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    shower pump

    Hello The shower in my rental house is fed from the hot water tank. There is a shower pump/booster in the airing cupboard. The tenant said the pump is extremely loud when the shower is being used. There is also black dusty residue coming out from it. He thinks internal parts are wearing...
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    loose fire door frame

    Hi There is a door in my kitchen leading to an integral garage. One side of the frame has just become loose. When I open the door, both the architrave and the door lining at the hinge (upper right hand corner of the frame in the photo) are moving away from the wall. What is the best way to fix...
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    door frame loose

    Hi There is a door in my kitchen leading to an integral garage. One side of the frame has just become loose. When I open the door, the frame (upper right hand corner of the frame in the photo) pulls from the wall. What is the best way to fix it? What kind of tradesman do I need? door...
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    mock tudor board

    A few months ago I had a timber tudor board in the front of my house replaced. It is the horizonal one in the photo. I just found that there is a small vertical crack on the board (red circled). It is a small one (nearly hairline), but I wonder whether it would get worse with time. Thanks for...
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    wobbly pipe

    Unfortunately I have found there is still a small leak at the compression joint just below the isolation valve of the hot pipe. It is wet when I touch it. I checked that the other parts of the pipe is dry, so it is definitely not condensation. However, I left a bowl beneath it overnight and...
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    wobbly pipe

    Thanks Johnny2007! Indeed when he was replacing the tap he had to close and open the isolating valve a couple of times, and eventually it leaked:)
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    wobbly pipe

    Hi I had a dripping kitchen tap replaced by a Dyno engineer yesterday. During the process the hot water pipe was leaking and he fixed it. Now I have found the hot water pipe (right one in the photo, it is under the sink) is a bit wobbly, in the vertical direction. When I touch it, I can feel the...
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    how to remove a mixer tap

    Hi all, I removed the knob, but couldn't remove the cartridge. I intended to take the cartridge to Screwfix to find the same one. It's a hexagon nut that got stuck. I used a standard adjustable wrench, and it simply slipped (off with some metal granules from the nut) and the nut won't turn at...
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    how to remove a mixer tap

    thanks for your replies. Is the screw behind the black thing on the knob? So shall I use a screw driver to pry the black thing out to see the screw?
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    how to remove a mixer tap

    Hi My kitchen tap is dripping, but I don't know how to take it off to change the washer. A photo is attached. Any advice much appreciated.
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    bathroom ceiling paint peeling

    thank you for all your replies. I don't know what artex is, so looked it up on google. To my surprise, I found that old artex may contain asbestos. My house was built around 1997/98, hopefully it is "modern" enough and would not be a problem? thanks.
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    bathroom ceiling paint peeling

    Hello I have found a patch of my upstairs bathroom ceiling has peeled off. I checked the loft and there is no visible sign of water entry (no water marks on the loft floor or insulation material). Also, I suppose if the paint peeling were due to rain water from the above, there would be...
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    water pipe leak?

    By the way, although it looks like a wet patch, it feels dry when I touch it.
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    water pipe leak?

    There was a damp patch next to my neighbour's water meter box for quite some time and eventually they reported to the water company. Last week engineers came and repaired the leak (I can see they dug up around his meter box etc.). Following that, I have found 2 damp patches on the pavement...
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    what is on the roof?

    And my soffit is show in the photo. The vent is not circular, but a long, rectangular shape. thanks
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    what is on the roof?

    Thanks for your reply. Where is this soffit vent located? I couldn't see anything like that around my roof. Is it visible from outside? Do you mean the big vent thing on the ridge (top of the roof)? Attached is a photo of my house. Or could it be from somewhere else and the wind or bird...
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    what is on the roof?

    Hi I happened to see a white object on my roof (the white wheel-like thing in the photo) and I wonder what it is. Could be something falling off from the roof vent or just random stuff brought here by the birds? Thanks for any tips.
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    pointing crack in garage

    @woody, just saw your reply to the other post on cracks. Shall I use polyfilla for my cracks as well? thanks.
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    bathtub blocked drain

    My bathtub drain gets blocked very easily. I guess it's mainly due to hair and sludge cos my daughter uses the shower over the bath everyday. I tried un-blockers (a chemical bottle) and it improved for a few days and then became slow draining again. My neighbour suggested the blockage could be...
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    pointing crack in garage

    Oh, I am now worried:) Could the crack be a sign of subsidence? But it's not diagonal, and not wider than 1mm. There is also a small cherry blossom tree in front of the house, but there is no crack in that part of the house.
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