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by thedoctor
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Decorating Forum
Topic: Stripping Paint From 1930's Staircase
Replies: 3
Views: 2921

Re: Stripping Paint From 1930's Staircase

Hi As chas57 says, old paint is notoriously hard to strip off, especially if it's lead-based and by the sound of it I would say there's a good chance that it is. If so you are right to be concerned about disturbing it, you don't want to release any dust into the air that can be breathed it. We do ha...
by thedoctor
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Decorating Forum
Topic: Paint Blistering Problem That Reoccurs Every Year (With Photos)
Replies: 3
Views: 1745

Re: Paint Blistering Problem That Reoccurs Every Year (With Photos)

Hi

It does indeed look like efflorescence - We have a project page that covers the causes and also cures for efflorescence that may be of use to you: https://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/e ... -cures.htm

Kind Regards
by thedoctor
Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Damp and Damp Proofing Forum
Topic: Tanking the Cellar Walls and Floor for Dry Storage Space
Replies: 5
Views: 2382

Re: Tanking the Cellar Walls and Floor for Dry Storage Space

Hi

Yes, level the floor first and then once all cured, crack on with the tanking.

We also have a project page on levelling floors here that may help: https://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/l ... floors.htm


Kind Regards
by thedoctor
Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Damp and Damp Proofing Forum
Topic: Tanking the Cellar Walls and Floor for Dry Storage Space
Replies: 5
Views: 2382

Re: Tanking the Cellar Walls and Floor for Dry Storage Space

Hi

No problems, glad to help. Good luck with the project

KInd Regards
by thedoctor
Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Damp and Damp Proofing Forum
Topic: Tanking the Cellar Walls and Floor for Dry Storage Space
Replies: 5
Views: 2382

Re: Tanking the Cellar Walls and Floor for Dry Storage Space

Hi

All holes of any kind in walls need to be 100% filled with a 4 / 1 sand cement mix before the slurry is put on.

More information on tanking can be found in our project here: https://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/tanking.htm and also in this project: https://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/u ... oofing.htm

We also have a video on youtube that you might also find useful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdAqnJDRjHM

Hope this helps
by thedoctor
Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Plant and Tool Hire Forum
Topic: Tips and Advice on How to Purchase Aggregates
Replies: 1
Views: 2007

Re: Tips and Advice on How to Purchase Aggregates

Hi

The type of aggregate that you want to go for will very much depend on what it is being used for e.g. drainage, concreting etc.

We have a project page that goes through the most common types of aggregate and what they are used for that may help you further: https://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/t ... regate.htm

Kind Regards
by thedoctor
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Roofing Repair and Construction Forum
Topic: Question Regarding Render on Parapet Walls
Replies: 1
Views: 2423

Re: Question Regarding Render on Parapet Walls

Hi Theres no legal or building regs to have walls rendered, render is either done for water proofing or visual effect. If your wall looks ok and isn't leaking, there is no reason why it should be rendered just because the others are. If your roof/wall is water proof as it is, it isn't going to be an...
by thedoctor
Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Concreting, Drives, Paths and Patios Forum
Topic: How Much Cement and Sand do I Need for Jointing Patio Slabs
Replies: 3
Views: 2058

Re: How Much Cement and Sand do I Need for Jointing Patio Slabs

Hi

Temperatures vary depending on what area of the country you are in which can affect drying times

Kind Regards
by thedoctor
Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Concreting, Drives, Paths and Patios Forum
Topic: How Much of This Stuff do I Need to Fill Patio Joints?
Replies: 1
Views: 1756

Re: How Much of This Stuff do I Need to Fill Patio Joints?

Hi

Are you just trying to fill the joints between patio slabs?

Do you have a picture you could post so that we can see what you are trying to achieve?

Kind Regards
by thedoctor
Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Concreting, Drives, Paths and Patios Forum
Topic: How Much Cement and Sand do I Need for Jointing Patio Slabs
Replies: 3
Views: 2058

Re: How Much Cement and Sand do I Need for Jointing Patio Slabs

Hi It really depends on a few things; type of slabs, location etc... We do have a project covering this subject that may help you out, although the method described below is really suited to dry conditions, so if you are thinking of doing it this time of year, it may be worth waiting: m Hope this he...
by thedoctor
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: Leaking Radiator Valve and Turning Radiator off
Replies: 1
Views: 1967

Re: Leaking Radiator Valve and Turning Radiator off

Hi The “spout” is a drain valve but on looking at the image I can’t see any way of isolating it. Most moder radiators will feature something similar to the below image. As you can see, just after the drain spout on the left, there is a valve lockinging screw that can be screwed in to lock the valve ...
by thedoctor
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Flooring and Floor Coverings Forum
Topic: How to Attach Lino to a Wall
Replies: 2
Views: 8998

Re: How to Attach Lino to a Wall

Hi Sandy Unfortunately if you are thinking of using the lino as a replacement for tiles in a bathroom or similar this is probably not the best way to go. To ensure that any areas in your bathroom that are subjected to water and splashing e.g. around the bath and inside the shower stay as waterproof ...
by thedoctor
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Concreting, Drives, Paths and Patios Forum
Topic: Trimming up Concrete Slab DPM
Replies: 1
Views: 3098

Re: Trimming up Concrete Slab DPM

Hi Bogart

We do have a project page detailing what needs to be done with an image that shows where teh dpc needs to run. It can be found here: https://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/c ... dfloor.htm

KInd Regards
by thedoctor
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Decorating Forum
Topic: Paint Stripping Stairs With a Heatgun but Possible Lead Paint?
Replies: 1
Views: 2578

Re: Paint Stripping Stairs With a Heatgun but Possible Lead Paint?

Hi

We have a project covering stripping lead paint that may be of some use to you that can be found here: https://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/s ... -paint.htm

In terms of timber, a bit hard to say but it's most probably pine

Kind Regards
by thedoctor
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Timber Framed Building
Topic: Is Woodworm Still Active in Warm House? How do I Verify Live Larvae or Beetle?
Replies: 1
Views: 3079

Re: Is Woodworm Still Active in Warm House? How do I Verify Live Larvae or Beetle?

Hi

We have a project covering this very subject that may be of use to you: https://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/woodworm.htm

Kind Regards
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