Recent Posts by Noel Larkin

Buyers beware: is this how surveyors work?

Answer to Readers Question published in Irish Times 25th August 2016 There were problems with staining on the walls of our house, most likely caused by our neighbour’s chimney (chimney only served his fireplaces and flues). We were advised to employ a building surveyor to investigate. The fee was over €300 for visit, photographs and report…
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How do I get rid of damp spots on a wooden floor?

Noel Larkin answers a readers question published in the Irish Times July 7th 2016 Q My late mother’s house is about 100 years old and she spent significant sums of money on dry lining and insulating it over the past number of years. However after replacing the wooden floor in the sittingroom I noticed staining on…
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Help with heating

Q. We are planning a major remodel of our two-bedroom, 15-year-old apartment, including extending into the attic to make it a three-bedroom duplex. Currently, we have electric storage heaters in the hall and living room, and instant electric heaters in the bedrooms, neither of which are satisfactory, either in terms of cost or comfort. Are there…
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Dealing with drains

Noel Larkin answers a readers question published in the Irish Times May 12th 2016 Q My son recently bought an old terraced house. It has a small kitchen extension that was probably exempt from planning permission. On removing the old laminate floor he discovered that the extension was built over an access junction about 10in…
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