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#175 Re: It never ends... the DIY thread!
February 28, 2022, 02:53:44 pm

Or get a long scaffold tube and slot it over them, allowing you to give it a really good wiggle?


This, or a piece of steel water pipe over the top, good old wiggle around then try lifting out with a sling or something tied as low as possible on the bar and connected to a car jack on some solid bricks / breeze blocks.(might be fiddly to connect), or a hire a high lift farm jack or something like that?

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#176 Re: It never ends... the DIY thread!
February 28, 2022, 02:59:35 pm
Thanks for the replies. Maybe angle grinder isnít the way too go thenÖ Or at least not on the first attempt.

Chain block or winch look like a good option - though no idea who would have one locally. Few people I could ask maybe unless anyone around Skipton happens to have one?

Winches would work in some areas (most are near tree cover so some good anchor points - but a few are out in the open).

Maybe the best option is for me to go up for the day, dismantle what I can with a big hammer (or scaffold piece - I like that idea) and then make notes of whatís remaining and have a better idea of whatís needed on the next trip. Itíll takes at least 2 trips I think as thereís about 12 stations to take down which are pretty spread out.

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#177 Re: It never ends... the DIY thread!
February 28, 2022, 03:25:17 pm

Or get a long scaffold tube and slot it over them, allowing you to give it a really good wiggle?


This, or a piece of steel water pipe over the top, good old wiggle around then try lifting out with a sling or something tied as low as possible on the bar and connected to a car jack on some solid bricks / breeze blocks.(might be fiddly to connect), or a hire a high lift farm jack or something like that?

Car jack and some locking pliers could work too. Possibly not that much effort to do either. Or even some good locking pliers and a piece of 2x4 to wedge under and lever with.

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#178 Re: It never ends... the DIY thread!
February 28, 2022, 03:41:01 pm
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#179 Re: It never ends... the DIY thread!
February 28, 2022, 04:10:19 pm
Thanks for the replies. Maybe angle grinder isnít the way too go thenÖ Or at least not on the first attempt.

Chain block or winch look like a good option - though no idea who would have one locally. Few people I could ask maybe unless anyone around Skipton happens to have one?

Winches would work in some areas (most are near tree cover so some good anchor points - but a few are out in the open).

Maybe the best option is for me to go up for the day, dismantle what I can with a big hammer (or scaffold piece - I like that idea) and then make notes of whatís remaining and have a better idea of whatís needed on the next trip. Itíll takes at least 2 trips I think as thereís about 12 stations to take down which are pretty spread out.

A 2t chain block and some strops. Very cheap and easy to pick up via Amazon. Or, for a little more, Toolstation/Screwfix. Very useful thing to have around (esp. in the boot of your car), if you can stretch past the cheap Chinese option.

Back during lockdown 1, having ordered a new bathroom about a month before we heard of Covid, I installed an all new family bathroom.
I had to do it, because we couldnít change the delivery date, had nowhere to store an entire bathroom in boxes etc.
If you recall, during LD1, everything was closed. So when I ripped out the old fixtures and flooring and discovered how rotten the flooring underneath was (chipboard), there was nothing I could do except dry it and treat it with thinned varnish or white glue solution (stuff from the back of the shed).

Didnít Fíing last. Just had to pull out the toilet which was rocking and rolling all over the shop, because the chipboard below wouldnít take a screw and (because everything else is fitted now) had to raise it onto an 18mm pedestal of new flooring.  FML.
The cubical shower, which didnít get changed, suddenly decided to leak a couple of days ago, straight through the spotlights into the dining room below. I knew the drain fitting was iffy and the plastic aged, but when it was installed, the wanker that put it in, tiled over the frigging tray in such a way that the only way to access the trap below was to smash the tiles out (which Iíd been avoiding for the last 10 years since I first realised). Anyway, given the bastard leak, I now had to do IT.

BEHIND THE FUCKING TILES, THE SHOWER TRAY IS SITTING ON A STEEL RE-ENFORCED CONCRETE FUCKING LINTEL AND THERE IS NO SODDING WAY TO ACCESS THE UNDERSIDE OF THE PIGGING SHIT MONKEY SHOWER TRAY WITHOUT SMASHING OUT ALL THE DAMN CUBICAL TILING AND EVEN THEN, IíM TWATTINGWELL SURE THE AFOREMENTIONED PIGGING SHIT MONKEY SHOWER TRAY IS CEMENTED THE FUCK IN.

I AM NOT OK.

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#180 Re: It never ends... the DIY thread!
February 28, 2022, 04:14:37 pm
Chain block or winch look like a good option - though no idea who would have one locally. Few people I could ask maybe unless anyone around Skipton happens to have one?

There are plenty of places to hire such things near Skipton:
https://www.shc.co.uk/?post_type=product&s=chain+block

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#181 Re: It never ends... the DIY thread!
February 28, 2022, 04:26:44 pm
.....I AM NOT OK.

The fucktitude of the logic of some house building work just defies belief. Hope you get it sorted.

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#182 Re: It never ends... the DIY thread!
February 28, 2022, 04:46:50 pm
BEHIND THE FUCKING TILES, THE SHOWER TRAY IS SITTING ON A STEEL RE-ENFORCED CONCRETE FUCKING LINTEL AND THERE IS NO SODDING WAY TO ACCESS THE UNDERSIDE OF THE PIGGING SHIT MONKEY SHOWER TRAY WITHOUT SMASHING OUT ALL THE DAMN CUBICAL TILING AND EVEN THEN, IíM TWATTINGWELL SURE THE AFOREMENTIONED PIGGING SHIT MONKEY SHOWER TRAY IS CEMENTED THE FUCK IN.

Got told the other night that the shower hose attached to the bath has a leak. No big problem you say? Well, apart from the fact whoever did the bathroom tiled it all in. There are no signs that there's a removable panel.

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#183 Re: It never ends... the DIY thread!
February 28, 2022, 07:48:03 pm
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#184 Re: It never ends... the DIY thread!
February 28, 2022, 09:18:32 pm
How would you know? Last time your plumbing went wrong I had to pop round and sort it out.

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#185 Re: It never ends... the DIY thread!
February 28, 2022, 10:24:23 pm
You said we wouldn't tell anyone about that.

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#186 Re: It never ends... the DIY thread!
March 07, 2022, 10:15:39 am
As an update, I went out on Friday and managed to get pretty much all the equipment out. I went with an easier version of some suggestions (some decent locking pliers and a heavy duty spreader clamp).

Many of the equipment stations just pulled out - I think they decent storms helped as they had taken a right beating! Others I had to pump out with the clamp/pliers combination. One I managed with a bit of scaffold pole (happened to be there - didnít fancy carrying one it).

One was stuck and in water too deep for my clamp so I didnít manage to get that one. Another had been completely covered by big rocks (up to washing-machine size - the strength of water is crazy!). I managed to get the logger out after moving a few smaller blocks, but didnít bother trying to get the rest of the kit out. I imagine itís bent a lot the waterline given the number of rocks settled on it.

Think weíre going to to leave those two and maybe go back when the river levels are right down. Thanks for the advice - it really helped having a bunch of options when I got to each one.

Was a knackering day - 6 hours of trudging up steep, muddy tributaries with about 10kg of kit on my back and carrying loads of rebar, shelving uprights, tubes and fittings miles back to the van. Had a well deserved beer when I got home.

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Our lodger just messaged saying there had been a power cut. The electric oven isnít working, but the grill goes on fine.

Iíve asked him to make sure the clock is reset (apparently one of the most common problems when this happens).

If this doesnít work, any ideas what could be the problem? I assume that they have the same fuse with it being a combined unit? The hob is a separate gas one.

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Maybe the heating element has gone. Iíve had to replace ours before.

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#189 Re: It never ends... the DIY thread!
June 12, 2022, 11:55:00 am
Maybe the heating element has gone. Iíve had to replace ours before.

I missed this, sorry! But yeah I think that might be the problem. Grill works, light works, just no heat.

Was it a big thing to change?

The oven is at least 10 years old so the other option is to replace it with something newer.

Weíre not at home which makes it harder (friend is living at ours). He seems fine without it at the moment but harder to get someone in to fix it as heís out during working hours..

 

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