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DIY adventures, advice and so forth

Post by caramarydaisy » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:36 pm

is there a thread already for matters such?

i am getting quiet excited as i finally get around to sorting things out in my flat. so far i have polyfillered some cracks and holes, and have taken down the wobbly curtain rail in my bedroom. i filled in those holes, and tidied it all up and last nite made new holes and hung up the rail again.

it was perfect! everything lined up beautifully, i was so proud!

next i am going to start painting. i have never done any painting before, but i am armed with sugarsoap and sponges for preparation, and masking tape, lots of paints and brushes and rollers. i realise it cant be too difficult really..

so, any amazing tips? other stories of home improvement successes/disasters?
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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:37 pm

Don't ever try laying laminate flooring yourself without straight walls. Unless you want indoor crazy paving.

I added literally pence to the value of my house.

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Post by linus » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:43 pm

we need to put the curtain rail back up in our front room... I've tidied up the cracks and holes in the plasterwork and providing the lights not on it it actually looks not that lumpy, which is a relief

we still have to put the rail back up, there's some drilling to be done

drilling stood on wobbly chairs

exciting

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Post by caramarydaisy » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:44 pm

a layer of chips wrote:Don't ever try laying laminate flooring yourself without straight walls. Unless you want indoor crazy paving.

I added literally pence to the value of my house.
i need to get some of that put down in my bedroom.. is it generally expensive to do?
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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:45 pm

I can't really remember, to be honest. It was about ten years ago, and I've tried to block the whole sorry scene from my mind. Tread carefully with it, mind. LITERALLY.

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Post by caramarydaisy » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:47 pm

linus wrote:we need to put the curtain rail back up in our front room... I've tidied up the cracks and holes in the plasterwork and providing the lights not on it it actually looks not that lumpy, which is a relief

we still have to put the rail back up, there's some drilling to be done

drilling stood on wobbly chairs

exciting
whats yr preferred method of drilling holes into walls? my dad always said to use a really thin drill bit to make like a guide, and then gradually make it bigger using larger drill bits.. its a bit faffy, but made quite nice neat holes.

i found the best thing ever for polyfillering in holes tho - its like a little razor type device, with a blade that slots into the end, and you can literally scrape away any excess polyfiller once its dried to get ultimate smoothness.. i think i did an ok job, and at least if its not its going to be hidden behind the curtains!
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Post by humblebee » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:52 pm

Heed ye well the words of a layer of chips.

The closest me and mrs humblebee came to splitting up was when we laid laminate flooring.

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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:54 pm

Oof! Yeah, that happened to me too. It sowed the seeds of our eventual split some six years later, I like to think in lighter moments.

Other relationship wreckers: hanging lining paper.

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Post by linus » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:55 pm

I'm not sure if I have a drilling method... I definitely put my shoulder into it, lead from the shoulder, never the wrist... I can see the benefits of widening one's drillbit but as you say, faffy

I've got a lovely knife type spreader from wilkos for my polyfilla, it spreads and it has a nice precise blade

as for painting, be consistent with your strokes, keep your brushes free of debris and dried paint and don't rush it

that's not incredible wisdom but I've seen some terrible paint finishes in my time, really terrible, as people go at it all hammer and tongs (only ever use brushes and rollers) and do noughts and crosses and paint this way and that and treat their brushes with utter contempt

it's distressing and then you have to live with the consequences

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Post by SophieC » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:57 pm

my expertly put up shelf that i was dead proud of fell off the wall last night. i barely touched it and then it tumbled to the ground, bent and twisted. a handy metaphor for my DREAMS and DESIRES.

it looks like the shelf has only been partly supported as about 2/3 of the screws are still happily sat in the rawl plugs in the wall. the others are jutting out the back of the shelves. i guess i'll puut it back up and use wider and longer screws.

anyway i've polyfilla-ed the holes.

what's the best thing for me to do?
a)re-drill the holes in the hard polyfilla and risk it falling off the wall again, possibly crushing me to death while i sleep?
b) or re-drill it in a different position? this'll leave a big fucked manky piece of wall. how do i cover up my sham DIY job?

putting shelves up in rented accomodation. don't do it kids.
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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:58 pm

Don't hang shelves on polyfilla! Ever!

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Post by SophieC » Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:02 pm

a layer of chips wrote:Don't hang shelves on polyfilla! Ever!
i like how posted that deadly quick, the internet equivalant of leaping across the room and ripping the drill from my hands moments before the spinning bit touches the wall.

YOU SAVED MY LIFE.

right, i'm putting the shelf up from scratch again then. shitter more like.
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Post by linus » Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:05 pm

don't drill into the polyfilla, I reckon that's what had happened previously with the curtain rail, that was a botched repair job

I reckon drill elsewhere and:

1. use a longer screw?
2. use a wider screw?
3. use a longer, wider screw?

I don't really understand how the shelf came down- even having seen it- and I reckon that might explain away why the method of fixing didn't work previously and how to remedy it from happening again

it's not like you had mad weights on that shelf either

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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:06 pm

Is it a hollow wall? You might need bigger rawl plugs, if so. Don't use the red ones on plasterboard - they won't hold owt up.

But it's an outside wall, isn't it?

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Post by linus » Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:08 pm

it is an outside wall and a dead hard one

we've got grey rawl plugs

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Post by caramarydaisy » Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:32 pm

i have a really massive heavy frame i would love to hang but on a wall thats all hollow and crappy cos its a new flat. i dont think im even going to attempt to do that myself, but get someone in to sort it when i get loads of shelves put up in a cupboard.

other things i might try and attempt include resealing around my bath. how easy is this? you just get one of those gun type things dont you?? how do you get the old sealant up?
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Post by linus » Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:37 pm

how extensive is the resealing job- hayley did a pretty sound repair job just using some filler type stuff out of a tube

our whole bathroom needs regrouting (probably retiling), I suspect the landlord will cane us for that when we move out

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Post by noodlé » Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:40 pm

caramarydaisy wrote:
a layer of chips wrote:Don't ever try laying laminate flooring yourself without straight walls. Unless you want indoor crazy paving.

I added literally pence to the value of my house.
i need to get some of that put down in my bedroom.. is it generally expensive to do?
this may offend anyone who has chosen to have laminate flooring... but don't have laminate flooring. it's RUBBISH. spend a few extra quid and do things properly. unless you plan on seling up and moving out within a few years.

professionally fitted decent quality laminate will look and last ok... but for what it costs you're well on the way to paying for lower quality real flooring.. and that will be better. it looks better, it feels better, it's more durable, and it will generally be more forgiving of the 'diy' installer.

'laminated' is another way of saying 'photocopied'. THINK ON THAT!! would you buy a photocopied carpet? would you? WOULD YOU?
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Post by linus » Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:46 pm

I probably wouldn't

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Post by caramarydaisy » Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:51 pm

noodlé wrote:
caramarydaisy wrote:
i need to get some of that put down in my bedroom.. is it generally expensive to do?
this may offend anyone who has chosen to have laminate flooring... but don't have laminate flooring. it's RUBBISH. spend a few extra quid and do things properly. unless you plan on seling up and moving out within a few years.

professionally fitted decent quality laminate will look and last ok... but for what it costs you're well on the way to paying for lower quality real flooring.. and that will be better. it looks better, it feels better, it's more durable, and it will generally be more forgiving of the 'diy' installer.

'laminated' is another way of saying 'photocopied'. THINK ON THAT!! would you buy a photocopied carpet? would you? WOULD YOU?
hmm. to be honest i probably will be selling up and moving out in a few years, and the rest of the flat is all laminate, i just need to replace some dodgy carpet!
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