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    Confusion regarding how to build a floor on concrete

    Our detached garage that is being converted is at the stage of having its floor built. We understand that from our research it's a DPM, foil faced insulation (we can only do 25mm due to height), tongue and groove OSB, underlay and then laminate floor. My research shows that the OSB will move...
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    20mm either side of door to fill

    We're in the middle of a garage conversion and we're filling in the single door and the garage large door. We've sourced a second hand large double patio door which is 1780 wide whereas our opening is about 2178. It's about 200 either side. I know there are frame add-ons and extenders to...
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    Water constantly leaking from external outlet pipe

    I have attached photos of a copper pipe which has an opening that constantly drips water (I think). The white one below is the condense outlet, but i don't know what the one pictured is for. Is there a problem with the boiler that it is constantly outputting water that is leaking onto the floor...
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    Flooring advice on concrete block

    We're coming to the flooring stage of our garage conversion in the coming weeks. We currently have a good condition concrete floor to work with. Initially our plan was to letdown a DPM, 20mm foil backed insulation, moisture barrier, 22mm tongue and groove board, and then hard wood or laminate...
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    Weird issue cuts out all sockets in house

    I have a garage which just has a new consumer unit installed. The building, separate to the house, takes its 13amp supply from the main house. I'm installing some lighting on one of the circuits on the board, all switches are off and I'm freely touching the copper. No current. When I put my...
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    Vapour barrier needed on PIR boards?

    We have stud work erected on a detached garage with foil faces insulation between the battens. We started putting up a vapour barrier, but then realised whether it was needed at all. Does the foil face itself act as a VB, therefore not needing another one? I can continue with installing the...
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    Back boxes

    I'm in the process of installing the back boxes in new stud walls with rigid insulation in between the battens. I'm looking to install faceplates which aren't white - stainless steel etc, so I'm concerned that if I use the dry wall boxes, there will be a white plastic rim around these faceplates...
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    Acoustic plasterboard or double boarding?

    I have studded up the walls and soon will be plasterboarding. It's a detached building with two of its walls facing neighbouring properties. I'm trying to achieve some sound proofing, but do not want to spend hundreds in the process. I'm aware of sound and fire board and due to their dense...
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    Wall or floor first

    In the middle of a garage conversion. Soon I'll be plasterboarding up walls. The floor is the original cement floor and I'm wondering whether the plasterboards sit on the DPC I've laid down under the batten work or does the floor come first. If it's the floor, is it up to the tongue and grove...
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    Detached Garage Conversion Project

    Hi All After some initial advice seeking here I thought it would be useful for me to share the progress of the project to others, hopefully to provide an insight into how it is done and some confidence building for those wanting to tackle this themselves. You can find more about the garage...
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    About to start garage conversion, but found a puddle of water?

    I went to inspect the garage this evening just before I go and order the timber tomorrow morning and found something quite concerning - quite a fair amount of water/moist in the rear corner of the garage. I can't see where it's coming from and given the amount present (see attachments), I'm not...
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    Sourcing reasonably priced materials and membrance

    I've priced my garage conversion to be around £3k if I was to buy the materials of local chain store merchant - I'm wondering whether anyone can advise suitable merchants who are competitive on price within the West Midlands area. Secondly, I'm trying to find a membrane that affixes to the...
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    Detached Garage Conversion Plans with Drawings

    I'm planning a conversion from a detached single garage (no building regs required) to an office space (15.8m2). First time I've taken on a project of this size and want to make sure all the stud-work and flooring is as it should be before commencing, especially concerned about damp as anyone...
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    Drilling straight through to brick on single skin wall

    I'm planning for my garage conversion over the coming weeks. The first area for me to clarify is whether I should be drilling screws through the timber frame straight into the single leaf wall. If I do so, wouldn't I be compromising the moisture barrier that sits against the brick wall by making...
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    Cost question - raising pitch and loft conversion

    We have a detached house on the corner of a road. From memory our pitch is about 2m high from the floor - impossible for a loft conversion. We've spoken to an architect who says we'll need to pursue planning permission to raise the pitch. As our house is also at the bottom of a slope (our...
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    Detached garage conversion - my plans and some questions

    Hi all, We have detached garage at the end of the garden with its own sloped drive way. We're looking to get started with a conversion in the coming weeks. I've confirmed with the council that it doesn't need any form of building notification as its under 30m2 and won't be used for habitable...
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    Fireplace removal

    Hi all I'm in the process of removing a very old outset gas fireplace. All external bricks removed and now left with this (in picture). The new gas inset fireplace doesn't fit when this surround is in place. But I'm not 100% sure if this is supporting anything or what is behind it. It appears...
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