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Serigala
03-07-2012, 01:25 PM
Does anybody know of handy electricians to do small time jobs in the house from time to time?
Thanks All.

kwchang
03-07-2012, 02:06 PM
... do small time jobs in the house from time to time... hahaha, that will be me.... not that I am volunteering for the job, but just to say that we all should be handimen at home... not that difficult -just know when to avoid getting yourself killed since electricity is dangerous if you do not know the dangers :D

bslee
03-07-2012, 02:53 PM
but just to say that we all should be handimen at home... not that difficult -just know when to avoid getting yourself killed since electricity is dangerous if you do not know the dangers :D

Really? I've come across people who think its always the best solution to hire someone to do these jobs however menial it may be. Of course if dealing with replacing switches, install new fan, lamps, new wiring, new electrical points...a competent electrician will be the answer. I do nearly everything for my home, save for plaster ceiling (even then I installed all the cornices and lighting wiring before the ceiling went up) and iron grills. Very recently, DIY replaced the water tank float valve and check for any potential leakage. Annual washing of water tank is about due.
Hired labor or expertise is quite expensive nowadays.. Gahmen's hi-income encouragement?

zinglicious
03-07-2012, 03:02 PM
I try to be a handyman as I wanted to do the floor tiiling and renovation for one of the pigeon hole home but wifey said " stick to your woks, pots and pans ". :(

LMei
03-07-2012, 03:06 PM
Well there are certain stuff where you surrender after trying to DIY and it still doesn't work. Or we may have to hire bslee instead.

bslee
03-07-2012, 03:11 PM
I try to be a handyman as I wanted to do the floor tiiling and renovation for one of the pigeon hole home but wifey said " stick to your woks, pots and pans ". :(

Actually I have plan to do some floor tiling. 2 areas, the waste disposal area at the gate and the back alley (outside my back gate) so it'll look very nice, could even turn as very nice backyard" area. Put a couple of outdoor chairs and have some coffee...err teh tarik during some evenings. Yes, WHY NOT BEAUTIFY you back area? I don't think MPSJ is about to penalize you for beautifying the back area, not that you're putting up some serious obstruction or illegal construction.
Wait till I find some lot of good tiles at some "warehouse/cheap sale" Not that difficult.
Anything "man" can do..YOU can also do. Ultimately you MUST have the right tools for the job.
Errr.. am very very sorry... Bslee not for hire..prefer tokking kok here. :heheheh:

zinglicious
03-07-2012, 03:15 PM
Boleh ajar tak? I wanna to prove to my wifey if any man can do it, Mean Olde Chef can do it too! I can belanja Teh Tarik or my special coffee Pop and I throw in some USA Sushi roll or Bananarama as well! :confused:

bslee
03-07-2012, 03:19 PM
boleh ajar tak? I wanna to prove to my wifey if any man can do it, mean olde chef can do it too! I can belanja teh tarik or my special coffee pop and i throw in some usa sushi roll or bananarama as well! :confused:

youtube, youtube!... How to lay tiles (http://youtu.be/SUxLs0ketaM)... ;-)

currymee
03-07-2012, 03:32 PM
Hiyah .... BSLee ... if you offer your DIY kungfu skills/services ... there will be many takers, myself included !! :D

bslee
03-07-2012, 03:34 PM
Hiyah .... BSLee ... if you offer your DIY kungfu skills/services ... there will be many takers, myself included !! :D
Cannot!..why? because I'm a perfectionist... perfectionists rarely offer their services.. :heheheh:
Example: I paint my walls sloooooooowly and very carrrrrrrefully with a 4" BRUSH...your highly paid kontraktor use some cheap roller and finish the job by sundown...
Surely you people may have seen my past "furniture restoration works" thread long ago and the results I personally achieved... all SLOooooooooooowly done with TLC!

zinglicious
03-07-2012, 03:38 PM
youtube, youtube!... How to lay tiles (http://youtu.be/SUxLs0ketaM)... ;-)

In youtube.com, Kenot Percaya. :rolleyes:

Try doing the fried rice recipe like what they are showing - it doesnt come with the right taste or texture. :rolleyes:

In fact, once I tried to be handy and try youtube to mend my leaking fish tank - it still leaked despite doing it twice on two separate viewings! :(

bslee
03-07-2012, 03:42 PM
Harlow friend... laying tiles and cooking fried lice is 2 DIFFERENT sciences and NOT THE right analogy for comparison! The technique and tile laying fundamentals is entirely the same anywhere. The use of the right tools and materials is fundamental.
As for leaky fish tank, you do NOT attempt FIRST AID repairs by patching here n there!..This kind of repair is temporary and UNguaranteed! you have to dismantle everything and adhere them together with a high quality silicone adhesive from scratch!
BTW, your friendly hardware shop certainly have stock of proper tile adhesive cement (blended solely for laying tiles). This is NOT the same as PORTLAND cement which is used for general construction. Lots of CONtraktors use ordinary cement because its cheapest. Go consult your friendly hardware dealer.

kwchang
03-07-2012, 03:46 PM
my apologies to serigala ... one side comment on my part and we get these 2 flers yakking non-stop on this thread.

Please keep to the plight of serigala and get him/her some contacts la

bslee
03-07-2012, 03:51 PM
Yakking ah? ITS WHEN THIS thread gets interesting with yakking that'll more people come in and look, perhaps some kind soul will kindly suggest a contact!

currymee
03-07-2012, 03:54 PM
Cannot!..why? because I'm a perfectionist... perfectionists rarely offer their services.. :heheheh:
...

Surely you people may have seen my past "furniture restoration works" thread long ago and the results I personally achieved... all SLOooooooooooowly done with TLC!

I KNOW !!! That is WHY I "TRUST" your QC workmanship mah .... :) :)

Instead of hiring any unknown koboi, I rather give it to you to do (if you want lah, of course :D !!) ... just like I know that the SS19/6 Beauty House uncle who restore furniture, I have seen how he work, he really loves what he is doing etc .... how much he charges I don't query coz I know he is putting his best effort and heart and soul into it !!

bslee
03-07-2012, 04:01 PM
I KNOW !!! That is WHY I "TRUST" your QC workmanship mah .... :) :)

Haha!..THANK YOU! you should see my 35 year old Linn Sondek LP12 turntable Afromosia wood plinth after restoration. The very best right down to the last detail!
Ok...sorry everyone, no more side tracking...errrr...yakking! :p

zinglicious
03-07-2012, 04:05 PM
Harlow friend... laying tiles and cooking fried lice is 2 DIFFERENT sciences and NOT THE right analogy for comparison! The technique and tile laying fundamentals is entirely the same anywhere. The use of the right tools and materials is fundamental.
As for leaky fish tank, you do NOT attempt FIRST AID repairs by patching here n there!..This kind of repair is temporary and UNguaranteed! you have to dismantle everything and adhere them together with a high quality silicone adhesive from scratch!
BTW, your friendly hardware shop certainly have stock of proper tile adhesive cement (blended solely for laying tiles). This is NOT the same as PORTLAND cement which is used for general construction. Lots of CONtraktors use ordinary cement because its cheapest. Go consult your friendly hardware dealer.

Because of my bad record from the fish tank, I was blacklisted by wifey based on my signatures. Mana ada Trust, Skills, Knowledge to let you do the Italian tiling job when you just have Attitude? :(

Anyway, what are the tools and Knowledge needed which I should know about the Italian Tilling Job? I wanna to be man enough to do it instead of just duit it? :confused:

zinglicious
03-07-2012, 04:09 PM
Harlow friend... laying tiles and cooking fried lice is 2 DIFFERENT sciences and NOT THE right analogy for comparison! The technique and tile laying fundamentals is entirely the same anywhere. The use of the right tools and materials is fundamental.
As for leaky fish tank, you do NOT attempt FIRST AID repairs by patching here n there!..This kind of repair is temporary and UNguaranteed! you have to dismantle everything and adhere them together with a high quality silicone adhesive from scratch!
BTW, your friendly hardware shop certainly have stock of proper tile adhesive cement (blended solely for laying tiles). This is NOT the same as PORTLAND cement which is used for general construction. Lots of CONtraktors use ordinary cement because its cheapest. Go consult your friendly hardware dealer.

Because of my record from the fish tank, I was blacklisted by wifey. And she is judging my competency by my signatures where Trust, Skills and Knowledge is being questioned despite my mean Attitude. :(

However, I wanna to prove to her I am Man enough to do the job. What are the 101 things I should know about the Italian Tilling Job in addition to youtube tips bytes and bits? :confused:

bslee
03-07-2012, 04:13 PM
Electric tile cutter to cut difficult profiles (bosch, makita..those), Manual tile cutter for straight cuts, Tile spatula, tile adhesive, tile spacers. Spirit level, plumb line and string, large container to soak the tiles in batches before laying. All these barang can be purchased at a well stocked hardware shop. The rest is acquired skill in laying and surface preparation. You can research all these fundamentals and techniques. Since you've never done, practice on some small area.
The power tool is a dangerous machine to some extent. Practice with it before doing any laying.
OK..good luck!
HAHAAHA! WE ARE LIKE THE DEWAN RAKYAT AT PARLIAMENT!.. LAIN DIBINCANG! LAIN DI TANYA JAWAB!.. hahahahaha!

currymee
03-07-2012, 04:30 PM
I know this may sound a bit crazy but one of the things that put me off from DIY is the LACK OF PROPER TOOLS for once-in-a-blue moon one-off job ... are we crazy enough here in the forum TO POOL OUR TOOLS RESOURCES TOGETHER ? Just thinking aloud ... :confused:

bslee
03-07-2012, 04:37 PM
Very sorry I'm not for it because of fear of some "lending" culture and any misunderstanding that may result. A lot of my powertools remain "one owner one user". I'm always afraid of misuse, abuse and inexperienced use of such tools which may result in damage or costly repair. Like the Makita saw, luv that machine to bits BUT, if some critical part gets busted, I'd probably have to stand on my head and look 2000miles away to find the exact replacement part, simply because this brand isn't represented in full here in this land.
I can't be lending out my pillar drill press, air compressor or Mitre saw for fear of tendancy to get spoilt for various reasons. Even screwdrivers can be easily blunted or damaged by people thinking a simple screwdriver is appicable for any damn screw in sight. I buy and store precise screwdrivers designed for a particular screw fastener. I don't think many know what a Pozidrive (http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070912072011AAzSrFg)screw is, and for info its NOT exactly the same as Philips head screw. Yes, I use a pozidrive screwdriver for pozidrive fastener.
I went through the whole rigmarole of learning and acquiring proper tools for every job when I used to overhaul and tune car engines in my younger days. This trade teaches you and make you practice the art of proper fastening. I loath seeing many of today's mechanics how they tighten a simple spark plug to its proper torque. MOST OF THEM SEEN BLOODY DON'T KNOW and obviously never learnt the trade to the highest ideals.

zinglicious
03-07-2012, 07:43 PM
Thanks bslee. Let's see whether I can get the permit to do the tilling from YB wifey.

bslee
03-07-2012, 08:03 PM
Laying looks easy, but the achievement is to have it precisely and perfectly spaced out and FLAAAAATTTTTTT. Thats why this expertise is a highly paid job. As with anything else, practice makes perfect. Buy about 15% extra, maybe more due to unusual area and higher wastage.

Serigala
04-07-2012, 03:46 PM
Hahaha... none replied to my query but digressed.
Good to know Chang & Bslee have DIY talents. Though they refuse to be hired, nevertheless i am sure they will not be stingy with their advise.
Okay... case closed... you guys hired... (for advise la!) :)

bslee
04-07-2012, 03:59 PM
You could try enquiring around at some electrical shops for minor services rendered. Am confident there could be some who would gladly do for a negotiatied lump sum. Just try asking loh and tell them whats involved...no harm asking around. No venture, no gain. Good luck!
My past achievements was entirely out for personal need, satisfaction, pride and never least, bang for the buck. Fully captalize on my God sent personal skill and advanced trade knowledge.
2 years ago, I was given a run of the mill 4" white marble top round dinner table (a medium local hardwood, NOT rubberwood) that was an aweful maroon color that looked terrible due to disuse and put aside for years. I retrieved this FOC, spent 1 week stripping all the old varnish, re-stain to a new color, spray paint very high quality matt polyurethane lacquer. Now the table is the pride of my dining area, 2 years passed, I CANNOT FIND ANYTHING LIKE THIS IN THE SHOPS or anywhere, and surely if got, never for a cheap price. One junkyard had something similar, asked for RM800...and THATS WITHOUT THE MARBLE TOP. Possibly 30 years more and it could be a highly sought antique.. just like people wanting to find and acquire those old kopitiam tables with Italian Carrara marble top. Thats the satisfaction and benefit of DIY, IF possible.

zinglicious
04-07-2012, 05:48 PM
Hahaha... none replied to my query but digressed.
Good to know Chang & Bslee have DIY talents. Though they refuse to be hired, nevertheless i am sure they will not be stingy with their advise.
Okay... case closed... you guys hired... (for advise la!) :)

Whatever I asked in the forum, I got Private Messages in my box. Maybe you could check your mailbox.

But whatever it is, you get more than you bargained for...though it was hijacked or diverted from your original content of just asking the name of the handyman. But for minor job such as changing bulbs or locks, youtube is a blessing. So how many handyman does it takes to change a bulb? Just one - YOU! :heheheh:

So, how many of us got bananasplit for hijacking the thread for a good cause? - None, thank goodness!:heheheh:

bslee
04-07-2012, 06:05 PM
Colonel Manfred von Holstein
from Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes

COLONEL MANFRED VON HOLSTEIN
Step one: sit down.
COLONEL MANFRED VON HOLSTEIN
There is nothing a German officer cannot do.
CAPTAIN RUMPELSTOSS
But... how will I learn to fly, Herr Colonel?
COLONEL MANFRED VON HOLSTEIN
The way we do everything in the German army: from the book of instructions.