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Rainbow Carpets on Westbourne Grove

Rainbow Carpets on Westbourne Grove

When I needed two new carpets I decided to try a local carpet shop rather than using one of the big chains. I visited Rainbow Carpets (which also trades as AA Flooring) on Westbourne Grove in Bayswater. On my first visit I asked some questions about their service. Here is a summary. Measuring – free. Delivery – free. [...]

Installing QuietFloor Plus from Sound Service

Installing QuietFloor Plus from Sound Service

As part of my flat redecoration I wanted to add some floor sound proofing to reduce noise coming from below. I decided to use the ‘Gold Carpet System’ from Sound Service in Oxford. This uses one layer of their SBM5 sound proofing mat (2mm) with a layer of their QuietFloor Plus (15mm) on top. The carpet goes over the top of this 17mm of [...]

Fixing squeaking floorboards

Fixing squeaking floorboards

Floorboard squeaks and creaks can be very annoying but there are a few ways you can try to fix them. Screwing floorboards down If individual floorboards are squeaking one potential solution is to screw them down to the joists. You’ll need to locate where the joists are. This is usually very easy as you can see the existing nails/screws [...]

Argos shoe rack

Argos shoe rack

I bought a 4 tier flat pack shoe rack from Argos. Here’s a link to it on their site, and below is a photo of what it looked like after I assembled it. As with much of this cheap Argos / Ikea flat pack furniture assembling it was not as straightforward as it should have been. The problem was that over half of the pilot holes on the end [...]

Splashing kitchen tap

Splashing kitchen tap

My kitchen tap generates a lot of spashing water when it is turned on. This is because a single solid tube of water pours out of it. Even when the tap is only lightly turned on a lot of water splashes up over the draining board and work top. I used to think there was nothing that can be done about it until I became aware of ‘tap aerators’. [...]

Door trimming saw

Door trimming saw

If you are installing a new thicker carpet, thicker underlay, or wood flooring you may find that your doors need trimming for the flooring to fit underneath. There are several ways to do this: Remove the door from its hinges and cut it using a hand saw or circular saw. Cut it in place using a hand saw or circular saw. Use a [...]

Removing carpet grippers from floor boards

Removing carpet grippers from floor boards

If you are completely re-doing the flooring of a room (to go from carpet to wood flooring, or to lay sound proofing for example) you might need to remove the old carpet grippers. Here is how I removed the carpet grippers in one room. I used: A chisel with a fine sharp end that could get under the carpet gripper Another item to use as [...]

Ikea assembly service

Ikea assembly service

My flat is full of Ikea furniture. And until now I’ve assembled it all myself. I’ve either had it delivered by Ikea themselves, or used one of the taxi vans outside the store to get it back. For my new Ikea PAX wardrobe I decided to get it assembled for me. The main reason is because of its size and weight. The wardrobe is 236cm high and [...]

Panmunjom, DMZ and seeing the North Korean border

Panmunjom, DMZ and seeing the North Korean border

Whilst on holiday in South Korea I went on a tour of Panmunjom and the demilitarised zone by the border of North and South Korea. There are lots of agencies running similar tours, and there are differences in what places you see on each tour. I booked about a month in advance via email for the ‘DMZ & Panmunjom’ tour run by the [...]

How to get rid of clothes moths!

How to get rid of clothes moths!

In May 2008 I wrote my Clothes Moths Attack! post about my attempts to get rid of clothes moths in a friend’s home. It soon became clear that many other people were hard at work battling the seemingly indestructible clothes moths as many comments after comment started to roll in. After receiving over 100 reader stories about your attempts [...]

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