- Member since 20 Nov 2011
- wLocation: Kettering
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- Ylittle_saxos 28th Jan, 2012 Tiling
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Altro whiterock is a great alternative to tiles. Tiling is always subject to the grout cracking and mould appearing. With whiterock its easy clean and much more hygienic
- Glendale flooring 30th Jan, 2012
We need the following work done and wondered if there is someone who can do the lot, to save us finding a few different people.
Take out brick fireplace, disconnect fire, make recess for new fire and install, re-plaster wall where needed
Patch cracks around patio frames
Laminate flooring in sitting room
Replace 2 bricks on front wall of house where holes are
Install outside power socket by patio door + light
Change 5 upstairs doors
Fit new taps on sink and bath
Tile bathroom floor
Change front door and side
Change front kitchen window, upstairs 2 x front bedroom windows, bathroom window
Change garage door
- Ygeorgieb_75 10th Jul, 2013 Flooring
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Yes it is possible but hopefully 1 man wouldn't do all that, a little too diverse in my opinion. But like myself over the years, I have built up contacts in many specialist fields and can quote for them on their behalf and take a project managing role to ensure you're dealing with 1 guy for all works.
Your best bet is to post an ad here for refurbishments and see if anyone local to you is available to quote.
Hope I have been of assistance
- Glendale flooring 28th Jul, 2013
We are getting our dining room and kitchen decked out in Galleria Engineered 150mm (18mm depth) flooring as well as the kitchen and dining room re-done (plastered / painted / new kitchen etc).
The guy who is installing it had said that he had experience fitting hardwood floors (primary trade carpentry & kitchen / bath installations).
However, he set about installing the floor without properly checking the sub-floor and only realised half way through the kitchen that it was not level. The diner is wooden sub floor, the kitchen concrete, with steps between with the flooring being floated throughout.
I have since had him take up all of the floor as the dining room was also 'waving' in several areas. He has subsequently put in a new sub-floor in the dining room as it was uneven in several parts and is planning to level the floor in the kitchen using a combination of cement board and self leveling concrete.
1. Will the boards that have been lifted be ok to be refitted or are they likely to have been damaged when removing them due to the glue in the tongue and groove? (I was surprised how easily they came apart...)
2. Is cement board and self leveling concrete OK as a sub-floor? The floor is quite out in some places meaning that to level it would take a fair amount of self leveling (7mm), do I need to make sure the moisture content is low before he starts? If there are smaller areas of unevenness what can be used instead (I heard that roofing felt could be used)?
3. On the first lay, there were gaps between the floorboards (big enough to slot a credit card into), is this normal? I would have thought the boards should be pulled tightly together?
4. I am concerned that the floor may look ok to start off with, but then later result in issues that weren't immediately apparent. What sort of guarantee should I try to get (we never signed a contract)?
5. If he doesn't follow the manufacturer's instructions, the floor warranty may be invalid and how do I ensure that he follows these instructions? Should I insist on moisture / humidity checks and the instructions followed to the letter?
Any help would be much appreciated as despite having confidence in his abilities as a carpenter / kitchen & bathroom fitter I've lost a bit in his floor laying after not correctly checking the sub-floor prior to starting the work.
- Ylincs_poacher 21st Jul, 2013 Flooring
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Sounds like a bit of a messy situation. Any floor covering is only as good as what it is laid on, this is the most basic thing to remember.
Any boards taken up are likely to be unusable, if he has used a Pva glue in the glue this would have hardened meaning the boards will not be able to go together without a gap being left. If 7mm of self levelling is needed he will need to do it in 2 coats (allowing suitable drying time between coats) or mix each bag with a suitable amount of sharp sand or wood clippings to baulk the mix out. Any fitter worth his wage should give a minimum of 1 year fitting guarantee but you need to be careful on material failure or product failure should you need to enquire ever about that.
Sounds like maybe this is a chippy getting a little over his head, but I would just ensure that you are happy with the prep work and making things level and the floor should be the easy part
Hope it all goes well for you
- Glendale flooring 29th Jul, 2013
I have just purchased a property that has a wet room fitted for a disabled person on the first floor. It has that awful looking non slip Lino ATM. Is it an easy job to get it tiled? I'm assuming the floor is already insulated from water? Would this be the case? Many thanks!!!
- Yjacklad88_77 8th Aug, 2013 Tiling
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Its a fairly simple job although 1 thing to bear in mind is you probably won't know whether the subfloor is waterproofed, so it may be worth doing this anyway. When you take the vinyl up there will be a certain level of latex levelling to do anyway so it's a fair sized job and I would not attempt if you are not 100% confident about what needs doing...hope this helps
Jason, Glendale flooring
- Glendale flooring 9th Aug, 2013
I have a bathroom with floorboards that I would like to tile over. Can floor boards be tiled directly on top of or do you need to some kind of layer? Sorry if I sound dim! What kind of adhesive would you use to tile on top of floorboards?
Some tips on steps to tile over floor boards would be much appreciated.
Thanks for your tips. I've now decided to do a complete refit of the bathroom - install new bath, toilet and sink. Since I'm removing all ceramics, should I lay the plywood first to entire bathroom and then install bath on top, or should I cut out area of bath and fit bath to floor board?
Where can you buy the marine ply or cement backer board from? Been looking at B&Q and Wickes website and can't see any of them selling the stuff?
Also If I decide to lay vinyl floor instead of ceramic tiles on top of floorboards what thickness ply would I require?
- Yadam78 14th Oct, 2013 Tiling
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All floorboards are not good enough to lay on. They are invariably uneven and will need a minimum 6mm ply board sheet fitting over. Preferably 9mm. This will then smooth over the floorboards and give you a perfect surface to tile on.
Then use a flexible adhesive to stick the tiles.
Hope this helps and good luck
- Glendale flooring 14th Oct, 2013
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