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  1. Hello, I am seeking advise regarding a house we just purchased. From the survey we knew that the chimney breasts in the loft have high damp readings and in the ground floor as well, but lower. Suggestions were that it may be caused by failed flashings or the lack of rain caps(although they only lack on one side but both are damp). I however took this picture in the rain and the chimneys look a lot damper than the rest of the wall. It looks like the pitch is draining into that side. I also think that at places the pointing has failed. Could it be penetrating damp because of the pointing? Can something be done so the water doesn't run that way? Thanks
  2. So I have a somewhat decrepit 1.7m (ish) stone wall between me and my neighbour on the West side, on the South side of the house. The wall is in poor condition - I have this year removed the ivy that had come over and *through* it. Small stones can be removed by hand. It is full of solitary bees in the spring / summer. The ground level on the neighbour side is approx 12-18" higher. And the boundary is my face of the wall. It is 14-15m long. Something needs to be done. Neighbour is please that I removed the ivy. I would like to grow things like a black berry and fruit espaliers on the wall as it gets quite good sun and shelter. Obviously that needs permission from N. How would you proceed? Relations are fine, but I do not see the neighbour spending a couple of K to restore my side of the wall until after it has fallen down. Had a chat and he said "yes you can repoint it". ? He also has a further 45m of the same wall between him and the lane, which I do not envy. Rebuilding fully by a real stonemason would be perhaps £200-250 per metre. I am wondering about the benefit of repointing this myself. Any thoughts would be most welcome. Ferdinand
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