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How can I get rid of the asbestos roof of my garage and the garage per se please?

Removing an asbestos water tank

Hi,

My family and I are moving to a house (circa 1964), for which my surveyor highlighted a suspected asbestos (cement) water tank.

I've been informed that this is the "safest" type of asbestos, and it not a hazard unless disturbed. However, on closer inspection I've found a pipe that has been fitted to the tank relatively recently, under which is a small pile of cement dust that clearly came from hole.

I know many people recommend leaving the tank, but we really want the thing out of our house, unless removing it in a safe manner is going to risk our health more than leaving it. We plan to stay in the house for a very long time.

We are very paranoid about these things, so would rather be over cautious simply for the piece of mind.

1) Is it work getting it tested to see if it is asbestos, because if it is not we have nothing to worry about. It sounds like it is highly likely to contain asbestos.
2) Is it worth getting an air test?
3) If we get it removed, and we want to be very safe (paranoid) what steps should be taken to remove it?
4) Considering the small mound of dust, once the tank has been removed is it worth getting the loft insulation taken up and replaced? Most of insulation is covered by boarding.

Many thanks,
Steve

do I need any permission to demolish a chimney brest in the ground floor living room and who is qualified to carry out this work for me

Demoloshing a bomb shelter

We live in Bristol and have a brick bomb shelter in our back garden (there is one in every other garden). We feel safe from the threat of a luftwaffe air raid, so we've finally decided that we want to demolish the eyesore! Is there any chance that we need to get permission before doing so? And then with such a thick walled brick building, what would be the best means of knocking the thing down? I guess dropping a bomb on it wouldn't work...

can i demolish airing cupboard wall after removing hot water cylinder to make my bathroom big and rectangle? is this ok?

this cupboard runs into the bathroom, reducing the size and amking it odd shaped bathroom.

Can this be removed

Hi I have a box room pretty small and has a larg box like thing in it I think it supports the celling going up the stairs is their anyway this could be removed or made smaller as I'm wanting it for my son who is ready for his own room

How do I know if I have a load bearing w

How do I know if I have a load bearing wall? I want do knock half a wall down which has a doorway in it. The wall is in the kitchen an separates it onto 2 rooms. The wall runs the opposite way than the floorboards above it but the wall does not run the whole width of the house.

What's the best way to remove/scrap gas oven & fire? How much should it cost? I am not able to take it to a local recycling centre myself as they do not fit my car.

What's the procedure for disconnecting gas and electricity services before demolition

We are demolishing a 1930s bungalow and rebuilding on a different footprint on the site and I'm finding it very difficult to work out exactly what I have to do, and with who, to get my gas and electricity disconnected and a temporary electricity supply connected. I understand that for each service we have to deal not only with our billing company but also the supplier.
We have our gas bills with British gas but the supplier is National Grid. I thought I'd notified them by sending the council's Section 80 notice to them with plans a few weeks ago, but they seem to have no record of this when I chased it up. Apparently I sent it to the wrong department and no one notified me. And it seems there's a much more involved application process which we have to go through which will take up to 12 weeks. A 12 week delay to get the gas disconnected will seriously hold up the project.
Likewise for electricity, we have to deal with EON as well as our billing company. But when I try to fill in EON's online form half the multiple choice questions have no answers which really apply to our situation.

Can anyone clarify the situation for me? Who (billing company or supplier) does what? Can I use a registered gas engineer/electrician to do any of it rather than the supplier? Is there any way to speed things up? And are there any avoidable costs/cheaper options for doing it?
Hope you can help! Thanks very much

bathroom/toilet wall removal

i have a small bathroom with seperate toilet next to it, the joining wall is pretty small it has a normal size door fram and is then just over the width of 3 strips of wall paper. i wish to remove this wall and put the doorfarme on the far side of the toilet as to make it all one room. is this small wall likely to be load bearing? there is no wall underneath nor above it.

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