New to this group, but hope I'll see you often.
I have an unusual problem. I live in a 1960's Wimpy built terraced
house and my next door neighboour smokes non stop. In the small
bedroom and the hallway, which share the wall with next door, the
stink of stale fag smoke is terrible.
I can't ask him to stop smoking in his own home, but as I'm coming up
to decorating time (for the first time in this house) I want to put
something on the walls to try to seal out the perculation. My first
thoughts are a couple of coats of a diluted sealant, to soak it into
the plaster. But which one would be best? Or any other ideas?
Anyone had this problem before?
Thanks in advance.
Hopefully one day the tax and other measures against this filthy and
disgusting habit will price it out of the market. Why people believe
that they can smoke and inflict this sh*t on everybody elsetogether
with their healthcare burden I have no idea
However, in the meantime there should be some measures you can take.
I suspect that there are flows of air between the houses through small
gaps in the walls. Are the partition walls some form of block or
studded or ?? It would seem to me that the air pollution is more
likely to be coming through gaps in the walls (perhaps below the
floors) rather than through the plaster(board).
Therefore I would focus on sealing those with silicone or other
sealant first. Diluted PVA should certainly be effective at
sealing the plaster, but I doubt if that is the source of the problem.
Perhaps you could try ventilating your house thoroughly, then close it
up and sniff around carefully near the walls and floor for where the
fumes are coming from.
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I am more than happy for people (I don't know) to smoke in their own
privacy - it pays tax that I would otherwise have to pay. If nobody smoked,
the taxman would want more from me.
But on the other hand, I absolutely loathe the habit, so am keen to see it
banned from all public places.
Does that make me a hypocrite?
Not really, because the improvement in health of the population
through not smoking would reduce healthcare and other costs relating
to it; so theoretically National Insurance would be reduced. In
practice, the saving would be squandered, so there would probably not
be a tax reduction.
Not at all, as a smoker, I think thats a reasonable compromise. Except
that I would not 'ban it from all public places' but 'restrict it to the
open air, and such places as are specifically designated'. So that one
can have the choice, as to whether one wishes to go to a smoking, or
'non-smoking' pub/restaurant etc.
Perhaps I should have qualified my comment, in my mind I really meant, ban
it from all *inside* public places. Certainly some of the smoking and
non-smoking areas in restaurant are a joke - you can end up sitting at a
"non-smoking" table which is right next to a "smoking" table. Often even if
it doesn't appear to be smokey, when you go home your clothes smell awful.
This I think is the sort of situation where breathing other peoples' smoke
constantly, can kill the non-smoker. (Isn't that what happened to Roy
Castle, or was it not proven?)
I think restaurants will all ban smoking in the next few years. They must be
worried about liability towards their non-smoking staff. Health and safety
at work. Give it five years and you probably couldn't get insurance for a
restaurant without a non-smoking policy.
I'm surprised that the smoke levels in many pubs don't already
contravene the health as safety at work legislation.
If someone was working on an industrial process that produced so much
smoke then the employer would be forced to provide adequate ventilation
or breathing/filter apparatus and keep the general public and other
workers away from the process area.
We all have to put up with things we find offensive, most of which aren't as
clearly defined as smoking. I personally would like Christmas banned, but I
think that was tried in the 1920s, and it just drove the evil practice
underground. Witch hunts are always a bad sign in a society, especially when
there's a deliberate lowering of standards in other areas.
So, if you don't smoke, you live ten years longer and drain the social
security system even more.
Idiot. Smokers not only contribute HUGE amounts of taxes, they also have
the decency to die earlier and save the pension schemes for others.
We should be encouraged as setting the best of examples.
Wheraras you will be whingeing well into your 90''s still with some
stupid chip on your shoulder, burdening all who come into contact with
you with the depressing content of your spleen, and wasting taxpayers
money supporting a miserable invdividual whose sole pleasure is making
others as miserable as himself, and downing the odd pint of disgusting
beverage alone in a corner of some drab (*but smokeless) bar.
I think you should be banned, or hunted down with hounds. Your miserable
life might just provaide a halfway decent meal for 2.2 beagles provided
they are really hungry and have lost their sense of smell :-)
Never mind. With luck AIDS will get you first. :-)
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