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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Sinister View Post
    Here is a photo of the landing.
    Still to fill the skirting gaps (wavy walls!) and we are changing the shite sapele doors.

    Flooring by Captain Sinister, on Flickr
    Genuinely confused why you've done that crossways and not lengthways.


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    Unless your house is actually just one long corridor.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor Wolfgang Schnell BSc. PhD. View Post
    Genuinely confused why you've done that crossways and not lengthways.
    There is logic to it, honest!
    The joists run front to back of the house, and the original tongue and groove planks (c 1890) run longways across the joists.
    To overcome the movement in the original flooring where electircians and plumbers had cut the tongues to lift the original boards for pipework and cables I decided to lay the engineered oak transverse.
    We now have a floor that doesn't creak with every footfall!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor Wolfgang Schnell BSc. PhD. View Post
    Unless your house is actually just one long corridor.
    This is the long landing, which is indeed a bit of a long corridor.
    Our house was originally a pair of semi-detatched 2 up 2 down cottages that were converted into a single house back in the 1970's.
    when preparing to lay this sort of flooring I found a decent bench mitre saw was a boon for ensuring accurate and clean cuts.
    The engineered oak does cut nicely with hand sawing it, unless you have a really sharp saw can cause some splintering.


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    My house was built in 1848 and doesn't have a single straight wall, they all have some wobble. Nor are any walls parallel except for one in the attic. To make it worse, the house still moves.

    Floors are a pain, as they're all trapezoid in some form.

    Alcoves are all mental too. The first time I built shelves, I measured against the back wall and cut all the wood. None fitted. Front narrower than the back, lower one wider than upper ones etc. It's not so bad now I know, each shelf is made to fit it's exact location. But at first, a bit of a puzzle.

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    Floors finished off this morning - very pleased with the end result. Joiner has been in putting skirts and architraves up and will have it finished tomorrow. will post some pics when heís done!

    Bathroom rip out starts Monday. RIP my bank balance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MXJ View Post
    Floors finished off this morning - very pleased with the end result. Joiner has been in putting skirts and architraves up and will have it finished tomorrow. will post some pics when heís done!

    Bathroom rip out starts Monday. RIP my bank balance.
    Good effort!

    As to the money, just remember, you canít take it with you!

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    ĄDon't forget you're alive. 'Cause sometimes when you walk around the city and you're in a bad mood, you can think, hey, wait a minute, we're alive! We don't know what the next second will bring and what a fantastic thing this is. This can get easily forgotten in the routine of life, and that's something I'm trying to bring to my attention at all times. Don't forget you're alive. We're not dead, you know. This is the greatest thing.Ē

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    Good effort!

    As to the money, just remember, you can’t take it with you!
    I’m perfecting a scheme that will ensure I can take my miner with me.
    Send me £20 and a stamped self-addressed envelope and I will send you my brilliant scheme.


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    As promised, pics of the current state of affairs. Needs a good tidy, hoover and mop then big Kev the father in law comes to paint them up week after next. Walls are going a off-grey/beige type colour and all the skirts/bannisters/wood is going a low sheen matte-ish black. Looks very tasteful.

    The green room is my office, currently full of dressing room stuff as the floor was being done in there last week. The big pink room is the dressing room - weíre gonna get a wardrobe built across the whole back wall, hence why I didnít get the floor done at the far end.














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    Thatís a really good job on what looks like a lovely old house.

    Reminds me a bit of my old gaff in Carlton, similar sort of layout and (I think - early 1920s?) vintage.


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    I had to move something this morning, so I good opportunity to a get a photo of the mad 'lines' of my house



    The floor is centered to the room and is logical to the eye when you walk in the room - so you can see what made angles the walls are at



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    Quote Originally Posted by Redemption View Post
    I had to move something this morning, so I good opportunity to a get a photo of the mad 'lines' of my house



    The floor is centered to the room and is logical to the eye when you walk in the room - so you can see what made angles the walls are at
    And I thought my wandering walls were bad!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Redemption View Post
    I had to move something this morning, so I good opportunity to a get a photo of the mad 'lines' of my house



    The floor is centered to the room and is logical to the eye when you walk in the room - so you can see what made angles the walls are at

    A piano !
    Reminds of the houses around Clifton with there pianos in the drawing room .


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    Quote Originally Posted by lard View Post
    A piano !
    Reminds of the houses around Clifton with there pianos in the drawing room .


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    Quote Originally Posted by Redemption View Post
    Saturday night we gather round for a knees-up. Sunday for a few Hymns.
    Do you bust out a bit of Chas n Dave?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    Do you bust out a bit of Chas n Dave?
    I do a mean rendition of SnookerLoopy.


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    Really like the dark floors. We’ve gone for a medium brown, bit more neutral and suitable for kid’s rooms I think.

    I just ripped out the skirts and laminate on the two bedrooms we’re having done. I thought normally a room is boarded, plastered down to near the bottom, then skirts are stuck on with a couple of blobs of adhesive. But these wwere stuck onto stud wall frame, plasterboard and brickwork with two lines of what looks like no nails along the entire lengths of the skirts.

    Glad that’s over with anyway.


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    Bathroom tear out started yesterday. We pulled the bath out to discover wiring for the top 2 floors was stuffed under the bath!

    That would have warmed the water up if we had a crack in the bath






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    Quote Originally Posted by MXJ View Post
    Bathroom tear out started yesterday. We pulled the bath out to discover wiring for the top 2 floors was stuffed under the bath!

    That would have warmed the water up if we had a crack in the bath



    That violates so many regulations Iím sure I donít have to tell you.

    Itís also incredibly dangerous.


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    Oh Jesus All fun and games isn’t it.


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    Strangely under the bath is classed as outside of zones (for equipment) if it's only accessible by a tool. Wiring is fine, apart from the dodgy looking connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    That violates so many regulations Iím sure I donít have to tell you.

    Itís also incredibly dangerous.
    Quote Originally Posted by adam09 View Post
    Oh Jesus All fun and games isnít it.
    Quote Originally Posted by OK SpidermAndy! View Post
    Strangely under the bath is classed as outside of zones (for equipment) if it's only accessible by a tool. Wiring is fine, apart from the dodgy looking connection.
    Donít need to tell me lads, that shit has been sorted and chased into the wall!


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    When I moved into this house to decide to do that bathroom last. When we got around to it, we decided that we'd just give it a tart-up and hold off for while to save a bit more cash to buy a better class of fitting and a bit of regig.

    In the process of doing it I decided I would put a new fascia on the bath, just to give it bit of a fresh look.

    When I took the panel off there were loads of cables - a bit of flex and bit of TEEC - under the floor bath but didn't look connected to anything. On closer inspecting, i realised that it was all tied to some huge eyebolt in the floor.

    It was really tight tho, you could have played a tune on it.

    I couldn't work it out at all but didn't want to do anything that could cause a problem.

    Got a mate who's a plumber to come round. He looked and was confused as me. Hi view was replace the bath or ignore it.

    I put the fascia back on and thought about for a while longer - and batting off the endless questions as to when I expected to finish the job.

    Then one weekend I decided that I'd better just get it all done and save myself the grief.

    I took the facia off to measure up for a new one. At some point, I knocked the board under the bath and it knocked the legs at the front of the bath - they just fell over. But the bath didn't move.

    Intrigued by this I pushed myself right into space under the bath as close to the wires as I could get.

    Now having had a good look at them and realise the bath wasn't on all its legs, I realised someone had constructed a suspension-pulley system holding the bath in place.

    The bath was balanced on one set of legs and the cables looped the leg, around the over-flow pipe and back to the floor and leashed into the eye bolt which was through the boards and into the joist.

    It was ingenious, that's for sure.

    I decided to avoid dealing with it there and then, fitted a new fascia and finished the bathroom off.

    I though nothing about for another couple of years.

    Once we'd saved up to get the bathroom to done to the standard we were after, I got a fitter in to manage the job as everything was going in new places.

    I'm at work one afternoon and I get a call from him... "do you know what's going on under the bath?"

    I explain what I knew and he shouted to one of his lads "it's ok, you can just cut the cables"

    Then from the background I heard a shocked "fucking hell" and what I can only describe as a Wylie Coyete sound-effect as the tension on the cables when "twang" and the bath jumped a couple of foot in the air "dong".


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    Itís crazy what you find in houses.

    I found a Well under a kitchen on one job, sewer manholes under living room floorboards, horrendous wiring, chimney stacks supported with a piece of 3Ēx2Ē wood...

    Not kidding when I say Iíve nearly been killed in some houses due to previous poor workmanship.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    It’s crazy what you find in houses.

    I found a Well under a kitchen on one job, sewer manholes under living room floorboards, horrendous wiring, chimney stacks supported with a piece of 3”x2” wood...

    Not kidding when I say I’ve nearly been killed in some houses due to previous poor workmanship.
    When we moved here 3 years ago, and summer arrived there was a wet spot in the garden.
    When we investigated we found the curved bricks of a well.
    The previous owners had dumped soil, stones, cast-iron pig-troughs, 40 gallon milk churns and lots of other stuff down and topped it off with some top soil and turf.
    We excavated and brought the well back to life.
    A local builder constructed the super-structure to our design.
    We were told there was another infilled well under the kitchen floor, but when we investigated it had been covered over with a foot of concrete.


 

 

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