"I was selling my house and noticed that an air line crack in the plaster had gotten worse. With the possibility of a prospective surveyor marking this down as a negative and informing the buyer so he could potentially knock a grand of the price, I thought it would be best to have a go at repairing the problem.
Upon chipping back the plaster, I was horrified to notice that the fascia of the house was new brick and the side was the old Victorian brick. Whichever builder had renovated the house some 15 years earlier, they certainly had made a pigs ear of the job, no ties, very little mortar and basically a bodge job.
My initial shock was to phone for a specialist builder to quote me, he did and the cost made me suck air through my teeth faster than a jet engine preparing for take off.
I then stumbled on this kit and thought I would have a go myself. I am glad I did, it was easy to task and the kit and work that I undertook resulted in a very strong tie in of the old and new brick. The supplied motor is rock hard when set and grips into the bar and joint to pull the gap together. The end result being a repair that would last at least another 100 years.
After re-plastering the wall, the surveyor did inspect the house and it passed with flying colours.
My only criticism about this kit is that the motor does not cover 10 meters. I managed only about 5. This could be due to the gaps on Victorian houses being bigger than new build. The price of the kits saved me in the region of £400, so I was very pleased. However I have noticed that a very similar kit can be found on the web for half the price of this Screwfix one.
Overall a brilliant item but look out SF, you have price competition."
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Review 3 for HeliFix Crack Stitching Kit Grout 1040mm
"Good kit, everthing you need to stitch some cracks in brickwork. The rake is excellent, the one in my kit had TCT teeth unlike the Armeg one that's on sale at Screwfix. Mixing the powder and adhesive is easy using the paddle. Loading the gun with the adhesive takes a bit of practice, I found it easier using a 1.5" straight sided edging trowel to drop the grout into the tube and then gently tap the side to get it to drop down. Don't be tempted to tap the bottom/nozzle on the floor to get it down as that will jam the nozzle and tube together making it difficult to seperate them for cleaning. Once loaded the gun's a doddle to use with the stainless steel nozzle whatever the angle and gives an even bead. I found that one grout mix pack (half the contents of the kit) gave 2 fills of the gun. To refill you have to retract the plunger which is not simple as you're trying to draw air up through the grout that's still in the nozzle. After you refill you inevitably get an air bubble between the 2 lots of grout which comes out of the gun a bit fiercly (explosive diarrhoea comes to mind) One thing I did find was that the amount of grout in the kit is supposed to be sufficient for 10 metres of stitching in 10mm mortar beds. I was using it in a victorian terrace and the mortar beds are much wider so I only got 7 metres from the kit. It is possible to buy 1.5 kilo kits from other suppliers if you only need a bit more grout. The finger trowel in my kit wasn't the wooden handle one in the picture, it was a standard brick jointer which wasn't really suitable so I used my own finger trowel. The grout is usable for anywhere between 20-40 minutes depending on ambient temperature. Cleaning the gun is fiddly, you really need to dismantle it fully and getting the plastic nozzle off the plastic tube is the most difficult part. A toilet brush helps get the tube really clean. All in all it enabled me to do exactly what I wanted to do. In total I stitched 20 rods with just about 8.5 kilos of grout in 2 days. Job sorted!"
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Review 4 for HeliFix Crack Stitching Kit Grout 1040mm
"All the kit you need to produce professional results at a fraction of the price of a specialist contractor. High quailty re-useable motar gun, mortar rake. Easy to mix and apply, thoroughly recommend."
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Review 5 for HeliFix Crack Stitching Kit Grout 1040mm
"Easy to use and appears to be effective. Only time will tell! Expected there to be more grout given the price - two packets rather than a tub full. However if it does the job long term I can't complain."
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Review 6 for HeliFix Crack Stitching Kit Grout 1040mm
"We ordered the Helifix crack stitching kit which arrived promptly and everything was included.
Read all the instructions to avoid any mishaps
We cut out the three metre long slots required in the wall we had to repair, cleaned them out and squirted water into them as instructed, laid the kit out with our extra items that we thought we might need if we hit any snags.
Filled the gun having mixed the cement and started pumping it into the slots. All was going well till the gun stopped working half way through the job. We had to frantically finish it with trowels, a float and our fingers before the cement went off and we could not help but make a right mess with the cement slopping all over the place in our haste and making do with improvised tools.
I'm a great fan of Screwfix products and their first class standards of customer service but on this occasion it was a major disappointment and all over a second rate, faulty king size silicon gun which is absolutely necessary to do the job efficiently and tidily.
You can do the job without the gun but as I'd paid good money for one I expected it to work. I'd have been better off if they told me to use a cake maker's icing bag."