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by geegee
Fri Oct 10, 2008 4:59 pm
Forum: DIY, Pools & Home Improvement
Topic: Old tiles
Replies: 4
Views: 1251

Re: Old tiles

It does sound as if you will need to be really careful with cleaning if there is a possibility they are hand painted, but yes a tile sealant, especially one with a satin finish will really bring out the colours as if they are wet - was in Leroy Merlins today and they have a big choice of tile sealan...
by geegee
Fri Oct 10, 2008 4:46 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: bank recomendations
Replies: 18
Views: 1939

Re: bank recomendations

I think a lot of it is down to your personal relationship with the local branch/branch manager - you can negotiate away any charges, you only have to ask as each branch manager has this discretion... Our company account is with Solbank who were pretty high on charges until i complained and got them ...
by geegee
Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:36 pm
Forum: Animals & Pets
Topic: Dogs and Beaches
Replies: 4
Views: 1585

Re: Dogs and Beaches

I tend to think any beach which has a lack of 'no dogs' signs are fair game, so long as its early in the morning and you stand little chance of clashing with other beach users. We took our perro de agua puppy to Guadalmar beach (same exit as leroy merlin on the motorway) before 10am and we had it to...
by geegee
Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:28 pm
Forum: Gardens & Gardening
Topic: How does your winter veg garden grow?
Replies: 4
Views: 1210

How does your winter veg garden grow?

Well having got organised a bit better this year, I can report that I am already picking September plantings of radish, mustard leaf, mizuna and other salad greens, the second round of spinach and chard have got off to a great start as have the broad beans - strong healthy plants of an unusual red v...
by geegee
Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:29 am
Forum: Gardens & Gardening
Topic: cauliflowers/beetles
Replies: 8
Views: 1793

Like 'cabbage' white butterflies they seem to love any brassicas - cauli, cabbage, broccoli etc., that was my first year of planting brassicas and they appeared as if by magic, having never seen them before - but no leather sofas in my huerta so thats ok then :)
by geegee
Fri Sep 19, 2008 9:46 am
Forum: DIY, Pools & Home Improvement
Topic: Polishing Tiles
Replies: 16
Views: 3691

I am a great vinegar fan Katie and use it on baths, loos, patio tiles, cleaning taps, windows, getting cal off the animal's water bowls, you name it, it works a treat- but eek, never ever on marble!!!
by geegee
Fri Sep 19, 2008 9:40 am
Forum: DIY, Pools & Home Improvement
Topic: Builder - can you recommend one?
Replies: 11
Views: 2124

Julian, thats a wee bit unfair, all the respondees here including me are only trying to help, its the plannng process itself that is complicated and rarely understood even by the technicians at the ayuntamiento :( . We all have tales of folks who found out to their great cost that what they thought ...
by geegee
Thu Sep 18, 2008 7:53 am
Forum: Animals & Pets
Topic: Dog Training Classes?
Replies: 23
Views: 9894

Hi Chris, Sign me up immediately!! I am not bothered about bits of paper, experience is everything. The dog in question is a 5-month old Perro de Agua Espanol (Spanish Water Dog) - a curly-haired herding dog and a distant relation of the poodle, but bigger and more solidly built. You might know the ...
by geegee
Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:59 am
Forum: DIY, Pools & Home Improvement
Topic: Polishing Tiles
Replies: 16
Views: 3691

I speak from experience too - but just with innocuous looking floor detergent cleaning up after puppy accidents! Have switched to a PH neutral cleaner simply called 'PH Neutro' from mercadona (pale blue bottle, says its gentle and ok for marble) but the damage is done I fear...our cream marble terra...
by geegee
Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:53 am
Forum: Animals & Pets
Topic: Dog Training Classes?
Replies: 23
Views: 9894

Gerry, have sent a query to the one in Malaga and await reply. Thanks Marina, Velez is probably do-able but would prefer closer if pos. Chris A, I would definitely be interested in private classes from you as Mollina is much closer. I don't know what others charge but will hopefully soon find out fr...
by geegee
Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:38 am
Forum: Gardens & Gardening
Topic: cauliflowers/beetles
Replies: 8
Views: 1793

Sounds like it could be shield bugs, do they have a defined head and then a body in the shape of a shield?). Our cabbage and broccoli were infested with the orange and black critters last year because I did not net them. I am afraid prevention is better than cure...using 'cabbage collars' on your ca...
by geegee
Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:29 am
Forum: DIY, Pools & Home Improvement
Topic: Buying a Kitchen
Replies: 5
Views: 1757

Stating the obvious, but what about IKEA?! Ours came across in a van from the Croyden branch and was self-installed on site, before the days of ikea in Spain. Have had expensive kitchens before, but I have to say, the ikeas ones are exactly the same carcases, the drawer mechanisms are good and they ...
by geegee
Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:16 am
Forum: DIY, Pools & Home Improvement
Topic: Builder - can you recommend one?
Replies: 11
Views: 2124

In terms of architects I would also add that it is essential they have a good relationship with your ayuntamiento. Speaking to the technicians at the building department of the ayuntamiento often elicits informal recommendations - they would much rather have an architect they know and trust, especia...
by geegee
Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:41 pm
Forum: Animals & Pets
Topic: Dog Training Classes?
Replies: 23
Views: 9894

Marvelous, I certainly will, thanks Gerry!
by geegee
Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:40 am
Forum: DIY, Pools & Home Improvement
Topic: Polishing Tiles
Replies: 16
Views: 3691

Hmm, sorry to cast doubt but you should not really use harsh chemical products on marble - although it is one of the hardest floors you can get it can be sensitive and stain with anything too acid based - you only have to look at a marble worktop that has had lemon juice spilt on it! Just a note of ...
by geegee
Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:34 am
Forum: Animals & Pets
Topic: Dog Training Classes?
Replies: 23
Views: 9894

Dog Training Classes?

Has anyone taken their dog to obedience or other training classes and if so how did you get on? Was it tricky/consusing conducted in Spanish? I believe there are some in Malaga somewhere. I have a perro de agua puppy - she is absolutely adorable but in need of some discipline! Anyone know of or coul...
by geegee
Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:26 am
Forum: Gardens & Gardening
Topic: Hairy Apples!!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 3236

We make lovely tart jelly with our hairy apples :lol:
by geegee
Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:23 am
Forum: Gardens & Gardening
Topic: Gardening Book
Replies: 6
Views: 3053

If you are short of water (who isn't?) then have a look as well at Heidi Gildmeister's 'Mediterranean Gardening: A Waterwise Approach' which shows you how to create a beautiful low-maintenance, drought-tolerant garden with local species. For the edible garden - Clodagh and Dic k Handscombe have writ...
by geegee
Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:04 am
Forum: DIY, Pools & Home Improvement
Topic: Anyone had success with non-chlorine pool
Replies: 11
Views: 3148

If your pool has been designed to use traditional chlorine for sanitation, i.e it is not a specially installed system that uses an alternative method to sanitise and balance your pool such as salt electrolysis, ultaviolet, ozone etc, then I can't see how you can do anything else but use chlorine if ...
by geegee
Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:08 am
Forum: DIY, Pools & Home Improvement
Topic: terracotta tiles
Replies: 8
Views: 1656

If you want a nice warm sheen to your tiles that will not flake try an oil-based product rather than a varnish/sealant. Hard wax oil can be used on hardwood floors or porous tiles such as unglazed terracotta. Its a beautiful finish but does require a bit of care - a top up every six months or so and...