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    damp under bay window.

    Whenever it rains the wall under my bay window gets very damp. First thing I did was check the sealant all around the windows. Seems to be "ok" i.e. no holes/gaps etc but I think it has never been renewed since the windows were put in 20/25 years ago. I noticed the sealant that was in the gap...
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    Quick question-new light fitting

    Need to replace my ceiling rose and wire in my new chandelier. My ceiling rose contains the exact wires shown in the diagram attached. I know it's bad practice to tape up the 3 red wires and should go into a choc box however, the terminal block on my new light has SENL so am I right to assume...
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    adjusting old upvc door

    I have what I believe is a very old upvc door (windows are 25+ years old so I presume the doors were installed at the same time) I would like to adjust the hinges as the door doesn't shut properly without some effort and its currently whistling like mad in the wind and draughty. I have had a...
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    boiler firing up when toilet refills...

    This problem is driving me mad if someone could help I would be eternally grateful! I don't know how much is relevant so I will list everything I have done lately. Ok so I have recently had a new sink put in the upstairs bathroom. The taps were connected to the copper pipes using a grey...
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    Fire line plaster board

    I have a chimney breast which has been blocked up and plastered over and I also have a wooden surround that sits on a hearth.. I was going to put a wooden back on the fire surround and buy a bio ethanol fire. I have since discovered I won't be able to use a wooden board as the fire has to be...
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    need some help with radiators/central heating system

    Need a bit of advice with regards to my radiators. Bit of background info - bought my house in December last year, haven't moved in yet as I've been knocking down walls/redecorating etc. Boiler was 3 years old (vaillant ecotech pro) regularly serviced, has magna clean fitted to it. As I...
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    problem with damp in upstairs bedroom.

    I don't know if this is the right place to post this but it could come under anything really! I have been using my front box bedroom as storage since I bought my house 9 months ago. It has had wardrobes up against the window and various other things. Window hasn't been opened in all that time...
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    having some problems with plastered wall...

    I've just had part of a wall plastered around where an opening was created between two rooms. The plaster doesn't go across the entire wall just around the edges where the opening was made and has been thinned out to blend in with the wall. I have waited 2 weeks before attempting to paint and...
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    how can i improve this situation?

    Hi all, had a look under my bath as it seems to be emptying slower than I would like and found that they've removed the floorboards underneath the bath trap to allow the pipework to sit in there but the rest of the pipes going under the bath are higher which obviously means the water flows back...
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    problem with damp

    Hello, looking for some advice about a damp problem I discovered yesterday. I appreciate it would be easier to diagnose with some photos but camera is on the blink so will do my best to describe. Its a 1930's semi and my garden slopes downwards towards the house, and there are houses behind...
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    water level?

    Hello, I have an upstairs bathroom where the water level seems to be quite high for the bath and the sink. The level is about an inch from the plughole in the bath and about 2 inches down from the plug hole in the sink. When I run the tap fast in the bath without the plughole in, it will...
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    cant find a replacement for my upvc window handle :-(

    Hello, I am looking for some help with replacing my window handles on my pvc windows. I have this type of handle and I have searched until I'm blue in the face but cannot find anything close. I have emailed a specialist handle company and they just stated you cant get them anymore with no...
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    picture framing?

    Hello all. I'm having some issues painting a room.. I am doing the cutting in first but only for half of the wall at a time, so I can work in sections but I'm finding that as soon as I've finished that last bit of cutting in (im new so going slow as I've not quite mastered it yet!) the first...
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    mist coating...

    Sorry - this has probably been asked a thousand times but I couldn't see specific answers to my questions when I did a quick search.. So I had my walls and ceiling plastered over a week ago, its all dry now so I attempted a mist coat last night. The cheapy crown emulsion said to use 40% water...
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    some help needed please regarding zinsser bin!

    Hi All. I'm new here and after some advice. I recently moved into a property and previous owners were heavy smokers so I covered the kitchen wall in Zinsser bin which seems to have worked a treat. My OH then painted the ceiling and left marks all away around the walls as he couldn't be...
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