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    Water proofing concrete blocks

    Hi everyone. I'm building a concrete block retaining wall using 140mm x 215mm x 440mm blocks (see model below). The plan is to render the blocks however the return highlighted on the left hand side of the image runs by the boundary fence. I haven't drawn the fence in the model which is why you...
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    Concrete blocks - Advice on best cutting method

    Hi everyone, I’m getting close to laying the blocks for my wall but first I need to cut some of them to size. Can someone tell what the best method is to achieve this? I’ve seen there is a disc cutter or a block splitter or a hammer and masonry chisel. I need to cut around 20 or so blocks so...
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    Where might I find these hollow blocks?

    Hi everyone, I'm trying to get hold of x20 140mm dense hollow concrete blocks (7N/mm²) but I'm struggling to find any in my local area. I'm on the Hampshire/Berkshire/Surrey border. There are some showing on buildingmaterials.co.uk website but when I ordered them they came back and send they...
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    Volumetric Concrete....

    Hi, I'm coming to the point where I will actually need to get some concrete in. I like the idea of volumetric concrete so that I pay for what I use. I need about 1.2 cubic metres of concrete and will have to barrow it. Having phoned a few people up there seems to be a big difference in price...
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    Finally getting around to it...

    Hi everyone I'm finally getting around to ordering building materials. There are so many suppliers can anyone recommend ones to avoid/use etc. Any advice would be great. I'm looking for: 440 x 215 x 140mm solid blocks 440 x 215 x 140mm hollow blocks Cement MOT Type 1 aggregate Needs to...
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    Before I go and do something I shouldn't......

    Can anyone tell me if they think this pipe? is something I shouldn't cut? We moved into a new build in 2019 and I'm developing the garden. Digging footings for a wall and came across this metal object which looks like it might be scaffolding or something similar. It must be long as I cannot...
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    Ready mix concrete recommendations…

    Hi everyone, Can anyone recommend a ready mix concrete supplier that supplies small loads (1m³) to north Hampshire? There seems to be so many suppliers and I have to phone or email them to get a quote. I thought I’d see if I can downselect from sone of your recommendations first. Thanks, Ed
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    Is Ready mix Concrete the way forward?

    Hi, I am building a block wall and need about 1m^3 of concrete. I know there is a number of ways to do this is buying ready mix concrete and hiring a pump the best way? How much would It likely cost? cheers, Ed
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    Drainage....can I do this?

    Hi everyone, Keen newbie here taking on a garden project. I'm building a small retaining wall and a patio. Thinking about drainage I'm going to run slotted flexible pipe by the wall and now thinking about where to put the water. There is a storm drain inspection chamber with lots of spare...
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    Help with garden wall bond

    Hi everyone, I'm trying to build a retaining wall for our garden. We have a slope (back to front) of 447mm and I was planning on using hollow concrete blocks (440mm x 215mm x 140mm) so I can use rebar to tie them into the concrete foundation. I'm a wall virgin but I'm keen! My first question...
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    Automatic laser level recommendations

    Hi, I'm looking to start building a wall and want to buy a laser level so that I can set everything out and get the correct levels for footings and layers etc by transferring levels etc. I'm only a DIY'er so don't want to spend a fortune, I'm looking at max £200 There looks to be lots of...
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