Category Archives: Repairs & Decor

A slight cheat

11°C, sunny. I have to say, I’m happy with the plastering job. I’ve never plastered anything as big as the chimney breast bit this worked. I can smooth my hand over for that satisfying feeling. Okay, so I tweaked it … Continue reading

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Oops, I did it again.

7°C, fog. Following that experience in the early week, I have yet to return to cycling. I rode a meer 25 miles and felt dreadful by the end. The last few days, I cracked on with the decorating. The hall … Continue reading

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DIY: Plumbing, a leaking radiator.

6°C, becoming greyer but still dry. Much as I hate DIY plumbing, this one job has to be done. The kitchen radiator has left little puddles beneath when I get home. The system pressure would drop enough to shut down … Continue reading

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Sleep fail

Why is this, I wake at 02.30, wide awake so get up for my usual night-time herb tea. Back to bed for more ceiling staring. I don’t get it, I’m not stressed, don’t have any worries and it’s been 12 … Continue reading

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Papered over (2).

A day spent house-making. The old cooker is out, the new one in place. Radiators are ready and waiting for the plumber. Soon to be hidden under wallpaper behind a radiator is this sketch.. Drawing over polyfiller is not as … Continue reading

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Underdrawing.

19°C rain. Back home, decorating. Some pressure is on, a new heating system is to be fitted next week I’m taking the opportunity to fit column radiators. The old flat radiators are off, leaving the wall exposed for redecoration. Repapering … Continue reading

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Plumbing, is this the most annoying DIY job?

Very warm, sunny and close. 24°C. Before: It leaked, left rusty marks and was difficult to remove. I ended up removing the whole sink to get at the rusty bolts. How much better is this? A clean route, new pipes … Continue reading

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Stripped.

9°C rain all day until evening. Decorating: finished stripping the wallpaper in the master bedroom. The aim is to get the walls perfect so wallpapering is a doddle. The plaster round the new electrics needs a skim then I’m ready … Continue reading

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Plastering

8°C, rain all day. The old techniques are coming back. Since my skills are rather rusty, I decided to buy base coat plaster and then layer skim coat over another day. That skim needs to be smooth and that’s the … Continue reading

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Eek, a Leak!

Rain, 6°C Not moved into my new house yet but did call in to drop some stuff there. I decided to switch on the mains water. While eating a sandwich, I could hear dripping. That is a sickening sound to … Continue reading

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