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    New Consumer Unit RCD tripping at random

    We've just had a new CU fitted and the electrician who fitted it is stumped. It's a 15 way box with 4 lighting circuits and freezer running from the main 100mA RCD and the rest running from a 30mA RDC. It's been in a month and initially tripped several times a day or night with no pattern to...
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    Glow worm Swiftflow losing pressure fast

    Hi All We have a Glow Worm Swiftflow which has always slowly lost pressure and I assumed this was normal. Over the last few months it's come down to every few days and now loses pressure within hours. It is regularly serviced and the chap who came out last week fitted a new ? air vent...
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    How do you heat a pool room?

    Hi All I need to provide background heat to an endless pool (6 x 3m) in a 10 x 4m wooden, very well insulated pool house. What I think I want is to be able to rapidly heat it (the space, not the pool) when it's going to be used rather than keep it continuously up to temperature, unless...
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    Electrics and pools

    We are in the planning stages of building a small wooden building to enclose an endless pool (where you swim against a current). Whilst the electrics will doubtless need to be installed by a pro, does anybody have any internet links to sites that might assist me in at least planning the...
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    How can I waterproof my asbestos Nissen Hut?

    Our asbestos Nissen hut is permanaently damp. I'm going to address the rising damp problem by laying a DPM and a couple of inches of screed to at least dry, level and flatten the floor. There are some obvious holes and gaps between panels, which I will be fixing, but is there any way to...
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    How we got a £145 refund from British Gas

    The bottom line is that we have had a refund from British Gas of £145 for successfully challenging our faulty electricity meter. The story is a bit convoluted, but if you are interested in the details – read on. We suspected that our meter was over-reading and decided to check it. We bought...
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    House Meter over-reading

    We appear to burn enormous amounts of electricity - 30 to 35 units per day (Three adults- CH, hot water and cooking all with oil. I've bought a power and energy monitor from Maplins, pulled all fuses bar that to the tumble dryer, run it for 2 hours and it suggests the house meter is...
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    Bleeding airlock problem

    I have an airlock in the CH feed to the conservatory (wasn't a problem when we filled it for the first time, but is now after draining the system.) The pipes run at loft floor level (above the kitchen ceiling ) in copper and then change to plastic and loop up and over to run down inside the...
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    CH system won't refill

    Hi I've just replaced 5 rads and thought I'd use the opportunity to flush the system. I drained the system at the drain cock by the boiler and the other at the lowest rad. Yesterday I added some Sentinel X400 sludge remover, opened all the rad valves and turned the water back on...
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    Power Meter for measuring appliance running costs

    I'm keen to find out why our house still burns 30 units a day, even though only one child still lives at home and we heat and cook with oil (no gas). I'd like a meter that clips round a power cable and tells me how much the device is using, so that I can check if TVs on standby really do...
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    Expansion tanks - how high?

    I'm flooring the loft and will take the opportunity to replace the two lidless uninsulated scum filled 16 litre expansion tanks (one for the boiler, one for the Aga). At present, they're perched on a rickety tower. Is this necessary or can I just stand them on the loft floor? Aga and boiler...
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    Noisy cold main

    The cold main travels DOWN a stud wall in our bedroom. (This is because when we built the extension, they were renewing the cold main in the road and we took the opportunity to run a new fat plastic pipe into the extension, replacing the narrow copper one into the original house). The upshot is...
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    Lukewarm water from an Aga

    Our hot water cylinders (2) are heated by an Aga which is alight and up to full temperature according to the gauge on the front. Today the water from all hot taps is only lukewarm. The upper pipe from the Aga with the bleed valve is lukewarm, the lower pipe with the drain cock, is cool...
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    Pumping the whole house

    We have two electric showers. One has died, the other has never been good for more than a warm dribble. (Ditto the hose off the bath taps). Technology appears to have moved on in 20 years! Can I 'pump the whole house'? I'd like to put a pump on the feed from the (twin) hot water cylinders. I'd...
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    Washing machine standpipe height

    We've always had a low level waste with a tall standpipe. In this house the waste pipe comes out from (goes in to!) the boxed in soilpipe 25ins from the floor. This barely gives a fall from the sink waste, but I'm concerned about adding in a standpipe for a washing machine. There is room for a...
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