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    How to easily make a 3/8 inch square stop cock key

    Hi all, This isn’t a question so much as advice for anyone google searching for 3/8 inch stop cock key problems. In 15 years as a builder I’ve not come across a 3/8 inch square end on a mains stop cock before. They are always 1/2inch, 5/8inch or have a handle. I started working on a 1970s...
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    Where can I buy small Canterbury Spar in S.London for dash repairs?

    Hi, Struggling to find the smaller size Canterbury Spar (3-6mm) for some dash repairs. Selco do bags but it's all 8-10mm, similarly Travis Perkins is 8mm. I'm in Lee, SE London. Cheers Steve
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    Drainage for downstairs bathroom

    Hi all, I should have specified but I meant Monday as in next week. So 7 days away. Some useful points. I particularly like the idea of keeping the 110mm hidden and it will also mean less bends in the 110mm so more speed when it hits the 90 gully at the manhole. In terms of the old clay...
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    Chimney

    The breast and stack may be straight but the flue is likely to be stepped, if the flue was straight and you didn't have your pots capped then rainwater would come straight down. With a step, or more likely a 45 degree ish slope in the flue, any water that gets in has time to evaporate as air...
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    Drainage for downstairs bathroom

    Hi all I have the BCO coming over on Monday to discuss the drainage for moving the bathroom downstairs. As I'm new to this, I just want to do some homework and gather some advice so I don't look like a total plonker. The house is a standard Victorian end of terrace; current arrangement has...
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    Padstone profile not square when turned on edge

    Spoke to SE and she said she did mean a concrete block at 7N. But we'd already bought a couple of 10.5N so she said we can use them no probs. It would have been a lot easier to trim a 140x100 lintel. Out of interest do you fellas submit your own calcs to BC, or do you do the work and then get SE...
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    Padstone profile not square when turned on edge

    Fine, thought it was a bit odd. So the likelihood is that when my SE said I needed a 440x215x100 padstone, she was actually referring to a 440x215x100 HDC block performing the role of a padstone and not an actual padstone? The HDC block also has the added bonus of being square! You may have...
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    Padstone profile not square when turned on edge

    Keeping this very basic and ignoring sizes, spans, loads etc which have all been agreed by an SE and BCO. I have one simple question that is bugging me ..... should a padstone be square? If you look at the picture below, the padstone when used in diagram A is fine even though it is not square...
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    Connecting to 3 1/2" asbestos soil pipe??

    Yeah agreed, probably not strictly kosha but definitely debatable. Plus I've got rid of a load of asbestos that as a kid my mum used to get me to sand down and repaint!! Before she knew obviously! Or so she tells me! So bca have to give me some gold stars for that. The diameter issue, well it...
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    Connecting to 3 1/2" asbestos soil pipe??

    Made it fit! I fully appreciate that this is a little cowboy and the best option is to go down to the clay. But if like me you are working on your own place and quite like your concrete and patio, then for those reading this in the future, then this is how I made it fit. Get a dc1 and bin the...
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    Connecting to 3 1/2" asbestos soil pipe??

    I've actually got a dc1 but even with the fins off it is still fractionally to big. The pipe looks fine and the concrete is tidy so I was hoping that I wouldn't have to disrupt it. If I'd cut it off higher I could have used a load of different connectors on the outside diameter... Whoops...
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    Connecting to 3 1/2" asbestos soil pipe??

    Hi I've cut an asbestos soil pipe off at ground level and I'm struggling to find an adaptor to fit the internal diameter which is 3.5 inches/ 89mm. The outside diameter is 4 1/4" (107mm) but as I've cut it so low I would need an adaptor to fit inside. Any ideas, or am I going to have to take...
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    Roof replacement - sooner or s-later?

    Thanks palaceray. I take it that these prices assume the timbers are in a decent, reusable condition and are just for labour and material cost of removal and replacement of the slates and ridge tiles along with making good of flashing, mortar etc? The cost of scaffold would also add to the...
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    Roof replacement - sooner or s-later?

    Hi all A friend of mine is purchasing a Victorian era cottage with a pitched slate roof. He has sent me pictures and the comments from the surveyor. The surveyor commented that the roof slates, particularly at the front elevation, need some remedial work and that the whole roof is likely to...
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    Soil pipe connection for toilet too far out from wall

    Hi I've recently got rid of an old cast iron soil pipe and had my wall rendered. I left a length of 110mm plastic soil pipe coming out of the wall (see pic 1) so that I could connect the tee branch directly onto it after rendering. Problem is that I've now come to fit the push fit tee branch...
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    Shower offset elbow FAIL

    Hallelujah! Thanks a million. So simple!
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    Shower offset elbow FAIL

    Hi all I've failed big time on this one! I've tiled leaving two 15mm pipes coming horizontally out of the wall at 150mm centres for my bar mixer shower. I've only ever fitted electric showers before and so I've never used the offset elbows before, but it dawned on me today when I came to...
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    Condensation behind insulated plasterboard

    Hi all Sorry if this is a bit long winded but I want to describe exactly what I've done so that I can get the best advice. I've then put some questions at the end: I've renovated a few properties in my time and the usual M.O. in regards the walls is to steam off the old paper and skim...
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    Perfect weather for a day on the roof - parapet problems

    Hi all, As promised, here are a few of the best snaps of my day trip to my roof. I made a start today sorting out the flaunching which I realised was probably causing the bulk of a leak in my bathroom. Photos are: Flaunching gone to pot Fillet kippered Parapet rendered...
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    Perfect weather for a day on the roof - parapet problems

    Thanks for all the advice. I had a chat today with the roofing suppliers and armed with their advice and your own, I'm going to get up on the roof again, as soon as the wind and rain give it a rest, and get some measurements and take a more educated look at what my plan of attack will be...
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