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nomadd
30th December 2011, 16:34
Please, anyone, throw me a lifeline here and tell me that you are sharing the misery known as Decorating this week.

Just done the bathroom ceiling - four damn times before it finally covered the old stuff! Why, oh why, did I chose to go back to White...?

Still, looks pretty bright now. :)

filthy1980
30th December 2011, 16:48
Please, anyone, throw me a lifeline here and tell me that you are sharing the misery known as Decorating this week.

Just done the bathroom ceiling - four damn times before it finally covered the old stuff! Why, oh why, did I chose to go back to White...?

Still, looks pretty bright now. :)

everyone else has paid someone to do it

MarillionFan
30th December 2011, 16:54
everyone else has paid someone to do it

WFS

My decorator charges £120 per day. My time is worth more.

xoggoth
30th December 2011, 17:01
Not this week but missus nagged me into spending week before xmas decorating downstairs bog, visitors and that.

AtW
30th December 2011, 17:09
WFS

My decorator charges £1200 per hour. My time is worth more.

DimPrawn

d000hg
30th December 2011, 18:54
WFS

My decorator charges £120 per day. My time is worth more.Only because he works 3X faster than you.

xoggoth
30th December 2011, 19:08
My decorator charges £1200 per hour. My time is worth more.


I'm not paying some other bastard even if they charged £12 an hour. I could get 12.367321825540374668014704745651 items at the 99p shop for that!

TraceRacing
31st December 2011, 07:41
Actually, I've redone my study this week. It needed doing as I WHF a lot and it hasn't been tarted up for about 5 years and my client was on skeleton staff over the holiday period. Also, I find it strangely theraputic..

So, ceiling and walls painted, new carpet laid (went for carpet tiles this time as they are more practical), then to satisfy the techic in me, built a NAS box (so I can get rid of several DAS drives) and relocated it to the garage (detached) so that in the event of a minor disaster (flooding/theft) I have a copy of all my data external to the house.

Also put up another shelf for storage, so now have 3 x 3m shelves along one wall...

My arms ache :tongue but I think I can still lift a pint ok so sorted for tonight...

Happy New Year everyone!

OwlHoot
31st December 2011, 12:08
Please, anyone, throw me a lifeline here and tell me that you are sharing the misery known as Decorating this week. ..

I'm feeling pleased with myself for biting the bullet and fixing a bathroom light switch that had been only semi working for weeks. :smokin

minestrone
31st December 2011, 14:55
You know I laughed at this thread in a christmas chear kind of way thinking 'who would ever get roped domestic chores' when I read it first off.

Little did I know I would be changing a cealing light fitting today on what I now know to be gravity defying 100 year old powdered plaster.

I am not a man easily taken to swearing but if I ever find that ******* electrician who put the last light in he had better ******* hope he can get that microcosm of ****** wire he left me to work with out his arse after I ****** ram it up there.

</rant over>.

Spacecadet
31st December 2011, 15:05
oddly enough, I too had to do the bathroom ceiling, first scraped it all back to the plaster then a fresh coat or two.

spent the whole time wishing I'd paid someone else to do it. 2 days wasted and zero satisfaction.

last time I am ever doing it myself.

russell
31st December 2011, 15:07
I would always pay someone do to that as 1. I hate doing it, 2. I can afford to 3. They do it much better and quicker.

d000hg
3rd January 2012, 16:37
I would always pay someone do to that as 1. I hate doing it, 2. I can afford to 3. They do it much better and quicker.I'm indirectly following this route by renting.

TheFaQQer
3rd January 2012, 16:48
I would always pay someone do to that as 1. I hate doing it, 2. I can afford to 3. They do it much better and quicker.

WHS.

Plus 4. They might actually do it, whereas I'll put it off for another year.

Apparently, this year is the year that we are sorting the house out. I dread to think what it will cost.

DodgyAgent
3rd January 2012, 16:51
WFS

My decorator charges £120 per day. My time is worth more.

Not with my margin taken off it isnt :happy

DodgyAgent
3rd January 2012, 16:53
oddly enough, I too had to do the bathroom ceiling, first scraped it all back to the plaster then a fresh coat or two.

spent the whole time wishing I'd paid someone else to do it. 2 days wasted and zero satisfaction.

last time I am ever doing it myself.

A bit like my sex life :ohwell

psychocandy
4th January 2012, 10:02
Must admit if I can find someone to do any DIY cheap enough I will. My rationale is if I do it myself:-

1. It'll be crap anyway if I do it.
2. It'll take me 5 times longer than a pro so in the end I'll end up saving the equivalent of £4 per hour of my time. Might as well get a part-time in McDs !!!!

Saying that though Mrs has got plans to knock one of the internal walls down and extend the kitchen. No chance of me fitting the kitchen myself.

But :-

1. Surely its easy enough to rip out cupboards etc.
2. Sounds like fun bashing a wall down!

However, am I the only one with a wife who thinks that just because they can do it on DIY SOS then 'anyone' should be able to do it? And god help me if someones husband in work is doing some DIY - suddenly I'm the lasiest dog in the world!

FiveTimes
4th January 2012, 10:13
We (or should that be I) am about to embark on deco the master bedroom.

I've got a price in for a full over skim, wardrobes will be ordered today. I' will take the old paper off this week. Then just before the plasterer comes I will remove the skirts.
New ones will be ordered and stored, painted/stained/what ever she wants.

We been looking for flooring also.

I reckon the whole process will take 4/5 weeks.

Troll
4th January 2012, 10:21
Must admit if I can find someone to do any DIY cheap enough I will. My rationale is if I do it myself:-

1. It'll be crap anyway if I do it.
2. It'll take me 5 times longer than a pro so in the end I'll end up saving the equivalent of £4 per hour of my time. Might as well get a part-time in McDs !!!!

Saying that though Mrs has got plans to knock one of the internal walls down and extend the kitchen. No chance of me fitting the kitchen myself.

But :-

1. Surely its easy enough to rip out cupboards etc.
2. Sounds like fun bashing a wall down!

However, am I the only one with a wife who thinks that just because they can do it on DIY SOS then 'anyone' should be able to do it? And god help me if someones husband in work is doing some DIY - suddenly I'm the lasiest dog in the world!


You'll get better with practice - stand back at the end and think to yourself "if I was doing that again what would I do differently"
You'll get quicker with practice
Taking cupboards down is a doddle - putting them up isn't so hard either - top tip for the wall units is to screw a long batten (correct height & suitably leveled) and use as a guide so all the units align
Floor units are easier - the only thing you may need help with is cutting crown miters in the work surfaces - but there are ways around that too (lots of kitchen fitters are happy to quote for just doing the cut outs (think the going rate is £75 @ cut )
Bashing walls down is good exercise but messy - just make sure they are not load bearing


If you get half way competent then it allows you to make an informed judgement on the quality of work by any tradesmen you do employ - they should always do a better job than you could

HTH

Halo Jones
4th January 2012, 11:05
Bashing walls down is good exercise but messy - just make sure they are not load bearing

HTH

WTS

& Other things to consider

Trace your power lines such as the ones to switches & plugs, turn off the mains then discconect them & re-wire to new locations

If the wall is papered remove paper prior to demo as you will be able to see better any hidden fixings / old works etc

Also consider the floor levels either side of the wall: are they the same? Depending on the wall / house construction you may need to leave the wall in place below the floor to hold up the joists

Where are your light fittings in the two rooms: will you need to relocate or add another to prevent a dark spot?

If the wall is a brick or block construction you will need to make good the joins to retained walls: diamond drill / cut these joints prior to demo

Ceiling height & finishes to the two rooms are they the same? You may end up re-plastering the whole new area

Skirting to the two rooms: are they the same ?

Or just get a quote from a reputable builder & let him worry :smile

psychocandy
4th January 2012, 16:26
Bloody hell - didnt think of all that !!!!

original PM
4th January 2012, 17:33
My father in law is retired and bored..

So he does most of my DIY! :happy

I do occasionally chip in with a bit of painting but I am better a breaking things than making them!

Troll
4th January 2012, 19:47
WTS

& Other things to consider

Trace your power lines such as the ones to switches & plugs, turn off the mains then discconect them & re-wire to new locations

If the wall is papered remove paper prior to demo as you will be able to see better any hidden fixings / old works etc

Also consider the floor levels either side of the wall: are they the same? Depending on the wall / house construction you may need to leave the wall in place below the floor to hold up the joists

Where are your light fittings in the two rooms: will you need to relocate or add another to prevent a dark spot?

If the wall is a brick or block construction you will need to make good the joins to retained walls: diamond drill / cut these joints prior to demo

Ceiling height & finishes to the two rooms are they the same? You may end up re-plastering the whole new area

Skirting to the two rooms: are they the same ?

Or just get a quote from a reputable builder & let him worry :smileFook... a girlie who can build... my kind of woman

shaunbhoy
4th January 2012, 19:55
Fook... a girlie who can build... my kind of woman

Yeah. As long as she is also blind, deaf, and with no sense of smell or style.

:winker:

Troll
4th January 2012, 20:07
Yeah. As long as she is also blind, deaf, and with no sense of smell or style.

:winker:Certainly not interested in your missus

Halo Jones
5th January 2012, 08:00
Fook... a girlie who can build... my kind of woman

<Takes a bow> why thank you sir (nothing to do with it being my day job :wink)

psychocandy
5th January 2012, 10:17
Now that sounds cool - having a female builder in. ;-)

Troll
5th January 2012, 11:22
Indeed.

Over the summer, whilst some of the esteemed customers were painting & such like, I noticed a very attractive feminine version of the builder's bum.

:D :tongue :pBeing a Gentleman... did you avert your gaze?