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    Backfilling material for driveway?

    I did think that but wondered if there was a point where too much MOT would have an effect on the stability? As I've already allowed a good 200mm for the sub base.
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    Backfilling material for driveway?

    Hi all, I've been digging out the front garden and had the soil taken away in a skip, however our plans have changed slightly and I now need to raise the dug out area by an inch or two.. Before laying the MOT and finishing gravel. What is the best material to use to top the level back up, so...
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    Dug through underground pipe :(

    Well I thought I'd give Severn Trent a call this morning and just sound them out as to getting it repaired as I won't have time to look at it for a few weeks. They were great and sent someone out today to assess, they've looked and confirmed they will repair free since its a shared pipe. They...
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    Dug through underground pipe :(

    Thanks guys, old land drain sounds plausible - its an old house, out in the countryside.. Everything is 'old' here :) The pipe is probably smaller than 110mm I'd say (haven't measured yet) and is terracotta looking.. So sounds about right. Will check out those clamps. Do they require splitting...
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    Dug through underground pipe :(

    Thanks guys, I will aim to dig out a little more around the area and possibly get one of those clamps to seal it up. What are they called, are where can you buy them? (Just so I can research them and have a look at sizes etc) Not sure what could be in the pipe, as our soil pipe is at the back...
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    Dug through underground pipe :(

    So, I was digging out a trench on the front of the house today ready for laying a pipe to a soakaway box and have struck through a clay pipe with the shovel :( There is water leaking from it at a constant rate, until the water around it was about level with the pipe. The pipe is running...
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    Widening driveway - advice please

    OK thanks. The drive currently slopes towards the house so if I didnt concrete right up to the house and created some gravelled / planting area at the edge of the drive then I should be fine? The wording on the planning website seems to suggest you only need planning permission if the area is...
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    Widening driveway - advice please

    Great thanks for the info guys. Re: Planning permission, I understood that if the surface was porous (and concrete was) then it didn't require planning. I assume I'd only need to contact planning when undertaking the resin part ? I'm not doing the resin stuff straight away, so hopefully the...
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    Widening driveway - advice please

    Hi All, We currently have a single width driveway (tarmac) with grass to one side. In a few weeks time I'm planning to make use of the easter weekend to widen it so we can park two cars side by side. I plan to dig the grass, put in some base material, and then have concrete poured into the new...
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    Fitting a bathroom extractor fan using humidistat

    Hi All, I'm thinking about getting on of these; http://www.screwfix.com/p/xpelair-dx100h-axial-bathroom-extractor-fan-with-humidistat-timer/95442 to fit above our shower. I'd like to make use of the humidistat so that it just turns on / off as required - this way, in the mornings we can...
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    Dimming LED Spot lights

    Great thanks very much for the help :-) As for the bulbs they are pretty bright, the beam on these is slightly narrower than halogen bulbs but they aren't bad at all.
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    Dimming LED Spot lights

    They are just some generic bulbs from ebay - the same as these; http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180855513218&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:GB:1123
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    Dimming LED Spot lights

    Hi, Thanks for the reply, by the whole unit I assume you mean the actual light recepticle? If so then, no I haven't - We just swapped out the 50w Halogens for the LED bulbs (which work fine with a normal on/off switch). The Varilight V-Pro says it's designed for LED lights so I'm...
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    Dimming LED Spot lights

    Hi All, We have a bunch of GU10 spotlights in our living room (unfortunatley!) and have replaced the 50w bulbs with 9w dimmable LED units. I'd like to swap our light switch for a dimmer, but I'm not sure if anything else would be required for LED lighting.. The lights are 240v and AFAIK...
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    Can I remove these studs without affecting floor joist?

    Thanks very much for your reply Tony. That was my thinking too, but I wanted to get a second opinion before I destroyed the house :p
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