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    Tracing / fixing a damaged spur

    Thank you everyone for your suggestions! I will need to investigate properly but may not get a chance to do that during the working week. My other half is away at the moment, and it probably will take two of us to move stuff out of the way in the loft to find out what is going on (and also get...
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    Tracing / fixing a damaged spur

    This lot didn’t look too bad: it was the random lengthy coils of wire that seemed to be attached to the lighting circuits that really bothered me! Yes: they do. The only problem is that there isn’t a socket anywhere near there (which is the wall between the bathroom and the bedroom). Perhaps...
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    Tracing / fixing a damaged spur

    I’ve done some digging in the loft. Access is almost impossible: the corner where the socket is where the eves reach the floor of the loft space (there is a sloping ceiling in the bedroom). It is also behind the water tank. And then it is boxed in by the pipework which is all on that side. It...
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    Tracing / fixing a damaged spur

    Thank you everyone for these suggestions. Looks to me like the plan is to see which circuit is supplying it and then start searching more deeply. There is a lot of odd wiring in the loft so I am crossing my fingers that it is there rather than under the floor...
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    Tracing / fixing a damaged spur

    PS. Might I just double-check a question from my initial post? Would any of the cable finders that you can buy help with locating the junction box?
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    Tracing / fixing a damaged spur

    Well...It is an option. Not the most attractive one for obvious reasons! I’m also wondering where to look because starting from where the broken socket is, is the least convenient place to lift the floor (inevitably). I’ve drawn a quick sketch. I don’t suppose there is any usual practice which...
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    Tracing / fixing a damaged spur

    Nothing, I’m afraid. I’m not sure if I should expect to get something, even if everything was working? I thought that was about all the testing I could do from one end of the cable without finding where it is wired up...
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    Tracing / fixing a damaged spur

    When we moved in we borrowed one of those plug-in mains socket testers. It came up with “neutral fault”. I’ve also checked it with a multimeter which gives me mains voltage between live and ground but nothing between live and neutral. I assumed that meant a fault with the neutral but perhaps it...
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    Tracing / fixing a damaged spur

    That’s exactly the chap I need. Do you know his number? The crystal ball looks a bit complex for DIY ;-) It’s a bit more complex than that, unfortunately. When they did the soundproofing they brought the wall forward slightly so nothing is as it was before the words were done. I guess I need to...
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    Tracing / fixing a damaged spur

    Hello, We live in a late-90s townhouse. One of the bedrooms on the top floor has 3 sockets. One of them has never worked. This never bothered us before because it was behind some immovable wardrobes but we’ve now got rid of them and I would like to put it into service. This socket is a spur...
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    Heating works but no hot water: any suggestions?

    From what I can see, it is held in place primarily by the valve itself. I think it might just be a c-ring that’s keeping me from removing it but it is quite hard to investigate since, inevitably, it has been installed facing away from the cupboard door and there endless pipes in the way...
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    Heating works but no hot water: any suggestions?

    Are they generally interchangable? Screwfix only sells one: https://www.screwfix.com/p/drayton-synchronous-motor/28670 Since it doesn’t look lie the actuator will come off that is probably my only option short of replacing all the pipes (which is a bit too much into plumbing territory for my...
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    Heating works but no hot water: any suggestions?

    Thanks. That all makes sense. Especially why I couldn’t get the actuator off the valve!
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    Heating works but no hot water: any suggestions?

    Thanks everyone. A bit more fiddling makes me think the motor is gone. It was red hot when I removed the cover which is never a good sign and didn’t sound very happy when being run removed from the unit (i.e. not under load) or when I manually turned it myself. With the motor removed, the...
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    Heating works but no hot water: any suggestions?

    Thanks. There is no sound from it when turning the CH, HW or CH + HW on. When turning off, I get no sound from the CH but when it’s the HW or CH + HW there is a noise which doesn’t sound like a whirr of a synchron motor being powered for a couple of seconds. It sounds more like something flowing...
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