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    duel flush toilet refil problems.

    Hi all. I have a problem with my loo. It was fitted about ten months ago and has been fine up til about 2 weeks ago. It was a cheap trade screwfix one. Problem is toilet is running after long flush. (short flush was ok, but that has stopped working now) The push button won't rise up...
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    Removing upvc beading

    Hi Could someone let me know if I'm trying to remove the beading on this door in the right place. I've marked where I am trying to get the blade into, but it's extremely tightly fitted, and I'm getting nowhere. Do I need to use a fair amount of wellie?
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    What's happened to my hot water.

    In the last week (since the start of this really cold weather) my shower only gets warm at best. Before this I was having piping hot showers. I have a combi boiler and the water to the kitchen and the bathroom basin is fine, lovely and hot. The shower is a Mira element and stands above...
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    Come to a stop - problem with worktop size and cooker.

    Hi I've come to a complete stop in installing my kitchen, and can't go any further until I solve my problem. I have oak worktops which are lovely. A friend visited to cut them to size (to fit the width of the units exactly), and he did a really nice job. The problem is that I failed to...
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    Unibond grout mixing help needed.

    Afternoon. I've just started to grout the tiles around my shower using unibond anti mould power shower grout. The instructions said 1 part water to 4 parts grout. I used a tub with a line drawn on as a measuring jug, measured the water into a bowl first, then added the grout. I could...
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    mist coat and paint for kitchen and bathroom

    Morning Just had my kitchen and bathroom boarded and plastered. I don't like shiny or sheened walls so can I use normal emulson paint for a mist coat, and then would it be fine to then use normal white emulson for the ceilings and dulux diamond matt for the walls? If not what would you...
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    renovating sashes

    Hi, I have three wooden sash windows in my 1st floor front room, all about 1 m wide and 2m high. They badly need renovating, paint is peeling and cracking, there are gaps, they rattle, sashes broken, boxes not in good condition etc. I would rather renovate than replace. not bothered about...
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    Any SE around?

    Hi, I know I've posted below but I'm feeling stumped on this one. My local authority BC guidance states that if my neighbours have removed a chimney breast then it is unlikely that I could use gallows brackets if I remove mine and a steel must be used instead. My neighbour has removed...
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    Advice needed on wording of party wall agreement.

    Hi, i am drafting a party wall agreement for my adjecent neighbours to notify them of removal of a chimney breast. The siting of the breast is not against our party wall at room level but in the roof space it turns at an angle and proceeds upwards to the stack that we share. I've got the...
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    Do I need a party wall agreement?

    Am I right in thinking I need a party wall agreement with my downstairs neighbours? I live in the upper flat (1st floor) of a 1890s purpose built flat. I will be removing a chimney breast in the kitchen (this doesn't affect neighbours to either side of me) This chimney breast carrys on...
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    Victorian internal glazed door

    I have this lovely victorian internal door. It has 4 glazed panels at the top half. One is cracked. The door is covered by about 20 layers of old gloss paint but I think the glass in held in by putty (it's all heavily painted over) It's the door to my children's room and obviously not safety...
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    advice needed on non square door frame please.

    Property is circa 1890s so nothing seems to be square or flat. I want to replace the living room door but the door fits into the frame at the bottom but seems out at the top. The current door is wood with 15 glass panels The previous owners seem to have bent the door at the top so it...
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    varnish or oil window architrave?

    I'm in the process of replacing the victorian architrave around my windows. The wood i'm doing it with is pine i assume. I want to leave the sill and the architraves natural but not sure how to finish them. I've used tung oil on wood before but it turned my oak bureau a bit orangey so I'm a...
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    dusty walls on skim

    Hiya, I had my walls skimmed about 2 weeks ago and want to put on a first mist coat either tonight (doubtful) or tomorrow. The walls seem very powdery, ie my hands come away white if I run them across the wall. Shall I wipe them down with a damp cloth, or will they be ok to paint straight onto...
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    Losing the will to live -prep wall help needed.

    Just moved in to 1900s property. It's decorated as a Mecca to woodchip. It's everywhere. Removed the paper in the front room but it's left all the brown gluey paper all over the walls. The plaster is a mixture of mainly old roughish type paster and some new. This brown gluey paper just...
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    Filling gaps between wall and window.

    Have just bought a circa 1900 property. It's not really been looked after and is covered in overpainted woodchip everywhere. Started removing the paper around the wooden window frames. It's coming off really easily but was hiding gaps between the window frames and the interior walls. (I've...
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    Half "converted" loft

    Hi, I've just moved into a first floor flat - circa 1900. A previous owner converted the loft and used it as an office, but it can't be used for anything apart from storage at the moment as it would fail building regs. It's got a laid floor and velux windows, plaster boarded walls etc...
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    Roofing report -what to expect.

    Hi there. I'm in the process of buying a property. the Survey threw up a few issues with the roof, ie: a couple of slipped tiles and some light coming in around the chimney. They also mentioned the guttering. I have been advised to get quotes for the repairs and have called a few roofing...
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    Relocating kitchen

    Hello, I just wanted to get some intitial ideas about swapping the existing kitchen into the bedroom next door, which is bigger. It's a first floor flat conversion. The boiler, gas and sink etc are obviously a consideration. The bedroom has an outside wall facing the garden. I've seen a...
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    Advice given on electirc shower and pump

    Hi, I posted ages ago about my ongoing shower problem. To recap have a triton 9.5 w electric shower. Cart electricion did the wiring. We did the plumbing. Plumbed from the rising main in the kitchen, through the wall to the bathroom next door, along side the bath and up the wall to the shower...
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