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    Patio sub base re-use

    I taking up an old patio and relaying with sandstone. I had planned to lay 100 mm type 1 then lay the slabs on 40mm mortar bed. The old patio was laid on dry cement biscuit mix which is crumbly in some places but very hard in others. The height of the new patio will allow for about 50 mm of...
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    RCCB tripping

    It is an American side by side fridge freezer. I looked at the cost to replace and they start at around £1k for a half decent brand so I think it is definitely worth exploring a repair cost first. We had a different issue with this a few years ago and lots of engineers wouldn't touch American...
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    RCCB tripping

    @EFLImpudence Thank you for the quick reply. Is there anything in particular that makes you suggest the electrician first to rule out the RCCB. Do you think RCCB fault is more likely? We have borrowed another fridge today and that is plugged in and working without tripping anything. The...
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    RCCB tripping

    I have a consumer unit from about 1985. The RCCB B8003/2 keeps tripping when the fridge kicks in. I'm wondering if there is a way to tell if it is the fridge at fault (I suspect it is) or the B8003/2? When we have had faults with appliances before, it has always been the B32 that trips but...
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    What is this called?

    Thanks for the suggestion. Just had a look at that but they mostly seem to be rubber sealing type grommets. The ones are need are hard plastic.
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    What is this called?

    I need to replace the drawer runners on some kitchen drawers. The existing ones are attached with a screw from the inside which goes through the wall of the draw in to the runner. The screw runs through some sort of collar to stop the plastic draw side from splitting. I need to get new ones but...
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    AAV height

    I have some bad smells in our bathroom especially after draining the bath. There is an AAV fitted but I suspect it may be sticking so plan replace it. The current AAV is just below the top of the bath and well below sink level. I know it is supposed to be above all outlets but we have never had...
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    DIY drain smoke test

    I haven't heard of an air test. Would I need to get someone out to do that? How does that differ from a smoke test except you can't see the leak? I got some smoke pellets yesterday so I guess I may as well try that first.
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    DIY drain smoke test

    The AAV is just above the wooden batton at the top of the photo. All the replies have been useful thank you, but my main question hasn't really been answered yet. I read elsewhere that smoke testing can be bad for plastic pipes but it did not say why. Does anyone have experience with testing...
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    DIY drain smoke test

    I have the side of the bath off and can see the soil stack. I can just about see up the boxing to see the AAV, but there's no room to reach it.
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    DIY drain smoke test

    Would a smoke test show up a failed AAV? Really don't want to have to pull the wall apart if I don't need to. I can get a camera in the wall so will see if smoke is coming from the AAV
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    DIY drain smoke test

    The toilet is a push button flush and the overflow just goes in to the bowl so it is not that. The vent is in the bathroom, buried in the wall. It will be a major pain if that is the cause (plastering and retiling). The vent will be about 30 years old so it could well be that. I guess a smoke...
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    DIY drain smoke test

    I have a sewage smell in the bathroom that has been there for weeks. I have checked all the traps and none are dry. I have checked the drain from the bath and it is clean, no sludge at all. The seals that I can access all seem good around the toilet. I want to try a smoke test to see if this...
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    Is this flue correct?

    Boss of the company came round to assess. The water had in come in through the air intake on the flue. Inside the boiler had all dried out and it fired up ok. He looked at the flue and thought it had been fitted OK. I explained that I thought the whole thing should be in the wall further but he...
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    Is this flue correct?

    This is the flue from the inside. This bit was fitted about 8 years ago with the boiler. This wasn't touched when the displacement kit was fitted. He just slid the existing concentric pipe out from the outside and slid the new one in. The company is gas safe registered but I don't know if the...
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