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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:54 
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Hey, that's good plastering.
I'm crap at it, and would have just boarded the lot, so kudos.

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Hey, that's good plastering.
I'm crap at it, and would have just boarded the lot, so kudos.

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Plastering and rendering are fucking devil's work, which is presumably why the tradesmen charge so bloody much. I may go on a course over the summer.

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That orange, diamond pattern lino is really quite something. Also, good plastering!


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Thanks, it took a long time getting the hang of it.

Luckily most of the walls were in decent nick and could just be skimmed, one wall needed to be taken back to the brick and completely redone though.

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I could have just boarded it, but did it all in plaster so that I could have some practice.

Ceiling is going to be a challenge in the living room, its much larger and I'm not sure I can get it all covered before the plaster starts to set... :S


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Yeah I'm still in a dilemma about trying to plaster my (cracked to hell) livingroom ceiling or just throw some 9mm PB at it.


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I'd try and secure it on, Kalmar. PB isn't sticky.

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Plastering and rendering are fucking devil's work, which is presumably why the tradesmen charge so bloody much. I may go on a course over the summer.

I tried to find a local course but gave up, spent a long time on forums asking questions and picking up tips (PVA the walls, buy an expensive trowel & a feather edge...) .In the end I just went for it and used one wall to practice on.

There's def a a knack to it, but its not the witchcraft its made out to be.
Main thing is to work fast and get the whole wall covered, worse thing is to spend ages getting one corner perfect...by which time the plaster will have gone off and you'll not be able to get the rest of it covered.

Second coat can fix the minor defects.


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kalmar wrote:
Yeah I'm still in a dilemma about trying to plaster my (cracked to hell) livingroom ceiling or just throw some 9mm PB at it.


Hmm if the existing plaster is cracked it may just crack again if you skim it. Possibly the existing boards aren't screwed down(up!) well enough.

Ceiling was much harder than the walls to plaster, bigger area and harder to move around. I'd love to have ago with some stilts but I suspect I'd just trip and break my neck! :facepalm:


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Plastering and rendering are fucking devil's work, which is presumably why the tradesmen charge so bloody much. I may go on a course over the summer.

I tried to find a local course but gave up, spent a long time on forums asking questions and picking up tips (PVA the walls, buy an expensive trowel & a feather edge...) .In the end I just went for it and used one wall to practice on.

There's def a a knack to it, but its not the witchcraft its made out to be.
Main thing is to work fast and get the whole wall covered, worse thing is to spend ages getting one corner perfect...by which time the plaster will have gone off and you'll not be able to get the rest of it covered.

Second coat can fix the minor defects.

I want to learn to do this, the only one I can find around here involves Saturdays over the summer. Hmm.

Some good advice there though, actually doing something and making mistakes is by far the best way to learn.

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Does finally hanging Evil Blinds of Doom class as DIY? If so, I totally did some DIY yesterday and I'm quite proud of myself :)


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Yes it does, blinds be stupids! even more stupids with concrete lintel added to the equation

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In other news the skip was delivered and plastering operation 2 is under way.
Worryingly we half filled the skip with just the ordinary junk we had lying around...


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Prepare yourselves to be astounded.....

This is Ramsea's 'workstation', it's in the living room in our house, I do not know how or why I haven't divorced him before now. (Yes, it always looks something like this, sometimes worse, sometimes the chair doesn't have stuff all over it...)

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I bet he could find stuff before you did that.

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Yeah, where's the WD-40 flis?

MAGIC FIXING LIQUID!

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Ange wrote:
Does finally hanging Evil Blinds of Doom class as DIY? If so, I totally did some DIY yesterday and I'm quite proud of myself :)


I also (re)hung my blinds yesterday. I did it with string :metul:

I can fix literally anything with string. My flat is actually made from string.

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The windows aren't very good, mind.

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Does anyone want to tank behind the tiles in my bathroom and then re fix the same tiles, so that I don't have a damp cupboard behind the shower, then repaint that damp cupboard, for frees please?

Just realised today that the previously slightly damp peeled paint is now proper gummy after 6 months and is going to get pulled up on any half decent survey if we ever get an offer :-(


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We finally got round to hanging my TV from the bedroom wall on Saturday. Woo! Despite the bracket kit coming with just about every type of bolt known to man, we still had to go out and buy some long ones because there's a good 2 inches of plaster on the exterior wall*.

Annoyingly, while the wall part of the bracket was dead on by the built-in spirit level, the telly is 1-2 degrees off. Just enough to bug me.

Still, at least it only looks a bit like it's pulling away from the wall.

* This gives us confidence to try the speakers again, the 'um, how have we hit mortar with all 5 of these holes?' question having made us walk away slowly last time.


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I'm having a carpet fitted on Saturday and before then, I've got to put down the carpet grip.

I have some but it's a concrete floor. The grip comes with nails pre installed but I reckon I'm going to break a load getting them into the concrete floor... This could be irritating.

I also have to fit the bit that goes inbetween my dining room and the hall. Having to do things on the evenings is rubbish.


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Carpet fitters should do that for you, surely? I've never fitted my own gripper rods.

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Carpet fitters should do that for you, surely? I've never fitted my own gripper rods.


You give the orders, Davpaz does the doing:

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Craster wrote:
Carpet fitters should do that for you, surely? I've never fitted my own gripper rods.


It's my way of saving money. The carpet sitters charge about 5 quid a metre for the gripper. I can buy the whole rooms gripper for about a tenner and fit it myself. I did the same in our bedroom but that was a wooden floor and therefore easier to nail them down.

And yes... it seemed like a good idea at the time.


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I guess you could drill about a hundred holes and use plugs and screws, but I bet the fitter would just clean the concrete off and use No More Nails or something.


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I've always had that sort if thing free with the fitting, and the door strips.


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I'm having a carpet fitted on Saturday and before then, I've got to put down the carpet grip.

I have some but it's a concrete floor. The grip comes with nails pre installed but I reckon I'm going to break a load getting them into the concrete floor... This could be irritating.

I also have to fit the bit that goes inbetween my dining room and the hall. Having to do things on the evenings is rubbish.
As long as the floor's not too old you should be alright, concrete's easy enough but older floors tend to have broken off pins stuck in them which makes it a total nightmare. Might be an idea to acquire a handful of long panel pins just in case.

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Yeah, what Wullie said. If you're really concerned, get some masonry nails. Or a paslode gun, they're more fun :)

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I'm going to give it a go tonight by hammering the fuck out the nails.

The floor has been down since the 1950's so wish me luck!


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Kneepads!

Use kneepads. You'll thank me later


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TheVision wrote:

The floor has been down since the 1950's


Word, bro' That's one hip floor.


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Kneepads!

Use kneepads. You'll thank me later

:this: I learnt this lesson while fitting a laminate floor in my dining room. :facepalm:


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For those of you concerned... and I know there was a few, I managed to nail the carpet grip in.

It was a piece of cake! Wullie was right!


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flis wrote:
Yeah, what Wullie said. If you're really concerned, get some masonry nails. Or a paslode gun, they're more fun :)


I want you to come and do DIY for me.

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Mimi wrote:
flis wrote:
Yeah, what Wullie said. If you're really concerned, get some masonry nails. Or a paslode gun, they're more fun :)


I want you to come and do DIY for me.

I would pay to watch. Also... I might help.

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Blaaaaady hell that took a while
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But now the arty question... what colour to paint the walls?

Note to self: If your not sure about the condition of the underlying plaster, hack it off rather than feck about...


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Buying a kitchen today. Focus is closing down and they have a pretty good sale on - getting this one: http://www.easier.com/87725-focus-diy-s ... units.html


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Are you still working on that house, Kal?


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I've been taking a break from it. But, it's at the stage where it mostly just needs interior decorating, so I should really get on with it and get it sold before the house selling season is over. Hence, kitchen.
I got quite a nice set of units on Freecycle, but not quite enough to do the job properly and I wasn't able to get matching ones, so buying an all new one seems sensible.


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I wish I'd got pics of the house before/during/after...I got some of the rooms but the kitchen would have been one of the best I think. Oh well! I'll have to dig out the ones I do have so you can see how awesome my skillz are :metul:

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Buying a kitchen today. Focus is closing down and they have a pretty good sale on - getting this one: http://www.easier.com/87725-focus-diy-s ... units.html

Nice.

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Kitchen: the beginnening.


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Kitchen: the beginnening.



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Also, working backwards...


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Getting there. Will buy worktops and some sort of floor covering tomorrow.

Sink, oven, hob and washing machine all courtesy of freecycle.


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We bought our house last year from a builder. He was a really nice guy and was very highly spoken off by other people on the street that he had done work for.
In his own house he was a nightmare, the heating was mess, the kitchen looked ok at first glance and mostly was aside from things like the kitchen sink, this had been dropped into the hole in the worktop, no silicon and no fixings, unless you count screws and bits of wire.

For DIY I know my limits so I paid my brothers father in law to work in the house for a week and put things right. He is a godsend and worth his weight in gold as he is good at everything.

He told me never to try to silicon seal my bath again as it took him longer to clean my last attempt off the taps and bath that it did to seal my bathroom. :)


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Worktops in, it's starting to look more like a kitchen now. Still loads to do :s
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how old is the house?

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