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    Cleaning old stonework

    what is the best way to clean up old stonework? The building in question is a 200 year old stone house, currently rendered in dry dash which is mostly boss I plan to remove the roughcast and repoint the stonework but the stonework beneath is in a bit of a mess.... Cement residue from the...
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    masonry painted walls

    Could you not fix k-lathe mesh over the brickwork to provide the key?
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    Recommend me engineering wood floor and underlay

    Lacquered or oiled, I'd say oiled looks slightly better, and more natural, but needs more maintenance, ie re-oiled every 1-2 years, that considered I'd always go lacquered as requires no maintenance and is harder wearing (I've got dogs) my preference is a satin lacquer rather than gloss but...
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    concrete slab/floor

    That's what I was looking for cheers
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    concrete slab/floor

    Away to lift a floor in the house (was a kitchen originally but changing it to a living room) current make up of floor is flagstones, covered with bitumen resin then a 40mm screed. I propose to lift existing, scrape it back a bit, lay 25mm sand blind, Dpm, 75mm kingspan then a concrete slab...
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    Recommend me engineering wood floor and underlay

    Kahrs flooring, I'd say quality wise it's comparable to quickstep, goes down really smoothly and they supply there own brand underlay
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    Dying grout

    Yeh good shout I'll give that a try
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    Dying grout

    Hi, My question is can I use a wee drop of black food dye to colour pre mixed white grout to grey? I'm tiling a hearth of a fireplace, (which will not be operational) and the grout obviously won't be exposed to water, As it's a very small area to grout I wasn't wanting to buy a large bag of...
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    Dipping woodwork to remove paint

    I'll be replacing the glass with double glazing and also replacing the astrical anyway, I'm not a big fan of nitromorse either as don't find it very effective.... And by all accounts I reckon it'd be just as nasty as caustic soda
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    Dipping woodwork to remove paint

    Hi, I'm about to restore the sash and case windows in my house, fortunately they are in decent condition.... But unfortunately the are thick with years of layers of paint, I know 'dipping' woodwork is not the best method of paint removal for the wood as it dries it out, but it is time...
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    Tiling a hearth

    As long as there is a clear definition between hearth and floor it doesn't matter what height it is
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    Dot and dab

    Yeh there actually wooden dooks along the top of the wall so it may be a good idea to put more in for peace of mind, cheers
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    Dot and dab

    The plaster appears to be original grey plaster, with no paint or paper etc, it's not boss. Before dot and dab should I prime with pva?
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    Tiling a hearth

    Sorry should have made it clear that I'm installing a woodburning stove on a stand so there won't be any direct heat to the hearth
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    Tiling a hearth

    Hi, I'm about to tile my hearth and am looking for some advice. Due to the height of the lintol in my fireplace I am considering tiling straight onto my constructional hearth (which is made up of three flagstones) is this ok to do? I was worried about the possibility of the tiles cracking...
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    Dot and dab

    Hi, How do I dot and dab plasterboard to a chimney breast which is plaster on the hard. What is the best adhesive to use and how thickly do I apply it? Can I use no nails or would it be recommended to use plaster or joint cement etc?! The existing plaster is sound and I am dabbing on 9mm...
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    Finishing plasterboard to plaster joints

    Thanks for clearing that up Prenticeboysofderry, also would I get away with just using decorators caulk where the plasterboard meets the cornice?
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    repairing a kitchen ceiling (plasterboard) some help please

    An alternative to taking the ceiling down would be to leave the existing ceiling and 'brander' over the top of it. At 90 degrees to the ceiling joists use 2x1" straps at 600 centres to brander the ceiling ready for re sheeting, the materials for this are inexpensive and a monkey could do it :D
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    Finishing plasterboard to plaster joints

    Hi, I was looking for some help regarding taping the joints in a plasterboard wall. I've recently bought an old house and I'm planning on removing the lath and plaster on all of the outside walls of the property, insulating between the straps and then sheeting using insulation backed...
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