The DIY thread

mandela

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May 16, 2013
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I'm DIY'y as fuck.

Never used to be but I am now. I regularly talk to Swollen Goat about this kinda stuff and I'm sure he gets great benefit from it. It's probably the main reason he's still in employment, tbh.

Many people have demanded this thread, for all things DIY, so here it is.

I'm currently doing basic decorating shit and of all the things I've learned the most valuable is that when painting prep is king. Just taping all the shit up is a pain and takes time but defintely saves you time and gets a better finish.

Next on my list are fitting some in-ceiling speakers and hanging a TV, which will be the most advanced things I've done.

I'm also going to attempt to take up some tile but I won't bother laying the tile as I don't have a tile cutter and shit like that.

Any DIY advice, given or to receive, put in here. I'll use my mod account to keep it up top.
 
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Haggis

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No advice or contribution from Swollen, even with the name drop in the OP..... what a fucking surprise, eh. Lazy selfish piece of shit he is. :rolleyes

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I want to make a corner seat bench to go in a small back yard.

Where do I start? What wood? What tools? What am I looking at cost wise?

I can't post pics for an idea cos I'm a retard.
 

mandela

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May 16, 2013
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I want to make a corner seat bench to go in a small back yard.

Where do I start? What wood? What tools? What am I looking at cost wise?

I can't post pics for an idea cos I'm a retard.
You building completely from scratch?

Draw a sketch of what you want first. Then you can start measuring and listing what you'll need in quantities.

You'll want some basic wood, not sure what it's called, but the stuff they use for decking will be fine. I'd use screws rather than nails as nails loosen over time but if it's going to be static then not as big a deal.

Just remember that you will need to treat the wood to stand up to outside exposure...get a basic tin of treatment and just brush on...or buy pre-treated wood.
 
May 19, 2013
16,754
6,439
You building completely from scratch?

Draw a sketch of what you want first. Then you can start measuring and listing what you'll need in quantities.

You'll want some basic wood, not sure what it's called, but the stuff they use for decking will be fine. I'd use screws rather than nails as nails loosen over time but if it's going to be static then not as big a deal.

Just remember that you will need to treat the wood to stand up to outside exposure...get a basic tin of treatment and just brush on...or buy pre-treated wood.
No disrespect Mandy, but you've literally just stated how you are a total newb to this.

I may as well ask for my missus input on this ffs

Again. No offence.
 

SwollenGoat

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May 17, 2013
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I'm DIY'y as fuck.

Never used to be but I am now. I regularly talk to Swollen Goat about this kinda stuff and I'm sure he gets great benefit from it. It's probably the main reason he's still in employment, tbh.

Many people have demanded this thread, for all things DIY, so here it is.

I'm currently doing basic decorating shit and of all the things I've learned the most valuable is that when painting prep is king. Just taping all the shit up is a pain and takes time but defintely saves you time and gets a better finish.

Next on my list are fitting some in-ceiling speakers and hanging a TV, which will be the most advanced things I've done.

I'm also going to attempt to take up some tile but I won't bother laying the tile as I don't have a tile cutter and shit like that.

Any DIY advice, given or to receive, put in here. I'll use my mod account to keep it up top.
:rofl
 

SwollenGoat

Deicide
May 17, 2013
50,303
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The House that Peterbilt
I want to make a corner seat bench to go in a small back yard.

Where do I start? What wood? What tools? What am I looking at cost wise?

I can't post pics for an idea cos I'm a retard.
all contingent on how 'nice' you are going to go..............wood starts cheap [pine] and gets fucking expensive...........

as a total noob,you might want to start simple..............like 2x4 construction and see how that goes............

you need a plan
wood
stain and weatherproofer
a cordless screwgun [ask the pro @mandela what he has,it should do]
a circular saw
sandpaper or a hand sander
a tape measure
a carpenters square
a wood cutting hand saw
maybe a mitre box for angled cuts

post a pic of the type of thing you are looking at trying............
 
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mandela

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May 16, 2013
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all contingent on how 'nice' you are going to go..............wood starts cheap [pine] and gets fucking expensive...........

as a total noob,you might want to start simple..............like 2x4 construction and see how that goes............

you need a plan
wood
stain and weatherproofer
a cordless screwgun [ask the pro @mandela what he has,it should do]
a circular saw
sandpaper or a hand sander
a tape measure
a carpenters square
a wood cutting hand saw
maybe a mitre box for angled cuts

post a pic of the type of thing you are looking at trying............
Basically what I said.
 
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Jun 4, 2013
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You building completely from scratch?

Draw a sketch of what you want first. Then you can start measuring and listing what you'll need in quantities.

You'll want some basic wood, not sure what it's called, but the stuff they use for decking will be fine. I'd use screws rather than nails as nails loosen over time but if it's going to be static then not as big a deal.

Just remember that you will need to treat the wood to stand up to outside exposure...get a basic tin of treatment and just brush on...or buy pre-treated wood.
:rofl
 
Jun 4, 2013
7,139
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Albuquerque, NM
I'm DIY'y as fuck.

Never used to be but I am now. I regularly talk to Swollen Goat about this kinda stuff and I'm sure he gets great benefit from it. It's probably the main reason he's still in employment, tbh.

Many people have demanded this thread, for all things DIY, so here it is.

I'm currently doing basic decorating shit and of all the things I've learned the most valuable is that when painting prep is king. Just taping all the shit up is a pain and takes time but defintely saves you time and gets a better finish.

Next on my list are fitting some in-ceiling speakers and hanging a TV, which will be the most advanced things I've done.

I'm also going to attempt to take up some tile but I won't bother laying the tile as I don't have a tile cutter and shit like that.

Any DIY advice, given or to receive, put in here. I'll use my mod account to keep it up top.
So you're just gonna buy tile and let it sit in your garage?

I don't understand. :lol:
 

Deebo

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Jun 5, 2013
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Show dem balls bro
Love that DIY shit!!! :happy


Personally I've been into DIY barbecue/grilling pits for about the last 10 years. Did one pretty close to this for my friend at the beginning of last summer at his new home in Northern Cali. Cost a little over $100 total, he just used the regular red pacific clay bricks for the base, I think he spent like $8 on the mortar. Took us all of about 6 hours total. Shit came out real nice and square/level, I think he said he uses it at least every couple weeks if he has the chance.


 

Haggis

CHB World Championship People's Champion
May 16, 2013
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Love that DIY shit!!! :happy


Personally I've been into DIY barbecue/grilling pits for about the last 10 years. Did one pretty close to this for my friend at the beginning of last summer at his new home in Northern Cali. Cost a little over $100 total, he just used the regular red pacific clay bricks for the base, I think he spent like $8 on the mortar. Took us all of about 6 hours total. Shit came out real nice and square/level, I think he said he uses it at least every couple weeks if he has the chance.


Nice!

:hat
 

mandela

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Painting the trim in a couple of rooms today after giving the walls a second coat yesterday.

Just finished taping and cutting the carpet away. Sanded the wood and wiped down and vacuumed so should be a quick easy job to go round it all. Will start when I get back from the carpet place.

Basically a tradesman noo, tbh.
 

mandela

CHB Führer
May 16, 2013
22,685
10,112
Scotland
Love that DIY shit!!! :happy


Personally I've been into DIY barbecue/grilling pits for about the last 10 years. Did one pretty close to this for my friend at the beginning of last summer at his new home in Northern Cali. Cost a little over $100 total, he just used the regular red pacific clay bricks for the base, I think he spent like $8 on the mortar. Took us all of about 6 hours total. Shit came out real nice and square/level, I think he said he uses it at least every couple weeks if he has the chance.


That's pretty sweet, man.

I have a pretty large patio area out my back and I'm thinking of putting a in a fire pit at the end of. Will be more of a round one but is there anything I need to be aware of in terms of the type of bricks and mortar I use? Obvs they need to be extremely heat resistant to probably some clay fired brick?
 

mandela

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May 16, 2013
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Carpets are expensive as fuck here, man.

I remember in Scotland getting a basic carpet for about 5 quid a sq metre. Here's it's like $3 a square foot, ffs. That's like $30/25 quid a sq metre. It's just 2 of the guest rooms that'll naw get used that much so I don't need nothing fancy, man.

$1800 they wanted. I nearly fainted. Barely regained enough composure to tell him to go sook a fat boabie. Outrageous. Went another shop in a pure huff and they quoted $2000. Naw sure what I'm gonny do. I know i'll get the typical "stingy Scot" bullshit but i don't mind spending the money around the house, it's the thought of getting screwed over that galls the fuck oot me.
 
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