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  1. That sounds pretty good
  2. Welcome, High ceilings are good, old buildings with thick old stone walls (no cavity), uneven floors, no DPC under concrete floors etc etc etc. can be cold and hard work! ... but everything is do-able and someone on here will have seen it before.
  3. 4:1 will be fine, i would fill to almost level in one go, leave to go off and then finish to level. this will prevent sagging while wet
  4. What is the building construction? or at least the balcony floor? this will affect the choice of waterproofing
  5. If you are dead against any form of skirting and finish is not important I would go for a sand/cement render mix and a a hard corner (piece of concrete lintel or steel) to prevent the exposed corner chipping off. Plaster wont stand up to the knocks from vacuums and sweeping etc.
  6. No idea what the blocks are, but i am curious why there is what looks like skirting on the ceiling
  7. From experience the asset maps can be very inaccurate, many years ago while working on the Motorola Building near Bathgate a service pit was needed. Asset map showed a cast iron main several metres away. Erring on the side of caution the map was not trusted and the main contractor insisted on hand digging as opposed to machine ..... result was a nice pick hole in a concrete water main sitting just below the surface. The machine driver would have carefully scraped away an inch at a time and `felt` the pipe rather than breaking it.
  8. M12 through 3x2`s is massive overkill, plus 1200mm centers is too far to be of any real benefit. Clamp the timbers together and then screw or Annular ring nails in a zig-zag pattern at around 150-200mm spacing. (this is how trusses and joists are doubled or trebled)
  9. where is the small area that squeaks? mid span? near a wall? service void? etc. i reckon it could well be a joist hanger/connection noise depending on location
  10. some of the pans do slope towards the front, i always assumed it was to ensure any splashes disnt rest in the joint line. i wouldn't bung the hole up as it could cause the whole pan to fill with water and stay there ... although it would be clean water so no real detriment.
  11. fresh air .... and the condensation disappeared
  12. Nope, if you can score 3 sides, sharp bolster hits (not hard enough to break it) to the 3 sides and then crack it and it will break pretty cleanly