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    Can Planning Regulations apply retrospectively ?

    I have applied for planning permission to attach a carport to the gable end of our bungalow. The other support for the roof will be two wooden posts sitting on a wide, rebuilt flat-topped stone wall. The parking space was created in 2004 when a bedroom extension was built by previous owners and...
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    Canon MG3650s prints biz-zag vertical lines !

    I have an MG 3650s canon printer and it has started to print vertical lines that are sort of zig-zag. I have done both the automatic (no change) and manual head alignment, a little better but not perfect yet . The slight offset of print is enough for the Post Office to fail to read the QR/Bar...
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    Replacement battery charger for Ryobi drill. Confused !!!

    I seem to be going round in circles. The old Ryobi charger, the Ryobi BC-1815-S charger that is for 18.0v Ryobi BPP-1820 batteries has finally given up on me after many years of domestic use. It was being used and charging fine and then just stopped, no lights, nothing. I changed the fuse in...
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    Problem with dirty pond water.

    Over the past couple of years the pond has started to deposit a layer of "sludge ?" on the pond plant leaves, rocks etc ( If it was inside a house you would say years of dust, a thick layer over every surface). The lily leaves get covered and die off. The pond weed needs a shake to "wash" it off...
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    Daikin Altherma E7 error code.

    Our Daikin Altherma heat pump has thrown an E7 error code on the control panel but it has come on as normal this morning and is heating the water in the c/h system, much to my surprise. Will it be OK to leave it working as normal today or will the E7 eventually shut it down ? We are covered with...
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    Hotpoint Fridge/Freezer icing up. FFU4D.

    Our Hotpoint FFU4D Fridge freezer has worked perfectly for the past 4 years or so but has now started to ice up underneath the lower freezer drawer. Fridge bit is fine but unless the ice on the inner floor of the freezer part is removed it eventually stops the drawer closing properly.The cause...
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    Wood structure/carport. Easier to extend or reduce size ?

    I want to have a wood framed carport built at the gable end of the bungalow. Unfortunately the area is not a regular size, it is wider at the front (drive-in) and narrower at the back. The diagram of the ground area gives the sizes. Would it be easier to get a 'ready to assemble' structure (ie...
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    Just HOW do I get a quote for a cantilever carport ?

    All I want is a quote as to how much it will be to have a cantilever carport attached to the gable end of the bungalow. Nothing special, just an ordinary carport. It is the last stage in our improvement plan. I have contacted four companies (one local-sort off as we are very rural and three...
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    Heron and Pond !

    We are in rural East Northants, Nene Valley area, lots of open water around and the herons ! The pond should look like the first picture but after cutting the reed/iris/rushes back ( a mistake in retrospect) we had to take drastic action after the local bird spotted the goldfish. The stakes and...
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    Looks like the pond has a leak, what to do ?

    The garden pond must be 10 years old at least, we moved here three years ago. It is heart shaped, about 3-4m diameter. The liner is held under granite pavers all around the edge. It is now dropping the level by 2/3 inches per day and I keep having to top it up as it has goldfish and plants etc...
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    Kitchen sink. White, shiny and smooth. Only ceramic ??

    Wife wants to update the utility room and replace the old ss sink with a white, shiny and smooth finished sink. Are there any composite sinks that have a smooth and glossy finish or will it have to be a ceramic one ? She wants an inset, not a Belfast style. Thanks Brian.
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    Building Regs in 2005 question.

    A bedroom extension on our bungalow was given planning permission in late 2004 and so I assume built during 2005. Outer skin is brick and the inner wall is some type of block construction. Would the planning/building regulations of 2005 required an insulation layer between the brick and block...
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    Fish falling from the sky ??

    We had a humdinger of a thunder storm/rain etc last night, went on for quite a while including a lightening light show. On the lawn this morning were these two fish. NO, they didn't escape from the pond as that is just Goldfish and newts. I assume that they were picked up by the freak weather...
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    Drain pipes blocked but not that simple !

    On behalf of my son. Last year he moved into a 30 year old (late 70's/early 80's built) house. It is on a large estate development, a mix of sizes and styles. This week he found out that the rain water is not draining away from roof and garage and is backing up in the downpipes and then...
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    Altro Pisces. Roughly how much/costs ?

    I would like to have Altro Pisces laid over old ceramic tiles in our shower room. The floor has part large tiles and mosaic tiles in the shower area with a drain in the floor, no shower tray or cubicle. I want a unified look, warm on the feet so no more tiles. Shower area will be divided from...
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    Building Regs in 1980 question.

    A bedroom extension was built onto our bungalow in 1980 (well before our purchase). It is not the warmest room by any means (sorting the loft is next summer's job !) but I was wondering if Building Regs around 1980 would have insisted on cavity wall insulation ? Outer skin is brick with a...
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    Concrete pad to park car on...How much ?????

    I would like to have a rough idea of how much it might cost to have a concrete pad laid to park the car on. Ground is at the side of the house, basically garden soil, clay subsoil. Size is approximately 16 ft x 10 ft for the concrete. So roughly, how much should I budget to have the soil...
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    Cavity wall insulation question.

    We moved into our 1970's built bungalow about 18 months ago. As a result of a kitchen /diner extension build I was wondering .... The structure of the bungalow is .. Outer brick skin 40mm air gap Building paper 12mm Ply 4” stud walls with polystyrene infills Foil membrane Plaster board and...
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    Replacement LPG gas hob injector required.

    In order to save the wife's sanity and my rising frustration levels help is required please. Last month we purchased a new gas hob for the new kitchen (extension and rebuild). We are out in the sticks and wife wanted "gas on glass" again. It had to be LPG compliant and choice is very limited. In...
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    Air/water heat pump system. Adding new radiator question.

    We moved into our bungalow just over a year ago and I want to now remove a small rad in the utility room and replace it with a towel rail (far more useful). The c/h system is an 8 year old Daikin Altherma LT air/water heat pump set up and I was just wondering if there was any special procedure I...
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