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    Varnishing (finished wood)

    Hi There, I've just made a stand out of finished wood and decided to varnish it. Using a tin of Antique pin that I had already ...and thinking that I'd Done the right thing by testing the varnish on some off-cuts. I Thought it was ok but alas it was not! It seemingly was 'Off' ...I ended up...
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    The fixing of wooden parts on an old Victorian clock

    Hi There, On a couple of occasions I've used wood glues to affix small wooden decor bits that have fallen off an old wooden wall clock not long after it came into my possession from a place where it had hung for decades, but they are not staying on (some are 6 inches or so long}. It is...
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    Stains appearing above knots on gloss paintwork

    Hi There, I've just rubbed down the paintwork where stains. were appearing on fairly new skirting board and they are on knots in the wood. The skirting was initially primed and undercoated etc, but stains are appearing. What is the best form of treatment please, before I paint again. Thanks very...
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    top Layer on Concrete for finished floor

    Hi There, Hope you can help. I've had a top layer of concrete laid four days ago and it seems good except that it has a gritty texture to the surface when walking on it and when it's lightly rubbed, it produces a slight sandy feel and granular. My wife is wanting to get covering onto it as soon...
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    Matching Rainwater Guttering

    Hi There, I'm hoping to merge the guttering of my new Lean-to Extension into an existing gutter at right angles to it. The existing gutter is 'Bartol High Capacity124mm x 76.5mm' and I do have a spare length of it -to utilise but cannot find a similar supplier for a right angle (90 degree)...
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    Lean to Extension on Rear of House

    Hi There, I'm in the process of producing drawings for the above to comply with Building Approval -even though the Extension should be ok for the Planning permission because it does not protrude more than 3m from the back of the existing house, is 4.2m wide and agrees with the ruling of : Height...
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    Foundation size for New Garden Wall Please

    Hi, I'm planning to replace a single skin wall with a double brick wall length of 10.2 metres (33'-6 inch) and height 5 foot (1.5m) How deep must the foundation be please below ground and what depth of concrete would be needed. Also, what width of concrete for 2 x brick width of 8 inches or so...
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    Fireplace hearth Slabs

    Hello There, During the house Renovation I've used old slabs from the yard and fitted them into the Fireplace hearth which was sized for a log burning stove. What do you think please would be best suited to 'grout' in between them. It was suggested that instead of using Sand/Cement, that either...
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    Priming a New Flat PREMDOOR FD30 Fire Door

    Hello There, Can anyone help me please? I've got 9 off Fire Doors to paint and got some Dulux Primer/Undercoat (quick drying paint). It's that quick, it is dry immediately after applying and really patchy. Using a brush, I can't seem to get a uniform finish. I've prep'd cleaned the door, sanded...
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    Door Latches and Door Stop/Jams

    Hello again, I'm hanging 8 Fire doors and two points I'm pondering on if you could help please. 1) What is the correct height of the door handle latch from the floor please. There is no info on the doors although I've got two advisory measurements of 890mm from floor and 1m from floor.... and...
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    Intumescent strips and Fire doors

    HI There, What is the preferred method of hanging a new door regarding 'what goes on first? Is it ok to fit the intumescent strips (in this case) mounted on the frame carcass firstly before hanging the door. I have CE rated hinges and intumescent pads for them.
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    Fire Door issues -Regulations?

    Hello There, Coming to the end of my Renovation and installing Fire doors as requested by my Building Inspector, I have hit a couple of problems that I hope someone can help me with please. I'm handy...but not a carpenter. I got a joiner mate to fit the first one for me while I was away today...
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    BAT straps

    Hello There, Could anyone please let me know what the 'BAT' acronym stands for -referring to 'as in BAT straps' that are necessary for Building metalwork restraining for eg fastening the wall plate to the brickwork. and just to insult your intelligence a bit more does the 'm305' refer to the...
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    Alternative to paint on Sandstone sills and window heads?

    Hello There, I'm doing an old house up and the Sandstone sills and heads have been neglected -but still ok. I will clean them off probably down to the stone. Firstly, what is the best way to basically treat the stone and is there an alternative to painting them perhaps with a finish that I can...
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    Duct -End caps? for new water supply pipe

    Hi There, Can anyone please let me know where I can obtain two End caps for 110mm flexible duct to house the water pipe. I am installing new water supply pipework. United Utilities have left me a leaflet "How to lay a new water supply pipe" which advises that 'end caps' should be attached to...
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    Duct -End caps? for new water supply pipe

    Hi There, Can anyone please let me know where I can obtain two End caps for 110mm flexible duct to house the water pipe. I am installing new water supply pipework. United Utilities have left me a leaflet "How to lay a new water supply pipe" which advises that 'end caps' should be attached to...
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    New Kitchen Drainage

    Hello There, Can you please let me know what you think is the best design for installing new drainage pipes for a new kitchen extension -just starting being built from the founds. I've read through the Building Regs (H section) but cannot find detail. My dilemna is ....Should the waste pipe be...
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    visqueen or bituthene??????

    The situation is that I have a 9 inch (230mm) retaining block wall where the lane height at the rear is higher than the yard wall, We are up to dpc with my extension and when my building inspector came this morning to check is advising us to pass the 1200g visqueen that will be under the new...
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    new kitchen extension walls??

    Hi again, Got the old house completely gutted and chuffed with condition of walls and joists/rafters. Demolished outbuilding and starting to organise founds for new (small extension) build. However after quoting Walls construction on drawing (having obtained Planning and Building Regs Approval)...
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    partly renewing Sapele base for patio doors

    Hello There, My patio door was installed about 30 years ago (Everest) and still functions great. But even though I've treated the hardwood surround regularly, the wooden base has rotted in the corners. I've cut off a 2 and a half inch (2 1/2") strip along the whole base and obtained a new length...
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