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rhowe

Member since Jul 2008 • Last active Nov 2014

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    You can just clamp the chuck to the Porlex. Done it before, but you want to keep the revs low and the alignment spot on

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    That cable adjustment tool is neat!

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    Lounge before:

    The wonderful lino underneath the carpet:

    Full of our junk:

    Work continues...

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    Forgot to add - LTV is 75%

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    We got a 5 year fix with ybs at 3.34%
    Fees came to about £1200 including the valuation. Added the £845 arrangement fee to the loan and made an extra payment to cover it as soon as we completed (apparently if you pay the fee up front and they turn you down or you back out you don't get it back whereas if it's added to the loan you never get charged unless it all goes through. I have no idea if this is true). Nationwide does sound like a good deal - I assume you can port it to a new property should you wish to move within 10 years?
    Building society repayment terms are usually great too - allowing you to underpay up to the value you have overpaid, letting you use the mortgage account like a savings account.

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    Are you trying to tell us it's a piece of cake?

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    Sounds worth a try - heading over in a few minutes (I guess you'll have been and gone by then)

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    The pine boards are in really good nick, no varnish and with most of the nails hammered a bit below the surface already. There are a few little gaps to fill and the edges need a bit of tidying up, but it looks about as straightforward as it can be really. I'm sure it'll still be a right pain.
    This is for a lounge something like 30m² or so and a hallway.

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    Everything I've read says the same. I'll be picking your brains later no doubt.

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    Great news @tommmmmmm

    Currently sitting in one of our 3 chairs in a lounge devoid of carpet (and most excellently patterned lino that was under it) with boxes strewn everywhere imaginable.

    Internet is on via quite a convoluted means (3g -> wifi -> wired -> wifi), we have heat, power, TV, clean kitchen & bathroom and as of today, an assembled bed!

    Handed the keys to the flat back to the letting agent yesterday so just waiting to see how much of the deposit they try and keep their moneygrabbing hands on.

    Still todo: clean the bedroom furniture & fitted wardrobes, tidy the crap out of the lounge and then start looking at renting a sander & getting some floor wax or stain.

    Tonight was steak and wine night, chez Howe. We're in.

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