BOGUK IS HANDY ROUND THE HOUSE
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1. Be aware of safety during all DIY or household projects.
|§ Recognise chemical hazard symbols (e.g. toxic, flammable,
irritant) and know how to minimise the danger to yourself and
§ Recognise hazards in particular environments (e.g. slippery
surfaces) and when using equipment such as ladders.
§ Know about and use safety equipment (e.g. goggles, masks, ear
defenders, circuit breakers)
§ Know how to store potentially hazardous substances such as paint,
§ Be aware that there are regulations which limit what an amateur
may do - always check before you begin a project.
2. Know how and where to turn off main supplies to the
house (e.g. water, electricity, gas) and to isolate individual electrical
circuits if necessary.
3. Know how to use at least 6 basic hand and power tools
such as screwdrivers, hammers, saws and drills.
Know how to store, clean and maintain your tools and equipment.
4. Carry out a home security & safety survey.
Check that smoke detectors are fitted and operational.
Take action to make the house more secure, such as fitting window
locks, marking property with a UV pen or fitting a burglar alarm.
5. Be able to do all of the following:
|§ Change a lightbulb
§ Fit a plug (correctly wired!) and change a fuse
§ Bleed a radiator
§ Test and change the battery in a smoke detector
6. Learn how to deal with at least 4 minor emergencies,
and where applicable, how to minimise the chances of them occurring
in the first place. e.g.
|§ A blocked sink
§ A dripping tap
§ An airlock in water pipes
§ Frozen pipes
§ Adjusting the float arm in a cistern or water storage tank
§ A jammed door or window
§ Common stains, e.g. ink, wine, coffee on clothing, carpets and
7. Put up basic shelves or put together a "flat pack"
piece of furniture (e.g. cabinet, book case etc)
8. Take an active part in a major DIY project, indoors
or out, such as:
|§ Insulate the loft, or fit draughtproofing to windows and doors.
§ Learn to hang wall paper and paper a room
§ Prepare and paint the walls of a room, woodwork, windows frames
or an item of furniture.
§ Prepare and tile a wall, surface or surround
§ Fit a curtain track and valance rail and hang curtains.
§ Cover a floor with vinyl overlay, tiles, laminate flooring or
§ Hang a door and fit or repair locks and other door furniture.
§ Fit an outside tap
§ Lay a patio or path.
§ Build a low wall, barbecue, gate or fence.
You should be involved in the planning of the project,
including taking measurements and choosing the right materials and
tools for the job.
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