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    Old house telephone wiring

    Thank you both, I'll track down the other junction box between here and the outside. it wasn't until I studied my own pictures that I realised that the "outside" cable coming into this has white insulation, whereas the cable running around my house is black so they must be joined somewhere, I...
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    Old house telephone wiring

    Yes I have, here's the junction box: The bottom left wire comes in from outside, where it runs around the house as a thick black cable and drops down into my driveway, the orange and blue wires from that are the only ones connected. The top left wire goes upstairs to the socket in my...
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    Old house telephone wiring

    Even though the extensions are from the junction box and not from the master socket? From the photos I took they look the same thickness as the ones they're connected to but I'll double-check, thanks. On the potential improvement, I assumed that removing a pair of joints in the decades-old...
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    Old house telephone wiring

    Hi, Moved into a 40s/50s house with some interesting phone wiring I'm trying to unpick. The main phone wire comes in through the front door into an old PTO labelled junction box (screw-down terminals with metal bars connecting them together) above the door. From this one cable runs down the...
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    Smallest USB power supply?

    Ah excellent, thanks. The reason I was looking at those like the RS example I linked to was that I also have a device which takes a 12V supply so was originally looking to see if I could get a dual output (5v and 12v) but I suppose if I got whatever I needed to mount this into it would probably...
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    Smallest USB power supply?

    I am looking to wire in USB power supplies for both my Nest Thermostat and Netatmo indoor weather station unit, both currently take power from their respective supplied micro-usb to usb cables which plug into wall power adapters. For cosmetic reasons I have limited space so would like to replace...
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    Replacing this double with a single switch

    Hahaha excellent! =) Thanks I suspected I could, just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to offend some Greater Sparky Regs god in some way by doing it.
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    Replacing this double with a single switch

    Hi, Our wall lights are controlled by a double switch, a switch for each side of the room (no other switches control these lights): We're redecorating at the moment and would rather all of the lights are controlled by a single switch. As you can see in the picture, a single wire from...
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    Paragon Alarm in house

    Hi, Bought a house mid last year which has a wired alarm fitted (Paragon Plus control box, bunch of PIRs and door sensors, see pic). It works fine but we're in the process of doing up the house and I'd like to add some more sensors and if possible a remote keypad. I must confess to...
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    ecobeta Flush Reducers?

    Hi, I've just moved house and all three toilets have really useless flushes (they seem to still use a load of water but take two of three flushes to completely clear). They all have "ecobeta" dual flush retrofit kits installed on them. Does anyone know anything about these (are they any...
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    Cutting a soil pipe for toilet pan installation

    Hi, I've read quite a few threads on this forum about this, so I think I know what I need to do, but can someone just confirm. I am replacing my toilet with a new one, the plastic soil pipe comes out of the concrete floor a few cm too far from the wall, so the existing 90 deg bend causes...
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    Filling a hole in a cement floor before tiling

    Thank you so much for your help mate, much appreciated.
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    Filling a hole in a cement floor before tiling

    hmmmm ok this might have turned into a bigger job than I had intially hoped! I feel a bit of an idiot now as I actually removed the thin plastic tiles which were covering this after taking the carpet up, some of them had been damaged by the removeal of the toilet so I fuigured it would give...
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    Filling a hole in a cement floor before tiling

    Ahh bugger, thanks for pointing that out. It's horrible stuff, what can I do with it?
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    Filling a hole in a cement floor before tiling

    Apologies if this should be in a different forum, but I am ultimately going to be tiling this area. I have ripped out our downstairs cloakroom to decorate, tile the floor and put in a new suite. Unfortunately as I was trying to remove the toilet, the screws fixing it to the floor had been...
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    How to repair a ceiling hole?

    Ahh excellent, thanks for this, I'll give it a go. This house never fails to surprise me with horrendous botch jobs from the previous occupants, thiw as supposed to be a five minute job to replace the ceiling light in our newly decorated lounge! =(
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    How to repair a ceiling hole?

    Hmmm not easily, just finished decorating upstairs and so I'd rather not lift the flooring up there to get at this if I can possibly avoid it.
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    Replacing rotary dimmer with touch dimmer wiring question

    Ok, well I hope I'm wrong too! Let me check when I get home. So, if I am wrong and there are in fact 3 x three core cables going into the backbox with the following: - all (x3) the blacks chocked together - all (x3) the green/yellows attached to the back box - 2 x red into L1 on the old...
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    How to repair a ceiling hole?

    Hi, I'm trying to replace the ceiling lights in my lounge but on removing the first one I was shocked to find that on removal of the final screw it was still stuck to the ceiling. After a gentle pull I found out why; the light had been plastered to the ceiling and came off with a large chunk...
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    Replacing rotary dimmer with touch dimmer wiring question

    Let me check again when I get home this evening but I'm pretty sure there are only two cores in the green and yellow sleeve attached to the back box (and that they come from the two three cores). However at the ceiling rose end there are three cores coming out so I may be wrong at the switch...
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