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    DMP under ground level

    Thanks Bobby. Ground level the same on other side of fence. Im going to dig it all out and put in retaining wall. Let the wall breath as much as possible. Cheers
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    DMP under ground level

    Hi. Need some advice please re dampcourse found 3.5 courses below ground. This is the back of my Victorian terrace. Previous owners had taken out back window and inserted a door and laid a concrete path to the door. The floor joists inside this door were rotting which led me to investigate an...
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    Toilet plumbing issue

    Thanks everyone for your input. I used a Lenox diamond reciprocating blade, especially for cast iron. Pipe was about 6mm thick but produced little dust really. Note to others - I had the saw handle sat on the floor to help apply pressure to the blade end. Reciprocating saw vibrated so much the...
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    Expanding foam between wall and skirting?

    Thank you for the replies. My concern was that the rockwool insulation might get damp over time and hold the moisture but it is much easier to stuff in than the foam, which would have needed me to life off the radiator. Ive stuffed in some rockwool. not too much, enough to stop the draft. If it...
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    Expanding foam between wall and skirting?

    Hi. I have an old house built with lime mortar and render. Inside, the lime plaster has been painted and papered over the years, before my ownership. The internal plaster has crumbled and come off the brick across the whole front bay leaving a gap behind the skirting of over an inch, allowing...
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    Toilet plumbing issue

    Thanks guys. The cistern is held up by a small wood frame, hence the ability to move it back a bit, but there is a large cupboard on the wall above the loo so cant go all the way back. A google search has suggested that the cast iron pipe can be cut fairly easily with a reciprocating saw. I cant...
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    Toilet plumbing issue

    Dust is the issue. Several hours with a hacksaw, man! but not sure the blades on my multi tool would cut it, easier than by hand but the blades dont seem to last on anything.
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    Toilet plumbing issue

    Hi. Thanks for the reply. It has been like it seemingly forever. It causes the bowl to discolour as I suspect the waste is remaining behind the u-bend. I have someone coming on monday to lay some lino. 6mm ply is being laid but this will not lift the loo up high enough. I wish I had thought...
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    Toilet plumbing issue

    Hi. I have this toilet that does not clear very well when flushed. I think the issue is the sewage pipe is higher than the back of the toilet outlet. I was thinking to cut the cast iron pipe with an angle grinder somewhere near the red line and attach a collar so the outlet is level, if not...
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    Advice on Drayton MA1 valve

    Thank you for the replies. I went with a Honeywell in the end though even with the ball, it doesn't seal the pipes as tight as I expected. Maybe with the water pressure its different. Cheers
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    Advice on Drayton MA1 valve

    The current fitted drayton valve is sticking. It Burnt the motor last year and has just burnt out the replacement head last week. The valve doesn't move freely by hand so going to replace it. If I went the Honeywell option, is the brassware the same length for a direct replacement, electrical...
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    Advice on Drayton MA1 valve

    Hi. I need some advice please. I have a Drayton MA1 3-way valve unit. Ive had it in the garage for a couple of years but now thinking its time to fit it. Thing is, when I look inside at the rubber valve gate, I see that it touches the pipe ends on the hinge side but leaves a gap on the far side...
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    How to damp proof prefab garage to make office

    Hi. Im after some advice and options please. I have acquired a sectional Marley prefab garage, not yet erected, which I want to place on a hard standing next to my current garage. I want to use it as a studio for painting/storing canvases and upcycling furniture so needs to be damp proof to...
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    Softwood cladding on face of frontdoor - question

    Thanks for the replies. A new door is too expensive hence the option mentioned. Its hardwood and previously varnished which is flaking off so has to be stripped back anyway. I had hoped that a good undercoat and oil gloss topcoat would be okay. I will try and get a photo up. Cheers
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    Softwood cladding on face of frontdoor - question

    Hi. I have a hardwood front door in which the previous owner had a poorly installed catflap which I want to remove. I was thinking of covering the lower half of the door with 6mm softwood cladding with a softwood beading around the edge. Possibly mounted on a 3mm ply though I would rather keep...
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