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    Remove metal flue liner before blocking?

    We've had a gas back boiler removed from our 30s semi, leaving a metal flue liner dangling, with fibreglass insulation sealing around it. At the top is a gas terminal. Does the metal liner need removing before sealing off the bottom (+ adding an air vent)? Is the gas terminal sufficient to cap...
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    Mystery Cable and Pipe

    The houses out the back are a bit newer, maybe 50s. They have their own telegraph pole on their street and what looks like water stop cocks in their street also. My neighbour on the other side of that fence doesn't know anything about them, we've both only lived here a couple of years though so...
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    Mystery Cable and Pipe

    I was removing a tree stump in the back garden and came across what appears to be a blue MDPE pipe and a 1" thick black cable with red stripes and "TELEPHONES UEP. 79" embossed on it. I don't have any outside taps down the garden and I haven't seen either terminate in the house anywhere. Our...
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    Replacing old tiles with half tile/paint

    Thanks Richard, sorry to keep bombarding you with questions, but I'm keen to get it right! The original bathroom has a high Victorian-style ceiling, which has since had a wooden framework erected below to support a lower ceiling. I am planning to use this framework to mount vapourshield...
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    Replacing old tiles with half tile/paint

    Should I put any insulation/membrane/vapour control behind the Aquapanel used around the shower (one of the walls is external)? Should I treat the (now blocked-off) chimney as an internal or external wall? It's build onto an external wall.
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    Chimney extension - safe to remove?

    The 1st floor bathroom in my ~1900 terraced house has a chimney in the corner on an external wall. It doesn't extend down into the kitchen so I assume this has been removed at some point in the past. Looking from above, it appears to have a ~40cm hollow extension on the side. Does anyone know...
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    Replacing old tiles with half tile/paint

    It's a bit of a mix! One internal wall has all the plaster intact - this one will be 100% painted One internal wall has almost all the plaster removed (i.e. bare brick) - to be half/full tiled One external wall has most of the plaster removed - to be half/full tiled Last external wall has...
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    Replacing old tiles with half tile/paint

    The tiles are quite heavy, 23.5kg/sqm so I think I'll definitely have to use plasterboard/backer boards. Can I put batons on top of the existing plaster?
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    Replacing old tiles with half tile/paint

    Many thanks fit your helpful advice Richard, an update on this: I'm now in the house and have removed all the tiles. In a three places the plaster (about 20mm thick) has come away from the wall completely: around the old shower (now removed), the other side of a leaky gutter (now fixed) and...
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    Replacing old tiles with half tile/paint

    Thanks for you detailed response Richard! I'll hold off buying any materials until I'm in then. I will look at getting some plasterer quotes, it wasn't so much the cost that was putting my off, more the 'I made this' factor of doing it all myself! So the vapour barrier (polythene sheet?)...
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    Replacing old tiles with half tile/paint

    I will be getting the keys for my 1907 terraced house in a couple of weeks and my first job will be re-fitting the bathroom, which appears to have been untouched since the 60s! I've reading posts on this site for a while now in preparation for the work, it's been a very helpful experience, but I...
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