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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:52 pm 
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Hi.

I am not sure how to approach this task.

This has been like this for years but I think I should start taking it seriously.

I live in a 100 year old house and the wall nearest the old fireplace is having issues. There is an orange material on top of the brick which i think is some sort of light cement which is coming away from the bricks and the skirting board is soft.

I suspect it may be damp because the skirting board is so soft but I wonder if you could provide me of a DIY way to fix it so the damage gets no worse and it looks ok?

Current solution has been to put a big bag in front of the problem...


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i take it thats the side of the chimney breast?

i bet ya its been pretty much sealed up?

often we find that the chimney breasts bring a lot of dampness from the ground beneath. often just a damp course would not work particularly well in that area because the damp tracks up the crap in the cavity/voids of the chimney breast and bridges any damp cours present.

that skirting doesnt look original if its a old house as you state. certainly woudlnt have been in say a victorian house unless it was fitted later.



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fin wrote:
i take it thats the side of the chimney breast?

i bet ya its been pretty much sealed up?

often we find that the chimney breasts bring a lot of dampness from the ground beneath. often just a damp course would not work particularly well in that area because the damp tracks up the crap in the cavity/voids of the chimney breast and bridges any damp cours present.

that skirting doesnt look original if its a old house as you state. certainly woudlnt have been in say a victorian house unless it was fitted later.


Yes side of chimney breast and yes sealed.

A lot of the house is 60s -70s decor so the skirting is probably.

So if a damp course would not work, should i just strip the plaster, apply anti damp paint and replaster?


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is there any kind of fire installed? if not then last one of these i did i had to take bags and bags and bags of crap out of the chimney breast just to get it cleaned out. it could be that as i said damp is coming up from below and going into the brick work.

then you can drill and inject the mortar at dpc height with silicone injection creme.



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pull back the carpit and knock off the plaser up to about 300mm, pull the skirting. more pics then. is the floor solid what about the wall?
open the flue an sweep it.
injecting will be a waste of time.
have a good look all round the chimney breast and the walls offit, that wet rot can turnintodry rot


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