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    Removing brass olive from shower solenoid valve

    I needed to disconnect the CW water feed from the valve and, on re-assembly, it leaked. Can't get to the olive to bodge it with some PTFE tape, as the compression nut is in the way (the short plastic stub that forms the inlet of the solenoid valve doesn't allow much room for an olive and...
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    Complex kitchen knock-through

    Considering knocking-through our kitchen/breakfast room and dining room. From a structural engineering perspective, the job doesn't appear to be straightforward since we'd be knocking-out a load-bearing corner. Hopefully, the attached pics will make things clear... the breakfast room is an...
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    Intermittent CH

    Oil-fired, 2-zone (upstairs/downstairs) CH. Conventional (not combi) boiler. Drayton wireless programmer and wall stats. The downstairs CH only comes-on intermittently... if I hit the boost button on the programmer, the red light comes on, but (intermittently) the rads stay cold. Usual...
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    Drilling and fixing for exterior rendered walls

    Exterior walls of the house are red brick with a render finish on top (Weber monocouche, basically same as K-Rend). One wall is sandstone that's been levelled and rendered to match the rest of the house. Render on that wall is quite thick. Need to fix some exterior wall lights and a mailbox and...
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    Roof verge work - cowboy job or ok?

    Just had the verges raked-out and replaced on both gable ends of my garage. Had another roofing company out to do some work just after they'd been done and they called me outside to show me the verge tiles were loose. They demonstrated by lifting an adjacent tile and the verge tile lifted with...
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    Driveway marker lights

    I'd like to install some marker lights for the edges of my driveway. The drive is flanked by grass on each side and the drive, itself, is asphalt. I was initially thinking of drive-over sunken lights in the drive, but that would mean quite a lot of work excavating, digging a trench on each side...
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    Finishing false chimney breast

    I'm having a false chimney breast constructed to house TV, fire, etc. It's faced with split face slate tiles and I'm getting to the stage that the apertures for the TV and Sky box, etc, need finishing. I want to have these apertures skimmed and painted, but I'm struggling to figure-out how the...
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    Expectations of skimming job (pics inside)

    Following-up from my 'have I been over-charged' thread, the job is now done and there are some areas I'm not sure are acceptable or not. Since this is the first plastering job I've had done, I'm not sure what to expect and how much finishing of detail areas is the job of decorators vs...
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    Have I been over-charged?

    Just has a plasterer quote me on skimming 3 walls (nothing wrong with them other than the existing plastering was a cowboy job and uneven... since we're redecorating throughout, I wanted them to be skimmed and made nice and level ready for new paint). He quoted £400 and said it would take 2 lads...
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    Replacing gate valve from CW storage tank to HW cylinder

    Need to replace this as the existing one appears to have broken inside (open, but possibly not all the way). This is causing my shower pump to pull some air when the bath filler is on full tilt since the HW cylinder isn't filling fast enough to keep-up (that's the theory, anyway). I intend...
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    Operating one end of a twin-ended pump

    Recently installed a Stuart Turner Monsoon Universal Twin 3.0 Bar pump as a whole house pump. Bath fillers take gravity feed for cold and hot from the HW cylinder. All other taps throughout the house are mains-fed for the cold and are a combination of mixers and separate hot/cold taps. The...
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    Gate Valves

    The gate valve from my CW storage tank to the HW cylinder is feeling a bit dodgy... I can hear a rattling noise as I turn it (sounds like something loose inside the valve) and as I unscrew it, it occasionally goes a little tighter, then loose again. I suspect it's either already broken...
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    Replacing Gate Valve

    Gate valve in the airing cupboard for the CW isn't closing fully. I was going to remove the old valve and replace it with a ball lever valve, but if I remove the old one and cut the pipe just above the old olives, there may not be enough pipe to fit the replacement. So, is it perfectly fine to...
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    Installing Surrey Flange

    Do I need to drain-down the entire HW cylinder when installing a Surrey flange, or can I just drain some of it? If so, how much needs to be drained-off? Thanks.
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    Cavity Wall Insulation

    Have booked-in Mark Group to have my loft insulation topped-up and have cavity wall insulation installed. Property is a large 4-bed detached with perfect brickwork. Had a plasterer round the other day to quote on some rendering to the front of the property and I mentioned I was having cavity...
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    Draining Down CW Storage Tank

    Need to drain-down the huge CW storage tank in my loft so I can install a shower pump. The gate valve in the airing cupboard on the CW feed from the tank doesn't shut the flow off completely (lime scale?) and I was going to bung the tank, but access makes that very difficult, if not impossible...
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    Stuart Turner Techflange (TE)

    Haven't picked one up yet, but instructions state a push-fit or compression fitting can be used for the HW take-off. Looking at pics of the flange though, there's a female brass receiver (unthreaded) for the 22mm copper pipe. How would a push-fit or compression fitting work? Anyone fitted one?
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    Mystery pipe

    Was looking in the airing cupboard last night planning ahead for installing a shower pump and have identified the cold water feed from the tank in the loft to the HW cylinder (22mm), the cold feed from the tank in the loft into the bathroom/en-suite (22mm) and also the HW feed from the HW...
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    Shower Pump Installation

    Got a Stuart Turner 3.0 Bar Universal Twin pump. This will be installed in the airing cupboard next to the HW cylinder and will pump both gravity-fed cold (for bath fillers in the bathroom and en-suite) and hot (whole house). The HW cylinder has a 90-degree pipe coming out of the top, which tees...
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    Drilling under a consumer unit?

    I want to put some coat hooks up just inside my front door. Unfortunately (Sod's Law), the consumer unit is directly above where I would need to drill the 2 mounting holes for the row of coat hooks I've purchased. I've tried one of those cheap voltage detectors to try and ascertain where the...