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    Can I remove this hob burner to clean it without needing to replace seals etc?

    The large central burner on our Kenwood oven has ended up with a load of cooking oil in it. We've soaked up most of it, but it could obviously do with a more thorough clean. Can I just remove those three screws and lift it out, or will I be disturbing seals that will need to be replaced with new?
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    Can anyone ID the fault code for this Indesit DPG 15B1 dishwasher?

    Yeah, I already saw that site. Unfortunately there's no definitive information available about my specific error - depending on which site you look at it could be a mainboard fault or a circulating pump fault or a pressure switch fault. The service manual would be the only way to be sure, but of...
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    Can anyone ID the fault code for this Indesit DPG 15B1 dishwasher?

    When you start a cycle it will run normally for about 2 minutes, then you'll hear the gurgling noise from the drain (totally normal for when the unit is draining) and immediately the error code indication is displayed. It will then run something (the pump?) for another few minutes and then stop...
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    Are there any white Cat6 junction boxes with rear cable entry?

    I want to use one so I can switch from black exterior cable (where it comes in through a wall), to white for internal use. Ideally I want rear entry for the black cable, side entry for the white one. I can't find anything online that does this, all the junction boxes I've found are side entry...
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    Do I just need a ladder standoff for this? Or something else?

    Luck? In what way? Sorry, don't get the point you're making.
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    Do I just need a ladder standoff for this? Or something else?

    The cable has already emerged. And it's angled down, not up. As seen in the photo. There's a drip loop at the bottom where it enters the living room just above skirting-board level. If there had been a hidden route, I would have taken it. If you're looking at the front of the house, the cable...
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    Do I just need a ladder standoff for this? Or something else?

    So how would a professional access that area, out of interest? Use a ladder, but with a proper fixing at the base to ensure it wouldn't slide?
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    Do I just need a ladder standoff for this? Or something else?

    I've run a network cable from the living room to an upstairs bedroom up the front wall of the house. When I drilled the upstairs hole, I discovered that it came out in the strip of serrated soft black material (sorry, don't know what it's properly called) that covers the join between the porch...
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    Drilling holes in the right places on front wall of house - am I over-thinking this?

    That's extremely condescending, as I'm sure you're aware. I'm completely serious. I want to extend the downstairs wired network upstairs, and there are no existing conduits I could run cable through. Cables along exterior walls are a completely normal and accepted part of the urban landscape -...
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    Drilling holes in the right places on front wall of house - am I over-thinking this?

    I want to put Ethernet sockets in my living room and in the bedroom directly above, connected by a cable that will run up the front exterior wall of the house. See the photo below (not my house) for how I'd like the cable to be positioned relative to the windows. I want both sockets to sit just...
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    Floor-standing fan seized up - is this a bearing & is it replaceable?

    After many years (well over 20 I think) of summer use, our trusty floor-standing bedroom fan has decided to seize up. I'd rather repair than replace if possible. Having stripped it down, it looks like the issue is with this bit at the back; it seems to be some kind of bearing that allows the...
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    Drilling a pilot hole for a cement screw - should I go smaller than suggested?

    I'm going to be using cement screws to attach wooden battens to some concrete fence posts. I've never used cement screws before, and the ones I bought say they need a 6mm pilot hole. I experimented by drilling into a breeze block and winding the screw halfway in. With a 6mm hole, there was a...
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    Two different types of concrete screw - which one should I use?

    Thanks - that's what I wanted to hear :)
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    Two different types of concrete screw - which one should I use?

    I need to fix wooden battens to concrete fence posts. Screwfix has two different types of concrete screw - ones with Torx heads with a thread pitch that looks like regular wood screw, and screwbolts that have a *much* wider thread pitch. The screwbolts are significantly more expensive. Is there...
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    Oak tree starting to grow very close to the house. Will it have to go?

    Rather surprised to discover a very young oak tree growing unbidden at the front of the house. It's only about 6 feet from the front wall. Is it ultimately going to have to be moved to avoid root damage to the foundations?
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    Should I give Plumber's Mait time to dry before refilling cistern?

    You mean use some kind of sealant to fill between the siphon outlet and the hole in the cistern? Will any old bathroom sealant do? "Mastic" seems to be one of those generic words that can mean a huge variety of products.
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    Should I give Plumber's Mait time to dry before refilling cistern?

    After changing the flush, I reinstalled it without any PM. It immediately started leaking. I had a bit of a Google round and found various videos from plumbers demonstrating how to use PM, so I tried it and it worked (or at least seemed to). This was the video that convinced me: Cool, when...
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    Should I give Plumber's Mait time to dry before refilling cistern?

    A couple of months ago I replaced the flush unit in a close-coupled toilet, and I resealed using a new doughnut and a ring of Plumber's Mait on both sides of the (new) metal coupling plate. I let the cistern refill as soon as everything was reinstalled. Everything seemed fine, but I've now got...
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    How do you use these Plasplugs screw gauges? Why are they teardrop-shaped?

    Yes, the round holes for the drills are obvious, it's the teardrop shapes for the screws that seemed odd.
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    How do you use these Plasplugs screw gauges? Why are they teardrop-shaped?

    This is probably a very dumb question, but I'm uncertain why the screw gauges on this strip of Plasplugs are that elongated teardrop shape. Is the idea that the slot for (say) the 5mm plug is sized to indicate the maximum and minimum thicknesses of screw thread that can be used with that plug...
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