DIY Forum


Ultimate HandymanUltimate Handyman on Pinterest


DIY Forum/Home improvement advice forum




It is currently Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:19 pm
Visit Hilti

Time zone: Europe/London

News News of DIY Disasters

Site map of DIY Disasters » Forum : DIY Disasters

Diy disaster stories in this forum please, Tradesmen disaster stories are also welcome in here!

 [ Total topics 95 Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... 10

 Post subject: Don't be dumb with council regs
PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:03 pm 
Ok I know you are going to berate me for my stupidity but it might be of some use to another pleb like me.

I was having a loft conversion done. The cladding was proposed as tiles but when looking at the neighbours conversion they looked bad, Just an eye saw.

A neighbour had plans approved for a loft and kitchen conversion that had wood slats. So I thought Hmm that looks nice but I ...

Read more : Don't be dumb with council regs | Views : 387 | Replies : 3

 Post subject: Wallpaper Removal gone Bad
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:01 pm 
Evening all,

Started removing some lovely pink wallpaper to find that most of the underlying plaster came with it. The wall used to be external, but it not internal following an extension. As you can you, has exposed brickwork. Picture attached. Any suggestions much appreciated!

Many thanks,


Read more : Wallpaper Removal gone Bad | Views : 486 | Replies : 3

 Post subject: Bad plastering around window
PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:25 pm 
I recently bought a house and the previous owner has done a bad job replacing the bedroom window. You can see the plastering is very uneven on the wall to the bottom left of the window. Does anyone have any advice on how to sort this? The window itself looks ok. I am on a budget after buying my first house so if possible I'd like to avoid any major work for a while! Any ...

Read more : Bad plastering around window | Views : 2495 | Replies : 3

 Post subject: Damp under the sink
PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:27 pm 
Hi, we've just moved into a new house. There is a smell of damp coming from under the sink in the kitchen, especially when wasing up. There is no leaks, but the wall is not properly insulated. There is a hole in plaster board where all the pipes come in. The concrete wall is cold and breezy. We found mould on the skirting board under the sink as well. Could anyone give advice what could ...

Read more : Damp under the sink | Views : 1999 | Replies : 1

 Post subject: Advice please! Accidentally varnished instead of oiled wood
PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:33 pm 
Hi all.I was wondering if any1 can advise...we put in a New kitchen and have been oilling a worktop to put a total plum I accidently put a coat of wood varnish on instead of the looks terrible and needs to come off.I've googled it and folk are suggesting paint thinner and sanding but I thought id ask on here as well.I'm crap at d.I.y and don't want to make it worse as ...

Read more : Advice please! Accidentally varnished instead of oiled wood | Views : 1356 | Replies : 1

 Post subject: Bang goes the toughened glass
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:41 pm 
I was fitting a new glass door to the outside. The door was not quite latching properly. So thought I could wedge the glass up a bit more (diagonal system).

Well the large blade I was using to lever the glass up was a little too hard.

Hint toughened glass is very tough, just never nick the edge :(

Read more : Bang goes the toughened glass | Views : 2089 | Replies : 3

 Post subject: Filled gap between wall and window frame with foam
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:37 pm 
So had UPVC windows fitted. Looked ok until a year or two later and discovered the b*stard had just put a bit of UPVC cladding over a big gap between the opening and the window. Loads of mastic filler went unnoticed as out of view behind a wardrobe.

It was drafty and wanted to fill the gap. A couple of cans of foam later started to worry. 3 days later it was still oozing out ...

Read more : Filled gap between wall and window frame with foam | Views : 1481 | Replies : 1

 Post subject: Removing new shower tray - silicone
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:16 pm 
Hey all, I've got an issue that my plumber has fitted a 800x800mm shower tray with silicone and I now need to free the tray.

We have formed a new bathroom - built partitions and aquaboarded. Our plumber then used silicone to fix the shower tray to two walls (see pictures). A tiler then fitted our tiles 800x600mm, 4mm thickness. Due to the thickness of the adhesive used we can no longer fit the shower ...

Read more : Removing new shower tray - silicone | Views : 2807 | Replies : 4

 Post subject: Tiling 'Un-Disaster'
PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 1:03 am 
Well, I originally thought as I'd bought some pretty nice tiles that I'd have somebody do it for me. I walked in after he'd done the job to find 5 tiles smashed on the floor after having fallen off the wall! :wtf: One even landed in the ceramic shower base!

I knocked on all the tiles left on the wall to find that all but ...

Read more : Tiling 'Un-Disaster' | Views : 2229 | Replies : 7

 Post subject: DON'T squirt expanding foam inside drilling holes!!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:38 am 
Yes, I did it and regret it...I squirted some low expanding foam inside drilled plug holes (prior insertion of plugs and screws). Inserting the plugs and screwing the screws was ok (it felt tight and smooth) but once the foam dries out there is no way you can undo the screws.
I don't know if the foam improves stability and strength (I was dealing with breeze blocks) but unless you need the screws permanently fixed ...

Read more : DON'T squirt expanding foam inside drilling holes!! | Views : 2259 | Replies : 1

 [ Total topics 95 Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... 10

Last 10 active topics

Electric Forum UK

No new posts Running cable in paramount board
View the latest post
No new posts Nest Protect replacing existing wired smoke alarms
View the latest post

Vehicle maintenance & Repair

No new posts Moving to rural Wales and need a new vehicle...
View the latest post
No new posts Is this car speaker knackered?
View the latest post

Show Case Gallery

No new posts Wall hung toilet on really thin wall and no frame shower
View the latest post

General DIY forum

No new posts MPG of a large "white van" (LWB Transit 350, Sprinter etc)
View the latest post
No new posts Making a Matt well with engineered wood flooring.
View the latest post

Metalworking Forum

No new posts Strong 2m length
View the latest post

Central Heating & Boilers

No new posts No hot water I am completely lost of who to call
View the latest post

Painting & Decorating Forum

No new posts Valspar and Dulux Retail wb stain
View the latest post


Username:   Password:   Log me on automatically each visit  



Total posts 771664 | Total topics 90098 | Total members 45011




News News Site map Site map SitemapIndex SitemapIndex RSS Feed RSS Feed Channel list Channel list
ultimatehandyman privacy policy



Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group