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I am young man at 29. I am a time served plasterer/dry liner with 5+years experience. And also a time served tiler with 3+ years experience. I pride my self in my work as quality will Always come before quantity in my eyes. Some people prefer a rushed job how ever to prevent any future problems I personally prefer to make sure the Job is done right the first time. I will always advise best solution to any problem before taking action, thinking more about customer satisfaction then my own pocket regardless of how big or small the job may be. There will more then likely always be more then 1 option available when it comes to plastering. Quality over quantity always as there’s No such thing as “too pedantic” All aspects of plastering available from as little as: A small patch repair Ceiling/wall skim/re-skim Artex bond & skim (or over board and skim)choices Partition walls/ceilings All aspects of dry lining Dot n dab All aspects of tiling and other basic trade skills available or always able to point customer in the right direction.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Damp Proofing, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, External Rendering

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Reviewed by Robert on 20/6/2018

Excellent preparation, attention to detail and plastering skills. Would use again.

Over 10 years of turning dreams into reality.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning

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Reviewed by Graham on 19/6/2018

David and Anthony did an amazing job. They came at short notice and offered a very competitive price. The work was carried out to a high standard without leaving any mess. communication was perfect throughout and was completely stress free and they both stand behind their work which is evident in them insisting on not being paid until we were 100% happy. Would not hesitate to hire again for any future projects! Thank you Guys!

19 years experience in all aspects of building work

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by David on 19/6/2018

Excellent to deal with. Reliable and trustworthy. Quality work at a fair price. David is a perfectionist. You wil not be disappointed in his work. Highly recommended.

fully qualified, award winning trade men, we carry out all aspects of building works and property maintenance...

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Ian on 19/6/2018

Terry and his team did an amazing job on what turned out to be a really difficult house to work on. Terry kept me up to date on what they were working on, the issues that needed to be fixed and any changes in cost. I was really happy with the quality of work and attention to detail - it really felt as if they were working on their own houses, such did they care about how it would all turn out. Would 100% recommend.

We specialize in service, repair, maintenance and installation of gas appliances and plumbing installations. Having worked with national companies such as Baxi Boilers and PH Jones - part of British Gas, we pride our self on high customer satisfaction.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Damp Proofing, Electric boiler - installation / service / repair

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Reviewed by Daniel on 18/6/2018

Nice guy, fast and efficient job.

pro contractors we are a small team of two we specialise in trees and land scaping and my team partner is specialising in roofing both with 25+ years of experience in careers

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning

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Reviewed by sandra on 17/6/2018

even thou he diden,t get to do my job, i found him to be punctual and very honest about the work needed to be done. would recommend this company.

Here at Thomas Fishwick General Builders. We have acquired an excellent reputation for professionalism, quality of work and attention to detail. Which we value and continue to build on. We are committed to delivering top quality services in all we do.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory

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Reviewed by Catherine on 17/6/2018

he was to send me a guarantee which I asked for four times now. Originally said was waiting of these coming and would send me one. Still don't have it and damp back which he blamed the product he used and said as I don't have a guarantee OUT OF GOODWILL HE WILL COME AND LOOK AT THE DAMP. my concerns have been raised as he has failed to send a guarantee and aftercare has failed miserably.

Established 15 years ago. All types of building work undertaken, i.e. extensions, roof work, plastering, window, door replacements and general maintenance. I employ my own electrical and gas contractors. Free quotes on request.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Dave on 15/6/2018

Highly recommend Craig, he is reliable, competitively priced and completed the job to a high standard. We encountered problems in the build but Craig discussed the options and was responsive to the problems found.

Local business covering all aspects off roofing and building work. We are professionals who take our work to the highest of standards.and our aim is to serve the local area and surrounding area with a honest,reliable roofing and building company.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by rick on 15/6/2018

Wayne completed the job with no fuss or bother. He turned up on time and did exactly what he was asked to do at the original price quoted. I will hire him again for more work at a later date.

We offer complete construction and landscaping services.More of our work can be seen at:.cnconstructionscouk

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation

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Reviewed by Kerry on 15/6/2018

Responded to my request quickly. Gave a competitive quote and completed the work a couple of days later. Garden looks great. Am really happy with the job.

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Damp Proofing specialists - what you need to know

What is damp proofing?

Damp proofing protects your walls, flooring and ceilings from moisture or water intrusion. If damp gets into your home, it can cause unpleasant stains, and structural damage in more severe cases. You might hear terms like rising damp, penetrating damp or simply condensation mentioned – they all involve degrees of moisture penetration into a building.

Damp proof coursing essentially involves creating a waterproof layer, and the exact approach or materials used will depend on where the treatment is being applied. The first step to installing damp proofing is to identify the wall, ceiling or floor where the problem is, before drying it out to remove all residual moisture. Depending on the type of damp and the location, a damp proof membrane, injectable silicone solution or painted layer (essentially a barrier) can then be applied to keep moisture or water out.

Older buildings or those with specialist construction (such as timber-framed homes) will usually need more attention, but every structure will require some form of damp proofing. These treatments will help to prevent flaking plaster, stained walls or more serious structural degradation in the longer term. By correctly applying damp proofing, you can also preserve timber by blocking moisture and preventing outbreaks of dry and wet rot.

Cost of damp proofing

There are a number of causes for damp issues, and often one of the trickiest pieces in the puzzle is finding out which location (or locations) water or moisture is entering the building from. As the reasons can be wide-ranging, the costs to resolve damp issues can likewise vary significantly.

Excavating a soil layer to help a damp proof course do its job can be one solution. Fees for this type of work typically range from £200 up to £2,000 (if an existing garden, driveway or patio needs to be removed and then reinstalled).

For buildings that don’t have any existing damp proof treatment in place (or those where the current coursing is damaged or defective), installing a new membrane or injecting a silicone solution can cost from £300 (for a single wall) up to many thousands of pounds for an entire home.   

How to damp proof your home

The damp proofing treatment your tradesperson recommends will depend on the cause of damp in your home. A minor damp problem may be simple enough to remedy – fixing a broken roof tile, replacing guttering or just applying a specialist stain blocking paint.

But more intensive damp proofing will require your tradesperson to first locate the leak or other issue that’s creating the problem, so the appropriate solution can be installed. In situations where the ground level has risen above the damp proof coursing, soil excavations can solve the issue. Here it may be necessary to bring ground levels down to 15cm below the damp proofing.

Installing a damp proof membrane to a floor or wall is another common method of protecting against potentially damaging moisture entering your home. Damp proof membranes are typically polythene or plastic sheeting which prevent warm air meeting cold air inside your home, causing condensation, as well as blocking out rising damp from entering.

Damp proof membranes must be fitted underneath insulation material. It’s also important to make sure the membrane is carefully sealed and all joints and staple holes are covered. Where membranes aren’t possible, or cost effective, walls can also be damp proofed by drilling holes and then injecting a special silicone solution.

What causes damp?

One of the main reasons for damp in a home is the lack of a damp proofing course or a broken membrane, leaving you without protection from moisture. However, damp can arrive in your home for a number of reasons.

  • Plumbing – leaking internal pipes, even if it’s just small drops, can create wet patches over time. If the moisture doesn’t dry or drain away, eventually the affected wall, ceiling or floor will become saturated and damp will spread to surrounding areas.
  • Leaking gutters or downpipes – water spilling out of guttering, or seeping through cracks in downpipes might seem innocent enough, but splatter onto window sills or trickling water down onto exterior brickwork can cause water to accumulate and penetrate into internal walls or ceilings.
  • Holes in roofing or cracked chimney stacks – it might sound obvious, but it can be easily overlooked: damp on a ceiling or internal wall is often the sign of a broken roof tile or a cracked chimney stack. Rain will find its way through the tightest of spaces, and if the moisture doesn’t dry out it can cause a damp problem that will need addressing.
  • Moss and vegetation – moss on roofing and climbing plants on walls can soak up water to prevent surfaces from drying, as well as forcing water away from intended drainage points (like guttering and downpipes). Keep your roof and your walls clean and you’ll reduce your chance of encountering damp issues.

The qualifications your damp proofing specialist needs

Unlike some of the more common trades, damp proofing experts won’t necessarily need to hold a qualification or formal accreditation. The most valuable quality for a damp proofing specialist will be experience – for two reasons.

Firstly, the more experience they have, the more knowledge they can call upon to not only find the cause of your damp problem, but also the most effective way to resolve it. And secondly, it should mean they are able to provide a number of references from previous customers to prove their capability.   

Insurance for damp proofing

Damp proofing treatments may require extensive work to be conducted within your home, so it’s wise (even before an initial inspection of the damp issue takes place) to make sure whoever you hire has full public liability insurance.

It’s also worth investigating whether you may be eligible for grants towards your damp proofing work. For some properties in certain areas, government contributions may be available for work that improves a building’s energy efficiency.

Questions you should ask your damp proofing specialist

  • Are they specialists in damp proofing, rather than general building?
  • Can they provide examples of previous damp issues they have solved that are similar to your scenario?
  • Do they provide a warranty on their damp proofing work?
  • For the damp proofing of walls, would they recommend silicone injection or installing a membrane (and why)?

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