There's a reclaimation yard in Trumpeter's Way, which is just off the Boston
Manor Road (I think it's that one, anyway) in Ealing.
They have a fair range of stock in, which is important because you'll want
to match the colour and size fairly closely. Price - variable. Quality -
rough and smooth, kind of bought as seen, buyer beware, all of that stuff.
Don't expect a pristine B&Q-type orderly place though...!
I'm assuiming it's yer standard Victorian-terrace-converted-to-a-flat? If
so, then brand new boards are likely to stick out like a sore thumb.
Oh, and if you're upstairs, just check that your lease doesn't specifically
demand that you maintain carpeted flooring. It'd be a shame to do all that
work and be forced to cover it by the freeholder.
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Thanks - it is leasehold but there are no clauses specifying carpet.
Might pop over to Ealing this afternoon and see what is going, although I am
in Colliers Wood so might firstly try out a couple of local ones that are in
the Yellow Pages.
Get yourself some barge-board. Take along a section of the stuff you
want to match. Bargeboard comes in metric english so the section you
want will bee slightly too small. Uses strips of hardboard cut by the
same firm to pack it up.
There isn't much you can do about the width. You must either buy it
the next inch wider and have then cut it down (easiest option if you
only need a few boards) or you can glue some slips on the edges if
there is a great deal to do. Again the timber yard will be happy to do
all that for you and deliver. Or you can do it yourself with a 30 quid
circular saw and a pair of G clamps to use one board against the other
for a straight edge.
You should do it in half a day and be enjoying the job once you get
into it. No kidding.
Barge board is white pine, (wide boards may have "cupped" -put the
high centres uppermost, then nail down) the boards you have will be
reds. The reds absorb oils and stains much better but the finish if
you sand and restain the whole lot will look excellent. You might want
to consider distressing the new boards with a slam or two from a dog
lead and some scraping furniture (rub the edges round and dent a few
to suit.) But that is guilding the lilly a bit. Guild the guilding
with black biro around the new nail holes if you really want to get
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