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Fibro house renovation advice wanted

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by MissP, 24th Aug, 2016.

  1. MissP

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    Hello,

    I would like some renovation tips and advice. We have an old fibro house that we would like to knock down and build in the near future.

    But for now would like to do it up cheaply to rent out and save money for the build.

    Any suggestions on what I can do the ceiling and walls?

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    Dont look up :p

    To make them less crap give them a quick scrape and probably spray them. It will Use less paint but will make it look better for the short term
     
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    As it is an old building the paint may contain lead. Wear a face mask when preparing the surface. Paint it white.
     
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    Is the ceiling fibro?

    If so, you have to be careful in how it is prepared for painting as the fibro is likely to contain asbestos. Sanding and scraping could release the asbestos fibres.

    If the ceiling isn't fibro, then just sand and paint.
     
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    Screw a layer of 10mm plasterboard over it. Set the joints and paint - good as new minus any character.
     
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    Harder to do plastering/painting diy though compared to just painting alone.

    And if it is asbestos, not happy screwing into it (I.e. through the plaster and asbestos) into the ceiling supports.
     
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    The house is very old.. built in 1950's
    I think anything built pre 1980 is asbestos - am I right?

    I agree plastering diy is much harder then just painting but will give a better finish.
    But not sure if its asbestos.
     
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    Not everything pre 50s is asbestos ( though if it is fibro, it likely does contain asbestos).

    However, there are a lot of other building materials it could be (e.g. pine lining boards etc.).
     
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    When drilling up you can put an aerosol can lid on the drill to catch the falling dust.

    Disclaimer: seek professional advice from you tube prior to attempting :D
     
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    If it is fibro containing asbestos - and it's just temporary - you could wash the paint with sugar soap and water using a soft sponge.

    Then when dry, glue up cheap hessian fabric. Paint the fabric white, once the glue is dry.

    Or wallpaper the ceiling, and paint it - if you can find some old cheap rolls of wallpaper. Or just stick up brown craft paper and paint that.
    Use fast setting construction adhesive.

    Or just wash the ceiling gently with sugar soap and a soft sponge to take off the worst of the flakes, then paint. With a flat white paint, tenants may never notice the unevenness!
     
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    Seek advice from someone who knows what they are talking about before doing anything with asbestos!

    Despite the many good sources of information available, there are still a lot of idiots around who ignore it.

    Those of us who know our way around asbestos have to be careful with our jokes in case someone thinks that just be using a spray can lid on a drill is actually the correct approach!
     
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    Funny that i got that tip from an asbestos expert. Many ways to manage risk
     
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    Using a paper cup or similar full of shaving cream or gel is one way, but using a lid with nothing to dampen the fibres is asking for trouble. And there are all sorts of other considerations like PPE etc.

    The asbestos fibres can be so tiny that they are invisible, once released from the cement bond by the action of a power tool.
     
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    It's been a while between drinks for the old asbestos thread. Let's hope this one blows up to the usual circus.
    Fwiw i'll only use certified organic asbestos locally harvested from wwoofers
     
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    There is no asbestos in timber and wood.
     
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