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  1. curry-kid

    Tiling over old flaky paint

    It depends how bad it is. You could try using a couple of coats of "stabilising solution". This seals and bonds the surface. Did you replace the blown plaster with standard platerboard? Cement board (hardy backerboard) is what you want in a wet area, even if tanking... Cheers
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    Tiling substrate for my kitchen?

    You could used something like Bal Rapid Mat between the chipboard and the tiles. It is very thin (<1mm) and decouples the tiles from the chipboard, so if the boards move a little it is unlikely to crack the tiles. You stick it to the chipboard with tile adhesive and then tile on top. You can...
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    Boxing up pipes

    You can make your own pipe boxing from battons and marine ply. Or you buy one like this...
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    Boxing up pipes

    I wouldn't tile over tile if I were you. There is a maximum weight that plasterboard will support, and most of that is already used by the current tiles, adhesive & grout. Take the tiles off and then use a bonding primer to stabilise the plaster behind. Some will say use PVA, but that is water...
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    Still at planing stage but could do with building advice

    If your budget is tight why not keep your boiler where it is. That would save quite a few grand! You would be converting your old kitchen into a study, so you could just box the boiler in a cupboard with desk attached. Cheers
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    Extending wall light wires safely

    Soldered and crimp joints are also maintenance free but you would also have to consider proper insulation and mechanical protection. As markyd and plugwash above say, you would probably be better off using the a maintenance free junction box.
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    Very thin partition wall in bathroom

    I hadn't thought of using the cupboard to help support the wall, but yes that would work. Thanks cdbe The cupboard will actually be a 500mm kitchen dresser unit. The worktop will extend out further and have a countertop basin on it. Taps mounted vertically on dresser and mirror on door. Plenty...
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    Overboarding with a gap in the floorboards

    I would just fill the hole with tile adhesive and smooth it level with the floor boards. Use the 12mm ply as before. Rather than the Ditra, you could use BAL Rapid-Mat. This is < 1mm thick. I used the BAL rapid-mat in my hallway and tiled on top - no problem with the tiles and the doors open...
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    Very thin partition wall in bathroom

    Thanks for your comments Guys My good lady wants tiles rather than the shower panels as the rest of the bathroom will be tiled. I don't want to use glass instead of the wall, because the side of the cupboard will not be attractive. I am hoping that the wall won't be wobbly! I've used...
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    Wet-Room Tanking/full water proof

    Hi, So yes, I would board the blockwork bench. Do the top and sides. I wouldn't bother trying to recess the board under the wall boards. If you tape the joint before tanking then it won't make any difference which is on top. I can't help much with the mortar bed slope. You definitely need a...
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    Filling Hole in wall

    Hi Mark, Personally I would fill the hole with expanding foam. Then make good outside using mortar and inside using filler. You can get ready mix repair mortar in a cartridge for use with a gun - like silicone sealant. I recently had to fill a hole used by my old toilet overflow. All new...
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    Very thin partition wall in bathroom

    Hi, I need to build a very thin partition wall for a shower cubicle. There is very little room to play with, so I need to save every mm. The partition will be tiled on both sides. In my research I have come across laminate or sandwich walls, which are basically 3 layers of plasterboard stuck...
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    Wet-Room Tanking/full water proof

    Hi, My advice would be to tank the whole lot. I used an Aquaseal Tanking Kit (other makes are available) on my ensuite shower. The kit has tape for the joins and corners which you do first. Then 2 coats of the tanking solution. This is painted on and sets to a solid rubber type finish. You then...