DIY Chat


#21

Finally put these shelves up properly yesterday after having them drooping off the walls for weeks.

First attempt I didn’t use rawl plugs and they just came away from the shitty wall.

Second try I used plastic rawl plugs but they didn’t work. Felt like going at the wall with a hammer.

Then finally tried some metal ones which seemed to have worked but I’m too scared to put any weight on them hence the emptiness.

I’m so shite at DIY.


#22

Ooh this sounds cool. Also sounds a bit “oops, accidentally disturbed the final resting place of something I shouldnt have and now i’m accursed”


#23

what is your wall made from? is it solid?


#24

I have a droopy one of these in the kids room - I really don’t like them. Don’t feel confident putting anything heavy on - a proper bracket inspires much more confidence IMO


#25

Definitely got me thinking about the history of the place (it’s 150 years old). For all the sense of ownership a home gives you, you’re only really passing through (exemption for Barons and similar dynasties and the like)…


#26

It’s some shitty plaster, basically like it’s been made from crushed polo mints.


#27

matches can be utilised to bodge a big crumbly hole into a slightly less big hole that will hold a plug properly

I’ve never actually done this - but I hear one solution to a crumbly hole is to pump no more nails type stuff into the hole - then stick your plug in and leave it to dry


#28

It’s comforting to hear I’m not the only one have problems with them. Yeah I should just bite the bullet and get some bracketed ones or even take them down and get a fucking billy.


#29

The absolute worst trying to put anything of weight into those walls.

Mistakes were made. Well one so far. Trying to get it round the toilet and I snipped off the bit that was meant to slot neatly on the other side of the toilet. Repair job looks alright. Could have been worse. Can you see the join?


#30

no it’s a fucking ghost wall you idiot


#31

Well let’s not kid ourselves, everyone can see the join but not unless you’re looking for it… probably. Best not to hoover too vigorously in this room.


#32

If that’s not a solid wall, try hollow wall anchors. They’re flippin’ brilliant.


#33

Daft mistakes made - one. Ease of job 12 out of 14 hammers. Anger at myself 15 beers.


#34

You not worried about burning your left knee on the radiator while doing a poo?


#35

I thought this was going to be about punk.

as it stands, I have put up some ikea stuff


#36

"I didn’t build the fucking thing.” - that bloke from Terminator.

This is just an ensuite so, as it is next to bedroom, probably a poo free zone. There are other dropping off points.


#37

What’s behind the plaster?


#38

Beer is the approved reward for doing something that would be even more dangerous if you had drunk some beer first. I have now purchased my jigsaw (still not 100% sure I didn’t already have one) and my switch box and have wired in the latter. A quick test reveals I’m still alive, and that when I plug a lamp into it it comes on and no smell of burning, so I reckon I’m done for the day. Therefore it’s beer time.


#39

Not sure. Should be brick eventually as it’s the side of the house but don’t know if there’s insulation in between or what.


#40

If there’s insulation behind, you’d likely have a skimmed plasterboard, rather than solid plaster, finish on top.