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    Drained battery after power cut - can't now stop alarm sound

    The power was off on the alarm circuit for over 24hrs - then the alarm went off. I typed in the code several times but it would not stop and went on for over an hour (I thought it would stop after 20 mins). So I opened the indoor keypad box and removed the battery. The outside alarm stayed...
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    Gas regulations regarding hob to kitchen wall unit spacing

    If asked to replace kitchen wall units over a hob, I am told that you need to observe new regulations regarding gas installations. (Does anyone know what year these came into effect?) These seem to be that the hood should be 760mm above a gas hob and there should not be combustable materials...
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    Second hand heat exchanger - is it worth trying?

    British Gas say we need a whole new boiler as you can't buy a heat exchanger for a Potterton Combi 80 any more. They said there are none in the country. However I have found second hand ones and whole second hand boilers for sale. Is it worth getting a plumber to fit a second hand one? We...
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    Dips and cracks in asphalt roof

    Been putting this off and putting this off but one day I need to fix our flat roof. Water comes in through the cracks but I just fill them with black bitumen from a DIY shop and they stop. I'd like to get it redone - it's approx 20yrs old but money will not allow this at present. Questions: 1...
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    Potterton combi 80 boiler hot water flow

    Hi again, (long time away), I recently fitted a new monobloc kitchen tap. I have found that when you fully turn on the monobloc hot tap the boiler does not register that it needs to turn on. If you then go and turn the utility room hot tap on and off again with the kitchen one still on, this...
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    Combination storage boiler - good idea?

    We have a busy four bedroom house with a combination boiler. If you try to have a shower you have to ensure that the dish washer and washing machine are off. You then have to ensure that nobody turns on a tap or uses the loo in the rest of the house. If they do the shower pressure drops to a...
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    Delonghi double oven built in ESM 495 ST bottom oven fault

    We have had this oven for probably 7 years. A few years ago the bottom oven stopped heating up. I checked the internet before rushing out to buy a new element. Other people had had the same thing and said it was a fault with the oven. I seem to remember that the solution was to turn the switch...
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    Sudden high water pressure, noise and spluttering

    Phoned the water company as I was woken up by pipe noise. Now we have very high water pressure, noise and spluttering taps. They are sending someone round to check outside today. The guy on the phone said it could be a problem within our property though. My question, how does this cause higher...
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    TV picture cropped at edges - Virgin cable

    We have virgin tv on cable and the edges of all tv pictures are cropped down the sides, you can't get the whole picture even by changing the tv settings. I lived with this for a while but now we have a new tv and the same thing is happening. Any ideas? Also, when there is a white band along the...
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    15 or 22mm gas pipe to boiler?

    We have a Potterton combi 80 boiler installed many years ago with a 15mm gas supply pipe. A plumber said we should have a 22mm supply pipe and checked our pressure which is 18 when it should be 20. This would be a big job so I thought I'd see if other people agree. The only problem we have to...
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    Fitting a toilet to a waste hole

    Hi, due to the recession I am doing up our workshop while there is no work. We want to add a toilet and do away with one of the urinals. see photos. There used to be another loo here I think as there is a blanked off hole in the floor. The urinals are linked to it so I am worried that it has...
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    LG RH177 DVD recorder won't recognise discs

    We have a great LG RH177 DVD recorder with timeshift and hard driveand dvd recording. All works fine but now you put DVDs in and it either wont recognize them or you have to keep ejecting them before it decides to play ball. Bought a DVD lens cleaner disc at Currys but this didn't help. Tried...
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    Air escape from boiler

    I added the loosening chemical to our closed central heating system a few weeks ago and am going to flush the whole thing a few times this weekend and add the protection chemical. My daughter's rad was gurgling the other day so I bled it. Strange smell to the air that escaped. Then while...
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    Phillips hob ingnition

    The little stalks that poke up alongside each burner on our Phillips gas hob our failing one by one. Does anyone know if you can replace these?
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    Upright Vax carpet cleaner

    I hope this is the right category for this. We have an upright Vax carpet cleaner which has been brilliant. However, the foam filter sock fell apart and I took it out. I am wondering if this has had anything to do with the machine going wrong. Now in use, water spurts out from underneath the...
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    Smoke in the kitchen when cooking

    We have a fan assisted oven which when cooking makes the kitchen smokey. My daughter says her eyes sting. The oven is not self cleaning and I have cleaned it but maybe not very well. I have heard that self cleaning ovens clean themselves by burning off the fat. If this is the case surely they...
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    Double glazed unit filling with water

    One of our upstairs opening windows, aluminium double glazed, is filling with water. We have nearly two inches in the bottom it started by misting up, now this. I thought about adding goldfish but there is no access to feed them :lol: Seriously though, is it a big deal to take out the glass...
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    Sludge in the system

    Two comments I have read on here are running through my head. One was that before adding inhibitor to the system its a good idea to add cleanser for a couple of weeks to loosen up the sludge. The other was that new boilers hate dirt. Won't loosening up the dirt and running the system for a...
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    Scantronic alarm flasher won't stop but alarm works fine.

    We have a Scantronic 9448+ style house alarm. While we were out there was a power cut. When we came home the alarm unit blue flasher was flashing outdoors. The two green alternating lights are still working. The neighbours heard no alarm sound. The alarm has no indication on the control box...
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    Gurgle in radiators

    My daughter is worried because we had a dramatic burst pipe yesterday and now after repairing it her radiator is gurgling but I have bled all the rads of air. What could the gurgling be? I have not yet added the cleanser but intend to do it first thing tomorrow morning. I told her it is just a...
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