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ffm

Member since Jun 2012 • Last active Jun 2019

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I'd strongly recommend a shower tray over titting around with wet-room tiling. Our "wet-room" floor failed because the ply that it was laid on was not thick/stiff enough. It flexed under the weight of anyone using it, which cracked the grout, which allowed water through, which rotted the ply (despite tanking). After I ripped that all out I "sistered"some level extra joists to the existing (slant-cut) ones, added loads of noggins and then re-boarded the floor with marine ply, which I painted with tanking paint before putting down the cement base for a shower tray.

    The only pain was attaching the new drain, since I had no access underneath. I just had to set up the drain really carefully and pull it up as I screwed the top collar into it. The wall tiling was mostly sound, but where the walls needed sorting I used cement board (take not of the instructions as it can be nasty when you cut it). If I needed to do the walls I'd definitely use panels instead of tiling. In general, the fewer joints the better.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    It was at this stage of my shower replacement that I found out that the previous builders had created the fall on the shower by carving a sloping piece off the end of each joist.

    Which bits are rotten and what's your overall plan there?

  • in Wanted Adverts
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    Have you decided on these yet? If you're not certain, I'll add them to my general clearout thread.

  • in General
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    It really needs a way of allowing you to carrier panniers while it's folded, so you can them fit them when it's deployed, otherwise you're not gaining that much weight capacity.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    It's £6,000 paid for by a reduction in services for other people.

    Yeah. Much as I like Rory Stewart he did say something that made me think exactly this. He said (as best I can remember) "What is good about being a Conservative is being able to combine a love of tradition and our institutions with the ability to make gritty, real-life decisions." My immediate reaction was " I bet they're not gritty for you though are they?"

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I think if you quit your party, you should have a by-election asap.

    I understand the principle, but I don't think it works in practice. If you leave your party because you genuinely believe that they're not serving your constituents well then you have to be absolutely bloody sure that the majority of your constituents will be brave enough to defy our 2 party system in order to re-elect you to actually fight their corner.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Agreed. I'm not sure what criteria people are using to distinguish between "careerist" flip-flopping and changes made due to genuine principle. Obviously BoJo is the height of opportunism, but that's because there's a clear pattern. I'm not sure how people are calling it based on a limited number of actions during a clearly atypical period.

  • in Social
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    Post Wests quiz! Which of the following facts did @mespilus throw our way in last night's conversation?

    1. The real-world effectiveness of leopards as data protection systems
    2. The milk yield of the European water buffalo
    3. The airspeed of an unladen swallow
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