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Ummm. Primer might be the least of your concerns. I have flipped a few houses in my life and many have had heavy smokers and/or animals. If you remove all soft surfaces - carpet, curtains, anything that can retain the smoke smell - then you can try to prime it if the odor isn't insane. So after everything is out let it air out a day or two or longer. ...


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It will be awfully hard to say what is causing the damp spot without either opening up the wall or knowing a lot about the context in terms of what is in and around the area. Either way, if the spot is damp and remains damp, repair will involve removing the wet section, so I'd say the answer you're looking for is: open up the wall by removing the wet spot, ...


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My guess would be that you didn't prime and that you tried to paint over oil paint with a latex paint or some incompatible combination of paints like that. You should figure out what type of paint was used for the original coat and purchase a suitable primer to go on top, and then apply your new color. If you really aren't sure, someone at a paint store ...


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Here in Alberta this turns out to be a non-problem. What tends to happen is that the snow slides off the roof, stacks against the house. Within a day or so, heat from house melts a finger sized crevasse and the snow is no longer touching the house. Assuming that there is reasonable siding on the house this is a non-worry item IMHO. If however, the ground ...


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"Deficient" render? That is a line of bull. Your use of damp proof course and render makes me think you are UK based. If so, you should have a guarantee of several years for the damp course work, and if so you should demand they fix the problem as they clearly missed a spot. Residual moisture? Don't make me laugh. They need to do fresh moisture measurements ...


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Bridging the DPC is just asking for problems (IMHO). One possible solution might be: Apply "External Bellcast Bead" just above the DPC (this will form a drip edge). Apply "External Render Stop Bead" just below the DPC (this will allow you to render a plinth from just below external ground level, up to just below the DPC). Such a method doesn't bridge ...


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Given that the water will only drain as low as the bottom of the drain pipe, you may have to put in a new drain pipe, or move the existing pipe so it's deeper. If you're lucky, it has a steep runoff angle so you may only need to replace/move a few feet of it to get it to a better depth. Beyond that, you can buy the gully hopper and build your own u trap, ...



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