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    Joist size for a log cabin

    Afternoon, I've purchased a Tuin Laura log cabin (4.3m^2) https://www.tuin.co.uk/laula-log-cabin-DG.html, and will be going with a wood frame foundation to avoid the need for a slab - the ground is fairly uneven. To keep the height down, I'd like to use 75x100mm joists, but trying to figure...
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    Repairing a freestanding convector heater

    I’ve got a (cheapish) electric convector heater - the neutral wire has burned off the spade connector (it’s been at my elderly mums, and she’s had it on almost all of the time I suspect, as she likes it roasting warm). I assume the multi-strand neutral has loosened, or strands fatigued from the...
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    Repairing cracked lead valley flashing

    Woke up two days ago to find water dripping down the wall of the spare room. After a bit of investigation (boiler above was originally prime suspect), we found the wood beam supporting the dormer valley to be soaked, and a roofer confirmed there a crack running across the lead flashing half way...
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    Reducing chimney drafts from above

    Hi all, I have a very draughty de-commissioned chimney in my Victorian house - the front room/upstairs room is freezing in winter. I’ve tried chimney balloons and more ad-hoc methods (eg bin bags full of bubble wrap) to block it from below, but the shape of the flue means they never stay in...
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    Why does my hot water flow rate drop?

    Hi, For the past month or so, the flow rate in our upstairs shower has been a bit rubbish. I put it down to the mains pressure having a problem (unvented system with an ariston cylinder) but I then noticed the down stairs kitchen taps shows similar behaviour - when I run the hot water the flow...
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    how to fix my leaking shower enclosure

    Hi, I posted the below in the plumbing forum, but it may be better here - don't know how to move a thread (if anyone knows how, please let me know?) so here is the link. As you'll see have a few questions/pictures on how to reseal my shower. Any suggestions/advice much appreciated - trying to...
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    how to fix my leaking shower enclosure

    Hi all, sorry, another leaking shower question. Moved into my new house a year ago, and the shower in the ensure developed a leak through to the ceiling below, but couldn't pinpoint where. Resealing around the inside of the tray seemed to fix it, but leak has come back with a vengeance, so...
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    Wooden floorboards - knots splitting

    Moved into a Victorian house last year - no carpets and the floorboards(pine I think, though quite wide 25 cm planks ) stained a walnut colour - looks very nice. However, we're finding that the knots in the wood are starting to 'flake' - not sure the terms to use, basically the layers of wood...
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    Fixing holes in travertine floor tiles

    Hi, The kitchen in my house has travertine floor tiles (I think ... see the pictures below) and I have a couple of problem areas: 1) damage on the edge of one tile has broken all the way through, and is slowly getting bigger as the tile undermines and flakes off - at the moment about the...
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    Helop - no hot water - Worcester R29/R40

    Hi all - hope someone can help Moved into a new house a couple of weeks ago, and still trying to get my head around the central heating (had a combi previously). I have a Worcester R29/40 (not sure which, manual is for both), and an Ariston STI 21c hot water cylinder (plus a few other things...
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    Perspex panels

    Hi, I'm looking to use Perspex as infill panels for a barrier to a flat roof. each panel will be about 1000 x 800, held in place by 2 d clamps top and bottom. Anyone have experience with this, and know what sort of thickness I need to make them feel fairly rigid. I came across some by...
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    Switching handle orientation - bifold doors

    Hi all I have a set of aluminium four panel bi-folds in a 3-1 configuration with two sets of handles - the single opener horizontal (with matching external - picture on the right) and another internal only between two panels that points down to lock (on left, shown slightly open to reveal...
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    Height of balustrade across patio doors onto flat roof

    Hi, To prevent access onto a flat roof (and to prevent use of it as a terrace), our planning permission requires us to have a physical barrier across the patio doors that we're going to install. What height do the BC regulations require in this case? The part K document only specifies...
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    More creaking floor questions

    All, After umming and ahhing, I finally went with a cheap engineered wood single oak strip from Wickes - this is similar to products sold at Topps and Homebase (2.5mm wear layer, 13.5 mm thick, 1220 long, - a click system). I'm laying it on top on Wickes 5mm fibreboard. The carpenter I have...
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    10 mm thick engineered flooring for the bedroom

    Hi all, I'm looking at some 10 mm thick engineered single plank oak t&g (1200 long planks, 2.5mm thick top layer) for the bedroom - this is obviously on the thinner side of the range, but is a good price. I'll be floating it in a 6x5m room Other than the re-sanding issue (which I'm not...
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    Rust discoloration on lead flashing

    Hi All, Just had a dormer loft conversion, with a mansard roof at the back, some sort of membrane on the flat roof of the dormer, what looks like asphalt material forming the roof flashing into the brick work and overlapping the lead flashing around the top and cheeks of the dormer windows...
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    Extent of Zone 2 in a bathroom - oval bath.

    Quick question on where zone 2 ends. I have a rectangular bathroom 2.1 x 2.8 m. The bath will go across the shorter width. Next to it on the longer wall will be a sink (about 60cm wide), with a cabinet above and 'hotel' light fitting on top. Looking at the regs diagrams, zone 2 is...
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    Is this pipework ok?

    Any opinions on this - the pipework is proud of the plywood, and will still be sticking out after the backing board is on - only the tile adhesive will give enough clearance for the tile to go over it. Are there any issues with this, other than not looking the most beautiful setup in the...
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    stairs resting on chipboard

    Hi all, Had the loft stairs put in yesterday - they are a straight run supported at the top by a steel. The stair man has notched the stringers in such a way that they don't lean 'against' the steel (like a ladder would against a wall), but the stringer makes contact only on the top. The...
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    house insurance during loft conversion

    We're having our loft converted, and the builder has yet to break through our ceiling. He had planned to do this once the dormer windows were in and access to the roof space secured, but there's been a delay in getting them, so he's suggested we could proceed anyway. My concern is security...
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