Watching Sky TV in Another Room

Viewing Sky TV in another room is usually done via a Sky Multiscreen package, which involves paying an additional monthly fee.  However, there are many others ways to achieve Sky TV in other rooms for free.  Below are alternatives methods to view Sky TV in other rooms.  We have also provided methods to remotely control your Sky box from your other room.

Watching Sky TV in other Rooms using HDMI Advantages: Does not require an extra Sky box. An extra subscription to Sky is not needed. HDMI cables offer superb picture quality.  You will therefore experience the same image on both TV’s. Disadvantages: You have to run an HDMI cable through your house to the second TV. HDMI cables can be very expensive, Approximately $19 for 50ft (or £13.5 for 15m). What’s needed? HDMI Cable.  Length will depend upon the distance from your Sky box to your second TV.

How to set it up: Connect a short HDMI cable from your Sky box into the input port of a HDMI splitter. The HDMI splitter will usually have 2 output ports.  Connect each of your 2 TV sets into these ports using HDMI leads.  If you wish to connect more TV’s, then you can buy splitters with more output ports. Watching Sky TV in other Rooms using Ethernet Advantages: Does not require an extra Sky TV box. An extra subscription to Sky is not needed. This method uses an HDMI to Ethernet cable adaptor. Ethernet cables are very cheap compared to HMDI cables, which is ideal if you other TV is located a long distance away. A HDMI to Ethernet converter allows HD viewing on your other TV. Ethernet cables are much cheaper than HDMI cables Disadvantages: Although Ethernet cables are not expensive, you will need to run the cable through your home. You will need to purchase a HDMI to Ethernet converter. What’s needed? HDMI to Ethernet converter.  Length will depends upon the distance from your Sky box to your second TV. How to set it up:    Connect a short HDMI cable into your Sky box. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable into the input port of

Watching Sky TV in other Rooms using Coaxial Cable Advantages: Uses a device called Sky Eye, which uses your existing TV coaxial cable to transmit an image to your second TV Magic Eye also allows you to send an IR signal via your existing TV coaxial cable.  Therefore, allowing you to select Sky channels within the same room as your second TV. Disadvantages: Sky magic eye does not transmit a high definition image to second TV. The signal transmitted to the second TV via your coaxial can be effected by electrical noise. What’s needed? Sky TV Link.  Length will depends upon the distance from your Sky box to your second TV. How to set it up:

Image on a second TV is achieved via coaxial cable (TV Arial) with this method.  Sky TV boxes have a coaxial socket at the rear that outputs a video signal to a second TV.  You should only use high quality double screen coaxial cables for this to reduce interference.

 Connect a short HDMI cable into your Sky box. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable into the input port of Watching Sky TV in other Rooms using Extra Sky TV Box’s Advantages: Will operate the same as the original Sky box. This means you will have an additional remote control. Disadvantages: You will need to pay extra money towards your Sky subscription.




How to Replace a Broken Wall Tile

Most of us have needed to replace a broken wall tile.  Usually broken tiles are the result of DIY work in the bathroom, such as trying to install a new accessory such as a soap holder.  Once the tile has been broken, it is probably then followed by much swearing and panic.

In general, a tile would not crack on its own as they are quite hard wearing.  Restoring cracked tiles will keep your bathroom looking beautiful.  It is also important to replace cracked tiled because water could otherwise penetrate the crack, leading to water damaged walls.  Or could create a breeding ground for mold and eventual structural damage.

If this is something you have recently done, then there is no need to panic! Usually there are two options when it comes to tile repairs.

You could hire a tiling contractor to replace the tile for you.  Although replacing a tile is a relatively simple and quick job for a contractor, it could be a substantial expense. Another option is to replace a broken wall tile yourself using the step-by-step guide below. Materials Needed: Adhesive Tools Needed: Grout (that matches your existing grout) Notched trowel Putty knife Grout remover (grout raker) Chisel Hammer Safety Wear: Gloves Google Step 1 – Type of Tile?

Tiles come in a variety of materials.  You will first need to determine the type of tile you have.  Are they ceramic, porcelain, glass, marble or anything else? The most common type of tile is ceramic.

When it comes to bathrooms, the common choices are ceramic or porcelain. Granite tiles look very impressive, but very expensive. Also, tiles such as granite are more difficult to install.

Step 2 – How Many Tiles need Replacement?

When a tile first starts to crack, it is possible the crack could propagate into the adjacent tiles too.  It is important to access exactly how many tiles have cracked by having a close look.  


Step 3 – Remove the Surrounding Grout

A grout raker is the perfect tool to remove the grout surrounding your broken tile.  The Tungsten Carbide blade allows the grout to be sliced into easily.  Once you have cut either side of the grout, you should then be able to scrape it out using a flat head screw driver.


Step 4 – Removing the Tile

It is important to note that the tile is likely bonded to the wall very well.  Drilling various holes in the tile can help to weaken it, and allow you to remove it in smaller sections via a chisel.

Once the tile has been fully removed, brush out any tile chippings and dirt.  Use sandpaper if necessary to ensure the wall is smooth, ready for a new tile.

Step 5 – Apply Adhesive

Apply a thin layer of tile adhesive to the back of a tile using an adhesive spreader.

Next position the tile, checking that it sits flush.  You can use spacers to help maintain grout gaps. Allow the adhesive to dry for the recommended time given on the packet (usually at least 1 hour).  Once dry you can then remove the spacers.

Step 6 – Apply the Grout Step 7 – Cleaning Up

Once all of your broken tiles have been replaced, you will need to thoroughly clean around your replaced tile to remove any excess grout.

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DIY Loft Boarding Tips

DIY loft boarding is cheap, as you will not have to pay lots for a contractor.  Boarding out the loft will help generate more free space in your home.  It means you can hoard even more things, just like the other stuff you been keeping for years.

Hoard? No, I meant store.  And by things, I mean all of those boxes of ‘memories’ you have, that you feel like you can’t get rid of.  Not to worry, we all have special things we store over the years.  However, we do not like to use the word hoard, even though you know that’s the right word for this situation.  Yes, I am talking to you!

You may want to consider getting someone to help you do this task.  Even though it is not complicated, it will be physically hard work. Choose someone you enjoy spending time with and who is fit because you will be working in a small room.  It will be uncomfortable, warm and it will take a while to complete.  I know, I am not really selling it am I? Since I am being honest, be prepared to hit your head a couple of times during this process.

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What Causes Humidity and Condensation in the Home?

Have you ever wondered what causes humidity and condensation in the home? This article explains everything you need to know about condensation, and we discuss techniques of how to reduce it.

First, it is important to understand what humidity and condensation actually is.

What is Humidity?

Humidity is the amount of water in the air.  However, this water is not in liquid form, but actually in a gas form known as water vapour.  More water vapour equals higher humidity.  Water comes in three different forms, known as the phases solid, liquid and gas.

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Typical UK Loft Conversion Prices Introduction

Are you thinking of getting a loft conversion? If so, great idea!

Not only will it provide you and your family with more breathing space, but your home should also be worth more after it has been converted.  This article provides you with a rough estimation of how much it would cost, not just in the UK, but various locations around the world.

First of all, you should know what factors affect the cost of a loft conversion.  The cost of your loft conversion will vary depending on many factors.

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Garden Design Guide Introduction

Do you love nature? If so, you can surround your home with a beautiful garden.  Garden design is a challenge for anyone.  Many factors need to be considered when designing your own garden such as drainage, maintenance and practicality.

However, designing your own garden does not need to be a daunting task.  With a few basic tools, you can draw up a garden plan. By drawing a design of your garden on paper, you can determine whether your garden design is feasible within the space you have available. It also provides you with a clear visual image of the garden you want to create. Detailed design plans also prevent costly mistakes regarding buying of materials and plants. This guide will make designing your own garden an easy task.

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Top 10 House Interior Design Ideas

Warton Woodworks has put together a top 10 list of house interior design ideas.  These ideas are based on the many homes we have helped design, build and renovate.  Be your own interior designer and learn how to give your home more flare and sophistication.  Our interior design ideas are an inexpensive way to transform your home.

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What are Velux Cabrio Balcony Windows

A Velux balcony roof window is also know as a Velux Cabrio.  They can transform an ordinary roof window into a balcony in seconds.  Velux balcony roof windows work by opening the top hung window, once the bottom vertical window is opened it allows access to the balcony.  When closed these unique windows allow a lot of daylight to flood any room.

They are purchased as whole units and come with a safety railing.  Being a very nice feature to any house, they are becoming increasingly popular.

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Bungalow Hip to Gable Loft Conversion

Are you considering a bungalow hip to gable loft conversion.  This article describes one of our loft conversion projects step-by-step, using real architect drawings and images of job progress.

The Customers Existing Bungalow

Below are drawings of the customers original property.  It was a 3-bedroom detached bungalow, with a garage.  The height of the roof from inside the loft was approximately 3m, meaning great potential for loft conversion space.

Fig 1.  Existing Bungalow, from the outside

(Image taken from DSB Property Designs Ltd.  Architect Drawings)

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What is a Mansard Loft Conversion?

Are you thinking about increasing the size of your property? If so, then you may be wondering what is a Mansard loft conversion is.

Mansard loft conversions is where a loft roof is modifyed so that the sloping part of the roof is almost flat (between 72 nad 90 degrees), and the sloping front wall being almost vertical.  These types of conversions create the feeling of an extra storey rather than the usual loft conversion look.

Advantages of Mansard Loft Conversions  Is the best method to maximise a loft space. Makes the loft space look like an extra storey, rather than looking like a modified loft.

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