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    Hardboard over floorboards

    Good point. In fact, what seemed like a really good idea 2 hours ago, is losing it's appeal when you think of disturbing otherwise good waste joints and of course the pipe to the cistern. I also thought that any slight movement with the hardboard around the toilet bowl might translate into a...
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    Hardboard over floorboards

    I'm currently laying hardboard down over floorboards ready to receive a vinyl covering (to be done by a professional this Thursday). I've done the hallway and now moving into the bathroom (tonights little project). The advice I seek is should I cut around the toilet bowl and pedastal basin or...
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    How easy is it to lay and cut Vinyl floor covering?

    I had a look but couldn't find much mention of Vinyl on here so hence the question. I've had a carpet fitter round to do the carpets but he doesn't do vinyl. He did tell me that it's best to lay hardboard down on top of floorboards first though, so I'll do that but laying and cutting vinyl? It's...
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    electric towel radiators

    What does it say in the instructions that came with it? That would be a good starting point. I thought any form of electrical heater designed to look like a radiator of some sort was oil filled. I'd guess that it already is otherwise it's not going to work very well unless you only use face...
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    electric shower-more power!!!

    I have the same problem as the original post (and in common with most of the people using electric showers in this country I should think) so having a combi boiler, i've concluded that I should attempt this route first before looking at hot water tanks etc. So I can pipe up from the hot and...
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    electrical sensation in John Lewis

    I too experience this quite often, doesn't matter where, it's never confined to one place. It doesn't help that I now have to touch test every brushed aluminium/Stainless Steel electrical appliance. I even experienced it in some equipment rooms at a Pharmaceutical plant that had just been...
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    pressure drop off from hot water taps

    Ah right, I see what you mean about replumbing etc the combi to a traditional set up. I also see what you mean about throwing plenty of cash at it! I think the unvented hot water tank requires certification from what I can see regarding it's installation. Coming from a petrochemical...
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    pressure drop off from hot water taps

    Thanks very much for that Gasman1015. I've actually been looking into the whole aspect of hot water systems and did wonder if you could feed the coil of an indirect cylinder via a combi boiler. The trouble with that might be that in the summer, a combi boiler wouldn't have a hot water...
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    pressure drop off from hot water taps

    Is it normal, on a combi boiler set up, for the hot water flow from any tap to drop off as you increase the flow from the adjacent cold water tap? Or is that the symptom of bad installation or even a problem somewhere. The system as a whole is probably no more than 2 years old at the most. The...
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    Spotlight fire hazard ?

    I'm currently fitting a fair number of these things. What I discovered when I removed some old fittings (I say old, they can't be more than a year old but the previous owners decided they'd look nice covered in artex) and found where they'd been fitted beneath a boarded loft and covered in...
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    Now here's a funny thing....

    Yeah, it was good alright, so much so that I celebrated with several beers! It was just so perfect, painless, easy.... must have been a right pain for the sparks in those days, certainly in terms of time I'd have thought.. but things were different then..... 20 fags, fish and chips for 3 and 10...
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    Now here's a funny thing....

    Replacing wall light switches for dimmers the other day and found 16mm deep back boxes whereas the dimmers I bought require 25mm... OK, a fiddly kind of job but just need to knock out a bit more breeze block. Except when I took the first back box off, there was a very neat looking wooden...
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    Southampton Electrician Needed

    Blimey, a skate training to be let loose with electricity! Pompeys main reason for existance was to service seamen after 6 months at sea:) (couldn't let that go now could I Traineespark:)) Jon.
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    Southampton Electrician Needed

    This is a most strange coincidence. My Mum just phoned me up to ask if I could connect up a new electric cooker from an exisiting point AND we live in Southampton. I guess even running a cable from an exisiting cooker switch to a new cooker is notifiable. The kitchen fitters did at least...
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    Are all double sockets the same size?

    That's exactly what I did in the end. Even had a CEL bloke say that (you need to adopt self righteous trade counter worker pose for this) "there's no demand for 'em" (oversized sockets that is). So feeling all downhearted at the thought of plaster rework, I went to my local wickes and blow...
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    Advice on using the downlighter hole cutter sold by TLC

    I've about 12 new holes to drill so I would think that either of these would be a good investment: http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Main_Index/Ventilation_Index/Core_Drills_100mm/index.html I'd prefer the 29.99 one mainly on cost of course but my question is to those that have experience of...
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    Are all double sockets the same size?

    Thanks for that, it got me thinking and more importantly, googling and found these: http://www.lightingsite.co.uk/index.php?homepage=displaycategory.php?categoryID=5 I'd actually prefer St St plates but had not seen them in the TLC catalogue. They look to be flat plates rather than have a...
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    Are all double sockets the same size?

    Qedelec, She can detect a dent or crack in the wall from 10 feet .... not see it, just know it's there! Clearly women spend a few months with a yoda clone to hone that extrasensory ability to spot that which is invisible to man (well apart from the troughs and ridges around my sockets -...
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    Are all double sockets the same size?

    It might seem a strange question but having spent weeks/months/ a lifetime repairing and painting my new lounge (it came with the new bungalow) I've just finally put the double sockets and light switch back and oh my, what a state! I hadn't paid enough attention to finishing off the plaster...
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    consumer unit

    On the subject of surveyors, the person who did mine recently, completely ignored the 30A 'wall mounted' circular junction boxes prevented from the effects of gravity merely by the cables they were connected to (as they disappeared up through a crack in the ceiling) above a cupboard in the...
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