Posts Tagged ‘fail pic’


Bathroom Ceramics: How Close is Too Close?

August 8, 2017

The bathroom / toilet / loo – whatever you call it, one thing’s for definite: it’s private, isn’t it?

Clearly, whoever had this put in, didn’t think so! Is this what they mean by “close coupled”?



We rather thought this arrangement went out with the ancient Roman public latrine (see photo), but apparently not.

Roman latrine in Ostia, Italy

Roman latrine in Ostia, Italy

Mind you, a form of privacy can be easily created…

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Have YOU seen any wild and wacky bathroom arrangements? Feel free to tell us (use the Comments option)  – or even send us a pic?


Wheelbarrows and Skips – Tips from the Trade

August 3, 2017


Talk about adding insult to injury! But seriously, how do you tackle the task of emptying wheelbarrows into skips? We asked some of our experienced tradespeople. Here’s their advice:

  • Not all skips are the same. Some have a flap door on the front, so you may not even need a ramp. Shop around before you hire.
  • If you need a ramp, 2 scaffolding boards, one on top of the other, is the traditional way. They’re usually 13′ long. The double thickness gives the ramp strength and prevents it bowing too much.
  • Make sure the skip is positioned so you have enough room for a decent run-up.
  • No need to get a ramp right to the top of the skip. Just build it so you can get the lip of the barrow over the lip of the skip then pivot on that to tip the barrow. It means you only need a smaller ramp and there’s less hill to push up.
  • If your barrow does start to tip over on the ramp, then get out of the way and don’t try to stop it. It’ll only take a couple of minutes to shovel the spillage back up, which is a lot quicker than a trip to hospital!

This post from DIY Doctor gives helpful advice on where you are allowed to site a skip in the UK and what you can (and can’t) put in it.


Curious Architecture: Staircases to Nowhere in Particular

July 25, 2017


The “stairs that lead nowhere” are more common than you’d think – as these photos show.


Even escalators are getting in on the act!


They can be outside…

… or indoors – we really don’t mind.



What subliminal message is it trying to send?

Is it art, perhaps? Or the influence of Hogwarts?


One thing’s for sure; the phenomenon isn’t going away.


And even if they try to remove the evidence, there are clues!


How to Fill Irregular Gaps in Masonry – and How Not To!

July 4, 2017

Fix & Fill-500x500Everbuild Fix & Fill Expanding Foam is a quick setting, polyurethane based foam which expands greatly on application and yields up to 50 times original can contents.

Fix & Fill sorts irregular gaps, fixes framework, insulates and deadens soundIt can be cut, sawn, plastered and sealed over after approximately one hour.

TBS sells FIX & Fill in 500ml and 750ml cans. We also sell Everbuild’s No Waste Expanding Foam, which has a longer shelf life and has the great advantage that you can keep what you don’t use, and it won’t set in the can. TBS even sells replacement nozzles.

While we’re on the subject of filling gaps, here are a couple of pictures showing unorthodox ways of doing it.

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We can only assume this is the public library or something. Is this going to be made structurally sound and turned into an artwork? Or is this just cheapskate workmanship?


And from the “neat & tidy” department (not!) we have this! Old tarmac, a bit of timber and some expanding foam. That’ll do the trick! You half expect to see a toy car or an old sandwich in there…

If you’re wanting to learn how you should fill gaps in masonry, then click on this link or this one for some helpful clips.


Plumbing: It’s All in the Detail, Right?

June 9, 2017

As we all know, it’s those thoughtful touches that make a job just right.

Which clearly isn’t what happened in these pictures!

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white-trash-repairs-try-to-fall-off-again-you-stupid-thingSo tastefully done!

Have YOU stumbled upon any more examples of plumbing fitting that didn’t quite work? Got any pics? We’d be happy to give them an airing here on the blog!

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