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    Is this allowed - terraced housing and downpipes

    We have a 1901 terraced house with neighbours on both sides which have been converted to HMOs. The gutters from one of the houses drain into a shared down pipe and to the drain on our side. About ten years ago the house to the left was converted to become shared housing and a new kitchen was...
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    Flickering light

    Hi - recently had whole house rewired and the front room has three dimmer switches. The main overhead light keeps blowing light bulbs but put this down to the fact that they were energy saving and not dimmable. Have now replaced this with a dimmable bulb...but now it is intermittedly...
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    Replacing new windows

    At the final stages of a complete new roof/new dormer in our attic and are working through our snaggging list with the builders. Unfortunately it appears that they installed the windows too early and/or allowed their workman to use them as access points to the scaffolding which has resulted in...
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    Replacing glow-worm hideaway - BG quote

    BG came yesterday...and admittedly there is a considerable amount of work needed: replace/move existing boiler replace/move HW/CW tanks into the attic room remove the header tank from attic room fit two radiators in the attic rooms fit radiator in basement with all the associated bits...
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    Replacing Gloworm Hideaway boiler - any recommendations

    Thanks - just checked and think the 70b that we have is covered - I know a lot of people think its a scam but the boiler needs changing anyway so any refund is welcomed!
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    Replacing Gloworm Hideaway boiler - any recommendations

    Lol - thanks - thats the part we have problems with as both pretty new to the area! So - will the BG guy/gal? advise re the incoming cold water main size and pressure? Then we can move on with that info? Sorry for being dense - my uncle always dealt with my parents heating as he was a...
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    Replacing Gloworm Hideaway boiler - any recommendations

    Any advice? Looked at the FAQs...but still none the wiser working out what is best for our needs.... only person in the office as the Bradford area is a bit of a snow/slushfest so can do quite a bit of internet trawling today looking at different makes/models etc
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    Replacing Gloworm Hideaway boiler - any recommendations

    Just checked our current boiler is a gloworm hideaway. Getting lots of conflicting 'non expert' advice at work re combi vs condensing....its a minefield. BG are coming out later this week and arranging for a number of local plumbers to come after that.
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    Replacing Gloworm Hideaway boiler - any recommendations

    So 2010 is going to be a busy time for further renovation of our Victorian terrace (4 storeys, including the basement kitchen/storage area) and starting to get quotes re replacing the boiler. The current one is only 10 years old but has been leaking seriously on and off for a year or so and is...
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    Drains: surface and foul question

    Thanks! Keeps our costs down - though of course theres always the concern about the potential flooding back into our house.
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    Drains: surface and foul question

    Hope this is in the right section. We have section 24 drains for dealing with surface water (ie shared with the terraced house next door) - as I helpfully found out via this site when we had flooding into our basement :D The house next door has been converted into flats and the...
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    Problem ceiling

    ? the grease was on the top of the artex - which has all been stripped off - the surface was clean and dry!
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    Problem ceiling

    Preparing my parents' kitchen prior to having a new kitchen fitted in a few weeks. Managed to get the artex off the ceiling (that and lots of grease and nicotine ...bleurgh). Ceiling isn't too bad, just a few lumps and bumps which I thought I'd cover with Polycell Crack Free Ceiling (had some...
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    Oven unit - major problem

    Symptoms - thats exactly what appears to have happened. Will check to see if there's enough give on the cable to move it out (it has dropped a little) and try and fix. Its such a complete pain in the proverbial - worrying about it dropping, smashing both the oven and the tiled floor. I knew...
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    Oven unit - major problem

    Recently had new kitchen installed along with a neff built-in oven. Noticed that the cupboard door under the oven was sticking a bit but didn't think much of it until yesterday. On opening the door the oven suddenly lurched forward and we realised that the shelf that the oven sits on had...
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