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    Tape and jointing

    I used 2 x 20kg tubs on a room about 4m x 5m. I've never used the 5kg ones.
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    Tape and jointing

    It's air drying rather than a chemical set, so it will keep with the lid on. Can also be used a filler on plaster walls.
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    Tape and jointing

    Yes, let the tape go off first. Looked this up after the post from RandomGrinch. https://www.wickes.co.uk/Knauf-Fill-and-Finish-Light---5kg/p/149400?_br_psugg_q=knauf+fill+and+finish This one, but I use 3 coats, not 2 as they say.
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    Tape and jointing

    I haven't yet, but will keep that tip in mind.
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    Tape and jointing

    Get the ready mixed. Wet it down a touch for bedding the tape. Don't push too hard on the knife. It's all about getting the feel of the tools. I normally bed the tape, then 3 coats on top. 3 coats on the screw holes, 2 coats on the junctions. Get the coats right and you only need to sand the...
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    Tape and jointing

    If you have time to spare Knauf fill and finish is really easy to use. Look at Vacouver carpenter on YouTube.
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    Is it possible to alter this fireplace to have an open fire?

    It could be if he want to do what is shown in the photo. The flue needs to be at least 15% of the fireplace opening size. A common problem with doing what is shown is that not all the smoke he's up the flue.
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    Is it possible to alter this fireplace to have an open fire?

    There is a bit of science involved in chimneys, and if the flue is too small for the fireplace opening and the throat and gather not properly formed you might get smoke coming back into the room.
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    Brick type

    Back then they were 2 7/8, with a 3/8 joint making the gauge 4 to 13 inches. Some were 2 5/8 making it 4 to the ft.
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    Brick type

    Back in the 60's a lot of the houses were going up with Flettons. You won't find many in the reclaim yards, as they don't clean up too well. They look a bit like the old Heathers, or possibly Chilterns. Hard to be sure from a photo.
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    How to remove this fireplace without damaging?

    Slate surrounda are usually in a few pieces. People often stick them to the brickwork with bonding plaster, or to the plaster with tile adhesive.
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    Help is this subsidence?

    Nails and lashes. Now you're talking my kind of language.
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    Widening Fireplace: Corbelling

    Yes, that helps hold up brickwork if it's not tied in properly.
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    Older Heavier Bricks On Top of New

    I should have said that engineering bricks are designed to take more weight than a standard face brick.
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    Older Heavier Bricks On Top of New

    Engineering bricks are designed to take weight.
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