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andos

Member since Jun 2011 • Last active Oct 2021

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    I asked this a while back but it got lost - does anyone have any experience with secondary glazing? Its something we're considering but I currently can't see any options that don't look horrendous. Maybe they all do though.

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    If you want the challenge then go for it!

    I’d imagine there are some pretty good YouTube videos out there for carriage house doors.

    This looks quite helpful for step by step from a “non-carpenter” type.

    Edit: this also looks good: http://www.cmoist.com/building-huge-carr­iage-style-doors/

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    @Dammit what is the goal of making these doors? I’ve sort of lost the original problem.

    From my very limited experience of making doors for a few summer houses and sheds, some with glass infills/windows, all
    I can say it that it was a massive pain in the arse and every time I underestimated the effort as well as overestimated my skills. They always ended up warped and not aligning but that speaks to my lack of skill more than anything.

    If you have the time and patience then it could be a great and rewarding thing to do. If you’re actually moving to Edinburgh/ Scotland and the garages are a short term ownership thing I would probably opt for the easier route and...do nothing. But then I’m pretty lazy like that.

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    @owl sure, we got quotes for a 2.5m opening which were :

    https://blacksteeldoors.co.uk/ - just over 4.5k (just delivery)
    https://www.metalform.uk/ - just over £7.5k (inc install)

    Both were steel Crittal replica's rather than alu.

    I can't spend that much on doors so I'm still looking!

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    @spenceey we explored brick slips years ago when I had the same idea. I got samples and everything, the issue I had is that they just looked too perfect and I felt it would have been an obvious "fake" brick wall.

    We went down the route of taking everything back to bare brick, which was the most horrible job I have ever done. This was in Cardiff where a lot of internal walls in older properties use a mortar mixed with slag from coal mines - so it was black coal dust.

    I had to repoint everything then using lime which took ages but the finish was great. We sold the flat about 6 months afterwards and it was sold again 2 years later and the wall had been rendered. I nearly cried.

    Honestly, I probably wouldn't bother unless you absolutely want a bare brick wall, and if you do I would do it properly (i.e go back to bare brick).

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    Has anyone had Crittal style doors fitted? We have an existing opening to a small porch at the front of the house and want to make it lighter but also keep a door to retain heat. We're thinking Crittal style but it looks like a minefield of replicas etc - however they are appealing due to being a lot cheaper.

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    Mahabis are bullshit for the money. Both myself and my wife have lost the front felt part - wife threw hers away as all the felt came off eventually. I think the felt is too thin and wears incredibly easily. Agree the soles are great to popping outside but other than that they are rubbish (but they do look nice)

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    I think I'm going to go all out and spunk £16 on two shades from Argos: https://www.argos.co.uk/product/9405383?­clickSR=slp:term:paper%20lamp%20shades:1­:116:1

    The copywriting on this page won me over more than anything.

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    @jono84 - the natural light is ok, but its an old place so small windows etc. We typically don't really use ceiling lighting unless its a super dull day (Scotland so quite often)

    I like Noguchi style, its just the head height I need to consider.

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