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    How To Tell if Door Frame Fixed Correctly to Brick

    A neighbour had their 4 year old front door replaced because of bad draughts. The installer said that the original door frame had not been fixed to house correctly - it had not been screwed in and was basically held in place by sealant. My door is identical and was presumbly installed by the...
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    Half of Air Bricks in Newish Build are Blocked - Some Totally

    I have a 3 1/2 year old 4 bed detached house. Half of the air bricks are blocked with some totally blocked by driveway paving. All bar the front had some kind of blocking. I hope someone can answer a few questions but first here's a few pictures In this image the paving slab and guttering is...
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    Long Gaps Between Brick and Soffit

    New build approx 3 1/2 years old. I have noticed long gaps between the soffit and the brickwork. On the corners there is another level of brick, but in between the corners there is a run of about 6ft with a 2" or so gap. On the other wall there is something similar. Is this normal? Right Side...
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    Replacing An Overhead T&E To Garage

    Elderly relatives live in a bunglow, which has a 2.5mm T&E cable running to the garage. The cable is basic T&E and is not run in a conduit - it's just running overhead, resting on a trellis. The cable must have been installed 50 or so years ago and it is looking slightly perished. I want to...
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    Mains Cable Under Stairs / Through Plaster Board

    I am running a network cable down stair treads and risers into the under stairs cupboard where the router is located. I drilled a small hole in a tread away from where cables should be and inspected the area with a camera. I was surprised to see what I believe is a mains cable going through the...
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    Single Neutral Wire Is In Same Hole As Cold Water Mains

    Whilst inspecting an issue with a random outside hole I find a single neutral wire coming up the same hole as the cold water mains. Presuming this was just an offcut by the electrician I tried removing it. The cable pulled out a few inches and is then stuck solid. I tried using an endoscope...
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    New Build: Builders Drilled In Wrong Place, Left A Hole In Outside Wall

    I have a hole in the outside wall, underneath the kitchen window / corner where the boiler is. I presume this was drilled in error, because there is another one on the other side of the same wall where an overflow pipe exists. overflow: I measured the depth of the rogue hole and it goes in...
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    Picture Framing Composite Decking. Best Place For Butt Joint?

    I am laying composite decking and will be picture framing with a one layer perimeter. The main centre of the decking will use 19x 3.6m boards, and with the two parallel edging boards this should be 2.92m depth. The edging boards are 3m, which means there will be one piece on the left and one...
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    LED Decking Lights. Transformer Inside Garage, Cable Outside. Hidden or Not

    I will be installing composite decking and would like to add like LED lights like this one: https://www.nationallighting.co.uk/ikon-pro-cct I chose this type because the bulbs can be changed individually if blown, rather than having to take the whole lot up. The wiring looks like this: The...
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    Where To Source Wall Niche?

    I am looking to install a a couple of niches in a bathroom and bedroom. I have a picture of the type I want but I can't find it. I tried searching for "bathroom niche" but all I can find are frames, which need to be tiled over. The one I want seems to be a complete unit, possibly oak veneer and...
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    Increasing Garage Sockets and Lights

    I have a house which is 2.5 years old. The garage is wired up with a cable coming in from the house and then into a switched fused outlet. This outlet powers a single light fitting and in the outlet a spur is fed off to power a double socket. I want to expand this to have lights at the front...
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    How Bad is this Tiling for a 2 Year Old House?

    I have just moved into a house that was built 2 years ago. The en-suite shower leaked within a few days of moving in and the builder will not do anything to help out here. They are stating that the 2 year warranty had ran out a week earlier so tough cheese, pal. I am trying to determine if the...
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    Bedroom Wardrobe LED Lights Fed off Socket + Light Switches

    I want to add LED lights to the top and bottom of a bedroom wardrobe unit. This is where LED strips are added to the top of the wardrobes and overhead cabinets (lighting up the ceiling), and three spot lights are added to the underside of the overhead cabinets (lighting up the bed headboard)...
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    Driving Licence Lost in Washer Dryer (Possibly)

    Hotpoint: AQM8F 49I Washer Dryer Wife reckons a driving licence (new credit card style, not old paper) is stuck in the washing machine. She seems to remember it being in a trouser pocket, and forgot to take it out. After a batch of washing there was a "slight noise" and now she can not find...
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    Mitre a 120mm Height Upstand

    I need to mitre 5 corners (4 internal, 1 external) for a 120mm by 19mm upstand that has a rounded top front edge. I tried a test piece with a saw but the cut was not good enough. I could probably get away with the internal corners but I just know the external one will look crap. What's the...
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    Replace Roof Tiles / Felt / Batons on Bungalow Questions

    A relative needs the roof tiles, batons, felt replacing on a 1960s bungalow. A few quotes have been obtained (£4K to £5K) and nearly all have offered to reduce the total bill if paid in cash (if you know what I mean). That's fair enough but am I right in thinking that a valid receipt...
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    Two cabinets. Enough support for 2.5M worktop?

    Replacing sink, sink cabinet and worktop. The old worktop was about 1.8M long and was mostly resting on the sink cabinet and a 1M baton 'nailed' through to the blockwork behind the dot n dab plasterboard The new one is 2.5M with an 800mm sink unit at one end and a 300mm unit at the other...
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    Kitchen Worktops is too Cheap too Cheap?

    Looking at replacing a laminate worktop. There seems to be three different options for a budget upgrade. B&Q / Wilsonart These are really cheap ranging from £45 to £82 for 3M depending on what is currently in stock. But some of the comments are a real put off. It seems these scratch too...
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    Cabinet Hanging Rails

    Need a 2M length of this for 4 wall cabinets on a partition wall. Can't find this item in local DIY centres. They are online but some seem to be trade packs only and / or the delviery charge make it 4x the price! Ikea sell something called METOD galvanised suspension rail so that could do...
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    Cookier Hood Appliance Cable behind Dot and Dab Plasterboard

    Need to run a cookerhood cable (the appliance's own 2-core flex) to a fused spur outlet. The FSO is near the top of the wall about 2 foot to the right of the flue covering. Is it OK to run the appliance cable horizontally from the top of the flue covering straight into the FSO behind the...
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