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  1. J

    Render inside of porch

    Many thanks for your help and advice...
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    Render inside of porch

    Hmm, so just 2 coats of finish plaster as usual? I suppose I could also use EasiFill 60? I say that as there are 7 small sides ins/outs/corners etc. so a bit tricky
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    Render inside of porch

    Hmm... So simply 2 normal finish plaster top coats? I suppose I could even get away with one coat of EasiFill 60? It's 7 relatively small width sections, in/out/turn etc.
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    Render inside of porch

    ...I should add that the existing coat is painted, stuck on extremely well and only has one existing coat which is rock hard. I had to dig out several channels for cabling which have now been filled and it was so solid, hard work. I would normally just plaster over but this area will likely get...
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    Render inside of porch

    Hi, Have a porch previously rendered on all sides of the internal walls. So not directly exposed to the elements. As it has this on already, can I just pva and go with one coat of standard mix sand and cement? Beading not previously used on some of the outward corners, so would "probably"...
  6. J

    Speed skim size and type

    Thanks, just seen your second link. All very much appreciated.
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    Speed skim size and type

    Great, thank you. All very much appreciated. ... and do the 20" finishing Marshaltowns have special names? I can see permashape (which seems expensive) and some other names...or will any 20" Marshaltown do? Again, many thanks. John
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    Speed skim size and type

    Thank you. Yes they are expensive. Just tried looking up 20" Marshaltown, not cheap either but likely be able to use in more areas etc. There are so many 20" by them, any particular model/name please? When you say 600mm spatula, do you mean just that, a spatula? Again if you could give me the...
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    Speed skim size and type

    Hi all, I only do plastering once in a while and can just about get a reasonably flat finish. Am thinking of getting a speed skim and just wondering if knowing my quite limited use it would be worth it to help me flatten finish coats. If yes, should I go for 1200mm or another size and if...
  10. J

    360 x 275 wall tile spacers

    Hi all, Just wondering what is considered as a "standard" size spacer for 360 x 275 tiles please? Previously 400 x 250 have used both 2mm and 3mm. Thanks
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    LED Lights distance to beams

    Thanks to everyone so far. By beams I mean the joists in the floor above. The lights themselves are for the entrance and corridor of a standard ground floor 2 storey house. To centre them I would hit the beam/joists above but by moving slightly over could get away with the aesthetic...
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    LED Lights distance to beams

    Thanks. Are you saying that they must be IP65 fire rated?
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    LED Lights distance to beams

    Hi, Installing new spotlights but right next to beams. Lots of room above and all around other than the side effectively on/next to the beam. Reasonable room for air circulation too. Question is one of heat and safety. All I can see/read is that as are not standard voltage / halogen lamps...
  14. J

    Plaster retarder

    Great advice, thanks. Normally two or in this case three. Not including any bonding.
  15. J

    Plaster retarder

    Many thanks, I will definitely look at that. I have a big wall which is similar...so I suppose the preference is the neat PVA and sand? Also I presume you mean plastering sand? Thanks again...
  16. J

    Plaster retarder

    Thanks for that. It's a very weird one... done many walls and ceilings in the past with no problems. This is a ceiling with multiple finishes of various things, mainly because it has several curves they possibly have all sorts underneath to build up those areas. I pva as normal but the suction...
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    Plaster retarder

    Hi all. I read on a thread that there was nothing you could add to slow down the drying process, so to give more working time. However I have seen something called "ExtraTime plaster retarder", which comes in sachets. Does anyone have any experience with this or any other ideas please for...
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    Repair Plastering Cracks - Cheap and Easy method?

    Hi, I take out with a sharp blade making a clear "V" shape (use the blade side both sides of the "V". Daunting as then looks much worse. Then a tube of "Instant Plaster Filler" from Screwfix, you'll need an application gun. Squeeze the filler along and push deep and back (I use cheap flat...
  19. J

    Earth wire thickness...

    Hi all. Is the earth wire in 2.5mm mains cable to back box the same thickness as that in 1.5mm (or indeed 1.0mm) lighting cable. Just ensuring that all sockets are earthed from socket to metal back boxes and have lots of 1.5mm cable from which can strip out the earth wire...but is it the...
  20. J

    Grouting around sockets

    Thanks. I wasn't too sure and felt I should be doing something with them, then saw a TV programme and the tiler (albeit white tiles) grouted around the faceplates. The job looked good and all properly spaced/aligned etc...so it got me thinking if around the sockets/faceplates I should be doing...
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