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hi all,

I have been quite for a bit, nothing worng with me except tackling major DIY jobs. I bought a bathroom suite in the Jan 2007 sales (yes 2007 is correct) and decided recently I best get a move on and fit it. Well this involves a bit of work.

1) Old toilet and bathroom were separate and so they needed knocking through into one and a new wall building.

See pic below for old bathroom

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I have to remove the two old radiators, demolish the wall and door structue and put a new bog in first.

Then the new wall was buildt and a new towel radiotor plumbed in. Bearing in mind I have never plumbed a thing before as we have a plumber in the family (my brother, but I couldnt get him to commit to do the whole job) I went in with a bit of trepidation, but this push fit copper stuff is the bee's knees. Only a coulple of bad connections in the whole job so far.

Now this fisrt phase was completed a few weeks ago, but next came the major job. I have demolished and removed, bath sink, tiles and all walls, chiselled plaster back to brick, Dab_Boarded new plaster board, removed old rotten chipboard flooring, put new floor down, got rid of old plumbing network, installed neew hot and cold feeds for sin, bath and shower, plus wastes, laid a new limed oak laminate floor, rebuild windowsill, plus wall below windowsill, retiled 2/3 of bathroom , fitted sink and bath and mixer shower and I am knackered.

Started last friday with my Dad, we did four days solid, then he continued tiling with my mum for a day and a half, I went to work and continued the DIY in the evenings. There was lots of snags en-route, about forty trips to Q&B for bits we forget and for bits we didnt relalise we needed (had to adapt as we went along)

The pics of where it is up to are below. I am well chuffed with how its looking. Well worth the scaped knuckles, shagged knee's and aching back. So I am having a couple of days break from it, then its onwards and upwards to the finishing line. Then my forum stuff should return to normal again.

cheers

Alex

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Nice work Alex - you should be well chuffed with yourself.

I love home renos, and did the bathroom too like you. The paint caught me out because it didn't have an anti-mould additive and got flaky after a couple of months. A sand back and recoat with the right stuff fixed it.

Iain

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Looks like you've done a good job there Alex - Its the grouting bit that I really hate.

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk - that will teach us to keep mouth shut!

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Great work Alex - I struggle to spell DIY at times, let alone do any. it's not a strong point of mine!

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Simon, you're cross-dressing again dude!

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Alex mate you've been told before..................."Put the tools down and stand back" :blush:

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Looks like you have done most of the grouting but i have a tip for you. An old guy i used to know (swimming pool tiler) used hessian to wip the grout away and it came out perfect every time, saves loads of mess. Looks really good btw. I recently finished doing mine, what a nightmare all the plaster board came off the wall with the old tiles.

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