Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Rising damp with S1 Builders ltd and heritage house

Rising Damp is almost non-existent - it rarely occurs naturally , and it CERTAINLY doesnt move a metre up the walls as 'damp proofing'  'specialists' would have you believe. We have built experimental walls with old, porous bricks, jointed with lime mortar. When the base of the wall is placed in water, the bottom row will get wet.  Water is wicked up the brick, reaches the first mortar joint and evaporates. It rarely if ever goes beyond the first joint unless it is 'bridged' by having cement render slapped over the top of it. It certainly doesnt go the magical metre high that every rising damp salesman will claim. Do you know that it has NEVER been reproduced in a laboratory, despite many attempts to do so - even by the industry itself.
  • Injection Damp Proofing old houses is a WASTE of time and money - it doesnt work, and it causes irreparable damage to the fabric of your house
  • Damp Courses are almost NEVER broken, bridged or damaged, as damp proofing companies will always tell you
  • There is almost always a specific reason for damp, which is easily fixed
  • Do NOT be talked into hacking old plaster off and re-plastering with gypsum, or worse still, waterproofing compounds, or so called 'waterproofing or renovating plaster'!
  • Nearly every case of so called rising damp is just condensation - the bottom of the wall is coldest, so moisture condenses near the floor - it doesnt rise!
  • If you have a rotten timber frame, its because of all the modern materials used to plug the gaps and cover it - sill beams covered with cement, wattle and daub covered with cement, silicone sealant around the panels and filling holes in the wood..
  • NEVER use cement, tar, cement render, modern acrylic or silicone caulking on a timber frame - it will rot in front of your eyes
  • Never use modern acrylic or emulsion paints - they are death to old walls - they are plastic - they trap moisture and cause damp.  Avoid Weathershield, Sandtex, Stormdry - any 'protective masonry coatings'.
  • Never use companies like Peter Cox, Timberwise, Rentokil, Kenwood unless they give you a full technical diagnosis of your problem using instruments OTHER than a damp meter, which they won't.

Great news from the "Home Pro" site which actually do speak to your clients and check up on you.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Raffle for this trampoline and anything collected will go to the  the local hospital childrens ward. please place bids !

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

hello all. bricklayers wanted immediate start call pete hally 07768605506. working on the old railway bridges in fakenham.  help the trust??

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

s1 builders ltd and fish fish and more fish in norfolk

We are emptying a big pond which is full of Koi carp (maybe sturgeon) and goldfish. we have been let down by the person who was having the fish so are looking for a new keeper. There is a lot of fish ranging from 450- 150 mm which you can have for just a donation to the children's wing of Kings Lynn hospital. please get in touch asap if you are interested as they require moving asap.

Oh! the equipment is old but you can have this too 

Friday, 24 March 2017

Oh no please read if you buy online

Having bought the new Samsung s7 along with a screen protector that was scratch proof, shock proof earthquake proof rtf from a retailer. I was truly  gutted when I caught the screen and it popped, screen protector still intact! Phone no longer worked etc so I contacted the company no reply to emails, phone calls etc then the website crashes with lots of blogs filled with manic electrical goods owners wanting a refund. But magically the company folded said good bye with our cash lol. I paid with a visa card clever me I thought...
So I called the bank filed a complaint, sent the pictures, held on the line countless times, lost my temper endless times, made voodoo dolls (made that bit up) but you get the picture... not pleased. Then 6 months later the HSBC send me this later. So I called skrill and basically got told to do one and tough luck. 
So read the letter and be warned as there is no happy ending....

Yours sincerely
Stefan Nicholls

Monday, 20 March 2017

Wow a weeks worth of fuel driving round norfolk

One of the trucks got ran down to the orange light and this is the bill for one tipper.  Ouch

Yours sincerely
Stefan Nicholls

Monday, 13 March 2017

FW: New refit at s1 builders ltd norfolk


Here's nearly the end product of a rip out and 're design a bathroom. Actually the second one for this client as we did the downstairs one last December

Yours sincerely
Stefan Nicholls



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