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    Mysterious damp - internal wall near front door

    Hi Can anyone suggest possible sources of a small damp patch that's appeared next to our front door? The house has thick 600 thick stone walls, and while it is technically an internal wall it is actually the end of the external one (if you know what I mean) being the doorway. There...
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    Wrong back boxes? and safely removing socket not needed

    Thanks for your replies. Crimp the joints? Sorry don't know what that means. Please could you explain. Is this best left to the local spark?
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    Wrong back boxes? and safely removing socket not needed

    Hi all and Happy New Year! So, new year, new problem. We have just stripped 6 layers of paper from a Edwardian house room, and three of the sockets have removed themselves along with the paper. 1. Two are plastic back boxes meant for plasterboard walls - the wall itself is brick covered...
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    Soakaway from boiler overflow pipe / radiator pipes

    No problem - I think my blood pressure's returned to normal now.... Cheers! :D
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    Opinions? UK Wiring standards.

    Thanks for your reply! I don't actually think it's as bad as a rewire - hopefully. As you say, I pretty much know where the potentially dodgy bits are and can point a local electrician in the direction of them, so that may be a better line to take. Having said that, I guess it's only a...
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    Soakaway from boiler overflow pipe / radiator pipes

    Hi That is what I'm going to do! Sad to say, I've not had very good work from ANY work/tradesman who have worked on my house in the past six months. All have taken shortcuts and have had to be called back in. I'm rather cautious as a result of so many bad experiences. So just trying...
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    Opinions? UK Wiring standards.

    I've been using this site since moving into an old house and "marvelling" at the "interesting" things that appear to have been done with the electrics. Now I'm DEFINITELY no expert, but I can wire up a plug and change a (plastic!) switch/socket and I can see if something looks wrong AND know...
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    flying earth!

    RF Lighting - thanks once again for your help! Regards to Leeds!
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    Soakaway from boiler overflow pipe / radiator pipes

    Hi Well, there's a red knob on one of the pipes - the copper pipe I'm referring to leads from this pipe to the outside. It doesn't drip a lot and it could be 15mm - I measured with my eyes, although it looks about 10mm, but could be slightly larger. There is a plastic pipe to the right of...
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    Soakaway from boiler overflow pipe / radiator pipes

    Now I'm worried.... The overflow pipe is 1cm across and copper. It's a Vaillant Ecomax boiler, combi condensing. What is the problem - the overflow or the pipes on the radiators or both? YES, the firm IS Corgi registered. Haven't got any booklet yet; the job's not finished as we...
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    flying earth!

    Hmm! The spare T&E I have is 2.5mm. Does that sound like a safe size and I am I likely to be blown sky high if it is the wrong size? I must admit, never thought it was so complex to fit a faceplate!! This should be such a simple job!
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    Mysterious leak....

    Thanks for all the replies! Good to know that monoblocking isn't such a nightmare to sort out after all! Now, there isn't any manhole cover in the driveway at all. I don't think it's been covered over, as there is a small cover which has been blocked around - if they have taken the trouble...
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    flying earth!

    Thanks to those who helped me with my metal faceplates query. I should have asked at the time - where do I get the earthing wire from for those extra flying earths in for metal faceplates? I can't find it in my local diy store (there aren't that many round here). I have some twin & Earth...
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    Metal faceplates / plastic gaskets

    Thanks both for your advice! I'll rest a bit easier tonight... and tomorrow, start sorting out those sockets...! :)
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    Mysterious leak....

    We have been trying to find the source of a mysterious leak under the kitchen window. We have monoblock paving and the area is constantly wet. Have had the dishwasher/sink pipes checked and no leak found. There are no other water applicances close by. Any ideas where it's coming from...
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    Soakaway from boiler overflow pipe / radiator pipes

    1. Just had a new boiler fitted and there is a new overflow pipe to the outside wall. At the moment it drips onto the bricks of the house wall (it juts out a bit). I would think they should extend it so it drips on to the ground - should there be a soakaway? At present, even when extended, it...
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    Metal faceplates / plastic gaskets

    Thanks for the reply, RF Lighting (how are things in lovely Leeds? I'm an ex-Leeds girl myself)! So does this mean we are in imminent danger of blowing ourselves up with the dodgy-ly earthed metal sockets already in? I've got three little kids in the house and about 30 sockets that I imagine...
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    Metal faceplates / plastic gaskets

    Have been reading stuff about these and keep finding different opinions! Could someone please enlighten me regarding the correct way to ensure proper earthing with metal socket faceplates/light switches. We do have earth wires, so that's a good start! Now some sockets/switches have metal...
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