renovation

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    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. T

    Old dead chimney

    Hi guys, I have an old dead and unused chimney in a renovation property, the stach has been removed to below the roof into the attic space and currently not capped, further down the chimneys that it served have all been fully bricked up as in not just the cave but the full depth of the...
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    Outuilding renovation

    I have an outbuilding which was a pair of single garages with a hallway between them. A previous owner has gone some way towards converting the building to living accommodation. Bricked up the garage doors, insulated the roof (mostly), plastered one garage out and 2 walls on the other, wired but...
  4. M

    Mortar or Concrete bed? For sloped shower pan.

    Hi All, Just finishing my wet room. I have a linear drain in the end embedded and secured levelled into the concrete floor. I am now ready to do the wet room slope pan. I have placed two pieces of strip wood on each side and raised them accordingly to my slope measurements. I will use these...
  5. M

    Slope Mortar bed (Shower pan) wetroom stage. What to do?

    Hi All, I have installed my linear drain, levelled and position it in place with concrete and followed this with levelling compound a couple of weeks after to smooth and level the floor. I am now ready to create my mortar bed slope (Shower pan) from the curb step to the drain however I want...
  6. K

    RSJ advice needed!!

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

    What to do with our lath landing ceiling as having trouble hiring a tradesperson to fix up a new one

    Hi. So some of you may have seen my other posts on our hallway rennovation of our 1920s semi. Well it's been back to brick and laths for a couple of months now and we are not getting anywhere! I had to let our agreed builder go, before he put it back together, as I learnt that it had lime...
  8. Fishwalker

    Can we remove these bricks from under the stairs?

    Hi. So we're having the hall renovated and I've forgotten until a week before, due to the stress of the cost spiralling, to tell the Electrican that the Plasterer is coming the same day! Worst still, that we wanted to move the understairs door to the left slightly, to create shelves inside to...
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    Parquet or Plank

    Hi all, I have just purchased a bungalow. It's in need of a full renovation but just doing the planning now. I am wanting to install word flooring (or LVT) throughout as I think it makes a place look bigger. I have seen some really lovely parquet LVT and engineered wood floors and wondering if...
  10. M

    Vapour Barrier In wet room ??, Extractor fan (Yes or No), Tanking.

    Hi All, Currently renovating an old wetroom. 1. Removed everything back to brick. Currently, Have stud battened the walls, insulated the spacing and am now ready to apply the tile backer board, however, before I apply the tile backer board. Should I cover the insulation and battens with a...
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    To insulate or not ...

    I am looking at renovating a 130yr old stone house which currently has lath and plaster internally. Two tradesmen have advised not to insulate and just redecorate but one has said rip out and insulate with kingspan. A friend who has been in a similar situation has advised that heating bills...
  12. lxhrn

    Arched Doorway Repairs

    Just had a new door installed and an outside door in the arched doorway was removed. Not sure why people have 2 doors to be honest... As you can see from the photos the thin decorative bricks have been cut away to make way for the door which has since been removed and I would like to refurbish...
  13. M

    New wet room renovation,** duplicate 3 **

    In what order would you create a wet room? Renovation. I have stripped the old wet room back to brick. I just want your guys opinions on what order you would do things from materials used to completion. I will have concrete block benches, screed slope floor to the drain, and shower head mixer...
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    In what order do you carry out a wetroom renovation? thanks.

    I have stripped the old wet room back to brick. I just want your guys opinions on what order you would do things from materials used to completion. I will have concrete block benches, screed slope floor to the drain, and shower head mixer etc... but as for everything, what order and how would...
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    Bay Window Shingles Vs Render

    Hi everyone! New here, looking forward to being massively impressed with your immediate support! (I have zero time to decide on the below!)... We have to have our entire house rendered, much to our servere disappointment. Our bay window shingles. Part of the render agreement is to remove them...
  16. M

    Wet Room Renovation (Walls Boarding & Concrete Bench Placement)

    Hi, Guys would like your advice and opinions please concerning my wetroom renovations. I have stripped the walls back to bare brick and removed the previous concrete screed. Sadly, the previous screen was done by someone who didn't slope it correctly allowing water to flow out of the wetroom...
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    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...
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    Questions relating to extension, planning permissions and road noise!

    I am in the process of purchasing a 1970s bungalow. It was originally the ground keepers house for a gated community and a bunch of flats. I have some plans to do a single story extension, the current area is around 600 Sq foot and I want to increase it to around 1000 Sq foot. I plan to renovate...
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    Are acro props enough? Strongboys/scaffolding/racking shores

    Very soon we are intending on creating an open plan kitchen/diner by holding up the gable end of the house using "picture frame" type steels. The calculations mention considering to use scaffolding/racking shores? Are these necessary? We were intending on using plenty of Strongboy XLs (on a...
  20. B

    floorboard renovation

    I have an 1800's cottage and have to put new floors in the attic room. Elm joists and am replacing square edge floorboards. The ceiling below is lath and plaster. I am debating whether I can use clout nails and hammer in, or whether it is more sensible to use a nail gun. Aesthetically the cloud...
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