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 Post subject: Re: Skirting fittings
PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:10 pm 
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Job and Knock wrote:
When I started we were still chopping wedges, chopping out the mortar with a pointing chisel and banging the wedges into the walls (oddly enough a technique I had to resort to last year on one job to hold the replacement window linings in place). Skirtings were then fixed using either small oval nails or panel pins, as you say well punched under using a hammer and a nail set then filled with blob of putty. There often wasn't that much time difference between wedging and using an electric drill and the original fibre Rawlplugs with screws (which were pretty much always used with hardwood) - always assuming that you had electricity available, which was maybe 50% of the time. There were no grip adhesives then. Grip adhesives have made to job far easier and faster, the only two issues I find are that there is a limit to how thick you can lay the stuff in and they don't work well on damp walls. But then you shouldn't be fixing to damp walls.......

To anyone reading this who thinks I'm talking ancient history - I'm not yet at retirement age and the firm I worked for wasn't that old-fashioned


I had to cut and make propeller wegdes(or dooks as they are called in Scotland) with an axe and knock the holes out with a dooking iron in the start of the 1990’s and when I did my trade test in 1994 dooking a wall to take skirting was still part of the test and was only phased out around the year 2000.


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 Post subject: Re: Skirting fittings
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i occasionally make wedges. every now and then ya find a wall that ya cant really get a decent fix on.

taught myself how to do it pretty muych

also when im fitting mdf skirts i often use either solvent free gripfil or sticky foam and passlode 2nd fix nails


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