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The thread of domestic achievement by incompetent DIY-ers

this weekend i repaired some pointing, refaced the pebble dashed bit above the garage door (suffered bad water damage), treated it all with sealant (2 coats) and painted a nice shade of cornish cream


normally I am useless at DIY but today I am quite pleased with myself


why not let us know about your successes





please note - pro's and serious DIY'ers look elsewhere for your glory


this thread is for the knackers
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I have up to now replaced all but 1 of my radiators.
With no idea about plumming.
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I have up to now replaced all but 1 of my radiators.
With no idea about plumming.
that's worthy of some sort of OBE type thing

how can flooding be avoided - I know this now - answer.....turn off the water at the mains
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that's worthy of some sort of OBE type thing

how can flooding be avoided - I know this now - answer.....turn off the water at the mains
Oh thats a good idea,
I will do that on the last one.
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i used ladders today - manly
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Replaced a metal hinge to a heavy metal/iron-type fence to shared drive. The original really needed to be welded back on. Couldn't be bothered with that botheration. Couldn't find a convenient one to replace with screws. So a piece of wood, undersized hinge, gaffer tape UPVC, screws, nuts, spray paint, drilling etc later... sorted.

... for now
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Replaced a metal hinge to a heavy metal/iron-type fence to shared drive. The original really needed to be welded back on. Couldn't be bothered with that botheration. Couldn't find a convenient one to replace with screws. So a piece of wood, undersized hinge, gaffer tape UPVC, screws, nuts, spray paint, drilling etc later... sorted.

... for now
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I need to do some DIY in our bathroom.

Whoever lived here before fitted tiles with hard grout onto chipboard floorboards.

Of course the floorboards move, the grout comes out and the tiles move about all over the place.
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I need to do some DIY in our bathroom.

Whoever lived here before fitted tiles with hard grout onto chipboard floorboards.

Of course the floorboards move, the grout comes out and the tiles move about all over the place.
so do you rip em out - is there a "flexible" grout?

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I see two problems with DIY:-

Soon as you learn something, be it by reading up or trial and error intuition alone, you can not unlearn it. Therefore, in my case, I find it hard to pay someone else to do it in the future. Which can lead to boredom in doing the same task again, so interest is lost and it gets put off.

The other thing is, initially you are praised by the other half (or other) but they soon get used to the fact that you can can, if you put your mind to it. Then expect much the same of the same or other, with little or non of the praise before

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Not really the hardest DIY in the world, but the other day i had to re-attatch the smoke alarm to the kitchen ceiling. (I accidentally hit it off when i was "fanning" the smoke away from it with a cardboard box, yes my cooking skills arn't that good either)
I didn't have any screws, let alone a drill. So i "no more nailed" it to the ceiling. Stood back to admire my work, smiled and thought "Damn, i'm good". Then went out.

Came back home a few hours later to find it glue side down on my kitchen floor.
 
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I love doing little wiring jobs around the house and i have all the gear and not a ****ing clue, it really is only a matter of time before i fry myself.

I wire by trial and error.

I have even been known to draw my own wiring diagrams, that only make sense to me.
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I have even been known to draw my own wiring diagrams, that only make sense to me.
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I put up a new 5 point spot light in the kitchen to replace the florecent tube

The original wiring must have been done by a monkey as all the wires leading into the old fitting where red apart from the earth wire that had no sheathing

Logic kicked in and I looked at which wire went to the live in the fitting and put a spot of tippex on it so I knew which was the live

Connected it up screwed it to the ceiling BINGO BANGO BONGO it worked
 
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I don't enjoy DIY around the house.....I bodge where I can......but I'll turn my hand to most things on my cars before letting some incompetent near them.

I fixed a leaking pipe once though!
 
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I plumbed a new washer in for our lass last week.

There were only three things to connect; the cold water feed, the waste pipe and the leccy.

I got it all connected up and decided to test it before I pushed it into place under the worktop.

I checked the connection of the pipe to the cold water tap under the sink, turned it on and promptly covered the floor it water!

I hadn’t connected the other end of the pipe to the washer. :blush:
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top diy-ing roswell, that's the kind of thing i'd do

i remember about 10 years ago i bought a little 6x4 shed and put it up in the back yard. as soon as i'd finished, i sat back to admire my amazing building skills and thought i now own a shed, a ladder, a drill and not one but TWO hammers. i suddenly felt incredibly manly. so manly in fact that when i went down the shop i bought a 4 pack of bitter, not lager

as for actual diy-ing, i reckon my zenith was either re-pointing the back garden wall or re-tiling one wall in the bathroom. grunty

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