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by Moggy » Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:19 pm

It went fine, thanks everyone for the advice.

I'll be back in a month with another question. :lol:

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by Moggy » Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:33 pm

How I feel when I successfully manage some DIY.

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by Errkal » Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:35 pm

A wuf wuf

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by No:1 Final Fantasy Fan » Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:35 pm

Has anyone installed secondary windows to their home? I'm looking to get it done to reduce outside noise from coming into my flat but not DIY as seems quite complicated. I've seen them at my office where you just slide them open/shut to access the main window. Apparently they can reduce outside noise by 80%.

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by <]:^D » Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:46 pm

Kezzer wrote:If I had a garden inside my house i'd be pretty pissed. Gardens should be outside only. :x

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by Dual » Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:48 pm

No:1 Final Fantasy Fan wrote:Has anyone installed secondary windows to their home? I'm looking to get it done to reduce outside noise from coming into my flat but not DIY as seems quite complicated. I've seen them at my office where you just slide them open/shut to access the main window. Apparently they can reduce outside noise by 80%.


Usually only see them in offices / commercial buildings.

Would you be allowed to do it in your rented property?

I would try thicker curtains (black out type) in the first instance.

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by No:1 Final Fantasy Fan » Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:50 pm

Dual wrote:
No:1 Final Fantasy Fan wrote:Has anyone installed secondary windows to their home? I'm looking to get it done to reduce outside noise from coming into my flat but not DIY as seems quite complicated. I've seen them at my office where you just slide them open/shut to access the main window. Apparently they can reduce outside noise by 80%.


Usually only see them in offices / commercial buildings.

Would you be allowed to do it in your rented property?

I would try thicker curtains (black out type) in the first instance.

Thats where I got the idea from as our office has them. Im not renting so it'll be fine plus you don't need planning permission and its not creating any structural changes. If was renting then I simply would have moved out. I've found some local companies that do it near me via google, will get some quotes tomorrow. So excited that I finally found a potential solution to my noise issues.

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by Errkal » Sat Mar 13, 2021 8:43 am

Ordered carpet for my new office, something odd has happened in the last year and I have started enjoying giving a bit of DIY a go even though I have no real idea what I'm doing.

We have started a redecorate of the house as last time we just did a quick get the walls painted job so this time is a more thorough job taking paper off walls and new carpets and stuff.

First up is my office as I'm planning on being home at least 3 days a week I need to be comfy now, over covid a desk in the spare room was ok but not its permanent I need a permanent solution.

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by Moggy » Sat Mar 13, 2021 10:56 am

I've been slowly painting and decorating and finished the doors yesterday. I got up early today to start painting walls and the strawberry floating awful cheap shitty B&Q roller wouldn't fit together. Just got back from going out and buying a roller that actually works. :x

As a protest I shoplifted some paint brushes while I was there. strawberry float you B&Q :x :x

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by Victor Mildew » Sat Mar 13, 2021 11:08 am

Moggy wrote:I've been slowly painting and decorating and finished the doors yesterday. I got up early today to start painting walls and the strawberry floating awful cheap shitty B&Q roller wouldn't fit together. Just got back from going out and buying a roller that actually works. :x

As a protest I shoplifted some paint brushes while I was there. strawberry float you B&Q :x :x


The Harris stuff is usually pretty good, and will actually be reusable if you clean it properly rather than fall to bits like the B&Q shite.

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by Rex Kramer » Sat Mar 13, 2021 1:20 pm

Cleaning paint rollers :dread: I just bin them now unless I need it the following day and then I wrap them in cling film. Its a waste but so is the 3,000,000 gallons of water required to clean one.

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by Green Gecko » Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:51 pm

Well I don't abide that as someone who used to paint for days in a row and hated seeing them chucked in skips by staff who didn't follow my lead. Subsequently we were constantly ordering more and more gooseberry fool rollers and the waste was astronomical. All you need is something like this or a ring like tool that you just squeeze the roll through and that removes most of the paint.

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Also fill the sink and massage it, it doesn't need to totally have all the paint removed. Obviously save a roller for white and keep a few rollers with different shades on them if you are worried about paint mixing which usually goes away after a while and a top coat. Running water through the roll and down the sink is pretty pointless as you'll never remove all of it.

That or use an adequately sized paintbrush, with skill it doesn't take that much longer for a small area.

I have a few bits of Harris stuff and it's OK, plus some Monarch and Harris Trade brushes which are good, they're all available at the home department stores. I have a few that are particularly good for cutting in and edging plus sash brushes which reduce brush marks. I mostly work small wood things now owing to covid my mother's endless list of things to paint another colour for the 10th time has stopped. I haven't even bothered painting the last thing I actually built which was an understairs cupboard comprised of some palette wood I'd planed and literally a door I stole from besides a skip and cut down into timbre with a circular saw.

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by Moggy » Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:55 pm

I'll be checking the one I bought as it'll be a very long time before I paint again. :lol:

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by Victor Mildew » Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:56 pm

I run the blunt side of a knife down the roller firmly and you get so much paint back out of it, then as you say just massage the rest out (context). If you're doing a job over several nights, leave the roller as is in the paint tray and cover it with a plastic back, pressing down and leaving no air in, then tie the end up. As long as it's air tight, it'll be fresh to go the next day. You only need to clean them once.

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by Errkal » Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:04 pm

Underlay down so just the actual carpet to go.

Underlay is a bit scruffy in places but won't be seen. Turns out the underlay I have cuts much nearer with scissors instead of a knife so that's good to know :D

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by D_C » Thu Mar 18, 2021 10:44 pm

Oh, not seen this thread for a while. I'll add the projects we've completed in the last year or two (Or three? I can't really remember due to covid throwing everything off).

Everyone loves a progress photo-dump right? 56k warning :shifty:

Living Room (TV area)
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Forgot to take some proper before photos, so these are from when we were looking at the place before moving in.
We didn't like the layout (Walking through the front door right into the sofa, not a fan of the fireplace and also having to look up at the TV), so the plan was to flip everything around.

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Put together a crude idea of how to have it laid out, with measurements, etc.

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Fireplace ripped out, gas line disabled and capped off (Brother did that, as he does that stuff day in, day out).
Filled in and cleaned up the back wall.

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Side wall painted & looking clean (The other wall is being wallpapered, so didn't have to worry about that side.

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Front wall papered & TV unit built.

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Putting up the wood panelling on the back wall (Wasn't sure if this would look a bit.. 70's, but it ended up really cozy).
We pained the wall black so any gaps wouldn't look odd, plus when we end up moving maybe some goths would be interested :slol:

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Wall finished & new sofa in place!

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I wanted to add some lighting behind the sofa, but couldn't really think of how to do so at the right angle. Completely bodged the job with some right angle edging and some dowell, but hey, it worked!

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Added a shelf & some art, and I think it looks alright - We don't have any of the lights on as bright as this (More as mood lighting).

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Had to add two of my favourite things, space & Lego :datass:

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Finished RGB room :slol: :fp: But seriously, having converted to smart bulbs around the house has been one of the best decisions we've made.



Bathroom
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The before - We never used the bath and decided to get rid and have a decent shower instead.
Luckily, my family is full of plumbers, so we got a bit of help with this one.

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Ripping everything out

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Cementboard put up where the shower is going (There was water damage on the skirting there previously)
Shower tray & floor tiles put down.

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Wall tiles put up, sink put together, ceiling plastered ready for LED spotlights.

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Lick of paint

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Shower fitted, pump & electrics set up in the loft, spotlights in, fixtures & fittings put on the walls.

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Radiator & mirror set up, all finished :wub:


Thanks for coming to my Ted talk.

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by Green Gecko » Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:33 am

Victor Mildew wrote:I run the blunt side of a knife down the roller firmly and you get so much paint back out of it, then as you say just massage the rest out (context). If you're doing a job over several nights, leave the roller as is in the paint tray and cover it with a plastic back, pressing down and leaving no air in, then tie the end up. As long as it's air tight, it'll be fresh to go the next day. You only need to clean them once.

Yeah no point cleaning them after every session, always done this. Would take 4 or 5 days to cover maybe a hundred or so square metres as a team and wash up all at the end. Good quality rollers (at least one Purdy I think, that was mine :cool:) and just do the work, they'll go a long time. I wasn't hard on my minions though (I called them that before the strawberry floating cartoon :fp:), it was usually me washing all the rollers up and the end of the week when the gallery was done up. :)

I generally don't leave brushes in paint though, the bristles just well up the paint and don't want to risk them setting and ruining the shape. Depends if your brushes are "worth" cleaning. Also, dry brushes by hanging them upside down with string by the hole if they have one (or drill one).

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by That's not a growth » Fri Mar 19, 2021 7:32 am

D_C wrote:Oh, not seen this thread for a while. I'll add the projects we've completed in the last year or two (Or three? I can't really remember due to covid throwing everything off).

Everyone loves a progress photo-dump right? 56k warning :shifty:

Living Room (TV area)
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Image
Forgot to take some proper before photos, so these are from when we were looking at the place before moving in.
We didn't like the layout (Walking through the front door right into the sofa, not a fan of the fireplace and also having to look up at the TV), so the plan was to flip everything around.

Image
Put together a crude idea of how to have it laid out, with measurements, etc.

Image
Image
Fireplace ripped out, gas line disabled and capped off (Brother did that, as he does that stuff day in, day out).
Filled in and cleaned up the back wall.

Image
Side wall painted & looking clean (The other wall is being wallpapered, so didn't have to worry about that side.

Image
Front wall papered & TV unit built.

Image
Putting up the wood panelling on the back wall (Wasn't sure if this would look a bit.. 70's, but it ended up really cozy).
We pained the wall black so any gaps wouldn't look odd, plus when we end up moving maybe some goths would be interested :slol:

Image
Wall finished & new sofa in place!

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I wanted to add some lighting behind the sofa, but couldn't really think of how to do so at the right angle. Completely bodged the job with some right angle edging and some dowell, but hey, it worked!

Image
Added a shelf & some art, and I think it looks alright - We don't have any of the lights on as bright as this (More as mood lighting).

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Had to add two of my favourite things, space & Lego :datass:

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Finished RGB room :slol: :fp: But seriously, having converted to smart bulbs around the house has been one of the best decisions we've made.



Bathroom
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The before - We never used the bath and decided to get rid and have a decent shower instead.
Luckily, my family is full of plumbers, so we got a bit of help with this one.

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Ripping everything out

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Cementboard put up where the shower is going (There was water damage on the skirting there previously)
Shower tray & floor tiles put down.

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Wall tiles put up, sink put together, ceiling plastered ready for LED spotlights.

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Lick of paint

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Shower fitted, pump & electrics set up in the loft, spotlights in, fixtures & fittings put on the walls.

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Radiator & mirror set up, all finished :wub:


Thanks for coming to my Ted talk.


I Always enjoy seeing progress pics of projects like this, so thanks for sharing.


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