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    Horizontal external cracks - bad news?

    Thanks for the advice. To clarify, this would be a share of freehold so understanding the state of the sinking fund and the known issues with the building will be my priority. Since posting I have noticed that two of the other flats in the building have also come onto the market, which feels...
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    Horizontal external cracks - bad news?

    I'm about to buy a converted flat in a large two story Gerogian house. My flat is on the top floor, but I have noticed that the floor beneath has large horizontal cracks, going across the the top of both of it's bay windows. Now, I appreciate that cracks and old properties go hand in hand but I...
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    Creaking wooden flooring

    Thanks for the replies... Yes the floor has expansion gaps at the walls - it runs under the skirting with plenty of space where it ends. The floor does run through the hallway and into the lounge without a break in one section with runs to 10m which is no doubt too long. Having said that, that...
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    Creaking wooden flooring

    My problem: I have engineered wooden flooring in my lounge and hallway. It looks as good today as it did 15yrs ago when it was fitted. Sadly however, it has become rather noisy as it now creaks with virtually every footstep which is annoying for me and my neighbours downstairs. I am looking for...
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    Grinding Sound - Hotpoint Fridge Freezer

    OK - many thanks for replying... I'll get someone in to sort it in that case. cheers.
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    Grinding Sound - Hotpoint Fridge Freezer

    I came home yesterday to find that my hotpoint integrated Fridge Freezer had tripped out the mail fuse. After switching the fuse back on, there is a very loud buzzing/grinding sound. Looking at the back I have worked out were the sound is coming from. My problem is I don't know what this part is...
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    Boiler sounds like trombone

    OK. I guess you get what you pay for when it comes to a 'service'.... Many thanks once again for taking the time to explain this. I'll be able to sound like I know what I'm talking about when I get an engineer in, which I will do ASAP.
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    Boiler sounds like trombone

    I appreciate you taking the time to reply Ian. Cheers. Have you any idea what's most likely to have caused it? I appreciate its hard to tell without looking at it, but the reason I ask is that I had it serviced by 24/7 Home Rescue 2 weeks ago. They have said they will come and have look at it...
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    Boiler sounds like trombone

    I have a Vailant EcoTec Plus 824. That has started to make an intermittent sort of hum rather like a trombone. I have a video of it which hopefully you can see below.... There has been a separate issue with the boiler recently where the outlet for the condensate i.e. the kitchen sink, was...
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    Vaillant boiler - hot water turning cold mid flow

    I've got an issue with my Vaillant TURBOmax 828E combi boiler and I am hoping someone might be able to help me understand the likely cause of the problem before I call out an engineer. The hot water occasionally goes cold mid flow. I first noticed this when taking a shower, so I had a look at...
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    Bathroom extractor letting in draft

    Great... many thanks for the advice.
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    Bathroom extractor letting in draft

    Hi there, My bathroom extractor is very drafty.... so much so that during the winter I ended up not using it and taping over cardboard to stop the cold air getting in. The reason for this, I believe, is that there is nothing behind the extractor, it's just mounted into a hole in the wall...
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    damp just below roofline

    Just to update.... I have now had quotes to have this work done. The advice given here has enabled me to examine the quotes and select the right quote which was basically the one that detailed everything that has been detailed in this thread.... In terms of the other flat owners, while they are...
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    damp just below roofline

    Thanks for all of the comments and advice. I really appreciate you taking the time to reply and help me out. I am now going to put a plan together starting with a conversation with the other flat owners...
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    damp just below roofline

    Many thanks, that gives me something to go on. Any idea roughly how many man hours fixing all that would likely take?
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