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    Broken stone gate posts

    scbk I'd intended to hang the gate from one of them. The gap between the walls for the gateway is the right size to take the two stone gateposts and a standard off the peg gate. If the gate isn't hung on one of the stone posts, it'll have to be on a metal post. Then there just won't be the...
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    Broken stone gate posts

    Hi Folks I've rebuilt a short section of sandstone wall at the front of my cottage but both of the matching stone gateposts had previously broken just above ground level. The stubs appear to have been dug out and disappeared before I came here. I'm OK with setting them on concrete plinths (or...
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    Ridge tiles advice needed

    I couldn't see any holes in the Marley angled clay capped ridge tiles so I asked the manufacturers. They say that we must drill holes in them ourselves if we want to mechanically fix them to comply with BS5534. It would be so much simpler if they supplied them ready to use with the holes already...
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    Ridge tiles advice needed

    Thanks for the response. What tiles are they then please?
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    Ridge tiles advice needed

    Thanks for your response. Please let me know how they can be mechanically fixed without holes.
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    Ridge tiles advice needed

    Hi My understanding of BS5534:2014 is that ALL ridge tiles on anything other than certain historic buildings must have mechanical fixings. I have spoken to three roofers recently: one says it's not true; another says that it's not necessary if I have capped (collared) tiles because they are so...
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    Easy Trim Ridge F plus - installation wrong?

    If anyone's still interested in this saga, I guessed that no ridge batten had been fitted. I also learnt from guys on here that the unions are useful because it prevents too much water getting on the roll-out and the felt membrane, neither of which were really designed to remain soaked for too...
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    Easy Trim Ridge F plus - installation wrong?

    Not at all sircerebus666. I've been impressed by your responses and I am very willing to be convinced. I'm just trying to understand what's happened and I appreciate all the responses here. The roofer is not available for discussing it at present but even so I have learnt a lot. Thanks.
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    Easy Trim Ridge F plus - installation wrong?

    Thanks guys. Right, I've had another look and researched on the web. All the systems I've seen have battens, usually two 50x25 one on top of the other, fixed along the ridge by means of brackets secured to the rafters. I've had an answer from the manufacturers that the purpose of the battens is...
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    Easy Trim Ridge F plus - installation wrong?

    I've never seen a ridge before where you can see daylight between the tiles (but I don't actually go around looking for it). Also all the promotional material for this system, and others, don't show daylight between the tiles. However, maybe that's because they only show the job from an angle...
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    Easy Trim Ridge F plus - installation wrong?

    These ridge tiles were installed today. It doesn't look right to me. Can anyone confirm something's gone wrong? Thanks.
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    Contract cancelled?

    The JCT homeowner's contract is full of stuff about the customer cancelling but has very little about the contractor cancelling. I attach photos of parts of it that mention ending the contract. (I tried scanning but my machine can't deal too well with white print on orange!)
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    Contract cancelled?

    I accepted a builder's quotation for refurbishment of a small terrace cottage and knock through into next door (where I live). Included in it were repairs and re-covering of the whole of both roofs. The whole works was for over £60k. A JCT homeowner's contract was signed by both of us and work...
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    Recycling roof slates

    Thanks for all three responses. Much appreciated. Sad to say my gentle carefully worded complaint to the builder (main contractor) did not go down very well! As I write very little further work has taken place and I've been left with only the Tyvek between me and the elements over a large part...
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    Recycling roof slates

    I've hired a builder to renovate my cottage at a fixed contracted price and he has sub-contracted the roofing work. I agreed with the builder that the best slates from the front half should be replaced (on new battens) and the shortfall of reusable slates should be dealt with by taking decent...
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    Should I fit 20 year old PVCu frames?

    Thanks Crank39 and Gazman16. Does that mean that the regs cover the frames? I thought they just covered the glass. I don't have glass, just the frames. If the frames are beyond the scope of the regulations I'm tempted to use them, with modern glazing of course. I note what you say...
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    Should I fit 20 year old PVCu frames?

    22 years ago I installed good quality woodgrain effect PVCu windows and doors in a small terraced cottage. The supplier then told me that the finish was faulty and was expected to fade and they had to replace them. As I had just purchased the cottage next door and the windows and doors were...
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