In my flat, there are two wall-mounted extractor fans that serve the common purpose of removing warm and damp air. You’ll find one in the bathroom and the other in the kitchen.
My bathroom fan has always worked well. But in the kitchen, the fan has often been very slow to start (if and when it decides to do that much) and, while it is spinning, it often sounds as though it’s ‘knocking’ and would simultaneously create a rhythm of its own.
During his recent visit, I raised this issue with my landlord, who suggested the first port of all should be to open it up and clean it out. I volunteered to do this in my own time and this is the short story that documents the process.
At the time of writing this; my landlord has already agreed to replace the rotting timber windows that adorn my ground-floor property. Single-glazing doesn’t help to provide the most comfortable of winter-time temperatures and with the temperatures having plummeted to as low as freezing (and below) in recent weeks; I decided to take a chance upon trying an inexpensive secondary glazing film kit
A common symptom of dampness and insufficient ventilation, particularly during the winter months. If you’re already aware of black spots or damp patches on your walls and ceilings then you know your home is ‘infected’.
But there is a cure. In fact, by browsing the internet you can uncover a range of home-made and personal solutions. What’s most important though, is that you get at it ASAP, as those spores, in spite of their size, can be seriously detrimental to your health.
It was Christmas. I was cleaning the bathroom, focused, at this moment, on the Ikea Fullen mirror I installed only a few months ago.
Wiping the glass was easy. But the shelf, well, the design doesn’t allow it to be fixed firmly to the brackets. I’ve been very careful in the past to clean it with extra care but, on this occasion, something went wrong…
This is the concluding part to all the repair work I’ve been carrying out in the bathroom. I still have to repaint a couple of strips on the walls beside the tiles but you won’t need me to show you that (I’ve done enough brush-work on this blog for one year).
It came to an end on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, no less and I took my very first shower in the ‘refurbished’ unit almost 24 hours later. A couple of showers after that and it’s still looking alright.
Taking care of your own home repairs can be a welcome proposal but at the same time, it’s very hard to escape from the mess you’re constantly living in (at least, until the job is done). That’s why I try to end each day (however short the actual session of work may’ve been) with a reasonable tidy up. In a bathroom situation like mine, you don’t want to be running for the loo at 3am only to stumble over an upended trowel…
This is something I’ve been working on for a couple of weeks now – that is to say, that I started it a fortnight ago and, although I’ve not been working on it solidly or with any kind of routine, the work is still very much in progress.
After creating an agreement with my landlord, I’ve begun to look at the cause of the damp patch that has slowly grown beside the shower in my bathroom and to move forward with the rectification of this problem.
Having been in this flat now for over 8 months, I can say that I’ve spent the past few feeling as though I’m some kind of ‘live-in maintenance man‘. When something’s broken or has been in need of improvement, I’ve offered to repair or replace it (unless it’s electrical, of course). I quite enjoy a bit of DIY (working to my own rules and at my own pace) so this doesn’t bother me too much. Until recently, I spent several weeks living in a near-building site-like state as I attempted to repair and redecorate the main living room walls.
By far, this has become my proudest achievement in this property to date:
I am no plasterer and I’ve never been keen on painting but a couple of coats of Dulux’s lemon tropics has, for me, transformed the feel of this previously overly-magnolia property.
But today, I’m going to share with you some recent improvements I’ve made in the bathroom.