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10th March 2020

Repair Tips for Boiler Breakdown

It’s pretty much the law of the land that boilers break down during a cold snap. In reality, this happens because boilers are either turned back on after a summer of relative inactivity or turned up as the mercury goes down. This puts stress on the system and before you know it, your Old Faithful has gone kaput and you’re shivering.


Don’t try to repair your boiler yourself

If you’ve tried all the troubleshooting and diagnostics in the manual and you’ve had no luck, then it’s time to call in the emergency boiler repair people. You must never attempt repairs yourself because this is dangerous and you may invalidate any warranties on your boiler. Thankfully, there are lots of same-day boiler repair services so the chances are that you won’t be cold for long.

Staying warm without your boiler

If you can’t get a boiler repair technician out immediately, or if it’s particularly cold and you have to wait for a few hours, there are lots of things you can do to stay warm.

Prioritise the areas you’ll be occupying

By concentrating your heating efforts to the rooms you’ll be using most, you won’t have as much space to keep warm, making life easier. This is especially important if you’re using fan heaters or free-standing electric radiators, as these can become expensive to run.

Light a fire

If you have a wood-burner or working fireplace you’ll really appreciate it, so light it up.

Go retro with extra layers and a hot water bottle

We forget how much difference an extra blanket on the bed can make, as well as a hot water bottle. If you have plush covers for your hotties, you can carry them around the house for extra comfort.

Donning an extra jumper and a pair of fleecy socks works well too.

Exclude those draughts

If you have secure double glazing then just make sure your curtains are closed once the temperatures drop at night.

If you have any draughty windows or doors, then a makeshift draught excluder from masking tape or similar, as well as rolling up towels and placing them at the bottom of closed doors.

Heating your water

A major annoyance when your boiler breaks down is being unable to heat water. If you have an immersion heater then you’ll be able to get hot water for baths, showers and washing up, but remember this is an expensive option. An electric shower is a bonus in these circumstances too, as you can use it to fill the bath or washing up bowl.

You can also use a kettle or a pan to heat up water, but if you’re using these methods to fill a bath or a washing up bowl, take care to put cold water in first to avoid scalds.

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Reasons to use box frames for your artwork

Cricut rolled roses and vinyl frame

Box frames have become a popular option for many people to protect their artwork. There is no space in-between the artwork and its frame, helping the artwork placed nicely within it. As a result, this gives a modern-day appearance for your artwork and prevents the artwork from contacting the glass. But selecting the right frame can sometimes be difficult 

What are the box frames?

Box frames, also known as shadow picture frames, are a type of picture frame that you can use to present pictures and photographs and artwork. But they are much deeper than the normal picture frames.  

You can use box frames to create depth when you hang them close to other picture frames. This means you can use them next to the collection of framed pictures to create contrast. Some people also use them to improve the interior design. The best thing is that they are easy to use. You can choose to utilize box frames either as freestanding or hang them on the wall. 

How to use box frames?

Box frames are suitable for a wide range of uses. They provide an appealing 3D look and you can frame artwork to create depth to flat artwork that would have been impossible to get if you had used other types of frames. 

box frames

Many people opt to use box frames to make shadow art, lightboxes, and handmade gifts. For example, you can choose to have a box frame so that you can use it as a gift to a friend or family member. 

Best of all, you can use box frames to hang souvenirs, such as oil on canvas, tiles, books, and textiles. Unfortunately, some box frames might not meet your expectations because of their lower quality. Therefore, go for box frames that are handmade, unique, and customized to match the size of the item you want to frame.

The benefits of a good box frame

A box frame is an important part of the overall presentation of any artwork. Most people are concerned about damages to their precious valuables. They are justified to do so because unsupervised handling and many other environmental factors can cause problems. This is why you should box frame your collectables for the following reasons:

  • Protection. Box frames prevent your artwork from damaging elements, such as wear and tear. For example, signatures on the autographed memorabilia can fade because of regular handling and exposure. Hence, you require a box frame with a layer of glass to protect it from damage.  
  • Aesthetic appeal. If you are interested in improving the decor of any space, perhaps box frames are the best option. Box frames have different designs, sizes, materials, and shapes to match any indoor environment. For instance, you can use hand-finished wood box frames to create s sophisticated indoor environment. 
  • Hanging flexibility. You can hang box frames in various ways to prevent damage to your collectibles. Thankfully, you can use metal, plastic, or wood materials to hang your box frames, giving you a choice to match the rest of the interior decoration.
to the world you are a mother but to your family you are the world. Box frame with paper roses

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