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    Increase drying time for self levelling compound

    Hi. I need to level a 24m2 room, but it's only me doing it. I have bought Mapei 3240, and I see that it says the open time is 20 mins. I assume this is time I have to work with it before it starts to set? Is there any way to lengthen this time to allow me to mix further batches? I dont need it...
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    Single skin brick shed has damp/mould on internal walls - options?

    Hi - I had a new brick shed built in my garden two winters ago, and my mistake was keeping it as a single skin brick wall for the sides and rear. All internal walls have been skimed and painted but I'm now getting damp especially where I have shelving against the walls where air can't...
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    Where to buy timber for furniture

    Hi I'm slowly branching out into making quality end furniture pieces (starting with small tables probably). I'd like to use nicer hardwoods than stuff found at wickes, bq, or the likes, but any suggestions where I should look to buy? I'm on the Hertfordshire/Essex border so somewhere close by...
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    Sheet material for templating

    Hi. I need to cut some templates for glass balustrade and for the company to use to cut the pieces. Any suggestions on what I can use and where to buy from? I was going to use hardboard but then thinking there must be a plastic rigid sheeting that's easier to cut with a knife. I've seen sheets...
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    Tiling on wrong side of Aquaboard

    Morning So a previous builder installed Aquaboard in my ensuite the wrong way around... the rough side is showing. :( I need to tile onto this so wondering what I need to do to the surface? Can I get away with apply a suitable primer? Any suggestions? Thanks..
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    Condenser Dryer with vent?

    Hi all I need to replace my condenser dryer with something new. I'm cautious and want something with an external vent to get rid of heat. The utility room is pretty small and want to avoid things overheating. The dryer will be under a worktop with a side panel so enclosed. ...but I would also...
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    Iron on edging on chipboard

    Hi – I’d need to apply some iron-on edging to some chipboard cupboard doors. In the past I have ended up heating too much so the edging has melted any become pitted. Any tips on how to get a better finish? I’m going to use a lower temperature on my household iron (that’s all I have available...
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    Paint external pipes same colour as walls

    Evening all.. The rear wall of my house has 7 train outlets from historic pipes to new en-suites. The pipes have either been painted black or are standard black PVC. There are so many skating across the wall that they are a real eyesore. Given this, I need to think of a way to blend them in...
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    Raise floor level for wood flooring

    Hi Any ideas how to pack out a 19mm gap beneath my wood flooring? I have a 45mm floor differential between my kitchen and hallway. I plan to lay 12mm ply to level over floorboards, and my flooring in 14mm thick. That leaves a 19mm gap I need to fill. I was going to use different thicknesses...
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    Secure an island in the kitchen

    Hi am installing several units in the centre of my kitchen that will act as an island. The floor has been tiled. I have installed electric loose wire underfloor heating though not in the area under the island. Any suggestions on how I should fix the units to stop them from moving around? I...
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    Spurs for kitchen appliances

    Hi. My builder and electrician are running cables for all my appliances in my new kitchen. So some questions for my own understanding:.. 1 - do all appliances need a fused spur, or just high amp appliances like electric ovens? I have ovens, fridge freezer, wine cooler, hob, extractor...
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    Which board for a meter back board?

    Hi I need to have my electricity meter moved which grid guys are willing to do (they have been around once already). It sounds like I need to supply and fit the back board for this, and I'm fine with this as I want it to be in a specific spot to allow for space for a bigger CU later. But...
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    Wall hung toilet fixings

    Hi guys. Anyone know where I can buy the black wall hung toilet fixing pieces like: http://m.ranamhe.com/system-for-wall-hung-w-c-and-bidet-fixing.html#wall-hung-mounting-toilet-fitting-fixing-bolt-kit I've taken my toilet off the wall and one of the flappy bits has bent and not holding the...
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    Makita 18v Li-ion battery has just stopped! :(

    Hi I bought a Makita cordless circ saw last Aug (2014). Have used it only sparingly. Just tried to cut some 12mm plywood. Managed to make one cut but halfway through my second cut, it's just stopped. Thought it needed recharging but when I place on the charger, it only has the red solid...
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    Rendering additives

    Morning all Need some urgent advice. I'm having the whole of my house rendered beginning on coming Wednesday. My builder is sub contracting out to another guy. So that I can quiz him correctly before he starts, can you give me some advice on which additives he should add to the render...
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    2 questions on how a planer actually works..

    I'm puzzled by how a planer works to flatten timber that is either bowed or irregular. Here are my two questions: 1) How does it work in the first place? - if I have a bowing length of wood, as I feed it through the planer, why won't the planer still just take a slither of wood across the...
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    Is there a correlation between IP ratings & bathroom zon

    Morning Is there a correlation between IP ratings for lights and zones in a bathroom where you can install the light? I want to install the following http://www.clarolighting.co.uk/products/ip44-modern-square-white-flush-2d-fluorescent-bathroom-ceiling-light-zone-1-2-3.html inside my...
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    Converting CH radiator to dual fuel

    Evening Is it possible to add a dual fuel element to any CH radiator or can you only convert types of CH radiators? I'm interested in the following, and when I rang up, the lady said all of their CH radiators can have electric elements added to them, but the description says that it's a CH...
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    Recessed tube lights in bathroom

    Hi - I'm trying to find a solution for lighting in my bathroom. I want to avoid overhead lights and instead recess lights into the stud walls. The look I’m trying to go for is long (i.e. 1 meter) vertical recessed units (perhaps fluorescent tubes), across a couple of the walls. Here’s a link...
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    Spur socket on a light ring

    Hopefully a simple question: can I add a spur for a plug socket onto a lighting mains circuit? I have a floating ceiling which has halogen downlights. The whole house has Control4 home automation so all lighting circuits are individually wired back to a rack. The cavity in the floating...
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