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Seventh`s decorating tips......

Discussion in 'The Attic' started by Seventh777, Feb 17, 2012.

    Feb 17, 2012
  1. Seventh777

    Seventh777 RIP Roy

    Occupation:
    Builder, mainly renovations.
    Location:
    Planet Tharg, dark side, where nothing grows.
    After watching those renovating programmes and their *experts* I am appalled at some of the tips the so called experts give, one in particular was mastic sealing new/old bathroom suites and tiling, after biting my tongue whilst watching the overpaid and obviously under-trained tradesmen wrongly put masking tape above and below where the mastic joint was to be applied, and then smoothing it with his finger, I turned the T.V. off and decided to create this thread (which I will be adding to every Friday), in the hopes of undoing all the entirely wrong crap advice they spew out.

    Okay, back to this weeks top tips, and hopefully turn a nightmarish task into one that you will finally enjoy, and the final job looking like it was done by experts, for this job you will need..

    1). A mastic gun, purchase this from a decorating suppliers merchant rather than a cheap and nasty version from your local D.I.Y. store, any aspect of decorating should be addressed thus - If you want it to look professional then use professional tools and materials (I will cover this more intricately in the future when I give painting tips), just to add, there is very little in the price difference`s between a poor and solidly constructed mastic gun, the latter ofc will last a whole lot longer and give a far smoother fluid dispersion.

    2). Silicone sealant, this will also be available at a decorating suppliers merchant.

    3). Any empty spray dispensing bottle (Mr Muscle type etc).

    4). A chopstick type small piece of wood, with the ends chamfered to a roughly 45 degree angle, as these are tapered they give two different sizes (depending how wide your mastic joint will be), if you are applying mastic to several joints and some are larger or vice versa then shapen other stick-like pieces of wood to suit.

    5). A bucket.

    6). Washing up liquid.

    7). A sharp blade (crafting knife, box cutter, Stanley knife).

    8). A decoraters sponge.

    Okay, firstly cut the nozzle on the tube of sealant to roughly 45 degrees again (do not cut to far down the nozzle as this will lead to way to much mastic coming out), make sure the surfaces where you are applying are dust free and bone dry, if you have never used a mastic gun before go outside somewhere and practise on something that is none significant and has a right angle, once you have perfected how/when to stop/start squeezing the trigger and creating a neat and tidy line, go back into your bathroom/kitchen/wet-room (utility room).

    Fill the bucket/spray bottle with clean cold water and add a squeeze of washing up liquid, put the sponge and all the shaped sticks into the bucket of cold water and let them soak. Apply the mastic to every single joint that needs masticating and leave for roughly 10 minutes, spray water, using your bottle, liberally all over the mastic you have just applied making sure the areas above and under the mastic are well covered, take out one of your shaped sticks and gently run the angled edge over the mastic thus creating a smooth and tidy straight joint, any excess mastic will ooze onto the damp surfaces and this will prevent it from sticking and make clearing up the excess mastic nice and easy, clean this off with your firmly squeezed sponge, if you are going to be using the mastic again at a later date then place a tight fighting screw into the nozzle keeping it air free.

    There, hope this has helped those D.I.Y. fanatics out there to accomplish a very professional looking job, with relative ease and cost affective.

    Tune in next week for a very user friendly, detailed, instructional how to, on that absolutely nightmarish task of Gyproc Coving.

    Bye for now....

    Roy.
     
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2012
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  2. Feb 17, 2012
  3. vinylweatherman

    vinylweatherman You type well loads CAG MM

    Occupation:
    STILL At Leisure
    Location:
    United Kingdom

    Good enough to eat then:D
     
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  4. Feb 17, 2012
  5. Nate

    Nate Ueber Meister CAG webmeister

    Occupation:
    Monster
    Location:
    Cyberspace
    'every single joint that needs masticating...'

    Sounds a bit like when I eat crispy Buffalo Wings ..... Drumsticks.... I'm hungry :eek2:

    Nate
     
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  6. Feb 17, 2012
  7. Brooklyn

    Brooklyn Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Mommy, Make-up Artist, Writer.
    Location:
    On the Hot Mess Express
    I don't know what just happened there, but I am impressed.
     
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  8. Feb 17, 2012
  9. Seventh777

    Seventh777 RIP Roy

    Occupation:
    Builder, mainly renovations.
    Location:
    Planet Tharg, dark side, where nothing grows.
    Oops I meant masticing, that could have been a far, far worse typo lol.
     
  10. Feb 17, 2012
  11. Seventh777

    Seventh777 RIP Roy

    Occupation:
    Builder, mainly renovations.
    Location:
    Planet Tharg, dark side, where nothing grows.
    You aint seen nothing yet hunny, if this thread generates enough interest I will start using diagrams lol ;).
     
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  12. Feb 17, 2012
  13. Brooklyn

    Brooklyn Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Mommy, Make-up Artist, Writer.
    Location:
    On the Hot Mess Express
    If it's anything like your avatars, I am scared to look. :laugh:
     
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  14. Feb 17, 2012
  15. Seventh777

    Seventh777 RIP Roy

    Occupation:
    Builder, mainly renovations.
    Location:
    Planet Tharg, dark side, where nothing grows.
    Lol :).
     
  16. Feb 17, 2012
  17. ksech

    ksech Dormant account

    Occupation:
    yes
    Location:
    Here
    Errr, what am I masticating? or rather masticing?

    Buffalo wings sound really good! *slaps Nate, wasn't hungry...*
     
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  18. Feb 17, 2012
  19. Seventh777

    Seventh777 RIP Roy

    Occupation:
    Builder, mainly renovations.
    Location:
    Planet Tharg, dark side, where nothing grows.
    Damn, i`m not going to live this masticate down am I? lol.
     
  20. Feb 19, 2012
  21. chayton

    chayton aka LooHoo CAG PABnonaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    Freelance Designer
    Location:
    Edmonton Canada
    No probably not. :p

    But would you please renovate my bathrooms?
     
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  22. Feb 19, 2012
  23. Nifty29

    Nifty29 Dormant account

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    PAID CASINO SHILL
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    Diagrams or diaphragms??
     
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  24. Feb 19, 2012
  25. max1mike

    max1mike Dormant account

    Occupation:
    carpenter
    Location:
    USA
    so . I head off to purchase a few tubes of mastication. found tons of caulking, but alas, no mastication in a tube, so I ask the clerk for help. i let her read this thread from my android app... she suggested maybe ordering some online. any local dealers from the other side of the pond have mastication tubes in stock, willing to ship to U.S.?, or are we "protected" by our government from indulging in such heinous things as that ?:D
     
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  26. Feb 20, 2012
  27. vinylweatherman

    vinylweatherman You type well loads CAG MM

    Occupation:
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    Location:
    United Kingdom
    I know you are protected from SMOKING joints, but didn't think this also applied to mastication. In fact, both mastication AND smoking of joints is legal in Holland, provided it is done in designated "bars" or "coffee shops":D
     
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  28. Feb 20, 2012
  29. max1mike

    max1mike Dormant account

    Occupation:
    carpenter
    Location:
    USA
    hmmm...do they have slots at said "coffee shops" ?

    (probably wouldn't matter. I'd get asked for identification and they wouldn't let me play as I'm from the US) :)
     
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  30. Feb 21, 2012
  31. Surasanji

    Surasanji Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    Call-center customer support
    Location:
    Israel
    Choices, Choices...

    First one, and then the other!

    Handymen are rather handy, its even in the name! :p

    In all seriousness though- I could use some help around my house. I've got a beautiful apartment here in Tel Aviv that I'd like to improve on the cheap, since the plan is to knock the building down in the next year or so.

    The apartment was once even featured in a Greek Travel Magazine to represent the 'Tel Aviv' lifestyle.

    One of the things I'd like to do is add weather-stripping of some kind to the windows and doors, and to perhaps get something to help cover the cracks in the walls.

    Seven- you wouldn't happen to have a good recipe for a plaster I could figure out how to do Fresco with, do you? I think it look pretty damn cool for me to use some color on the walls in such a way.. The place already looks bohemian and generally great to chill out in.

    I really want to seal the windows better to help with my dust problem!

    Anywho- any help is appreciated! Thanks :thumbsup:
     
  32. Feb 21, 2012
  33. Seventh777

    Seventh777 RIP Roy

    Occupation:
    Builder, mainly renovations.
    Location:
    Planet Tharg, dark side, where nothing grows.
    Firstly - My plastering skills are very limited and cover the basics that are normally required in day to day circumstances, so, rather than give you poor or inadequate advice, this guy explains the art of Fresco/Pargetting beautifully.... You must register/login in order to see the link.

    Back to your apartment and tips/advice, I have a better idea for my thread, as from this Friday I will create an imaginary room scenario that has just been built/re-plastered, in doing this I will then cover every single aspect of decorating a room from scratch, starting at pre-filling before a mist coat to fine filling pre -top coat, anyway`s stay tuned and hopefully when i`m done I will have saved you loads of cash, whilst your bachelor pad will be elevated to love nest status ;).
     
  34. Feb 21, 2012
  35. Seventh777

    Seventh777 RIP Roy

    Occupation:
    Builder, mainly renovations.
    Location:
    Planet Tharg, dark side, where nothing grows.
    Okay, let`s see just how building savvy my captive audience are, you have a bathroom to tile and will need the relevant tools, list the tools you will need to buy or borrow from a friend ;).
     
  36. Feb 21, 2012
  37. Surasanji

    Surasanji Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    Call-center customer support
    Location:
    Israel
    Tile, Tile!

    Trowel. Water. Sand. Grout-Mixture (I tend to like a thin-set). I always get a puddy-knife. I'm also very fond of a cheap silicone spatula to make the grout particularly nice.

    Luckily, In Israel, the sand is already in my apartment- under the tiles. I'll need, at best, one good bucket to just make sure everything is properly level.

    Best thing is its really easy to do in spurts- a little on a weekend or day off!

    I'll admit though, my tile laying skills have not had any practice for about fifteen years at this point- last time I did tile work was for my Father, in Florida for his swimming pool construction company! :p
     
  38. Feb 21, 2012
  39. Seventh777

    Seventh777 RIP Roy

    Occupation:
    Builder, mainly renovations.
    Location:
    Planet Tharg, dark side, where nothing grows.
    I should have made my question more precise, I meant tiling walls (ceramic tiles) and not floor tiles ;).
     

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