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Offline ElwoodBlues1

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« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2018, 04:51:56 PM »
Also with tiles, I found that I got better outcomes with larger tiles and for me anyway, the job seemed easier, especially the grouting.
Also agree, try and find local or British Youtubes, I find them better. As I said, Bunnings has some good ones.

With you on the large tiles Cookie.....easier and less work apart from carrying them home........found National Tiles a good source for tiles when they have
their sales...Frank Walker makes appalling ads but he does do a good sale and the boys out the back in the store are happy to give you a few extra tiles for nada.
I like the British youtube video's for plumbing issues.....

Offline Navy Maven

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« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2018, 05:02:02 PM »
What great advice!

Love the advice re tiling - thank you. I've never done that before. Mrs Baggers suggested just spraying directly over the tiles, something she saw on one of the 5,388 home improvement shows she watches. Any thoughts on spraying vs tiling over the oldies - as suggestion I really like, thank you, EB1.

NM, very best of luck with your reno. The only humble advice I can offer is to echo the above, take your time and use quality products, plus the 3 p's... preparation, preparation and preparation!

Haha I probably watch all the same shows....the tile spraying is a favourite move of Shaynna on Selling Houses Australia. But whenever she says the cost, it doesn't seem a hell of a lot cheaper than re-tiling.

Offline tonyo

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« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2018, 05:26:44 PM »
Thanks tonyo. I would prefer bamboo too, but it's a bit out of the budget now. Originally we were looking at bamboo and getting all 3 things done by professionals, but spent a bit more on furniture than we expected.

As for the carpet, completely agree, but my partner wants carpet in the bedrooms and lounge and I'm not willing to spend the next decade hearing her whinge about it (she'll inevitably find something to whinge about) haha.

Thanks again, will need to look into the costs for the tools needed as well  :)
Hi Navy,

re price of bamboo, I used this place www.sriimports.com.au (yes I was nervous when I first went there, but it turned out trumps for me).

big range of laminate flooring as well

if nothing else, it's worth a look.....
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Offline Navy Maven

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« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2018, 10:27:51 AM »
Hi Navy,

re price of bamboo, I used this place www.sriimports.com.au (yes I was nervous when I first went there, but it turned out trumps for me).

big range of laminate flooring as well

if nothing else, it's worth a look.....

Excellent, thanks for that. So those guys are just suppliers yeah? Did you just get a local contractor to do the work?

Offline Amers

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« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2018, 12:30:37 PM »
Being a DIY novice myself, although I have done a little painting and flooring before, I would happily give the painting a go by myself, there is no way I would give the flooring a go on my own!

Maybe you are braver/smarter than me though!
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Offline kruddler

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« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2018, 07:44:33 PM »
Just wondering if there are any DIY renovation aficionados on the forum?

I've just bought my first house and will be moving in probably around April and starting to plan a few renovations that need to be done.

Has anyone here ever installed their own timber laminate or vinyl plank flooring? If so, is it the kind of thing a reno novice can do? I have never done any reno style projects, but am conscious of my dwindling budget, so trying to prioritise what I should get a professional for and what I might be able to do myself.

Three biggest jobs are:

Painting - Interior only, but basically every room needs to be done
Carpet - To bedrooms (3) and lounge
Flooring - Kitchen, family room and hallways. Tossing up between timber laminate and vinyl planks

I definitely will have to get the carpets done professionally, so mainly it's going to be whether I do the painting myself, or do the flooring myself. So to anyone with some experience, which would be the easiest for someone with absolutely no experience in either?

Qualified chippy who works for a builder who encourages us to try our hand at everything.
Also renovating a beach house at the moment.

Painting is worth giving a try yourself. I've prepped and painted both inside and outside. Give it a crack and if you fail, you can always get a qualified painter to do it.
Some advice is to start in a room that doesn't matter and work your way up to the bigger rooms. Also spend the extra coin on getting half decent brushes and rollers, it makes a big difference.

Carpet relatively cheap, and the most physical of all the jobs. Don't bother.

Flooring You've got plenty of options and you need to narrow down which option you want to see if its worth doing.
Tongue and groove flooring can be quick if you have all the tools, but can get very tricky cutting in and around doorways and what not. You also need to decide if you want to glue down or floating both have pros and cons of both.
Alternatively you mentioned vinyl planks...they also come in 2 kinds, stickyback and dryback. One with its own glue, one where you glue it yourself. You really need to ensure you have a flat surface as they are only 2mm thick and show up imperfections underneath. Using some hardboard underneath is advisable.
Assuming you get your level right underneath, the actual putting of vinyl planks down requires little more than a knife to make the difficult cuts and little hard labour.
Worth a crack.

All in all, watch plenty of videos first for little tips.

Offline LP

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« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2018, 09:54:22 PM »
To be fair, that's one of the main reasons I've got that on the list of things I should pay other people to do. I'll be taking some time off work to set up the house, I don't know if I want 80% of that time to be used just painting. There's heaps of other stuff we'll be doing ourselves as it is.

I will check out some of the YouTube vids though and see if I think I'll be able to do the flooring.

Thanks heaps  :)

Buy good LED floodlights, not the old halogen type. The LED type are ultra-bright, won't catch fire or blow if you knock them over, are light weight easy to move so you can illuminate many angles. Once you have decent lighting you can paint anytime of day, if you have rubbish lighting the painting and prep work will look great in the evening and then when the sun rises you'll be disappointed.

Some sort of hand held light for inspecting along the walls, shining at a shallow angle to see shadows from hair, debris, high or low spots is also very useful. Good cutting in brushes are essential, don't get sucked into buying those gadgets that claim they cut in, they generally don't work or don't work for very long.
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Offline Professer E

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« Reply #22 on: January 15, 2018, 07:53:38 AM »
Those cutting in wheeled pads are hopeless, should be banned as false advertising.  Buy a good sash cutter, take your time and look after that brush.

A scapal or razor knife is handy for removing hairs, lint nibs etc.
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