1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

What "man jobs" have you done today?

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by jaybee, 18 Aug 2012.

  1. Liquid_Entity

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Apr 2006

    Posts: 6,224

    Location: Eastbourne

    Anyone have any idea how I can tell what my fireplace is constructed of. Presuming it's masonry. Any idea if I can pop a nail in it. Need to hang a very light/spindly mirror which has a hook on its back?
     
  2. LuckyBenski

    Soldato

    Joined: 28 Dec 2017

    Posts: 5,312

    Location: London

    Try a magnet. If it's ferrous, magnet will stick. If not, it's likely wood or masonry both of which should take a nail ok.
     
  3. apg

    Gangster

    Joined: 4 Dec 2013

    Posts: 146

    Removed old cement mortar from brickwork at rear of house with angle grinder and hammer and chisel. Now need to find the time to actually repoint it.
     
  4. Liquid_Entity

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Apr 2006

    Posts: 6,224

    Location: Eastbourne

    What would be ferrous then as in what material will it tell me by doing this method?
     
  5. Tony Edwards

    Soldato

    Joined: 4 Feb 2018

    Posts: 7,108

    Iron.

    If its masonary like you think, you could put a nail in just be a bit careful it doesnt blow and make a big divet.

    If its plaster or something I would use a small drill bit to make a hole.
     
    Last edited: 26 Nov 2020
  6. chaparral

    Capodecina

    Joined: 27 Nov 2005

    Posts: 22,853

    Location: Guernsey

    Looks like the same blue as i was painting last week

    Dulux Sapphire salute Dulux Easycare Sapphire salute Matt Emulsion paint 2.5L | DIY at B&Q
     
  7. Gary*

    Hitman

    Joined: 11 Sep 2009

    Posts: 878

    Same as what we've just put on our chimney breasts, it's a cracking colour but an unforgiving paint - definitely marks very easy but I won't complain considering we got a 5L tin from homebase for 15 quid!
     
  8. Liquid_Entity

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Apr 2006

    Posts: 6,224

    Location: Eastbourne

    Yes that's the one. It is awful for scratches. Even dust and my greasy hand print when I wobbled off the ladder doing the curtain pole. Doh
     
  9. Martynt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Feb 2004

    Posts: 16,624

    Location: Higher Walton

    Not sure it counts as a Man Job, but i was fed up using the kitchen counter after 8 months of WFH, and it looks like it'll go on a little longer yet. Didn't want to buy a desk, so got some Birch Ply from the shed and stuck a few legs on it.

    It's pretty wobbly. It really needs a cross brace along the back, but i didn't have a piece of wood long enough to hand. Im hoping that sorts it!

    It's also not sanded properly and it covered in saw dust from being in the shed. My wife is definitely not a fan.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. LuckyBenski

    Soldato

    Joined: 28 Dec 2017

    Posts: 5,312

    Location: London

    I think I prefer the desk to the mouse pad! Looks like neat enough work to me. Isn't it a sort of coffee table height though?
     
  11. Martynt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Feb 2004

    Posts: 16,624

    Location: Higher Walton

    It's probably a little low for me. I googled average desk height and everything seemed to suggest ~90cm so i went with that.

    I'm debating painting the legs white, but then it means i can't re-use the wood as easily!
     
  12. LuckyBenski

    Soldato

    Joined: 28 Dec 2017

    Posts: 5,312

    Location: London

    A cheapskate after my own heart :D

    Just checked and my desk is 73cm, my workbench is 96.
     
  13. apg

    Gangster

    Joined: 4 Dec 2013

    Posts: 146

    Now thats a propa table.
     
  14. DXP55

    Mobster

    Joined: 5 Aug 2013

    Posts: 4,885

    Location: Shropshire

    My computer desk is 80 of those new fangled measuring units.
     
  15. Martynt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Feb 2004

    Posts: 16,624

    Location: Higher Walton

    First use so far today and definitely need some improvements. Notably i need to round off the edges, as a sharp 90degree corner does nothing for my arms when resting on it!
     
  16. Terminal_Boy

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 13 Apr 2013

    Posts: 9,366

    Location: La France

    With the guidance of my builder neighbour, I’ve repaired an oak beam which supports the living room floor that had some woodworm damage to the sap wood at one end of the beam.

    Basically you sandwich the bad end of the beam between two slabs of oak or Douglas fir that help to take the load. I’ll post photos if I can figure how to upload photos from an iPhone.
     
  17. Liquid_Entity

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Apr 2006

    Posts: 6,224

    Location: Eastbourne

    Not myself but finally the carpet fitters have done the lounge. Last week they did the loft conversion, stairs and landing and my office space in the same carpet.

    [​IMG]

    Now just waiting on the silver/grey sofa and armchair to arrive and this room is done
     
  18. divuk83

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 8 Mar 2006

    Posts: 1,396

    Location: York

    Made a few xmas presents out of some scrap wood I had in the shed. Quite pleased with the result.

    Dave

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  19. theone8181

    Soldato

    Joined: 27 Mar 2013

    Posts: 5,619

    Did some boarding above utility for storage, first time I've used loft legs, not sure if trust standing in them also realised maybe my dad was right about wearing a facemask as I did have a bit of a coughing fit:p. Also built a shoe storage cupboard which looks quite smart.
     
  20. Ahleckz

    Capodecina

    Joined: 7 Nov 2009

    Posts: 18,326

    Location: Glasgow

    Tried to install a new light in the bedroom. I should have learnt when I tried to change the light in the living room three months ago. Once I unscrew the existing rose and met with more wires than expected i bottle it. So I called an electrician and they’ve quoted me £50 for installation of both.

    Got herringbone laminate put down in both bedrooms, going to try and laminate the storm door flooring with the oft cuts...