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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #80 on: May 22, 2012, 07:20:18 pm »
Think I might put down some laminate wood floor panel things in the bathroom soon. Will have to rip up the cheap crap in there first and then learn how to use a jigsaw. Can't be that hard.

you can maybe just go right over it

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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #81 on: May 22, 2012, 07:34:32 pm »
Think I might put down some laminate wood floor panel things in the bathroom soon. Will have to rip up the cheap crap in there first and then learn how to use a jigsaw. Can't be that hard.

You can get a DVD in B & Q on how to tile and how to lay laminate. £1.99 if memory serves. Really good for DIY`ers

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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #82 on: May 22, 2012, 08:24:38 pm »
Are we talking about the same thing? Because there's no need for total plastering over drywall - you just need to mud (aka smear drywall compound paste) over the seams and the screw holes. Like so:

Looks a total pain in the arse to me. It probably is over here in UK - bound to be, but I'd swerve it. Anything that requires a massive sanding job I hate. I'd personally skim this pillar with cement and then paint it.

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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #83 on: May 22, 2012, 09:15:03 pm »
Looks a total pain in the arse to me. It probably is over here in UK - bound to be, but I'd swerve it. Anything that requires a massive sanding job I hate. I'd personally skim this pillar with cement and then paint it.

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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #84 on: May 22, 2012, 09:21:40 pm »
im shit at DIY but i enjoy doing it.Such a shame.  :)
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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #85 on: May 22, 2012, 09:23:24 pm »
I'm pretty good at general DIY - my grandad was a joiner, and was very skilled in plumbing and electrics too, and I picked up a lot of knowledge from him. I enjoy doing it too, I like getting lost in a job. Plastering is beyond me, but I'll give most things a go. What my grandad taught me was that 99% of a job is in the planning. Think it through every possible way, sketch it, measure everything three times, and that way you'll avoid expensive fuck ups.
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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #86 on: May 22, 2012, 09:47:11 pm »
I'm shite

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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #87 on: May 22, 2012, 10:32:54 pm »
Was called out last week to fit a replacement shower the guy asks if I can move the shower over to cover this big hole where a pipe and a cable come out to fee said shower , I said " why can't fellas who fit them just do a decent job in the first place as it's so rough . It looked awful and he confessed he'd done it himself . I said " bet your missus give you an earful when she seen it " he said no she died three years ago !

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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #88 on: May 23, 2012, 09:03:17 am »
you can maybe just go right over it

I could, but I don't think the floor would be even then. Anyone who thinks they're shit at DIY should visit my house, the people who worked on it before we moved in have done the worst job I've ever seen, wallpapering over light switches, the lot.
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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #89 on: May 23, 2012, 09:31:47 am »
I'm usually good at DIY, wee bits and bobs, i'm a plumber by trade so the "fuck it, i can do it" mentality comes out, but i will say one thing. Fuck IKEA, their DIY shit is awful, bought a desk and it took me about an hour to figure out wtf it was supposed to be and/or look like.. got it done in the end, but i was told IKEA stuff is so easy to put together, it isn't.. well, some of the stuff isn't anyway.
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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #90 on: May 23, 2012, 09:32:47 am »
Think I might put down some laminate wood floor panel things in the bathroom soon. Will have to rip up the cheap crap in there first and then learn how to use a jigsaw. Can't be that hard.

If you're going to put laminate floor in a bathroom make sure you get the right stuff i.e. moisture repelant and non slip (laminate can be lethal when wet) and i think you have to put a differant underlay in bathrooms. Apart from that laying laminate is easy as long as you aclimatise it to your house for 48 hours first (made the mistake of not doing this once and had a nightmare)

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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #91 on: May 23, 2012, 09:45:36 am »
I'm awful as I'm too impatient.

One of our floor tiles is cracked and I can get my hands on a tile cutter. Any ideas what to do next? It looks like cement holding the tiles together (grout?) and I wondered where I'd get that from and what it is?

I'm also looking to make a bee house (where they sleep in the winter).

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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #92 on: May 23, 2012, 09:47:40 am »
No hot water at home at the moment and I'm clueless when it comes to fixing stuff. Shite start to the day!

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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #93 on: May 23, 2012, 09:58:41 am »
No hot water at home at the moment and I'm clueless when it comes to fixing stuff. Shite start to the day!

have you checked the hot water tank (if you have one) or even stick the emersion on for 15 mins
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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #94 on: May 23, 2012, 09:59:48 am »
If you're going to put laminate floor in a bathroom make sure you get the right stuff i.e. moisture repelant and non slip (laminate can be lethal when wet) and i think you have to put a differant underlay in bathrooms. Apart from that laying laminate is easy as long as you aclimatise it to your house for 48 hours first (made the mistake of not doing this once and had a nightmare)

Got some wood panels in my hallway that we tatted from a skip (typical behaviour for our house), boyfriend has redone the hallway with them and it looks good so figured I'd extend it to the bathroom. No idea about the whole moisture thing because it's not like we brought them. Doesn't get too wet in the bathroom anyways. All that kind of thing is in the boring details, and I'm not into details. Rip the floor up, put new floor down. Have a beer.
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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #95 on: May 23, 2012, 10:01:11 am »
I'm awful as I'm too impatient.

One of our floor tiles is cracked and I can get my hands on a tile cutter. Any ideas what to do next? It looks like cement holding the tiles together (grout?) and I wondered where I'd get that from and what it is?

I'm also looking to make a bee house (where they sleep in the winter).
Go to wilko's and have a browse round the tile/DIY area, there'll probably be some kind of tube you can squirt in the gap to sort it out.
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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #96 on: May 23, 2012, 10:02:52 am »
have you checked the hot water tank (if you have one) or even stick the emersion on for 15 mins

Will stick that on later if it's not fixed. Didn't have time for it to kick in this morning before I had to leave. Got the father-in-law round later to have a look at it for me. Pathetic!

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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #97 on: May 23, 2012, 01:47:59 pm »
No hot water at home at the moment and I'm clueless when it comes to fixing stuff. Shite start to the day!

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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #98 on: May 23, 2012, 02:03:04 pm »
I can stick up some flatpack easy enough and can change a lightbulb or a fuse but anything else I wouldn't really attempt.

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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #99 on: May 24, 2012, 12:53:20 am »
I give everything a go and over the years for a woman i have got very good at things , well a woman has to do what a woman has to do  when theres no man around  ;D  Plus i rather like  the challenges, cant do plumming or electrical though so lets hope i dont need to  ;D
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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #100 on: May 24, 2012, 01:02:41 am »
No hot water at home at the moment and I'm clueless when it comes to fixing stuff. Shite start to the day!

Just boil the kettle, you fucking nobhead. Then get Mrs Nick to pour it through a colander over you while you stand in the bath. It's almost like getting a proper shower, but it makes your skin peel off.
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General decorating and DIY thread indoor and outdoors.
« Reply #101 on: May 21, 2014, 08:39:15 pm »
So...what it says on the tin..not ronseal. Im in the process of revamping the house.Ive done the living room and am now in the process of doing the upstairs bathroom.Fortunately i dont need to change the suite,just general decorating,skirts,painting the walls,redoing the tiles (though im thinking of painting them). Ive actually found it quite relaxing.Something i didnt think i would enjoy yet ive spent most of the day doing it and think its gonna look boss.
After ive completed that i am moving on to the garden.The garden is about 65-70 foot long and about 28 feet wide.When stepping out its patio,im just going to give this a spruce up.Its then up about 5 steps to a grassed area to the end of the garden,so pretty plain really.Very boring.What i want to do is construct like a secret garden.Well not secret but up the top end away from the house i want it to be secluded,a seating area,maybe decking or a cheaper alternative,and some nice plants with like small stoned areas to sit them in and finally a water feature.Pretty modern and a bit trendy,an area to sit out in at night and enjoy a glass of wine and some music with the lady and friends.Clearly this may cost a few bob.Im trying to keep costs down and want to make my own furniture out of wooden pallets which seems fairly simple to do,anyone done this before?

Anyway, off on a tangent,just thought id start a thread for hints and tips etc for any decent DIYers out there on RAWK,as franky im pretty useless at it,but am keen to give this garden thing a go.Im guessing i need some kind of screening,not sure where to start with that one,to seperate the area from the rest of the garden.Im not sure how much decking i need at present so may look for a cheaper alternative if anyone has any ideas? Im going to order some crates/wooden pallets for next week when i will have finished my DIY inside and go from there.Im sure itll be a disaster but itll get me outdoors! Im also after a large canopy type unbrella for this area,I saw one in B and Q for like 90 quid and it is boss but was thinking of trying to make my own with materials and have it hanging from the tree up the top end and have it coming onto some kind of sturdy structure at the other.I know.....ive lost the plot,but hopefully some artistic/gardening types may be able to offer advice.

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Re: General decorating and DIY thread indoor and outdoors.
« Reply #102 on: November 23, 2015, 11:14:14 pm »
How did it go Roady? Interested in your pallet idea. I have ideas with pallets too. Thing is, the wood used in them isn't that sturdy, so you'd need to work around that.


There was two pages of DIY threads when I went on a search, and there needs to be an official one perhaps.


But I'm here today to teach anyone HOW TO PLASTER A WALL IN FINISHING PLASTER. Proper pink finishing plaster and not the muck you can get from DIY shops. Plastering a wall is a piece of piss, clouded in mystery. There are a number of things you need to know before I start, and I'm going to assume you know some of the basics, like PVA'ing the wall, and mixing dry powder TO water, and not adding water TO the dry plaster. You can search this stuff. I'm going to get to the turning point in my life as an amateur.

The first time I plastered a wall, I had to get a belt sander out. The second time I plastered a wall I had to get a mouse sander out. The third time I plastered a wall, (and we're not talking big walls here), I had to get a mouse sander out again. Everytime I did it, it required some polyfilla in many many areas, and more sanding. The fourth time I did it, I polished the thing with the trowel so hard it was like a mirror... shit hard, with duff patches, and impossible to paint on. In my preparations I'd roll 7 cigarettes just to help me get thru the panic and the fact that I'd have plaster all over my hands. Panic panic panic everytime.

Not anymore. Yesterday, three months after successfully plastering a wall with my new bit of info for the very first time (no rough patches, smooth as you like all over), I plastered another wall, and I genuinely think I have it licked. Not licked licked, but we're hoping to build an extension on our house someday, and I'm happy to plaster it now. And, looking forward to it. Before, I was filled with dread, now, I'm excited.

I know plasterers and builders, and have watched them and asked questions, and there was always a feeling that I wasn't going to be told anything that would help ME, do what they do. I was asking for advice, but nothing came back.


And the turning point was doing two coats. Before, I was laying the plaster on, and then trying to smooth it. So I'd lay it all over and then go back to start smoothing it, then trying to smooth it a bit more... then more again. I studied sculpture so I know intrinsically that over working plaster isn't recommended, but I couldn't fucking do this shit.

What you do is, you mix your plaster up (research this bit), and lay it on with casual abandon. Don't worry about bubbles and lines etc... just get it on. Try and get it flattish of course, but don't worry. A 4 x2.5m wall should take about 20 minutes to cover. 30 maybe (for the amateur -me). The way proper plasterers scoop up a load onto the trowel is something I can;t quite do yet ;D When it's on the wall, make a cup of tea. Just let it sit there for a while. In the meantime, clean all tools (proper bucket, hose etc). This first coat should be around 2mm thick. The next coat is thinner - about 1mm. Mix the new batch accordingly. You can let that 2nd batch sit for a while if you want. I drove to the shops to get some beers. Then you put on the 2nd coat, while the first coat was still wet, but just beginning to get 'tacky'. What the first coat is doing is all the sucking in of water. While it's busy sucking it in, you lay the 2nd on to smooth it over. And it's a piece of piss. Just trowel it over, pause a little, do another trowel, pause again, do another.


Another tip - do it in the daytime. Don't do it with one lightbulb in the room. You need daylight. Thanks for watching.

Edit:... and another tip... you'll still need to give the whole thing a light sand when it's been dry for a day or two before you paint, to give it a tooth. A 50/50 wash with emulsion and water as the first coat.
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Re: General decorating and DIY thread indoor and outdoors.
« Reply #103 on: November 23, 2015, 11:27:35 pm »
Scooping plaster onto your trowel is easy. Hold your trowel upside down, like with the the flat blade parallel with the floor and draw the hawk down the edge, bingo. Trowel full of plaster and you're not throwing it all over the room.

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« Reply #104 on: November 23, 2015, 11:42:22 pm »
I know the technique, but you should see my shoes ;D

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« Reply #105 on: July 28, 2016, 05:36:20 pm »
I've got a problem with my kitchen door constantly being left open and all the cooking smells spreading throughout the house. I'm looking to install a concealed door closer like the one below. Anyone got any experience of these? Easy to fit? Do they work well?

http://www.screwfix.com/p/eclipse-concealed-door-closer-electro-brass/12108

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« Reply #106 on: July 28, 2016, 09:28:21 pm »
What kind of door are we talking about?  ie: Solid wood / egg box interior hollow kind?

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« Reply #107 on: December 19, 2016, 10:55:58 am »
Hello handsome tradesmen.

Just a query on sealing a concrete floor. I've got a flat I'm about to rent out, the floors in 2 of the rooms are basically unsealed, dusting concrete. There was a type of matting previously used that i've taken out. I wanted to seal the floor, stop the dusting, before putting on new matting.

I'm planning on using a sodium silicate solution, the manufacturer I spoke to recommended the 42BE grade (will post the specs like ratio, viscosity, molarity later but it's the grade they use to harden and dustproof, seal  concrete)

I'll check with them of course but wanted to know, if anyone in the trade on here uses it to harden / seal their floors, how effective it's been, and what ratio of water to the product do you mix for each coat when applying. I'm thinking of 2 coats per floor, with the first coat 4:1 and the second one 3:1.

Thanks.

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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #108 on: December 19, 2016, 04:50:01 pm »
Bonjela?   ;)

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« Reply #109 on: December 20, 2016, 11:16:34 am »
Using that after I install the catflap Richie ;D

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« Reply #110 on: December 21, 2016, 07:43:49 am »
I'm terrible at it. Or is was a few years ago. I'll give most things a go now though. Not through choice more because I've had to. Still won't go near  electrics though. Done a bit of plumbing i.e. Changed a toilet that I'd never in a million years attempted years ago. Recently stripped and re wallpapered the hallway. Decorated the main bedroom and laid laminate flooring and a carpet. So I'm learning. Think the hardest part is talking myself out of things. A lot of the stuff I'd never dream of doing but then when I attempt them it really isn't that hard. There's so much information available these days and some very good videos on YouTube etc that when I come to doing the work I'm fairly confident . I'm not great at it but I'm learning and the stuff I have done I've enjoyed.
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« Reply #111 on: December 21, 2016, 05:33:17 pm »
Used to be really good at it, could do plumbing and electrics, fitting carpets, all that kind of stuff. Did so much over about 9 years when I was with my ex I got sick of it. My wife hates mess, so we tend to pay to get stuff done in the house while we are away on holiday.

I still do outside stuff though, have totally redone the back garden, removed about 8 tons of soild, knocked down walls and the shed, removed flags then built a new wall, laid a lawn, built decking and did a fence between ours and next door. Out front I knocked the wall down and built a fence and laid a new front lawn. I also do all the painting and I did replace a shower a couple of years ago.

Next year got two rooms to decorate and a new wooden floor to lay in the hall.

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« Reply #112 on: May 26, 2017, 12:14:04 am »
Chipped my fairly new wood laminate flooring last night. Not a huge chip, probably smaller than a thumb nail, but it's noticeable. Brother insists on using filler and repair kits you can buy, but I've got a spare pack and just wanted to replace the whole board. Looking at repair kits in B&Q and Wickes etc. they just look quite snide. Anyone used these kits to repair chips before?

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« Reply #113 on: June 22, 2017, 11:53:44 am »
Probably not the best thread to post this is in but I'm in the process of demolishing an old brick outhouse and have some quality bricks that are really to good to be skipped so if anyones planning on building a bbq/pizza oven etc and can collect you're more than welcome to them.

There's approx 400/500 in total, pics are available but I am in South Yorkshire not Liverpool.

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Re: General decorating and DIY thread indoor and outdoors.
« Reply #114 on: June 22, 2017, 12:33:11 pm »
If you have a local reclamation yard, ask them.   They are always looking for vintage bricks..... presumably yours are Victorian or Edwardian era?

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Re: General decorating and DIY thread indoor and outdoors.
« Reply #115 on: June 22, 2017, 02:02:56 pm »
If you have a local reclamation yard, ask them.   They are always looking for vintage bricks..... presumably yours are Victorian or Edwardian era?
Edwardian mate.  I'll see if we have any round us.

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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #116 on: January 3, 2018, 12:44:31 pm »
Any idea how I remove one of these door handles?

http://wickes.scene7.com/is/image/travisperkins/largeNormal/Door-Handles-Wickes-Bravo-Bathroom-Handles-Pair-Satin-Nickel-Finish~T3274_163938_00?defaultImage=travisperkins/missing-product

The springs that return the handle up have gone so I need to replace. I know without the lock it should just be a case of those 2 screws but when Iíve undone them the handle doesnít come away from the door.

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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #117 on: January 3, 2018, 12:47:20 pm »
Any idea how I remove one of these door handles?

http://wickes.scene7.com/is/image/travisperkins/largeNormal/Door-Handles-Wickes-Bravo-Bathroom-Handles-Pair-Satin-Nickel-Finish~T3274_163938_00?defaultImage=travisperkins/missing-product

The springs that return the handle up have gone so I need to replace. I know without the lock it should just be a case of those 2 screws but when Iíve undone them the handle doesnít come away from the door.

Is there a grub screw underneath?
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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #118 on: January 10, 2018, 01:43:22 pm »
Is there a grub screw underneath?

Yep that was the culprit :D

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Re: Are you good at DIY?
« Reply #119 on: January 10, 2018, 03:52:53 pm »
I hung a door a few weeks ago. Cut it down to size to fit the frame and everything. Feel like I could build a house now.

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