Who knows a bit about what ?

Share projects, share problems, share tips amongst each other.
Post Reply
User avatar
Richard
Lord Lane of Down...... Site Owner
Posts: 29967
Joined: 26 Apr 2007, 22:48
Gender: Male
Location: Ashford, Kent, UK

Who knows a bit about what ?

Post by Richard »

I know there are some pretty well qualified people amongst us who would be only too pleased to hear of a problem or maybe discuss something they have been told.

There's also a good selection of seasoned DIYers amidst the Members, so why not use this thread to tell us what your DIY Talent is.

Could we keep this thread strictly on topic please and just post 'what we're good at', it'll make anyone reading it a lot simpler to find someone who maybe able to help (Sorry, I have deleted some which were off-topic)

Cheers, Richard
[center]New Member? Get more from the Forum and join in 'Members Chat' - you're very welcome[/center]
User avatar
roddelmae
Longlasting Laner
Posts: 953
Joined: 20 Oct 2009, 18:48
Gender: Male
Location: Scunthorpe

Re: Who knows a bit about what ?

Post by roddelmae »

The phrase 'Jack of all trades, master of none' applies to me.
I can fix cars, the older ones that is, none of this modern stuff with computer chips.
I can rewire parts of a house, safely but not perhaps to the latest legislation.
I can mend busted pipes, but in a lot of cases what water does is a mystery to me.
I can lay bricks, almost straight. I can measure something and most of the time, it fits.
I can slap paint about and it covers most of what I was trying to paint.
I can cook a meal, and no-one has died yet as a result of my efforts.
Most of the plants I put in my garden survive.
My toolkit is extensive, and I know how to use most of it.
I have, in the past, got myself out of trouble at very little expense instead of calling an expert at a price I cannot afford.
Is this what you had in mind Richard?
Last edited by roddelmae on 04 Dec 2010, 18:25, edited 1 time in total.
What's right with this country is the freedom to discuss what's wrong with it.
User avatar
saint-spoon
Moderator
Posts: 9259
Joined: 10 Mar 2008, 14:16
Gender: Male
Location: south coast

Re: Who knows a bit about what ?

Post by saint-spoon »

I am a bit of an all-rounder having had experience both professionally and domestically in quite a lot of the sort of things that need doing in and around the house. Like Rodders above I am not qualified and don’t know that current regulations are but I did do a four year apprenticeship (a long time ago) and have years of engineering experience across a wide range of disciplines. Don’t ask me to hang wall paper, I will refuse.
Bah Humbug
User avatar
LynneP
DTL Facebook Admin
Posts: 3000
Joined: 23 Apr 2009, 19:52
Gender: Female
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Contact:

Re: Who knows a bit about what ?

Post by LynneP »

Sewing, gardening, plumbing, rough carpentry, most animal care...
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - and sings the tunes without the words - and never stops at all.
~Emily Dickinson


http://goldenhillsfarm.blogspot.com/201 ... -farm.html
User avatar
mikey
Lively Laner
Posts: 268
Joined: 01 Apr 2008, 09:23
Gender: Male
Location: Isle of Man

Re: Who knows a bit about what ?

Post by mikey »

About the same as the last two posts, can cover most diy matters and light building work along with some car/van repairs. As for gardening thats my work line trained as a gardener/groundsman when I left school.
User avatar
mikey
Lively Laner
Posts: 268
Joined: 01 Apr 2008, 09:23
Gender: Male
Location: Isle of Man

Re: Who knows a bit about what ?

Post by mikey »

that should have been first two posts, don't ask me to sew anything :?
rhubarb93
Legendary Laner
Posts: 1714
Joined: 09 Jun 2010, 17:32
Location: Surrey

Re: Who knows a bit about what ?

Post by rhubarb93 »

I was a harmacist for 25 years, in a previous life, so have picked up a certain amount of know-how on treating minor ailments with simple remedies.
I've also taught Bridge, and am happy to answer questions from learners.
And we've had to learn a fair bit about horse problems over tha past 4 years.
User avatar
Homemade
Legendary Laner
Posts: 1966
Joined: 03 May 2009, 00:53
Location: wiltshire

Re: Who knows a bit about what ?

Post by Homemade »

Trained and qualified in horticulture and early years childcare.
For other things, like the other posts I will have a go at most things. Been doing it ourselves for years, but unqualified, in cooking, sewing, crafting, bricklaying, painting and decorating, plumbing, white goods repairs, hairdressing, dry stone walling, chimney sweeping - basically never been able to afford to get someone else to do it.
There was an old tv quote - "I can do that - gis a job" - thats me :?
Quand je serai vieille je vais vivre en France
Sunny Clucker, she came, she saw, she moved on!
Grannyof4
Legendary Laner
Posts: 3608
Joined: 07 Feb 2010, 13:30
Gender: Female
Location: South Notts/Leics border

Re: Who knows a bit about what ?

Post by Grannyof4 »

My forte is horses....for over 50yrs. Animals in general. Indian cooking. I am often told "alot of common sense"....not sure though. Oh and definitely flying business class. So really not alot of use at all.
User avatar
Mallard
Legendary Laner
Posts: 2002
Joined: 09 Apr 2009, 21:56
Location: Grantham, Lincolnshire
Contact:

Re: Who knows a bit about what ?

Post by Mallard »

I spent the first twenty years of my working life as a car machanic, but like roddelmae I'm no good if they come with chips! +elf+
Pretty good at splitting pallets into useable timber, and a mine of useless information! sile}
I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.
- Pablo Picasso
User avatar
wendy
Moderator
Posts: 29792
Joined: 30 Apr 2007, 14:13
Location: Hertfordshire
Contact:

Re: Who knows a bit about what ?

Post by wendy »

Dogs........I have three experts laying at my feet. But in the event I cannot wake them. I'll see what I can do.
Wendy
http://www.busheyk9.co.uk

If you can't be a good example........
you will just have to be a horrible warning
User avatar
foghornleghorn2
Legendary Laner
Posts: 3228
Joined: 24 Jul 2009, 15:15
Location: Way out there on the edge

Re: Who knows a bit about what ?

Post by foghornleghorn2 »

A bit of most things really, carpentry first and second fix, electrics up to a point that new regs will let me, plumbing but not central heating, interior tiling, decorating, mainly painting.

Most of my work is general maintenance for letting agents and maintenance of communal areas for block management companies.

What I can't do I pass onto a subbie, I still control the work and ensure the quality is consistent, I have plasterers, sparks, plumber (Gas Safe) cleaners, roofers, locksmiths, garage door installers, chippy's, painters, carpet fitters that I can call on for bigger jobs/jobs beyond my skill set.
[center]Vir prudens non contra ventum mingit[/center]

Calm down dear ! It's only a forum
farmergiles
Learner Laner
Posts: 36
Joined: 09 Nov 2010, 00:32
Gender: Male
Location: Tyrone N.Ireland

Re: Who knows a bit about what ?

Post by farmergiles »

Car machanic and body repairer thirty years but again been out for few years and behind with the high tec. stuff. Horses forty years and still learning.Building farm sheds,all that is required strong back and a weak mind!
User avatar
lizziedoggarden
Legendary Laner
Posts: 9078
Joined: 10 Apr 2010, 09:19
Gender: Female
Location: suffolk

Re: Who knows a bit about what ?

Post by lizziedoggarden »

My thing is healthy eating and fitness..not much use in frugal terms but still something! )t'
Don't dream it, BE it....


Am looking forward to welcoming Sunny Clucker to Woodbridge Suffolk!!!!!
User avatar
roddelmae
Longlasting Laner
Posts: 953
Joined: 20 Oct 2009, 18:48
Gender: Male
Location: Scunthorpe

Re: Who knows a bit about what ?

Post by roddelmae »

On the subject of car mechanics (sorry if )ot: ) has anyone made the same mistake that I made once. I was drawing a half-shaft from an old-fashioned live axle, and found the garage wall in the way! yike*
What's right with this country is the freedom to discuss what's wrong with it.
Start your Amazon shopping here
Post Reply