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    What lubricant do I need to drill porcelain slabs?

    Thanks for that. Wish I'd known that before I started :) I've been going slow but with some pressure. Not letting it get hot. I was under the impression that you shouldn't let them get so hot that they couldn't comfortably be touched? So, should I be going fast and light pressure? I've done 30...
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    What lubricant do I need to drill porcelain slabs?

    Thanks Mike. Yep, I've been using white tack, rolled into a sausage and wrapped around the hole to make a bund, then regularly topped up with water as I drill. I'm managing about 12 - 15 holes per drill bit. Slow going. Spent most of the weekend on it and only managed 30 holes so far until rain...
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    What lubricant do I need to drill porcelain slabs?

    Thanks for that. It's not a problem I can buy another one if needed. Appreciate the help. Thanks :-)
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    What lubricant do I need to drill porcelain slabs?

    That's a great idea with the bluetack. I'm glad water will be sufficient. Just a side question (as you seem to know what you're talking about) - is there an easy way to tell when the bit will need changing? I've got about 40 holes to drill. I'm not sure what sort of life expectancy these...
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    What lubricant do I need to drill porcelain slabs?

    It won't be sufficient for the amount of holes I need to drill. It's mostly gone and that's just one hole. Do you know if there's anything else that's suitable? Or can I buy more of the wax? Thanks
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    What lubricant do I need to drill porcelain slabs?

    Hi all, I've got 600x600x20mm porcelain slabs in my garden. I need to drill 3 x 12mm holes in some of them to fix a balustrade to. I bought an Erbauer Diamond Tile Drill Bit (12mm) from Screwfix and I've just done a test cut - which went really well (see photo). I'm using a piece of wood to...
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    Advice on fixing balustrade poles to porcelain tiles (photos inside)?

    Thanks for that. I've measured out for the glass so hopefully it'll be okay but I'm sure there'll be lessons along the way (there always is with these things). Cheers :-)
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    Advice on fixing balustrade poles to porcelain tiles (photos inside)?

    Thanks for the advice. I'm going to go with chemical anchors into the blockwork. I think I'm just over-thinking it. And, after offering up the poles to the slabs I'm convinced it will be fine. Thanks again :-)
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    What is this called inside my cistern?

    Thanks for everyone's help sorting this. I stripped it out and the diaphragm had split. Managed to get the exact same diaphragm from ScrewFix so - job done. Thanks again :-)
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    What is this called inside my cistern?

    Thanks for the help. It'll be a side entry the one I need. I'll source the one in Andy's post below. Thanks :-) Thanks for the link Andy. I've got a ToolStation down the road so will get one of them picked up. Appreciate you taking the time to link me to the part. Cheers :-)
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    What is this called inside my cistern?

    Hi all, I noticed the cistern making a different noise when filling. The cistern is behind a panel. I removed the panel and the water is just making a fine spray when filling the cistern instead of filling properly. Even more alarming there's a bloody hole in the side of the cistern that the...
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    Advice on fixing balustrade poles to porcelain tiles (photos inside)?

    Hi all, I have some stainless posts for a glass balustrade system. The floor is 20mm thick 600x600 porcelain tiles mounted on top of concrete blocks using a full bed of mortar. The bottom of the pole has three fixing holes. My original plan was to 'core' out the tile to the diameter of...
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    Can I fix the top of a partition wall into plasterboard or do I need to fix it to joists?

    Thanks for that. There's going to be vertical studs holding it up and both sides will be fixed to walls. There seems to be mixed opinions on this but I'll see if there's any way of strengthening the installation up. Thanks :) Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated. The two walls either side...
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    Can I fix the top of a partition wall into plasterboard or do I need to fix it to joists?

    Hi all, My missus wants the living room separated from the stairs to help keep heat in (and save on ridiculous energy bills in the winter) so I want to build an internal partition wall with a door in it. It's a concrete floor so I'm happy fixing the bottom part of the partition wall to the...
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