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Written by Bradley Mackenzie

Party Wall beams

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 ensures that if the damage is caused to an adjoining owner’s property as a result of the building owner’s Party Wall works, that the building owner will then be held responsible in accordance with the Act for the cost of making that damage good.

The Party Wall Award or Party Wall Agreement will often specify the protection requirements for the building owner’s contractor, this means that in order to avoid damage from happening in the first place, the building owner should take a proactive role in ensuring that their contractor abides by the terms of the Party Wall Award.

The use of hand tools or non-percussive tools when working directly to the Party Wall.

The use of hand tools or non-percussive tools on the Party Wall greatly reduces the vibration that the Party Wall is subjected to and as a result greatly reduces the likelihood of Party Wall damage such as cracking, bulging or crazing plaster.

You can imagine the reduction in vibration that hand tools have when compared to a Kango Hammer Drill, however, you would be surprised at the number of contractors that use one directly to a Party Wall despite the Party Wall Award stating that they shouldn’t.