Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by jaybee, Aug 18, 2012.
Are you trying to tell me that there’s a non-angry form of DIY?
Sometimes, when the stars align, and the sun is shining, and no one is looking, there is a beautiful moment. The first hole goes in straight, the batteries are full on the drill, there are no stubbed fingers or toes. Wonderful.
Not today though.
Is there a specific ritual to ensure success? I’m not ruling out human sacrifice as I have plenty of land to hide the bodies in...
I have 12 captive bolts to install into a concrete capped limestone wall this week to support fence panels to block a 2 metre drop.
I’ve got 1 builder coming out tomorrow and 1 on Tuesday to give me the details.
Finally bothered to take some pics when there is some natural light in the utility (sky light), wife also has a LED plant grower thing which is why there is a weird shadow. This has been a real slog for me as the door frames needed a lot of work to get right (lots of gaps, excessive paint blobs etc).
The door pictured here is to my garage which I have not painted (or the frame). Considering replacing the whole frame and maybe the door as its been fitted really badly. Maybe even change to a UPVC door.
The downstairs loo is next. I've removed some of the sealant from the skirting on the right hand side (against the tiles) but this is the state some of the skirting is in which annoys me. I know I am not right in the head
Does queuing at my local household waste recycling centre for 1hr:25mins count as a man job
getting rid of all of that clutter requires is a real man's jobs
List of jobs done over the last week:
Filled numerous screw holes in plasterboard
Painted the horrendous red hallway
Painted the decking
Fixed door handles
Glued window trim back in place
Fixed split plastic on door frame
Fitted ceiling rose that was just left dangling
Took huge pile of rubbish left round side of house to skip
Removed all kiddy stickers from bedroom wall
Organised getting boiler fixed
Organised getting new aerial fitted
Figured out what was causing the breaker to trip
Adjusted kitchen unit doors
Replaced all faulty bulbs
Sorting energy contract
Many more jobs to do....
I need todo.. obtain fence paint, paint fence, finalise and order pipework for pond, arrange excavator, order rebar, sort out slab formers and order concrete slab pour.
Scratted under the row of new potatoes - came up with a meal.
Built and painted a new side gate. Quite chuffed with the result for my first try. Cheaper than buying one too.
Think it cost me £32 for wood and 18 for hinges and latch.
It made me realise how crap my mitre saw is though.
More digging. Aswell as doing it all weekend.
But getting close now.
Mowed the lawn and gave it a good raking, put some seed down and covered with a good layer of compost. Probably not the proper way to do it but should come back thicker and I think I will invest in a new lawn mower that is height adjustable, this one seems rather low.
The trick is plenty of water - Get a spray bottle and fill with weak soapy water - cut sheets about right size -spray windows -blade off -wipe with microfiber cloth then spray again - spray film and slap on - line it up and you need a small plastic scraper to smooth the film down, start from middle and work out -really press into edges- use a thin blade Stanley type knife (snap off blades) and cut round edge.
Easy I have watched it done many times.
ps - don't buy rubbish film it's rubbish
The Film Fu is strong in you. Will definitely buy better quality film next time. The problem with trimming to size once the film is in place is that our windows have a very soft rubber seal at the edge which we didn’t want cut.
It’s made a huge difference in the amount of light and heat flooding into the bedrooms, so it was worth the grief. Will buy and apply smarter next time.
Any photos? I'm unlikely to upgrade this place as the landlord is lazy and neglectful sometimes but... It does get really hot in the evening sun.
Fitted a "Chicken Guard" automatic / timed coop door open and closer.
We have a few trips coming up and have someone coming round to feed / water / clean out the animals but can't commit to the 0700 opening and 2230 closing of the coop so bought this.
Wanted to install and test it while still here to make sure it was working properly.
Before (wooden door and runners)
Removed the runners so the door could be taken off
Then fitted the runners, door and control unit
It "worked" but the coop isn't particularly flat / level as we live on a hill and the runners kept sticking so replaced the aluminium runners with the original wooden runners and it works perfectly
Have you put your hand in the egg nest and touched a rat yet ?
Cut the grass and did some extreme trimming of a bush. My dad thinks I've probably killed it though!
Is that a euphemism?
Lol, no. The chance of rats with three cats is pretty skim
Moved inside and cut out a perimeter strip of carpet and the gripper rod so we can gloss right to the bottom of the skirtings and leave (most of) the carpet in place until the new floor goes down
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