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    Please help! Fixing holes in pasterboard.

    Hello! I have just removed some tiles from my batchroom wall and it has left some large holes in the plasterboards in some areas, the largest probably about the size of a breakfast bowl. Can you advise me of the best way to patch up these holes before putting the new tiles down? The main...
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    Looking for floor tiling patterns - any ideas?

    Hi all I am planning to tile my hallway floor directly onto concrete. Ideally I would like to use traditional brick colour quarry tiles, and maybe a few black ones dotted in - probably in some sort of fairly simple diamond layout, and to do a border around the perimeter. I tried to find...
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    Two dishwasher problems - any help appreciated!

    Hi all I would be really grateful for any advice on these two dishwasher problems that I have encountered over Christmas: - 1. My Bosch Dishwasher (about 4 years old) appears to work normally, the cycle obviously completes successfully and everything has obviously been leaned well. But on...
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    Finding matching wall tiles

    Hi all When my house was built in 2002, 15x15cm cream wall tiles from Wickes were used in the bathroom. Now, I need to replace some of the tiles and extend the tiled area to accommodate a new mixer/shower. However, I have now found out that Wickes have discontinued that particular line of...
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    Please advise me on a good quality toolset.

    Hi all I am an amateur DIYer and I thought it was high time I bought a really decent toolkit rather than managing with the random disorganised jumble of mainly pretty cheap tools that I currently just about manage with. I was prepared to spend a few hundred on something really good -...
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    Ho close should a sink be to electrical sockets.

    Hi all I am just in the process of installing a small wall mounted wash basin in my utility area. My concern is that there are electrical sockets less than 3 feet away from this basin on both sides. I would be very grateful if anyone could let me know of any legal...
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    Tiling on unlevel concrete blocks.

    Hi all I want to tile over a small area of concrete blocks to provide a splash-back area for a sink in a garage/utility. The trouble is that the concrete blocks don't provide a completely flat surface for the tiles - some blocks protrude a couple of millimetres further out than others. Do you...
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    Please recommend a heavy-duty anti-slip floor paint.

    Hi all Could anyone recommend a heavy-duty, durable floor paint with good anti-slip properties for a garage/uility area/workshop? I get a bit overwhelmed when searching on the web as so many results come back, each claiming to be the best, so it would therefore be good to go for something...
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    Boulter oil burner not working

    Hi all I have an oil fired central heating system, and I noticed yesterday that the radiators did not come on. I had a look at my burner (Boulter Classic) and spotted a slight leak on gate valve on the supply pipe that feeds the oil into the burner to the tank. I tightened the joint and...
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    Another novice garage painting post!

    Hi all I am planning to paint the interior of my garage and have another post on here about it. Frustrated by my "faffing around", my wife went ahead and ordered a load of stuff from Screwfix for the job, but the paint she got was an external all weather masonry paint! The URL to the product...
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    Sealing and painting breeze blocks - interior garage wall

    Hello all I'm a novice DIYer and want to paint the interior of my garage direcly onto the breeze blocks. I was just wondering what you would recommend as a sealer/primer before applying the paint and what paint would be best to use? The advice I've been given so far is to use watered down PVA...
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    Unblocking a shower tray.

    Hi all Can anyone recommend a good product for unblocking a shower tray (or any sink for that matter). After having a shower, the tray takes about half an hour to drain (used to be very fast). With a bent needle, I've managed to get some hair out from the plug-hole, but it still drains very...
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    3D design software - any recommendations?

    Hi all I am looking for a 3D design program so that I can visualise my DIY project ideas in 3D on my computer before actually taking the plunge and doing them! Can anyone recommend any software packages? I'd be very grateful if anyone would post their thoughts on what is good/bad about any...
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    Damaged (melted) plastic conservatory door problem!

    Hi all I don't think this is obviously relevant to the other categories, so I hope it's okay to post here. We've recently had a conservatory installed (white plastic, B & Q, Victorian style), and unfortunately a security light was mounted on the wall too close to the conservatory...
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    Best tough flooring options for a garage/utility area

    Hi all I would just like to get your advise on the best flooring options for a garage/utility area. I would like it to be as tough and durable as possible as I use the area for various purposes (workshop, washing machine, parking car, etc). The floor is currently just bare concrete. Quarry...
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    Plumbing in a new utility room - some newbie questions!

    Hi all I am planning to convert a section of my garage into a utility room, which will have at least a sink and a washing machine. I am fairly confident about getting the water supply pipes into the right position, but have a few questions around the waste pipes... 1. What dictates...
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    Mounting boxes with side knockouts

    Hi all I want to add a few sockets to a mains ring. Instead of feeding cable through the wall, behind the box and in through the base, I want to go for the simpler option of running the cable along the wall concealed with mini-trunking. I have therefore purchased some 30mm mounting boxes...
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    Outside tap - all-in-one kits for plastic pipes.

    Hello all Just about my first ever plumbing project will be to fit an outside tap! I was pleasantly surprised to find that Focus do a simple all-in-one kit for fitting an outside tap for just £12.99. I was just about to buy it when I realised that it was only suitable for use with copper pipe...
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