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    New architrave around windows

    Hi all, I'd like to replace the plastic trim on our bedroom windows with something that has a little more detail, preferably a wooden architrave. Feeling all excited and productive I pulled off some trim to see what we were working with. As expected there is a large void. Rather than fill this...
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    Easiest way to stop a draught

    Thanks for the replies guys. I'll keep an eye out for doors and bubble wrap. Whilst I'm at it, can anyone recommend a good builder? I have been burnt in the past by a number of tradesmen (failing to turn up on time, if at all, not responding to messages, incomplete work etc). What with the...
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    Easiest way to stop a draught

    I like the idea of bubble wrap (I can get this from work and take small rolls home each day). I think I will do this and install some doors. I am moderately handy, although if there are any chippies on here willing to quote me for their time I would be very grateful. Otherwise I will give it...
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    Easiest way to stop a draught

    Yes. I've attached our floorplan as I'll do a poor job explaining. It is how the property exists as of right now. I've also attached a mockup of what we'd like to achieve. The wall isn't completely glass. I don't want to boil us in the summer and turn the kitchen into a hotbox. The wall...
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    Easiest way to stop a draught

    We considered a proper extension but to be honest the cost put us off. Just to replace the lean-to the cost of the extension itself would be around 35k. Perks of living in London I guess.
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    Easiest way to stop a draught

    You're right, it is neither secure nor warm. Luckily we're mid-terrace so the risk of a rear break-in is decreased. My only reservation with installing the proper doors now would be that a steel beam needs to be installed prior to this. See pic below. This is what we're ultimately after...
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    Easiest way to stop a draught

    Thanks for the reply jonbey, It is a proper bodge. The previous owners had the lean-to installed and it leaks air in from nearly every window and every corner. I fear I would have to use quite a bit of expanding foam to even make the slightest of differences. If I go for internal doors then...
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    Easiest way to stop a draught

    Hi all, At the rear of our property the external wall has been opened up (H200cm x W125cm). This leads into a poorly constructed lean-to/conservatory. In the summer things are great, it's lovely and warm and the kitchen and the rest of the downstairs benefits from nice warm air. In the...
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    Using gripit fixings on a double plasterboarded wall

    Thank you for the reply. One of the shelves is actually held up by the Gripits and I'm happy it's secure enough. I have no doubt I'll be using the rest of them for other projects I have lined up around the house. Cheers
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    Beginners woodworking

    Thanks for the reply. I really do want to get into this a little bit more. Especially as we're only really just getting started on the house and there will be plenty of opportunities for projects etc. My main problem I have is that I tend to rush things. This leads to mistakes and errors...
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    Using gripit fixings on a double plasterboarded wall

    I went for the Rigifix in the end. I reckon I could have hung from the fixing it was that strong. Needless to say the shelves are up and looking great. Thanks for the help.
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    Using gripit fixings on a double plasterboarded wall

    Thanks. These look good. They do them in M8 size which I think would be better for what I'm trying to achieve.
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    Using gripit fixings on a double plasterboarded wall

    Of course I can. Didn't think of that. Thanks again. Here is a pic of the first one in all it's glory.
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    Using gripit fixings on a double plasterboarded wall

    Thank you for this. I'll go for something a little longer. The shelves are indeed going onto an external wall. I have two concerns: 1) I hit mortar and don't get a good fixing 2) The head of the torx screw (7.5mm) is smaller than the hole I've already created in the wood to house the bolt I...
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