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Cost-saving kitchen decorating ideas for the New Year

Created: 03/01/2018

2018 spelt in sparklers

The New Year is a time for looking forward and making resolutions to improve whatever area of our lives we feel could do with a little boost. It may not be the most traditional of resolutions, but one way in which we can make 2018 a year to remember is by getting our house in order – quite literally!

It is no secret that life is much more enjoyable when our living space is attractive and comfortable. That’s why we have taken the time to speak to Cassiefairy, a lifestyle blogger who has a passion for making her home beautiful at a minimum of expense. Here’s what Cassie had to say about her plans for decorating her kitchen (and a couple of other corners of her house) in 2018; we hope it will give you a few inspirational ideas!

“My New Year’s resolution for my home is to crack on with the renovations. The kitchen of our 1950s house needs an overhaul but the cost of fitting an entirely new kitchen soon adds up, which has put me off starting the project for nearly a year now! I'm therefore planning to save money (and time) by painting the cupboard doors and switching the worktop for a much lighter, brighter surface. 

Modern ktichen

“Keeping the layout the same means I don't need to buy new units or flooring, so the makeover should be completed fairly swiftly. I'll be charting progress of this project on my blog Cassiefairy.com, along with my decorating project to spruce up the staircase and turn our hallway into a gallery wall. Well, that's the plan anyway!”

Man decorating on ladder

However big or small you decide you want your New Year’s redecorating project to be, of course, is entirely up to you. One thing that you will have to be sure of whatever the size of the job, though, is that it is completed to a professional standard.

If you live in or around the capital, the best way to do this is by employing the expertise of a South London handyman service company, whose experience in completing all kinds of makeovers – from minor cosmetic work to major redevelopments – will ensure that you do not spend the rest of the year trying to get your house looking how it used to before you started your DIY project!

Image Credits: NordWood Themes, H E N G S T R E A M, Emily May



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How to choose the perfect sofa

Created: 28/11/2017

Bagsie sofa in Kingfisher clever cotton (Loaf, from £1,695)

Bagsie sofa in Kingfisher clever cotton (Loaf, from £1,695)

If our home is a castle, then our sofa is surely the throne. We can spend as much time and money as we like ensuring where we live is filled with beautiful artwork, high quality carpets and an immaculate kitchen or bathroom, but all that will seem to count for little if you do not have somewhere comfortable to sit down and relax after a long day.

Investing in a decent sofa is one of the most important decisions you will make when it comes to creating the perfect home. There are a number of things to take into account before making your final choice – from fabric and colour to size and shape – and this isn’t something you should rush; providing you pick the right one, the sofa you settle on (so to speak) should last you for years to come.

We spoke to the experts at Willow & Hall – manufacturers of luxury sofas and sofa beds – to find out the answers to all the most vital sofa-related questions, and to see some examples of their latest and finest products which might help to inspire your ultimate selection.

How are the best sofas and chairs made?

The Gastard 3-seater sofa in Cotton French Blue (Willow & Hall, £1,363 / sofa bed £1,553)

The Gastard 3-seater sofa in Cotton French Blue (Willow & Hall, £1,363 / sofa bed £1,553)

“When beginning such an important purchase as furniture buying, it’s essential to shop around and review your options, a simple rule that not everyone adheres to. I would always recommend looking for a company that values craftsmanship by making everything by hand with an offering of high quality fabrics rather than flat pack furniture that requires self-assembly and tends to have a shorter life span. At Willow & Hall, we believe in combining the finest materials with traditional craftsmanship. All of our furniture is handmade to order in our Wiltshire workshop by craftsmen with over 35 years’ experience and all of our frames come with a long lasting 10-year guarantee.”

What difference do the fillings make?

The Lover 2-seater sofa in Linen Cotton Pistachio (Willow & Hall, £1,060)

The Lover 2-seater sofa in Linen Cotton Pistachio (Willow & Hall, £1,060)

“Choosing the right seat cushions is always down to personal preference. Given the option of different fillings, always opt for one that will provide comfort and is easy to maintain on a daily basis.

“Reflex foam provides a very supportive and relatively firm sit, keeping its shape very well and requires very little maintenance – just a simple turn every two-three months. However, make sure to opt for reflex foam, as this will recover well and keep its original shape and density.

“Those looking for a slightly softer sit and a more relaxed look should consider either siliconized hollow fibre or feather-wrapped cushions. Simply give them a quick plump-up after use and a real shake down once a month to keep the shape and comfort.”

Should I opt for fixed or removable covers?

Wishford 2-seater sofa in Matt Velvet Turmeric (Willow & Hall, £1,270)

Wishford 2-seater sofa in Matt Velvet Turmeric (Willow & Hall, £1,270)

“I would always recommend removable covers that are cleanable, meaning that if there should be a stubborn stain that can’t be spot cleaned it can either be put in the washing machine or dry cleaned. It also means that if the sofa is looking a little grubby, the covers can be washed and refitted for a fresh look, time after time, and if needed new custom made covers can replace old, tired covers.”

What do I need to think about re fabrics? How can I check a fabric is suitable?

Appledoe 3-seater sofa in Broad Weave Linen Silver (Willow & Hall, £1,329 / sofa bed £1,519)

Appledoe 3-seater sofa in Broad Weave Linen Silver (Willow & Hall, £1,329 / sofa bed £1,519)

“In order to get a real look and feel for the fabric, I would always suggest ordering a selection of fabric samples and testing them in different lighting to see how they might sit within the room.

The choice of fabric durability all depends on the piece of furniture and how often it will be used. Thicker, more hard-wearing fabrics are best used on everyday furniture such as sofas, whereas more delicate, lightweight materials are better suited to an occasional chair and footstool.

As an industry standard, most companies trial the fabrics with a rub count test to gauge how hard-wearing the upholstery is. The majority of fabrics come with at least 20,000 rub counts, whilst anything near 100,000 is considered very resilient.”

Where should I buy?

As well as Willow & Hall, we were also impressed by the range available from Loaf, experts in laid-back furniture for the whole home. Along with the Bagsie sofa featured at the top of the page, examples of several of their other favourite products can be found below:

Slowcoach sofa (Loaf, from £1,195)

Slowcoach sofa (Loaf, from £1,195)

Truffle sofa (Loaf, from £1,495)

Truffle sofa (Loaf, from £1,495)

Souffle Modular sofa (Loaf, from £655)

Soufflé Modular sofa (Loaf, from £655)

Dixie corner sofa (Loaf, £2,745)

Dixie corner sofa (Loaf, £2,745)

Dixie love seat chaise (Loaf, £1,295)

Dixie love seat chaise (Loaf, £1,295)

Chatnap storage sofa with arms (Loaf, from £436)

Chatnap storage sofa with arms (Loaf, from £436)

As you can see, there are plenty of options available which will allow you to find your ideal sofa, whatever the variety of tastes that exist in your household.

Of course, it may be the case that you are buying your new sofa (or sofas) as part of a total makeover of your house. If so, make sure you call in the professionals for any jobs which you do not have experience with if you want to make your home’s new appearance memorable for all the right reasons! A quick search for handyman services near me will allow you to look up the experts you need to make the best of all those tricky household tasks.



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Expert bathroom design tips from Ideal Standard

Created: 19/10/2017

Ideal Standard bathroom featuring bath, basin and toilet

In a world which seems to be getting more hectic by the day, those moments of total solitude and relaxation that we occasionally get to enjoy are becoming ever more precious. And, although in one sense it is an entirely functional and necessary space, our bathrooms are also now becoming an important place in terms of our overall wellbeing. 

The most private part of our home, a well-designed bathroom can be so much more than a place to hurriedly wash and clean ourselves in the mornings. Fortunately, the creative talents of a wide range of designers and manufacturers mean that the idea of our bathroom being a haven of peace and tranquillity where we can truly get away from it all is now no longer only in reach of those who own huge properties. 

Ideal Standard basin

We were very happy to hear from Robin Levien, designer at the bathroom solution experts Ideal Standard, about how customers – if they are willing to invest in the right products – can create their very own oasis, even if they are short on space:

“British bathroom designs are continually evolving and the trend for incorporating storage and furniture to make the most of small spaces is becoming ever popular. As the average UK bathroom is now the same size as a king size bed, the main suggestion for a clutter free compact bathroom is to keep it simple. It’s really important to take time to determine how the space needs to work for the home’s needs, so by using a streamlined approach, you’re more likely to get it right.

Ideal Standard basin and vessel unit

“The addition of a vanity unit or beneath basin storage is a simple way to exercise good design and limit clutter within the bathroom. Likewise, incorporating cabinets which are fitted with accessories such as mirrors can also free up wall space. Additionally, a corner basin built into a cabinet means you can install it right into the edge of the room, which is an excellent way of reducing clutter by maximising space as well as providing that all important storage.

“By opting for wall hung furniture, or even WCs, the illusion of a bigger floor space is created and additionally makes cleaning easier. Such furniture options offer many practical advantages, for example, hiding pipework and items you’d rather keep out of sight. The ability to hide away a bulk pack of loo roll makes for a much more intelligent use of available space, as well as a tidier, more appealing room. 

Ideal Standard bathroom featuring bath and basin

“A more unconventional way to declutter the bathroom is with Ideal Standard's revolutionary toilet, the AquaBlade system. The flushing technology engineers the power of water to cascade rinsing water down from the top of the toilet bowl opening, jet washing the entire bowl when you flush. This feature comes as standard with all Concept Air toilet bowls, offering the best aesthetic on the market with superior hygiene, less splashing and provides the option of not having to have a toilet brush. 

Ideal Standard basin

“And finally, it’s an obvious one; the finish and colour options, as well as choosing well-designed products, are key to creating a sleek look in your bathroom. Subtle pairing of gloss and matt white will create a calming look. However, simplicity and luxury can also be achieved with richer colour ways, including luscious matt dark brown, along with light brown wood and light grey wood options.

"Simplicity is important, but remember, you will be living with your selection for a long time, so it’s important to think beyond aesthetics and be sure that the chosen products perform well too.”

Ideal Standard bathroom featuring bath, basin and mirror

Every product pictured in this article is available from Ideal Standard, which shows that you don’t need to pay luxury prices to get the very highest quality and aesthetically pleasing bathroom products. So, why not ‘take the plunge’ and start planning your dream bathroom today?

The Ideal Standard website features a very handy ‘showroom finder’ tool which allows you to look up your nearest plumber’s merchants and bathroom stores, from which you will be able to order any bath, shower or other product that takes your fancy. Simply take your pick, place your order and book up your local expert handyman services provider to install your perfect space.

Image Credits: Ideal Standard



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IKEA’s top space-saving tips for your home

Created: 03/10/2017

IKEA NORDRANA baskets in bathroom

In our increasingly crowded modern world, the simple concept of space is now at more of a premium than ever before.

A combination of towns and cities growing busier and the ever increasing number of consumer products we now have to choose from has led to us struggling more and more to fit everything we own into our living spaces comfortably.

Fortunately, the fact that many of us are now facing these challenges means that many producers of household goods and furniture are taking major steps to help us make the most of the space we have – however limited it may be – to make sure our homes can stay clutter-free without us having to say goodbye to any of our favourite items.

We were delighted to speak to the team at IKEA, one of the world’s best-loved furniture and home accessories providers, about some of the products they would recommend for maximising your precious space.

How to save space in your bathroom

The bathroom is often one of the smallest rooms in our home, yet, if you think about it, probably contains more individual items than any other (with the possible exception of the kitchen), meaning that freeing up space is both a challenge and a necessity. Fortunately, IKEA have several great value products which can help you to do just that.

Carol McSeveny, Bathroom Sales Leader at IKEA UK and Ireland, said:

“Floating shelves are an inexpensive option for small bathrooms with little storage space to spare. Hang a pair of shelves, such as the IKEA BRICKAN shelves, above the toilet or create a makeshift vanity by hanging a large mirror over a single floating shelf. 

IKEA BRICKAN wall shelf

Pictured above: White BRICKAN wall shelf (£18)

“The floor beneath a console or sink is storage space waiting to be claimed. If you don’t have the budget to stretch to a sink with built-in storage, consider placing a woven basket such as the NORDRANA basket underneath as a simple way to store clean towels or extra toilet rolls, whilst also being pretty in its own right. 

IKEA NORDRANA baskets

Pictured above: Set of two grey NORDRANA baskets (£6)

“And as always, a well-planned cupboard or drawer makes tidy storage far easier to maintain. Sort your toiletries in to containers and bowls and then label each one in a design to suit your décor – giving everything a place, yet maintaining style.”

How to create a space-saving ‘nook’

Something you may not have thought of is creating a space for relaxation out of spare room you already have!

IKEA are big fans of making your own ‘nook’ – a cosy space in a previously unutilised corner of your home which can be turned into a haven of quiet comfort – and have a couple of recommendations on how to do this.

Clotilde Passalacqua, Interior Design Leader from IKEA UK and Ireland, said:

“There are a number of ways to create a nook at home depending on how much space you have, but try and make the space as comfy as possible so you can truly relax and escape the outside world. One awkward area which hardly ever gets used, but is great for a nook, is the space under the stairs. 

IKEA RAMSTA lighting chain

Pictured above: Chain of 30 RAMSTA bright white lightbulbs (£4.50)

“Use a mattress topper, such as TALGJE, to add a layer of padding on the floor and finish with multiple cushions for extra comfort. To decorate your nook, simply place some fairy lights such as the RAMSTA lighting chain around the sides and attach wall shelves so you can store books and other accessories.

“To complete your nook fix hooks with some fabric along the edge of the bottom of the stairs to create a division so you can easily escape the rest of the home.”

Man lying on hammock

So, if you have just moved into a new place which feels a little pokey, hopefully the above will help you to see that the only limit to making yourself a lovely home is your imagination!

Whilst it is always best to call on the help of professionals who provide expert handyman services in Central London to sort out those major jobs like plumbing and electrical work, there is no reason why you can’t carry out your own space-saving project at a bare minimum expense. You certainly won’t need to build an extension to feel like you’ve just gained a whole lot more space!

Image Credits: IKEA, Drew Coffman



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Bafflingly dangerous DIY acts revealed in new photos

Created: 11/09/2017

Danger sign showing person falling

A series of shocking new photographs have been published, revealing the extent to which some people are prepared to put themselves in danger just to complete the smallest of DIY tasks.

The photos, which can all be viewed in this Sun article, feature a range of unbelievable acts of ‘workmanship’, including – perhaps most ridiculously of all – a man changing a lightbulb above a swimming pool whilst standing on a miniature rocking horse, which itself is balanced on a ladder!

Plenty of other astonishing images are also included, such as a man precariously balancing on top of an internal door so that he can paint his ceiling, as well as someone using an angle grinder-like device with a plastic bag substituting for a protective mask.

Arguably the most bizarre image, however (although not strictly DIY-related), showed a group of people placing a huge trampoline on the roof terrace of a massive tower block. As the article noted, “hopefully this family has a large mattress they can put outside their building for the inevitable disaster about to happen”.

‘Hilarious and heart-stopping’

The images, which exclusively feature examples of male idiocy, are described in the article as possibly being a demonstration of “why women live longer” than men! The pictures are described by the article’s author, Emma Gritt, as sitting “somewhere in the grey area between ‘hilarious’ and ‘heart stopping’”, adding that “they’ll make you grateful for health and safety standards”.

It goes without saying that – whilst tasks such as changing lightbulbs and painting are usually fairly risk-free - all of these examples fall firmly under the ‘don’t try this at home’ category!

If you are in any doubt about whether that next DIY job you have lined up is entirely safe, don’t find out the hard way; simply call up an expert handyman professional in south east London to make sure you don’t end up like any of the enthusiastic amateurs discussed above.

Image Credit: Alexander Svensson



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DIY stores report mixed summer results

Created: 05/09/2017

As the summer draws to a close, business analysts have been poring over the performance of the UK’s biggest DIY chains, and - partly due to the great British weather – the results have been mixed.

This BBC News article describes how the country’s two most recognisable DIY brands, B&Q and Homebase, both suffered in the three month-period from May to July as consumers held back from buying traditionally strong seasonal sellers like garden furniture.

Whilst Homebase’s owners would no doubt have been slightly alarmed by their 4.3% drop in like-for-like sales, this result was still not quite as poor as B&Q’s, who saw their sales slump by 4.7%.

This disappointing performance led to Kingfisher, who own B&Q, losing 4.1% of their share value, which was the most lost by any FTSE 100 company during the period.

Homebase have now been owned for over a year by Bunnings Group, an Australian firm who purchased the company for £340 million. Since that time, Bunnings has been developing a strategy to secure Homebase’s long-term growth, with managing director Michael Schneider admitting that they were in for a “long slog”, adding that “there’s no silver bullet” for changing a company’s fortunes.

Screwfix continues to impress

Not every DIY firm wilted in the summer heat, however, with Screwfix – also owned by Kingfisher – reporting a 10% rise in sales between May and July. This particular result will surely come as a relief to the industry in general as an indication that it is not DIY as a whole which is falling out of favour with the public.

Whatever the financial results of Britain’s biggest DIY stores, there can be no doubting the UK’s continued passion for improving our homes. Whether it is always wise for us to make these improvements ourselves, however, is another matter – remember to leave the biggest jobs to the experts at handyman companies in London to ensure complete peace of mind.  

Image Credit: Lee Bristol



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New research reveals Brits’ DIY habits

Created: 29/08/2017

New research from the Halifax bank and insurance company has revealed some interesting facts about the way Brits’ DIY habits and aspirations are changing.

The study was full of interesting statistics, including the eye-catching assertion that only 22% of us believe that we live in our ‘dream home’. Perhaps more surprisingly, this is also the case among 62% of homeowners who have houses worth £500,000 or more.

The report – which is discussed at length in this Property Reporter article – also reveals that around two-thirds of people have made home improvements over the last two years; and, whilst the average spend for most of this work was between £2,000 - £5,000, one fifth have spent upwards of £11,000.

Regional data was also scrutinised as part of the survey, with London named as the UK area where the most large-scale property changes are being made. According to the results, planning applications for domestic work in the city rocketed by an astonishing 60% between 2012 and 2016.

At the other end of the scale, Scotland’s growth in applications of a similar nature was a comparatively tiny 3%, with the number of submissions actually falling in the 12-month period of June 2015 – May 2016.

Basement conversions are on the up!

The survey also told us more about the kind of work which people are investing their hard-earned cash in, and the findings are indicative of changes in the way we want our homes to look. For example, planning applications for conservatories have fallen by 3% since 2012, whilst loft conversion proposals have risen by 43% in the same period.

Incredibly, basement conversions have grown by over 180% over the last five years – something which the housing historian Melanie Backe-Hansen puts down to ‘a lack of space in our cities and towns’.

Whatever your next home improvement project will be, the wisdom of experience will no doubt tell you that it’s best to call in the professionals to help. Take a look at the comprehensive range of handymen services we offer before you start planning your upcoming extension or conversion, and save yourself a great deal of time and expense!

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Top property care tips for landlords

Created: 15/08/2017

Door key

The idea of buying a run-down old property (or several), doing them up to a habitable state, and then sitting back and watching the proceeds of your tenants’ rent payments roll in is surely something that has crossed many of our minds at some point.

On the face of it, renting out a home at the market rate seems like such a simple way to make money. However, speak to the vast majority of landlords and you will quickly discover that there is far more to it than may first meet the eye.

As well as having to meet a plethora of building and other legal regulations, attempting to find suitable tenants who will respect your property (much easier said than done), and keeping track of an inordinate amount of financial admin, there is also the question of how you should prepare and maintain the place you will be renting out.

Whilst our top quality South East London handyman service providers will be able to do whatever you need to get your property up to the required standard – from electrical and plumbing work to decorating and even cleaning – only you can make the call about what has to be done.

With this in mind, we spoke to “The Landlord”, who runs Property Investment Project (the UK’s biggest landlord blog) about what he thinks your top priorities should be when it comes to preparing a house or flat for new tenants. The Landlord has been providing guidance to fellow property owners for many years and now has more than 45,000 subscribers to his name, so we are pretty confident his advice is worth listening to!

Advice from “The Landlord”

“Two things scream at me, and they're based on two common mistakes mostly made by novice landlords.

1) Only provide the essentials

 

Empty room

“Firstly, strip the property from any appliances, fittings and furnishing that is not expected to come with the property.

“For some reason we think it's easier to leave unwanted items (i.e. items the previous tenants left behind) for our new tenants to enjoy. We'd like our tenants to believe we're being generous, but of course, it's usually only about saving ourselves from the hassle of disposing the items.

“That can be an expensive mistake, because as soon as you start leaving items behind, you typically become responsible for restocking and/or repairing them.

“The rule of thumb is not to provide more than what is absolutely necessary and agreed upon. Get rid of everything else.

2) Avoid ‘the magnolia trap’!

 

Paint brush and tin

“My second word of caution is to sway landlords away from 'the magnolia trap'. While it's almost instinctive to make every room light and airy with a magnolia colour palette, believe me when I say it's a false economy.

“You'll find yourself repainting the walls and replacing grubby carpets between each tenancy, which will quickly become an expensive past-time. My advice is to focus on sensible mid-tones, which can still be appealing, but also, crucially more durable.”

We hope you found the Landlord’s advice helpful, and that nothing we have said puts you off embarking upon a career renting out property. Choosing this path can indeed prove to be a very worthwhile decision, and is full of rewards for those who approach it with a realistic attitude. Being a successful landlord does take a great deal of time and effort but, really, what in life that’s worth doing doesn’t?

If you need any help with preparing your property for your next tenants – however big or small the job may be – don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Handywork Solutions.

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Retired builder turns attention to dollhouses

Created: 14/08/2017

A retired builder from America has turned his attention to building dollhouses in his newfound spare time – a hobby that has gone down particularly well with younger members of his family.

Al Benson, from the city of Genoa in Nance County, Nebraska, spent four decades building houses and ‘hog barns’ (huge constructions used to house pigs on American farms) but found that his fondness for creating things did not disappear when he took his pension.

As Al told his local newspaper, the Columbus Telegram, carpentry has been a part of his family’s life for generations, which may help to explain his skill for making dollhouses: “My grandpa was a farmer and carpenter and my uncle was a carpenter. I like it and I’ve always liked it.”

The fruits of Al’s new hobby were on show for all to see at his town’s recent Heritage Tractor Show, which took place on the opening weekend of August. Whilst most of those who were involved in the exhibitions were content to let their tractors be the centre of attention, Al’s 1950s John Deere was overshadowed by what it was towing on the trailer behind – a beautifully constructed sky blue dollhouse.

‘Keeps me out of trouble’

Al’s rewarding new pastime began when his sister-in-law, who lives in Texas, thought he may be interested in building a dollhouse for her children. Al took up the challenge and has been excelling at it ever since.

The hobby is certainly keeping Al busy; he has so far made five complete dollhouses, two of which have been sold and three given to family members. When questioned about why he dedicates so much time towards this intricate art, his response was frank: “I’m retired, so I’ve got to find something to do. Keeps me out of trouble.”

This may all be a far cry from the day-to-day and emergency maintenance provided by London handyman companies, but the projects do share one thing in common – a passion for keeping the houses they work on looking beautiful and in full working order, no matter their size!

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Female electrician discusses overcoming the gender gap in WW2

Created: 20/07/2017

Wartime cartoon of Rosie the Riveter

Image Credit: Michal Hadassah

All too often, practical professions such as plumbing, carpentry and decorating are still viewed as ‘male’ jobs. If you are among those who feel frustrated by these stereotypes, however, spare a thought for the many women who, in the Second World War, were required to become successful in fields which were then almost entirely dominated by men.

Now, one lady who was at the sharp end of manual labour in the 1940s has spoken out about the huge obstacles she had to overcome when she decided to become a wartime electrician on the banks of the river Clyde in Glasgow.

Netta Harvey, who is now 94, spoke to the Daily Record about how she chose being a ‘sparky’ over the two other options she was given – welding or joining the Women’s Land Army – when she turned 18 and had to take up national service.

Swearing and catcalls

View of shipyard from the River Clyde

Image Credit: Paisley Scotland

After three months of training at her local technical college, Netta was put to work at the shipyard for construction company Harland and Wolff. Interestingly, it was not the job itself which she found most difficult – it was the behaviour of her mostly male co-workers.

“I was a young girl”, Netta said, “Suddenly there was swearing all around. I had never sworn in my life. I found it a wee bit hard.” Nor was bad language the only issue, as Netta goes on to explain: “The men used to torment us…We would be going down the ladders, way down to the bowels of the ship, and they’d be whistling after us. I was platinum blonde when I was young. I got to the stage when I started darkening my hair because they were always whistling after me.”

Nevertheless, Netta grew to enjoy her role and was disappointed when she, along with her two female colleagues at the shipyard, were not offered any future work when the war ended. However, the pensioner still believes that more young women should be looking to become electricians, or embark on any of the other jobs often provided by general handyman services firms. She commented: ‘I would recommend it to any girl, it was very interesting…why not?”



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