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    Do we need to increase depth of joists?

    Looking at a loft conversion in a 50/60s bungalow - the joists which would make up the floor are only 4" thick. Is this sufficient (doesn't feel right) and can we jsut screw a 2" piece onto each to strengthen? Then at least we would have space to put insulation - we are thinking of replacing...
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    Attic Floor Joist / Bedroom Ceiling

    I am looking for advice about a possible loft conversion to a 50/60s built bungalow. The beams at the mo which would make up the floor are only 4" thick - can we add on a 2" bit of wood on top? Or is 4" sufficient? And rather than use 100 mm fibreglass can we use 50mm celotex for the same...
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    Calorific - re the glass splashbacks you painted, can you tellme what paint you used? nd did it...

    Calorific - re the glass splashbacks you painted, can you tellme what paint you used? nd did it peel off at all?
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    DIY glass splashbacks - any ideas?

    FOXHOLE - if you're in Kent I might be able to contact your local glazer. Could you let me know the name/address/website?
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    DIY glass splashbacks - any ideas?

    I've been quoted from £85 upwards (as i said, for a colour not-quite-right) for the longest piece, 2265 x 20mm. Everyone i've spoken to hassaid the car=paint may not adhere properly, so may peel off. Might have to go with a colour I don't really want.
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    DIY glass splashbacks - any ideas?

    calorific - did you paint the glass? WHat did you use?
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    DIY glass splashbacks - any ideas?

    I've been looking for glass splashbacks for a while now, but all the online places I look are either too expensive or can't supply the right colour. I wondered whether i could just get some 6mm toughened glass cut to size and spray the back with car paint (have seen a nice ferrari-red...) and...
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    concrete kitchen worktops - anyone tried to DIY?

    Thanks DavidP - fantastic advice. The blog i saw had the worktop cast upside down and they used a mix called geocrete i think, might be american. I'm reasonably happy to make up a form - they used formica for the bottom which gives a shiny finsh. I'd like my worktop to be about 50mm thick...
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    new render - what now?

    Thanks prenticeboy - stabilise it with what??????
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    Any types what wood stove to choose?

    I went for a Carron 4.7kW RED log-burner for lots of reasons; it didn't need a vent, being under 5kW so no draughty hole in the wall. It is unusual, being red, and it looks fantastic! I've used it lots of times in the last month and absolutely love it.
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    new render - what now?

    The render does seem dry and quite sandy - bit too sandy I think. I just wondered if it needed a 'mist' coat like new plaster does?
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    Cooker Under Window.

    I was told by building control that cookers/hobs had to have an extractor fan fitted - there is a calculation for the size of room/amount of air displaced, but this may well be just for 'new' kitchens. Phone building control and ask.
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    concrete kitchen worktops - anyone tried to DIY?

    Don't know where else to post this...I found an american diy site where the guy made his own concrete worktops. I'd love to try this, but think the worktops would be a) too heavy (by far) and b) possibly the concrete is not available over here?(special mix apparently). My worktops will be...
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    floorboards over concrete and wood in the same room

    I have a new kitchen extension which has a concrete screeded floor which is open to and part of the sitting room,which has a suspended wooden floor. The levels are the same, so what can go underneath floorboards (or engineered wood) as a seamless floor? and how does the new floor go down - glued?
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    new render - what now?

    Now my new kitchen extension is finished I have a newly rendered exterior wall. What do I need to do now - do i need to seal it before i paint it with exterior paint?
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