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Spxtz

Member since Aug 2009 • Last active Sep 2020
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    Shouldn't that be 'It's Little Boy'

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    Thanks! We've all but decided to have a new shower done. The previous owners had done such a shit job that we could only ever temporarily fix it...

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    Really stupid question: will grout hold to the smooth face of a tile? I suspect I know the answer, but it would be really handy if it did...

    Edit: never mind. We've decided it's too fucked to fix so we're just gonna get the professionals in

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    My water kefir's gone a bit listless, hardly any fizz and it's obviously not eating all the sugar (still tastes mainly of sugar after 36 hours). Reckon I might have left it for too long in the hotter end of the summer and it's severely weakened - but it might just be because of the cold snap in the last week or so. Is there any better test to see if it's done for and needs to start again?

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    This is the crux of it, isn't it? It's easy to describe the functioning of capitalism as if it were a conspiracy, and the idea that if people are doing bad things you can simply replace them with good people is very intuitively appealing... I think Zizek calls this the 'All the President's Men' model of politics.

    My feeling is that most conspiracy theories are at heart fantasies of competence, in that it's very reassuring to think that the levers of power are so smooth that individuals or small groups could decide to produce concrete outcomes on a global scale.

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    The arseholes who did up our flat before selling it to us didn't make the wall in the shower cubicle square before tiling it, so along the back side of the shower there's a gap between the tiles and the tray that starts at ~1cm and diminishes to 0 along the width of the shower tray. Below the height of the tray the gap is filled with expanding foam so no water is getting below the tray, but the foam has been covered with blobby flexi sealant that traps moisture and gets unsightly mould.

    I'd like to tidy it up a bit. Would I be better off making a kind of runoff wedge out of grout as in the diagram below, and just closing the join between the grout and the tray with flexible sealant? Or just cover the whole width of the gap more neatly with sealant?

    I just need it to be neat for a year or so before we build up the will to have the whole room redone.

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    Our main crop potatoes were fucked this year because (Scotland) it rained a lot in July (/Scotland) and they got pink rot. One of the neighbouring plots used mini grow bags, about 20l, and had a great haul so that's what we'll be doing next year.

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    I'm replacing my shower enclosure - the recommended fixing is a wallplug with a 6mm drill bit specified. I need to drill through tiles unfortunately. Should I use a 7 or 8mm tile bit and then use a 6mm normal bit in the wall once I'm through the tile? Or 6mm all the way?

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    It's only spare til December when the baby arrives... DIY is much easier when you've got a hard deadline!

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    Finally got round to putting shelves up in our hall cupboard this weekend. Borrowed a mate's track saw to cut the slats - I can't believe I've done all the rest of the DIY in the house without one. If I was starting a new big set of projects, I would definitely invest in one, and an impact driver...

    Also can't believe we had all these boxes just piled up in our spare room for so long.

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