DIY Discoveries?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by XmisterIS, 10 May 2010.

  1. XmisterIS

    XmisterIS Purveyor of fine nonsense

    I've discovered that 1:1 portland cement/washed fine sand (of the type that you use in aquariums - much finer than building sand) with a 1:1 waterproof PVA/water mix makes an excellent waterproof interior/exterior caulking agent and flexible gap filler, works out much cheaper than ready made caulk or filler.

    Have you made any handy DIY discoveries that you'd be willing to share?
     
  2. Speck

    Speck Oldest Teenager In Town

    Location:
    Nr Bath
    Do not use polyfilla for holes or gaps in plaster/plasterboard, use car body filler as it's made for sanding, far better finish. Polyfilla is too hard and with it you end up with the plaster sanded away and the Polyfilla still stood up above the flat surface.
     
  3. Theseus

    Theseus .

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Nail guns are fun.

    ...

    so are tree shredders and chainsaws.
     
  4. Spinney

    Spinney Bimbleur extraordinaire

    Location:
    Under the Edge
    There's interior Polyfilla (easy to sand - I've never had the problems you describe with it), and exterior Polyfilla (gives the problems you describe if used on indoor plaster).

    Were you using the right stuff?
     
  5. Spinney

    Spinney Bimbleur extraordinaire

    Location:
    Under the Edge
    Although they sell small rollers that are supposedly designed for use with gloss paint - don't bother!


    NEVER, ever buy any paint that has 'Value' in its name or description.
     
  6. srw

    srw It's a bit more complicated than that...

    Professional builders and decorators do a much better job.
     
  7. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    NEVER undertake DIY jobs on a Saturday afternoon; the shops will be shutting soon. This is specially important with plumbing jobs.
     
  8. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    Agreed
     
  9. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Veteran

    Location:
    Essex
    Ditto Sunday, as you can guarantee that a rubber gasket will need replacing at 16.05 (when the big DIY chains close at 16.00).
     
  10. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    Fixed that for you
     
  11. OP
    OP
    XmisterIS

    XmisterIS Purveyor of fine nonsense

    For some things yes, for others no. But they cost much more than me doing anything myself!
     
  12. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    Before you say to swmbo "Lets save the money on fitting the kitchen, I will do it myself" first think long and hard about what you are about to commit yourself to :biggrin::laugh:
     
  13. Yes, I agree with this, having started to change the bathroom taps at ten to four yesterday afternoon.:biggrin::laugh:
     
  14. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    Amen !!!
    Did mine 10 years ago, completely gutted the kitchen diner, decorated, moved cooker, carpets, tiles, etc etc etc...4 days, 14 hours a day of sheer hard bloody work and fustration...i was sick to death of every last screw, brush stroke, hinge...everything.

    So much so, i wrote on a wall behind a cupboard...'NEVER AGAIN'
     
  15. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    Finish plasters also good stuff...cheap, quick, when its drying, give it a very light wipe with a damp cloth...half the time you dont even have to sand it.
     
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