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    Is this allowed - terraced housing and downpipes

    We have a 1901 terraced house with neighbours on both sides which have been converted to HMOs. The gutters from one of the houses drain into a shared down pipe and to the drain on our side. About ten years ago the house to the left was converted to become shared housing and a new kitchen was...
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    Flickering light

    Hi - recently had whole house rewired and the front room has three dimmer switches. The main overhead light keeps blowing light bulbs but put this down to the fact that they were energy saving and not dimmable. Have now replaced this with a dimmable bulb...but now it is intermittedly...
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    Replacing new windows

    At the final stages of a complete new roof/new dormer in our attic and are working through our snaggging list with the builders. Unfortunately it appears that they installed the windows too early and/or allowed their workman to use them as access points to the scaffolding which has resulted in...
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    Replacing glow-worm hideaway - BG quote

    BG came yesterday...and admittedly there is a considerable amount of work needed: replace/move existing boiler replace/move HW/CW tanks into the attic room remove the header tank from attic room fit two radiators in the attic rooms fit radiator in basement with all the associated bits...
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    Replacing Gloworm Hideaway boiler - any recommendations

    So 2010 is going to be a busy time for further renovation of our Victorian terrace (4 storeys, including the basement kitchen/storage area) and starting to get quotes re replacing the boiler. The current one is only 10 years old but has been leaking seriously on and off for a year or so and is...
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    Drains: surface and foul question

    Hope this is in the right section. We have section 24 drains for dealing with surface water (ie shared with the terraced house next door) - as I helpfully found out via this site when we had flooding into our basement :D The house next door has been converted into flats and the...
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    Problem ceiling

    Preparing my parents' kitchen prior to having a new kitchen fitted in a few weeks. Managed to get the artex off the ceiling (that and lots of grease and nicotine ...bleurgh). Ceiling isn't too bad, just a few lumps and bumps which I thought I'd cover with Polycell Crack Free Ceiling (had some...
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    Oven unit - major problem

    Recently had new kitchen installed along with a neff built-in oven. Noticed that the cupboard door under the oven was sticking a bit but didn't think much of it until yesterday. On opening the door the oven suddenly lurched forward and we realised that the shelf that the oven sits on had...
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    Electrical Training

    Got lots of 'little' electrical jobs around the house and don't know anything about electrics (can just about rewire a plub :? ) - does anyone know of a basic electrical training course. I'd feel more happier/safer being taught than learning from a book etc. We're having more substantial...
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    Back yard preparation

    Recently tore up our old back yard which had been badly damaged and reused the york stone for missing garden wall etc. Laid down tarpauline to stop the nearby ash tree seedlings from rooting. Now thinking about relaying the yard. Due to a number of factors the ground is severly unlevel and...
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    Improve loft rooms

    Having replaced basement kitchen and contemplating redoing the bathroom we've now realised that our existing victorian dormer is literally rotten and falling apart (think a good push would demolish it). So having to re-prioritise and get this done asap. We've had some problems with the roof in...
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    Oily smell from boiler

    Had the boiler (Glowworm hideaway 70) serviced about 2 months ago. The plumber was concerned that it was sitting in a sizeable amount of water which wasn't coming from the boiler (we had problems with flooding, leaking etc from the roof). Dried out the water and everything seemed ok...this...
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    Rain onto window ledge (inside)

    Ok...spent most of last night either consumed alternatively by anger and by dismay. As mentioned here http://www.diynot.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=468836#468836 had some problems and replaced the gutters. Everything fine and dry in the cellar...got back last night in some horrendous weather...
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    Cloakroom/Scullery conversion

    Just finishing the basement kitchen in our victorian terrace and now want to move to completing the rest of the basement conversion. We're planning on turning the front basement into a laundry/scullery and the next room (corridor type room) into a bathroom. The plan is to have the...
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    Insulation in attic rooms

    Starting to think about doing some work in our two attic rooms and just need to get some advice. Its a 1900s (ish) 4 floor terraced house with two double bedrooms on the attic floor - one with a velux and one with an old pitched dormer. Over the years the back room (veluxed) has had some...
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    Replaced guttering..but now more problems..

    Replaced our damaged gutters and downspouts - but now we appear to have a problem with flooding in our basement . We've had this problem before...but seems much worse now. Just looked at the downpipe and it leads into a ceramic pipe (a drain I assume) but its got standing water in it so...
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    Problem with new (cold) radiator

    Had a new energy efficient radiator installed a week or so ago. Due to still working on the room (main bedroom) laying floor etc we've not switched it on until this cold snap. It just got lukewarm so called out the original plumber who checked all the pipes in and out and the radiator/TRV and...
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