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Old 9th June 2013, 20:17   #106
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Who is this Chabria? Sorry I don't know anyone in this industry But 25% off on Hindware is a pretty good deal. Where is he located?
Its a shop off Shivaji Nagar

I am looking for floor tiles and came across vitrified regular and some other with Nano technology. Anyone can please let me know the difference? Any advises while tile shopping?
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Its a shop off Shivaji Nagar

I am looking for floor tiles and came across vitrified regular and some other with Nano technology. Anyone can please let me know the difference? Any advises while tile shopping?
Hi Coolclouds, I purchased all the tiles for the home on Saturday. I got it from the following shop:

Manch Guru Cermaics
No.195, Near Prerana Motor Tata Showroom, K S Garden, 4TH Cross, Lalbagh Road, Bangalore - 560027

The floor tiles that I selected is a double layered Linear Rose vitrified for 70/sqft. I don't know if that's cheap but I found it cheap from the little running I did in Audogi. Plus it was a referral wholesale dealer.
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Hi friends I have a query relating to the carpentry work . What is the rate for a material contract as well as only labor contract rate per sq ft in Bangalore .

I know that material contract can be with a variety of specifications . The basic requirement is using a good quality plywood which is anti termite and specifically not a board which has blocks filled in it with good quality fittings and a good quality lamination sheet .
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Hi friends I have a query relating to the carpentry work . What is the rate for a material contract as well as only labor contract rate per sq ft in Bangalore .

I know that material contract can be with a variety of specifications . The basic requirement is using a good quality plywood which is anti termite and specifically not a board which has blocks filled in it with good quality fittings and a good quality lamination sheet .
Carpentry labour is generally charged in percentage of material used. In north India it is usually in tune of 35-40% of material cost, which will include hardware costs also.
As you are well aware the specifications will govern the with material rates. My suggestion would be to use good quality block board (anti-termite boards are available), as the work would be faster. Also if you use ply, you won't be able to nail them on sides and in case of 90 degree joints you will have to get tongue groove kind of arrangement, which are usually not done now a days.
Laminates, a wide variety of colour and shades are available and you can choose. Cost varies from Rs.30 to Rs. 60 per sq.ft.

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Dear members,

I searched the thread for info on my problem, but couldn't find any; hence, this post.

Ours is a third floor flat in a stilt+4 apartment building. The problem is when it rains, we are having wetness on two walls - I suppose water from exterior seeps into the walls. I am planning to paint the walls soon, but holding back because of this problem.

Can anyone in the know suggest what needs to be done on the outer to prevent wetness on the inside? I am thinking if Dr.Fixit should be called. I don't want the entire outer wall to be coated, but only on the area which allows the water to percolate. I am looking at a cost-effective solution, if any. This problem is seen only when it rains.

Hope someone can help.

Thanks in advance.

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Can anyone in the know suggest what needs to be done on the outer to prevent wetness on the inside? I am thinking if Dr.Fixit should be called. I don't want the entire outer wall to be coated, but only on the area which allows the water to percolate. I am looking at a cost-effective solution, if any. This problem is seen only when it rains.
Wetness on walls caused by water seepage is tricky. No amount of waterproofing the particular area will help until you identify the root cause of that seepage and fix it
Best would be to get a water proofing expert/contractor to take a look, identify the problem and then think about the fix.
Any chance that the seepage is from a neighbouring flat, typical suspect is bathrooms or a wall shared with another flat ? If so, it could be a bigger problem since the first fix will be on the other side.
If not, and it's from exterior walls then it's simpler.

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Can anyone in the know suggest what needs to be done on the outer to prevent wetness on the inside? I am thinking if Dr.Fixit should be called. I don't want the entire outer wall to be coated, but only on the area which allows the water to percolate. I am looking at a cost-effective solution, if any. This problem is seen only when it rains..
Though our friend npv has explained what actually needs to be done in case of water proofing. But if the problem is only when it rains, it could be due to some rough plaster or cladding on the outside.
For such cases you can look into silicone repellent coating, such as dr. Fixit repellent wr. This coating if applied lasts approximately 5 years and doesn't let water stop/absorbed on a vertical surface by sealing it.
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Though our friend npv has explained what actually needs to be done in case of water proofing. But if the problem is only when it rains, it could be due to some rough plaster or cladding on the outside.
For such cases you can look into silicone repellent coating, such as dr. Fixit repellent wr. This coating if applied lasts approximately 5 years and doesn't let water stop/absorbed on a vertical surface by sealing it.
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Wetness on walls caused by water seepage is tricky. No amount of waterproofing the particular area will help until you identify the root cause of that seepage and fix it
Best would be to get a water proofing expert/contractor to take a look, identify the problem and then think about the fix.
Any chance that the seepage is from a neighbouring flat, typical suspect is bathrooms or a wall shared with another flat ? If so, it could be a bigger problem since the first fix will be on the other side.
If not, and it's from exterior walls then it's simpler.
Hi NPV and stormerider,

Thanks for your suggestions.

I doubt if the seepage is from other flats as it happens only when it rains. Hence, I am thinking it is the rain water from outside that gets in. I will check with Dr.Fixit expert on fixing the exterior wall with repellant.

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Wetness on walls caused by water seepage is called the “cancer of walls” and I think it can not be cured by any means.
This was the major problem in my living room since last 15 years due to the lawn and garden, tried everything to resolve this except Dr.Fixit. Car putti, normal putty all types of paints.

So finally decided to cover up the water seepage by the means of waterproof thing. First I was to use the cement sheet with some kind of polymer added for waterproofing but I had doubt for long term results as cement was there.
I have changed my mind and went for the WPC sheet to cover up the water seepage.

WPC is Wooden Plastic Composite, 100% waterproof and termite proof. After that done the POP ceiling, room was repainted, changed the old switch boards and lighting completely.
These are the before and after look of my living room.
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^^^ That is a nice work, hiren959. I will keep in mind the probable solutions you mentioned, i.e., cement sheet with polymer or WPC. I will disucss these with my contactor soon. Thanks for throwing light on these - helps much with my decision making.
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Folks does anyone know of/have implemented Laminate Splashbacks in their kitchens. If yes any idea on the pricing and dealers in Bangalore ?
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What we do to buildings with water seepage

1. Drill holes at 1m grid
2. Pump in waterproofing compounds (from Dr Fixit, Siico etc)

The compound which is pumped at high pressure seeps and seals all microcracks, hence water does not travel.

Fo seepage at ground level, you have to dig around the foundation and inject at -1m level, to ensure that the foundation is not destroyed due to water seepage.

For basements, both the walls and the floor are treated. Though there is no substitute for treating while constructing, post construction treatments are sucessful, though they cost twice or more than during construction treatments.

For seepage from roof, we treat both the roof and the affected walls

Till date none of the treated areas have started seeping again. Bear in mind that these treatments last about 10 years.

One area which is difficult to treat is the balcony side walls. If you have masonry walls at the ends of balcony, there will be a crack between the balcony walls and the building. This is due to the fact that the balcony flexes up and down under load and it carries the wall at the ends with it. The only method of treating this is to inject flexible polymer compounds which will fill the voids and expand/contract with the balcony movements, retaining the seal.
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How about water seepage from ceiling where we have another flat above? What is the method to arrest this seepage? I have seepage on my bedroorm ceiling from the flat above.
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How about water seepage from ceiling where we have another flat above? What is the method to arrest this seepage? I have seepage on my bedroorm ceiling from the flat above.
The seepage from the flat above is normally either from the toilet/kitchen or from the balcony. Get a specialist, who will examine the seepage and guide you.

In general the water inlet for seepage is away from the visible portion. Water travels through microchannels in the brick wall and where ever it comes out you see the seepage.

A specialist will treat the wall (and at times the ceiling) as described in my previous post.
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Thanks Ajoy, for the prompt reply. I have already filled up the corners and gaps between tiles on the bathroom above us with white cement and some chemical through a local mistry. Hope this stops the leakage. Waiting for it to get dry. Then I will know. If it does not stop, then will have to check the wall above for concealed pipe leakages. I am not sure that treating the ceiling will be of help at this point, since if the source of the water is not arrested, then the water can travel and show up somewhere else.
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