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I have a house that is artexed on almost evry wall and ceiling, and I was quoted a price that was nearly £400 per room, which is just unaffordable. I was considering plasterboarding over the walls and ceiling and then using some plasterboard sealer before decorating- is this going to work?
- Yalicese 21st Dec, 2011 Plastering
had a kitchen designer in and he said we didn't need an extractor fan is that true?
- Ytonypotts_23 9th Jan, 2012 Kitchen Fitting
I've started building a brick barbecue. The concrete base turned out perfect, but I didn't get much further than that. I'm having a lot of trouble mixing good, easily workable mortar. The mix I tried is 6:2:1 (sand:lime:cement). As I'm not used to laying bricks, I need to take my time adjusting the bricks into place. This seems impossible with the mortar I made. No matter how much water I put in it, the mortar dries fast and doesn't stick to the bricks (bricks that have been layed 24hrs ago can easily be removed by hand). What am I doing wrong?
- Ybbq 17th Feb, 2011 Bricklaying
I found a small crack between my wall and coving last year, then it got bigger and there were reasonably big cracks along the ceilings on both floors of my house. Not only along the walls but down the walls in the corners, by the door frames and windows. Not forgetting my FAVOURITE one which is behind the MAINS board.
I have been told these are not due to subsidence, even though some of these have appeared over the period between September and now. There are no visible cracks on the outside by outer wall is pulling away from the inner wall by my front door. So this surely can not be a figment of my imagination, and is more than just changes in room temperature.
- Yfedup_80 6th Jan, 2012 Groundwork & Foundations
Just moved in to a house which has a number of windows with condensation between the glass panels. Can they be cleaned or do they require replacing? Thanks.
- Ynewmove 3rd May, 2011 Windows
- Ytruro 22nd Jan, 2012 Carpentry & Joinery
I have had skirting and architraves installed but there are huge gaps between them and the walls. What do I fill them with that will be best in the long run and wont crack....silicon, wood filler,cork,car body filler ;-) - anything?
I wont be painting the wood coloured skirting, architraves etc and will probably be waxing or clear varnishing them.
- Ysul 5th Mar, 2011 Carpentry & Joinery
- Ycraigneedshelp 2nd Mar, 2011 Bathroom Fitting
- Ylol8704 14th Apr, 2011 Bathroom Fitting
I live in a 1930's semi detatched home. A couple of years ago, we had the house re-insulated, including cavity wall and in the loft.
Since then, we have had issues with condensation on the windows, between the double glazing and small black moud growing in several places in the house...mainly in my son's bedroom. We removed the mould with diluted bleach and painted over it with a special paint. It seems to be coming back though.
My son has a skin condition which seems to worsen when he comes home from university, so it is essential that this is sorted out quickly.
We were told by the insulators that we would need to have the existing vents opened or some fitted perhaps, but we never got round to it. Before having the insulation done, we hardly had any condensation and NO mould whatsoever. This suggests that it is definitely a ventilation problem, but I'm not really sure about what the exact solution is, and would greatly appreciate some help/advice.
- Yrifetm 7th Nov, 2011 Damp Proofing
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