All posts tagged: diy

Bleeding a Radiator – the Greek God(zilla) way

Many of you will already be familiar with the Greek God(zilla)’s unique approach to fixing things around the house. His solution to repair almost every crack, tear or hole is to apply a strip of parcel tape over it.  View some examples here. Recently, he has been trying to improve upon his DIY skills as evidenced when he successfully took on the painting of two small bedrooms. But, a handyman he is not and there are some things that really should be left in the hands of professionals, or my Dad. Like, bleeding a broken radiator. It is so obvious now what is coming next so WHY OH WHY OH WHY OH WHY OH WHY did I not see it coming at the time?! It was a typical Friday night in many ways.  The Greek God(zilla) came home from work early, so we took our son to the village for a haircut.  A visit that was well overdue, but I had put off because a little trim sometimes has a tendency to turn into a big chop when I am not looking (possibly because I …

Prosecco Moment

The Greek God(zilla) was decorating last weekend.  If you have read The Greek God(zilla)’s Guide to DIY then you will already be familiar with his unique ‘skills’ and understand why I may have been feeling a tad nervous. However, as the painting of the walls in our spare bedroom would require the Caddyshack poster to come down, it all came down to a choice of two evils in the end. I will really miss that Caddyshack poster (I really won’t). The most time-consuming part of the decorating was choosing the colour palette.  The Greek God(zilla) prefers warm oranges and yellows, whereas I prefer cool blues and greys. He’d say red, I’d say French grey. I’d say white, he’d say magnolia.  MAGNOLIA! Negotiations took a couple of days but we finally settled on Dutch White, or as I like to (quietly) call it, ice-cold blue. I was surprised pleased to see how much effort he put in to properly prepare the room.  Furniture was moved, walls were washed, and dust sheets were applied. Then the parcel tape came out and I froze. The Greek God(zilla) can do weird …

The Greek God(zilla)’s Guide to DIY

I grew up in a house where if a curtain rail fell down, my Dad would simply pull out his tool box, climb up his trusty old step-ladder and re-fix the rail to the wall. If a lightbulb needed changing, the step-ladder would come out again and within a few minutes, light would be restored! Pictures were hung perfectly in line on walls, washing machines were expertly plumbed, carpets were neatly fitted – all by his own fair hands. If I got a flat tyre, my Dad would be there in a jiffy with a jack and a spare. He has decorated many rooms, in many of the houses I have lived. He even plastered our bathroom wall. More so, he made it all look SO easy. The Greek God(zilla) has his own way of doing things, which he makes look pretty easy too. Unsightly telephone wires that keep coming away from the walls? No problem! Simply tuck them away inside a door frame and secure with parcel tape. Lost the instructions on how to correctly …