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Old 21-04-2017, 07:20 AM
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I have just bought a Montgomery Hall and basement which is partially built. Is there a way of 'unbuilding'the house back to flat pack at all? Is it easier to decorate, place lighting etc when its not built? I am hoping to use brick stencils on the exterior. Any advice would be gratefully received.
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Old 21-04-2017, 09:04 AM
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heatin the glue and then gradually passing thin blade along join may work byt depends on how well (and what glue was used) ......
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Old 21-04-2017, 09:29 AM
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I think it really depends, on how well it was initially built, what adhesive was used, etc.

I'm in the middle of doing something similar. My DHE Manor house was built around 20 years ago and I'm currently pulling it apart. Some bits are much easier than others. Pulling out the windows and doors was easy enough. As mentioned above, if you apply some heat, maybe with a hairdryer, use a thin palette knife or metal spatula, and gently work it around the edges until the glue softens and you can probably tease them out. Because the MDF is quite 'soft' on the surface, you can get a bit of skinning, but most of it is easier covered up/repaired with some sanding and paint.

Dismantling the house carcass itself is probably going to be a bit harder, particularly as its recently constructed and the adhesive bond is still quite strong. I think a lot of these houses are purposely designed so that even if they're not well glued, they will still hold together. I originally wanted to pull mine completely apart as there's been a little bit of warping, and a couple of rooms are not out of square. In the end though, I decided not to, as it didn't seem worth the time, especially coupled with the risk of doing damage that wouldn't be so easily remedied.

If heat doesn't work in softening the glue, you can look at using a solvent. If it's been glued with something like PVA, it should be dissolvable in acetone. That said I would only go down that route if you're familiar with working with solvents.

I would say take as much apart as you can, unscrew hinges, see if you can get windows, doors, stairs etc. out (as it's Montgomery Hall you can probably still replace anything you might break if you're not happy with how it repairs). Then look at where you are with the house as is left and decide what is worth the trouble.
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Old 21-04-2017, 04:17 PM
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Many thanks for the replies. I've removed all doors bannisters, spindles and windows broken a few, but as you say easily replaced. I may leave the house as is. Has anyone used the brick stencilling? Can it be used easily on a ready built?
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