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  1. imago

    Settlement/shrinkage cracks

    OK, who's set up a second account for a wind up?
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    Damp proofing, EWI and other unicorn pubes. ...

    :LOL: No, but printing out that pdf and handing it to a customer when quoting huge sums for lime work might be handy. "This explains why that other bloke was wrong madam. As you can see, with this amount of research behind us we won't be the cheapest, but you can rest assured you'll have the...
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    Quality Persimmon homes

    That's youngsters with everything now for some reason. Car, van, house, all have to be brand new and if you suggest taking some stuff out of your kitchen or giving them a few bits of furniture when they move out they look at you like you've insisted that they have a bowl of sick for breakfast.
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    Damp proofing, EWI and other unicorn pubes. ...

    Older buildings with solid walls need to breathe. Using impermeable EWI, renders or injecting the walls with damp proofing cr4p stops that and damages the building. Like I said, nothing we didn't know but confirmation from a scientific study.
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    virus, change of mind yet

    Is it a werewolf virus then? I thought it was bats. Have they tried garlic?
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    Damp proofing, EWI and other unicorn pubes. ...

    ...... proven to be a load of old bollox. Won't come as a surprise to most the damage done to buildings with non permeable materials, but an interesting read none the less.
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    Quality Persimmon homes

    I have little sympathy with people getting stung with a new build to be honest. It's the most expensive thing people will buy, yet they do fcuk all research into something which is going to put them in debt up to their eyeballs. It'd be comical if it wasn't so ridiculous. The life expectancy...
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    Tradeys

    There are more frequently used collective nouns. :oops: :LOL:
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    Are we to expensive?

    It was just curiosity, I've never worked in the North or Scotland. I imagine that there'd be a fair bit of money in some areas of Manchester and Cheshire, likewise for Edinburgh. Just wondered if there was a change at the border.
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    Tradeys

    Herpes.
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    Are we to expensive?

    Given that the North of England and South of Scotland are obviously very close, is there any/much difference in rates or costs between the two sides of the border?
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    Are we to expensive?

    Dead right, and that's the difference between the highest and lowest rates in any business or trade.
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    Are we to expensive?

    It's morally wrong to accept payment in cash, morally wrong to use promissory notes instead of barter, morally wrong to expect someone to graft twice as hard as someone else yet get paid half as much, morally wrong to value the time of a 30/40/50 year old based on the results of a test they took...
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    Are we to expensive?

    Which is where 'Caveat Emptor' comes in. If you're buying something and have no idea how much it will cost you get multiple quotes, do some research or don't care/take your chances. If someone quotes a grand for a reskim and the customer can afford it and is happy to pay it there's no con, rip...
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    Are we to expensive?

    Not really, they'd be expensive. If a plasterer turns up to quote for that room and says to the customer that it will be a grand the customer can accept or decline. It's the same principle for buying anything, I think the legal description is "invitation to treat". The key bit being...
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    Are we to expensive?

    It's impossible to over-charge as you can never exceed what someone is willing to pay. It can never be a rip off if the customer knows what they'll be charged before you start work.
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    WHERE IS THE PLASTER?????

    I think that was one of the ones I reported for gouging this week. Most evenings I give myself five or ten minutes on eBay reporting the fcukers.
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    virus, change of mind yet

    At the risk of adding fuel to the conspiracy fire, that depends on who planned it doesn't it? China were catching up to the USA economically but were still decades away from getting close. Along comes the pandemic and global economies are in the process of being trashed. So the race is on to...
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    virus, change of mind yet

    Be careful @Danny Man is killed by pigeons. Father of 2 killed by pigeon.
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    virus, change of mind yet

    I'm living in hope that the virus mutates to have a 100% mortality rate for anyone with an IQ below 100.
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    New build design stage, a few questions :)

    What did your architect specify on the building control submission?
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    Tyson/Roy Jones

    Well they've confirmed 12 oz gloves and no head guards, so it looks like the tear up is on. Whether that's a good idea or not is up for debate.
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    Lath and Plaster

    :confused:One of the many blessings I count on a daily basis.
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    Lath and Plaster

    No, but I have some photo's of that place in Berkswell where the walls were made of poo and sticks if that helps? We invited @JessThePlasterer to bring down some of her pre-bagged mix but she didn't want to travel that far.
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    Tyson/Roy Jones

    Yeah, 'cause Tyson is just the sort of bloke to listen. :LOL: Anyway, don't forget that professional boxing is a pure racket. How much more marketable would Tyson's next fight be if he properly loses his sh1t in this one? The promoters know that and it's the main reason they're interested in...
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    Tyson/Roy Jones

    I think one of the saddest sights I have ever seen was at an exhibition/collectors fair in the NEC, I'd guess around 2007. I was mooching about through a hall and there sat at a table with no one near it was Joe Frazier with a sign saying he'd sign autographs for a tenner. I was genuinely...
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    Tyson/Roy Jones

    It'll be all fine to start out, then Jones will clip him and Tyson will lose his head. He may not have the stamina now, but you can't change personality and Tyson is just one of those blokes you have to put down or put away to stop. So once the red mist descends it'll be up to Jones to defend...
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    Loft coversion

    You wouldn't believe the effect a slight breeze will have on a slung beam. It's like trying to hold back a dinghy. You definitely want to be on a scaffold to control it. People do work without scaffold but I wouldn't. I don't see why my risk should be increased because of a customer's budget...
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    Loft coversion

    You'd need someone up top to crane them, the slightest breeze and you end up with an extra velux hole. Neither you nor the customer would be insured without it, and I doubt you'd get a crane driver to lift blind like that anyway.
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    Youngsters and water?

    As @JessThePlasterer said, no one gives a sh1t how it's done as long as the end result looks good. One coat, two coat, flexi trowel, Scammell mudflap, loads of water, none, all irrelevant as long as the customer's happy with the finish.
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    Youngsters and water?

    The state of @Nisus buckets he could use thrice filtered glacial run off and it would still look like stagnant swamp water that a hippo with a kidney infection had p1ssed in 2 seconds after it went in.
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    Windows and doors.

    I wonder what would be the single product which would cause the biggest disruption across the trades? Timber or maybe cement I'd think?
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    Windows and doors.

    Apparently now a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks lead time. Another supply chain issue that will have a knock on for other trades too.
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    Loft coversion

    Yeah, mainly because you can never predict weather or delays. Like so many things it's very subjective. Access, parking, space inside, garden size, roof type (cut, trusses) chimney position etc etc. Anyone saying "you do it this way" without seeing the job is just waffling. It's like me asking...
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    Loft coversion

    Possibly, for access and getting beams or joists in. If it's a terrace it'd be rare to be able to get 5 or 6 metre timbers up inside, and impossible if using steels. Most BC insist on steels now as the calcs are more accurate and they can take some load from the purlins.
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    Sival?

    Anyone heard of or used Sival? It was mentioned to me as an alternative to Multi and it's available by the pallet (or single bags in London) from Building Shop Just thought I'd mention it in case it's of use to anyone on here.
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    Plasterers only to buy plaster campaign

    I'd imagine you'd get a good discount and higher priority access to materials as a forum collective. The amount of gear bought monthly by forum members must be colossal. If that was done under a single purchasing arrangement TPF members would be one of BG's large customers never mind if you went...
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    Plasterers only to buy plaster campaign

    True, but 'we' as domestic trades across the board have created the situation, or at least not done anything to prevent it. When everything's going fine it's slightly cheaper and more convenient, when things get sticky like they have now the trades are at their (BOY sheds and manufacturers)...
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    Plasterers only to buy plaster campaign

    Merchants now yes absolutely, but if you think back 10 or 15 years the only edge that the sheds had were opening hours and a small margin on price. That's when the issue started, and it was the same with the supermarkets. People could shop at weekends and save a bit of money, the greengrocers...
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    Plasterers only to buy plaster campaign

    Not wrong for buying from them, wrong to complain that they won't change their business to account for one trade's supply issues now. That trade (along with others) put the DIY sheds in the prominent position they have now. BG supply to their biggest customers, the DIY sheds are one of those...
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    Plasterers only to buy plaster campaign

    Which bit is wrong?
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    Plasterers only to buy plaster campaign

    I'm not having a pop at anyone personally, I doubt there's many who haven't bought gear from a shed at one point or another. Merely pointing out that trade only suppliers existed, trades went elsewhere to buy materials to save a couple of quid from money the customer was paying anyway. Trade...
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    Plasterers only to buy plaster campaign

    People posting on this thread, that's how a forum works. Someone posts, others join in with information and opinions.
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    Plasterers only to buy plaster campaign

    The problem is that wanting to restrict the sale to trade now is wanting to have your cake and eat it. If trades had stuck with trade only suppliers over the last 15 years or so then firstly there would be more of them left trading, and secondly public wouldn't have access to the materials...
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    WHERE IS THE PLASTER?????

    I asked in EH Smith about skim yesterday. I don't need any for the job yet, just 6 bags for my back bedroom at home, and even that isn't a rush. Anyway, there's a waiting list that you can go on if you have an account, it's a long list. Max 10 bags per customer, and they said they're unlikely...
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    Thatched Houses and Rethatch costs

    That's a marketing quote for your website right there. (y)
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    Fibrous work offered in Dorset

    I'm just in the process of getting the Puch Maxi back on the road. I'm even fitting a set of white wall tyres to it for that extra little continental flair. Get yourself a pudding bowl and you're good to go. (y) :ROFLMAO:
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    Thatched Houses and Rethatch costs

    One of the things I wouldn't personally advise on or guess at the cost of is thatch. There's far more too it than it appears, and it's a trade where experience and knowledge are absolutely essential. Get a couple of thatchers to look at quote would be my only advise.
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    Death and taxes.

    For those wondering how the Gov't will get their money back. HMRC have said that anyone who's having regular Covid 19 tests for their job supplied by their employer or main contractor will be taxed on it as it's a 'benefit in kind'. :oops: :LOL: If they're going that far now, just imagine...
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