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    Hi all, I need some advice. I'm about to hire a builder to modernise my flat. There a fair few cracks on a couple of walls. Nothing structural just your run of the mill period property issue. Most of the builders told me that they will rack out all cracks, apply mesh and then skim. One builder tells me that he won't skim all the walls. Instead use a German product and will apply it on these troubled walls and sand down and make good these walls. I kept asking him what is this "magic" product. He doesn't want to tell me, Instead he kept saying you can't find it here? Does anyone know what is this product might be or is he just telling me the fibs? Is the mesh and skimming the best option for me?

    Asked by Jonathan on 8th Feb 2020

    Is it possible to smooth out a popcorn/textured ceiling and how much does this usually cost per sq/f? I live in London.

    Asked by Shams on 20th Jan 2020

    Recently I have had renovations in my bathroom, which included the installation of a plasterboard wall which is right by the bath. Tiles were fitted to the plasterboard with an adhesive it seems to have been done very neatly and correctly but I am concerned if plasterboard is okay to use so close to the bath without waterproofing beyond the tiles themselves. The last thing I want is a structurally unsound wall of tiles right next to my bath. Is this usual to have tiles fitted to plasterboard walls like this or should I bring this up with the bathroom fitter who fitted the wall?

    Asked by Carol on 4th Nov 2019

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    We have recently moved into a new property and found that some ceilings have Artex in them. We are planning on replastering these ceilings, but we want to be sure of any risk of asbestos first. We do not know if they have asbestos in them currently. If there is any asbestos we would want to get rid of it as soon as possible and be rid of it. If there are difficulties with removing it, we would like to be able to manage it safely otherwise. Is there anyway we can find this out ourselves without any danger of asbestos around?

    Asked by Catherine on 8th Oct 2019

    We are about to embark on a kitchen remodel on our new house, and stripped back the lovely paper that was on the walls and ceiling (!) to find chipped and cracked concrete with some plaster where the tiles were. Is it possible to plaster this, or would it be better to drywall? Thanks!

    Asked by Chloe on 26th Sep 2019

    Hello all I have recently found some old bags of plasterboard adhesive that I had been planning on using for some upcoming work. However, I only just noticed the dates say that the adhesive is out of date by a few months. Will this just be an estimate and it would still be usable now or would it be problematic to use now?

    Asked by Jenny on 23rd Sep 2019

    Hello all, A property I have bought recently has thick artex across most walls and some ceilings. It has been tested for asbestos and received a negative result, thankfully. I would like to have most of these walls replastered over time and have the artex removed. Having tried a steamer and some sanding options, I’ve not been too successful. What would be the best option for me to remove all the artex while keeping the mess under control?

    Asked by caroline on 14th Sep 2019

    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 have a ceiling in one room which has been progressively falling apart. It’s approximately 1.5 metres square in size. What is the best way for me to repair this growing gap in the ceiling? Will there be a need to remove any additional plasterboard in the process or just this section?

    Asked by kashif on 9th Aug 2019

    Hello all I’m sure some of you have had this issue yourselves where cracks show up on walls, but I’ve had some reappearing hairline cracks along some of my walls, even after repainting the walls. I had previously filled these cracks using compound with coats of paint on after – but they still show up again in time. Is there anyway ways that I can resolve these recurring hairline cracks? Any advice would be appreciated on this!

    Asked by Carherine on 25th Jul 2019
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