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    What adhesive to use to fix wooden batten to wall

    Hi all I’m replacing my front path gate, see pic, with a new one, but sizing issues means it will need to be hung off differently located fixings which I plan on screwing into accoya blocks that are in turn pre-fixed to the wall with some kind of adhesive/bond. The gate is about the same size...
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    Knackered Triton Shower

    Hi all, I've got a simple Triton 9.5kw shower, nothing fancy, and when i turn it on it runs for a minute but then makes and odd noise, water stops flowing, basically packs up. Not every time, but increasingly so. We have no other issues with the electrics or the water supply or pressure. Its...
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    Waterproof wide joint patio grout

    Hey all, I need to recondition my patio grout before the winter rains properly set in - patio is nothing special, cast concrete slabs, existing grout is shot so rainwater is seeping into the ground below and causing me slight damp problems in the room next to the patio. The google has a...
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    Replacing a glass insert panel in a UPVC front door

    Hi all, I have a crappy UPVC front door (20+ years old, not composite) which has a dated decorative glass insert on the top half which I want to replace with a more contemporary frosted panel instead. I've had a cusory glance at youtube and it seems this is a diy job (once the old panel is...
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    Beko induction hob power cut malfunction

    We had the consumer unit trip out our Beko induction hob the other day when virtually every appliance in the kitchen was on the go at the same time. Its a black 4 hob jobby with and on/off switch and up/down arrows for each hob. Not sure of the model number but at the entry level end of the...
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    Laminate underlay - baffling array

    I'll be laying a 10mm Kronos laminate onto perfectly dry Victorian quarry tiles on the ground floor of my hovel. Its a cold room that has a new radiator and, in time for Christmas, a log burner, so the room will be heated. What's the best type of laminate underlay to keep the warmth above the...
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    hearth depth opinions

    Hello all I'm building up a hearth, starting with a row of bricks to raise the level, back fill the void behind it and lay slate tiles on the new raised level. Question is, do I bring the hearth out a brick's length, as per the tiles on the left, or half a bricks length, as per the right? Is...
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    Recommisioning fireplace and chimney shedding soot

    Hi Ok, just taken out a back boiler and unearthed a collosal Victorian parlour range fireplace behind which we have opened up entirely. It's huge. At some point in history has been lined as a 6 inch steel liner is already in place. Got a sweep coming next week. In the meantime, its dropping...
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    Getting rid of victorian soot

    In removing a back boiler from the parlour in our large Victorian house, we decided to open up the fireplace to its original size and discovered a long hidden range sized fireplace, almost the size of an inglenook. It is completely covered in gummed up tar and soot which we plan m, as best we...
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    What the hell are these???

    Woke this morning to find my potted acer crawling with these six legged critters. Any ideas what they are and how to get rid of them??
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    Fitting new old parts

    Hi I have somehow agreed to get my Halifax (AXA) freebie home emergency cover to sort out my non-emergency dripping boiler; Sime Super Delux 102, installed in 1865, still going strong. New heat exchange unit plus diverter valve which I have managed to source at a third of the price the...
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    How best to dismantle pierced block wall

    In my front garden I have a lovely little row of box that I planted two summers ago behind a two course pierced block wall. The plan is to dismantle the wall when the box hedge is robust/big enough to serve as a substantial enough hedge to adequately screen, or begin to screen, the garden. See...
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    Electric kitchen plinth heater no longer blowing hot

    I sourced a standard three pin plug kitchen plinth heater off ebay, which I cleaned up and fitted and was working absolutely fine, for about a year. Just to take the chill off the air first thing in the mornings. Now, it's stopped kicking out hot air, and is barely doing more than circulating...
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    Fastest growing ivy suggestions

    My neighbour's 'gardener' killed a bunch of ivy on their side which was growing over my garden wall, covering it beautifully. I now have about ten metres of bare breeze block wall to cover asap. I'm going to replant ivy on my side. I need suggestions for an ivy which grows fast and is self...
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    Removing bench drill check

    Hello, I've got an assembled Draper bench drill which I need to take apart to transport, so I've followed the assembly instructions in reverse and am now left with a chuck which I cannot get out of the housing. When fitting it, the book says knock in into place with a soft faced hammer, so...
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    SIME combi boiler problem - no hot water unless heating on

    For some time now our SIME combi boiler will not give hot water to the taps unless the central heating is switched on. Funny how you get used to working around things, but now we have child number 2, i want this fixed. Any suggestions? Model is Super 102 De Lux. When heating is on, taps do get...
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    Wall panel heater vs fan heater query

    My newly refurbed kitchen is cold as we don't have central heating down that end of the house and it's on the side return external wall. Extending the central hearing isn't an option yet, so I need an electric alternative. I've considered a plinth fan heater to use when we are using the kitchen...
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    Kitchen refit jobs

    I'm ripping out my old kitchen (small, simple layout) replacing with new carcasses, fronts, work tops etc. I'm also exchanging gas oven and hob for halogen and electric oven, and want to move some wall sockets, so the refit needs two not massive jobs that I'm not comfortable doing. Question is...
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    What oil to finish acacia wooden floor tiles with

    Just got hold of an absolute bargain, 3.5 metres square of interlocking floating acacia wooden floor tiles, designed for patios etc, but now destined for my laundry/utility room. Question is, what oil to finish it with? I don't particularly want to varnish, but give it an impregnation of some...
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    What isthe name of this UPVC door closure thing

    Hello all, forgive my ignorance on this one All our external upvc doors have locking lever things which engage into corresponding holes in the frame when you lift up the handle and dead lock the door. Well, each of these holes which the levers swing into have a screwed-in-place surround made...
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