Does anyone know what the bulding regs require re ceiling
sound-insulation measures when converting a house into two flats (one
up and one down)? I recall they recommended fixing plasterboard to the
ceiling of the lower flat - but how many layers and of what thickness
This looks like a difficult job. Can anyone offer any tips on how to
do it single-handed with as few problems as possible?
How about finishing? I am definitely not a proffessional plasterer, so
what is the most cost-effective way to get a neat finish with no joins
visible (and joins that won't produce cracks in the future?
In case I decide to chicken out of this job, how much would a pro
charge to do two rooms, each 3m x 5m (fixing up the plasterboard and
finishing - labour and materials)? (roughly)
On Wed, 24 Sep 2003 10:22:35 GMT, a particular chimpanzee named
email@example.com (Jake) randomly hit the keyboard and
It needs a lot more than plasterboard on its own. See
http://tinyurl.com/ohw8 for the Building Regulations requirements, and
http://www.british-gypsum.com/PDF/c60_053.pdf on ways to achieve them.
If you're converting, you will need a Building Regulations application
as it is a change of use. AFAIK it's also a COU under planning as
There's other things to consider as well. You'll need to arrange for
testing of the sound insulation on completion. The means of escape
may be an issue, as will ventilation, insulation, etc.
Don't do it single handed if you're not sure of the requirements.
"You know, I'd rather see this on TV,
On Wed, 24 Sep 2003 15:00:48 +0100, Hugo Nebula <Send-My-Spam-To:
Thank you for the info on this subject. It looks incredibly
complicated. Last time I asked in my local planning dept, the said all
I had to do was affix a double layed of plasterboard tio the cieling
IIRC. But yes, I see they have changed the rules.
What happens with places that were converted before the 2003 regs came
into force? Do they all have to be changed now, to comply with the new
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