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DIY EXPERT DONNY SHERIDAN SOLVES YOUR PROBLEMS.

Byline: Dear Donny

Q There's mould growing on my bedroom walls. It's mainly on the corner of the outside wall and the one adjoining it, which is attached to a building with a flat roof. Bleach hasn't really helped. Any ideas? Joanne Pascoe, by email A Sounds like you have some sort of cold bridging. This means there's a lack of insulation in the structure, which has resulted in the inside of the walls and ceiling being as cold as the outside.

When mould gets into the fabric of the wall/ceiling you need to cut out the section and replace.

Have a look at the insulation on the flat roof as many were poorly insulated. It can be re-insulated from the outside.

Q Where can I buy air brick covers? Each time there is a flood the water gets closer. I'm also interested in the boards that can be fitted to doors.

E Foster, by email A The Environmental Protection Agency will tell you what type of flood defences and schemes are available in your area. Visit www.epa.ie.

Another good place to look is Flood Sense, www.floodsense.co.uk, 08081 972 753. It sells all the products you are looking for and more.

Donny's tip If you have a wood-burning stove and the glass needs cleaning, try sticking a paper towel soaked in brown vinegar over the glass. Leave for 10 minutes, then wipe clean. This works on oven doors, too.

QI have a large ceramic butler's sink which has lost a lot of the glaze and is showing sandy patches. Can I reglaze it? I have granite work surfaces that could break if moved.

Rob Tyler, by email A The sink can be easily removed to have it re-enameled as it's a job best done in workshop conditions.

I had an Artexed ceiling skimmed over recently. After painting it I noticed a few marks in the plaster. The plasterer reskimmed it but then 50p-sized blisters appeared. The plasterer came back again but admitted he was baffled.

Brian Garner, by email A This is best sorted with a light sand before painting or a light skim with a filler. I've never heard of plaster blistering after it has set.

SEND YOUR QUESTIONS TO: diy.donny@trinitymirror.com Q I'd cut out one of the blisters with a knife and see if there's any paper under the Artex. If the Artex was applied over existing paper, the plastering may have caused the moisture to soften it and form blisters. Cut out the blisters to a solid background then fill the holes with two coats of a fast-set or easy-fill filler.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 26, 2013
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