Handyman services were required in Edinburgh to fit new Vinyl in a conservatory. The Vinyl was collected from a local flooring store. Thankfully the original sticky backed flooring sheets had been lifted prior to arrival. The floor however was very sticky and this made fitting the Vinyl a little more tricky than usual.
The vinyl was cut to an approximate size and then moved into place and trimmed around the edges. The bubbles were pushed out from under the vinyl and edges trimmed a little more if required. Once flooring is in position the edges could be sealed with a bead of silicone.
Silicone edge on vinyl flooring
Allotment Plot – Before
When getting a new Shed you are best to get a good solid surface to build it on. Having a good solid surface of paving slabs will help prolong the life of your shed.
Handy David – Edinburgh Handyman Services was asked to clear a section of an allotment to facilitate a base for a new shed.
The ground to be used was reasonably covered in weeds but was nice and compacted and firm underneath.
Cleared area for shed
Devils Coach Horse Beetle
A level laying field
A suitable area was pegged out and cleared of all weeds, the ground was levelled and trodden in to improve firmness. Once the spot was level a mix of sand and crushed recycled glass with an addition of cement to help create a firm grip was spread evenly over the ground. Using a large spirit level the area was levelled ready for the first paving slab. Using the large 600mm x 900mm x 50mm slabs we can be reasonably comfortable that there will be very little movement and disturbance to the slabs once they are laid, due to the fact that they weight 68kg each. In this instance I used 12 and they unfortunately had to be wheeled down to the plot individually in a wheel barrow, over 300m away! – as did all the glass/sand mixture!
Paving Slabs 600 x 900
Handy little helper, taking a break!
Once all the slab were laid then I filled the gaps with a fine sand and cement mixture. I then sprayed the surface lightly to help all the cement begin the setting process.
Just awaiting the shed.
Hard pine Fireplace in good condition, metal hearth trim designed to be fitted to hold a concrete screed and then tile finish. Dimensions to come shortly, please call or text if interested. 07810825089
Original Pine Fireplace before removal
Fireplace and hearth trim
Fireplace detail centre
Fireplace external trim detail
Fireplace hearth trim fixing detail
Fireplace fixing tab detail
Silicone application gun
Over Time, trim tiles on a bath set with grout can loosen and once this happens water will penetrate behind. Because of the movement of a bath being filled and emptied and the combination of water loosening the tiles it won’t be long before they will just fall off. Water behind the tiles will also effect the wall behind and in more extreme cases the neighbours downstairs.
In this instance the tiles came away very easily and the adhesive underneath was very soft. Once all the residue had been removed and the edges of the bath and tiles polished and dried new silicone could be applied. A thick bead of silicone on a 45Deg angle allows the silicone a good grip on both the bath and the tiles which is important with all the movement.
Bath with old trim tiles which had lost their seal
Bath with old silicone removed and edge cleaned
Bath with new silicone applied in place of old trim tiles.
For the Basin there was some mouldy silicone in place. This was removed and the basin and tiles again cleaned and polished. A new bead of silicone was applied, in this instance a smaller 45deg bead as the basin does not undergo as much movement, and does not get subjected to the same volumes of water.
Basin with old silicone removed and edges cleaned
Basin with new silicone applied
Basin with new silicone
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Tagged bath, Bathroom, Grout, maintenance, repair, rotten, shower, silicone, Tiles, wall