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Tricks of the trade.

DO yourself a favour. Give the walls of your home a thorough check before the winter gales come howling in.

It is easy to be lulled into thinking the rendering will survive another battering by our bleak winter weather.

But as our climate becomes increasingly wet and windy, it is vital you take every precaution to ensure your home is wind and watertight. And, of course, a lick of protective paint will do wonders to freshen up the outside of your home.

This is especially true of white-walled buildings, which look tatty if water streaks develop.

If water penetrates the rendering, it is likely to soak into the walls and cause damage, so have a look for cracks. If you find any, tap the rendering around the gap. If it sounds hollow, the rendering has come away from the wall.

If this is the case, you should remove the loose rendering and apply a new coat. If it does not sound hollow, apply mastic to the cracks to stop water getting in.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 17, 2000
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