Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by jaybee, Aug 18, 2012.
Kitchen planning at howdens
We just planned our kitchen at howdens yesterday and are waiting on prices. Although tbh I've made a perfect kitchen on DIY kitchens planner and it's gonna have to be cheap to sway me.
Moved half of this so far - filled my trailer and two builder bags - Just need to move this off drive then it's going to be a slow time sizing and splitting length ways then stacking.
Should be ready to use by next winter.
This was a tipper transit full from local caravan site.
Fitted two windows and a door to the kitchen extension. Reused the windows from the old kitchen so they need a bit of tlc but they are triple glazed composite, well worth saving.
Jet washed the patio today.
Took all morning, lance not quite long enough to stand upright and be close enough to remove dirt (patio has never been cleaned before) so now have raging back ache.
Next on list is to blast whats left of the paint off the decking and re paint it
Try washing patio first with bucket of bleach water - brush it in then pressure wash off - so much easier.
Do sympathise with back ache though - got mine shifting the logs.
Will try that next time thanks. Hopefully wont need doing again till late in the year
Bought an 80 year old Record wood working vice from ebay for my shed/workshop.
It was in really good condition with most of the original paint. Loads of these are now rusted up, or have been re-painted and you never know what the paint is covering up. Took it apart, de-greased and removed some slight rust, then added some Kurust.
Just need to decide what grease to use now and then re-assemble. I have some Rocol dry moly paste which is 70% moly which I might add to the holes in the cast iron and just add a layer of car wax to the runners and lead screw. My worry is if I add grease to the runners or the screw it'll get covered in dust and do more harm than good.
I have read that graphite is good to use, but I already have the Rocol and it cost me £20 for a tiny tube, which i used a pea sized amount for my airguns, so I kinda want to get some use out of it .
Also ordered a small metal working vice made by Paramo, which I believe was a competitor to Record and also made decent kit. It also looks in great condition, but i'll have to take it apart when it arrives and hope there are no issues hiding.
Oh and also made a wrist rest out of some spare oak worktop. I was getting pain in my left wrist when gaming, so quickly knocked this up with the table saw and a bit of sand paper. Just need to wait a few days for the Osmo oil to fully cure.
that wrist rest is lovely! Fancy doing me one!!
Bit of a cheat in that this is work over the last few months rather than just today but hey...mega update on the flat renovation. Time been difficult as of late, between work the kid and everything else. Got 10 days off from today so going to make a push to get this all finished up.
The amount of space to "butt" up against with the tiles had diminished quite significantly since putting in new stud walls and tile backing board. Decided to build out the door frame a little to give something to work against. Unsure how I'm going to 2nd fix and finish it yet but likely some molded trim and suitable paint. Would have liked to have tiled it all but the space I had to work with and my skills would have just made it far too difficult.
More tiling, finishing out all the walls to my plumb line.
Plumb lines off and tiling down to the floor level.
Cut out for towel rail face plate. 125mm angle grinder with a ceramic disc worked a treat. Followed some advice from YouTube where you cut the straights from the back and a little from the front. Gives you a nice square cut out with no overshoot on the visible face.
Window surround. You'll note a lack of forward planning meant my corners are not tile edged off. *doh* Solution incoming for that though.
Area for sink, extraction and wall cabinet tiled out. Tile trim planned for and used on this occasion!
Start of my window surround solution. Uneven L profile in aluminum. Mitre out the corners, a real measure 10 times cut once affair.
Tiles grouted at this stage. My amateur tiling skills meant LOTS of grout line cleaning out. Sink placed and stuck in.
Plumbing for sink installed and thoroughly tested. It will be boxed in with tile and don't want leaks after the fact. Best practice would have some isolation valves and access for them and the trap but I just don't have to space to work with. Considered a removable tile access panel but scrubbed it. Worst case I can access through the plasterboard in the stairwell. If I have to I'll put an access panel back into the hole made then.
Window surround L profile all cut and stuck in.
Sink area tile backing boarded and tiled up.
Laying out for shower thermostatic mixer bar. Need to be pretty precise here as I need to hit my timber either side of the pipe tails. Cutting back the tails themselves was a measure 5000x cut once bum twitch moment also. Cut these too short and I was SOL as my pipework is now in the stud and behind the tiles!
Cuts good and within tolerance, push fittings on for the mixer bar. Supporting flange thingies screwed on and secured with grub screws. Little bit of silicone to keep the water out of them.
Mixer bar on, cosmetic caps installed and some silicone for good measure. Tested and leak free *phew*
Riser bar on, screwed into timber stud previously placed on original masonry wall. Supplied screws for this are absolute cheese grade. I suspect they have used alu. rather than Stainless Steel to achieve some corrosion resistance on a budget.
Quadrant assembled and installed. It is a B&Q Beloya unit. The glass is 8mm and it's a pretty hefty unit. Not quite the quality finish you might get from a big named brand but it serves it's purpose. 1 out of 5 stars for installation though. The manual was poor and there was LOTS of man handling to get everything into place. Frustrating as I measured everything to within dead center of the given tolerances. The rollers on the bottom of the glass doors are sprung loaded and supposed to spring down to spring back up into the lower guide...nope. About 5mm too short of a travel to fit in. Had to put the rollers into the lower guide whilst not attached to the door THEN screw into the lower part of the door. The cosmetic trims which cover the screw fixings etc have a poor fit and lack positive engagement. It does the job for the money but would second think about a unit like this in the future.
Install 100mm extraction fan unit
Source and install Towel Rail
Source and install mirrored cabinet
Lay anti fracture membrane on the floor and tile
Ceiling cut outs for downlighters, install and wire
Painted the cinema room, whole room was light grey, took the plunge and painted the screen wall Matt Black and side walls Dark Grey Matt, was a good choice.
Need to move the arcade machine upstairs next and replace with a 7th cinema seat.
Yesterday I finally got around to doing a number of small jobs.
- Sorted the dropped section on the guttering outside the kitchen.
- Replaced the outside light above the french doors.
- Adjusted the french doors so the left door doesn't hit the frame and the right door doesn't have daylight visible above it when closed.
- Measured cylinder locks in french and bi-fold doors so I can get Ultion locks matched to the front door key.
- Weeded the asparagus patch.
- Tidied the shed.
Perhaps when i'm finished, need to finish stairs to the second tier of seats and change the lower carpet first.
@Sin_Chase those male to male fittings which you have used to connect the tap tails to the plumbing... where did you get them from? I've been looking for some and haven't be able to locate any.
More sanding and bleaching my poor windows
This is what they should look like
Plumbcentre/Woolsey but any decent place should have them.
They are 15mm compression to G1/2" male. You can also get them in push fitting.
It's a pretty ubiquitous fitting so you shouldn't have issues finding some.
Looking at what everyone else has been upto, i feel quite inadequate lol
I made a bird table out of scrap pallet wood and other scraps.
Arrrrrr, I see, not quite what I thought it was. What I was actually looking for was a 15mm threaded male to 15mm threaded male.
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