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  1. MrsRenovator

    Solid Wall Insulation - Fixing Internal Boards

    You can do it. I've done it. Then I drylined rather than skimmed. You can use instastik or similar, plus some actual fixings in case of fire. But...you don't want to let any of the warm indoor air get behind the insulation boards and condense on your plaster. So check whether the board you want...
  2. MrsRenovator

    Damp in centre of house

    We had a flood 20 years ago from a frozen attic pipe. The water didn't spread evenly. It gathered on ceilings and then came down various different walls. The metal plastering corners are still rusty under my paint seal. And removing light switches reveals the rusty back boxes. Could yours be...
  3. MrsRenovator

    Roof space / crawl space door ideas?

    We don't know what you use the space for so it's hard to know what to suggest. Painting it with the same paint as the walls would blend it in. Adding simple shelves, with alcove brackets on the side walls would still give you access when needed and mostly cover the door. If you kept books on...
  4. MrsRenovator

    PVC flexible skirting - In a domestic setting?

    Has anyone seen this kind of stuff in a bathroom? It's usually seen in hospitals etc but I'd like to know if it looks tacky in a domestic setting. The reason is that I want something behind a back to wall toilet on a non tiled wall to protect the bottom of the painted wall from the mop and...
  5. MrsRenovator

    Roof space / crawl space door ideas?

    Cut a sheet of foiled Ecotherm/Celotex/Kingspan insulation to fit. Put string through it to use as a handle. Place it behind the door and pull it towards you so it's snug. Replace the door. Give the door a wash.
  6. MrsRenovator

    Pale French Oak - Experienced Person Please!

    Yes, they sell them. But not cheaply. If 5ml sachets were posted as a 2nd class letter and cost a £1, we would try many more finishes. Failing that, our local recycling depot is a good source of 'tester pots'.
  7. MrsRenovator

    Pale French Oak - Experienced Person Please!

    Update: I got a couple of samples of Rubio Monocoat. Interesting results. I tried Oak, which is olive green on the cloth. It picked up the thin grain lines and made them brown. Less so on the other fibres. Smoked Oak is a lighter greyish green in the bottle. On the oak it appears as as a muted...
  8. MrsRenovator

    Pale French Oak - Experienced Person Please!

    I watched a YouTube video where he stained quartersawn oak and the 'fleck' o'r 'ray' didn't take the stain because it was denser. So dyeing the oak actually enhanced the grain by absorbing into the main fibres and leaving the fleck untouched..More of a contrast. With my oak, I have no idea...
  9. MrsRenovator

    Pale French Oak - Experienced Person Please!

    And I should have added with that final question.... Spirit based stain on hardwood, where does it affect the most? The darker grain pattern? Or does it absorb more into the lighter fibres of the wood?
  10. MrsRenovator

    Pale French Oak - Experienced Person Please!

    Is Rubio Monocoat worth trying? Anyone recommend it? It seems easier to apply without overlaps. The finished shelf will be in a bathroom.
  11. MrsRenovator

    Pale French Oak - Experienced Person Please!

    Thanks. Yes I am a bit afraid of turning it yellow or orange. At least I can experiment on the underside to some degree The Liberon spirit dye light oak looks very yellow. Rustins light oak has a review on Amazon warning that it goes orange. This could be a very costly mistake if I'm...
  12. MrsRenovator

    Pale French Oak - Experienced Person Please!

    I know the fashion is for pale/nude oak, but I love the golden brown of British character oak! So, I need the voice of experience please... I have two new sanded french oak boards. I usually use tung oil. The test result is very pale and light, a touch greyish, not really bringing the wood to...
  13. MrsRenovator

    LVT window sill front trim

    Thank you for those ideas. Even if I don't to that exactly, you've now opened up a different angle in my head. That's why I love getting other people's opinions. Thanks for answering. I have made some oak window boards for the kitchen from floor boards. They look lovely. Oiled with Tung oil...
  14. MrsRenovator

    LVT window sill front trim

    I have very deep window sills in the bathroom, (450mm deep) and I want to put LVT golden oak on them. The walls and reveals are painted, and there is no bullnose or overhang at all. So it's just the depth of the lvt on the front flush edge that will need disguising. Unless I cut a 25mm strip and...
  15. MrsRenovator

    Wallpaper: Centre seam or Centre Panel?

    Oh! I was going to buy a Screwfix small sachet of paste-to-th-wall powder. £3.99 What's the difference in me mixing a bucket of the powder and buying it ready made? I only need a jug full!
  16. MrsRenovator

    Wallpaper: Centre seam or Centre Panel?

    Thank you. Thats great advice! If I had done a centre strip, the left would have been right at the edge of the light switch and I had wondered if it would look like an accident. It is a fake tile pattern with no discernable main tile, so I will follow your advice and do the left side first...
  17. MrsRenovator

    Wallpaper: Centre seam or Centre Panel?

    I haven't wallpapered since the early 90's but I'm going to hang some wallpaper on the wall that faces you as you go down to the bottom off the stairs. The wall is 960mm wide. And it has a wall light fitting centrallly, and a light switch towards the left. Should I put a panel up in the...
  18. MrsRenovator

    'Low furniture' insulated cistern

    Thanks! I'd had a look at Imex because the basin is Imex aswell, and I could find what they call a Reduced Height unit but it's the complete metal frame wall hung gubbins rather than a screw-it-to-the-wall cistern. It's making me have a complete rethink. Originally the worktop was the same...
  19. MrsRenovator

    'Low furniture' insulated cistern

    The description 'Concealed cistern' now refers to actually being built into the wall. So it seems that Geberit have concentrated on developing thinner and thinner cisterns and in consequence they are much taller than they used to be. The shorter UP200 states 820mm. So now they call the typical...
  20. MrsRenovator

    Which of these don't need skimming?

    12 months later: I filled every gap, every dent, every hole in the lintel with expanding foam. Then we used 10mm aerogel blanket on the 3 reveals, covered with foil vapour barrier then 6mm mgo board. I had room for 30mm of insulation under the window boards so used xps and layered it to make...
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