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April 19, 2011 11:00 ET

Trades Supermarket Advises on DIY Dangers to Avoid This Easter Weekend

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 19, 2011) - As the first bank holiday since New Year, Easter traditionally represents one of the earliest opportunities for many of us to progress with DIY tasks. But, necessary precautions first need to be taken to avoid, potentially expensive and dangerous, mistakes, says DIY shopping and support website, Tradessupermarket.com.

In 2010, a Homebase survey revealed that the most popular DIY tasks undertaken over the Easter period included installing new flooring and replacing Kitchens and bathrooms. All of which require the use of a cross section of DIY skills, which therefore increases the potential for mistakes to occur.

The large majority of mistakes are easily avoidable with one of the most common errors being putting up a shelf, without using a spirit level. Although this is usually a fairly simple mistake to rectify with the worst damage occurring to ornaments falling off and breaking, many aren't and can place the average DIY enthusiast in dangerous situations.

Drilling holes in an internal wall without using a voltage detector or continuity tester, or without checking the wiring blueprint of the property, for example can present obvious, although easily avoidable, dangers.

Other mistakes are less dangerous but can ultimately become extremely expensive to repair. Hammering a nail through a water pipe can cause lasting damage not only to the internal cavity of the wall and other components situated in it but also to anything within the room of the misdemeanour.

TV favourite and member of the Trades Supermarket team, Tommy Walsh, advises: "A lot of successful DIY jobs comes down to the preparation. Before hammering, check where pipes are situated, before drilling use a voltage detector. It will of course take a bit longer to complete but when repair or hospital bills start coming through the door, you'll wish you'd taken the time to do the job properly."

The Easter bank holiday is one of the most important trading periods for DIY stores and as a result a great number of deals usually arise. Current deals at Trades Supermarket include...

In addition to listing the products of the UK's larger and more well-known merchants including B&Q, Screwfix and Wickes, smaller independents and niche operators are also on the site, providing an important balance of materials, including Underfloor Heating components, tools, such as Drills, saws and grinders and, prices, from brands such as Makita and Ryobi.

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