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    Setting out a garden fence at right angle from house

    I am attempting to put a fence up along a rather large (150ft) garden. The actual fencing process itself I am ok with having completed fencing at the front of the property successfully. My question is one of setting out. I need to fence to be at a right angle from the house and to extend in a...
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    Sister joists with plywood instead of C16

    I am about to put a chipboard new floor down in a bathroom and want to level the existing joists as they slope towards the party wall. It is only a very small span (1m) that needs levelling as the floor that sits underneath the bath has not been removed. I have looked at sistering the joists...
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    Use expanding foam to close cavity round window

    I am replacing plasterboard round a UPVC window. I have already added expanding foam round the window frame to close up any gaps. But I also want to close up the cavity round the window, am I safe to use a small amount of expanding foam for this?
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    Concrete steps with slabs on top, mortar bed size

    I am in the planning stages of building a 3m long retaining wall with 2m wide steps in the centre. I am planning on constructing this with forms and pouring concrete. I am designing the steps to have concrete slabs on top for a nice finish so want to work out the tread and rise that gets the...
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    35x80 Ceiling Joists - Equivalent size?

    I am about to embark on a loft hatch enlarging project, I am trying to find some appropriately sized timber so I can sister some joists. My current joists measure 35x80mm, I can't seem to find a direct replacements. Is this an older joist size that is no longer used?
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    Void filled with bricks underneath front garden?

    Not sure if this is the right place for this, building might be more appropriate... I am attempting to install a fence post in my front garden against a retaining wall. I have dug gown about half a metre and have uncovered a void filled with bricks. Is this normal? I am assuming it is where...
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    Insulating a Catnic lintel

    I am on a mission to stop draughts and increase efficiency whilst redecorating. I am about to put plasterboard back up over a catnic lintel that looks like this... I have noticed that you can get catnic lintels that have a polystyrene filling, I was thinking of either stuffing it with...
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    Rockwool - RWA45 VS Sound Insulation Slab

    I have just insulated a stud wall with Rockwool Sound Insulation Slab Now I need smore more for the rest of the walls I have noticed that Rockwool RWA45 is about half the price and looks to be the same product. I have been trough the datasheets for both products but haven't been able to work...
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    About to apply Soundcoat Plus pargecoat to a wall - Any tips?

    I am a total beginner to plastering / rendering other than filling the occasional ding in the wall. I am planning on applying a parge coat of Gyproc Soundcoat Plus to an internal party wall which is constructed of aerated block. The instructions call for a 6mm thick layer so I have purchased...
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    Adding extra joist and new hanger

    I am trying to gain as much usable space in a bedroom during a remodel. With a king sized bed in the room it is a bit of a squeeze to get past, so every inch counts :D I am planning on adding an extra 8ft 3x8 joist so that I can move the stud wall back by 3 inches. The image below demonstrates...
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    Unable to find 115mm Aerated Block - Alternatives?

    I am trying to replace some missing blocks in my wall after a boiler has been removed I am struggling to find aerated blocks in this particular size 215x440x115mm The closest I have been able to find is 100mm, would this be ok to use or am I better off trying to locate the 115mm versions...