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John Conlin

Chartered surveyor John Conlin sorts out your legal and building woes every month in Saga Magazine. Have a question? Email surveyor@saga.co.uk. John can answer questions only in Saga Magazine and on our website.


Latest Articles from John

Sheep wool insulation
Home & Garden

Would wool insulation attract moths?

Sheep wool is an eco-friendly insulation, but will it encourage clothes moths?

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Creaky staircase
Home & Garden

What can I do about creaky stairs?

A reader writes to John Conlin with a question about creaking stairs.

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Crack running through a concrete drive
Home & Garden

What’s the best way to repair a drive?

John Conlin on whether hot tar chippings are the best way to repair a drive

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Caravan parked in a field
Home & Garden

Can we get this dangerous caravan moved?

John Conlin's advice for someone whose neighbour's caravan is posing a problem.

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sink with water running from the tap
Home & Garden

Are our sink drains legal?

Sinks in bedrooms could be a problem for this homeowner...

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Small garden pond with water lilies growing on it, surrounded by shrubs and lawns.
Home & Garden

How can I stop my pond smelling?

Chartered surveyor John Conlin has an easy answer to a pungent problem.

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Ginger cat fast asleep on bed in warm room.
Home & Garden

Should I get a new LPG boiler?

Is it better to keep an old oil-fired boiler or switch to a greener LPG model?

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Red brick rural cottage with a roof covered in moss.
Home & Garden

Getting rid of moss on roof tiles

Moss on a roof is blocking the gutter, but John Conlin has a solution.

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Corner of room with damp on walls.
Home & Garden

Do I need a new damp-proof course?

Is a damaged damp-proof course really causing damp in a bedroom?

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