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asked How to best patch cracked and hollow plaster
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accepted An asbestos panel was removed without realising, how much danger are we in?
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comment An asbestos panel was removed without realising, how much danger are we in?
The panel came out in one piece, but I wasn't there and it must clearly have been held in by some screws or nails or something. Thank you for the reassurance.
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asked An asbestos panel was removed without realising, how much danger are we in?
Aug
23
accepted Do sandstone patio pavers/grout need to be sealed?
Aug
22
asked Do sandstone patio pavers/grout need to be sealed?
Aug
22
revised Red reclaimed victorian tiles (outdoor) crumbling after only 6 months
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19
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Aug
19
comment Red reclaimed victorian tiles (outdoor) crumbling after only 6 months
Not used any chemicals, but could there be chemicals in the mortar/base? We don't know, chemically, what the salt is that is efflorescing. Also they are all wearing evenly - i.e. not just the ones that are walked on, but the ones at the sides/corners just as much. Also it is only the red ones. The blue ones are unchanged.
Aug
19
comment Red reclaimed victorian tiles (outdoor) crumbling after only 6 months
I've had a couple of other suggestions: one guy says maybe they need sealing, another is suggesting they should have been laid on a dpm. Any value to those ideas?
Aug
18
comment Red reclaimed victorian tiles (outdoor) crumbling after only 6 months
Having tried googling around the white powder, it sounds a lot like something called "efflorescence" (cf Wikipedia), but I am unsure if this is connected to the crumbling.
Aug
18
comment Red reclaimed victorian tiles (outdoor) crumbling after only 6 months
The tiles still seem to be set solid, and the grout is firm with no cracks showing. It is literally just like they are eroding away!
Aug
18
comment Red reclaimed victorian tiles (outdoor) crumbling after only 6 months
Weather so far this summer has been alternating lots of rain, lots of hot sun (well hot for UK ~ 20-28C), so it has been wet and then dry many many times. White marks usually appear quite some time after it has dried though. (i.e. they aren't left behind from the puddle)
Aug
18
comment Red reclaimed victorian tiles (outdoor) crumbling after only 6 months
Sorry yes, UK East Anglia - (gardening hardiness zone 8 if that helps!), laid March, so not quite 6 months ago. No severe weather at the time.
Aug
18
asked Red reclaimed victorian tiles (outdoor) crumbling after only 6 months
Aug
18
accepted How long should it take a professional to lay a patio?
Sep
26
comment How long should it take a professional to lay a patio?
Isn't it quite difficult laying a patio properly without slabs going wonky or it sinking or cracking or anything? I would have been way too nervous to try it myself.
Sep
25
revised How long should it take a professional to lay a patio?
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Sep
25
asked How long should it take a professional to lay a patio?
Sep
25
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