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Metroman

Member
Hello all

I wonder if someone could give me so advice on which trades person and what this is.

So high up on my parents bedroom wall, where it meets the ceiling there is what looks like a damp/condensation patch.

So whats caused it and what needs to be done to fix it?

Could it be a leaking gutter?

Any advice greatfully recieved please

MS
 

Lizzy Mac

Well-Known Member
Hello all

I wonder if someone could give me so advice on which trades person and what this is.

So high up on my parents bedroom wall, where it meets the ceiling there is what looks like a damp/condensation patch.

So whats caused it and what needs to be done to fix it?

Could it be a leaking gutter?

Any advice greatfully recieved please

MS
If you are lucky it's just a full or loose gutter.
I've got a couple of customers who ignored the patches are they were infrequent. And then came the floods.
It could be a few broken tiles, or flashing, or the pointing, or wrong cement mix on the outside wall.
A friend, whose neighbour had built an attic extension, had more water was coming into the gutter, and overwhelming it. Could be lots of things.
I'd call a roofer first. Lots of them do their quotes on Saturdays so you may be lucky.
If you send a few texts tomorrow or emails tonight, you might be lucky and get a response.
 

colacubes

Well-Known Member
Can anyone recommend a handyman/decorator who could sand a set of stairs and varnish them? The stairs are mostly done and probably only need a light sanding before they are varnished. TIA.
 

nick

Pleomorphic Adenomas R us
Plumber:
After going round the houses to find someone who would even answer the phone (see upthread) - and needing to get the evil Pimlico plumbers out on new year's eve for a central heating disaster, I finally found New Gas Boilers - Mark Newlove. New Gas Boilers Limited Bromley | Boiler Repairs In Bromley And The Kent Areas. ‭07971 824567‬

Replaced entire central heating system and chased down / fixed a leak in the heating pipes (under a floorboard). Turned up when he said he would and did the whole job in 2 days (6 FTE days). I will use again
 

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hiraethified
Can anyone recommend a handyman/decorator who could sand a set of stairs and varnish them? The stairs are mostly done and probably only need a light sanding before they are varnished. TIA.
This reminds me: there's probably quite a few local urban folks with all sorts of skills who may not look in this thread. Do people reckon a ''skill swap' thread (or something similar) would be worth a go?
 

Boudicca

Seaside Queen
This reminds me: there's probably quite a few local urban folks with all sorts of skills who may not look in this thread. Do people reckon a ''skill swap' thread (or something similar) would be worth a go?
Great idea but put in Community because there's a tax issue (it counts as income) which makes bartering tricky. And not just Brixton as I want to offer a free weekend in Bournemouth in exchange for help demolishing my greenhouse!
 

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hiraethified
Great idea but put in Community because there's a tax issue (it counts as income) which makes bartering tricky. And not just Brixton as I want to offer a free weekend in Bournemouth in exchange for help demolishing my greenhouse!
I'd be surprised if the taxman would trouble himself with trying to work out the identities of essentially anonymous posters!
 

Boudicca

Seaside Queen
I'd be surprised if the taxman would trouble himself with trying to work out the identities of essentially anonymous posters!
Well yes, but I think that's why no-one has launched a barter site as HMRC might take an interest in the site (rather than individual posters).
 

lordnoise

Well-Known Member
I'm looking for a builder or perhaps super capable handperson to open up 2 doorways in existing walls in my flat. Happy for the work to be done over a period of time if the quote is a good one ...
 
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nick

Pleomorphic Adenomas R us
Can anyone recommend a Vet that knows something about rodents -/ Rats?. Ideally open on Saturday

One of ours has started exhibiting signs of old age / Pituitary tumour / stroke /ear infection (falling over, lethargy etc etc) and I would like to get him diagnosed ASAP to either cure or end any suffering

Previously used South London emergency Vet in Streatham High Road for another rat - but that was a clear cut case that needed the needle of release ad no real rat knowledge
 

nick

Pleomorphic Adenomas R us
There’s an “exotic” specialist over in sheen called CJ Hall - seemed quite good and have been given steroids and antibiotics to squeeze another couple of weeks out ot the old chap (and to confirm that he’s not suffering ). I was pointed to them by streatham hill vets.
 

nick

Pleomorphic Adenomas R us
Mixed feedback on the coldharbour lane opticians.
Any other recommendations - perhaps in the Norwood / Streatham / Tulse Hill area?
 

shakespearegirl

just worked out taglines
I used that Optition’s for years but have had bad experiences the last few times I’ve used them. Two people I know who always used them have moved out of London and their new Optition’s have said their prescriptions were totally wrong. I had a really weird call from someone last year accusing them of using substandard lenses, when I called them they said it was a malicious ex employee. All very strange
 

Bes

New Member
Hello all

I am looking for someone who can hang a door and do some general carpentry- type things (Nothing too difficult) for me next week. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks
 

Jangleballix

Better living through chemistry.
I had a bad time with that little shop too sadly and ended up going to specsavers instead (where they did a more thorough eye test for much less money).
Mixed feedback on the coldharbour lane opticians.
Any other recommendations - perhaps in the Norwood / Streatham / Tulse Hill area?
In the end I went to Specsavers Streatham. Very thorough test, gave me my test results immediately,* happy with pricing and specs. Very busy shop but staff were cool and efficient. Didn't have a huge choice of frames for the lenses necessary but a far, far better experience than Clear Vision in Coldharbour Lane.
*which they should do under NHS regs. It took three follow up calls to CV for them to grudgingly send me a copy.
 

trabuquera

Modesty Bag
Banks Optometrists on Acre Lane (just opposite old Town Hall) are ultra-trustworthy on the medical/diagnostic side. Their selection of lenses and styles isn't particularly amazing though. But you can always get the test done there (where they'll do it properly), insist on a copy of your prescription, and then nip round to Specsavers on the High Street when it comes to spending money on actual specs. If you use contact lenses it's nearly always cheaper online these days anyway.
 

Rushy

AKA some / certain posters
Can anyone recommend an alterations person who could fit a couple of zips into a pair of velvet seat cushions?
 

ash

Inittogether
Can anyone recommend an alterations person who could fit a couple of zips into a pair of velvet seat cushions?
There’s a woman in reliance arcade with a machine. She’s great with clothes. I think she’s Eritrean - anyway about 1/4 way down on left of coming from the high street.
 
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