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  1. Red675

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    So I’ve recently bought a grade 2 listed cottage and I want to spruce the beams up a bit as they’re looking a bit dry (for want of a better word).
    Has anyone any experience in this, I’m mainly wondering what varnish to apply to keep it looking natural oak and not making it look like a Swedish sauna.
     
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  2. Red675

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    Here are some pics...

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  3. VW911

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    I wouldn't use varnish.
    Oil would be much better - boiled linseed, teak oil or even danish oil...

    ...I'd treat for woodworm first!
     
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  4. StMarks

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    Firstly congratulations on the new pad mate, hope your little hound has settled in well too.?
    I'm no expert, but fwiw I was going to make exactly the same observations that VW911 has (he's obviously a faster typist than me, as I've had to remove my virtually verbatim repetition & amend it to this :oopsoops: )
     
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  5. StMarks

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    :idea: You may want to get that chimney swept too.?
     
  6. Red675

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    Can I do that effectively myself or do I need a professional in?
     
  7. Red675

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    Due in January according to the previous owner but its on my “list”. :thumbup:
     
  8. farmer1

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    Tin of 5 star from local builders merchants will sort out those little critters, apply liberally with a brush.
    Congratulations on the move mate.
    Enough left in the coffers for a v2? lol.
     
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  9. Frequent Flyer

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    As no one else has said it/been childish yet, may I say “I was expecting this topic to be about something else...”

    On a serious note - a) congrats on the new cottage, it looks amazing (your employers are paying you waaaaaay too much) b) if it’s listed and there are things like woodworm and appearance to consider, I’d probably say get the professionals in the first time, ask them a million questions/watch them do the job and the do it myself the next time round?

    Enjoy the new home!
     
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  10. VW911

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    Easy enough to treat the woodworms - just a bit time consuming.
    You need to squirt the treatment into as many of the holes as possible - the holes are where the little buggers exit the wood after eating, sleeping, shagging etc.
    Probably best to treat the holes, then spray the whole lot with treatment, leave to dry, then oil.

    Nice looking place you've got there...
     
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  11. VW911

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    Sorry for pissing on your bonfire!
    I am in no way a quick typer (typist?) - Just happened to be here. I only ever seem to come here when I want something!
    Seems very quiet around here these days....
     
  12. StMarks

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    Never felt like that about it mate, just I was typing away when the notification popped up advising me there was a post since I opened the thread & did I want to read it first.
    Just pleased I opted to do so, or it may've looked like I was taking the piss :lol:

    Yes. Everything changes though, doesn't it. ;))
     
  13. Red675

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    Was saying to steff last night you can’t get a v low mileage 1299s for that sort of ££ now (or a standard v4). I’ll be looking in the new year :)
     
  14. KetteringChap

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    Any half decent survey of a property should include reference to any existing woodworm and if it has been treated (certificate etc). If you don’t have this, then, may I suggest:
    If this is your forever house - treat it yourself
    If you will sell in less than a decade, get a professional to treat, with warranty etc, and keep the receipt on file.
     
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  15. Congratulations si-
    Looks ace
     
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  16. Captain Steffydog

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    Man, you told me it’s be a Swedish Sauna soon enough :( bugger hehe

    Be round soon matey :)
     
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  17. martin675

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    I wood treat it like this, at the moment you are barking up the wrong tree, and you are looking like a plank, first make a log of what you do!
     
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  18. Red675

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    When the chips are down yew can always rely on me pal.
     
  19. StMarks

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    If you get this sorted, I guess that'll mean you'll be beaming happily.? :pp
     
  20. VW911

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    Oakay, Now that's enough...
     

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