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    Should I sand the ceiling before painting?

    Is it a newly plasterboarded/skim plastered ceiling? Was it primed properly? Surprised that you are seeing the roller marks. Are you pressing the roller too much, perhaps? I use 120 - 180 grit before painting. Make sure you remove all the dust before repainting. I always use dulux matt pure...
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    Wall prep for self-adhesive wallpaper

    I have a wall (skim plastered, mist coast + 2 matt emulsion coats) that will be wallpapered. The wall is clearly porous. if i flick water, it is absorbed which to me means the wall needs to be sized/primed accordingly. Is this correct? Now, this is the first time I'll be using self-adhesive...
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    velux fused plug

    Hi there, I've got two new velux integra windows installed. They come with a fused plug, which the sparky is insisting that it should be kept like that, with an access hatch in the ceiling to access it if it goes wrong. Reason is that if he cuts the plug the warranty becomes void. I am...
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    patio door and window height - help!

    I've slept on it and agree that this is stupid being I'm the one who'll end up facing this daily. Will stop any further roofing work until an alternative plan of action is found.
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    patio door and window height - help!

    Besides the obvious above mentioned cock-up, why the specific comment about architect after I've shown parts of the plan?
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    patio door and window height - help!

    Because of the 15degree pitch required for the velux windows.
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    patio door and window height - help!

    Hi, currently in the middle of a rear extension. Due to 1st floor positioning of the windows, the plan was always to have a low-pitch roof extension with an internal ceiling height of 248cm and a pitched section coming to 2.11cm. Builder today discovers that the architects drawing are off by...
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    Wall Shelving - loft dividing wall

    Great, that's exactly what I've got in mind - two slot shelving. Thanks!
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    Wall Shelving - loft dividing wall

    Is it possible to put up wall shelving in the loft, against the dividing wall? The wall is between the chimney stacks (semi-detached house). Would it be able to support the weight? (i'm not planning to put much heavy items on the shelves, just general 25x25x30cm storage boxes), but there might...
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    Replacing staircase string and spindles

    Thanks for your replies. He showed me a few samples, but he suggested its best to use the square ones (a choice of two widths) because the height between the stringer and the handrail won't allow for the fancy round ones. He then went off and provided the quote. He's aware of the width...
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    Coving in hallway

    We've put plain curved coving in bedrooms/living room as it makes the room 'cosy' as the mrs puts it. Where do people stand on coving in the hallway/landing? The ceiling height is 2.5metres. and just over 10m2 downstairs including stairwell. Its a typical 1930s semi. Looking forward for...
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    Decorating in Winter

    Thanks all - I had to crack on with the renovation work over the winter months as I couldn't really sit and wait for the 'summer' months to start (they rarely come anyway :lol:). Had half the rooms re-plastered over November/early December, now continuing with the decorating. Some radiators...
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    Patching old plaster

    Thanks! In the end, all the walls ended up being PVAd and two coats of multi-finish by a professional plasterer. Been over a month and the result is amazing!
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    Falling and crumbly plaster between wall/ceiling

    There were too many damaged areas, in the end we got a plasterer round and fixed all the blown plaster and finally re-skimmed!
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    Replacing staircase string and spindles

    Thanks big-all - I had a local tradesman to come round and said that the handrail would need replacing too. The spindles would sit on a new string cap. He quoted just over £600 for supplying & fitting (stairs & landing). Is that reasonable? Cheers!
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    Decorating in Winter

    This might sound like a silly question, but is it OK to re-decorate in the winter months? I live in the South of England. I'm assuming that the radiator in the room will be turned off for the duration of decorating and drying time (needs to be removed to paint behind it anyway). Many thanks!
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    Patching old plaster

    Hi there, I've just had some rewiring done in our new (but old 1930s) house. All the walls are lime plaster over bricks. I need to patch up some cracks in the walls and fill the gaps from the electrical rewiring - obviously I've read many times that skimming over lime plaster with modern...
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    Replacing staircase string and spindles

    Hi all, I've recently moved into a new property and have started making plans for renovating it (1930s semi). I'm not particularly fond of the current staircase (its not very aesthetic in today's world, and doesn't meet current regulations as the width between the balusters is too wide)...
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    Falling and crumbly plaster between wall/ceiling

    Fair point, but is it normal to put coving over holes like that? Surely they need to be fixed first, or maybe not?
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