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    Large cracks appearing

    Thanks for all the advice. I should have mentioned that the neighbour did serve me with a party wall notice - He came around one night and explained that he wanted to get the loft converted and asked me to sign something, which I did. I believe that his surveyor/engineer should have inspected...
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    Large cracks appearing

    Hi all, I've got a 2 up 2 down semi, built in the 1890's with the bathroom and kitchen at the back. growing cracks are appearing in the upstairs party wall where the bathroom/kitchin part of the house meets the main part. The neighbouring house has cracks in the same wall too. These cracks have...
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    "Plastered in" shelves

    Thanks for your replies. Micilin, Is scrim that gauze type tape I've seen? After applying that I'd have to put the angle bead on, top & bottom, then plaster up to that level? I was hoping to make the shelves as thin as possible. What's the minimum thickness you'd reccomend? noseall, The...
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    "Plastered in" shelves

    Hi all, I'm intending to use some one inch battening to build a frame in an alcove, screw some 1/4" plasterboard to it (top & bottom of frame) and then skim over to create a seamless shelf. Is this the correct way to do it? Any hints/tips welcomed. Cheers, Chris.
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    Radiator/WC probs

    hi all. i'm currently changing some rads and i've noticed that the water coming out of the closed system is brown. i guess this is some form of inhibitor. should i be replacing this? if so, how? i've also fitted a wc and theres a slight leak between the poo pipe adaptor and its rubber seal...
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    survey shows a problem with roof-Need a roofer to inspect

    Hi all, I'm buying a house and the survey says that there's a slight dip in the roof which may have been caused by a "heavier" roof having been put on without the structure being strengthened. I guess I need an expert to investigate. How do I go about finding one? I live in London SE25. Any...
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    changing a radiator

    Thanks for your reply nogoodatfaultfinding. D'you think one of these would do?
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    changing a radiator

    Hi all ,I'm decorating at the mo and would like to change a radiator. The old one is showing signs of age. My problem is that the old rad is 147cm long and I cant find one the same size. The closest I can get is 144cm. Does anyone know where I can get one of the correct size or is there an...
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    connecting 150mm dia ducting

    I'll give it another shoty tonight Stem. You must be right.
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    connecting 150mm dia ducting

    Thanks for your replies. I tried to fit the hose directly to the outlet but it wont go I'm sure that they are both exactly 150mm. I suppose I could use duct tape but it seems a shame that I can't find the correct fitting to do a proper job. Duct tape it is then. Cheers, Chris.
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    connecting 150mm dia ducting

    Hi all, Hope you can help. I have a flexible 150mm dia ducting hose which I need to connect to a 150mm dia duct outlet. They are both exactly 150mm dia. I bought this http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/FD616C.html Thinking it would do the job, but it too is exactly 150mm dia. Can any one...
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    Access to washing machine, dishwasher & cookerhood spurs

    thanks for your replies. Do I HAVE to make the plugs accessable. I was hoping to plug straight into the existing plugs. Also, would I need to get one spur inspected? I could leave the cookerhood connected to the lighting circuit
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    Access to washing machine, dishwasher & cookerhood spurs

    Hi all, i'm redoing my kitchen at the moment and wondered what the current regs were for access to switched spurs for appliances. Do they have to be immediately accessable? - At the mo both the w/m and the d/w are connected to plugs behind them & you'd have to pull the appliances out to access...
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    Rough cost of a (not so rough) plastering job.

    I think you're right Richard. keith (No1) was in and out inside 5 mins and told me exactly how he'd do it. I don't know how I'd check the quality of his work - I guess I'll have to take a chance on that. I've got a guy who's quoting tomorrow but I think Keith will probably get the job. Once...
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    Rough cost of a (not so rough) plastering job.

    Here's a photo of the offending Plinth. It doesn't move at all but sits 5mm lower than the joist level. I've just had three guys round. No1 said he'd use battens to bring out the level of the joists - £360 all in No2 said he'd PB up to the plinth only - £325 No3 said he'd pack out...
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    Rough cost of a (not so rough) plastering job.

    I'm at work now so no pics till tonight. I've got three guys coming round this evening so I guess I should go with the one who mentions the expansion/contraction problem (I'll point out the plinth to them) and a possible solution. Once again thanks for your input.
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    Rough cost of a (not so rough) plastering job.

    Hi Richard, I'll put a photo up tonight but I believe the stone/concrete plinth thing is that part of a fireplace which is set into the floor in front (hearth?). It sits slightly proud (lower than) the bottom of the ceiling joists ( less than 5 mm) and there is a coat (10mm) of artex on it...
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    Rough cost of a (not so rough) plastering job.

    Thanks for your comments on the cracks Richard. The large crack on the ceiling (second pic) is in an area where the artex was particularly dodgy/had been repaired so point taken. I suppose I should have renewed the ceiling & maybe I'm being too hard on the plasterer - He did after all spend a...
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    Rough cost of a (not so rough) plastering job.

    Cheers for your input trowel monkey. No, there were no cracks before the plaster job. The ceiling was badly artexed though. As I've said, a month or so after the cracks were filled ( the plasterer made a big deal of having opened up the cracks and PVAd them) they've not opened up again so...
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    Rough cost of a (not so rough) plastering job.

    Thanks for those tips Richard, I've got a better Idea of what to listen out for when I get the quoters round. I've been onto yell & left messages for 6 local plasterers -hopefully 3 or 4 will come round to quote & I'll be able to make a decision by the weekend. As regards the cracks in the...
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