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What "man jobs" have you done today?

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

  1. {SAS}TB

    Soldato

    Joined: May 20, 2007

    Posts: 5,327

    Location: Location: Location:

    Yet more painting :rolleyes:

    New shower room got a coat. Although not the largest of rooms (3100 x 1500) getting in to paint above the tray took some effort, especially with the 2800 high ceilings

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  2. PaDE

    Gangster

    Joined: Mar 20, 2015

    Posts: 201

    Well not today (yesterday) started to remove the chimney breast in the living room.

    Basically gas fire/thermalite blocks/dot and dabbed.

    Of the four joists spanning over the breast the middle two did not sit on the inner leaf like the rest. They rested on the breast.

    So first job was to Support these before removing the breast. So I trimmed both joists, placed a piece of C24 acting as a bearer in situ (6 x M12 bolts resin fixed to the inner leaf) and 2 x Strongtie hoist hangers.

    I still have a ceiling this morning however work stops play today so block bashing resumes tomorrow.

    Also never used resin fixings before. Quite impressed.

    Also the Mrs ain’t too happy as she drops sproggo numero 3 in 5 weeks!!
     
  3. adwol48

    Hitman

    Joined: Dec 25, 2008

    Posts: 853

    Location: Norwich

    So did what some might call an easy job today i literally just tightened the nut of the kitchen taps as the taps where lose and very wobbly, only it wasnt that simple. firstly we have a belfast sink like this one which obviously sits way below the level of the countertops and the taps themselves, given the very limited space between the bottom of the sink and the kitchen unit I couldnt fit inside the cupboard to get my adjustable basin wrench up there to try to do up the bolt so i had to unscrew the counter top the enitre length of the work top then with two pieces of 2x4 i wedged these under the solid wood worktop to lift it either side of the sink. I unscrewed the waste pipes and removed the connector to give myself a few more cm's to play with and slowly but surely lifted the sink out it must of weighed 40kg easily and was such an awkward shape to lift by myself. I can then freely access the nut to tighten it which took mere seconds then I was faced with lifting the sink back in. Got two chairs to rest the sink on so i wasnt trying to lift it from the floor straight into place and also meant if i dropped it it would fall a very short distance instead of onto a tiled kitchen floor. Slid in back into place and then siliconed around the edges to enure its water proof. on a normal sink this job may of taken minutes but thanks to the Belfast sink it took me over an hour.
     
  4. b0rn2sk8

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 9, 2003

    Posts: 5,840

    Thanks for is, I'm planning to put in a belfast sink on when we refurb the kitchen, I'll make sure I thread lock the tap nuts!!
     
  5. adwol48

    Hitman

    Joined: Dec 25, 2008

    Posts: 853

    Location: Norwich

    yep that would be a very wise decision unfortunately i didnt have any so i just cranked the nut as tight as i could get it, within the next year we are going to be knocking down walls and redoing the kitchen so the belfast will be going. We actually find it more a pain to use compared to a normal 1.5 sink maybe consider a ceramic 1.5, had one in our old house that we put in and it is loads better than a Belfast sink
     
  6. b0rn2sk8

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 9, 2003

    Posts: 5,840

    Thanks, to be honest the belfast will very much be there for the look and we'll have a 'proper sink' in the utility where the washing up will actually happen. :D
     
  7. eddiemcgarrigle

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 13, 2006

    Posts: 3,762

    Location: Inverkip

    Removed a marble fireplace, capped gas supply, patched hole in wall and patched carpet. Wall getting plastered tomorrow.
     
  8. Hedge

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 17,759

    Location: Somewhere in the middle.

    Fence posts and panels x 3.

    That storm forced my hand. Quite enjoyed it once i got going but lumbering 6x6 panels solo aint easy.
     
  9. {SAS}TB

    Soldato

    Joined: May 20, 2007

    Posts: 5,327

    Location: Location: Location:

    And even more painting :o

    Gave the shower room (above) a second coat and then then started on the new en-suite

    Schoolboy error running out of masking tape almost immediately so have ploughed on without and will mask / finish the edges tomorrow and then give the while room a second coat
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  10. Yadda

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 19, 2009

    Posts: 3,954

    Location: Baa

    I woke up in the night so checked outside to make sure everything was ok. Good job I did. The drain is blocked, the back yard was flooded and the water would have soon been in the house.

    Unfortunately I lent my rods to someone last week but fortunately I have a submersible pump and enough hose to run around to the front of the house (I slightly modded the float-switch by bungeeing it closer to the unit and attaching polystyrene to the float for extra buoyancy to enable it to work properly in such a small sump).

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    The step-ladder is there just for safety.

    Shower and back to bed for me.
     
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  11. Terminal_Boy

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Apr 13, 2013

    Posts: 8,085

    Location: La France

    Nice save!

    I’m totally stealing your float switch enhancement for my small submersible pump.
     
  12. Yadda

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 19, 2009

    Posts: 3,954

    Location: Baa

    Thanks. It was a close one!

    If you do something similar, make sure you watch it for a while to make sure the float switch engages and disengages appropriately before leaving it. The height of the bungee sometimes needs to be adjusted (only when initially setting it up. Once working it's fine).

    That's the second time that pump has, ahem, "bailed me out". It's paid for itself many times over (about £100 from Toolstation all-in for the pump and the hoses).
     
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  13. Maccapacca

    Tea

    Joined: Apr 13, 2010

    Posts: 16,851

    Location: Sunny Sussex

    The birch ply shelves have been oiled, some of it looks like looking into another dimension turned out a million times better than I imagined.

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  14. Yadda

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 19, 2009

    Posts: 3,954

    Location: Baa

    They look really nice, @Maccapacca

    All sorted now. Drain unblocked and all the kit rinsed through and drying outside. It took all but 2 of the rod sections I own to reach the blockage, too. About 16+ metres. Phew.
     
  15. LuckyBenski

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 28, 2017

    Posts: 4,532

    Location: London

    Put up the fence panel which blew down last Monday, as I've not had any daylight hours to do it all week. Our fence is almost patchwork at this stage, I've replaced more than half the panels since moving in 8 years ago. If we owned it, I'd replace with concrete posts...

    Then I planed the doorway as our front door has gone from "sticks a lot" to "danger of being locked in" this week.

    Be glad when winter's passed properly. Or when we move out :o
     
  16. Terminal_Boy

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Apr 13, 2013

    Posts: 8,085

    Location: La France

    This weekend’s project appeared after Herself accidentally cut the wire to an outside light when cutting back the vines hanging from the frame that the light was mounted.

    Fortunately, it wasn’t live and her garden loppers have nylon handled anyway.

    There was some swearing on my part, but not as much as when I opened up the bulkhead style light fitting that the wire was fed from...

    6OW filament bulb in a hosing rated for 40W and the wire that got cut was tapped into a plastic 3A terminal block. Of course, this was good and crispy as it was right next to the 60W filament bulb...

    The clincher was that the wire to the bulkhead fitting was both too short to connect to a new fitting and plastered in.

    There is a special Hell for people that do this and it features pineapple insertions using chilli oil as lubricant.
     
  17. Marff

    Gangster

    Joined: Aug 5, 2010

    Posts: 191

    Location: Maidstone

    After reading this thread I decided to replace the leaking compression fitting under the sink. Job done, no more leaks!
     
  18. DXP55

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 5, 2013

    Posts: 4,337

    Location: Shropshire

    Creosoted one side of the replacement fence panel -will do other side tomorrow -I love smell of real creosote.

    Must do the shed this year.
     
  19. Marvt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

    Posts: 14,442

    Location: Higher Walton

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    The tiles came off surprisingly easily so doesn't look like the plumber will need to reboard the walls thankfully which saves us some cash. Tonight i'd planned to get all the adhesive off (any tips other than lots of scraping?)

    Although this morning there were some damp patches in there around the edges and i'm wondering if there's a leak behind the walls which would be typical in a house where everything goes wrong!


    This started off as a job to re-seal around the shower to stop a leak!
     
  20. m4rmite

    Gangster

    Joined: Oct 26, 2007

    Posts: 334

    https://www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-Pro...1rwFaM3t2L2tAs7fME0aAptCEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
    This should make light work of the adhesive