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    Joist size for a log cabin

    Thanks, I went with the 6x2 as advised - we’ve moved it to 2m from the boundary,s o height no longer an issue. Next questions then - we’re reusing an existing 2m slab over part of it, so don’t have to create footings in that area. There is a fall on it, so not usable as is, so the corner of the...
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    Joist size for a log cabin

    Thanks for your replies. But for this sort of building, the floor is essentially a separate consideration from the perimeter foundation beams (in terms of load bearing - the weight of the structure is taking on the outside beams in their entirety, the other floor joists will just follow the...
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    Joist size for a log cabin

    Afternoon, I've purchased a Tuin Laura log cabin (4.3m^2) https://www.tuin.co.uk/laula-log-cabin-DG.html, and will be going with a wood frame foundation to avoid the need for a slab - the ground is fairly uneven. To keep the height down, I'd like to use 75x100mm joists, but trying to figure...
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    Repairing a freestanding convector heater

    Thanks - the bin it is.
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    Repairing a freestanding convector heater

    I’ve got a (cheapish) electric convector heater - the neutral wire has burned off the spade connector (it’s been at my elderly mums, and she’s had it on almost all of the time I suspect, as she likes it roasting warm). I assume the multi-strand neutral has loosened, or strands fatigued from the...
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    Repairing cracked lead valley flashing

    Thanks - here’s a picture, you can see the horizontal crack about half way down.
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    Repairing cracked lead valley flashing

    Thanks. I managed to take off all the kingspan (question for another thread) and see where the water saturation on the board below started - one of the roofers tapped from the inside when his mate was up there, and it matched up to where the crack in the lead was. So fingers crossed it’s just...
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    Repairing cracked lead valley flashing

    Ok - last guy has also proposed liquid polymer paint (or full replacement).
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    Repairing cracked lead valley flashing

    Woke up two days ago to find water dripping down the wall of the spare room. After a bit of investigation (boiler above was originally prime suspect), we found the wood beam supporting the dormer valley to be soaked, and a roofer confirmed there a crack running across the lead flashing half way...
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    Reducing chimney drafts from above

    Thanks for the reply. But if I block up the top, won’t moist warm air rise up from the rooms below, and have nowhere to go, and make the brickwork damp?
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    Reducing chimney drafts from above

    Hi all, I have a very draughty de-commissioned chimney in my Victorian house - the front room/upstairs room is freezing in winter. I’ve tried chimney balloons and more ad-hoc methods (eg bin bags full of bubble wrap) to block it from below, but the shape of the flue means they never stay in...
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    Why does my hot water flow rate drop?

    Hi - I checked the flow rate this afternoon - the outside tap gives me 18 L a minute. The kitchen mixer tap is 10 L/min for cold, 9 L/min for hot, but the latter drops to 5.5 L/min after 30 secs or so. I see no drop in the cold. If the filter is blocked, why would I see a drop after 30 secs...
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    Why does my hot water flow rate drop?

    Any thoughts, anyone? Or is this something that can't be diagnosed on t'internet ?
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    Why does my hot water flow rate drop?

    Hi, For the past month or so, the flow rate in our upstairs shower has been a bit rubbish. I put it down to the mains pressure having a problem (unvented system with an ariston cylinder) but I then noticed the down stairs kitchen taps shows similar behaviour - when I run the hot water the flow...
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    how to fix my leaking shower enclosure

    Thanks for the reply - was midway though removing the old sealant when I took the pictures, hence where it's missing. The part I'm really scratching my head on is sealing the frame to the wall. As you can see in pictures 1 &2, They've put the glass right on the edge of the tray, which means the...
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