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    Show me the money.

    This will prevail for awhile as we have a skills shortage. Developers will get around it by de-skilling building operations, for example icf walling - no mortar, one bloke sets out and your gran could build the wall. Tape and joint will replace skimming - easily learnt, less skill. Bathroom...
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    Biggest Boom since the 1940s

    Concrete fence post on 18wks lead time! Even aggregates are in short supply.
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    Biggest Boom since the 1940s

    Materials are gonna be in short supply, deliveries gonna take longer coz of shortage of drivers, packaging shortages are gonna cause hold ups to all trades............mark my words........
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    CALLING ALL MULTI TRADERS

    1st dig a big hole. Line one side with Gabon’s. Buy some steps.
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    RSJ Calculation

    Flitch beam might be easier. Still got to get a calc’ to “prove” it though. Be easier to re-work in the future as well.
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    Is it just me?!

    A bloke asked me once how many bags I had to do a 50m ceiling........eleven says I..........two days later he caught me and called me t**t....said he’d got 6 bags left from that ceiling job.........”so do I”, I said........
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    Speed skim.

    Who is fat max eh? Anyone ever seen him?..........
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    Hi, I really need help!!

    If it is indeed a massive house - it might have another staircase. Seal off the defective 20ft one and simply use the other. Simple.
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    S&C Render Advise

    Paint them pink —-be the first. Neat job, but all the above will happen eventually, blackjack is a must.
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    Determining the dormer render finish

    1st class advice here. Do what @themucky1 said - take all the rest into account. Nice house btw.
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    Awful rendering job - what can be done?

    If the lime render has been “rushed” - hard to do given setting times - then we might suspect that a white cement has been added to speed up setting times. This could be detrimental to the efficacy of the lime render, lead to shrinkage cracks and give the visual effect you display. You might be...
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    Aches & pains

    https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwj3zMf_rvbtAhVFY8AKHaQjD1oQFjAAegQIAxAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fchannel%2FUCWN2FPlvg9r-LnUyepH9IaQ&usg=AOvVaw0EcBK9n2v0Ayt3MusJpfKh This site is also useful
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    Speed skim.

    Using Speed skim is like your first shag, awkward and uncomfortable to begin with but you know you want to persevere.........after a time it becomes like your favourite shag position, the one that really gets you off all the time, every time.........you will eventually view a plastering job like...
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    Aches & pains

    I did the rotator cuff one after my osteopath kinda said it is what it is. Went from unable to put my jacket on to absolutely no pain at all coupled with more range of movement. Did hips today.......feeling good!
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    Aches & pains

    https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwiAoNeo2PDtAhWQfMAKHfBsDUwQFjAAegQIBhAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fchannel%2FUC4BvkJe2U4CnenW61nm_HOQ&usg=AOvVaw0Ep92y6lnIy4wXorJkrPT2
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    Aches & pains

    Found this guy on the tooby thing smashwerx.....good info on self fixes for stuff that gets out of line & painful.
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    whats gone wrog

    You’ll never miss an opportunity if you are prepared.
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    Got to be up there surely???ouch...

    Two wrongs never made a right. Admire your courage for taking it on. Good luck.
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    whats gone wrog

    I always have a semi........just in case.
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    Should we be disappointed with this job?

    Yes, you could be disappointed, or, you could do a little touch up work yourself and live,love,laugh and be happily positive. Life is really too short.
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    Plastering over distemper!!!!!

    Overboard is they way to go.
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    chilling

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    chilling

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    Best way to plaster over Clay Brick

    Quicker and maybe easier to dry line it
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    Best way to plaster over Clay Brick

    Wet them, slurry coat maybe, scratch coat, leave it awhile, then float it all nice in sand cement, then skim it. The beginning will be the place you start. A journey of a million miles starts with a single step.
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    Best way to plaster over Clay Brick

    You must first ascertain the beginning. Once found that will be the best place to start. .......... Just render & set it.
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    Best plasterer in UK

    Thank you everyone for all your kind words..........finally recognition for all that I’ve done. Mum’s gonna be so proud.
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    My 2rd brick laying job

    Get it rendered
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    DIY Sonja

    Ahhhh......loafers, button down Ben Sherman, Levi 501’s, the great smell of brut, and the eternal optimism of youth........a quick look in the mirror, and ..‘.oh yeah gonna get in tonight”. Sadly, the proverb “ sometimes to travel in hope is better than to arrive” was oft’ the case. a popular...
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    Would you?

    Try to get a dental appointment........you’ll have to wait. Reciprocate. The dentist is probably only going to do one refurb. The builder on the other hand............
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    Underground Room

    Stepoc blocks then dry line the interior. Or in the. States have a half basement, less dig but steps up to ground floor. But def stepoc
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    How to quantify pebble dash

    Would depend on thickness. In my experience you sweep quite a lot up. If I say “that’s the perfect amount”...........and when post that you’ve got 5 bags left...........I’ll post....”so have I
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    Pebbledash to smooth finish

    Paint each individual pebble a different colour..........set a trend!.
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    Would you do it again?.

    No. I have just got back from the chiropractor.......rotator cuff damage...........all them naffing ceilings
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    Newbie in the house !

    There were tiles!?
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    Look at this smug

    I often thought carlite finish was nicer than multi, creamier, nicer to spread, but only if not over any carlite backing plaster......odd that.
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    Alternative to a belle mixer

    Back in the day when skim was mixed with a bike cog, we would use a whisk on a drill for the last little bit, sometimes, for the last bit we’d give it a longer whisk as this tended to set it up a bit quicker. I liked to use a whisk for sand cement render when damp proofing for all the reasons...
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    songs to cheer us up

    In the spirit of lockdown.......
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    My first pint..

    Murphy........mmmmmmmmmm
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