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Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 09:33

You really have done the right thing by putting lime render on your outside wall.  This allows the wall to breathe.

Our neighbours put a waterproof coating on their gable-end, which they have to come onto our land to maintain.  It would never occur to us to stop the workmen coming back to re-do it, over and over again!  The only stipulation we make is that they clear up after themselves.

Both our and their house are stone built.  Fingers crossed, we have lime render which should not need anything done to it for at least 10 years. I love the way it changes colour as it dries out and then when it gets wet when it rains.

We have no damp course and I would assume, not much foundation either.

Autumn Onion Sets

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 23:47

Start your onion sets off in modules, until they have roots.  It is birds thinking the tops are food, or whatever blackbirds think.

Yes, its birds what done it!

Alternatively put some mesh over them.

Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 23:43

Be aware that if the problem is worked around now when you come to sell your buyer's surveyor may see the problem and flag it up. It won't go away if the banked up garden next door is not tackled, unfortunately.

Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 19:00

If a surveyor comes to see the problem, drop a note in through the neighbour's door, saying the surveyor will need access to the wall.  He may refuse, but realistically from what you describe the wall must be inspected at some point.

If the extension was built many, many years ago the neighbouring garden must have been put against the extension comparatively recently.  The Edwardians didn't go in for patios.

Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 17:19

This can only be sorted out by a surveyor.  Gail mentions another damp specialist visiting on Thursday.  I have rather a jaundiced view of damp specialists, especially where stone-built properties are concerned.

Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 16:23

By all means consult a solicitor, maybe your home insurance has a legal expenses clause, but be aware that going to court is not for the faint-hearted and it is very, very, very expensive.  It will take far longer than you could imagine, and you want this problem sorted soon.

Do not let anybody persuade you that a damp-proof course will cure this.  They are wrong, and it will not.

The 7 Habits of Successful Gardeners

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 16:15

I am not sure that plants get everything they need from compost.  Some handsful of fertilizer won't come amiss.

Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 16:09

Sorry, but injecting the walls is useless.  Think about it.  Is it really feasible that anything injected could do any good?  The salesmen are very persuasive. They are apt to bring out moisture meters (designed for wood, not plaster) and talk technical.  Most old stone builings do not have or need a damp-proof course.  You have not got rising damp; you have penetrating damp.

The position must be relayed to the neighbour in writing, so he can study it at his leisure.  If your wall can only be reached by going on his land he cannot deny you access.  There have been court cases about this; he is in the wrong. You may have to arrange to do it by appoinment but he cannot deny you.

He is also causing damage to your property; again he is in the wrong. You would be quite within your rights to get a digger in and dig a ditch to keep your wall dry.  He would not like that, so it is up to him to come to a mutually agreeable remedy with you.

I'm rather surprised that a full structural survey was so cheap - they are expensive things.

Help Please - Is this deadly nightshade

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 14:56

It is a pesky weed.  It seeds everywhere.

Plant ID

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 14:36

You hope????????????????????!!!

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