form, if you require any further information.


Ceiling-Projector

HDMI Cable Connection

Category : DIY , Project

UHD HDMI 2.0b.No job is too small for us. Some letting agents only like to do large jobs because they can make a big profit on it. Their overheads are large and a small job would be ludicrously expensive. At TwoLet we take care of big and small jobs alike. We are a provider of services – we are not builders but we provide property maintenance services that include many types building works.

We had a request to connect the hdmi cable from a overhead project which was suspended from the ceiling. The cable needs to be long enough to reach to the computer below. This was a straight forward job except there was time constraint to complete it. The job needed to be done and dusted before the arrival of the next booking in an hour’s time.

First thing first, our technician got on the ladder to get to the overhead projector which was around 15 feet high. This is definitely not a job for an Acrophobia.  He plugged in the cable from the overhead projector, neatly secured it along the ceiling beam and ran it through a cable trunking along the wall. The cable was 10 meter high speed UHD HDMI 2.0b. It can be purchased from Amazon or your local computer shop. The cable is suitable for all kinds of gadgets – Home Cinema, Projector, Receiver, Monitors, 3D TV, Apple TV, Blu-Ray + DVD Player, XBOX 360, One, One S, One X, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Playstation 4 Pro, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Computer, PC, Monitor, Notebook, Laptop, MAC, iMAC and Macbook. Basically for most electrical products that needed cable connection to communicate. Please check with the manufacturer’s specifications and system requirements before purchasing. The cable also comes in 15 meter long. As for this job 10 meter was the perfect length.

Everything was plugged in and cleaned up within an hour. Leaving behind another happy customer.

Do you any job done in your property? Fill out the form here for help. We will get in touch with you to assist you with your problem.


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Fixing Gutter Brackets

Category : DIY , Plumbing , Project

bend-gutterThis may seem like a small problem. Some small problems can caused great damage like the leaking valve I shared in one of my post and in particular this incident.

Gutter drains are essential to direct rain water away from your home’s foundation. At first glance you may not notice the rain gutter is bend in the middle. There should be additional brackets to hold the gutter and keep it at a correct level. The gutter needs to have a slight downhill slope for the water to run down to the drain hole. As a result, on a heavy raining day,  the accumulated water in the gutter caused it to bend even more. The water needed an outlet and the built up of rain water started to flow into the wall instead of directing to the drain hole.  Over a period of time the rain water severely damaged the brick wall inside the building as shown here.

gutter-installationThe image shows additional brackets being installed. Rain water is now flowing down the drain hole as it should instead of accumulating in the gutter. This is a quick and easy fix. The next step is cleaning the exterior and repairing the inside wall.

Need help with any issues relating to your property? Couldn’t diagnose the problem? Fill out the form here for help. We will get in touch with you to assist you with your problem.


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Everyday Item Tricks

Category : DIY

Check out 10 amazingly creative tricks with these everyday items. The best part about these tricks is that they are inexpensive and you probably have them in your home. Please share your experience with us if you try any of the hacks below. Enjoy!

Trick 1: Dental floss not just for teeth

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Use dental floss to slice any soft cheeses, layer cakes, or homemade roll, cookie dough or other pastries! Make sure the dental floss is unwaxed and unflavoured unless you want your edible smell like dental floss! All you do is hold the floss tightly between two fingers and press down with a little pressure. The floss will slice through most soft cake or pastry.

Trick 2: Toothpaste as cleaning agent

toothpaste-and-brushI am curious if this actually works. I only know two things I can use with toothpaste for–cleaning my teeth and polishing sliver wares! I tried polishing silver with toothpaste a couple of times and it works wonder. Today, I found out that toothpaste can be an effective agent for cleaning dirty shoes.

Use an old toothbrush to apply toothpaste to the dirty spots on your shoes. Once you have worked the toothpaste into the fabric of the shoes leave it for about 10 minutes. Use a damp towel to wipe the toothpaste off your shoes.

Trick 3: Salt and lemon to remove stains

chopping-boardI always thought a plastic or glass cutting board is better then a wooden one. I thought that plastic is more sanitary because it isn’t porous like wood, therefore, bacteria can’t get trapped in plastic the way it can in wood. Today I found out that a plastic cutting board retains bacteria in the places a knife scarred the surface. It doesn’t matter how much you scrub, wash or put it through the dishwasher, plastic holds onto bacteria and allows it to multiply. Wood on the other hand is a far more sanitary than plastic. Bacteria dies in or on a scarred hard wood surface.  It kills bacteria naturally.

This is how you clean your wooden cutting board. Scrub it with salt and lemon to remove gross food stains. That’s it! Try it and let me know if it works for you.

Trick 4: Ground coffee as deodorizer

portafilter-coffeeThe smell of coffee will do wonders to freshen or at least cover up any unwanted odours in your fridge. You can use either freshly or used ground coffee. Used coffee grounds can be used much like baking soda since the grounds absorb unwanted stench.

Leave a full bowl of ground coffee in the back of your fridge overnight. The grounds will absorb and eliminate all sorts of stench in your fridge.

Trick 5: Mayonnaise or cooking oil as removal agent

cooking-oilMayonnaise not just for sandwiches or cooking oil for frying! With the mixture of lemon juice, eggs, vinegar, and spices, mayonnaise can solve some of life’s weirdest problems. For example, removing sticker residue or buffing scratches out of wooded floors. You only need a small amount of mayonnaise or cooking oil. Rub mayonnaise or cooking oil on sticker to remove it from any surface. After rubbing a small amount, let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. The sticker should come right off!

If you run out of conditioner, use mayonnaise instead. Yes, I am not joking. Try full-fat, organic, or homemade mayonnaise to deep condition hair. Dampen your hair with warm water and rub in mayo covering your head. Use a plastic cap or wrap for up to one hour. The vegetable oil in the mayonnaise will give hair moisture and shine. After an hour, wash it out with shampoo and rinse.

Trick 6: A slice of bread as mop

slice-breadEver wonder how you can pick up those tiny pieces of broken glass and worried someone might step on them if you missed any of the fragments? I do.

I have found this trick very helpful. I rather miss my last piece of toast if I need to use it for this purpose. A slice of bread can mop up broken shards of glass where sweeping may not catch them all. Apply peanut butter on another piece of bread and put it on the glassy piece of bread to keep the glass particles from falling out. Then put it in a plastic bag to catch any stragglers that do slip away. Bin it straight away so no one mistook it for a peanut butter sandwich!

Trick 7: Half an onion for the whole job

half-onionsI love onions. I love them even more when I read what else I can do with them.

Cut an onion in half and use it to clean your grill. Stab the half onion with a grill spear. Just make sure the grill is hot, or the cleaning won’t work. The hot grill combined with the onion juices will loosen and lift off grime. Wipe grill with wet kitchen towel as you work along. Use with caution and be sure you don’t make direct contact with the grill!  BBQ fingers may not be the best dish for dinner.

Trick 8: Apple cider vinegar irresistible for flies.

fruit-flyEvery summer I seem to be fighting a loosing battle with fruit flies. No matter how hard I try they seem to always find their way to me!

Try this trick if you are facing the same situation. Pour a little apple cider vinegar into a glass, or just remove the cap from a bottle.  Cover the opening in plastic wrap or cling film and secure with a rubber band. Poke a hole for the fruit flies to enter. Fruit flies can’t resist the scent of vinegar, and they won’t be able to exit once they’re inside.

Trick 9: Shaving cream not just for shaving.

Shaving-foamDo you know you can use shaving cream to de-fog bathroom mirrors and car windows? Apply shaving cream to the entire glass surface. Wipe the glass with a dry paper towel until it’s clear.

Try removing stains on the carpet by spraying the area with shaving cream, wipe it with a damp sponge, and leave it to dry. In the morning, vacuum up the dry mess and your carpet will look good as new! You can try cleaning the surface of stainless steel appliances and faucets by coating them with shaving cream and wiping the area dry.

Trick 10: Coca-cola. Drink it or wash with it.

coca-colaI never look at coca-cola the same ever since I found out it can be used as toilet cleaner. Coca-cola is an effective way to remove stains and grime from the toilet bowl. You will need about 20 ounces and leave it to set for an hour.

Today, I found another use for it. You can clean burned pans with Coca-Cola! All you have to do is let the cola sit overnight and clean like normal! If you need your pan on the day try adding Coca-Cola to the greasy pan and let it sit on a burner over low heat for about 30 minutes. Wash afterwards with dish soap and warm water.

If you try any of the tricks above, please post your thoughts and experience to us and, share with the rest of us! I will be posting more tricks. So, come back again and check us out! Thank you for reading!


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Radiator Flushing

Category : DIY , Plumbing

The boiler is the heart of  the system which gives you comfort and warmth. The heating is like the body’s circulation. Sludge in radiator is like blood clot that slowly suffocates your system. Sludge in general are tiny particles of dirt with mixture of accumulate rust.

You should flush your system if you notice the room feels a little colder recently and your hot radiator with cold spots at the bottom. If you ignore it, the sludge will continue to block the flow of your central heating and eventually carries to the boiler.

Why Should You Flush Your Radiator?

  • Quicker heating radiators
  • Heating costs will be lower
  • Rooms heated more evenly
  • Longer lasting system
  • Avoid expensive power-flush further down the line
  • Safer boiler

The video showing thick dark sludge flushing out of the radiator using Power Flushing.

When Do You Need to Flush Your Radiator?

These are the signs that tells you it is time to flush your radiators.

  • When you bleed the radiators, the colour of the fluid is:
    Clear: you’re safe, champ. You probably just needed to bleed them.
    Slightly brown: Sludge is starting to build up. An ideal time to flush.
    Very dark brown: You must flush. And quickly. Hopefully, you don’t need to power flush.
  • Noisy boiler
  • Radiators take longer to heat up
  • Cold spots on the radiator
  • Radiators require bleeding more often

Below the video showing much clearer liquid after several minutes of flushing.

Power flushing is a popular method of cleaning and maintaining a central heating system. Following this treatment, your radiators will heat more rapidly and your central heating system will be far more cost efficient. The heat will be distributed much more evenly between rooms and your boiler will experience less stress.

Do you need work done to your central heating system? Fill out the form here for help. We will get in touch with you to assist you with your problem.


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Door Stopper

Category : DIY , Project

broken-door-stopDoor stopper come in different shapes and sizes. A doorstop (also door stopper or door wedge) is device used to hold a door open or closed and, to prevent damage to door, wall, door handle or neighbouring furniture. Sometimes a doorstop can be a thin slat built inside a door frame to prevent a door from swinging through when closed. Take for example on a day when you’re back from a shopping trip and carrying bags of groceries. The first thing you might see helping you get through the door would be a door wedge. At the same time you do not want to open the door too widely causing damage to the wall or nearby furniture. The door stopper like the image here will keep the door away from the wall and the door wedge will hold the door opened for you.

There are over 30 types of door stops in the market. The kind of stopper you chose depend on the type of door, preference and its aesthetic design.

new-door-stopIn the picture above is a oval door stop with its rubber encase missing. The damage was irreparable. Beside that, it was cheaper and more cost effective to replace with a new stopper. Recently, TwoLet Properties Management replaced one of these in a community centre. This is one of the several small job we did in the community centre on the day. The oval door stopper can be purchased from TwoLet online store.

Any small jobs need doing in your property? Fill out the form here for help. We will get in touch with you to assist you with your problem.


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Blocked Sewage Drain

Category : DIY , Environment , Plumbing

When you discovered your outside drain is blocked,  your immediate thought might be ‘how much is this going to cost me?’ But first things first: don’t panic! If money is tight there are a few things you could try before calling out a professional.  While some drain blockages will require professional help, many you can resolved it yourself with minimal effort. That is if you don’t mind getting stuck in and possibly getting a bit smelly. Here’s something you can try. Watch this video on unblocking sewage drain yourself with a rod and plunger. Many people found this method very effective and it will save you a fortune.

If you do not like to do it yourself, pick up the phone and give TwoLet a ring. We can clear the blocked drains at your property. No job is too small or dirty for us.


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Property Manager Services

Category : DIY , Project , Tenancy

We keep an eye on your property to make sure that the tenants are taking good care of it. We have reliable contractors we work with and trust for various repair jobs, which can save the landlords money and time.

Our role as Property Manager is to negotiate contracts for janitorial, grounds keeping, trash removal, repairs, certifications and other services. We monitor the performance of contractors and investigate and resolve complaints from tenants when services are not properly provided. We can also make arrangements with specialists for repairs that cannot be handled by regular property maintenance staff.

The penalties for landlords lettings an unsafe property can be severe, particularly with councils having new powers to fine up to £30,000 per offence. With the Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability of Housing Standards Bill looking likely to pass, there has never been a more crucial time to ensure a full understanding of the system used by Local Authorities to evaluate if standards have been met. You can read more about it from gov.uk website on The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).