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    Adequate Slab thickness for Built in Braai chimney?

    Any guidance would be appreciated - tend to overengineer/overthink projects but am faced with slowly building a garden room (30m2 timber frame with flat roof) on an insulated slab with 150mm mesh reinforced concrete. It will have an open fronted covered outdoor kitchen to one side which I want...
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    Help Damproofing Door threshold/old porch?

    I suspect your right!! Thanks for taking the time to add your thoughts. I think my only option is to remove the screed/concrete/backfill back to ground level. Check the front elevation for blocked up airbrick. Check the front outside step has suitable protection against the front elevation...
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    Help Damproofing Door threshold/old porch?

    Here are some more photos of the area now the ply is removed. The bricks below don't appear to be that damp and anything in the suspended floor area is bone dry The DPM strangely appears to go under the screed then down to the top course of bricks. We've had a lot of rain recently and...
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    Help Damproofing Door threshold/old porch?

    Thanks so much for the input, I was going to put a new threshold in as the door won't clear the new flooring anyway so will need some shaving off the bottom. The house did suffer from a lot of black mould in corners but has eased now I have unblocked three air bricks in various rooms and...
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    Help Damproofing Door threshold/old porch?

    of course.....(I did post some in the building section but got no response so thought I'd try here with a sketch instead....might have to use street view google for the outside as working away) Looking towards the door Looking underneath towards the door Corner brick detail at the door...
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    Help Damproofing Door threshold/old porch?

    Hi all, Hope someone can help, desperate to sort this before christmas and can't find a local builder at short notice. I have a concrete area where old porch was (now internal space) the rest of house is suspended floor. I have some cold bridging which I suspect is causing some localised damp...
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    Damp and rotten suspended floor joists in Hall

    Hi All, In a nutshell the long haired general wanted hall stairs n landing refurbed for christmas but as usual I'm hitting problem after problem. Can anyone offer any advice? The house is 1930s detached, lime mortar plaster etc. The first image shows where a suspended floor meets a screeded...
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    Dense concrete block planters with bench advice?

    many thanks - will crack on then
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    Dense concrete block planters with bench advice?

    I am in the process of laying a new patio and wanted to build a couple of raised rendered block planters in two of the patio corners (simple square patio 4x5m). I was planning on making them around 3ft high but would like to fix a bench seat between the two using 6x2 joists then capping that...
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    Another Deck support advice question

    Hi all Wondered if someone can give me some peice of mind before I board this deck. I am in the (slooow) process of building a floating deck (4.8m x 2.6m)and I have realised I should have put the double joists that fasten to the support posts in the oppsite direction (perpendicular to the...
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