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Old 03-05-2010, 11:59 AM   #1
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Hi all, I live in an old apartment block on the 4th floor. At the back is what used to be a little balcony with a wall about 1 metre high. This balcony has since been enclosed and incorporated into the kitchen. Now I have a damp/condensation problem, partly because this wall was never designed to be interior and is only single skin (10 cm thick). What is the best way of making this a 'proper' wall? I would like something not too thick (to minimise the amount of space I'll lose in the kitchen), yet still solving the damp problem. Lightweight materials would be best as I'll have to carry whatever materials I buy up 4 flights of stairs! Should I go cavity wall (with insulation?) or just build a second skin of concrete blocks? Obviously I'll be removing the radiator and pipes! Thanks for any advice.
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Where are you located ?
This is an Apt & you are building a wall ?

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Hi Scuba Dave - I'm over the pond in Europe. The floors between the apartments are concrete. I don't envisage any problem as regards the extra weight.
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Robbo London,Manchester?
I know England has some pretty strict building codes.
Please make sure you build to any code...

Good luck and or cheers
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Robbo,
Whats the wall built with? Blocks, bricks, concrete?
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Hi Scuba Dave - I'm over the pond in Europe. The floors between the apartments are concrete. I don't envisage any problem as regards the extra weight.
It's not the extra weight I'm thinking of
Here someone renting an Apt is not allowed to make such renovations
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It's not the extra weight I'm thinking of
Here someone renting an Apt is not allowed to make such renovations
if he's in London or some of the other larger cities over there, like New York, you can buy an apartment...
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You can buy an apartment anywhere in the UK, even the smaller towns.
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You can buy an apartment anywhere in the UK, even the smaller towns.
Thank you Stuart, I didn't know that.
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Is it difficult to buy an appartment in the USA?
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Is it difficult to buy an appartment in the USA?
No it's just uncommon. Mostly in NYC. Though we do have apartments for Sale everywhere here disguised as a "condo"...

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