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by welsh brickie
Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: Sealing Around Bath That Already has Plastic Bath Seal
Replies: 1
Views: 2237

Re: Sealing Around Bath That Already has Plastic Bath Seal

fill the bath half full so the weight of water opens the gap, Use a Stanley knife to cut out as much sealant as possible, you can also get silicone eater to remove the rest, and reseal. Leave the water in the bath for 24hrs for the silicone to set. Use a low modulus silicone
by welsh brickie
Sun May 21, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Conversion, Refurbishment and Renovation Forum
Topic: To DIY or to get an Architect for Garage Conversion?
Replies: 1
Views: 2427

Re: To DIY or to get an Architect for Garage Conversion?

you can have the work inspected by the building control officer without the need for plans
by welsh brickie
Sun May 21, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Brickwork and Blockwork Forum
Topic: What Size Concrete Blocks for Building a Garage?
Replies: 1
Views: 5202

Re: What Size Concrete Blocks for Building a Garage?

100mm solid blocks are better with piers
by welsh brickie
Mon May 01, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Architecture, Self Build and Design Forum
Topic: First Time Bricklayer Needs Advice on a Garden Retaining Wall
Replies: 2
Views: 2054

Re: First Time Bricklayer Needs Advice on a Garden Retaining Wall

if its on a slope its best if you step the foundation, the depth of the foundation depends on ground conditions, the foundation needs to be dug at a minimum of 300mm deep with a minimum of 150mm thick concrete, also the thickness of the wall will depend on the height, if your building it a metre hig...
by welsh brickie
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Brickwork and Blockwork Forum
Topic: Tree Roots Have Damaged Wall, Cracks, Shifting Lintel and Help Needed With Fix
Replies: 1
Views: 2819

Re: Tree Roots Have Damaged Wall, Cracks, Shifting Lintel and Help Needed With Fix

The problem is with the lintel not the tree root, the bearing is not enough and it has contracted causing the cracking.
Its best to remove the lintel and replace it with a concrete one, You will need 150mm minimum bearing on each side of the opening
by welsh brickie
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Brickwork and Blockwork Forum
Topic: Advice on Type of Brick to use for Outdoor Concrete Top for Argentinian Style BBQ
Replies: 1
Views: 2244

Re: Advice on Type of Brick to use for Outdoor Concrete Top for Argentinian Style BBQ

yes you can use a pressed engineering brick, with the concrete top though you will need to tile it as concrete is porous and your wood/charcoal will get mouldy and wet
by welsh brickie
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Masonry Forum
Topic: Concrete Wall That is Easy Crumble and how to Repair
Replies: 1
Views: 2351

Re: Concrete Wall That is Easy Crumble and how to Repair

its made from lime and sand, its quite normal, you can fill the holes in, use a pva solution on the area first to seal the substrate
by welsh brickie
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Conversion, Refurbishment and Renovation Forum
Topic: New Fireplace but it's Smoking out Room Although Chimney all ok
Replies: 1
Views: 2167

Re: New Fireplace but it's Smoking out Room Although Chimney all ok

you will need to create a throat for the smoke this will draw the air up the chimney, you can buy a fireback and throat from your local builders merchant, or you can build a brick fireback https://youtu.be/FKycKB0Ww9k
by welsh brickie
Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Fencing Forum
Topic: Big Problems With Concrete Posts After Cowboy Job
Replies: 2
Views: 12975

Re: Big Problems With Concrete Posts After Cowboy Job

the problem is you will have to remove the old concrete around the posts . and the posts will be covered in concrete, and it will be difficult to remove without damaging them. So labour costs are high. I would suggest using wire barrier fence, this will allow wind to pass through, and cheaper and ea...
by welsh brickie
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Conservatories and Orangeries Forum
Topic: Is it Possible to Construct Conservatory Without Digging Footings
Replies: 1
Views: 6118

Re: Is it Possible to Construct Conservatory Without Digging Footings

You can lay a reinforced slab of concrete, 150mm thick, but its stopping damp coming through the slab afterwards is the problem. You can paint the floor with a quality damp proof paint / sealant to stop it
by welsh brickie
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Conservatories and Orangeries Forum
Topic: Replace uPVC Window Sills With Oak Sills
Replies: 1
Views: 2918

Re: Replace uPVC Window Sills With Oak Sills

Its best to remove the old ones first
by welsh brickie
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Concreting, Drives, Paths and Patios Forum
Topic: Mortar or Sand for Concrete Flags Under Shed
Replies: 1
Views: 2240

Re: Mortar or Sand for Concrete Flags Under Shed

I would use a dry mix of sand and cement about 50mm thick
by welsh brickie
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Bathrooms, Drainage and Waste Plumbing Forum
Topic: Shallow Sewer Pipe and Pouring Concrete for Support
Replies: 1
Views: 2782

Re: Shallow Sewer Pipe and Pouring Concrete for Support

I would put paving slabs over the top and then gravel to hide the slabs
by welsh brickie
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Groundwork and Foundations Forum
Topic: Black Metal Pipe Found When Laying new Sewer Pipe
Replies: 1
Views: 2644

Re: Black Metal Pipe Found When Laying new Sewer Pipe

I wouldn't cut it, I have found the new gas main threaded into the old metal pipe sometimes
by welsh brickie
Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Damp and Damp Proofing Forum
Topic: Will I Eventually Get Damp Problems With Small Parapet Wall
Replies: 2
Views: 1890

Re: Will I Eventually Get Damp Problems With Small Parapet Wall

from the pictures weep holes have been left in the wall to allow water to seep out of the wall if water penetrates the coping slabs on the top of the wall, this could cause the wall to discolour after time, As for damp it looks unlikely
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