We’re forever trying to get through our DIY checklist and something new seems to be adding every day. But the moment a job is complete, it’s given us great satisfaction, feeling closer to the finished look.
So far we’ve removed the bulkhead from our latest Mercedes Vito camper van conversion series. I say “we” but in fact my fiance and father in law did it as sadly lady muscles were of no use. The pop rivets were far too solid for me to drill through.
I replaced the last few B&Q Napoli Oak laminate flooring slats because due to several leaks underneath, some had been taken up until we had the all clear. Although this was a relatively easy job for most, I learnt how laminate worked and got to use my new B&Q pull bar.
Once I glued my first ever skirting board on (using Gripfill from Screwfix), I ended up tackling the laminate for the conservatory. I left a 10mm gap around the edges for expansion, lined the floor with draft excluding plastic sheets followed by laminate underlay. But after the first three rows, my in laws arrived and suggested I shouldn’t go for perfect lines matching each row because it creates more waste. In fact, a quick google row implied most agreed with them. By this time we thought we’d only cover half of the room. Why, you ask? Well the other half is a utility and the washing machine’s been leaking.
I fixed the washing machine leak (the hose at the back hadn’t been screwed on tight enough) – out came some grip pliers.
And finally, my next job this week is to replace the rotten floor boards and pick out a contrasting hard wearing floor. It needs to be cleaned easily because our pooch loves to get muddy in the back garden.
Note: my father in law also helped us finish a couple of jobs such as leveling the dishwasher and wall cupboard trims. Family are bloomin’ useful!
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