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A dust­ing of tal­cum pow­der over a squeaky hinge will lubri­cate it and solve the prob­lem – plus you’ll also get a nice smell to boot


A friend of mine has black mould spots in her flat, es­pe­cially dur­ing win­ter. Can you rec­om­mend a ven­ti­la­tion spe­cial­ist? Ka­mal Pandya, by email


I al­ways go with the Con­den­sa­tion Shop. They re­ally re­ally know their stuff. For more de­tails go to con­den­sa­tion­


I have re­cently moved into a barn con­ver­sion, where the old bricks have been left ex­posed on one wall. I’ve sealed the wall and painted it but the paint is now be­ing pushed off. How do I cure it?

Paul Dayrell, by email

It’s caused by mois­ture try­ing to get out. If you want to keep the rus­tic brick look, you could tank the wall on the out­side and slot in a damp­proof course to keep damp out. I’d tank and frame the in­side sur­face and then plas­ter­board over the wall so it’s nice and dry. You will lose the brick ap­pear­ance, but I think it’s the bet­ter op­tion.


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