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Biggest DIY Job

What is the biggest DIY job you have ever done in your life excluding any work on cars ?

In my case it was about 25 years ago. We wanted a conservatory but could not afford it.

The estimate for the base plus a 3ft double wall was £3000 plus vat, several years later when I retired I got a small sum of money so after reading up on the topic decided to do the base myself to include a couple of electric wall sockets, tv connection and pipe for a gas fire which was fitted and connected by a corgi registered fitter, the total cost of all materials came to just under £750 and all these years later there is no sign of any damp or any other problems.

The actual conservatory was fitted by a local firm.

So what was the biggest DIY job you ever did.?

NB: Lucky I did it then as these days I lack both motive and energy to undertake anything on that scale.

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A few years ago now but our kitchen including all services, base units, wall units, fitted cooker and hob, sink and worktops.

And it's just about finished Embarrassed

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Several with different skills needed

First Property

Installing a gravity fed solid fuel anthracite boiler and completely replacing all the radiators and most of the piping (all soldered fittings) including repiping the hot water tank (the tank needed raising by a couple of foot as it was on the ground floor) for gravity fed operation with a separate thermostat. Note that raising the hot water tank was where I found the problem of matching ¾" piping to 22mm when you can't get the correct fitting

Replacing the existing and not to standard ring mains including a new fuse board

Next Property

Replacing the entire kitchen including ceramic tile floor, completely new units and moving the cooker (wiring change) and extending the ring main.

Note that all the above electrical work was done before the new regulations were introduced

Replacing the kitchen units again with a new built in refrigerator, microwave and electric oven also a new granite worktop with built in bottled gas hob - propane cylinders outside (worktop by a specialist and piping up the hob by a Corgi certified fitter)

 

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Well this topic has just ruled out motoring and tennants (who obviously can't do their own DIY)... so on behalf of all the excluded:

 

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Oldjim wrote: I found the problem of matching ¾" piping to 22mm when you can't get the correct fitting

I always had a selection of slide hammer type drifts in my plumbing bag for such situations.


 

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Hands down our Laundry room because the house we live in can only be described as something straight out of Tim Burtons nightmare before Christmas as there isn't a single solitary straight anything!

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The biggest, one man, DIY job, I ever did was to demolish and rebuild a victorian "lean to" greenhouse, with 5 mature grape vines inside.

 

The greeen house was 50 feet long, and 30 feet wide , with sloping roof, and opening roof windows, plus side windows . two doors and frames.

 

I measured the site, drew sketches of the original, then drew up the plans, to scale, next I had to source the supply of the timber in all its various sizes and lengths, also the glazing and gallons of undercoat ( 4 coats on each piece of timber, before I even started to cut to size and make the frame works.

 

Eventually, I painted two coats of white gloss on all the timber, then built it. including making the windows and doors and all the glazing.

 

I am pleased to say, that it is still standing 40 years after I built it. ( and the vines are doing well, too ! )...

Prior to that, I had minimal experience of woodwork, and no experience of building anything bigger than a wooden tool box to put in the boot of the car. certainly no experience of planning and execution on such a big scale.

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Ooh hang on i did do some DIY recently, I fitted a new door lock and a stairgate at the top of the stairs (which she then left open and caused us to spend the rest of the day at the hospital).

 

Oh yes and I sprayed some WD40 in another door lock Funny

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Ooh hang on i did do some DIY recently, I fitted a new door lock

 

Oh yes and I sprayed some WD40 in another door lock Funny


I would have got a locksmith to do that ! ! ! ... Far too technical for me to cope with... Embarrassed

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Shutter , changing a PVC door lock is easy peasy Smiley  there is only 5 screws to remove with a Phillips  screwdriver , 4 on door handle and on that holds the lock in .

but it does get a bit harder on a new wood door Azn

 

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A few years ago now but our kitchen including all services, base units, wall units, fitted cooker and hob, sink and worktops.

And it's just about finished Embarrassed


Very similar but what is now the kitchen was previously 2 rooms (kitchen and dining room) so I started by knocking the wall down between the two...

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Coincidentally our situation was very similar, there being a small kitchen and what was quaintly called the outhouse but which was another room within the shell of the house.

We had people in to remove the dividing wall, install a supporting beam and plaster the 'outhouse'.

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Shutter ,,,  for some reason Lithium forum will not let me reply to your PM Angry

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@rongtw just sent you another.... strangely.. when I first tried to post this I got a "secure sever error" notice 

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