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  1. 11 points
    You can clean the stains on your tile/grout using something called HCL89. I usually get it from http://hcl89.byethost10.com or http://hcl89.atwebpages.com What it does is that it removes any stains as well as well as cleans your tiles thoroughly One thing is the HCL89 does not react with any chrome or plated accessories so your accessories will remain safe as you clean the tiles Hope this helps you out
  2. 10 points
    There was some issue with tough stains on my tiles so decided to use the HCL89 from http://hcl89.byethost10.com and was able to remove the stain completely. Tried alot of stuff like vinegar and etc, but it seems only this HCL89 worked best for me to clean my tiles, good product
  3. 10 points
    I remember using the the HCL89 from http://hcl89.byethost10.com for my timber floor some time ago, it managed to polish my timber floorings like glass it was a rather good product. Good thing i like about it was it actually acted as a sealer and sealed the timber flooring for me which i find important because in a humid weather like ours its always better to seal any natural wood tiles to prevent moisture so that the wood tiles won't age so fast. My 2 cents
  4. 10 points
    You can also use something called HCL89 to restore your tiles back to its original self I usually get it from http://hcl89.byethost10.com or http://hcl89.atwebpages.com For me i find this the most effective in restoring your tiles back in situations like these My 2 cents
  5. 8 points
    Was having some issues about the homogeneous tiles in my bedroom as the grouts had become blackened and the tiles were becoming dull and I had used the HCL89 from http://hcl89.byethost10.com and it really helped to clean my tiles, recommended.
  6. 7 points
    Those i think are red granite it will give your house a mediterranean look and feel
  7. 7 points
    I don't think you can grind parquet from what i remember as parquet is basically wood, grinding it will cause alot scratches on the parquet
  8. 7 points
    Had some issue with some tough stains on my homogeneous tiles, so decided to use the HCL89 from http://hcl89.byethost10.com and was able to remove the stain. Tried alot of stuff like vinegar and etc, but it seems only this HCL89 worked best for me to clean my tiles, good product
  9. 6 points
    The thing about mold is it spreads to even the non mold part
  10. 5 points
    Alright folks.. Here are my pictures of my simple house. The theme is more like Nordic Minimalist. Feel free to correct me if u think it is another theme instead =) Kitchen: Before Kitchen: After Mini Laundry Area Bedroom: Before Bedroom: After Living Room: Before Living Room: After Work-Dining Area: Before Work-Dining Area: After Foyer: Before Foyer: After
  11. 5 points
    Homogeneous tiles are like that they look very nice but have to be maintained
  12. 5 points
    Actually no wax can be rather difficult to remove from tiles as it sticks to the tile's enamel
  13. 5 points
    Oh correct skirting usually should be around living room area, thanks for pointing that out
  14. 4 points
    @CaseBlue Here are the pictures of my completed bathroom. Hope it will help. Note: My bedroom-side toilet door (slide and swing) has customized dual locks. This way, I can lock from bedroom for privacy whenever i have overnight guests =)
  15. 4 points
    i know how you feel. i waited 5+ years for my BTO, countless times i just stood outside the gate and "sayang-ed" my main door from outside lol
  16. 3 points
    Just want to share my experience on finding a contractor to renovate my new 4RM bto located at Canberra Street. Myself I am not able to take bank loan as my credit report is not good. So I only about to ask my Friend to apply for me a 3rd party renovation loan from the bank. But sad to say the renovation quotation I received from some ID and contractor was around $24k to 26k. My loan from the bank only can approve at $16k. I have no choice to put the renovation on KIV. One day I was looking at internet and Facebook I saw a contractor posting saying that they are able to let client to pay partial amount of the renovation amount in monthly installment. I contacted him and have a met up with him. He quoted me for my renovation @ $23k and I am so lucky that he allow me to pay the balance 7k in monthly installment. The renovation work is still going on and now is awaiting for cabinet to be install. For those who have tight Budget or not enough money for renovation maybe you can pm for my contractor contact. Anyway the amount for installment is base on their comfortable amount. Thank you for reading my post and have a nice day.
  17. 3 points
    The thing is no matter what colour grout you use you will still need to spend time and effort to keep your grouts clean
  18. 3 points
    I really doubt its plaster because if its plaster it should be easy to remove, i think it should be something else in my opinion
  19. 3 points
    On Dec 2017, I've signed a contract with Invictus Interior Design with a Senior Designer called Lawrence Ng . For the start, he show me many proposal for my home, however, i do not really like it. Nevertheless, within a week, he comes back to me with many alternative proposal. He really matches with i'm looking for in design. Price is a matter though, but with the testimonial and services given and shown, I'm willing to give a try. He is very patience and understanding. With many year of his experience, he really gives me a peace of mind in the way he speaks and the way he handle things. He update us weekly of the project progression and finished work done with promptly photo images sent to our group chat, he also pre-inform us what's coming next for the following week as we have time to call in for the delivery services like hood/hob, ceiling fan and etc... My wife and i really feels very comfortable that we sign with him. In the end of the days, my house is handed over back to us within the expected timeline with Good Workmanship. We invited him for our house warming celebration with my family and relatives. We're happy and want to share this with my friends and family for the renovation done by him, and proud to tell my family that "This is Lawrence, He's my designer! Anything, you can just look for him for renovation." I've got what I'm looking for so many months. Project delivered in Good workmanship and timeline. I Highly recommend Lawrence Ng (91140775) from Invictus Interior Design. Price may not be cheap, but definitely reasonable, with the services and result given, it definitely worth it. Good Job Lawrence! All the Best to you. Thank you very much once again.
  20. 3 points
    Lawrence work coordination was superb fast!!! He know his stuff really well! I would say some of the items he quo was a bit pricey.. But overall it was a pretty fast and awesome experience working with him. Thank you Lawrence and invictus interior design company!
  21. 3 points
    Yes Restri, Agree!! Thank you lawrence too. i signed up with lawrence too from invictus interior design this year. Tumbs up!! He renovated my place too in April 2018. the way he handle his worker is really good. For project management side, no hassle. He will settle everything before you even start questioning him. Result of my house renovation overall i can give 5/5. Design: 5/5 Price: 4/5 Coordination: 5/5 Service: 5/5 Workmanship: 5/5 If you want to renovate your house, with Good Service and Workmanship, pls look for Lawrence. his contact number is 91140775. Cheers!
  22. 3 points
    Coloured grouts may be nice but when it comes to maintaining these grouts it becomes difficult
  23. 3 points
    Yes yes quite a lot.. don't faint at my feedback list lol.. Pardon me for unclear description of some items. During fabrication/measurement, I "sweet-talked" the carpenter to give me free shelves for DB box and he gave me "OK" sign immediately haha.. Actually, mirror door was added in at the last minute when renovation was about to end I reckon that if i were to ask for mirror door in the beginning, shelves would be automatically included. You and @mmoh are well-informed about JRL.. Of course, I was pleased to know there would be MRT station (Tengah Park) nearby but N.I.N.E years to be ready?? oh well..
  24. 3 points
    Actually it also depends on the different kinds of tiles as well like for example homogeneous tiles tend to get dirty more easily
  25. 3 points
    Finally my reno was completed and I would like to share with you guys what I have done to my place. Simple furnishing in dark earthly tone. 1. Living and bed room without furniture yet. 2. Furniture starts coming in.. 3. Re-tiled bathrooom (can't stand the original HDB white tiles...) 4. Kitchen with subway tiles
  26. 3 points
    Personally i would hack the parquet floor and then put the vinyl tiles. But one question why do you want to remove the parquet tiles?
  27. 3 points
    Correct, polishing should be fine but not grinding for ceramic as the ceramic tiles will be scratched
  28. 3 points
    Wallpaper up and ready to move in Living rm Bedroom
  29. 3 points
    TS if you wan you can try to use acrylic paint to paint your door, i will give a more better feel in my opinion
  30. 3 points
    Personally i would use a darker colour so that in the future when the grouts become dirty or stained it won't be too visible
  31. 3 points
    Marble flooring are like that if you spill anything on marble its better to clean it up fast
  32. 3 points
    Repair KDK SS30H fan The standing fan has not been working properly recently. Few months back, when i press the "Louvre" button, the fan will automatically switched off. I can live without that function, so i just let it be. Recently, when i adjust the speed or switch on the fan, the power cut off after 1 sec of operation. So it's officially dead and i tried my luck and did a google search to see whether there is any way to revive it before throwing it away. I realised that this is a cmmon issues faced by people that got KDK fans in recent years, and the main faulty component is a capacitor inside the circuit board. So i decided to DIY and repair the fan myself. Time to dismantle the fan, unscrew every possible screws attached! After remove the top cover, the circuit board is exposed. The culprit is the yellow capacitor. Bought the replacement capacitor online, you can also get it from Sim Lim Tower. Each capacitor cost around $3. Make sure the specification is correct! 1.0uF / 275 VAC. I bought some extra and if anyone wanted to buy from me just PM me. Use a test pen to pry the capacitorto remove it from the glue, and snip off the two metal legs. Placed the new capacitor carefully, ensuring the existing leg touches the new leg properly, before solder them together and snip off the excess protruding part. Before soldering After soldering Time to do testing by pressing the On/Off, Timer and Louvre button. Yay it works! Hope this post will be able to help anyone that encounters similar issue and would like to try repairing the fan yourself.
  33. 3 points
    I noticed this as well, it very hard to try to find other types of woods
  34. 3 points
    TS you have any pictures of how the holes look like?
  35. 3 points
    Blog Entry Date: 12th November 2017 Sunday Click Here to go back to Page 1 - Table of Contents End of 8th Week after Key Collection - Installed shelves for DB-Box, Solving Electrical Issues, and a Special Look at the Completed Works so far! Hello everyone, so this is the 2nd post where I’ll talk about events that happened on Saturday 11th November 2017. Before I do that, I wanna give a special shout-out to 2 lovely ladies who came over to take a look at my place and they told me they’ve been following this renotalk blog? OMG!! Apparently, they are also my downstairs neighbour!?!! I’m so sorry I didn’t manage to catch your forum nicks, also very paiseh my place looked so messy lol. Whoever you are, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ok moving along. Guess what? Apparently the DBBox Cabinet installation wasn’t quite finished yet, and the Carpenters came to install a couple of shelves for it. Carpenter working on adding Shelves to the DB-Box Cabinet DBBox Cabinet Shelves Completed Not bad, I can put my WIFI Network Router on it nicely I guess. I requested for no shelves at the bottom sliding door area though. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oh but Saturday’s Main Event has got to be the Electrical guys coming up to install the rest of my electrical works. Quite a fair bit of issues that cropped up I might add. Before I show all the issues that cropped up though, I'm happy to report that Ceiling Cove Light is no longer tripping Electrical MCB when I tested it. This bothered me quite abit, and I'm glad that at least this is resolved. Now on to the issues. First Issue: Almost immediately, we encountered an issue with the Dining Table Downlight. The downlight and LED Driver I bought apparently is too thick to be able to fit in nicely. Uh-Oh. After checking with Jason, he told me he would settle it later with either buying a more suitable downlight or check with his carpenters if they can modify it, need to see how. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Second Issue: While installing my Ariston Oven, apparently the Oven I got had a plug head thats using a Non-Singapore styled plug-head!?!?! At this point, I had to make a decision on the spot whether to cut the plug-head and connect it directly to the electrician’s electrical coupler. Cutting the plug-head would mean I might void my Ariston Oven Warranty though… Incompatible Oven Plug on the Left, Electrician’s Coupler on the Right. Aiyoh, after everything go so well with my Sanitary Fittings, SaniQUO sabo me at this last minute! At this point of the renovation, I was already very tired to chase anymore, and I just want everything to be completed. So I told them to proceed to cut the plug-head lah. If Oven do indeed break down, I’ll just act blur tell Ariston people I don’t know lor see how they react. Hope they still honor the warranty because they shouldn’t have given me an incompatible plug-head in the first place anyway?? Hope this oven can at least last a few more years before breaking down lor. Some of ya’ll reading may be thinking…Hmm…why not use those Adapter to fit the Non-Singapore Plug right? PLEASE DO NOT DO THAT!!! Oven is very High Amp Appliance at 15A and its better and safer to use Electrician’s Coupler which is rated at 20A. In fact the Electrician was surprised that my Oven came with a Plug-Head in the first place. Most Ovens according to him come with No Plug Head and is ready to connect to Electrician’s Coupler anyway? So Dear Readers, if you buy Ovens, do take note of this potential issue. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Third Issue: The LED Strips on the Washing Machine side of my Kitchen had some powerpoint issues that they needed to resolve with Jason, so they would not be installing it yet. This one sounds abit technical and complicated. I also dunno how to explain it properly, and I’ll just let Jason liase with them to handle this one. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Photo Collection of Electrical Works I got the Electricians to dismantle and redo new Electrical Switches, but it seems that the buttons still feel crooked especially the water heater button as you can see. I can see the Electrician has tried his best already. It looks like issue is due to the quality of the switches itself. I’ll be checking with Jason how we can resolve this. Electrical Switches at Kitchen So funny, these switches here are so nicely done compared to the other ones I pictured above. Working on Switches at Kitchen (At Opposite Side) Fujioh 2 Ring Induction Cooktop is ready to use! (Haven’t actually cooked anything yet though.) Ariston Oven seems operational, at least the lights can turn on LOL!! Ceiling Wiring doing Concealment to prep for my Ceiling Fan (Shifting the cables towards Centre of my L-Box Cove Ceiling) Adding a hole for installation of Ceiling Fan Regulator --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- With all of the issues and Work in Progress pictures out of the way, THE BELOW PICTURES were the end result of the Electrician’s work. Of course there ARE still issues to sort out, but I simply can’t help but have a big smile on my face when I saw these photos I took… My Bedroom Macdonalds has Samurai Burger, I have Samurai Bedroom!! LOL!! My Bathroom Got Hotel Standard or not? My Kitchen Actually only one side of the Kitchen for now, but yea I’m happy. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What do ya’ll think so far? Light really does enhance the look greatly don’t you think? The last few pictures I took really caught me off-guard. I myself can’t help but gawk and open my mouth big big at what was done. OMG I look forward to MOVING IN!!!!! With 8th week now behind me, I’m now looking forward to the 9th and Final Week! This is it, the final lap for my renovations!! Thanks for sticking around so far, and I’ll see you in the next blog entry!! Click Here for the Next Blog Entry: 9th Week after Key Collection - Ceiling Fan is Up Click Here to go back to Page 1 - Table of Contents
  36. 3 points
    This kind of issue with plastering is common and nothing to worry about
  37. 3 points
  38. 3 points
    Very long time never update the blog already. Sorry folks. Still waiting for my keys from HDB argghhh. Just wanna upload this simple but important milestone picture. The FIRST TIME i can literally stand right at my apartment's doorstep and touch my house gate!! AHHHHHHHHHH!?!?!?! where are my keys HDB??????
  39. 3 points
    nice, good space planning n color combi.. tv 65" kinda oversize, if can reduce 55'' i am also a future 2room owner, coming sept to choose unit at punggol... side track a little, i am also an ID for 4years, those 2rooms owners feel free to contact me for advices or reno, quote renotalk 2roomer, giving good rate for 2rooms owners like myself thanks everyone.. pm me
  40. 3 points
    Something like that acrylic paint also has a very glossy look to it too
  41. 3 points
    Maybe she meant she kindly reminded the contractor
  42. 3 points
    Hi veto, I will answer your second question first, I used only 1 ID to do all the work, except I sign up with Blum Kitchen myself so I just get the kitchen ready for Blum Installation and I called them to come, just took 1 day to install. I also signed up with Evorich to do my platform bed which I also get the room ready for installation and arranged them to come. Your first question is tough to answer, its hard to break down to how much each room cost. I planned my budget by having a list of items i need for the house In excel and I keep maintaining it as soon as i got a quote or made a purchase. I can clearly see how much total I am spending on the house. I will attach here for your reference, You can try create your list too so you can visualize. As you can see I spend over 50K including minor household items which I didn't put into the list. I will elaborate on the Total ID cost of 20,830.76 which I paid to the ID. This sum consist of : Painting 1200 False Ceiling 500 Living room Cabinet 2000 Besglas 1.6m Wardrobe 2000 Granite worktop for kitchen 1400 Overlay WC flooring 950 Masonary work in toilet 1200 Granite Worktop for WC 750 Sliding Shower Screen in WC 800 2 new Besglas toilet door 1160 I can estimate I spend about 6000 on the toilet and 7500 on kitchen. Hope I answer your question this way can give you a better idea to work out your budget. I only have one advice to you which is if possible, reduce the amount of carpentry work to minimum as they are expensive and hard to replace them few years down the road when they deteriorate. You will see a huge chunk off your ID cost if you don't do carpentry.
  43. 3 points
    Never knew this as i always thought only those unvarnished woods will shrink
  44. 2 points
    Agree Good work by Lawrence from Invictus!! cheers!!
  45. 2 points
    Hi my humble home is still in the midst of reno I have told my ID beforehand I have budget if being charge more I will have no money
  46. 2 points
    Blog Entry Date: 20th November 2018 Tuesday Click Here to go back to Page 1 - Table of Contents A little Curtain Experiment - Part 3 / 3 Hahahaha SURPRISE!!! Guess what everyone, I finally located the lost photos I took for Part 3 of the Ikea Curtain guide! Fancy finally located them on exactly the day I first moved in 1 year ago!! Talk about coincidence huh? I really don't know what to say....but hey at least its better to be late than never right? LOL!! So without further delay, I present to you the final part of the IKEA Curtain Experiment! Please forgive me if I missed out some details. Before even measuring the Curtain Rods, you will need to set up this L-Bracket which consists of 1 x BETYDLIG Box and 1 x BETYDLIG Non-Box Packet Here is how they look like when removed from their package. Left are the contents of the BETYDLIG BOX Right side are the contents of the BETYDLIG NON-BOX Packet Here is how 1 L-Bracket will look like when assembled. I used 4 assembled L-Brackets per Window, and because I have 2 windows, one in the Living Room and one in the Bedroom, a total of 8 Brackets were assembled: Below pictures were taken when the plumbers helped installed my Curtain Rods. They were especially careful when doing the measurements to ensure it was aligned nicely. Curtain Rod Assembly installed and aligned nicely at the Living Room Area: Curtain Rod Assembly installed and aligned nicely at the Bedroom Area: So now that the curtain rods are installed, the next part is easy because we only need to install both the MAJGULL Blackout Curtain and the TERESIA thin mesh curtain. Step 1: Loop the TERESIA Light Mesh curtain thru the Thin RACKA Rod Step 2: Hang the Thin RACKA Rod in the Inner Loop of the L-Bracket as shown: Step 3: This is what it should look like when the TERESIA Mesh Curtain is completed. And now that the TERESIA mesh curtain is completed, we will continue with the MAJGULL Blackout Curtain. Loop the MAJGULL Curtain through the Thick HUGAD Rod as Shown. Once done, hang the HUGAD Rod on the Outer Loop of the L-Bracket. Once completed, this was how they looked like: Curtains Completed at the Living Room: Curtains Completed at Bedroom: And so we have finally come to the conclusion of the IKEA Curtain Guide. I'm so sorry this took so long!! I would like to provide my observations and comments for the IKEA Curtains now that I've used them for 1 year: - The IKEA Curtains still hold up pretty well after 1 year. Hanging them up by myself wasn't very difficult at all. - Due to how I installed the curtain poles, and how heavy the MAJGULL Blackout curtains are, it would not be easy to draw them open. If you are the sort that like to draw curtains frequently, I would recommend installing Curtain Tracks instead of Curtain Poles like me. That said, if you were to choose a lightweight curtain instead of MAJGULL, you may still be able to draw curtains easily even if you used Curtain Poles. The disadvantage of Curtain Tracks however is that they would be more prone to trapping dust and not as easy to clean as a Curtain Pole. And because they are movable, I suspect they might not be as durable as hanging on a static Curtain Pole. If you are interested in Curtain Tracks, IKEA sells them under the name VIDGA and it looks something like the below image. So you will need to decide whether which one you would prefer. In conclusion, having IKEA Curtains installed were a BIG SAVINGS on my renovation budget and they proved durable. The blackout curtains were also very good and worked well in blocking out light. However, there were factors I faced originally such as difficulty in transporting the long poles, and needing to know what parts to buy. Not only that, you will also need to engage someone to help you install the poles. If you prefer a hassle free experience, I would recommend to spend the extra money to get an external vendor do it for you. Again, this would be up to your preference. And with that, the IKEA Curtain Guide is finally concluded! Yay!! —————————————————————————————— Time really flies huh? It has already been 1 year since I moved in to my new home. I believe by this time most of you would have gotten your keys and some may even have already completed your renovation. I hope everything goes well for you. I thought I'd make an updated post to discuss on my reflected thoughts, comments and experiences for this 1 year. Starting from the next Blog Entry, there will be a 5 Part Series and each series will be dedicated to a specific section of my apartment where I will also provide my updated pictures for them. The Sections I will cover are: - Walk-In Wardrobe - Kitchen - Bathroom - Living Room - Bedroom Each week, I will post 1 New Blog Entry for each of the section. Don't worry, I will not take too long to post them this time. (I Hope!) These will probably be the Final Blog Entries as I finally draw a close for this Blog. Do keep a lookout for them coming soon! Click Here for the Next Blog Entry: One Year Retrospective 1/5 - Walk-In Wardrobe Click Here to go back to Page 1 - Table of Contents
  47. 2 points
    I hope this thread becomes the "database" where users of this site can access to know which are the IDs/contractors to stay away from. This is for IDs/contractors who cheat/ scam/ fraudulent/con, and not for bad services. The following is my experience. ID Gerald Tang Company: Pure Concepts
  48. 2 points
    But i guess if you have a mold problem then the black silicon would make the problem less obvious in my opinion
  49. 2 points
    Most hardware shops will have it TS
  50. 2 points
    I think those non abrasive polishing is meant for those tiles that are glossy or marble like
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