Unfortunately sometimes it is necessary to remove old artex before skimming ceilings smooth.
For the majority of cases the old artex can just be sealed and then skimmed over.
However, if there is a chance that artex has been applied over a previous layer of artex, then it is always a good idea to remove it first before plastering.
If this is not done then there is the risk that the new plaster and the old artex will all fall down in a soggy heap!
In this picture Gareth is removing old artex with a steamer.
It is time consuming but much better than having a big mess and wasted plaster on your head!
Well done Gareth, another towel rail radiator fitted!!!
I do love my job! Here is a newly plastered downstairs.
The fireplaces were re-boarded before skimming.
Will post some more pics when painted
This photo shows a recent shower repair. The bottom half of the shower cubicle was leaking.
This is because water was getting in behind the tile grout causing a leak.
Plasterboard was subsequently damaged and rotten.
The tiles and plasterboard was removed. The tiles were cleaned up ready for re-use to keep the project to a minimal cost for the customer.
New noggins (baton wood) were installed, new plasterboard was fitted.
The corners and joins to existing tiles were sealed with silicon.
This was then re-tiled with waterproof tile adhesive and re-grouted and resealed.
The end result was that it was a good as new!!
So if you are getting leaks from your shower it could be due to a similar problem and not a big project to fix.
This cost was only £280 including all labour and materials which is nothing compared to the costs involved in neglecting a small shower leak that causes a downstairs ceiling to collapse or need replacing.
The typical cost of replacing a ceiling downstairs from damage caused by an upstairs shower is usually at least twice as much!
I’m just going through some old photos and came across this one which was Tim’s first van in 2004 (I think)
Can’t remember how the signs were done at the time but looking back on it, it wasn’t that bad really was it?
It looks a lot cleaner than his new Renault Traffic… perhaps washing the van was more of a novelty in the early days.
Note to Tim – clean your van more often !! (or I’m sure Gareth will do it)
Sometimes bathroom designs can be a bit tricky to fit everything in whilst making the room look and feel as lovely and as spacious as possible.
Corner toilets can be a great solution where space and planning your bathroom is important. We have mostly fitted these in either cloakrooms or ensuite bathrooms.
Here is a picture of a corner toilet that we fitted not long ago
Looks nice eh?
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This extension on Sapley road required plasterboarding and skimming to the walls and the vaulted ceiling.