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    Is there asbestos in the fireplace

    That's the "builders opening", and those bricks are very unlikely to contain asbestos. From the way the bricks were knocked about at the side I suspect a back boiler used to live there... If there was any asbestos, it left with the rest of the boiler. Is there a flue liner further up? As he...
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    Chest freezer for outbuilding

    Ah, that rings a bell. Freezers defrosting because the fridge doesn't need to come on.
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    Chest freezer for outbuilding

    Funnily enough it was a browse on AO that had me scratching my chin at how hard and fast this rating is: 24 models of chest freezer, but only 4 are listed as suitable for outbuildings. These were a pretty limited selection of 3 Bekos and a Fridgemaster.
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    Chest freezer for outbuilding

    I'm looking at chest freezers with the intention of putting one in my completely unheated workshop. The majority of fridges and freezers are rated for 10-43 Celsius ambient temperature, with a tiny minority rated down to -15. Now, I have previously told friends "careful putting that freezer in...
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    6 months protection over OSB boards

    Thanks all - I've now ordered a heavy duty tarp from an online tarpaulin specialist that is specifically waterproof and multi-ply. Buy cheap, buy twice as they say! The EPDM was pretty expensive by comparison (I seem to recall it was about £500 for the rubber alone) and we've already had some...
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    6 months protection over OSB boards

    I have built a large shed with a flat(ish) roof (1 in 35 fall). I have EPDM membrane for the roof, but watching lots of videos, I saw recommendations not to lay EPDM in cooler weather as the creases will never drop out, and as my membrane has been stored for a good 6 months I expect the creases...
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    How do I get a fire escape removed?

    As you live on a farm, do you have access to a telehandler either directly or via a neighbour? Depending on the size and weight of it, seems like a couple of sturdy straps to support it from the TH forks, near the top of the stairs, before cutting the wall supports and unbolting the floor...
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    Birdsmouths on flat roof timbers?

    Thanks, I'll get truss clips
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    Birdsmouths on flat roof timbers?

    I'm about to start on my new shed. The roof will be a flat roof with EDPM over OSB3, so needs a minimum fall of 1:80. I've designed the building with a fall of 1:40 to be more forgiving of any inaccuracies I build in. I was also planning to use upside down joist hangers tying the roof joists to...
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    Non-combustible timber?

    I know this topic has sometimes caused disagreements... I've no dog in that fight, I'm just trying to make sure if I sell my house I don't have a ball-ache on my hands proving my shed isn't non-compliant. I am planning out my new shed/workshop. It's going to be a timber-frame building on a...
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    Insulating an old concrete floor

    I've done just this - my house has a concrete slab straight onto grade, and the slab was cold as anything. I put either 6 or 10mm XPS (marmox boards, specifically) down in the kitchen, utility and downstairs loo and it made a significant difference in those rooms both to the warmth of the floor...
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    Plate-compacted concrete - is it a thing?

    Thanks for that, I'd only read about it so was interesting to see it being laid - you can see when the excavator-mounted whacker is being used there's still some definite wetness and "squidginess" to the mix, so it's nothing like what I was thinking (dry mix down, whacker, water). Seems like...
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    Plate-compacted concrete - is it a thing?

    I suppose if the outer concrete forms a hard shell from the misting, any subsequent water won't penetrate to the insides (at least, not in a useful timescale), which might be another explanation for the rock hard/crumbly nature you encountered. Whacking it might just make that issue worse.
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    Plate-compacted concrete - is it a thing?

    Great in theory and I've no issue with paying someone a decent wage, but there's no shortage of building sites (hence work) round here, so a bit of a challenge to find people willing to take on a single day of work when they can guarantee an ongoing income down the road. Then there's the fun...
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    Plate-compacted concrete - is it a thing?

    Has the insta-bug reached civil engineering yet? I suppose stranger things have happened :LOL: I first heard about it when they were rebuilding the Oroville dam spillway - that was a pretty substantial project - also when I googled it Tarmac and Cemex both offer RCC. However... what I'm unable...
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