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    sanding floorboards without industrial floor sander.

    I recently hires an industrial floor sander to sand my living room floorboads to great effect. I now plan to sand my hall boards but I will be unable to use the same hired sander because my hall is 3 ft wide and the boards run across the hall. If I have enough time, is it possible to sand...
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    Coving brand preferences?

    Hi In the past I have used Wickes plaseter coving. But as usual with Wickes, the quality wasn't great (why do I keep going there?). Does anyone have any preferred brands of coving and if so where can I get hold of it. I live in Dorking area of Surrey BTW. Any ideas would be really...
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    Best way to fill gaps in scribed skirting joints.

    Hi. Just a quick question. What is the best thing to use to fill in small gaps left in the internal corners of new skirting boards? I have fitted the MDF skirting boards myself, so there are gaps of about 1-2 mm due to inaccurate scribing. What do you recon? Caulk, wood filler...
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    MDF skirting???? Any good?

    Hi I have just had a bedroom reskimmed and I am now about to fit new skirting. I have noticed that real pine skirting and MDF skirting costs about the same at Wickes. What are the advantages of MDF skirting apart from the reduced risk of 'cupping' when the wood dries? Does anyone have...
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    volvo 740 gle 1988/89

    recently my volvo cut out suddenly while being driven normally there dos,nt appear to a spark at the plug even though i have changed the distributer cap and rotor arm also new ignition control box i have alos tried second hand power stage , fuel pump relay , also second hand ignition control...
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    DECORATING NEW PLASTER: A DIFINITIVE ANSWER PLEASE!

    Hi, I have heard many differed ways of doing this but I want to do it property. I have just had a bedroom walls and ceiling reskimmed and therefore, I need to repaint the whole room. My plan is to wait until the plaster is totally dry and then to apply a coat of Alkali Resistant Primer...
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    Ford KA unexplaned revving!!!!

    Hi. When I push the cluth in my KA, the engine continues t high revs even though I have released the throttle. I seems as though the accelerator is still being pushed although it is not. I have got round this by letting the accelerator up ages before changing gear to let the revs drop...
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    Ford KA trouble getting into first

    Hi. When tring to change down into first gear it takes a bit of a shove to find the gear. Does this mean that the gearbox is damaged or coudit be somehing else like the clutch? And ideas what it could be? Thanks in advance Matt
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    ford ka squeal from engine in wet

    hi I have a 1998 ford ka. When the roads are wet and I accellerate sometimes I get a screech from the engine. I thought that it would be a fan belt slipping, however, I have looked around the radiator and I can't see a fan belt!! Could it be that the timing belt is slipping and needs...
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    Is my chimnry breast safe?

    Hi. This weekend I opened up a fireplace in my front bedroom. The origial opening has a brick arch. I have a similar (albeit taller, wider) opening in my downstairs room. The larger opening downstairs has a curved iron strap which is presumably to support the brick arch? It isn't very...
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    cost of plasteering a room. PLEASE HELPME NOT TO GET FLEECED

    Right. I am a bit inexperienced when it comes to getting a plasterer in. I want to know roughly what a reasonable quote would be to skim the walls (current plaster is sound but pitted and not smooth) and to have the ceiling (which is really cracked due to it's age) replaced. Are we talking...
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    Please help me feed my new lawn!

    Hi. I relaid my lawn in October with turf and now I have given it it's first cuts of the season. It does not look as thick and green as when it was laid and I am worried that it will turn out rubbish this summer. Is it a good idea to use somethingl like 'Evergreen' complete on such a...
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    Ford KA black bumpers gone grey HELP!!!

    Hi. I have just brought a 1998 Ford KA. The front bumper is the black plastic type that make the KA look like it's wearing a nappy. It has gone a bit grey and I was wondering if anyone knows of a product that will bring it up to match the rear (which is surprisingly black still-...
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    NEW TURFED LAWN-YELLOW PATCHES HELP!

    Hi. I had my lawn returfed last October. The grass has taken nicely and is growing strong. In serveral patches, however, there is a different species of grass which is more course and yellow than the rest of the lawn. I am guessing that this was caused by uneven seeding on the turf farm...
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    Took my Picanto for a swim.

    Hi guys. At the weekend I drove through a puddle (more like a lake) in the road. It looked shallow but in reality was abiut 18 inches deep. I managed to keep the Kia Picanto running my driving through using high revs and the engine is still perfect. The problem is that when breaking...
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    hardcore base for patio.

    HI. I am about to start to construct a patio. I am going to lay sandstone paving and the soil in my garden is clay. Therefore, I have worked out that I probably need a compacted hardcore base of 75mm and then 75 mm of compacted sand and then a couple of inches of morter to bed my slabs onto...
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    Renewing my plaster celinings

    Hi. I have removed the lining paper from the celining of my 1890 terraced house. There are lots of old cracks and the surface is generally shabby. I am going to get the celing replastered. It is better to tear doen the old lath and plaster ceiling and re-board it or can the boards be...
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    Reconstruction of sleeper walls

    Hi. My house has suspended timber ground floor. I have had to take out some joists that were rotten at one end. The rot has now been cured. I have taken the opportunity to rebuild the central sleeper wall which was starting to crumble. I have rebuilt the brick part but I am having problems...
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    Two gang switch wiring probs!! Help.

    I am swapping over to a new switch and the two wires going into the one gang switch are both red. From my celing rose I have deduced that I have a junction box circuit. Surely there should be one cable with a red and black wire each going into the switch? It looks as though whoever wired it up...
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