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Oct
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comment Which of these is a suitable material for waterproofing interior walls?
Agreed, the main waterproofing needs to be on the outside. I don't think this is a problem per se, just more expensive. Also, it's hard to know how much work needs to be done on the exterior, and where. I've no idea if the bathroom was "properly constructed", but since this is India, I'm guessing not. However, I'm reasonably sure that the plaster damage in that room (which is quite extensive) was caused by leaking from the exterior, as opposed to damage caused by moisture from the interior.
Oct
14
comment Which of these is a suitable material for waterproofing interior walls?
"the water would be coming from the interior". No, this is Bombay, India. We get periodic seasonal heavy rains (called the monsoon), and so water coming in from outside (through the walls or ceiling) is a significant concern.
Oct
14
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Oct
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comment Which of these is a suitable material for waterproofing interior walls?
@Ecnerwal that's a helpful tip, thanks. And I agree - it makes sense. Feel free to add an answer if you wish."Don't do it" is also a valid answer. Who else agrees with this?
Oct
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Oct
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asked Which of these is a suitable material for waterproofing interior walls?
Oct
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comment Is it okay to mix paint thinner with an elastomeric coating for waterproofing?
@keshlam Thanks for the suggestion.I've written to the manufacturers about this and related matters.
Sep
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asked Is it okay to mix paint thinner with an elastomeric coating for waterproofing?
Aug
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awarded  Tumbleweed
Aug
20
comment How useful is double-glazed glass for sound and heat insulation in a semi-tropical climate?
Thanks, Ben, that's helpful. I'll check and see if I can find similar information locally. Manufacturer ssociations, when they exist, can be useful to avoid being ripped off.
Aug
20
asked How useful is double-glazed glass for sound and heat insulation in a semi-tropical climate?
Aug
17
comment What is a reasonable expectation of decibel reduction when sound proofing?
@RobP. Sounds nasty. I'm sorry about that.
Aug
17
comment The best kind of tiles for using on floor and walls
Hi Jack. Well, the general concensus online was that because vitrified tiles were synthetic, they were more impervious to stains, and also were structurally uniform. Plus, where I am at least, natural stone tiles are extremely unpopular, so there is little by way of choice. In any case, the result looks Ok. Whether it is, time will tell. Thanks for your good wishes.
Aug
16
comment The best kind of tiles for using on floor and walls
Thanks for the feedback, Jack. This question was posted some time ago. After much consideration I went with vitrified tiles for the floor, and ceramic for the walls. I quite like granite, and was thinking about it for the floor, but it seems to have various problems, including possible structural weakness, and being porus and absorbent. I suppose these tiles just need the grout lines sealed, which means the spaces between the tiles, right?
Aug
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asked Waterproofing dome
Aug
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comment What is a reasonable expectation of decibel reduction when sound proofing?
Any update on this? It's been a couple of years.
Aug
13
accepted Should I paint wood in a roof that is not directly exposed to the outside?
Aug
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accepted Should I choose PVC or aluminium window frames in a hot, humid climate?
Jun
14
comment Should I choose PVC or aluminium window frames in a hot, humid climate?
Thanks for your comment. Is the cost difference between PVC and aluminium significant where you are? I don't think that would be an issue here, but is PVC cheaper where you are, and if so by how much? Also, is having a thermal break in the aluminium standard practice, and how much does it add to the cost? Kurt also mentioned the possibility of a thermal break.
Jun
13
comment Should I choose PVC or aluminium window frames in a hot, humid climate?
Is it possible to have a hybrid type setup, by say coating the aluminium with something? Alternatively, the WP article on anodized aluminium says "Anodized coatings have a much lower thermal conductivity and coefficient of linear expansion than aluminium."