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    How to remove these plumbing clamps please?

    Hi, So this is the outlet hose that takes the dirty water from our dishwasher to the drainage under our sink. The grey pipe used to just sit in the white tube. About 4 months ago when there was a smell under our sink, we called plumber out and he found a blockage at the end of the grey pipe...
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    Whole house surge protectors not available in UK?

    . Can anyone tell me why these aren't available from a UK source (or correct me if I'm wrong)? They are heavily advertised in US and can be bought at competitive prices, supposedly bringing long term durability to devices that might otherwise wear down expensive components connected directly...
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    Maintaining temperature in new empty building?

    I'm managing a building with a similar design to a 3 floor Travel-Lodge, but where occupants stay long term. The building is just over a year old and when it was handed over we were told that unoccupied flats needed to be maintained at 14*C because it was a new build and cold could have a...
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    Ribe and Spline bits

    I've been looking at a great socket set, but it also includes some 'ribe' and some 'spline' bits. On which sort of items are these threads found? How common are they?
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    Purpose of ball end on some hex keys?

    Why do some hex keys have a ball end? Are there some sockets that are contoured in some strange way? - I'm yet to find one! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stanley-Ball-End-Hex-Key/dp/B0001IW7TS
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    Franklin Tools vs Draper Expert?

    Looking to get a set of impact Torx bits, and can't decide between the following: Franklin: http://www.toolbox37.com/acatalog/info%5f2%5fFRTA815%2ehtml Draper: http://www.justoffbase.co.uk/core/media/media.nl?id=25022&c=317638&h=66b5aaafe0eaf0622bf9 Both are around £40. Which would...
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    Glueing a garden hose to non standard tap?

    Hi! The tap I want to feed my hose from is non standard. I can get an 'okay' fit by pushing the plastic screwthread at the end of the hose onto the little plastic end of the tap. It feels reasonably tight but unfortunately the whole hose quickly shoots off the tap with even a little bit of...
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    Easy light switch question.

    . With the fusebox switched off, I was trying to pull a cable out through a wall, but tugged on the wrong one and tore it out the back of a single lightswitch! :oops: To reconnect it, I have a red wire, a black wire and a bare wire with a green / yellow sleeve. On the back of the...
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    Two PIR wall switches for a single lightbulb?

    Since we moved into our flat, the ceiling light in the communal entrance hall of the building has been controlled by an ugly push button timer switch at the bottom of the stairs and a standard on/off switch at the top of the stairs. The timer switch always works regardless of the position...
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    Straw Poll: Leave washing machine door open, or closed?

    I was wondering if you guys could help us solve a late night pub debate about whether the door of a washing machine should be left open after taking clothes out, to let any remaining water evaporate, or closed to avoid putting unnecesary weight on the door hinge? We'd like lots of answers...
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    What's the name of the rod that makes a door open smoothly?

    What's the name of the rod thing that takes the weight of of your car boot (trunk) and causes it to open smoothly? I have broken a similar rod on my Velux style roof window, but I don't know what to Google for a replacement. Its like a black metal tube with a thiner silver rod that can be...
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    What's the name of the rod that regulates car boot opening?

    What's the name of the rod thing that takes the weight of of your car boot (trunk) and causes it to open smoothly? Mine has broken, but I don't know what to Google for a replacement. :rolleyes: Its like a black metal tube with a thiner silver rod that can be pushed in or pulled out under...
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    Is a 'Potterton Combi 80' a load of crap?

    Moved into this house 3 years ago, and everytime the plumber comes round to do the annual inspection he starts tutting in the stereotypical way and moans that the boiler is cheap, crap and prone to failure! Just wanted some confirmation of this amongst people who know. Also, when I type...
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    I never thought I'd get into DIY until...

    I saw how much my London plumber wanted to charge for removing a radiator so I can paint behind it. I've read some guides and think I can do it, but need to ask 3 embarrissingly newbie questions first: 1) I looked for a stop cock to the whole house and found something similar to this under...
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