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Sharkstar

Member since Oct 2007 • Last active Jul 2020

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    I would have thought so. I'm not sure what he did, but I think his situation was resolved one way or another as the scandal over these types of lease blew up.

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    A colleague of mine used the developer’s solicitor buying a flat in a new build. He ended up with one of those leases where the ground rent increases so much over time the leasehold is valueless.

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    Did you mean to reply to someone else?

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    The Japanese Knife Co in Soho run a good beginners’ sharpening class. It’s taught by one of the guys from their sharpening service. He’s pretty thorough and I learned a few good practice improvements.

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    Anyone got a 27” iMac they want to sell? Pref a 2017 model. I was going to buy a new one but the WWDC announcement took the wind out of those sails. My ancient Macbook Air can’t handle Lightroom any more.

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    The stuff I used was thin and green, not like any primer I have used before. It supposedly went with the oil-based undercoat and topcoat I used but the results were poor. The adhesion of the undercoat to the primer layer was, as I remember, very bad. I should probably have abandoned it when I got to that stage.

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    There’s a dog’s dinner of paint finishes across the windows and door frame. God knows what the guy who painted the window for me used but as you can see it’s falling off. I did the door frame with the dulux weathershield three part system and that has been a bubbling disaster. My repaint of the window sill was Little Greene exterior emulsion: that has held up relatively well, but a crack has opened up there as a result of the underlying issues. Thanks again to both you and Bobbo for the advice. I’ll order some repaircare for the door and see how I get on. I am hoping the frame issues and window will be addressed in the forthcoming works. I’ll be sure to pass on your thoughts to the contractors.

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    No guttering, which is part of the problem I am sure. Here’s the front elevation of the house. I had the big window repainted and repaired completely when I moved in and have done my own repairs and repaints since but it deteriorates every year because of water running off the flat roof. It’s rotting, basically. We’re having some major works done this year on the whole building and I am hoping that will address some of the issues. I’ll check the flags for a slope but we don’t get any puddling as such near the door.

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    The door does stick a fair bit after periods of heavy rain. When I stripped it and re-painted a couple of years ago, the bottom of that side of the frame had completely rotted. I used a wire brush to get rid of the loose material, then fixed it and built it up back to a door shape with epoxy filler. Clearly only a temporary fix. The door and fame are massively exposed to the elements, and we have a flat roof above it that drains off in that area, which is the root cause of the issue. I had to do a similar bodge on the bottom of the panels covering the frames and the sill (see before and after photos from last time) although I did let in some new pieces rather than use filler for everything. The sill has now completely rotted again. It sits directly on top of the flagstones with no membrane underneath it. It needs to be completely replaced to be honest.

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