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    Sweden

    Iceland are pretty much able to test and contain their population.
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    Inside of DPM Soaking Wet (Condensation Problem? Fix Needed)

    You need to address the damp problems before sealing it up. Inner cavity wall should be dry so either penetrating or humidity but also early cavity walls had nasty things like rat trap bonds instead of wall ties and so need to treat them more like a solid wall.
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    Inside of DPM Soaking Wet (Condensation Problem? Fix Needed)

    What was the purpose of the DPM? Existing damp problems? Seems like a bad idea to put a plastic bag around a room which of course will trap moisture. Do you have ventilation that room?
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    Just had my house plastered...

    is this the reflection of the building in a ripping pool ?
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    Unusual cause of damp

    now that is a practical idea for our times
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    Unusual cause of damp

    We had this very odd square patch of damp with salts precipitating around it and through the thick textured wall paper. \ After stripping the wall paper i found it was a perfect square of damp gypsum - the rest of the wall is some sort of sand and cement render. I dug it out - about 10cm of...
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    Cracking plaster on chimney breast above wood burner

    Yes, it was a concern but in practice the stove is awesome and makes the room very cosy.Certainly a lot better than the old open fire in which the heat was sucked out of the chimney. I put a 20mm vermiculite back to it so that most of the heat goes into the bricks or the room and thermal mass...
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    Cracking plaster on chimney breast above wood burner

    Thanks. Air grill as of yesterday. Originally there was an open fire so the when cavity wall insulation brutes came they made a mess of a combustion vent - unsleved, non compliant hit and miss and installed it upside down (2009). The stupid thing is the draft coming from the vent was...
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    Cracking plaster on chimney breast above wood burner

    I lime rendered our breast. Filled in the recessed mortar joints with horse haired lime then followed the spec from Mike Wye support team. I was advised not to use any beading around the aperture - metal will expand and crack the plaster and plastic will melt. So I made a temporary frame...
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    Damp or condensation

    often they go hand in hand so a leaky gutter above makes parts of the wall cold and high internal humidity settled on the cold areas - it doesn't have to be dripping on the wall just humid and moist. Scarping mold is just a temporary solution. need more details. what kind of construction...
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    Is this asbestos

    Sellers who say there's no asbestos are full of s**t or will play ignorant. I would get it tested before proceeding. It will pray on your mind otherwise
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    Is this asbestos

    also . if this was asbestos it's most definitely one to take precautions. Not like artex which has 0.5-2% asbestos. The old asbestos loft insulation was 100% spun asbestos fibres. Lovely stuff https://www.armco.org.uk/asbestos-survey-news/asbestos-insulation-identification/
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    Is this asbestos

    not expensive to test. I got one turned around in 4 days. It looks like glass wool insulation . it in the whole ceiling as i've seen this shite from cavity wall insulation overspilling into ceiling though holes around joists or uncapped cavity. what age is the building? what's on the otherside...
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    Yankee here. Need some advice

    lime mortar is thixotropic. Knocking it up sufficiently makes it more workable. Adding too much water can lead to shrinkage and feeble plaster. Something like : Mix the mortar for 5 minutes (paddle or mixer), allow to rest for three minutes and re-mix for another three minutes. You can add a...
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    Yankee here. Need some advice

    Casanova plasterer
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