Might as well be in the sauna!

Gulp, my first post in a few days!  Been incredibly crazing doing….. well DIY!  It’s a full time job, not forgetting my ‘real’ full time job – literally morning, noon and night…  …yesterday at 5am I was measuring the bathroom, at lunch time I was discussing a new boiler and by night I was buying a new post box for my front door…. ​​ Polished … Continue reading Might as well be in the sauna!

Lift your head up princess, if not the crown falls!

Countdown till Halloween has begun!  Dusted off my witches outfit – I love it…. it’s an ultra teeny, very low cut and highly indecent dress, polished off with fish net tights, a huge pointy hat and black nail varnish…. I can only get away wearing it once a year so I make sure it has a good outing!  I can’t wait to share our Halloween … Continue reading Lift your head up princess, if not the crown falls!

Faster than a S….nail!

You’ve nailed it if you can beat the S….nail! Haha, overdosing in puns…  you’ve probably guessed this is all about nails, specifically how to remove them from joists after lath has been removed…. You’ve got to get the knack of ‘twisting and turning’ so you can pull them out fast else you’ll be ultra slow like a snail! Crazy few days with alot of bubbles … Continue reading Faster than a S….nail!

Whoops – Loud bang and it all fell down!

The bang was so almighty that my upstairs neighbour heard and dashed downstairs to check I was still alive – I was fine apart from being head to toe in dust!   I’m talking about the coving on my ceiling, it came crashing down. Coving (or Cornice) is the triangle design between the top of walls and the edge of the ceiling.  It tends to … Continue reading Whoops – Loud bang and it all fell down!

Ouch – Don’t mix your brushes!

You’ve been warned ladies…. however beautiful and fine-bristled they might appear, don’t confuse your Mason Pearson with your Wire Brush, else it might be very painful! Very exciting news today, at lunch I made a new friend… I was the only, lucky one allowed to take photos, can’t wait to share with you shortly….  For now though back to bricks. I love beautiful brickwork – … Continue reading Ouch – Don’t mix your brushes!

Sludge and water tsunami – How to remove a radiator

This is it… I haven’t even finished the first paragraph yet I’m telling you with confidence that this is the best guide for removing a radiator that there is out there…  How do I know? Because I’m going to tell you the truth about what happens when removing a radiator.  Unlike other guides with slim, perfectly-behaving and regularly maintained radiators that barely contain any water…. … Continue reading Sludge and water tsunami – How to remove a radiator

How to remove wall insulation – not candy floss!

I love fairgrounds – The magic.  The buzz.  The flashing lights and the annoyingly-catchy music.  The rides, especially the merry-go-round (I’m a big kid at heart!), the mulled wine (at Winter Wonderland), the fact that everyone has a smile on their face from the adrenaline. Not forgetting the candy floss, a big web of cotton wool toppling on the end of a tiny stick.  Fluorescent … Continue reading How to remove wall insulation – not candy floss!

How to remove lath… so elegant

Elegant lath and it’s strong, solid brother plaster tend to go together hand in hand to form the foundations of a wall. Good and bad news today – I’ll dive in with the bad news first to get it out of the way…. Bad news – I removed a slice of history, so very sad, I feel terrible! Lath are beautiful thin strips of wood … Continue reading How to remove lath… so elegant