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    What trade for lowering chimney stack?

    I want my unstable chimney stack (redundant) lowered by about 20 courses of bricks and capped. Would i go to a builder, roofer or a general handyman for quotes?
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    Efficient settings for Ideal Max Heat only boiler

    Thanks for the interesting replies. I didn't know about Opentherm and have read up on it now so thank you. As far as I remember it is not wired up for it and I don't want to risk doing it myself although I did the original Tado hard wiring myself. However the Tado Smart thermostat itself does...
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    Efficient settings for Ideal Max Heat only boiler

    This is my first winter of using my new and first condensing boiler - model 18 kW as above. Now I suspect the heating engineer has over sized it a bit to be "on the safe side" as my old Potterton was only 15 kW and fine for my 3 bedroom semi. Generally have the following radiators on - hall...
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    Hard standing drainage regulations

    Indeed. The majority of drainage channels across the front of drives are a scam by driveway contractors (or they don't understand or don't want to understand) the SUDS drainage regs. This is to fool the local planners into thinking they have a proper drainage system and the Authorities either...
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    Hard standing drainage regulations

    Well in the event I got a permeable resin drive done in a natural gravel colour. It is now one year old and looks fantastic. It has been a worry because the day they started the groundwork the drought broke and we had three days of rain, one record breaking day of 100mm! This left a clay muddy...
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    Best heavy duty filler or render in deeply damaged plaster?

    Thanks, that sounds like the best idea. "Breaking them off " wouldn't work because the plaster is too crumbly. Also thanks blup for the heads up on the filler.
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    Best heavy duty filler or render in deeply damaged plaster?

    I have been ripping out the old basic sixties skirting in our spare bedroom. Of course it was fixed with an excess of those hefty great cut clasp nails. I have found the best way to remove it is to cut either side of them with my multitool saw and then remove the skirting then the nails. But it...
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    New kitchen floor for sixties house

    Not sure slate over vinyl tiles would work?
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    New kitchen floor for sixties house

    Having lived in it for 45 years I've seen a number of floor coverings come and go but until now have never been able to either afford or want the disruption of many options. I still don't really want the disruption. So time to renew again with latest technology or not as the case may be. The...
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    Advice about burying a cable under a driveway....

    Two things spring to mind. I thought the use of swa cable was to prevent this sort of thing. Must have been a hell of a sharp spade and strong bloke to cut through swa with one blow. Also shouldn't the armour be earthed and would trip surely?
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    Low retaining wall quote - bit pricey?

    Gets a bit tedious. The other one hasn't got back to me. Just thought might be a bricky on here who might have a pretty good idea. Can't see one four course wall and footings of known length is going to be much different to another!
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    Low retaining wall quote - bit pricey?

    Builder supplies concrete and mortar. Would that cost much for 240 bricks and a 5m by 300mm footing. More than a £100? It's not that I mind paying if it is reasonable but I don't want to pay a premium for a good job. Every job should be a good job, that's workmanship not cost.
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    Low retaining wall quote - bit pricey?

    I'm removing an existing low flower bed retaining wall and replacing it with a smaller one. It will be quadrant shaped with the existing footings used for the straight part and new footings for the curve, which is a 5m curve. Total new brickwork is 13m long and 4 courses high with 300mm block...
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    Hard standing drainage regulations

    I think I have the definitive argument to this regarding clay soils. So long as you use permeable sub base (e.g type 3), permeable concrete or tarmac and permeable resin or other permeable finish) and there is a fall on your driveway you should be able to make a case that you are ok. No need for...
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    Low garden retaining wall.

    I am about to get a low retaining wall around a soil filled flower bed replaced. Probably use similar Marshall faced blocks with some rustic effect. My old wall has been there for about 40 years. It has bowed out a bit in places. Is it ok to have a single skinned wall? It will be only 3, maybe 4...
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    Hard standing drainage regulations

    @Notch7 that is exactly what 95% do. But here in this part of Essex there is a clay subsoil so unless you put a deep shaft through the clay into the gravel below it's not going anywhere in winter high rainfall when the water table is high. Furthermore the regulations say that in difficult...
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    Driveway over existing concrete

    I know it is generally thought a bad idea to have a new surface over an existing driveway but some of the explanations as to why i don't quite follow. Most revolve around the condition of the existing with thickness, cracks etc, what it was layed on originally and settling problems. My concrete...
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    Conversion of gravity h/w system to fully pumped costs

    I agree with all of the above and will continue with my Potterton Netaheat 50 for as long as possible. It is nice to know what is best to do in advance though. Rushed decisions rarely lead to the right choice. I think I would be minded to go for another conventional but obviously condensing...
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    Conversion of gravity h/w system to fully pumped costs

    Thanks for the fast responses. Yes, not intending to change till existing boiler needs expensive repair although I am quite green so the greater efficiency appeals to me despite being too old to probably get my money back! I just like to plan ahead in case it goes in the middle of a January so I...
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    Conversion of gravity h/w system to fully pumped costs

    I have an ageing but fully functional CH system. I like planning ahead so am thinking I would like at some point replace my conventional boiler (gravity h/w pumped ch) with a modern conventional condensing boiler. Apparently there are new regulations that say the new system must be fully pumped...
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