Psiloc wrote:This is what I'm thinking. I've only just bought the place and don't want to go mad straight away - I need to live in it for a while before I decide permanent stuff. There should be no damp, and I want to start using the room, so I was thinking of rugs, or like Pyschotext says, maybe some offcuts of carpet to start with.
I might end up even not using this room as a music room permanently - it's just where everything is music-wise at the moment.
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Mr_Sleep wrote:I'm 99% sure damp isn't an issue as it's on ground level and I've had it checked, and there are warm rooms on either side of it - in fact, don't think of it as a cellar at all - it's just a room downstairs that has the back door in it.
quadfather wrote:Yep. Fixing the ply down will need to be done with glue. You can also get damp resistant ply if you are worried about that.
Mr_Sleep wrote:Going this method - I assume that I'd need to select the highest point to lay the plywood and pack the lower levels?
You could use plywood and packers to get it level. I would always go laminate over carpet, especially in a room with musicians where spills of all kinds will inevitably happen. Plus it is cheap and easy to install yourself.
I suppose a basic ply boarded area would be a good starting point.
I'll have to price it all up I guess compared to just chucking shit in and going for it.
Also, I bought a blackout blind for the velux in the end. I was wondering why most of them available are either white or beige. I insisted on searching until I got a black one. And now I know why the beige ones are so popular. My addled mind did not come to the realisation at exactly how dark the room is when you put the blind on. I couldn't see shit and fell over the sofa.
It's fucking brilliant for films + games though now.
And looking on amazon I can get a 5m by 4m offcut for about £60. Might just do something like that to start with and chuck rugs on it
Mr_Sleep 21,957 posts
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I would suggest you look at somewhere like champion timber or a proper timber merchant for your ply. Ply is porous so if you are going to do that then you should consider sealing it.
But if I just chuck off cuts and rugs down I don't need to bother. Tbh, it's mainly just to stop having to walk on concrete. It's literally going to be "a den" - it'll have pictures and hangings on the walls, neon signs, beer fridge in the corner and musical instruments with a few chairs and bean bags etc
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Besides, the acoustics will be better with some rugs down.
Which wall are the manacles anchoring to
Haven't decided yet, but near a neon sign, definitely.
One of my koi just died. The icing on the whole shitshow that's been my move.
Ah man, that's shitty. Sorry to hear
Yup, it fucking sucks.
On the house front, we've had to put together a full list of the snags as the site manager had said we only had 2(!) left. Remaining list is something in the order of 180 snags as it stands (not yet finished).
They've sent cleaners today, which is something... except because our stuff is absolutely everywhere (we can't put it in place because of the work still to be done) so they're pretty limited as to what they can actually clean.
Jesus Christ, is there even an end in sight?
In other news, I need to completely empty my cellar/downstairs room of it's contents tomorrow and put them outside, and then shift a ton of wood out of there and put it upstairs near the log burner. Then I can start to attempt to make it into an actual room.
Still, shouldn't be too hard. I mean, it's not like it's cluttered with shit or anything...
quadfather wrote:I've already pretty much given up on the place being finished this year to be honest.
Jesus Christ, is there even an end in sight?
the_milkybar_kid 7,610 posts
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Sorry to hear about the koi mate, that's shit.
3 weeks into the extension, so half way though the predicted timescale.
Adding to my general misery. It appears we've got a wasp next in an area that they didn't close off properly / next to a broken tile.
I don't believe it
Was nice of the previous owner to leave me a couple of logs for the fire
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The father in law had a load of firewood to give us, so he built us a log store and to put it all in too. Not bad!
Got the landscapers in at the minute doing all the hard outside work round the back. Hopefully it will make the build feel like it's over and we can be arsed to finish the decorating.
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Had one of these in one of my containers recently. The queen got in though the vent pipe.
It wasn't huge, but I had never been stung before, so I paid £80 to get rid of it. Bloke was very efficient.
I would have a go myself now having watched him, with some caveats.
Getting stung by 100 or so wasps would not be fun, and by the time you've paid the money out for the gear the price for removal don't look that bad.
I've actually got a bee suit, but my main problem with where it is would be actually getting to it. I don't own a long ladder and it's two floors up.
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Spoke to soon about my house.
Used the immersion heater for the second time last night.
At about 3:40am this morning, I hear a noise, like something dripping. The cupboard where the immersion heater and the overflow tank is right next to me, so I open it up and yup, sure enough, the overflow tank is overflowing. Greeaaatttt!!!!
So, I dumped a towel on top to soak it up and had a few hours kip. When I woke up a bit later, it had soaked that towel.
Right, so I've turned off the isolator to the feed into the overflow tank and *ever so gently* turned the overflow pipe valve, thinking I could slowly let it out.
Yeah, that came off in my hand and I got a jet of water to the face
It's back on now, and I'm slowly draining the water into a large bowl until it goes below the overflow pipe level.
Why the fuck isn't the overflow pipe doing it's job?
Maybe I'll get central heating with a boiler after all
Edited by quadfather at 09:04:51 14-08-2018
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@quadfather Blocked pipe? Or possibly it's been installed by a moron and the fall isn't correct on the pipe, so it's creating an airlock.
I think it must be one of those two things. I've just ensured the feed to the header tank is isolated, put bowls in to collect the drips and turned on the hot taps to drain it and it's stopped now, so I'm assuming the water level in the header tank is now below the overflow.
So guess it's either blocked overflow, or like you way the fall isn't brilliant (it looks like it goes slightly up before it goes vertically down through the floor). Or the float in the header tank is fucked - if it's that, and I fix that, I shouldn't have to rely on the overflow. Though tbh, if it's this shoddy - I don't want to rely on any of it, tbh.
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You've just reminded me. Our upstairs toilet was leaking into the bowl after we first moved in; we could hear the distinct sound of the tank constantly being topped up, and we're on a water meter now so fuck that. Had a look thinking it's going through the overflow pipe, but it wasn't, the water was disappearing from somewhere else. At least we knew it was only going into the bowl.
The toilet mechanism was something I've never seen before. It was like a bizarre mixture of the old style with the water float and the new sort. Anyway I notice a diagram on the side of the bowl with which components you can take out and clean.
Now for some stupid reason, possibly because it's the middle of the night and I'm half sleepwalking, I unscrew the first component as instructed. Without turning the water off. There's a fucking explosion of water as I've just gone and removed the stopping mechanism and it shoots out like I don't know what. I frantically try and screw the plastic back in against the flow of water (not happening) while screaming for the wife to wake up and do something. She dutifully arrives but of course needs to pause for a moment to tell me what a moron I am before seeing to this fucking massive fucking problem of the house being flooded. Now I'm panicking because I can't leave where I am and I don't know where the stop taps are in the new house. There is fucking god damn fucking water fucking everywhere.
Luckily by some fluke that I still don't understand the wife knew where the stop taps were and managed to turn the right one off. Call me what you want but this fact bothered me for a moment.
When she came back upstairs and gave me that look, my explanation was that the sound of the water was keeping me awake. Didn't go down well.
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