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    Crack between extension and house

    Hello. Bought house 18 months ago. House was empty for two years before purchase. Located in South of France…summer 35C…winter 5C worse case. To the left of crack is the extension built twenty years ago. Original house to right built 1970. It *may* be water ingress but pretty sure it isn’t… Has...
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    Insulating an exposed beam ceiling

    Hi John thanks for the reply. Yes want to keep the beams…above plasterboard are roman tiles like this..traditional technique in this part of France..our roof is exactly like this https://www.lemoniteur.fr/article/couverture-en-tuiles-canal-comment-ca-marche.1380604 And yes you’re right…just...
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    Insulating an exposed beam ceiling

    Hello. Our lounge has no roof insulation. Its cold. There is no loft. The most straightforward way is to add insulation between the beams, see pictures. The beam thickness is 15cm. Between the beams is plasterboard. I want to DIY this so am looking at advice on how to do this. I want to use...
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    Asbestos Tile Adhesive/Mastic ??

    Thanks...the sub floor is concrete so I guess that makes sense...probably will keep the respirator on...
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    Asbestos Tile Adhesive/Mastic ??

    Floor. Well...not sure. Looks like ceramic...
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    Asbestos Tile Adhesive/Mastic ??

    Hello....removing tiles from bathroom floor. The house was built in 1970 and I am pretty sure they are the original tiles....underneath the tile is a black layer...see attached picture. Is this adhesive/mastic with asbestos ? Thanks in advance.
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    Condensation and Mold - "Cathedral Ceiling/Roof"

    Thanks but R of 1.5....
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    Condensation and Mold - "Cathedral Ceiling/Roof"

    Thanks for reply...yes absolutely...but what is the best strategy for insulation... Between plasterboard ceiling and tiles most of it is empty...no insulation...I have approx. 10 cm gap. So I could do, vapour barrier on plasterboard and then maybe 8cm of something like this...
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    Condensation and Mold - "Cathedral Ceiling/Roof"

    Hello. We bought a house in France and clearly have condensation problems in the lounge/roof. The lounge is big - 7m X 6m - and has what the Frogs call a "Cathedral Ceiling". There is no "loft" space in the lounge, just plasterboard, minimal insulation in places and then "roman" tiles. Note -...
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    Insulating loft with concrete « floor »

    Hello. Attached is a picture of part of our loft...probably about 50% of the loft is like this. The floor of the loft is concrete...the bedroom ceilings are plasterboard. The house is in the south of France and was built in 1970....summers are hot..30C to 35C and winters can get down to...
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    House in France...What is This ?

    Thanks John...had not thought of that...BUT my experience of "Artisans" in France has been grim...so I guess I should have thought of it.
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    House in France...What is This ?

    Hi...yes....I think so... BUT the walls are block and the "scrim" completely covers the wall..I thought you only used it for plasterboard joints ?????
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    House in France...What is This ?

    Hello...bought a house in France...built in 1972. Am a little puzzled as to how the internal walls have been plastered. Where the wall is damaged, on first appearance it looked like very thick wallpaper but I see now its some sort of mesh...seems to peel off easily..and then under that just...
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    Steep Soil Pipe Fall to Septic Tank

    Thanks...the total drop is about 3m....so two backdrops enough ? Are there UK regs on this for best practice ?
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    Steep Soil Pipe Fall to Septic Tank

    I have a septic tank 15m from the manhole cover on the terrace. I need to lay a soil pipe from the manhole cover to the septic tank. Horizontal distance from manhole to septic tank is 15m. Vertical drop is 3m. In the three pictures attached the manhole cover is by the wheelbarrow on the...
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