How to drill a hole in a ceramic tile

Drilling hole in a tile is simple if you know what you are doing, but it’s hard to do it without cracking the tile if you don’t, or if you are inexperienced. As a handyman with a great deal of experience offering handyman services in Johannesburg, Gauteng, I know exactly what you need, and what you need to do.

Have what you need ready

You need quite a few items at the ready to do it, and it’s better to have them at hand than to go hunting around, so get the following things from your DIY shop if don’t already have them. You’ll need a good quality electric drill and drill bit a solid piece of wood that just bigger than the tile, a soft pencil, tub of water, rag, stiff measure and masking tape.

Your drill bit is your most important consideration

Your drill bit must be either a diamond tip or carbide-tip masonry tip. An ordinary ‘cheap’ drill bit won’t do the job. It’s simply not able to drill through the hard glazed, ceramic surface cleanly enough, and the result will be cracking if you manage to drill through it at all.

Step-by-step instructions

Mark your drill point, covering it with masking tape, and mark the tape with the pencil where you need to drill. Drill a hole through the piece of wood and place it on the tile with the hole over the pencil mark. Drill slowly, holding the wood in place with your other hand, and applying a constant, firm pressure. Every so often, cool the drill bit with water to stop it overheating. Be careful – remember you are using an electric drill so use the rag. Be patient, and before you know it, it’s done.

Of course, you can always get hire a handyman to do it for you or give us a call for advice and assistance. Contact Showroom Condition for handyman services in Gauteng today.

Home Improvements 101

The axiom that a stich in time saves nine could not be more relevant than when it comes to the upkeep of your home. A little preventive home maintenance can eliminate the need for major repairs later. Bearing in mind that “major repairs” is code for more extensive, more expensive, and probably at the most inconvenient time too!

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Whether you are sprucing up your home pre holiday-season, or with an eye to selling up, don’t waste any time in getting started.

  1. Not every home improvement is skin-deep. Aging roofs, hidden water leaks, or outdated electrical systems – you can’t fix it if you don’t know it’s broken. Walk around your home and write a list of everything – big or small – that is broken or in a state of disrepair. While small repairs might seem trivial, adding them all up creates a shoddy impression
  2. Find inspiration on the internet, TV shows, and design magazines. When it comes to do-it-yourself projects, keeping your vision clear ensures that you keep it simple and on budget.
  3. One of the easiest and most cost-effective improvements of all is a fresh coat of paint. For a clean and updated look, give yourself adequate time to properly prepare the areas before you even touch a paint brush.
  4. Go green. Do an energy audit to see how to maximise the energy efficiency of your home. Not only will this cut your electricity bill now, but it makes your home more marketable in the long run.
  5. Even small revamps in the kitchen or bathroom guarantee good bang for your buck. Simply replacing old plumbing and lighting fixtures, swapping out a stained sink for a shiny new stainless steel model, or updating your tiles will give your home an updated, modern look.

If you would rather delegate these tasks, get in touch with Showroom Condition asap.

What to know before starting a home repair project

If you have a home repair projects that need attention, you need to make sure that you have everything ready before you start the job. If you start a home repair project and you do not have all the tools you need or the knowledge to do the job, you will end up having to stop the whole project in order to get the correct help and recourses.

Now you never have to stop half way with a home repair project with these tips:

  • Choose home repair projects that add value to your home. If you sell your home, you may get a lot more if your house looks great.
  • Make sure that you do the projects that take the least time first.
  • Decide whether you want to hire a professional or if you want to do the project yourself.
  • Read up on the project you wish to do. The more knowledge you have about the project, the better.
  • Take a look at magazines and roam the internet to come up with inspiring and creative ideas before you start your project.
  • Make sure you have the right tools before you start the job.
  • Make sure you have enough money to buy all the recourses you need in order to complete the task at hand.
  • Plan your home repair jobs thoroughly before starting.
  • If you choose a professional to do the job, shop around for the company with the best prices and exceptional service.

Home repair projects at Showroom Condition

Showroom Condition has the best service when it comes to home repair. We specialise in all home repairs including fitting shelves, hanging pictures, hanging paintings, fitting curtain poles, fitting blinds, fitting showers and much more.

Contact us today to make use of our home repair services.

Get the right handyman in your home today!

Is your house or property looking a little shabby in some parts or are you battling to get that professional finishing touch with your new hanging wall cabinet? Are you running out of time or simply not sure on how to polish off the job? We think you may be in the need of a professional handyman expert.

We, at Showroom Condition offer a wide range from common handyman service to steel fabrication services. We don’t stop there either, if you need brick laying, plaster work, dry walling or preparation of foundations of, we do it all and much, much more.

We have put together a list of some of our services we offer.

Our Handyman services in Gauteng:

  • Fit LCD / Plasma TV bracket
  • Fit shelves
  • Hang pictures
  • Hang paintings
  • Hang mirrors
  • Hang curtains
  • Fit curtain poles
  • Fit blinds
  • Fit shower and bath screens
  • Fit locks hinges and handles
  • Plain warped and swollen doors
  • Fit stair gates
  • Fit childproofing products
  • Assemble flat pack furniture
  • Rubbish clearance
  • Fit laminate flooring
  • Install fire alarms
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms
  • Moving heavy awkward furniture
  • Boxing in pipe work
  • Tidy cables
  • Expanded ceilings

We do it all so you don’t have to! If there is something we have left off our list, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and one of our handy handymen will come to your rescue!

Contact us today!

We have taken the guessing and frustration out of your handyman home needs. A quick call to us or a visit from an expert Showroom Condition Handyman is all it will take for us to help you with your renovations or your repair needs. We have the skills to get the job done for you.

Wall drilling hacks from Showroom Condition

Drilling into a wall sounds like a quick and easy thing to do, but I’ve picked up quite a few helpful tips and hacks along the way. Read this list of wall drilling hacks to get the job done with ease next time around:

Use a digital detector

The worst thing that can happen when drilling a hole into a wall is accidentally drilling into electrical wires or pipes. Use a digital detector so you can establish where any electrical wiring or pipes are behind the wall before you start drilling.

Pick up dust with an envelope

This is a handy tip I’ve picked up over the years. If you know where you are going to drill, open an envelope and tape it to the wall underneath the spot where you are going to drill. This will help pick up any dust from the drilling so you don’t have to vacuum and clean up dust afterwards.

Use the right drill and drill bit

There are many different types of drills on the market. Generally, a lightweight DIY drill will be perfect for drilling a simple hole into a wall, but if you’re unsure about drilling a hole into masonry, concrete or ceramic, for example, rather hire a professional.

At Showroom Condition, we specialise in taking care of all your DIY needs. No job is too big or too small. Whether you need a thousand picture frames hung in your house (hey, everybody has different decorating styles) or simply want us to drill a few holes to install your new LED television – we can do it.

Take the hassle out of drilling and DIY by contacting our professional handyman Showroom Condition today.

Home improvements made easy with the right tools

There are many ways for us to make our homes aesthetically pleasing, but we must consider price, availability of material as well as functionality. Fortunately there are many ways in which home improvements can be done that don’t require you to bust the bank.

Small changes can be made to relieve the burden of a large renovation. Here are a few ideas to get your initial revamp started:

All handymen need knowledge of their working areas, whether it be painting, plumbing, paving, building or electrical work. With this comes the use of the right tools. Knowing which tools to purchase will ensure you do the job correctly and get the process running efficiently.

Your toolbox:

A sturdy toolbox with adequate space is vital. Ensure you get a toolbox which is compartmentalised so that you can find tools easily.

A claw hammer:

A claw hammer has two main functions which make life easier for the user. It is used to both apply nails as well as remove them by using the claw end.

A wrench:

A wrench can be an absolute life saver. The adjustment feature on it allows you to tighten and loosen various types of nuts and bolts.


A combination plier is great for removing nails. It allows for a solid grip so that you can avoid injuries.


A flashlight is great for those little nooks and crannies, especially when plumbing behind cupboards and sinks, to keep you aware of your surrounding when beginning work around the house.


A flat and star screwdriver, preferably adjustable and interchangeable, so you always prepared to screw clamps and hinges.

There are more tools which can be purchased, but they may not be accessible due to availability or affordability. These fundamental tools can take care of small jobs around the house, for bigger projects, it is advisable to contact the professionals, as they are best equipped.

Where to find handyman services in South Africa

If you find yourself wondering where you will be able to come across certain handyman services in our beautiful country of South Africa then look no further. It is never a bad thing to ask for help particularly if you need it. Sometimes, you will find your biggest problem won’t be that you cannot actually do a job, but that you just do not have the time to. This is where the services of industry professionals such as Showroom Condition will come to your aid. We offer a wide range of service to help you out around the house which can be extremely needed at times.

What Showroom Condition has to offer

As mentioned, we have a large array of various services which we offer to all of our clients. The kinds of handyman services which we do may seem like things which you can more than easily accomplish yourself, however as stated before, sometimes we just do not have the time to:

  • Hanging curtains
  • Fit curtain poles
  • Fit blinds
  • Fit LCD/ Plasma TV brackets
  • Install fire alarms
  • Fit laminate flooring

As you can see, even though there are a few services in there which can easily be done on your own, things like fitting a television bracket perfectly without it being lopsided can prove to be quite a task. This is why instead of infuriating yourself, your partner and anyone else who signed up to lend a helping hand, leave it to the professionals and come home to a home which you will be proud of.

With a team of highly qualified individuals, we at Showroom Condition pride ourselves on the fact that we never fail to deliver anything but the best. Do not hesitate to contact us today.

Find the best handyman for your home in 2015

Finding the right handyman for your home this year is not as difficult as you think. However, finding someone who will do a quality job for you is another story all together. Knowing who you can rely on is always a touchy subject when it comes to entrusting someone with your home and rightfully so. Your sanctuary should not be overrun with people whom you feel uneasy around. This is why we at Showroom Condition take pride in every single job which we do. Making life that much easier for all of our customers, we offer a wide variety of different services which we hope bring ease and enjoyment into our client’s busy schedule.

Services offered by Showroom Condition

There is indeed a reason behind our name. We believe it is extremely important to leave all of our customers’ homes exactly as our name suggests, in showroom condition. This being said, we offer you every single handy man service which you could imagine. People may think it strange to outsource some of the jobs we do, but sometimes, you just don’t have time to do them yourself. For example, if you buy a fantastic set of blinds, but find yourself running ragged throughout the week with work and on the weekend have to see your in laws for a braai, go to your friend’s house warming, hit the gym, do a bit of catch up work for the week and finish up with a family Sunday lunch, the likelihood of you being able to complete this task is minimal.

This is where we step in to help you out. There is no harm in asking for a friendly helping hand when you need one. Call Showroom Condition today and let us help you create your ideal picture perfect home in a heartbeat.

Home repairs – how to do it right

Just when you think you’ve got your home repairs all under control, something else breaks down, breaks off, or falls apart. Common problems, such as a burst geyser, can result in major damage to your walls and furniture, having boisterous kids around often means you end up with cracked pictures frames and broken windows and there’s always a mirror that needs hanging or a cupboard door that needs to be refitted. At Showroom Condition, we take care of all those inconvenient jobs for you — there’s no job too big, or too small. 

The key is to regularly examine and repair your home. If you leave things for too long, the damage will most likely get worse and repairing everything all at once can be exceptionally tough on your budget. Regular maintenance should include mending leaky taps, re-painting, sanding down and oiling wooden doors, trimming trees, checking roofs and waterproofing.

Of course you can do it yourself, but unless you happen to be a skilled handyman, it will require hours of research and planning, not to mention running around sourcing materials. It makes much more sense to spend your time doing what you’re good at and use our professional home repair services.

At Showroom Condition we have the experience to handle your project from quote to sign-off. We free up your time, while we take care of maintaining your home beautifully. For comprehensive service, contact us today.

Why you need to start your home repair jobs now to get ready for winter!

Winter is on its way and it’s very important that your home repairs are done before the chilly weather sets in – else you’ll be suffering with frostbitten toes while everyone else is cosy and warm!

As our homes age, they are affected by changes in the weather more and more – and the change from hot, humid summers in Gauteng where wood swells and damp rises to the dry, chilly winters where wood dries out and cracks appear everywhere can leave your home looking older than it should be! This means that, in winter, when all the materials your home is made of start to contract in the cold, you can be left with increasing gaps near your windows and doors as well as a drafty roof – bringing winter indoors.

Many people only realise how drafty and cold their house is when the weather gets really bad – so that means that it is a very busy time for home repair companies who may not be able to get out to you as soon as you’d like them to. The best option is to simply call us out before the bad weather sets in. We can have a look at your home from top to bottom, inspecting everything from your electrical systems and plumbing to the state of your roof, walls and windows. We’ll be able to give you a highly competitive quote and start on the job as soon as you’d like – ensuring that your home is weather proof and draft-free well in time for winter.

Contact us today at Showroom Condition for a quote on our affordable home repair services and don’t get left out in the cold this winter!