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Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 22:58

'Scuse me folks - just need to test my ability to access this thread To evaluate one the forum problems we are still experiencing.




autumn and winter

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 22:57

'Scuse me folks - just need to test my ability to access this thread To evaluate one the forum problems we are still experiencing.




Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 22:55

'Scuse me folks - just need to test my ability to access this thread To evaluate one the forum problems we are still experiencing.


Current problems with forum and login

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 20:19

26 Sept @ 20:16

Same frustration here plus typing is in 'go slow' mode now too.

I suggest our posts are all dated within the text becaues terms like Yesterday and Today tell you nothing if the updating isn't working.


Posted: 25/09/2013 at 13:54

Testing 456!

I'm trying a test on this thread because I cant post anything on teadrinkers thread ('Neighbour cutting my hedge') which is stuck at "Yesterday @ 22:22" - but of course  this is not today's yesterday but yesterday's yesterday ... Er, or even before that...

Sorry seem to have lost my thread...

Oh yes: Emailed Daniel but his advice about clearing the Cache didn't seem to help iPad users who don't have a Cmd key. 

However, I found I can pick up other members' postings by clicking on specific members' forum names and viewing their posts there. Doesn't help proper forum discussion but does give a way of seeking out an expected response from any member who you think might answer your post. 

Hope that helps someone

Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 11:28

Gail Peacock said: Sadly because it's a party wall, he's entitled to do what he likes on his side, even though for example painting it with non breathable paint like masonry paint would damage the lime render we've had put on, and stop the wall from breathing again.

That seems tantamount to saying:

  1. his actions on the wall are allowed to affect your side of the wall, in particular - in this case its effectiveness as a barrier againt the elements (which compromises one of the purposes of a wall which is to protect from the elements) -
  2. but that your actions on the wall are not allowed to affect his side of the wall - in his case due to his 'asthetical response' to a finish that is not to his taste.

That seems too one sided (no pun intended) to stand in law.

My instinct would be to get a second opinion on that specific point in terms of your respective legal rights - party wall legislation is one thing but I would have thought that  protection of property from the actions of a-n-other would take precedence here.

"Unfortunately," I hear something reminding me, " the law has nothing to do with common sense!"  ... But I would try for a second opinion.

Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 21:51

Gail Peacock said:

We're just keeping our fingers crossed that he doesn't decide to paint it with masonry paint and trap the water again

Unless I've misunderstood, the above refers to the outside surface of your kitchen wall. It's yours - not his - so he has no right to do anything to it that compromises your property.

i don't known whether you can still talk with your neighbour but if you can, I would be inclined to explain you are trying to resolve a damp problem and need nothing to be done to your wall to jeopardise your investigation of the cause. 

Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 20:52

My neighbour had a terrible damp problem last year - tiles falling off walls etc.

Experts came and searched  out the area of the greatest damp and found the cause was underfloor water pipes whose joints had corroded and been leaking for years.

They took her vynil flooring up in the kitchen and saw the evidence in the wet concrete underneath. Took week to dry out and had to fight tomget insurance to pay up but no problems since repaired 

I'm not telling you this to frighten you, only to suggest you give a thorough investigation of all the possibilities. Eg:

  1. Wet floor: do some of your pipes run under the concrete floor?
  2. Damp floor: has floor membrane been punctured or poorly laid?
  3. Damp wall/floor eg behind units: has DPC of wall been breached?
  4. Walls Damp at top: is the rain overflowing gutters?
  5. ... or is there a roof leak?

You don't want to go through expensive repair processes and find you have attended to the symptoms (eg by replastering)  but not the cause which is something else.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 19:28

Naughty Diddie/Jeannie! 

I seem to remember that QI dispelled as a myth that belief about Thomas Crapper - sorry to be boringly knowledgeable  ! 

(No I'm not!) 

Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 19:16


Gail Peacock wrote (see)

 But his patio isn't higher than the back of his house (it's a little lower in fact), which suggests that the patio may have been built up from the original ground level.  

Gail: I'm not sure what you mean by 'the back of his house'.

1. If you mean his 'back garden' then logically, if his patio is lower than the rest of the garden,  that would suggest the ground was dug out to accommodate the new patio in order to avoid causing damp problems to buildings - in other words, it was not the neighbour's patio that has caused your damp problem.

2. If, however, you mean his patio is only 'a little lower' than his DPC level (or equivalent) AND if by 'a little lower' you mean less than 6 inches, this could mean the patio has been laid on top of the (then) existing ground level and that whoever is responsible for building the patio would seem to have done so irresponsibly because it has raised the ground level too much -  but even then, only if it can be proved that water levels and 'splash back' of rain are the cause of your damp problem (And not, for example, an underground water course).

It is also important to see which way the water runs off his patio:

Does it run...

  1. into his garden (as it should)?
  2. back towards his house? This could be very destructive for his house and means shoddy building and disregard of levels and own property.
  3. Sideways towards your house? This could explain your damp problem and also means shoddy building and disregard of levell and risk to neighbouring property.


They are just a few  considerations that might help you define the problem and ascertain liability.

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