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    Any ideas...please help if you can! Mains water problem

    This is what I was afraid of. If the water company don’t offer any solutions and I feel that it’s been slightly left for me to try and come up with solutions even though this isn’t something I would have a clue about. If worse came to the worse presumably they would have to turn off the whole...
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    Any ideas...please help if you can! Mains water problem

    Thanks again very much, I’m going to relay all this to my plumber. Does anyone have any sense of how risky it is freezing a lead pipe? As you can see in this old property the pipe is tucked into the corner almost embedded within the wall itself. Not being in the know I have a vision of a...
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    Any ideas...please help if you can! Mains water problem

    Thanks very much for your replies, I really appreciate it. I did suggest freezing the lead pipe as that's what the water company man suggested but because it was lead he said that people would be reluctant to do it. I did discuss this with my plumber but our concern was that if it all went...
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    Any ideas...please help if you can! Mains water problem

    I live in an old flat circa 1860s and we have a lead mains water pipe that runs from the basement flat to my top flat. This is the communal mains pipe that will go out into the street as supplied by the water company. A leak has appeared from a tiny hole in this communal mains pipe close to my...
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    Mossy, Grassy driveway improvement question

    Absolutely and I'll need intruder detector at this house, apart from the alarm I'm putting in lol! I'll see what a layer of gravel how it does after I've sorted out the moss problem. There is already some gravel down but these seems to be at the sides, presumably pushed there over the years...
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    Mossy, Grassy driveway improvement question

    Thank very miuch for replying. I will try that and see what happens. Do you think that a layer of gravel would work on this drive or would the gravel just get thrown aside?
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    Mossy, Grassy driveway improvement question

    I've just moved house and my new home has an existing driveway which hasn't had some tlc for a long time. I got some quotes for redoing it but these are astronomical so I'd like to see whether I can have a go at improving it myself. With this in mind I wondered whether anyone had any ideas how...
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    Myson Velaire 90/110 Advice needed

    I just bought a house which I'm not moving into yet and the boiler is a Myson Velaire 90/110 Pressure Jet oil boiler. It still works fine but I reckon it's about 20-30 years old and will need to be changed in due course. I need to drain down the water for winter (can't have it running on low...
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    Quick question about a rainwater pipe

    Thanks very much or your reply. I managed to locate a flexible coupling which I think will do the trick.
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    Quick question about a rainwater pipe

    Hi, I'm pretty useless at this but I have a cast iron rain water pipe as per the pic which has the bend part at the bottom. I wanted to connect this to a upvc pipe (as per the brown pic) and I wasn't sure what sort of connector I would need. Both pipes are 68mm and I can only seem to find...
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    How do I remove Creosote from a Pine Garden Chalet?

    Is there really no point in me trying to sand the area down? I don't want to ruin the wood work but I really need to get this stuff off as it's only on a bit of the chalet or at least reduce it down so it's paler and another treatment can be put on top. Is there a possibility that...
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    How do I remove Creosote from a Pine Garden Chalet?

    Thanks for replying. You're totally right it is "Bartoline Creosote Substitute" "Light Brown" which is apparently "Creocote Oil Based Timber Treatment".
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    How do I remove Creosote from a Pine Garden Chalet?

    We have a Pine Garden Chalet and bought some "light wood" Creosote to spruce it up as it hasn't been treated in years. We tried it on a few panels of the wood but the Creosote is extremely dark and so is blatantly the wrong stuff to use. We now realise that we need to varnish the chalet...
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    Self Assembly of B & Q Kitchen - Advice needed

    Thanks everyone, I'm def gonna go ahead with this and if it all goes wrong, then I'll get someone in. Ikea is prob the way forward but not sure of their prices. Thanks for saving me a lot of money!!! :-)
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    Self Assembly of B & Q Kitchen - Advice needed

    Thanks very much for your replies. It's been very useful and I now feel confident about fitting the kitchen myself. I want to get the floor redone so can spend the £1000 I'd spend on a kitchen fitter on the flooring. I will check out the ikea kitchens, (do they assemble like other ikea...
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    Self Assembly of B & Q Kitchen - Advice needed

    I've decied to install a new kitchen in my flat as my current kitchen is a throw back from the 70's and not in a cool retro way! I went to B&Q to get a quote for what is a pretty basic kitchen and they quoted me £800 for the units and £2700 for the installation. Looking at the breakdown...
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    PLEASE HELP!! Air Lock in Toilet

    For arguments sake lets say it is an airlock before I go home and try the valve inlet disassembling. I read an article somewhere suggesting that one puts a hose into the water outlet of the tank to the toilet, flush the toilet and blow the air from the hose down the pipe to clear the lock...
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    PLEASE HELP!! Air Lock in Toilet

    Do you mean the float inlet valve in the toilet? So if I take that out and clean it, it should be ok? Thanks
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    PLEASE HELP!! Air Lock in Toilet

    I tried to connect the hose to the sink tap in the bathroom but only the tap outlett in the basin. I don't have any plumbing skills so had a problem with this because also couldnt connect the hose tightly to the tap therefore water spilling out and not enough pressure mounting. Is there a...
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    PLEASE HELP!! Air Lock in Toilet

    The other day I emptied the water tank in order to change a washer on the bathroom tap. After doing this I allowed the water tank to refill but the toilet in the bathroom no longer refills with water. All the taps work just fine but the toilet I now have to fill manually from a bucket...
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