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    Repair gap between external wall and concrete slab

    Good weather and a BH weekend, so hoping to get something done with this this weekend... If nothing else, I was thinking to remove the existing knackered fillet, repair obvious cracks and defects in the ground-wall join with a concrete repair mastic, followed by a new fillet. I figured and...
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    Repair gap between external wall and concrete slab

    Hi. Just wondered if anyone has any further thoughts? I've measured up and the ground level outside is 230mm lower than inside (including the two layers of tiles on the inside, without those it's more like 170-180mm difference). The DPC (if it is in fact the DPC) is 160mm above ground...
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    Repair gap between external wall and concrete slab

    I've found a couple of pics which may help. I'm presuming the long "crack" parallel to/beneath the pipe and extending beyond it is the DPC? What do you think? Yes, solid floors. Although cavity, I'd hazard a guess that the cavity could well be filled with a fair bit of crap at the...
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    Repair gap between external wall and concrete slab

    Thanks for the quick response. The walls are cavity. I'm not sure about the DPC but will take a look when I get home. That being said, from memory I don't think it is visible and - if there is one - it is behind render. The problem is quite a recent one and coincides with damage to the...
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    Repair gap between external wall and concrete slab

    Hi There are some areas around my house where there's a gap between the concrete slab/path and wall. In at least one place the water is getting in enough to make the wall wet inside the house. What's the best stuff to use to fill the gaps? Should I look to fill the gap with on product...
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    Connector for tap with threaded tails. And should I seal the washer?

    I was just thinking.... I should have plenty of space behind the sink to use a normal spanner. But I was going to get a basin wrench just in case (the old school crows feet type). Would I need a 15mm/22mm one, or a 1/2"/3/4" one? I always get confused with that, especially when one end of...
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    Should I insulate vent pipes in loft (from DHW cylinder and central heating)

    Hi I recently did some pipe insulating in my loft. The only two I didn't do were the vent pipes. Not sure if that is the right term for them? They are the pipes that feed water back into the top of the tanks when there is excess, presumably from steam, expansion, etc. The one going to the...
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    Connector for tap with threaded tails. And should I seal the washer?

    Hi I'm going to be fitting a tap like this one: And just wanted to check that this is the correct part for connecting to 15mm copper pipe using compression: https://www.screwfix.com/p/flomasta-compression-straight-tap-connector-15mm-x-1-2-/58294 If not, please could someone let me know...
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    Backer Rod - anyone here use it? Difference between open and closed cell?

    Hi all Got plenty of caulking and filling coming up... I'd not heard of backer rod until recently, and having read up a bit on it it seems there's many others who are unaware of it. The big name stores don't seem to sell it either, which made me wonder how commonly it's used... So, any fans...
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    Getting a Multitool - stick with DeWalt? Or get Milwaukee and a battery adapter?

    Thanks everyone for all the help today. I've gone for the 356 with the x3 speed settings. It has lower vibration that the 355, which is a big bonus for me. I managed to pick it up for £112 with a 35 piece accessory set AND a T-Stak case. Very impressed I was! And I've also hopefully got a...
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    Getting a Multitool - stick with DeWalt? Or get Milwaukee and a battery adapter?

    Thank you both. The DeWalt it is then :) Now just need to decide between the 355 and 356 variant. Seems the main (only?) difference is the three speed settings of the 356. Is it worth paying more for that? Any other differences between the two models? Cheers
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    Getting a Multitool - stick with DeWalt? Or get Milwaukee and a battery adapter?

    Hi I've been after a multitool for a while... I only have two cordless tools, a drill and an impact driver, both DeWalt. No plans to buy more any time soon, apart form the multitool. So my first thought was to stick with DeWalt. But having looked into it some more, the Milwaukee gets great...
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    Welsh roof slates flaking / delamination - are these bad?

    OK, thanks for explaining. I think I've got it now. I read a while back that once you know, you know. And I think I know! Rattling slates are obvious. Dull I'm not certain but I think it's when they just thud and sound lifeless. Ringing is when they subtly vibrate in your hand and ring...
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    Welsh roof slates flaking / delamination - are these bad?

    Excellent. I've weeded out all the slates that rattle or thud. Of the ones I've kept to re-use, some certainly ring more than others, but I wondered if that has something to do with the thickness of the slate and/or anything else? Some ring high, so low, etc. But basically if it rings and...
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    Welsh roof slates flaking / delamination - are these bad?

    Now that I understand more about roofing, that's exactly what I thought too! It was done well before we moved here, and I don't know by whom. Shame. I'd be more than happy with 30 years! In terms of maintenance, what kinds of things do you mean? Do others agree that they might last...
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    Welsh roof slates flaking / delamination - are these bad?

    Hi all Whilst doing some repairs on my roof - which required removing some slates - I've noticed that a lot of them were wet on the underside. They are also flaking, a bit on the underside, but more on the upper section of the topside (the sections covered by the slates above). I'll attach...
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    Hot Dipped vs Zinc Coated Galvanised Nails - which for roofing?

    Sounds nasty! So aside from the unpleasant working conditions and risks, I can't see any disadvantage to hot dipped. And therefore also can't see why people choose to use (and roofing stores choose to sell) the far inferior electro zinc coated for roofing jobs...
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    Hot Dipped vs Zinc Coated Galvanised Nails - which for roofing?

    I guess I hadn't thought to. I'll see what I can find. Thanks for the tip.
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