All steamed up over a bathroom mirror.Byline: Donny Sheridan
Q Can you recommend something to prevent dampness and condensation on bathroom mirrors?
A You can get heat pads that stick to the back of the mirror - when switched on they prevent condensation from forming. But you will need a qualified electrician to carry out the work, especially in a bathroom.
Q What should I use to make two damp-proof box seats for my semi-enclosed balcony?
A The obvious material is dressed pressure-treated timber for the frame and plywood plywood, manufactured board composed of an odd number of thin sheets of wood glued together under pressure with grains of the successive layers at right angles. Laminated wood differs from plywood in that the grains of its sheets are parallel. for the faces. Paint on an undercoat undercoat
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Q I have small garden in front of my house - about 15 ft by 6 ft on a slope. Any suggestions on how to lay slabs so they don't slip down the hill?
A Build a wall or kerb system at the bottom of the slope to restrain the slabs, especially if you lay them on top of sand. Make sure the restraint is dug in below the level of the sand.
Q We moved into a property which had a new window and patio doors fitted. Unfortunately, the previous owners did not remove the protective blue film from the lintels. Can you tell us how to take away this film, without damaging the uPVC?
A Use a disposable craft knife and very carefully cut round the film, cutting into the corners. Peel off what you can then use a glue remover to break the bond between the blue film and uPVC.
Q We're having a new kitchen fitted and have to strip the room ourselves. What's the best way to get tiles off walls?
A You might get away with using a stiff scraper See scraping. but if the tiles have been properly fixed to a solid wall then you will require a hammer and bolster to prise them off. If the tiles are on a plasterboard wall, then you will probably cause damage. Lumps of plasterboard will be pulled off with the tiles and you may need to replace it.
Q We have condensation in one of the double-glazed panels of our 12-year-old conservatory conservatory
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A No, the unit will have to be replaced, because all double-glazed panels are fully sealed when manufactured. The seal should not fail, so contact your fitter to check if the guarantee is still current.