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  • ripping all the lath and plaster off and replacing with plasterboard

    Great success!

    But yeah. I’d fit racist window fittings and b done with it.

    One of the first jobs here was to patch some massive holes above a window from where a curtain rail had reluctantly departed the plasterwork.

  • Does anyone want these dust guards for the price of postage? Just about done with the messy bit of my renovation. I have three of them


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  • Yes please. Will PM

  • I need to make some basic drawer units for some Muji shelving. Alas, the drawers I have aren’t available anymore, and I’d like some more that sort of match.

    They don’t seem to be a complicated design. However, I don’t have any appropriate tools really, just what I’ve collected through the years as a renter. So, does anybody have an idea what the minimal amount of tools I’d need would be to make something like the photos below? Fine saw? Corner clamp? Mitre guide?


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  • I'm a gas engineer I can solder, im not sure the same applies to what im looking to do sadly. The sheet being thin will probs have to be done in situ and glued already to the base(Wood). It'll be tricky when I come to it.

  • Could you glue a copper headbadge in a useful way?

  • Double problematic if it’s on powdercoat.

  • You’re going to struggle to achieve that with hand tools.

    I would say you’d need access to a track saw or table saw.

    Not really sure how they’ve joined the bottom - assume a dado then some fixing nails for the strengthening piece.

  • Also @Muppetteer

    Hand saw, plane, and 1/2" router with a decent size chamfer bit and various sized straight fluted bits could get the job done.....

    As you say, you could do it with purely hand tools but the skill and experience levels needed are high.

    I would put money on there being dominos re-enforcing the mitres at the corners though. Either that or the drawer boxes are designed to fail as mitres, even with hi spec resin-based glue, aren't strong enough joints to withstand pulling like that long term. The cheaper/easier way to re-enforce them would be with splines.

  • To a frame? Yeah I’d just epoxy that personally

  • Any tips for troubleshooting a photocell?

    Was working fine last night. Added another light and now it’s not switching on when the cell is fully wrapped up (to simulate darkness).

  • They’re super thin for dominos. Maybe a spline.

    If the bottom is dado’d and glued, that might be enough strength.

  • What laptop stand you using?

  • Multimeter for resistance across the component, is it a simple ldr?

  • @Bobbo & @Soul

    Thanks for the information. I'm guessing it looks like I'm not going to be able to replicate something quite like this. I'm probably just going to make some boxes which are simpler to fit the space instead, which probably won't be as pretty, but will hopefully work.

  • Don’t quite know. Think it’s a bit more complicated as it’s live in/live out/neutral terminals. And there’s an audible click of the switch as it goes on/off.

    Think I’ve got it sorted. My guess is that it doesn’t like being switched on and off too much/too rapidly. So trying to test with a rag covering it up is just making it unhappy.

    Disconnected to double check my terminations and it seemed ok after that (I assume it just wanted to be left off for a bit). Will leave overnight and see what it does. Just don’t want to be coming back to the job another time if I can sort it now.

  • Yup. I would stick to butt joint boxes.

    Easiest way would be with pocket screws and glue.

    That way, all you’d need was a pocket screw jig, a drill, a hand saw (circular saw would still be better) and some clamps.

  • Nervous diy project today, lifting our staircase a couple of centimetres to straighten it a bit and make it creak less. Strapped it together first to stop the steps falling out in case I went too far


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  • Then I jacked away, as it were


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  • It was pretty wonky. After a couple of cm I found what I presume is the original 60s wallpaper.


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  • Straight-ish. We’ll be plastering and painting the walls at some point as the sweet baby blue isn’t a favourite. Managed to lift the other corner off the radiator which is probably for the best.


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  • Next step (ba dum tish) is screwing the steps to the sides as they move around and creak a lot. Bought a drill guide/jig thing, see how it goes.

  • Impressive DIY.

    Was the stairs being held up by the radiator!?

  • Nice work. What’s the rest of the house like? Looks like there are some nice details.

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