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    Planning Permission and Permitted Development

    Hi Everyone We're waiting on planning permission but we fear we may not get what we want. Basically we want a 2-storey side extension maintaining the same roof line as the existing roof over the side extension. We'd then build a hip to gable to do a loft conversion (separately under permitted...
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    New Cental Heating

    Hi All We've fitted new CH pipes (JG layflat speedfit) for a brand new CH system. Checked for leaks and all ok but still no boiler nor radiators fitted. But I have a few questions we'd be really grateful for help with. 1. What's the best inhibitor to use with the Layflat pipes? 2. Do we...
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    To PVA Or not?

    Hi Everyone We have 3 really good walls in a bedroom that we've stripped wallpaper off (some hairline cracks and very smooth). Going on advice in an older thread I'm going to lightly skim these with Gyproc ProMix Lite, rub them down lightly then prime (BIN Primer?) then paint. Does this...
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    Tiling Wet room - backer boards, decoupling... - please help

    Hi All First time posting on the tiling section but I don't think it'll be the last! I've given myself a new project and have started researching how best to go about it - to fit a new bathroom/wet room. The walls and flooring of the wet room will be tiled. We will also fit electric...
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    Return loop

    Hi everyone! Been getting some help in the other forums and thought I'd turn my sights on plumbing next! We are building 8 showers in changing rooms. I've been told that we should consider having a return loop with pump for almost instant hot water. But, truth be told, we aren't worried...
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    Gym Lockers

    Hi I'm thinking of making some lockers for a gym. I was thinking of using poplar ply (8mm so that when butt and screw the lockers together it will give 16mm). The locker doors would be varnished 8mm poplar ply. The main reason for poplar is its light weight. Also i thought that varnished...
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    Water heaters advice needed...Please :)

    Hi Everyone! We need some advice on powering 7-8 showers. We have no idea what's a better option - multiple instant water heaters, storage heaters, unvented heaters,etc. In an ideal world what we would like (in order of importance) is: 1. Efficiency (in both purchase/install costs...
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    Spray Gun

    Hi All We are taking a lease on 7000sq ft premises. They're a shop storeroom type of space - solid concrete walls, ceiling, etc. We want to paint it all in white (walls and ceiling) without plastering for the most part (straight onto the cement walls). The walls have been painted in the...
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    Penetrating Damp or Rising Damp

    Hi All We have an old house (about 200 yrs old) with a thick old wall that's suffering from damp. Its an external wall and on the inside there is damp along part of the wall on the ground floor. We had a valuer/surveyor look at the problem (can't find specialist damp company in the area)...
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    Changing room ventilation

    Hi everyone! I am wanting to install a ventilation system in a gym changing room with 12 showers (6male/6female). Firstly, is this something that can be DIYed? I have pretty wide DIY experience and have rewired domestic premises, fitted bathrooms, kitchens, built cabinets, tables, etc. but...
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    3phase to 240v

    Hi Everyone It's been a while since I visited the forum and hope you are all well (and also that I'm posting in the right place). I am trying to open a new gym and have found premises. Before we get an electrician to quote for what we need I'd like to have a basic understanding of what...
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    4-Panel Victorian Door

    Hi A friend has asked if I could make her a 4 panel external front door and I'm considering it as a little challenge. Although first i have a few questions: 1. I was thinking of making it out of redwood with moisture resistant mdf for the panels. Then treating it all with cuprinol before...
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    Upholstering a home made sofa carcass - Please help

    Hi Everyone Big All has been very helpful with suggestions for building the sofa frame (see my previous post) and he suggested a new post re upholstering a sofa - which I guess will apply to footstools, ottomans and other pieces of upholstered furniture... ... so ... if anyone has any...
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    Build a Sofa or Armchair

    Hi E veryone ... ... its been a while since i've posted or been on the site so a big hello to you all! :) I've been thinking about building a sofa (although it may prove to be beyond me!). I've seen and read articles on the internet about using metal springs or a "streatched cloth" onto...
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    Repainting Sash windows and mouldings

    Hi All We are needing to refinish the window frames on our hardwood sash windows and on softwood mouldings (skirting boards and architraves). We originally used a satin white wood paint by Crown and swore we'd not use that again - really not that good! So... we would be grateful if you...
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    Circular Saw Blade - Please Help

    Hi Apologies if this should go in the "tool" section but I thought it was better to post it here. I just bought a used Festool TS-75 and would like to buy a new blade for it. I was hoping to save some pennies (or rather many pounds) by buying a non-Festool branded blade (ive not yet used...
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    Lime render - Please Help

    Hi All We have a 200-odd year old property that needs total renovation. We just discussed plans with an architect/developer who is quoting for the work and he said that we would need to take all the render/plaster off the walls (he's not yet seen the property) and that we would need to...
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    Please please help - Varnishing Cabinet.

    Dear All I have just made a cabinet out of veneered mdf. I have dyed it and applied a few coats of Rustins yacht varnish. The problem is that after every coat it feels rough and there seem to be small bubbles which are giving it this roughness (I have shaken the tin tonnes before every...
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    Casement Windows

    Good evening everyone. :) Just wondering if anyone had any plans showing how to build a double (or triple glazed) casement window. Also, is this something that can be achieved in a home workshop without specialist/industrial tools? Is it possible to make them as well sealed, etc. as the...
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    Finishing mdf

    Hi I know theres a lot of other threads on how to finish, sealetc mdf ... but one thing that i havent been able to have a clear answer on is whether the smooth sides of the mdf need to be sanded prior to sealing and painting. I've followed other's advice and sanded all sides of mdf boards...
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