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    Hello all We have recently stripped wallpaper from a wall as part of our renovations and found some hairline cracks along the plaster. (The plaster itself is still completely solid and no loose sections to worry about.) I had been advised to use scrim tape for hairline cracks in plaster. Before priming the walls to be skimmed, should these cracks be sealed with scrim tape, before the walls are primed to be skimmed? Is there any risks to the plaster over the long term by using the scrim tape? If anyone has any other suggestions for hairline cracks, besides re-plastering the section, please let me know.

    Asked by Cheryl on 21st Aug 2019

    I am renovating a small 2 bed terrace house. There are numerous repairs required. These include roof and chimney repairs (stripping slates adding weather barrier and refitting), ground floor repair / renovation and damp tanking (floor joists rotted at front wall), kitchen door move (to existing window) / wall alteration (RSJ) and new fit units, bathroom new fit, new windows / doors (6 windows, front and rear door, 1 small velux), possible rewiring, yard wall demolition and rebuild, free standing garage demolition and removal. I am currently looking for quotes for works required. How much generally should I expect to pay? High and low estimate?? Cheers

    Asked by Jason on 20th Aug 2019

    Hello I am undergoing some redecoration of a bedroom at the moment. Recently we have replastered the walls and applied a first coat to the walls. Afterwards, we will be applying a second coat to the walls, then some minor repainting work on the ceiling afterwards. I have been told that using paint pads can provide a more even finish and are less messy to use, than normal paint rollers. Has anyone had any past experience of using both to compare? An even coat is my main priority with this, so if I can manage this with less mess using the paint pads, I’ll be keen to try them out.

    Asked by June on 18th Aug 2019

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    Am trying to ascertain how difficult and rough idea of cost to remove a chimney breast. The chimney stack, which was on a flat roof, has already been removed and new roof laid. The room in question is directly below this flat roof. There are two flats below, one on first floor and the other on the ground floor - we are on the top.

    Asked by Esther on 15th Aug 2019

    I am looking to have a new path across a pebble area in my garden and currently I am considering block paving and pattern imprinted concrete. Does anyone have some advice or past experience with these over a longer period of time? Ideally, it should be a long-lasting solution to be kept for several years to come. I have heard that imprinted concrete can crack and split over time due to use and erosion – is this the case, and if so, are there any reasonable preventative measures I could take?

    Asked by Carherine on 15th Aug 2019
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