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Concrete Ratios

The correct batch ratios for concrete must be chosen for the appropriate application. This leaflet identifies the different batches.

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Marking & Digging Foundations

Correct marking of the foundations for new walls is important to ensure that foundations are the right size and in the correct position to take the load of the wall.  Good foundations are important to ensure that no movement ca...

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Setting & Pouring Foundations

Correct setting of the foundation is important to ensure that the concrete base is of the correct thickness and width. A base too deep will waste concrete and this base will not provide the stability to take the load.

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Foundations: Brickwork, Backfilling, USB & Slab

After the concrete base has set, take some time to mark the position of the walls and establish the corner posts against which the foundation walls will be built. This step is important to make sure the footings are level and i...

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Laying Bricks

It’s difficult to suggest which aspects of bricklaying are likely to overstrech the capabilities of an amateur, as this differs from one individual to another and also depends on the nature of the job. The answer is to practise...

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Plastering With Plaster

Sand-cement plaster is used extensively in building work as a decorative or protective coating for concrete, masonry walls and concrete ceilings. The aim of this leaflet is to provide the information needed for successful plast...

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Plastering Using Rhinolite

Rhinolite gypsum plaster is specially manufactured as a combined basecoat and finishing plaster for internal application onto brickwork, concrete blocks, concrete and Rhinoboard, and as a finishing plaster onto sand cement base...

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Laying Pavers

Laying paving slabs involves a good deal of physical labour, but in terms of technique it is more complicated than tiling a wall. Accurate setting out and careful laying, especially during the early stages, will help you achiev...

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Using a Chalk Line

A chalk box creates a crisp, perfectly straight line in the blink of an eye. No other tool, except an expensive laser, makes a perfectly straight line over a long distance so quickly and reliably. Here are a few tips that will ...

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Measuring & Marking

Accurate measuring and marking are the secrets of success for many projects around the home and garden. Measuring and marking out help you to work accurately, and are important in the costing of large jobs around the house and ...

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