1. A

    How to cover cracks on ceiling

    Hi there, I have started my first renovation and will be living in the property myself, so attention to detail is paramount to me. In the lounge, I am going to be leaving the centre of the ceiling exposed but there are some white areas around the sides and through part of the middle (I'm not...
  2. J

    Best Paving Slab Cleaner?

    Can anyone recommend a good paving slab cleaner for removing algae etc? I don't have a Pressure Washer. The ones that seem to be good on the internet are: Wet and Forget Spear & Jackson Spray and Leave Patio Magic Patio Cleaner Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks
  3. J

    RSJ Spacers - Are they needed?

    Guys, Any advice.. SE specified bolts and spacers necessary. Builder has added bolts but not spacers. The work is up and he is saying spacers are not needed and is pushing back (basically refusing) on making changes now. The beams sit right next to each other - no space in between - is it...
  4. J

    Weird Squawking/Squeaking Noise around House

    Hi, Moved into a 4-bed Edwardian (1906) terraced house. For the past few weeks I've been hearing a mysterious squawking sound, in different rooms (kitchen, living room, upstairs back bedroom) at different times. Audio and separate video below. When they happen, they are precisely 31 seconds...
  5. J

    RSJ Spacers - Are they needed?

    Guys, Any advice.. SE specified bolts and spacers necessary. Builder has added bolts but not spacers. The work is up and he is saying spacers are not needed and is pushing back (basically refusing) on making changes now. The beams sit right next to each other - no space in between - is it...
  6. P

    Should I buy a house with structural issues? How much will it cost to renovate?

    I’m interested in a house in Scotland but home report flags several structural issues with many items in category 2. Should I offer on it? How much do you think renovations will cost to fix all the issues? I’m totally clueless about renovations. Below are some infor about the house: 1) Built in...
  7. J

    Fixing gaps in a Concrete Door Step.

    I was wondering what forum readers would suggest to fill in horizontal gaps between a front door step and the door. They are not huge gaps. I think its just caused by shrinkage as the house is about 60 years old. I was thinking something along the lines of a mastic sealant as I want to be easy...
  8. K

    RSJ advice needed!!

    Guys, Is there anyway to tell whether an RSJ is graded S275 or S355 once installed? Cheers in advance.
  9. D

    is RSJ correctly supported?

    Guys, I have a builder in doing some work for me. He put up an RSJ where there was previously a load bearing wall. Can you comment on the photos? I'm not 100% confident in what's been done. New RSJ spans 5 metres and also supports smaller pre-existing RSJ. Areas of concern, - Pad stone 80mm...
  10. R

    2 storey extension with TPO

    Warm greetings to everyone. I need some advice/guidance from one and all. I am about to purchase a detached house which has many trees on one side and one of the trees happens to have a TPO (Ash Tree) on it. Planning Map by Ravii posted 25 Jun 2021 at 12:10 AM There is a uniform space of 4.5m...
  11. B

    Typical Cost to Paint House

    I am looking to get my house exterior painted. Just looking for typical prices as I really have no idea. I live in a 3 bed end terrace.
  12. B

    Plastering Rooms - Safety Advice

    Hi, We are soon to be having two of our bedrooms re-plastered. I have a young family and don't want to expose them to any 'nasties', i.e. dust, wet plaster fumes as the walls dry out. Is it safe for us all to be in the house while the plastering is taking place? I'm guessing that the best we...
  13. B

    Blocked off Chimneys on Party Wall (Leave, Vent, or... ?)

    So, we have 3 chimney breasts that are blocked off and are on the party wall - they are all papered over and I presume plasterboard/wood or similar has been used to block the gap. These are not vented at the bottom, which I thought had to happen. (Please note that I'd prefer not to have a vent...
  14. M

    Cracks in Brickwork

    Hey guys, looking to buy this as my first home, and on the homebuyers report the surveyor mentioned; Some repairs are required to the wall surfaces including spalled brickwork and repairs are required. The property has been affected by past structural movement, evidenced by cracking to wall...
  15. A

    Mystery leak

    Hello all. I’ve joined this group to see if anyone has experienced or seen anything similar before. I have water/a leak/perhaps rain coming in to my bathroom that is affecting one corner wall. The bottom and top of the tiled skirting is wet to look at as if the grout has never dried fully, and...
  16. rystaman

    Is this brick damage anything to worry about? (Potential damp)

    Hi all, Currently in the process of purchasing a 3-bed semi-detached house built in 1971 and have a couple of concerns about the condition of some of the bricks at the front of the house (which is north-facing). Firstly the below - I have no idea what this would be but looks like a crack all...
  17. B

    Why is my home raised, can it be fixed?

    Good afternoon folks! I have recently purchased a Bungalow and plan to renovate and extend it. However as you can see from the below picture the height of the floor is raised a good elevation. Simply put, why would this be the case? Secondly if I am about to completely gut the building, replace...
  18. B

    Socket Tester - Open Hot (Live) Reading

    OK, so I'm probably as daft as a brush (hence the username), but... I have a socket tester (TackLife from Amazon) that has 3 lights to give various readings for sockets, i.e. 'correct', 'open ground', etc. Now for 'Open Hot (Live)' the light combination is er - no lights. Doesn't this seem to...
  19. J

    What Colours does Tetrion Filler Come in?

    What Colours does Tetrion Filler Come in? The reason I am asking is that I need to fill in some small cracks and one quite large hole in the side of a concrete door step. I was thinking of buying the above filler for this. The door step is a light sort of grey colour. Unless I have missed...
  20. H

    Advice pointing

    Hello, Please can you look at this pointing and give me your ideas on whether it will weather in. The joints were very narrow and on reflection I don't think they have undertaken this type of work before. I am very upset and can't look at. Due to have the windows painted anf think it looks so...