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    Is there a such a tool....for proping / jacking up items?

    Bottle jacks only lift the length of the piston or sometimes twice the length. The one in your link only lifts about 140mm. As Diyisfun said, lift, prop and lift again. A scissor jack would lift a longer lift but still only about 500mm max, and not so stable as a bottle jack.
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    First Post - Retaining wall

    Yes, I think that would be overkill. If you were going to do the whole at the same time, a stepped foundation would suffice. This link gives a good idea about stepped foundations: http://www.condor-rebar.com/news-articles/2011-03-sloped-vs-stepped-footings.html I don't think you'll need to...
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    First Post - Retaining wall

    I'd add side "wing" reducing walls to your retaining walls. It'll also add strength to your retaining walls. Strictly speaking, I think you should use engineering bicks as they'll always be in contact with the soil. Porous brickwork will be subject to a freeze/thaw cycle many times each...
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    Old Garage Pier removal

    With a 9" grinder with a decent cutting disc, and a club hammer and chisel. You won't be able to cut flush with the adjoining bickwork. Just cut as close as you can and chisel away the waste. Once you've done that you can make smaller cuts perpendicular into the brickwork, about 10mm apart...
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    Strange scenario of a garden wall. Help please.

    When you say the damp is most evident in that area, are you talking about the damp on the interior? Or is there evidence of damp on the exterior of the wall? A vertical dpc is not possible near the oil tank, by the sound of it. So, I think I would ask your neighbour to view your side of...
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    Is there a such a tool....for proping / jacking up items?

    You don't mention the height of the lift that is required, but what about a hydraulic bottle jack? The bigger ones have the greatest and longest lift capacity.
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    Strange scenario of a garden wall. Help please.

    What length of wall is considered? Don't forget that damp can travel horizontally as well as vertically. So any attempt at a damp course in the wall will need to consider proofing the wall vertically to the side of the end walls of your neighbour's extension. I would also suggest rendering...
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    22mm flooring chipbard

    It depends on whether the boards are T&G edged or square edged. Square edged, I'd suppot the ends. T&G edges/ends I wouldn't, and, of course, I'd stagger the ends.
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    fitting coping stone corners and retailers in the West Mids?

    Yes mitre your coping stones at the corners otherwise you'll have a slope into the end of another stone. I would have thought any reasonable BM would have the stones available, Selco, Travis Perkins, E H Smith, Buildbase, Jewsons, and many more.
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    Damp in walls

    Are you saying that you can't access the exterior of the wall, at all?
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    Builder's business closed before completion...

    I think you'd have to explore your options, at the time, if it is required. Some builders belong to trade organisations which provide the guarrantee. Others have private insurance arrangments. So it depends on the status of your builder whether any guarrantee currently exists or is extended...
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    Builder's business closed before completion...

    I don't think there's an easy answer to this. From the perspective of your builder's wife, it's a trying and difficult time, coping with the sudden illness and the associated problems of sorting out the business. From your perspective, you're worried about the completion of your project, etc...
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