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    Cementing Trowels Gone Rusty

    I purchased this trowel set last summer for pointing cement in between slabs in the garden : Wickes Builders General Purpose 4 Piece Trowel Set https://www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-Builders-General-Purpose-4-Piece-Trowel-Set/p/167339 However on going to use them this year I was surprised to see how...
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    Question About Electric Paddle Mixer

    After much arduous mixing by hand of sharp sand and cement in a bucket for re-pointing a large slabbed double driveway, and with quite a lot of further re-pointing still to do on paths/patio, I am considering purchasing one of these electric paddle mixers :-...
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    Fixing Unstable Driveway Slab

    I have a driveway made of granite slabs, and one of them is very unsteady, wobbling from side to side - I was wondering what kind of materials placed under it would be the best to stabilize it. I have quite a bit of spare 14mm gravel chips that I could use - or should I be using some kind of...
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    Extra Gloss Paint

    I am painting an exterior wooden frame window which in the past has had flaked paint right down to the wood. As I am now re-painting it I am wondering if there is anything wrong with putting an extra layer of gloss paint on the worst parts where the flaking occurred before, ie the window...
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    Cleaning Spilled Wood Hardener From Stone Sill

    On preparing an old wooden window for painting I spilled some of the wood hardener onto the stone window sill, and it has caused unsightly dark stains - is there any way to remove this ? What would you recommend ? Thanks
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    What Type Of Sand Is Best For Cement Mix ?

    Hi folks I have a fairly old but good condition driveway made of granite slabs, but unfortunately a lot of weeds come up between many of the slabs. In places the gaps are maybe 1cm wide or more. I am planning to clear out these gaps and fill them with a 50-50 mixture of sand and cement - however...
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    Many HPI Check Write-Offs On Gumtree

    On looking for a second-hand car on Gumtree over the past few weeks, I have noticed a huge number of cars failing the HPI Check with :- "An insurer has declared this vehicle a total loss (write-off)" I checked 7 Corsa's, around 2012 plates, and 5 of them were declared write-offs by an...
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    Corsa 1.2 16V 2010 Sub Frame Rust

    Hi I am about to buy a 2010 Corsa 1.2 16V Energy 3 door from the local Vauxhall Dealership. They have just MOT'd it last week and are awaiting a couple of parts for it before I take delivery of it. When I looked up the MOT history I was pretty worried to see :- August 15th 2018 :- Pass No...
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    New Kitchen Tap Recommendations

    Hi I am looking to buy a pair of High Neck Pillar Taps for my kitchen sink as the ones I got recently were something of a disappointment - as I described in my previous thread :- https://www.diynot.com/diy/threads/is-this-normal-for-taps.486940/ Can anyone recommend any good tap brands and...
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    Leak From Tap Bolt Under Sink

    Hi I am experiencing a leak under a kitchen hot tap, coming from under the bolt that screws onto the thread of the tap under the sink. It is not a major leak, but builds up over time. I was just wondering, as its fairly old plumbing, could I just get some kind of sealant and spread it round...
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    Is This Normal For Taps?

    Hi I just had two new taps installed on my kitchen sink, the plumber said they were of the make "Deva". I noticed something odd about them though - when you leave them running they will gradually reduce the flow rate until they eventually practically stop. This happens only if the tap is on at a...
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    Question re New GCH Installation

    Hi I have just had a GCH system installed, and on inspecting the work I noticed the outside copper gas pipe going from main gas box to the boiler upstairs has no cover over it. I am just wondering is this normal practice - I would have expected it to have a conduit of some sort over it? Also...
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    Will New Radiator Affect Cabling ?

    I am about to install a full new central heating system in my home and am just wondering about one potential problem - I have two cables, one for phone and one coax for Virgin Media TV/Broadband running alongside a skirting board in my living room where a radiator is going to be installed under...
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    Why Do I Have 3 Master Phone Sockets?

    I am about to get two new interior doors fitted in my living room plus skirtings, and I had to remove telephone cabling passing through the old door frames. As it is very scruffy I will install new solid copper cabling after the new doors go up. However on disconnecting I realised I have...
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    Question re Fitting New Blind Brackets

    Hi I have just purchased a Faux Wood Blind from Blinds2Go and am about to install it myself - but I have a slight concern re attaching the brackets to the window recess. My window recess is a wood impression of some kind (please see photos) and I wonder if I should just screw into it with the...
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    Stonework Damage During New Window Installation

    Hi I have just had new windows installed in my home, and overall I am happy with the work, which was done by a reputable local company. However the other day I noticed some stonework had been damaged during the installation and I am just wondering whether this is something I should contact them...
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    How To Plug Hole In Drain Pipe

    I have an approx 1cm diameter hole in an outside lavatory drain pipe, I have no idea how it got there but it was previously plugged with a piece of wood which has now came out and I want to plug it properly. I previously just put on some bathroom sealant temporarily, but it is now leaking and...
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    Gas Fire Not Lighting When High Wind

    Hi, I wonder if anybody may have any suggestions re a gas fire problem I am experiencing. The fire is a Flavel Windsor HE, installed July 2012, under 3 year guarantee. What is happening is that when there is a high wind outside, it won't light. The pilot flame just keeps blowing out...
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    CRT Television Set Problem

    Hi I have 21" CRT television from the Stone Age, a Panasonic TC-21R1, about 19 years old, and recently the picture has started to shift to the left about 2-3 inches, and pin-cushion (ie bowing) on the right hand side. When I hit the TV cabinet with my hand it goes back to normal, and the...
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    Bad Rot On Window Frame

    Hi there, I wonder if anyone could advise me re a bad case of wood rot on a window frame in my house. I attach a photo of the affected area, which I have started to scrape away to see how extensive the damage is. Apart from this area the window frame appears to be otherwise intact - I have went...
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