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    Tracing a suspect pipe path and finding a leak

    Hi guys, As the topic suggests, I'm suspecting that our external mains leaking pipe, which is running somewhere from the main road to our kitchen. However, firstly I need to establish: What type of pipe do we have? Which path is it running along? How to check it for a leak? Can you please...
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    Ongoing window/condensation problems....

    Hello guys, my original THREAD was regarding a different issue, but has now turned to an issue with my windows, hence my reason for starting a new thread in the relevant section. Unfortunately the problem of condensation seems to be getting worse. The conditions were: Last night - Raining...
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    Stove questions.....

    Hello everyone, I'm wanting to buy a stove and since I've never owned one, I have many questions on my mind, so please bear with me. I've seen a popular stove (OTTAWA) that is 12kw, around 76-80% efficient and defra approved, but then I've also seen some similar spec popular brands, such as...
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    Vaillant Ecotech 835

    Hi guys, I've got a year old Vaillant Ecotech plus 835 boiler and 11 Radiators. Due to a leak in pipework, I had to get the system drained, the leak repaired and then refilled. All is well, except my installer settings have all reset (Boiler used to go into anti-cycling mode and I changed the...
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    Neighbour's roof water wetting our external walls

    Hi everyone, I'm hoping someone can help guide what to do. I live in a semi-detached house, with neighbour's property connected to ours. The design of the roof is similar to this example: We've recently had some heavy rain and the water from the neighbour's roof has come down between the...
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    Painting roof fascia

    Hi guys, I've been posting on the Roof & Guttering thread and required your advice please. I won't repeat everything as it's already been mentioned HERE. Basically I would like to paint the pitched roof fascia which has flaky paint coming off. I was originally thinking of upvc cladding, but...
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    Insulating sandstone cavity walls

    Hi, My home is 1930's semi detached. It is made of bottom part Yorkshire stone, Top half bricks as its rendered and pebbledashed Although double glazed, it is pretty cold without the heating being on for long periods of time. I've come to realise that this is because of the external walls...
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    Where can I buy upvc for facia?

    Hi guys, I'm currently planning to paint the exterior of my house (SEE HERE). At the same time, I also want to sort out the Facia at the front of the house which has lost it's paintwork and slightly rotten due to the weather. It looks like this:- My questions are:- Can we put plastic...
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    Exterior pebbledash painting - Advise required please

    Hi guys, I would like to paint the exterior of my semi-detached house which is pebbledashed. Please bear in mind that the exterior walls of the house are reasonably exposed to the weather. Could you please give me any advice on how to paint pebbledash and if there is any way of protecting...
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    Vaillant Boiler not warming enough

    Hi everyone, I've moved to a property which has a Vaillant Ecotec plus 835. I haven't used the CH as there's been a good period of warm weather. I switched it on yesterday and it warmed up, however even after setting the thermostat to 27C, the max the temp climbed from 18C to 20.5C. I...
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    Insulating an old home with uneven walls & original features

    Hi everyone, I'm possibly thinking to buy a home for my family that we really like, but before we do we need to make sure it's worth it as currently has a very high energy consumption as owner is paying approx £250pm for gas/electric. The reason for this is because it has no insulation and...
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    Tap and Toilet problems

    hi guys, I have a few months ago had a new bathroom fitted. I'm already having some problems with the tap and toilet and hope you guys can help me :( The Tap a modern square design that lifts to open water. It is really hard to lift though and creaks/sticks I'm thinking that it maybe a...
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    Damp problem...whats the solution?

    Hi guys, As you can see from the picture, i have damp issues in my living room. The reason for this is because my neighbours ground level (which is my wall) is 2ft higher and is touching my house. I'm not 100% sure, but my solution is:- 1. Break away the inside plasterwork to brick...
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    Need help in choosing colour scheme ideas

    hi guys, i am doing up my lounge/frontroom. I am hoping someone can give me their opinion on the colours i have chosen or recommend me any ideas. I like the following colours:- 1. Cream/White 2. Soft Lime green 3. Blacks/Greys I'm thinking of painting:- 1. All the room...
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    Ideal Isar HE24 showing LF fault

    hi guys, I have a 4 year old ideal isar HE24 which has had a lot of problems. It's had a new orange pcb, pump replaced. It's also had a blockage, which turned out to be a blocked condensate trap, which was thoroughly cleaned out about 7 months ago. Since yesterday though the boiler has...
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    Damp advice

    hi guys, Even though i have had a damp course done a couple of years ago, i have found a growing problem with a damp/dark l-shaped patch on the corner of my interior wall. After investigating, we found that the damp is possibly due to the exterior higher ground level of my neighbour's...
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    Steel Bath Enamel Advice

    hi guys, i have an 1800mm by 800mm steel bath. But some of the white enamel has come off in quite a few places and this "black gloss is now showing up". I want a long lasting job, so as far as i can see, I have 3 choices:- 1. Repair the enamel myself (Remember i need it to last a long...
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    Missus has damaged tiles...need ur help ASAP!

    hi guys, i've got a bathroom which was originally tiled FULLY. The missus hated it and started smashing the tiles, whilst i was at work :shock: Now i'll have to do the tiling myself :cry: I want to instead do a half tiled bathroom, although i also have a standard shower above the bath...
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    Washing machine is skipping program

    hiya there, my washing machine fills the water and then the "Analog programme dial" simply skips and the machine drains the water. My washing machine though is the phillips whirlpool 1000rpm (inspiration) - fairly old, but running solid otherwise. Also after a couple of tries the...
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    Insurance has rejected claim

    hi there, i know that this section is not about insurance claims, but the claim is about central heating, so i'm in need of advice on behalf of my friend. The scenario is:- He has recently placed a claim on his building insurance that his ceiling has had water damage due to one of the...
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