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    Wood burner with upstairs chimney breast removed?

    Property: Victorian Room Kitchen / Diner Is it possible to install log burner inside a fireplace (which was sealed up in the 1970s or 80s). The chimney breast in the kitchen diner. There are wall cabinet on the chimney cabinet as well as a breakfast bar. Is is possible to keep the existing...
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    Family member built loft extension without permission / building reg

    A family member build a loft extension. It has stairs leading up to it. The door has been cut diagonally (is this normal?). I have told them they should have applied for PLanning Permission (if appropriate) and Building Control. IT is n't a dormer, but it has windows a the back of the roof...
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    Power end off - but nothing got triggered

    This is a strange one has it has baffled me. I have a consumer unit, with single RCD (and 6 or 8 way). I had outage (everything went off - lights sockets). I Checked the RCD, the on/off power, the individual fuses. Nothing had flicked. I noticed to turn the power on and off. And the power...
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    1960s Copper waste leaking

    I have a friend in a ex-council property. They don't know anything about DIY, so I am helping them. I found a leak in a copper waste, it seems it is corroded from underneath. Ideally the entire section, which goes to the council main pipe needs to be change. However, that would involve...
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    Consumer Unit for storage heaters - hot when I touch

    I have two consumer units. The consumer unit for storage heaters, which come on at night, gets hot to the touch. I am worried about this. I worry that it may catch fire. 1 - Storage - Living Room 3.7Kw (Creda late 90s model) 1 - Storage - Bedroom 2Kw. (Creda / Dimple 2015 model) 1...
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    Bath overflow pipe chewed by rats

    Hi, I have been having problems with rats. They chewed the black overflow hose pipe. See link to similar item. I had a someone put black tape, over the holes. I know it was a quick and dirty job. The fix worked for more then 18 months. It has started to leak again. I have removed the black...
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    kitchen cooker hood - need rear vent

    I have a kitchen cooker hood which is n't working. It looks similar to this. The air is vented externally. The hole is directly behind the unit, so you don't see any exterior pipes. However, the replacement model from CDA, Ikea and various other companies have changed the design. The...
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    Alternatives - Not Net Curtain and Not Blinds

    I have net curtains, but they restrict light. Blinds are great, but I loose privacy. Is there an alternative product?
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    Old uPVC window - scrap value?

    We a removed uPVC window some years ago, as put a door in. It has been on sale on eBay, but no interest. Is this something I can take to scrap merchants? Would anyone else have been or use of it? The local rubbish tip is a pain to use, but may end up there, but nice if it was useful to...
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    Cable for wall mounted electric radiator too short

    I bought a wall mounted electric radiator, however the cable exit on the right hand side, but my electric socket is on the left hand side. I opened the heater, but they have soldered the cable onto the heating element. So there is no way of removing the cable and replacing it with a longer...
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    Small Alternative to gravity fed hot water system?

    I currently have a gravity fed system, which was fitted around 1988. A copper tank with a jacket and heated by a single immersion element. Above the copper tank is a large black plastic water tank 60cm (w) x 60cm (d) x 80cm (h) made by Harton Heating. I am in need of more space. Our hot...
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    Can't fit dimmer switch as screw holes in metal box obstructing

    I bought a dimmer switch. When I tried to put it in, it would not go in, as the screw holes at the TOP and BOTTOM are obstructing it. I noticed my metal box has screw holes on all 4 sides. Even new ones from B&Q were the same. Do people bend back the unwanted screw holes? I tried to do it on...
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    Alternative to conti board - Looking for thick chunky wood?

    Are there any alternative to white furniture panels, as they look so 1970s!. Where can I get 'chunky' looking good similar to this furniture in IKEA: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/60282186/ I tried to find something in IKEA, so could adapt for my project, but most have...
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    How to make Glass Wardrobe?

    I currently have sliding wardrobe. I want to keep the sliding doors, but change the wardrobe internals. I want to make a glass wardrobe. I got the idea, when I got fed up of my kitchen high wall cabinet, I could never see what was on each shelf. I have two ideas :- (i) Conti Board and then...
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    Dimmer Switch in hallway?

    I have two switches in my hallway, which control the lights in the hallway. When I turn a switch ON, it turns on both lights. I can turn OFF lights using either switch. [Switch on/off] ---[Light 1]---[Light 2]---[Switch on/off] The problem is at night, because the hallway light gets into the...
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    Box to cover damaged electric meter boxes?

    Have two surface mounted electric boxes one stacked on top of another. Both doors / hinges are damaged. I am not sure buying just to doors will sold the problem, as the boxes Choices are : 1. Replace both boxes 2. Replace just the doors - if possible? 3. Build an outer box to cover...
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    Cleaning UPVC Windows Frame - any way to sand them down?

    I have double glazing with UPVC frame. I do gave a solvent based cleaner which I bought from a double glazing outfit. It is this strong solvent based stuff. It works okay. It seems to work, so so. It cleans stuff off, but I don't get the white shininess of double glazing. Is there any way of...
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    Rules on removing tree (which hang over pavement)

    I have a tree, which is on the edge of my property. The tree trunk is growing diagonally, in such as way the no one can walk on the pavement. I am surprised the council has never written in. People have to walk around the tree. I just want to know the rules and regulations regarding...
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    Opinion on Elektra - Electric Combi Boiler

    I am just wondering about people's opinon of Electric Combi boilers. http://www.euroboilerparts.co.uk/electric-boilers-12kw-90-c.asp The above is a link to a UK seller, but I believe the the product is made by an Italian company Fiamma. I did contact Redring about a couple of years...
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    Opinion on Excelsior direct cylinder water heater?

    I currently have a gravity fed system. There is n't much water pressure for hot shower. I came across Excelsior Cylinder for water heating. They recommended Direct Cylinder. Their brochure claims 'external expansion is not required = cheaper installation' I have the following questions...
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