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    Water proofing concrete blocks

    That's a good idea.
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    Water proofing concrete blocks

    That is a good point @Godwasaplasterer. Does it need water proofing? I am building a small retaining wall with a cross section as shown in the diagram below. What is the best thing to do with the earth side of the wall? Render? Bitumen? or leave it? or something else? I was also planning to put...
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    Concrete blocks - Advice on best cutting method

    Having had success with the hammer and bolster I now realise I need cut a lot more blocks and also slithers too so I think I may need a angle grinder/disc cutter. I've had a look at the evolution disc cutter above and I also saw that people were mentioning 9inch cutters from Makita and Dewalt. I...
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    Water proofing concrete blocks

    Thanks William, I will look into it. (y)
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    Water proofing concrete blocks

    Yes, that would have been the easiest thing but I would also have to dig out a lot of earth from next door to get access which I want to avoid. I might be able to slap some render on it, it doesn't have to be pretty as no one is going to see it. Just thought there might be something I could...
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    Water proofing concrete blocks

    Hi everyone. I'm building a concrete block retaining wall using 140mm x 215mm x 440mm blocks (see model below). The plan is to render the blocks however the return highlighted on the left hand side of the image runs by the boundary fence. I haven't drawn the fence in the model which is why you...
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    Concrete blocks - Advice on best cutting method

    Just a quick update. I used a hammer and bolster to cut a few blocks yesterday and all went well. Taking a little longer than I first thought but I haven't broken one yet. I will need a grinder for some though as I need to cut a notch section (see below):
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    Concrete blocks - Advice on best cutting method

    Thanks guys. I've decided I'm going with the Hammer and Bolster since I've already got these and I've now watched copious youtube videos. They make it look so easy! On another note - regarding concrete (which is coming on Thursday) I have a few areas which I've shuttered using plywood. Although...
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    Concrete blocks - Advice on best cutting method

    No it’s the solid blocks that need cutting. None of the hollow blocks need cutting thankfully.
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    Concrete blocks - Advice on best cutting method

    Hi everyone, I’m getting close to laying the blocks for my wall but first I need to cut some of them to size. Can someone tell what the best method is to achieve this? I’ve seen there is a disc cutter or a block splitter or a hammer and masonry chisel. I need to cut around 20 or so blocks so...
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    Where might I find these hollow blocks?

    Haha, yes I saw those too! Would be handy if I lived anywhere near. Not having a van is a bit of a pain. I got in contact with Tarmac and they said my nearest stockist is in Watford and then all further North. Doh!
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    Where might I find these hollow blocks?

    Yes, all the usual suspects. They all have 215mm but the 140mm seems to be very elusive.
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    Where might I find these hollow blocks?

    Hi everyone, I'm trying to get hold of x20 140mm dense hollow concrete blocks (7N/mm²) but I'm struggling to find any in my local area. I'm on the Hampshire/Berkshire/Surrey border. There are some showing on buildingmaterials.co.uk website but when I ordered them they came back and send they...
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    Volumetric Concrete....

    Just had a chat with them. Makes the other quote sound good. lol Same price £395 + vat but they will only stay for 10 to 30 minutes.
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    Volumetric Concrete....

    Yes that's what I was thinking. They said that I'd have to buy a minimum of 1.5 but it still seems a little expensive. I'll have a look at the concrete network. Thanks
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