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    Labouring 101.....

    Yeah, I didn't know til recently about Cornish miners going round the world doing it, as their know-how was famed and in demand.
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    Labouring 101.....

    Cheers.
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    Labouring 101.....

    I know what you mean. years ago, I read a brilliant essay by George Orwell called 'Down the Mine'. In it, he spoke of his awe of coal miners, and how they had to work: shovelling up tons of coal....much of the time literally on their knees shovelling it, as the roof of the pit was only about 4...
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    Labouring 101.....

    Yeah, it's all coming home to roost: the eye-watering cost of lockdowns, furloughing most of the country, Ukraine war and free credit for all those years. I don't think we ever felt the full fallout of the 2008 crash (or maybe I just didn't see it down sarf). Deffo not the time to be an old...
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    Labouring 101.....

    Too old, mate! Mid-50s. It's so (un)funny: all these right-on, touchy-feely regulations, law and directives only mean employers won't flat-out tell me I'm too old. The ageism is real, it's just that they daren't put it into words.
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    Labouring 101.....

    Sounds about right, John: if it wasn't hard, the boke on the tools would do it for himself - and save paying the labourer. I'm just sick of applying for countless jobs on 'Indeed' etc and hearing sod-all back. It really wears you down. Thanks for the reply though bud.
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    Labouring 101.....

    I'm a DIYer who has turned his hand to most things. I'm currently out of work and getting no joy in the job market. Anyway, I saw the labouring thread and want to ask everyone: what is expected of a labourer? What I can think of: Keeping the spread(s) 'fed' with whatever he's working with...
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    @TRADING SERVICES

    Agree 100%. And that's a really nice way of looking at it: "I don't care if you're a labourer on £100 a day, whereas I'm a spread who gets over double, we're both equal". Yeah, I really like that philosophy. We in the working class used to stick together a lot more back in the day, that's for...
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    Render over a painted garden wall?

    This option is looking better and better!
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    Render over a painted garden wall?

    Christ, this is a can of worms. I just read that there's a right and wrong way to put on EML.
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    @TRADING SERVICES

    I suppose you have to be specific about whatever the trade is: i.e. what exactly you both expect each other to do. Just trading days can be messy....there's no incentive for anyone to put in their usual shift/effort. So, for instance, if the trade is "skim my 10 x 10 back bedroom, and I'll fit...
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    Render over a painted garden wall?

    Cheers MB....is galvanised EML the same gear/as good?
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    Render over a painted garden wall?

    I just found a product called 'Rendagrip' (by EverBuild). One of the reviews said it was useless and the render blew after a couple of months. So I'm thinking wire mesh all over, plugged and screwed. Time consuming, but at least the render will be on something that's proper stuck to the wall.
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    Render over a painted garden wall?

    cheers 000, that did cross my mind, as well as lurking on ebay for some bargain brick slips (which would be a different sort of nightmare!). Ideally, yes I would like a brick wall, as not only do they look the business, but they are zero maintenance. But I am where I am financially. I fully...
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    Render over a painted garden wall?

    No chance what? Do you mean the render won't stick because of the paint? I just want advice...I am taking this on myself because I have to. I barely have the money to cover rendering materials, let alone the thousands a new brick wall would cost (but thanks for the kind advice). If I had...
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    Render over a painted garden wall?

    Hello everyone. Just a DIY-er here. I've got a front garden wall made out of those horrible 1970s textured blocks - the ones with a deep riven face and smooth backs. We keep painting the wall every few years, but it always ends up peeling and doesn't look good even when freshly painted. I...
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