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  1. Angelchops

    Post Bonfire Night Pilgrimage

    Just a reminder to all of the other crusty old codgers like me. It’s that time when we walk the streets with our grandchildren picking up spent rocket sticks because they’re really good for stirring paint. Get out there guys, it’s your duty.
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    Electric dilemma - MCB info wanted

    Thanks for this post. It's reinforced my belief that most 'so called' SMART technology is more trouble than it's worth.
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    Removing wallpaper

    We live in a big old rambling 1870 Victorian house and have used lining paper over the old 150 year old horsehair plaster after painstakingly removing all of the 1970's woodchip. You can indeed see some imperfections but in our case it enhances the character of the house. In a more modern house...
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    Asbestos

    I had a garage taken down a couple of years ago which I was convinced had a cement bonded asbestos roof. I had been using it for years and as others have said there is no risk as long as you don't break up the Asbestos but I confess, it bothered me. However, when I decided to take the garage...
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    Central Heating Pressure Vessel - Faulty or just 'gone flat'

    Hi Ian, An update... I removed the vessel yesterday, which was a very simple and straightforward task. The weight of it, full of water, was quite a shock! I'm amazed the wall bracket hadn't failed. Anyway there was actually no blockage the water tipped out unimpeded and the adjoining pipework...
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    Central Heating Pressure Vessel - Faulty or just 'gone flat'

    OK you sound confident Ian, I'll give it a go. Will likely be next week before I get the chance though now. Just for the avoidance of doubt you're talking about that blanking nut right underneath the gauge, the one with the white paint on it? Thanks again btw, this is much appreciated.
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    Central Heating Pressure Vessel - Faulty or just 'gone flat'

    Here you go, heating is currently on, The 2 bar reading has come up from zero when cold...
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    Central Heating Pressure Vessel - Faulty or just 'gone flat'

    Hi Ian, I went ahead as planned yesterday and followed all of the steps we discussed here, but with no success. Despite having that drain off valve fully open it was still like I'm pumping against a brick wall. Any pressure I build up seems to be in the pump itself not in the vessel. I even...
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    Central Heating Pressure Vessel - Faulty or just 'gone flat'

    Thanks Ian. I think I was reluctant to open that downstairs drain cock because I'd imagined it would drain down the entire system, but as I'm reading more on the subject, I'm now realising it can't drain down unless the bleed valves are all open upstairs. However... can I just check my...
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    Central Heating Pressure Vessel - Faulty or just 'gone flat'

    Yes, that's exactly my thoughts. I'll give it a go.
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    Central Heating Pressure Vessel - Faulty or just 'gone flat'

    Thanks Ian no worries. That's pretty much exactly what I did. I removed completely the bleed valve on one of my upstairs radiators. I live in a three storey house and have wondered since whether it would have been more effective using the radiator closest to the expansion vessel which has...
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    Central Heating Pressure Vessel - Faulty or just 'gone flat'

    Oh dear. There's no need for patronising Ian - a little politeness and courtesy costs nothing. Anyway, I do get my boiler serviced regularly but I know for a fact he never looks at the expansion vessel. I must make sure he does so in future. I did research this for over an hour yesterday but...
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    Central Heating Pressure Vessel - Faulty or just 'gone flat'

    Thanks for your thoughts Chris, it's a regular cylinder with a header tank not unvented, should have mentioned this, I realise they're a no-no for DIY.
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    Central Heating Pressure Vessel - Faulty or just 'gone flat'

    I'd appreciate some advice regarding the pressure vessel on my heating system. We have a regular Worcester Bosch 24ri boiler, not a combi and there is an external pressure vessel fitted. Like most people I bleed all of our radiators once a year at about this time which is what I did the other...
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    Parquet Floor - Wrong Finish

    Thanks for the advice, all very sensible. I had also come to the conclusion that hard wax would be the way to go. However we're going to live with it until the autumn and see how we get on. If anything the problem is becoming less obvious as time goes by and the wax drys harder. I agree...
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    Parquet Floor - Wrong Finish

    I've just spent the last day or so sanding the 1950s Mahogany Parquet floor in my kitchen. It had previously been varnished so sanding it off with a sandglider floor sander was quite a challenge but I got there in the end and got a really nice finish. So far so good! Now my mistake. I chose...
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    Old FUHR 4 roller lock - urgently need latch end - REWARD!

    Just an update... UPVC Spares4Repairs did their best to help out even to the extent of going through their old bits and pieces but to no avail. They've promised to keep a look out for me. A good company - worth remembering. Lockfinder on the other hand didn't even bother to reply. Chalk and...
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    Old FUHR 4 roller lock - urgently need latch end - REWARD!

    Thanks pinenot - i've just fired off two emails to both companies with details of what I need. Keeping my fingers crossed!
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    Old FUHR 4 roller lock - urgently need latch end - REWARD!

    Well yes I see your point - but i'll give them a call in the morning anyway, you never know. To be honest i've tried a number of places already and come to the conclusion my only hope was to find a fitter somewhere who was ripping out an old door with the same mechanism. I hate junking stuff...
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