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    Overboarding with a gap in the floorboards

    I'm retiling my hallway. The previous tiles were on 12mm ply, laid over the Victorian floorboards. After lifting that ply, I've found a gap in the floorboards from where a doorway was moved (see link). In the gap there's the old base of the wall. The centre of it is almost but not quite level...
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    Victorian door sill cover

    My front door sill has a metal sheet folded over it and embedded behind the tiles on the inside and into / behind the front step on the outside. The sheet is torn and jagged. I'm going to retile the inside soon, which seems like a good opportunity to replace it. But does anyone know how much of...
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    Condensation despite low humidity?

    I've had a bad smell in my upstairs front bedroom for perhaps a year. It comes on overnight. After rain it's a damp, almost mildewy smell. When it's dry it's more musty. It seems mainly to come from around floor level in the back corner of the room. One wall in that corner is a party wall and...
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    Rendering after repointing internal wall

    I've posted this in the plastering/rendering forum too but it's a broader question so I'm reposting here. I was planning to apply insulating render (the Bauwer Light system) to an internal wall. However, on removing the previous plaster, the brickwork is in bad shape. There are a few patches...
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    Rendering after internal repointing

    I was planning to apply insulating render (the Bauwer Light system) to an internal wall. However, on removing the previous plaster, the brickwork is in bad shape. There are a few patches where the mortar is pretty much gone from the internal layer of bricks (it's a solid Victorian brick wall)...
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    Bathroom subfloor questions

    I know this gets asked a lot but I couldn't find a thread discussing the exact points I'm confused about. I'm refurbing a small (1.4 x 2.4m) shower room. The fitter has proposed the following for the subfloor: - 18mm moisture resistant chipboard screwed to the joists at 250mm centres, with...
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    Downpipe drainage

    The drain for my front gutter downpipe is blocked right up to ground level, and the brick surround broken in half. I dug it out 6 inches or so and the mix of largish lumps of rock and brick in the soil makes it look like it was blocked deliberately. I have various health problems which make it...
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