BIY ( Bodge it yourself)

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Yellow pages.

Its all listed there.

My bit is to lay on the sofa drinking tea asking every half hour if they've finished yet.
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the pink palermo wrote: Fri Jun 21, 2024 10:57 am
My bit is to lay on the sofa drinking tea looking out the window every half hour wondering why the eff they haven't turned up yet.
Adjusted from Pinkys post to explain my own experience.

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A lot of it's about speed. Do I want it done in 2 hours by a professional? Or do I want to do it myself over 16 weekends?
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This is my problem: I just can't bodge a job!

Many years ago, I was a chippy's labourer and the guy I was put with, Tiny (built like a brick s**thouse), drummed into me: "There's only one way to do a job......properly". Coupled with my mantra when I've done work for people: "Would I like to see a s**t job done in my house", I can't walk away from a bad finish.

Therefore, if I know I won't be able to do the job properly (ability/right tools), I'll get someone in.
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Colne Dynamo wrote: Sat Jun 22, 2024 1:43 pm A lot of it's about speed. Do I want it done in 2 hours by a professional? Or do I want to do it myself over 16 weekends?
I once started painting the ceiling. I was interrupted by a mate coming round and having a few beer.

I finished the ceiling........................

6 years later 8-)
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jevs wrote: Sat Jun 22, 2024 5:51 pm I once started painting the ceiling. I was interrupted by a mate coming round and having a few beer.

I finished the ceiling........................

6 years later 8-)
Christ jevs. That was some session!
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I made a chair out of someone on here's Boleyn seat a few years ago.
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Eggs'n'nuts wrote: Sat Jun 22, 2024 5:53 pm Christ jevs. That was some session!
:crylol:

Procrastination at its very best :rofl:
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jevs wrote: Fri Jun 21, 2024 10:31 am
But how anyone can get a lump of plaster on a wall and turn it into a flat, smooth surface is just beyond me.
I echo this sentiment. Plastering is baffling. I can’t even fill in switches or sockets properly.
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Odessa wrote: Sat Jun 22, 2024 9:07 pm I echo this sentiment. Plastering is baffling.
It's akin to witchcraft.
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I once gave skim plastering a go and our bedroom wall ended up like one of those huge relief maps that you had in school … the ones where mountain ranges protruded from the rest of the map.
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After having the floor up yesterday to have plumbing work done - it turns out that the original plumber who worked on this extension bodged things no less than I would have done. Far worse in fact. Could have posted this here or in the things that irritate me thread. Picture coming soon.

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Odessa wrote: Sat Jun 22, 2024 9:07 pm I echo this sentiment. Plastering is baffling. I can’t even fill in switches or sockets properly.
This was always the one task that had me beaten.
However I know take my time and use Gyproc Easifill, rubbing down between coats is quite easy and it sets pretty quickly, you can also use a wet sponge to get a smooth finish.
You do need a bit of time and patience though.
For really big holes I use a bit of plaster board set back by a couple of millimetres and then skim over with Easifill.
It does actually work a treat.
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My gaff is now immortalised. Forever Hammer. I hope a Spurs fan rips the cladding down in 20 years to be presented with this

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Not a BIY (cladding not my game), but about to bodge some internal wall insulation with wood fibre boards and lime plaster. It's been about 20 years since I had hawk and trowel in hand. Surprisingly looking forward to it.

Going to K-rend the outside too. Any experience/tips appreciated.
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I’ve nicked some old pine doors from my neighbour, who is refurbing (and flipping) his house. They’re tatty in places so will be doing what I can to refurb them and replacing the even crappier ones in my gaff.

Will keep you posted as I waste loads of time and money on them, before buying new ones and getting a “proper man” to size and fit them.
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Attempting to change the waste pipe for my washing machine and dishwasher tonight once I finish work due to it being clogged somewhere.

Lots of towels and buckets at the ready for the inevitable flood that will happen.

Wish me luck!
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"Going to K-rend the outside too. Any experience/tips appreciated."

Don't scratch it with one of those small hand grater things unless you're very confident as the finish won't be great, use a 2-3m length of aluminium C-section, much better. Our house was done with the former and in certain sunlight you can see the swirls and uneven surface, my koi pond was done by a different chap who showed me the latter method and the finish is perfect.

I wouldn't attempt it myself but there again, I struggle to put a curtain rail up :crylol:
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