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  • henro_ben 29 Nov 2017 14:52:58 2,330 posts
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    @robc84 A multitool with an appropriate blade would probably allow you to neaten off the ends of the attached coving. You'll only need to get it straight(ish) as you could fill any gaps with a plaster based filler & then sand it back
  • The_Goon 29 Nov 2017 15:52:31 626 posts
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    I'm keen to get rid of the coving in our house because I think it makes the place look old fashioned, but the wife is having none of it. Will take note of the difficulties though!
  • henro_ben 29 Nov 2017 15:59:47 2,330 posts
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    The_Goon wrote:
    I'm keen to get rid of the coving in our house because I think it makes the place look old fashioned, but the wife is having none of it. Will take note of the difficulties though!
    I'm busy putting the coving *back* into my house, along with the picture rails, because I think it makes the rooms look proportionally weird without it!
  • mrpon 29 Nov 2017 16:02:38 33,805 posts
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    I've got rid of the wife in my house, it was making the place look old fashioned.
  • Jeepers 29 Nov 2017 16:33:16 16,429 posts
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    mrpon is busily renovating a new lady's coving as we speak.
  • Jeepers 29 Nov 2017 16:33:39 16,429 posts
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    And by coving I mean vagina.
  • mrpon 29 Nov 2017 16:35:23 33,805 posts
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    Yeah sorry Sharz, there are no proportionally weird wombs here.
  • GuybrushThreepwood 29 Nov 2017 18:19:06 1,383 posts
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    @TheBlackDog i used a specialist broker. He was very good. Got me a very low rate for five years and it cost me about Ł500. He explained everything and helped me through any difficult bits with advice. He was recommended to me by an ex who is a mortgage specialist. Never used one before, but if recommend.

    I can give you his details if you want to pm me. I'm a sceptical bugger, but he was good.

    Edited by GuybrushThreepwood at 18:19:47 29-11-2017
  • GuybrushThreepwood 29 Nov 2017 18:23:00 1,383 posts
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    Flying_Pig wrote:
    Good news on the Team F_P house front: We received notice to complete this morning \o/

    Targeted completion is 13th December, although we're pushing to see if it can happen sooner. Finally!!
    Congrats. By a spooky coincidence, we've exchanged contracts today with completion on the 12th December. I'll be dealing with removals all day on the 13th. Just had confirmation of it all.

    No chance of it being sooner with us as the people selling can't move out sooner... which is a shame.
  • Flying_Pig 29 Nov 2017 21:56:59 15,521 posts
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    Ours won't be sooner than the 13th, unfortunately.

    Just need to pull the trigger on the removals etc :)
  • Psychotext 29 Nov 2017 23:54:46 62,167 posts
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    I have to go in on the 7th to talk about the electrics.

    SOUNDS EXCITING.
  • Flying_Pig 30 Nov 2017 11:55:59 15,521 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    I have to go in on the 7th to talk about the electrics.

    SOUNDS EXCITING.
    It is!! You get to choose where you want extra sockets etc :D
  • mrpon 30 Nov 2017 11:59:21 33,805 posts
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    Get those USB ones!! If you're that way inclined, obv.
  • Psychotext 30 Nov 2017 15:13:29 62,167 posts
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    No, we've already decided all that. I think this is to double check the spotlight placement etc.

    Decent amount of progress since last time:



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    Edited by Psychotext at 15:14:28 30-11-2017
  • Syrette 30 Nov 2017 15:41:16 49,335 posts
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    Hoping to complete in January. December would be too soon, and it'd be something to look forward to after the excitement of Christmas.
  • TheBlackDog 30 Nov 2017 20:41:13 1,053 posts
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    @GuybrushThreepwood Thanks - PM'd
  • elstoof 30 Nov 2017 21:08:38 18,870 posts
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    robc84 wrote:
    @henro_ben

    Problem is it didn't come off in a nice straight section, it kind of crumbled. So I suppose if we could straighten the edges we could try to get a section to fit.

    Not a big deal, just annoying really.
    How wide is the gap? You can get a straight edge big enough to span either side of it and follow the contours to replicate the shape, unless there’s dentils or acorn etc patterns moulded. Put some bonding up roughly first to give you something to stick the top coat to, then use the straight edge to apply some jointing. Leave slightly proud and finish with sandpaper.

    You don’t really need to remove coving to replaster a ceiling anyway, there’s plenty of ways around it
  • GuybrushThreepwood 30 Nov 2017 21:27:56 1,383 posts
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    @TheBlackDog info sent.

    Spent part of today doing utilities. Obviously the first thing I sorted was the Internet. One good thing is I'm with Bulb Energy. When i moved that, they classed it as recommending myself to myself and I'm being two lots of Ł50. Quite chuffed with that. Less chuffed with Mark redirection costs. They've gone up.

    House looks nice Mr P.

    Edit : why do you need spotlights? I thought night vision goggles were more your thing? :)

    Edited by GuybrushThreepwood at 21:32:04 30-11-2017
  • Psychotext 30 Nov 2017 22:34:03 62,167 posts
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    They've got infra-red emitters...

    (Seriously, that's a thing!)
  • robc84 1 Dec 2017 16:56:05 11,992 posts
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    So we have a plasterer coming in next week, mostly to deal with the bloody artex ceilings in every bloody room.

    He's talking about chipping it off rather than skimming over. So now I'm worried about possible asbestos. House was built in '83 and he is confident asbestos would not have been used after '78. Internet research seems to be inconclusive.

    Anyone have any experience in this area?

    Edited by robc84 at 17:10:39 01-12-2017
  • ionic 1 Dec 2017 19:00:11 718 posts
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    @robc84 https://www.aic.org.uk/asbestos-in-artex/

    This says it was banned in 1999. Artex seems to have used Chrysotile which was banned last, guess as it wasn't as lethal.

    If you come across a textured coating in your property, and know that it was installed pre-2000, then best practice is to assume that it may contain asbestos. Contact a licensed company (e.g. asbestos surveyor or removal firm) to take a sample and test for asbestos before beginning any work.

    If in doubt don't disturb it would be my advice :)
  • monkehhh 1 Dec 2017 19:04:55 4,739 posts
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    Skim over it or get it tested, I'd say.
  • robc84 1 Dec 2017 19:10:54 11,992 posts
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    @ionic

    Thanks man that's useful. I want to get rid of the stuff but will check it out first. I don't know why he can't just skim over it to be honest.

    Think it's probably best to put the work on hold for now. Don't want to take any risks.
  • mrpon 1 Dec 2017 19:35:19 33,805 posts
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    The guy is obviously desperate for work, chip off?! Fuck me, that'd take ages, be an absolute ball-ache, make loads of mess, cost loads and more importantly is probably holding the ceiling together!

    Skim over all day, in my non-SME opinion.
  • robc84 1 Dec 2017 19:48:27 11,992 posts
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    Yeah I didn't get it either.

    Starting to worry about those smoke alarms I screwed into the ceiling now. Can only have produced the tiniest amount of dust though.

    Think I may just get it checked out before I do anything. He can just come round and plaster up the vent holes of the old hearing system for now.
  • elstoof 1 Dec 2017 19:49:27 18,870 posts
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    Skimming it would be simplest, but a pain in the arse getting an even finish with that as your base. Chipping off would be impossible to do neatly, I’m assuming your ceilings are plasterboard - you’d take lumps of that out too. You could overboard it which wouldn’t be much hassle, or just pull the boards down with the artex attached and put new ones up. If it was me, fuck it - coat of unibond on the artex, skim, forget about it
  • robc84 1 Dec 2017 19:53:27 11,992 posts
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    Yeah that's the best solution I think.

    I would like to know though for future reference, drilling into ceilings etc.
  • GuybrushThreepwood 2 Dec 2017 19:36:24 1,383 posts
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    Spent almost all day in the attic shifting boxes and stuff I didn't realise I owned. Sorting through it all and clearing out.

    Briefly headed to currys when i discovered that I'd got cover (two weeks left) for something that broke a couple of weeks ago. Got it replaced which was great and saved me a packet.

    Too tired to cook, so just had fish and chips.

    Week and a half until we move.
  • TPReview 2 Dec 2017 22:30:58 1,224 posts
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    So haven't been doing a lot of updates here, but after finding a new build we liked in March that all fell through in June (they were doing a shit job of building it and didn't like that we complained), we found a 10 year old house in September and finally completed yesterday.

    Couldn't be happier, the vendors had properly cleaned everything, wrote a little guide on how the heating works and what to do if there's a power cut (it's an air heat pump so a bit different), they had put new loo roll and bulbs in everywhere and given us a tonne of spares, and left us a card. After hearing lots of horror stories and having a crappy year, it's so nice to have all of that go so well.

    Now we're just having to spend all the money in the world because this is the first time we've not been renting so we've had to buy basically everything. Who knew you could spend so long considering different types of kettle?
  • Dougs 2 Dec 2017 22:53:17 83,939 posts
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    Congrats! And the correct answer re kettle is the one that your other half picks which boils the quickest!
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