This section contains articles of personal opinion pieces. The language may get a little salty around the blogs, so arm yourselves with talcum powder before reading.

I've moaned about these directory services before, but I notice they're all on a PR push, sponsoring TV programmes about dodgy traders and broadcasting annoying jingles on local radio. When it comes to these 'reputable tradespeople' websites, it's more a case of consumer beware..

I got the idiotic idea of spending much of my weekend making some new lights for my home office out of some Ikea picture frames...

Yes…. yes, you read that right...

At the end of 2013, I was working with Spartacus Landscaping and Gardening on a large outdoor job at a converted barn out in the sticks towards Shakespeare's end of the county. Although completed mid-December, I've only just got around to getting some snaps off the digital camera - and it looks great!

Sometimes I come across bad work or poor documentation from the competition. This week, a homeowner presented me with an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) that was both hopelessly incomplete and incorrect. I'm not going to name names, but as the homeowner kindly gave me a copy of the report that they had spent good money on obtaining, I thought I'd share it here.