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  1. thegingerwinner

    Horizontal external cracks - bad news?

    I'm about to buy a converted flat in a large two story Gerogian house. My flat is on the top floor, but I have noticed that the floor beneath has large horizontal cracks, going across the the top of both of it's bay windows. Now, I appreciate that cracks and old properties go hand in hand but I...
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    Creaking wooden flooring

    My problem: I have engineered wooden flooring in my lounge and hallway. It looks as good today as it did 15yrs ago when it was fitted. Sadly however, it has become rather noisy as it now creaks with virtually every footstep which is annoying for me and my neighbours downstairs. I am looking for...
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    Grinding Sound - Hotpoint Fridge Freezer

    I came home yesterday to find that my hotpoint integrated Fridge Freezer had tripped out the mail fuse. After switching the fuse back on, there is a very loud buzzing/grinding sound. Looking at the back I have worked out were the sound is coming from. My problem is I don't know what this part is...
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    Boiler sounds like trombone

    I have a Vailant EcoTec Plus 824. That has started to make an intermittent sort of hum rather like a trombone. I have a video of it which hopefully you can see below.... There has been a separate issue with the boiler recently where the outlet for the condensate i.e. the kitchen sink, was...
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    Vaillant boiler - hot water turning cold mid flow

    I've got an issue with my Vaillant TURBOmax 828E combi boiler and I am hoping someone might be able to help me understand the likely cause of the problem before I call out an engineer. The hot water occasionally goes cold mid flow. I first noticed this when taking a shower, so I had a look at...
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    Bathroom extractor letting in draft

    Hi there, My bathroom extractor is very drafty.... so much so that during the winter I ended up not using it and taping over cardboard to stop the cold air getting in. The reason for this, I believe, is that there is nothing behind the extractor, it's just mounted into a hole in the wall...
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    damp just below roofline

    I live in the top floor flat of a big converted Victorian house. On one of my bedroom walls (which is at the edge of the house) I have some mould stains and the paintwork is flaking off and the brick work beneath that is crumbling. I guess that this is damp and given that it is more at the top...
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    Spot lights failed on successive days

    I have two sets of 4 spotlights attached to the base of wall cabinets in my kitchen. Each set runs via a transformer: ET 105(35-105VA). Both sets run through one dimmer switch on the wall when you enter into the kitchen. The other day all four on the right hand side stopped. The next day the...
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    SMEG Dishwasher stopping mid-cycle - but no error code

    Hi there, I have a freestanding Smeg DF612 Dishwasher. Whichever programme I choose it prematurely ends after approximately 15mins. When it does this the lights on the front display go out so there is no error code. The filters are clean, but I'm a bit stumped as to what I can do...
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