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    Paint for metal pipe and plastic pipes (one for all?)

    Hi, I need to paint an outside metal pipe (its actually a support for our flat roof) and also a couple of plastic drain hoppers (I think that's what they are called). I want to paint them all a dark grey. Will Dulux Weather Shield work on both these surfaces? thanks in advance
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    replacing gas fire and surround with mounted bioethanol fire

    Thanks Foxhole. Good advice on the TV - as I said, it might go anywhere. Most important is to sort out the fire (place)
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    replacing gas fire and surround with mounted bioethanol fire

    Hi All, Your advice welcomed! We were going to replace our existing gas fire with a wood stove but are now leaning towards a bioethanol (just for convenience). Unfortunately, because biofuel fires aren't usually 'installed' its proving tricky to find someone to do the job (we were looking for...
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    Ideas for finishing the staircase in the extension

    thanks Tigercubrider - we might go for the hardwood cladding - I didn't know about that option so thanks
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    Ideas for finishing the staircase in the extension

    Thanks opps. Yes, MDF unfortunately hence why I thought just paint or have the runner carpet as you suggest. Any other suggestions? I'm thinking white would be OK as we won't be wearing shoes. 2 more photos attached - should be better quality
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    Ideas for finishing the staircase in the extension

    Hi All, Thought I'd put this one to the forum. Pretty much the last internal piece to our extension jigsaw is how to complete/finish the new staircase... We originally thought carpet but with a contemporary feel and different colours of (engineered) wood at the top and bottom of the...
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    what do to with the 'plinth' ? K-rend or paint?

    Thanks All, There is definitely a hard line at the bottom of the render so I'm assuming that is the bead... So it sounds like it should have been brick not a concrete plinth perhaps. But now, I assume I can just (grey) paint over the screed (or whatever the sand-coloured concrete is). Then...
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    what do to with the 'plinth' ? K-rend or paint?

    Thanks Alastair. So from the responses above it sounds like: - it would be possible to add K-render to the plinth (on what is there now? there is no issue with 'DPC' not being able to breathe) - but paint is also common (grey suits better in this instance?) - might have been better to have...
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    what do to with the 'plinth' ? K-rend or paint?

    Hi, I have been caught in an argument between the K-render team (who have done a great job) and the Building Contractor on our project. Apologies for the long question but you will need the background. In summary, the render team told me (after they had finished most of the job) that they do...
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    Alternative to this touch lightswitch

    going back to the photo at top - does anyone recognise the brand? perhaps I can get a like-for-like replacement?
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    Alternative to this touch lightswitch

    Thanks for that. Hadn't thought about the non-UK aspect.... I'm not wedded to a touchpad but I wasn't sure whether the wiring is set up differently (and therefore have a 'special' fitting that could only be replaced with another touch pad). I guess the answer is 'no' then - I could replace...
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    Alternative to this touch lightswitch

    One of our 2 touch light switches (photo above) in the kitchen is broken but I'm not sure what we can replace it with. I need to buy a replacement for the electrician to fit. Will one of these be a good replacement...
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    CO risk with all boilers?

    Hi, good question. We recently had the boiler serviced (because it kept losing pressure) but we have never serviced the gas fire (the only one in the house). As I said earlier we never use it - I only used it once 7 years ago when we moved in just to check it worked. I'm guessing we should...
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