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    12v x 20 amp switch required

    Hi, I need a 12v 20a switch to fit into/on/through a 16mm wood panel. It is not possible to make the panel any thinner. Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks Mike
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    Sandtoft Greenwood pantiles price?

    I have lost about 20 pantiles in the recent storm. Previously I have replaced with Sandtoft Greenwood which were circa £2 but a google has just revealed they are now £6 each. Just wondering whether anyone is aware of a similar pattern for about half that? Mike
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    Battery charging GENIUS?

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    Plumbing GENIUS required

    Hi, I have a fused brass inline fire valve (oil boiler) located outside the house in Yorkshire on a North facing wall. When I turned the boiler on it filled the room with awful fumes and I discovered the fire valve has fused (closed itself), the solder around the valves spindle has melted...
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    Sewage treatment plant/digester

    I am needing to fit a new treatment plant and wonder whether we have any experts on here. I am particularly interested in learning about any non electric plants before I make my choice. I have a 1 acre paddock/wildlife area sloping gently away from the house and am planning to feed the cleaned...
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    Thread size genius required!

    A machine screw has just dropped out of my best Shimano fishing reel and I am hoping I can determine the thread size and buy a few replacements. My best measurements are 1.92mm MAX across the threads of the bolt. A 6mm/1/4 inch screw has 14 threads = 56 TPI Could it be M2 If not what...
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    Needing a short length of round tube

    I need less than 2 inches of preferably 316 stainless steel tube which needs to be 37.5mm to 38mm ID. I have considered a weld on nipple externally threaded but unfortunately these seem to be 39mm ID. A nipple with a thicker wall would be OK. Just hoping someone can suggest something...
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    Plastic sheds

    My old wooden has dry rot and is a write off, considering my options. I am wondering whether these new plastic sheds are suitable for erection in an exposed location. The strongest wind we have experienced was 111 mph and 13 panes blew out of the greenhouse, the broken glass was collected up...
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    Solar installation advice please

    Sorry, bit complicated. I am installing a 25 watt solar panel along with a 5 amp charge controller (PWM5) using 14 amp wire. Of course I am aware of the basics. Solar panel connects to the charge controller which in turn connects to the battery. The solar panel is for a sailing boat and will...
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    Radiators hot, cylinder cold

    The wife went away yesterday to clear out her mothers house (70 miles away) who died about 6 months ago, the house has been unoccupied for this period. She (the wife) called me at 5 this morning to say there is no hot water. She lived with her mother for 18 months prior to her mothers death so...
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    Welding stainless steel - welder required

    I have a couple of small projects on the go which require small amounts of stainless steel welding. I took one of my jobs to a local shop 5 weeks ago but it is not done yet. They are busy with big jobs and not interested in helping someone like me out with a £100 job. Although I have never done...
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    Sizes of wire rope clamps?

    I need some wire rope clamps (like a small U bolt). They are sized for wire rope but I need to clamp M8 threaded rod. Please has anyone any idea what size I need. Thanks Mike
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    Engineering genius required

    Hi, I require a short length of stainless tube an appropriate size for a length of M24 threaded rod to pass through it. I realise the obvious solution is 30mm OD tube with 3mm wall but understand M24 threads are about 24.4mm?. I could file the tops of the threads on the threaded rod but just...
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    A4 stainless steel grub screw M24?

    I am looking for 2 of the above. I understand the correct term for the screw I am looking for is "socket setscrew". It is a short length of m24 threaded rod with a allen key drive. I thought I found some on the internet a couple of days ago but unable to find again. Can anyone help. Thanks Mike
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    Another mathematical genius required!

    Will do my best to explain the problem.......... In Celestial navigation there comes a time when a plotting sheet is required. Briefly a plotting sheet is a piece of paper with a latitude scale up the side and a longitude scale along the bottom. The thing is the scale needs to be correct for...
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    Mathematical genius required

    Trying to suss this........... Sirius is 8.11 lt yrs away Earth is 12,742km diameter Keeping everything in proportion 1. What would be the size of the Earth if the distance to Sirius was 970km 2. What would be the distance to Sirius if the Earth was the size of a golf ball (42.67mm) Thanks Mike
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    Kerosene flexible delivery pipes - smell?

    I recently became aware that rigid plastic pipes do not allow odours to pass through them, flexible ones do. I had to replace all the black water pipes on my boat due to the smell permeating through them. I am now wondering if this could be the case with my oil central heating boiler as there is...
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    Tap cartridges

    Need to replace 3 pairs of ceramic tap cartridges. Just wondering if I can remove the ceramic inserts and fit the old style inserts with the standard rubber washers??? I guess once the inserts are removed the tap blocks are identical??? Thanks Mike
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    Ball valve/water pressure?

    Overflow dripping on header tank which is fed directly from the mains. Replaced washer and still dripping so decided to fit complete new valve and arm. Looking at the Tool Station booklet I note they are sold LOW PRESSURE and HIGH PRESSURE?. If fed straight from mains is it LOW PRESSURE. Thanks...
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    Insulation for concrete floor

    Unfortunately my old house has solid concrete floors with no insulation under and the carpet tends to go damp and mouldy wherever anything is standing on it. I do not fancy digging the floors up and doing the job properly and wondered if there was any suitable material to put under the carpet...