Sunday, 20 September 2015

Do It Yourself – Are you sure? #DIYSOS

In a recent post I mentioned we moved house.

When we were looking to find somewhere we didn’t really have an idea in our heads of new build versus old. We would go in each property and get caught up in something it had to offer in some fanciful kind of way.

When we eventually “found the one” we went in all guns blazing! We removed walls and flooring, everything had to go including several toilets (seriously they seemed to store them everywhere!) We must have gone through 4 or 5 skips in the first few weeks.

Being complete amateurs however, when it comes to DIY we had to get some handy professionals in to do the bulk of the work; I did however try and gain some experience along the way.

On one occasion I had a carpenter in doing some more work for me, while I attempted to fit a laminate floor, I was struggling something awful, when he popped in to see how I was getting on (I am sure he could hear me swearing!)

He showed me the errors of my way with how to bend the wood up at a 45 degree angle and then slot it into the laid piece with a slight bang!

He also give me some more advice about laminate, to ensure you get at least the mid-range price as the better the laminate the easier it is to lay. Knowing I had the potential to mess it up I had bought some cheap and cheerful stuff!

So with that advice I finished the bulk of the job (except the tricky bit at the end where he popped back in to finish!)

With a few more rooms still to get sorted I decided to try my luck again but this time I made sure I spend a bit more on the laminate and unsurprisingly the carpenter was right, it was an absolute dream putting down this new stuff, it was so easy my youngest helped me do it! (We even did the tricky bit at the end!)

So now with four rooms under my belt I feel very confident that I could lay laminate anywhere especially with my little helper with me (Yes he gets so excited to help, he loves seeing the room come together!)

The best advice I can give you to save you some time is to get good underlay (something with some kind of sound proofing, I used a silver lined type), get quality laminate, a mitre saw and a laminate flooring kit!

Since my flooring is now well and truly ticked I have branched out to doing my own skirting boards, but that is still very much work in progress!

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