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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by simoncroft, Apr 11, 2021.
That’s funny. Being an American I totally believe that! Lay a turd, then polish it!!
We are all one when pleasing the mrs.
Yep, same here.
Wallpaper removal? I call that a nightmare.
The trick is to use warm soapy water in one of those pump-up sprayers you might use for insecticide. About 10 minutes after you've sprayed the paper, it almost falls off... unless someone has painted over it, then it's a real PITA.
BTW, this is where I got the idea that Americans don't use the term 'DIY': http://www.lexicolatry.com/2015/04/why-do-americans-find-diy-so-confusing.html
Sounds very convincing, but obviously wrong.
Norm is a fantastic carpenter.
You know the real reason why there was a TP shortage last March?
All those honey-do lists
Make sure the sheetrock Has had at least 2 good Coats of latex paint, emulsion in the UK, then wallpaper stripping is a doddle.
Wall paper in the UK is never removed until it has at least 22 ply's, attempting to remove it until gets to the requisite thickness will always end in tears, a good rule of thumb to recognise when its ready for removal would be a 2 foot blister bubble appearing over a period of say 32 years?
Hmnn... I really don't like people papering over existing wallpaper. Much more fun to simply write "I will kill again!" in large letters using red paint on the bare wall, and paper over that.
Armed with these two, plus some warm water and washing up liquid, you can get even heavily painted wallpaper off very easily. First you perforate the top layer, than you soak the paper.
Did I hear someone call my name?
Oh Jeez, you have just reminded me of a house in Henley we had, stripping the paper off a lounge wall it said in very faint grey emulsion "It's behind the Fireplace" never did have a look
Especially on the 'New Yankee Workshop' with his famous mortise and tenon joints.
Around my area, it's called "SOS, DD". Translation: "Same Old S***, Different Day"...
We wuz all poor folks - if we didn't learn how to do it ourselves, it didn't get done (so, how did I end up with this here expensive hobby?? )
Also, if it hadn't been for the eleventy-seven layers of wallpaper, the house I grew up in wouldn't have had any insulation at all.
MDF = Maybe Don't Fallapart
I just did a bunch of projects this last weekend.
Wired three new light fixtures, fixed the dryer, took down a birch tree, changed the oil in all gas lawn tools, flushed the sprinkler system, and cleaned up the garage.
I dont call it DYI though...
ISW is more like it:
"In Servitude of Wife"
Ok... Changing the oil and cleaning up the garage was my own thing. In a way, its kind of like therapy
I call it "why the presale home inspection is likely to be a horror show."
This is the best way to remove wallcoverings of any type. Actually made a fair living as a paperhanger and painter as did my father before me. Really missed it when it was no longer popular. Still do it in my own home. Oh yea DIY is a way of life for me.
When I was a kid, I spent most weekends tagging along with my parents as they went to lumberyards, hardware stores, nurseries – you name it. My dad knew how to do concrete stucco drywall roofing electrical plumbing etc. etc.
I have always assumed that the DIY craze in America went very far back. If you look at Popular Mechanics magazines from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, it’s all about projects to do at home. I’ve seen some stuff my grandfather did, including furniture he made.
On the other hand, it might just have been something my family did. I, however, did not inherit the skills. Except maybe drywall. And I have been known to solder...