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  • Fair play, we paid out 7k for decent PVC sash windows throughout (6 very large sash windows and 3 small normal ones) - wooden was going to be 20k! Keen to see the results up close (in photos that is, not about to pop round).

  • How are the windows coming along @Señor_Bear ?

  • Door 'weather' seals: do I use expanding foam tape? Or is that only for gaps between frames and wall.

  • We have a drain cover near a window that can smell somewhat... is there a sprung valve/cover/seal thing that could be opened by the weight of rain water and then close up automatically to prevent smells getting out?
    I've seen stuff like this
    https://www.ecoprod.co.uk/green-drain-wa­terless-trap-seal-for-floor-drains/

    But not sure if they're any good, or if there's just a go to search term I should be using to get something from screwfix or similar

  • Probably better to examine why it smells. It should be protected from smells emerging from the drain by some kind of U bend but drains that are blocked or slow running can smell.

  • Lots of different products. What's the problem you are trying to solve and what kind of door are you attaching stuff to?

  • London prices!

    My sister had three new sapele sash bay windows put in her flat in Derbyshire for £9k.

  • The bay is in and the rear french doors pus the bathroom. It all still looks a bit messy I guess until they do the finishing touches.

  • How much longer have they got? I guess there’s lots of fettling to get a good fit in old buildings

  • It's an 8 day install. One of the issues is whether to mount the windows straight by a level of straight in the aperture or somewhere in between. The house is well wonky.


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  • What have you gone for? They look so much better than the pvc shite already.

  • Visually straight is fine but not beyond 1.5 degrees or windows don't run smoothly. I'm trusting them to get it right. They've done thousands of them.

  • £16k for the windows alone or including installation?

  • Edited to fix autocorrect, but you get the idea. Thanks for the info.

  • Is it possible to get an older (30 years or so) fuse box replaced with a modern consumer unit without a major rewire? Just so existing circuits are covered by RCDs instead of fuses.

  • Do they only do sash windows? I have a large bay I need replacing, but not with a sash.

  • Mitre saws - has anyone got experience of the evolution ones?

    R255SMS-DB+ looks good, but is it too good to be true - double bevel, laser etc or is it offering too much but not done well.

  • I have an evolution. Very good for the price. I went for one of the larger ones because why not at the price, but it is huge and a pain to store if you don’t have a garage. You’ll need to spend some time setting up the fence as they tend to be way off straight from the factory.

  • London prices

    I’m in Leeds! I half wonder if the price of wooden windows is high here because of the small market.

  • Update on the shitty plasterboard fuck up coat hook waste of time :

    I used those wetnfix and then drilled into the one stud I could find. So far no falling coats and it's been a month.

  • Always been impressed with the evolution saws for the price. It won’t be a Kapex but it’s less than a quarter of the price.

    I really like the Bosch GCM 800 SJ

    https://www.powertoolworld.co.uk/bosch-g­cm-800-sj-216mm-8-1400w-single-bevel-sli­ding-mitre-saw?gclid=Cj0KCQjwv7L6BRDxARI­sAGj-34qQS4CVRuMxEtM7wkcuHSzCHYddSobfZir­t9_XDjXj7cEg5RIR-Ov4aAvIpEALw_wcB

    Slightly smaller cutting capacity (70 vs 80mm), and less powerful motor, but a light and accurate saw.

    If you just want a do everything saw the evolution is a good shout tho. Especially with the multi material blade. For a do everything saw in the garage, the evolution is ideal I reckon but if you’re wanting accuracy and clean cuts maybe go for something like the Bosch.

    What @Sharkstar said is worth taking into account too. I have a massive Bosch saw and it’s a bane to move around (hence why I like the smaller Bosch so much). I ended up borrowing a small Makita saw when I did my floor as dragging the big one around was such a ballache.

  • I had that evolution saw. Was fine for rough work but I sold it when I started requiring precision. Mine had a pretty pronounced blade wobble which would was a recipe for chip out.

    Good for the price though as long as you recognise its limitations.

  • I've got the single bevel version of that and it's been great for making a couple of fences, a raised bed, and I'm now halfway through a shed. How often would you need the double bevel function, and could you not just flip the workpiece over/180°...? Maybe that wouldn't always be possible of course.

    But overall, really happy for £150ish.

    Definitely use a vacuum or as at least a bag of some kind (I've taped a plastic bag around the dust outlet) - it can produce a LOT of sawdust very quickly. And as others have said, it's pretty big to store in a terraced house...pride of place in the shed when that's finished though!


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  • My least favourite DIY work. Bastard windows.


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