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Down in Morpeth this week...kicking off retaining walls...View attachment 64984View attachment 64985
If I was to build myself a house that’s the finish I would want on the outside with block cavity and 6” kit stuffed with insulation in behind it. I can see it with lots of glass in between the stone with a dome or mono pitch roof over looking the loch.
Can but dream
 

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A place for all trades discussion and banter, forum member questions, how to’s, best products, DIY help and top tips from all your ruftie tuftie forum tradesmen.

This arrived today from the U - S of A. It’s called the Ladder-Aid PRO. They used to make a similar product in the UK years ago called a Stairmate but stopped production. For a Decorator, handyman, keen DIYist or even a property developer, this is a brilliant tool in your armoury. This negates the need for small extension ladders, steps and long batons to access stairwell tops and ceilings. No faff and safe as houses. Couple stairwell projects for my clients and it’ll have paid itself back. Think I paid around £150 exchange rate and including shipping and charges. So excited with this. 🙂
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Ok now that’s really cool.
 

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Hi spec standard right there.
My cousin is a plumber, absolutely lovely lad and prefers to work for someone instead of himself.
So when my dads Alzheimer’s started to deteriorate we decided to spend some money on taking the bath out and get a walk in shower. I’m sure there’s a saying about never having family do jobs for you lol. God knows he’s a trier but he’s always high as a kite on wacky baccy and I can tell with the standard so don’t ask me how he gets away with it at work lol.
 

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Loving all of the building pics. I’ve not hid the fact I’ve been incredibly stupid over the years and as such lost good jobs through it.
Don’t know why it took so long for the penny to drop but anyway my trade was a time served Moulder in various foundries. Used to be seven years apprenticeship but it was either three or four for me, with the NVQ 1&2 and then to get to higher standard of being a loose pattern moulder one needed day release for college.
After so many wasted years I actually met a family camping in the nest field in Wales this year and weirdly she talked about her working in job recruitment for a massive global foundry, making mining equipment. As we were packing up to go she ran over, having just been on the phone and asked me to send in my CV as Skilled moulders are thin on the ground.
Totally frightening but if I can sort out some help for me dad, I’m seriously thinking of applying.
Lol one other thing. It used to be a really hard, heavy job, dangerous with molten metal ect but the pics of this place was clean and you get a nice crane to lift weights lol.
 

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No fancy expensive pointing compounds here! Nothing wrong with good old fashioned sand and cement pointing! If? The flags are laid proper on sand and cement beds and the pointing is mixed proper and deep! The main thing is the flag is a " rocker " if it is nothing will work😅 basically!! Take it out! Knock the bed out deep! And rebed it properly? Short cuts just wont work🤣🤣View attachment 64401View attachment 64402
Lol I swear we were only talking about this today? My parents remember getting a government grant in the eighties? Both worked so I can only presume everyone got it.
Anyhow the conversation was about weather pointing and how either nobody wants to do it anymore or some don’t have the skill?
It’s never needed re pointing since lol.
My pointing skills are usually covered up by a soft brush lol.
 

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After spending almost 12 months working on my lads house it's now nearing completion with mainly fiddly little finishing off jobs to do. I have also been helping out on a mates house this past couple of weeks alongside a couple of joiners. What I have realised too late is that buying some quality tools would have saved literally weeks of work. Things like nail guns and a table saw make things so much easier and save knees and blackened thumbnails
Even some of the adhesives used now are so much better. If I was to do it all again (which I definitely won't) I would buy the tools myself and flog them when the job was finished.

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Nice job this week, hallway and toilet for various businesses premises . Final stretch, woodwork and final stain to go. Armstead trade paint used (Dulux lite) soft sheen top, thunder cloud bottom …. nice colour scheme with quality paint.
Price work, should get Friday to myself ….small victories Kevin, small victories 🙂

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Something remotely intresting in at work today. Newish golf r in for service, brakes and wheel spacers fitted for a track day next week. 300bhp stiffend chasis and 4 wheel drive. Nice bit of kit.


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The wailing wall continues..
This was the same house many years ago , and what the owner is aiming for.
 

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Indian stone coping?
I’ve just had to do this for my Aunties garden. I’ve done some in the past but in no way am I skilled but I’m having to redo every single piece of Indian stone coping as not one of them were stuck down.
That’s what you get when someone in a Nail studio, says they know someone, who knows someone who can do the job?
I’ll have to go and take some pics as standard wise it doesn’t meet the above standards, albeit I’m quite happy how my standard of work and pointing got better. That’s only half the tale as we also had to put down 24 tonnes of topsoil and the idea was to have a flat lawn with fine grass to play croquet on (very Lancashire Life lol). Again the previous guy decided to turf it, which didn’t work. So now it’s been seeded with a mix of fine grass and rye but it’s patchy as hell at the minute. Also put in a deep pond with waterfall n filter, which is something I’m good at, but all of this has given me a new found appreciation for good ground workers and landscaping and why they’re worth paying proper money for?
 

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The wailing wall continues..
This was the same house many years ago , and what the owner is aiming for.
Wow just look at that original picture of the place? Would be nice to have it, somewhere near how it was.
 

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This was my Aunts garden I mentioned.
 

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