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  1. No. Your new contract with him is £1,500 and the main contract is irrelevant. You must write to him, recorded delivery, well worth the small extra cost, to say that the sum paid is in full and final settlement of the sum which was agreed before the works. It is fair to pay the full sum you are happy with. That would make any claim very difficult for him.
  2. If you keep it tidy there is minim al chance of any damp, and what there might be would be in insignificant. If nervous about it you could circle each fixing with a sealer, then the sole plate would squidge it tight, and complete the seal.
  3. 30 slugs and snails on or around my courgettes last night. 3 on the courgette, most happy with the old daffodil leaves. 3 or 4 or 5 big snails appeared to be in a slimy entanglement, so good timing moving them on. They have gone to visit the shrubbery. I had cut back the daffodils thinking they were a likely lurking place, and so it seems to have been. Hoping for just a few tonight. Very soon 🤞 the plants will be tougher and higher and so safe.
  4. Immaculate logic. The Mediterranean way, applicable for only a few days per year here. Closing blinds and curtains (shutters better) towards the sun to be added to this list. If thermal mass was a real thing, you could imagine them giving off their heat during this process, ready to absorb more heat the next day.
  5. As I expected. so you have three slabs now with no continuity of the reinforcement. In theory the slab can swivel at these points. In practice it shouldn't matter, as it is for a shed and reinforcement may not be necessary.
  6. I came across a tip that a rhubarb stalk removes the black stain. Acid on a handy fibrous stalk. It did work perhaps 50% but did not get out the deeper stains.
  7. Charcoal left in the ash is good for the ground so don't overdo it.
  8. Same concrete as the slab. A screed is the easy and cheap option for them, especially if using your bag of sand. Screed would not be concrete, and I assume you wanted a concrete slab, not a screed one. They can go to Wickes and get 2 or 3 bags of ballast and a bag of cement. NOT diluted with your sand. Was there reinforcement in the concrete?
  9. Ok good. I don't think you need permission, and the authorities would rather you didn't ask.
  10. Good point. Many small builders have insurance found in the small ads in The Sun. The cheapest cover that can provide a piece of paper. You need to see the actual cover details, not just a front certificate. The exclusion clauses can be shocking. eg No works below ground level. No works above 3m. The policy holder only. No hired in machinery. Working under the supervision of the client's project manager. etc. You cant insist on seeing this as it is the neighbour's project, but you can perhaps help them along. That is what many people believe, and don't think they need permission in any way.
  11. It will rot eventually, even treated, starting at the ends and rotting inwards. Before the rot, there will be damp ingress. It is not concrete so they have not completed the job. It was a silly (or inexpert) idea to cast them in, so let them learn to be less silly and more expert by removing them and infilling with concrete. It will be difficult to get the timbers out and the concrete will be damaged locally, but they can repair it. Complete the job before payment!
  12. That pile of sticks on the left looks very attractive for invertebrates. My beans and courgettes are still attracting night time nibbling. 1 slug found under an adjacent pot today. growth = munched area so far. Perhaps a torch-lit inspection is required.
  13. Excellent. Yes that will look good from widows above. The gravel is not 'a requirement' by any rules I know but is a good solution to potential issues that are not always dealt with. If plants die or trees sprout*/ birds die on the roof, have you got safe access? *Very likely with woods around). I would have thought that water from the green roof could be cleaner than direct runoff from the main roof and gutters. If you looked in a gutter you wouldn't drink the water, but the green roof is filtering any 'deposits'. Only guessing though.
  14. You know that is the right solution really.
  15. Are you sure that is all? Floor, and insulation likely to be 300 thick, and foundations 900mm/1m deep. Your neighbour has to organise all permissions. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preventing-and-resolving-disputes-in-relation-to-party-walls/the-party-wall-etc-act-1996-explanatory-booklet I found it amusing that this is published by the dept currently called 'Department for Levelling Up'. Not 'digging down and undermining my house'.
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