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Bobbo

Member since Apr 2011 • Last active Jan 2020

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    Think you're being a bit mean there it's clearly a case of lens distortion?

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    If you really want to avoid concrete there is a new expanding foam fence post system you could try assuming you can borrow / hire a ground auger.

    Drill hole in ground, pop in post, pop in expanding foam plumb post and wait 15 mins for foam to dry.

    You may want to be careful with a ground auger though when things go wrong it gets silly / hurty in a hurry.

    https://youtu.be/BHCp6mMML4s


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    Fantastic.

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    Edit when would you use a biscuit joint on a work top instead bolt together but joint.

    I put biscuits in all worktops I fit that aren't resin/stone. The biscuit just makes it easier to get the join 100% level and means you don't end up with a lip either side of the join. I still join the worktops as you describe but this makes it easier to get a great finish.

    Edit. I just re read this post and realised that I said join perhaps too much.

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    Did this seriously happen? If so that is the most admirably heroic act of trolling that if ever heard of....... Brings tears of joy to my eyes!

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    And @motman

    A joist under a supporting wall doesn't sound right.

    Most likely (depending on age of the house) a bearer that has been fixed to a load bearing wall.

    Water coming though an air brick doesn't sound right either

    Its a fairly common problem. When houses are built air bricks tend to sit a decent way above ground level which means water cannot run into them. Over time the ground level is built up and people either don't realise or don't care that water can now enter the house through the air bricks.

    The worst example I've ever seen of this was when I had to put right a floor structure that had rotten because the client had decided to lay a new patio himself on top of his old patio. Somehow he mistook an airbrick for a drain and the fall on his new patio directed ALL of the rainwater that fell onto said patio into the airbrick. Its fair to say his wife was a little upset with him.

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    Replace doors? Its really not hard. When you buy custom made ones from a supplier or order un drilled doors then you can put the hinge recess wherever you like (but it is a good idea to line them up with the existing hinge plates). Alternatively you can turn an old door into a jig to drill new hinges.

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    If it's a question of updating the existing kitchen (assuming the kitchen units are not shot) you could try just replacing the doors. Take them off, along with any trim pieces (plinths, pilasters, infil panels and show end panels) and measure them accurately. You can then go to a cutting service like cutwrights who can provide you with cut and edgebanded boards made from a variety of different materials all of a very high standard. They can even make shaker style doors. You can also get matching shelving units made up with the materials they supply.

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    Fitting kitchen units is well within the capabilities of a competent diyer.

    Fitting a worktop is more tricky and requires some specialist(ish) kit; router with guide bush, worktop jig, biscuit cutter. There is no reason why a diyer couldn't do it but mistakes are costly and these days cut outs for sinks are generally becoming more complex with much lower margins for error.

    If you are looking to save money my advice would be to fit the units yourself and get a pro in to fit the worktops.

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    this should be a laugh riot

    I don't understand how anyone can describe moving house like this, even in jest. I still curl up in the foetal position rocking backwards and forwards comfortingly every time I think of my last experience of it.

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