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    • Thanks DX.  I've ploughed through the pages and dug out what I feel are the relevant ones. Obviously, some of these are duplicates of what I've put up before.  Anyway, I would be hugely grateful if someone can look over and advise. Reading though other posts and on other cases that I've had help with from here, I don't think they have much of a case - given the weakness of much of their "evidence" - but obviously I would be grateful for some expert advice from the helpful souls on here.    Thank you.    B   Witness Oct19_redacted.pdf
    • You came here for advice, soem advice has been given adn you question the validity and source of that advice. We are all lay peopele, ie not giving professional advice but it is based on experience of the world and in some cases working in the field that advice is given on. Now you dont have to take our advice, we wont get the huff if you prefer to look elsewhere or do something else. when I asked what you think they would do with your NI number it is to prod you to think for yourself and question why they would ask for this when there is nothing legal they can do with the information so wouild you be wnating to give it to them knowing that they would want it to break the law if they processed it. Now you can take that up with the company at the top but TBH unless you want to spend money on a lawyer they will not answer the question or fob you off with some ridiculous answer anyway.   so for the moment read a lot about  RLP and similar situations to yours ans make particular note of what happened to the peopel in the end. You will find no threads theat ended by saying " thanks to you I gor sued by RLP and owe them a fortune". It isnt going to happen and the reasons why are explained in many threads. They rely on your feeling of guilt to get anywhere
    • you need to respond to their letter saying that you belive that you ahve been paid correctly ( or underpaid if you are due a small amount of accrued holiday pay etc) and demand that they show a full account of what you received, when and why and how they arrived at this figure. You then reconcile that with your P45 and use the figures to bat off any furhter demands if they still akke one. Come back if they dotn drop the matter and give us the full breakdown on hours worked, hourly rate, gross pay, tax paid  etc
    • @dx100ukI never got a response to my SAR from Octopus.   But I have just received a 'letter before court action' from one of their legal representatives, who have been "instructed to consider legal action against [me] if full payment, a settlement or your proposals to make suitable repayments arrangements are not received in the next 30 days."   I'm reading the threads now. Any advice on how to proceed? 
    • I would say let them do their worst, it will surely backfire on them. Now with restrictive contracts that stop you working fro competitors- these are notoriously vague so often not worth the paper they are written on. also they have to be fair so for example if there are only 2 companies in the UK that make a certain product your employer cant say you arent allowed to work for the other one. If you were for example trained as a hairdersser and you were going to open a salon in the next street to your ex employer then the restriction would apply if worded correctly. Dont panic about this, your new employer will be au fait with the situation and time spent worrying about a nastly letter will in their eyes take you eye off the ball so concentrate on the new job.
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Hi, On a low budget so wondered if anyone could recommend any kind of product which might help my lad cover the surface of this outside wall of his?

 

To remove all the plaster and have it redone will be expensive so he's hoping to DIY and try and get a decent finish which hides up most of the crass mess made by the people he bought his place from.

 

Any idea's of any product which he can paint onto this surface which might hold for a year or two?

 

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Hi Andrew, new neighbours refurbing their house used silicone rendering instead of traditional rendering. The builders said it was a quicker process, dries quick, and cheaper. I think an excellent result:-D Give it a google there's info and videos.

 

They also said it can go direct onto pebble dash, but with original rendering the pebble dash needs to be taken off.

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Never expected you on the builder question Termi!:madgrin:

 

Thank you though for this. Would you know if that would suit putting over the top of what is already there as in these pictures because my lad is not keen to spend out having to remove it all first, just wants to paint over what's there and cover the rotten look? He can then consider having it all replaced a couple of years down the line because he has more important things to attend to first.


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Run a flat screwdriver in the cracks to open them up a little, then fill with exterior flexible filler or caulk.

I use geocel exterior caulk for cracks up to 5mm wide and toupret filler exterior for bigger patches.

Then prime and finally 2 coats of exterior masonry paint.

Then keep an eye on the cracks, if they reopen slightly (some will inevitably) redo the caulking and painting, this time without running the screwdriver in the cracks.

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Thanks King, that's most helpful. Would you recommend any particular masonry paint at all? He just wants to do it white again, but given the messy surface, would it need anything in particular to cover those already badly filled patches of repair?

 

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I use sandtex masonry paint.

For old and new patches use sandtex exterior primer and undercover before painting.

If old patches are flaky use sandtex masonry stabilizing solution first, then primer, then paint.

If old patches are crumbling, remove with chisel and redo with sand/cement mix 4:1.

You can add waterproof to the mortar (not essential) and I heard some people use pva with success (I don't).

Bear in mind that the new paint will be a different shade of white from what it's there because of the weathering effect.

 

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Okay, will do - thanks very much, I'll see what we can do, but that's very helpful,

 

cheers. Instructions will be read too, thanks.


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I use sandtex masonry paint.

 

Other good Masonry Paints are also available :-D


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Certainly, but having used sandtex for years without "side effects" I'd rather stick to what I know even if expensive.

I have been told that duly and Johnstone are equally good.

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I've also used Sandtex for years King, never had any complaints, over the years I've found myself using a lot of Johnston's paints and would recommend them to anyone.

 

Used a lot of Farrow & Ball too, not on my own house, far too expensive for me good stuff though.

Never used it on any exterior work.


 
 

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