How-to Guides

Solar Geysers


The Solar Geyser is the mainstay of the Halsteds range of solar water heating solutions. The sun’s rays are absorbed when they hit the glass tubes and that energy is converted to heat energy.
The hot water from the tubes rises and the cold water in the insulated main tank goes into the tubes, this cycle continues until all the water in the solar geyser is heated. Not only that, it stays hot until you are ready to use it!

Heating up water accounts for 40% of your electricity bill. Installing a solar geyser literally means you are getting FREE hot water! You start saving from day one. The Xmpla by Halsteds solar geysers are of the highest quality with tubes with 2.2mm thick glass making them hail resistant. The main tank which is highly insulated uses no-weld technology so it will not rust! Solar water heating is the most cost-effective way of ensuring that you can still have a hot bath or shower everyday – even if there is a power cut. A solar geyser is the only appliance that will generate FREE, clean energy while preserving the environment and saving you money!

Be Xtra Safe


Looking for a padlock that is xtra secure? The new Masterlock Excell padlock is 2x harder to cut and 4x harder to break open than a standard padlock. Ideal to use on gate motors, generator cages and pool gates to give you that extra peace of mind.

Water: Waste Not, Want Not


Every garden owner wants a lush and healthy lawn, with thriving shrubs and flowers.
How you water is important though in order to conserve your water supplies and give your plants the maximum benefit. Water as much as necessary and as little as possible. Gardena can simplify this for you with their automatic irrigation system and moisture sensors.

jojo-tanksJoJo Tanks are made using only the best quality virgin food grade materials (good enough to eat off so good enough to store your water) and all tanks carry a five-year guarantee.



Remember, one leaking tap can waste more than 2000lt a month. Prevent taps from leaking by turning taps off tightly and replace washers on leaking taps. Similarly, check the flush valve washers in your cisterns as a defective washer can result in water losses of up to 5000L a month.

Walls: keep water out of them!

Paint is not just for the aesthetic appeal of the home – it also acts as a protective layer against the elements. If you use Dulux
Wallguard for your exterior walls, it will help repel water from the surface as well as release trapped moisture from the walls through a unique dual action hydrophobic mechanism. Not only that, but it is prevents mould with a patented Mouldex technology too. Dulux Wallguard also has a great colour range with a durable dirt-shedding suede finish.

Toolbox Essentials



  1. Long Nose Pliers: These are used to bend, re-position and cut wire.
  2. Combination Pliers: Invaluable for everyday tasks such as gripping, twisting and cutting.
  3. Claw Hammer: Ideal for knocking things together and apart. The curved claw can be used to pull out nails
  4. Shifting Spanner: Great for gripping a wide variety of nuts of different sizes.
  5. Flat Blade Screwdriver: The tip is shaped to fit the driving surfaces—slots, grooves, recesses, etc.—on the corresponding screw head.
  6. Philips Screwdriver: An essential hand tool that has a cross shaped tip to be used on Phillips head screws.
  7. Craft Knife: Used to cut many different materials.


Got 5 minutes to kill?

Check out ‘Suzelle DIY’ on YouTube for some great hints and lots of laughs…

Screws: need a good


Screwing 101

Be careful to use the right screwdriver for the screw or you might get a ‘stripped screw’ (impress your hubby with the jargon!) which is when the head of the screw is damaged through using the wrong type of driver. This can also occur through normal wear and tear.

Faster and more comfortable than manual screwdrivers, a Ryobi cordless screwdriver is the go-to power tool for a well-stocked toolbox. It also has a nifty LED torch built into the grip so you can see what you’re doing in the dark!


Top Tip

Use Safe Top Speed Drill for timber purlins : securing fixing for all
types of cladding and roof sheeting. Leak proof, easy to install and
available in different colours.

Raise the Roof!


Before the rains come, it is a good idea to check the flashing around the seams of the roof, look for any damaged tiles or shingles and remove any branches that hang over your home.


Flash Harry – One Shot

is an easy to use Acrylic waterproofing system, used with Stitch Bonded Polyester membrane it is ideal for all contractual and DIY applications. ONE-SHOT is suitable for waterproofing on metal, iron, tiled and timber pitched roof applications.


Dulux Roofguard

is a colour-fast roof paint that is fade resistant, resists peeling and flaking, has excellent adhesion and is easy to wash. Dulux Roofguard is for application to suitably primed galvanised iron, fibre cement and cement tiles. Although essentially a roof paint, it can also be applied to other areas such as side cladding, galvanised iron, garage doors, gutters, downpipes and garden pots.