Your Stories & Events

The Tinkerer

Have you been a lockdown tinkerer?

Time 267 days ago Comments 0 comments

‘Which Make Yourself at Home-r’ are you? is a six-part series focusing on some of the types of people that have emerged during the lockdown period, either though need, habit or hobby.

This week, we introduce The Tinkerer. We all know someone who has a shed/garage/kitchen drawer full of 'very useful things'. Should the need arise, they’re straight on the scene of any household job, with their thingamajigs and whatzits galore.

To help us know what to DIY and what definitely not to DIY, we asked two of our resident property experts, Tony Redmond and Richard Priestley to help.

‘Summer is a great time for getting things done,’ Richard starts. "Take the opportunity to decorate a room that hasn’t been refreshed for years and you’ll immediately feel the benefits. Top tip – wrap your brushes in cling film to stop them drying out if you’re going to be using them again later."

Tony adds that this is also the time to tick off your outside jobs: "Paint fence panels, decking and any garden furniture. And it’s always a good idea to clear out your gutters – especially if there are any large trees around. Stay safe on ladders though and do your 3 Checks for Safety!"

For a household hack you can definitely try yourself at home, we turn to the glamorous task of unblocking the toilet! Tony’s top tip is: "Simply squirt a generous amount of washing up liquid into the toilet (brand of your own choosing) and then pour in a bowl full of hot water. Leave for a few minutes and hey presto – an unblocked, clean toilet!"

Not everything is suitable for the Tinkerer, though, so it’s safe to know your limits. "For plumbing and electrical tasks, you should always use a qualified professional," Richard advises. "And follow Covid-related guidance to make sure it’s safe for both you and them. Give them space and sanitise the area they’ll be working in."

We also asked Richard and Tony about the jobs people can easily do themselves but might not even know about.

"Cleaning out your washing machine filter," says Tony: “It’s amazing what small items you’ll be reunited with!" When all the wastewater gets pumped out, the filter catches all the coins, earrings, and other small bits that typically get left in pockets. If the filter gets full, the washer won’t drain properly and gets smelly. Most washing machines have a service panel low down at the front – simply open the hatch and get rid of all the gunk. Have an old towel handy in case some water comes out too. Extra points for any pound coins found!"

It’s not all about boring old jobs, though. Tinkering can be as fun and creative as you can make it. "A few pieces of gutter or pipes can make a great marble run for the kids," says Tony, "and you can re-purpose it the following weekend for splat the rat!"

So there you have it – whether it’s making garden games for the kids, or finding a lost fortune in the washing machine, there’s plenty of tinkering time in 2020!

Next week it’s the turn of 'The Titchmarsh'. Whether you’re the proud owner of a window-sill veggie box, or a vast expanse of begonias – we’ve got your green fingers covered. Or maybe you’re still just trying to keep that cactus at the top of the stairs alive…


Share this story About sharing

Send to Kindle


WasteLESS Week Winners 2020

Food waste at home? Not on Integrator’s watch!

In our previous 2020 WasteLESS Week winner stories, we’ve already explored how we can reduce food waste before it reaches customers, how tackling food waste is positive for communities, and now how we can all combat food waste closer to home.

WasteLESS Week 2020 winners

Fighting food waste and bringing people together

Continuing our WasteLESS Week 2020 winner celbrations, in our second story we’re focusing on runner’s up - the Sodexo team from Microsoft EMEA - who tackled their food waste in a very different way, choosing to donate what they could to local communities across Europe, United Arab Emirates and Africa.

National Apprenticeship Week 2021 - anything is possible graphic

Supporting communities through apprenticeships

Sodexo is proud to support a network of small and medium enterprises (SME’s), as part of our pledge to create positive social impact.

Apprenticeships - anything is possible

Achieving through adversity

Joanne Smith had worked for Sodexo for four years in a casual role, supporting on race days and functions at Ascot Racecourse. Then, in January 2020, she became Operations Manager – and in doing so, began an apprenticeship with Sodexo, studying Level 5 Operational/Departmental Management.

Sodexo Apprenticeships - anything is possible

Creating a coaching culture with apprenticeships

How do you unlock the best bits of your performance and attributes, and find the motivation within yourself to develop the areas that require improvement? HR and learning professionals, as well as business leaders, point towards the practice of coaching as an enabler to personal and organisational growth.  

Anything is possible, Sodexo Apprenticeships - Francisco Torija

Building for the future with apprenticeships

In November 2020, Sodexo UK & Ireland launched its first formal technical apprenticeship programme, designed to create the engineering skills needed in the future of the Facilities Management industry.

WasteLESS Week 2020 winners

Our 2020 WasteLESS Week winners

As a key strategic priority, food waste was taste of the town for WasteLESS Week 2020 encouraging all of you to shout about the ways you’re reducing food waste both on-site and at home. With WRAP’s Food Waste Action Week around the corner, we’re sharing our 2020 winner’s recipe for success.

NAW 2021

National Apprenticeship Week 2021

This week (8 to 14 February 2021) in the UK is National Apprenticeship Week 2021, giving us the opportunity to celebrate the success of our Sodexo colleagues regioanally, and share the possibilities afforded to us all by modern apprenticeships.

RVS logo

Volunteering to stop the spread

Over the coming weeks, the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), as well as some local authorities, will be searching for volunteers to support efforts to recover from the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Sodexo is assisting the RVS and UK Government by promoting the opportunities available. Can you lend a helping hand?