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    Drainage layout advice

    Thanks. In the end I couldn’t get the falls to work so had to change the layout slightly. I end up with the gullies abutting the house about 90mm below DPC. Not what I wanted but it’s similar to how it was for the last 20 years.
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    Drainage layout advice

    Hi, can anyone advise if the layout shown in the drawing and photo is likely to be ok? I’m in the process or replacing the drains in advance of new patio. When I dug it out I discovered a combination of 45deg bend and 90deg junction just before the run into the sewer under our extension,with no...
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    Connecting drain to closed boss on bottle gully

    Hi, I’d like to use a bottle gully which currently takes the output from a roof downspout to take the output from a perforated pipe drain I plan to run behind a new retaining wall in the garden. The bottle gully in question has closed boss inlets (eg marley ug50). Presumably you need to solvent...
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    Subfloor prep for parquet

    Hi, I'm planning to install 500 x 70 x 20mm oak parquet (brick pattern) in a room with partial concrete and partial suspended timber subfloors (25mm WBP plywood). The old concrete has terrazzo tiles installed which are firmly in place but there is no DPM below the concrete. There is also a new...
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    Building over sewer

    Unfortunately the external walls of the utility and conservatory are on our plot boundary. The footings for the conservatory have also been passed by the building inspector as suitable for our single story extension. So if at all possible i'd like to avoid a new pipe passing the conservatory...
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    Building over sewer

    What would you do if it were your house: remove the IC in the conservatory and move the existing branch pipes to the first IC, risk it and install a wood floor over the sealed double cover (not keen on the 'floor in' covers), or divert the sewer to an IC in the garden?
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    Building over sewer

    None of the external walls of the conservatory will be replaced apart from the front of the conservatory. Everything shown already exists. The only new building around the sewer will be ripping up the concrete floor in the conservatory and replacement, then new roof structure to be added. On...
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    Building over sewer

    Hey, I'd like some advise on building over the four sewer to the rear of our 1920s semi. The foul sewer (appears to be 150mm) runs behind our row of houses in a straight run, approx 75cm from the rear wall of the house. The sewer serves approx 10 houses further up the row. We have an existing...
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    Have these slate vents been installed correctly?

    I haven't paid for the job yet. Is the fibre cement tile acceptable or should I ask for a replacement slate as well as the vent installed underneath the slates?
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    Have these slate vents been installed correctly?

    Hey, Had a roofer around this week to point some flashing and fit some roof vents as we had some condensation under the eaves. I inspected the vents via velux windows in the loft. He seems to have broken a slate and replaced it with a section of vent tray and fitted the vent on top of...
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    Critique my insulated drylining approach

    An excellent question, I've read it before but it was in relation to a solid wall. Maybe I should have put it differently, what's the best method to insulate in my case assuming I get a pro to skim?
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    Critique my insulated drylining approach

    Hi, I'd like to add some insulation to the external walls in a 1930s semi with uninsulated brick cavity. I though the best method would be to remove the existing, heavily patched, lime plaster. Assuming the walls are flat enough: 50 mm foil backed PIR Tape seams and expanding foam...
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    Replacing lime plaster

    Hi, I've stripped all the wall paper in a small spare bedroom (~2.5m square) and discovered heavily patched lime plaster (the plaster is a white colour and quite powdery). Two external walls, one internal wall and ceiling horse hair on lathes, one modern plasterboard + pink skim. The...
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