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  • crashVoodoo 11 Sep 2017 21:59:39 7,169 posts
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    Thinking of removing the wall dividing the stairs and the living room and rotating the current internal door 90° to make a self contained hallway/entranceway.

    None of it is load-bearing, so it really is a studded wall removal, installing railings and either opening up the under stairs or closing it all in as storage area.

    Anyone done this as a DIY project or just got a pro in?
  • pacrifice 11 Sep 2017 22:35:20 5,258 posts
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    Gave blood, 10x, saved ten lives, got a badge.
  • DUFFMAN5 11 Sep 2017 23:37:38 26,651 posts
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    pacrifice wrote:
    Gave blood, 10x, saved ten lives, got a badge.
    Did your badge say:
    "He gaveth for others, that others may live"
  • mrpon 11 Sep 2017 23:45:52 37,154 posts
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    @crashVoodoo post needs more sledgehammer.
  • crashVoodoo 12 Sep 2017 02:00:30 7,169 posts
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    @mrpon do you not get points for thinking about manly activities?
  • pacrifice 12 Sep 2017 03:58:44 5,258 posts
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    @DUFFMAN5

    Nah. Just a nice number on it. And I'll surely see you on the death of the outsider thread 🙂

  • crashVoodoo 29 Oct 2017 15:44:00 7,169 posts
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    ripped an apple in half with my bare hands, bob mortimer style ...
  • mrpon 29 Oct 2017 17:32:43 37,154 posts
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    @crashVoodoo post needs more sledgehammer.
  • elstoof 29 Oct 2017 18:35:08 27,123 posts
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    Did you do the wall yet or what
  • crashVoodoo 29 Oct 2017 19:19:58 7,169 posts
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    @elstoof still in planning due to all electrics that need re-wiring
  • elstoof 29 Oct 2017 21:35:11 27,123 posts
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    Leccy’s easy, knock it down and sort it after
  • Alastair 11 Nov 2017 21:54:35 24,757 posts
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    I just shot a queen wasp with my son's Nerf gun.
    I feel like a fucking hunter!!!
  • Deleted user 11 November 2017 23:55:11
    I fitted 12 sqm of laminate and none of it has risen up or even seems to be damaged. I even cut the architraves and frames for a better job. I am boss. All chopped with a jigsaw for full man points.

    Edited by Mr_Sleep at 23:55:40 11-11-2017
  • gammonbanter 12 Nov 2017 00:26:58 2,211 posts
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    @Mr_Sleep seen so many floors spoiled by those hideous gaps around the door, well done sir!
  • Deleted user 12 November 2017 00:37:38
    @gammonbanter thank you sir. Annoyingly i could have borrowed a tool for the job but I did it with a hand saw in the end. It made for a harder job as fitting the laminate under it was difficult due to the click mechanism. Now I have to fit some new skirtings, if anyone has some advice regarding this I would be grateful, not quite sure how to make the cuts for the angles.
  • elstoof 12 Nov 2017 06:23:52 27,123 posts
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    Skirting is a bastard, you quickly discover how far off square your walls actually are. Get a mitre box for the cuts and just do everything at 45 degrees, fill any gaps with 2 part wood filler and rub down. If you’re fitting a detailed profile you might find it easier to leave one side of internal angles square to the corner, cut the other at 45 degrees and scribe it by hand
  • Dougs 12 Nov 2017 07:37:16 99,019 posts
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    God yes. Replaced skirting in my old house (Victorian cottage) and there were bloody great gaps along some walls. Nowt a bit of filler couldn't fix, but still.

    I replaced a headlight bulb on my ageing car, which involved taking the whole unit out. Amazingly I didn't knacker it. Next stop, replace the bonnet latch and hope it fixes the alarm problem I have. I hate cars.
  • elstoof 12 Nov 2017 07:44:30 27,123 posts
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    Worth bearing in mind that’s exactly how 9/10 site chippies would do it; throw it up as fast as possible, piss off to the pub and leave it for the decorator to make good
  • Trowel 12 Nov 2017 08:00:33 24,355 posts
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    Dougs wrote:

    I replaced a headlight bulb on my ageing car, which involved taking the whole unit out. Amazingly I didn't knacker it. Next stop, replace the bonnet latch and hope it fixes the alarm problem I have. I hate cars.
    One of my most enjoyable jobs last year was wet sanding the yellowing headlights on my old Golf before I traded it in. It feels counter-intuitive and the first pass looks a disaster, but they came out looking like glass - I was almost flagging down passers by to show them the before and after.
  • Deleted user 12 November 2017 10:22:21
    elstoof wrote:
    Skirting is a bastard, you quickly discover how far off square your walls actually are. Get a mitre box for the cuts and just do everything at 45 degrees, fill any gaps with 2 part wood filler and rub down. If you’re fitting a detailed profile you might find it easier to leave one side of internal angles square to the corner, cut the other at 45 degrees and scribe it by hand
    Thanks, that is some good advice. My walls are a mess of a thing, running off everywhere. I also discovered that there were just empty spaces behind all the skirtings and on one wall it is larth and plaster and they had pinned some battens to what exists of a wall and then pinned the skirting to that.
  • elstoof 12 Nov 2017 11:49:04 27,123 posts
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    That’s pretty standard construction technique for the era, the horizontal batten along the bottom of the lathe held the lime plaster in place while it went off which would take weeks, then pad out the wall underneath to fit the skirtings. Quite handy for running power to new sockets though with all that space
  • Deleted user 12 November 2017 11:54:45
    Well something obviously went wrong with this one as when I took the skirtings off there was loads of rubble behind it that I had to dispose of.

    Do you work in the industry? Or has this all been picked up through DIY?
  • elstoof 12 Nov 2017 13:54:10 27,123 posts
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    Heh, lift off the floorboards, skirting, anything with a space behind, and you’ll see where the builders swept all their rubbish rather than walk it to the skip. You see some amazing shit under floorboards of Victorian houses, where various plumbers and sparkles have had to get access to retrofit everything, newspapers, tools, wallets, pornos etc

    I’m not a professional but pretty handy with most stuff, I’ve spent the last 6 months restoring my house with a mate of mine who’s a builder so had to pick up a lot recently
  • Deleted user 12 November 2017 21:18:32
    My favourite ever piece of ephemera I have found is a newspaper from the sixties that featured a story about a man in an open top car and his crocodile that rides with him. Also featuring house prices in Epsom for a massive house at the stately sum of £3000.

    I tend to ring my dad who is a builder for tips. My proudest moment has definitely been doing plumbing without flooding the house.
  • Not-a-reviewer 28 Feb 2018 18:17:46 7,307 posts
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    I've just diagnosed a fault with my boiler and fixed it by clearing the ice from the condensation pipe by kicking it several times.
  • challenge_hanukkah 28 Feb 2018 19:54:44 14,118 posts
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    *swoon*
  • mothercruncher 15 Feb 2019 17:04:48 19,210 posts
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    Just taken a 4000 foot (14 foot) fir tree down with my bare hands (a saw) and then tore (axed) that little bitch up into tiny log burner sized pieces. HHNNNGGGG:

  • samharper 15 Feb 2019 18:30:19 1,123 posts
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    QUALITY MONEY FOR QUALITY LADS
  • mothercruncher 15 Feb 2019 19:08:32 19,210 posts
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    Yeah, whatever jimmybrookes, but what do you think about me KICKING NATURE’S ASS, huh?
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