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    Hardboard over floorboards

    I'm currently laying hardboard down over floorboards ready to receive a vinyl covering (to be done by a professional this Thursday). I've done the hallway and now moving into the bathroom (tonights little project). The advice I seek is should I cut around the toilet bowl and pedastal basin or...
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    How easy is it to lay and cut Vinyl floor covering?

    I had a look but couldn't find much mention of Vinyl on here so hence the question. I've had a carpet fitter round to do the carpets but he doesn't do vinyl. He did tell me that it's best to lay hardboard down on top of floorboards first though, so I'll do that but laying and cutting vinyl? It's...
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    pressure drop off from hot water taps

    Is it normal, on a combi boiler set up, for the hot water flow from any tap to drop off as you increase the flow from the adjacent cold water tap? Or is that the symptom of bad installation or even a problem somewhere. The system as a whole is probably no more than 2 years old at the most. The...
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    Now here's a funny thing....

    Replacing wall light switches for dimmers the other day and found 16mm deep back boxes whereas the dimmers I bought require 25mm... OK, a fiddly kind of job but just need to knock out a bit more breeze block. Except when I took the first back box off, there was a very neat looking wooden...
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    Advice on using the downlighter hole cutter sold by TLC

    I've about 12 new holes to drill so I would think that either of these would be a good investment: http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Main_Index/Ventilation_Index/Core_Drills_100mm/index.html I'd prefer the 29.99 one mainly on cost of course but my question is to those that have experience of...
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    Are all double sockets the same size?

    It might seem a strange question but having spent weeks/months/ a lifetime repairing and painting my new lounge (it came with the new bungalow) I've just finally put the double sockets and light switch back and oh my, what a state! I hadn't paid enough attention to finishing off the plaster...
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    Part P from the horses mouth so to speak

    Some of you might be interested in a reply I got from local building control (in Southampton) regarding an enquiry I made recently about a fair sized electrical installation in my Garden. I post this only as there seems to be a mystique being built up about part P for the serious DIYers...
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    Wall mounted light switch in bathroom

    I suspect that my bathroom was once a bedroom and hence the light switch is on the wall by the door. As I'm going through my newly purchased property replacing light switches with dimmers, I had to stop and think about this switch and ponder if it is actually safe (it's approx 3 metres from the...
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    Best way to dry out skimmed ceilings?

    I'm currently having four ceilings skimmed and as the chain of events leading to me moving in are now directly connected to the skim drying out, I wondered if there is a sensible way to speed it up? It's empty for most of the time so reluctant to leave the windows open. The Central heating is...
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    How do you see this installation? Another potential pt P?

    I'm planning to install some outside lighting around two walls of my bungalow. Ordinarily now, I'd guess that this would be as good an example of a part p qualifier, given that cabling is no longer allowed to be run in the cavity (something I've done on previous properties). So surface mounted...
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    pasterboarded walls do not reach the ceiling

    This is the scenario. Bought a bungalow, every ceiling in artexed. As is the coving and the wall down to the picture rail. Not to my taste so the whole lot has had to go, coving, artex, picture rail... the lot. OK, standard stuff so far. In the Kitchen, for some reason, someone has...
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    Installing Electric fire into an existing fire grate

    I'm replacing a gas fire with one of these new electric ones, optiflame I think it's called (flame effect on a sheet of glass behind some illuminated pebbles - looks better than the description). Thing is, the fire (a dimplex one) is essentially, a non fixable one i.e. it comes with a 13amp 3...
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