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What "man jobs" have you done today?

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

  1. LuckyBenski


    Joined: Dec 28, 2017

    Posts: 4,532

    Location: London

    Very interested to see how this goes as I'm planning similar soon. Have a 12' x 12' space and I don't care for gardening. Figured I would build the biggest shed I can, insulate and plasterboard inside to make a den/workshop. Hoping to make it habitable enough for guitar and gaming.

    Do you mind sharing rough ideas of costs?
  2. Rilot


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 20,200

    Location: Wargrave, UK

    Shed was £1200 with glass windows
    I needed 300kg concrete, paving slabs, etc for the base: About £200
    Plasterboard about £120
    Celotex or similar 50mm at around £250
    Carpet tiles £100
    Lighting, sockets, wiring, etc. £100

    I reckon I'm at just over £2k at the moment and am expecting to spend another £1k on units and worktops.

    Build time: The base took a day to lay the concrete and excavate. Then a day to cement in the slabs. Shed took me and 4 mates a day to put up.
  3. Liquid_Entity


    Joined: Apr 11, 2006

    Posts: 5,955

    Location: East Grinstead, W Sussex

    Tried to put up a simple floating shelf from Homebase. Got all the drill holes perfect, spirit level perfect but when i put the supplied rawlplugs in and then fitted the base upon screwing it all in the rawlplugs disappeared halfway in to the wall and i couldn't screw the screws up. I used 7mm drill bit as it said and i think the plugs aren't big enough. Too late for going to get more plugs. Have to wait until tomorrow.

    My wife always thinks its my DIY skills but i did everything right, its these rubbish rawlplugs.

    That's what I'm blaming anyway
  4. Kol


    Joined: Jan 8, 2003

    Posts: 13,873

    Location: London

    Looks great @Rilot ... my last shed was from Tiger Sheds two years ago, as soon as the ground is ready I'm getting a workshop one, too.
  5. Mark A


    Joined: May 19, 2005

    Posts: 18,010

    Location: Lancashire

    Very nice, I wish my garden was larger so I could have got a larger shed. I had to go for 10x8 and that extra few feet would have been so useful. I did add some double doors on the back to allow for large pieces of wood to stick out of the shed when cutting on my crosscut saw.

    I got mine from Tiger shed as well and it is now 7-8 years old and still solid. The only issue I had was the felt was rubbish and only lasted around 3 years. I think i'm going to get some fiberglass shingles or epdm eventually.

    I have been extending my workbench today, ready for hopefully getting a lathe at christmas.


    Added in some diagonals while I could get to the walls. The shed was flexing quite a lot when sawing and planing by hand, so hopefully this stiffens it up. @Rilot I'd recommend you do this as well before plasterboard if you plan to use any hand tools.


    Last edited: Sep 30, 2019
  6. Bouton Aide


    Joined: Aug 9, 2008

    Posts: 25,101

    Oof then sheds, you could get a bed in them! I know what I would be doing lol
  7. Andrew_McP


    Joined: Apr 21, 2003

    Posts: 2,792

    Location: South North West

    Public service announcement for all amateur manjobbers who may not have passed their "test your kit before you use it or pack it away after seasonal use" exam: Leaf blower/sucker bags rot, and may suddenly give way, redistributing your nice neat leaves as shredded mess all over your just-hoovered area. Gaffer tape will fix them... but only for long enough for you to forget about the repair and witness another debris explosion.

    Right, off to Ebay.
  8. {SAS}TB


    Joined: May 20, 2007

    Posts: 5,327

    Location: Location: Location:

    Had a log delivery this morning


    Cleared out the main log store


    Then stacked with the new delivery

  9. Merlin5


    Joined: Aug 17, 2009

    Posts: 15,426

    Location: Finchley Central, London

    Awesome shed Rilot.

    I pressure washed my front wall yesterday and painted all tops with some white Sandtex today.
    Need to point some missing mortar between paving tile. I believe I need 4 parts building sand to 1 part cement and a fairly dry mix so not to stain the tiles.

  10. keylion


    Joined: May 17, 2003

    Posts: 427

    Location: Lancashire

    Cleaned the gutters out today. Full of stuff blocking the downpipe outlet so water was just pouring over the top.
  11. Maccapacca


    Joined: Apr 13, 2010

    Posts: 16,851

    Location: Sunny Sussex

    6 hours I'll never get back

  12. thenewoc


    Joined: Mar 9, 2012

    Posts: 5,926

    Location: West Sussex, England

    Did they short change you on the wood for each end of the roof, the capping edges? Just redid ours as it was different wood to the rest and had weathered a lot but every one I've seen overhangs past the longest edges. Got some new wood for it from Wickes but wasn't cheap. I'd clout nail the edge of the felt along those longest sides at 50mm intervals if I were you as the wind will take that off otherwise.
  13. thenewoc


    Joined: Mar 9, 2012

    Posts: 5,926

    Location: West Sussex, England

    Have been up-cycling an old hand built english wardrobe. Just been priming it to ensure knots don't come through so whole thing is in pieces to spray up each side with a new toy (electric paint sprayer from Argos). Quite impressed so far as the paint has gone on pretty well. Got to find some chrome screws and hinges etc to give it a bit of a more modern look. Top coat is going to be chalk white. Considering something similar is about £900 from The White Company, am hoping it's going to come out good, has got more character than one of theirs due to the coachwork part at the top. Will do some pics when I get a chance. Looking forward to not having the stink of zinsser bin.
  14. PaDE


    Joined: Mar 20, 2015

    Posts: 201

    Smart looking floor!

  15. LoadsaMoney


    Joined: Jul 8, 2003

    Posts: 28,882

    Location: In a house

    The Mrs :p
  16. Bouton Aide


    Joined: Aug 9, 2008

    Posts: 25,101

    Sleeping! don't have a misses or FB! :mad:
  17. Jimmy Weirdarms


    Joined: Aug 14, 2017

    Posts: 537

    Over the last week or so I have - Torn up an old laminate floor, mortared holes in the concrete underneath, repaired walls, assembled and fitted an entire toilet, including drilling holes in porcelain tiles and down into concrete (that toilet is never, ever coming out), painted our utility room (two different wall colours and the ceiling), painted the kitchen ceiling, painted the entire downstairs loo room, designed and started building an acrylic liner for the space under the stairs (where the cats' litter tray goes) and a whole load of other satisfying man-job things. I was feeling quite proud of myself ... until I did this to a door!

  18. the-evaluator

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 24, 2015

    Posts: 2,018

    Wow. That looks like my mother in law did it!
  19. alexakasloth


    Joined: Aug 13, 2004

    Posts: 7,587

    Location: Sussex

    2 clamps and a straight edge go a long way!

    I tried a bit of plumbing yesterday, adding in a T join (compression) and extending one side of the pipe with an extra appliance outlet on the end. Then changed/simplified the wastes so only one pipe exits the wall. Push fit and compression fittings made it a simple task.
  20. 200sols


    Joined: Jan 14, 2018

    Posts: 4,452

    Location: Hampshire

    Mushy chipboard, lovely. I hate floating chipboard floors and previous plumber seemed to be practising his soldering with joins every 2 inches.