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I guess this isn't the usual review you can expect from me, but for reasons which I shall later divulge, I have widened my repertoire. Also, I am no DIY genius, so I won't be able to give you any fantastic tips, I shall however write a review for someone like me. Someone who has no idea what they are doing, and muddles along as best as they can.
I run my own business, and a little while ago I was awarded £1000 to spend on the business. Primarily, I wanted to buy, and furnish a large garden shed, to use as a workshop cum office. I live with my mum, and she is terribly excited to regain control of her living room, dining room and kitchen floor.
I bought the shed, and had it erected on concrete in our garden. However, the concrete was badly laid, years ago, and so was a slighly uneven surface. As a result, there were detectable gaps between the shed panels and base most of the way around. Also while building it I developed a compulsion to push out the knots. Thus resulting in many spider and rain sized gaps.
I bought my No more big gaps in B&Q, and paid around £6 for a 250ml canister. I haven't seen it much cheaper, but I have seen cheaper own brands in other shops. I was however too scared at the time to deviate from a known brand.
It comes with a large plastic tube nozzle, and a full set of instructions. Basically, the advised technique is to lightly spritz the area to be filled with water from a spray bottle. You then squirt the foam into the base of the gap, working upwards. You also are told to only fill half of the gap, to allow for foam expansion.
The instructions are really easy to use, and I had no problems following them whatsoever. I liked that it told you how to correctly store the can if you didn't need to use it all.
In my view, this is really easy to use, I don't really think anyone could go wrong with it. Follow the instructions, and bobs your uncle! My only negative apect, would be that I found it to be quite messy. The foam tends to drip from the nozzle, so I ended up with little foamy worms all over the floor of my shed as I moved from are to area! But I suppose most people will only be filling one gap, so won't have this problem!
Ultimately I would recommend this product, even if you have never done anything like this before. If I can do it, you definately can!
Brilliant the survey has come back and besides the fact there is no kitchen and large punch holes in the house internal walls and a bit of broken glass and pictures of mens emm parts on the walls and the house stinking of cat pee, even the flooring, and that the front door window is the wrong way around and the fencing has been nicked, oh and they tried to nick the iron gates, and the vents broken and the slates off the room and pulled down the alarm and the wiring ripped out of some of the walls and the bell knocked off and the outside lights either smashed or damaged or pulled out, oh not to forget the stones that were in the front garden, until some father told them to go and nick them as well, yes I do mean the little pebble stones, the back door kicked in with a nice hole, must be air conditioning lol, everything is not so bad with our new house! So we got the house sorted up to a livable standard and now all it needs is new bathroom suite, only because I hate the awful pink it is and a new kitchen and windows, all the other repairs were done for a mere £1,000 before we moved in. However, Autumn and then Winter approached and we could not figure out why is was like Iceland downstairs and Barbados upstairs. So careful inspection of anywhere and everywhere where air could come into the house was inspected. Shame the surveyor could not add this to his long list of must do's. We found that there were gaps between the windows and also the doors and the front door is so great, the postman loves our house as he can stay there for hours reposting the same letter. How? There is a large gap where the badly laid flooring meets the door and there is no brush stopping the cold getting in. So Mr Postman comes along, posts the letter, it falls to the floor and most of the time slides back under the door and out to him, lol. So we now had to find something that will temporarily seal the gaps small and large and get a new brush for the do
or which we have done. We went to B & Q, my favourite store and was looking for something that would do the trick. Now I am good at DIY where as Mr Bubbles would come back with anything, I looked and saw some of the products and they were around £6-£10 range and thought this was a bit pricey. Money was getting tighter as costs of this house including the deposit was seriously eating into our rainy day savings. Then I found Unibond Interior Frame Sealant and it cost us just under £4. Now this is a new product and could have been on special offer as I would have expected to pay a bit more as I am sure they also make no more nails, which the bloke was trying to sell me but I told him no. It is in a 470g silver aerosol container and it has a green band around it, telling you what the product is. On the front there is a picture of a window, very nice. The back of the label gives you some instructions and directions and warnings together with the customer service details. The top is a transparent oblong shaped in green and is slanted, rather like a glue top. To use this product first of all, you have to make sure whatever you are sealing is nice and dry, so a sopping window frame would not do. Now when you take the top off there is a nozzle in plastic and you cut this at an angle to give you a flute as the sealant will flow out of this and you need to run it smooth along the gap. Now to apply the sealant you place it against your window and either press the nozzle and move along and then the sealant will flow or move. What happens is out comes a long line of sealant and you can smooth it down with tools that you have but personally, I wet my finger and run it along the edge and you just get as good a result. Now if you have any excess, it is important to get rid of this before the product dries as it is a little tinker to get off once it is hard. When it first squirts out if you feel it, it feels like Blu-Tak, and this one i
s white and it feels cold. I would recommend that you have your room well ventilated as it does stink if you are especially doing a large area. The product is ready to paint within an hour even though it might not be dry and solid from anything up to 2 days. It also comes with a 5 year guarantee, which is rather good, but considering I will not have the windows by then, I cannot tell you about the long term. You can use this on wooden frames, which is what I have got, yes wooden double glazing frames on a house that is only 6 years old and most of us in our close have either replaced them or are in the process of saving up for them to be replaced. You can use this on coving and dado rails as well as skirting boards. Now when we eventually found where the boiler was, it was in a cupboard, and illegally no air vents around it, eeeeeek, we decided that the cupboard would have to come off the wall, but surprise surprise, I touched it and the whole flipping thing fell off into mine and Mr Bubbles hands but it left a gaping hole in the wall. As we had just ran out of plastering stuff, we wondered if this would work and we did the same as we did with the window frames and let it dry and then sanded it down, it worked a treat. It is waterproof but is not to be used in areas like the bath or shower or kitchen sink areas that will make it corrode. It is also advisable for interior use only. They do this in a variety of colours that will match most windows and it has worked a treat. Good value and a good product. When putting it away make sure that your nozzle is clean otherwise when you come to use it, it is a devil to clean. The benefits of this is that it is quick and easy to use and clean and there is no need to get a sealant gun which you can pay another £5 for. You can buy it from supermarket stores but mainly from DIY stores for around £4. WWW.diystickit.co.uk or 01606593933 if you want
any more information on this product. Right now that is sorted, onto decorating and windows and kitchen and bathroom, lol. Brilliant product, we could not understand why the hall was blowing a 10 force gale wind at night time and it was even colder in the hall at night than in the North Pole, ok, a bit exagerated but boy we were shivering as the cold blus of wind came upstairs. We have done a fix of fitting a wooden batton at the bottom of the front door and pinned it on and used the sealant/adhesive to make sure nothing gets through. Tonight my new carpet went down and my hall is gale free and nice and warm... Right next job! Karen
I bought this product as an alternative to polyfiller in order to fill a chasm that had opened up around a door frame. It's sold as an expanding foam filler to fill large gaps. It proved to be almost useless. Control is almost impossible, leaving some areas bulging over and some very under filled. You have to spray water on it to let it cure, which makes the job very messy. It takes 24Hrs to cure during which time it gives off a dreadful stink. When it has finally dried it's very hard to sand and the finish achieved is not as good as trusty old polyfiller. Tools have to be cleaned in nail varnish remover, pushing up the price of the job. Its pretty expensive too. Overall don't be fooled by the packaging and catchy name- stick to pollyfiller etc.