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What "man jobs" have you done today?

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by jaybee, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. Diagro

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jun 3, 2012

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    Will it be reopened for its intended purpose?
     
  2. Shikkaka

    Mobster

    Joined: Jun 10, 2003

    Posts: 2,668

    Location: Nottingham

    Dug up and turfed an area of the garden that was covered in weeds and moss.

    Probably be weeding it again in a few weeks.

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  3. RedvGreen

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 2, 2009

    Posts: 3,497

    Location: Midlands

    I bonded some plastic beading along 3 shelves and a countertop inside a walk-in cupboard due to the edges of the flat surfaces being ragged and impossible to smooth down with caulking/filler and sander. Masks the issues perfectly and finishes them nicely!
     
  4. Duke

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Jun 29, 2003

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    Location: Wiltshire

    Yes eventually. This is just a routine task keeping it under control as much as possible. The charity is hoping for Lottery funding to be able to restore all the locks and put them back into use again with a tow path as well. Keeping it clear helps to prevent further damage and will hopefully give an idea to the Lottery on what it can look like.
     
  5. Maccapacca

    Don

    Joined: Apr 13, 2010

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    Location: Sunny Sussex

    Some cladding finished, the left is the extension, the middle would have been old plastic and the right was painted softwood.

    Took the opportunity to clad all three areas in new plastic with the neighbour happily taking my offer to do his side at cost.

    Quite fiddly as we didn't want to use all the horrible trims that make all the areas look like picture frames.


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    Hopefully finish this side tomorrow

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  6. Maccapacca

    Don

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    Location: Sunny Sussex

    Soaked through in the rain to get the towers back to the hire centre today but it's finished

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  7. Hedge

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

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    Location: Somewhere in the middle.

    I was removing skirting boards in prep for skimming room but the plaster came off easily so I decided to strip the whole wall back to bare brick. Gonna go for an industrial look instead and get some brick cleaner and sealant over the weekend.
     
  8. Mark A

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 19, 2005

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    Location: Lancashire

    That looks good Macca. it's a shame you can't get super long lengths so you could have avoided having to join them.

    I wonder why in the UK we use PVC cladding and windows etc and in the US they have some sort of fibre glass cladding that has a wood grain effect added to it. I personally think the US stuff looks a lot better than our shiny PVC stuff. I bet someone could become quite rich if they manage to popularise it over here.
     
  9. {SAS}TB

    Soldato

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    You can get all sorts of composite (flat or grain effect) in all different colours and even concrete cladding panels. Suppose it's what people (or their architect or builder) know about / like and specify ...

    @Maccapacca - did you not fancy infilling with brick ?
     
  10. Maccapacca

    Don

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    Location: Sunny Sussex

    5m lengths only really, the big any was 8m, difficult to manage floppy 8m of cladding and not much call for it. Not many people have 8m frontage, it's only because I did the neighbours as well.

    Originally it was painted softwood which is easy to join without nasty joints plus the upvc expands and contracts so you have to allow movement although I question that because it's nailed every 600mm. Probably because butt joints would look awful. It chipped at each cut unless you're really careful.

    Planning was matching existing. The whole street is either white cladding or hung tiles.
     
  11. {SAS}TB

    Soldato

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    As in planning insisted /stipulated or what was on your planning drawings? Think, personally, I would have spoken with the planning officer about brick infill or another colour cladding
     
  12. Mark A

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    A sharp block plane cleans the edges up well if a saw chips them, but it's probably not a good idea to butt join them anyway as any movement will end up with a gap opening up id imagine.
     
  13. Maccapacca

    Don

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    Just saying brick cladding is all well and good but it starts above the windows and would need a shelf angle. The cladding plus batten is only 25mm bricks are 112mm plus you'd have to drill and fix ties, All the window reveals would be very deep and require all the cills replacing to throw the water out and the soffit dimension would change.

    Brick slips would be a fortune

    It's all well and good saying I'd rather just brick infill but there's so much to consider that would take a £1800 job to something costing £5k plus and the neighbour probably wouldn't want to pay his share.
     
  14. Maccapacca

    Don

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    I reckon there's no movement and it's an excuse to cover up bad workmanship with trims :p It's nailed every 600mm, if it moves it'll twist round the nails first and buckle.
     
  15. {SAS}TB

    Soldato

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    Point taken but there are other options with the brick and render or a different colour cladding

    Was just curious if it had been investigated as it's such a large portion of the frontage of your property .....
     
  16. Vexr

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    Picked up my car from the body shop after it was crashed in to, and transferred a 2 TB hard drive from an old Pace Sky HD Box to a newer one.
     
  17. akaFonzie

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    Not today but likely a tomorrow job, i've got to replace a syphon in a cistern as the washer thing has gone bad so flushing does nowt. Looks like a fun job, will likely replace it with one of those DuoFlow Turbo88 jobbies so if it goes bad again the cistern doesn't need separating from the bowl since the syphon itself splits into two parts. Any tips in advance other than changing the doughnut whilst I'm there?
     
  18. Maccapacca

    Don

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    Screed, boys smashed it out, 35sqm in just over an hour

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  19. Participant

    Caporegime

    Joined: May 13, 2003

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    Location: Warwickshire

    Finally decorated the hall, stairs, and landing. An ABSOLUTE pig of a job, especially painting the staircase spindles, but so glad it's done.

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    It was nasty before, dirty walls and cracked plaster with a dark shiny varnish on the bannister. Feels like a new house now.

    New carpets and curtains tomorrow.
     
  20. Adam

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    I feel your pain. I did 3 stories of these at the same time covering over 75 spindles.

    Yours looks fantastic, I really like the contrast.