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    Carpet tiles over old floorboards

    I'm looking to replace our carpet in our makeshift home office with carpet tiles, however, the floorboards are old, warped and uneven. If I ply line the floor do I need to leave an expansion gap around the skirting? If so, what's the recommended gap? Also what size ply would people recommend...
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    Run-on timers

    Thanks, SunRay. I went ahead and purchased the same one in the end. Haven't installed it fully yet, but tested against my new fan and all works well. The casing is a little cheap, but it's going in the loft so not too worried. Thanks all
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    Run-on timers

    I'm looking to add a separate remote run-on timer to an existing bathroom fan. The fan is rated at 8w/240v. Looking at the Manrose 1351 it mentions minimum load of 20w, so no good. Can anyone recommend a decent run on timer please? Anyone used the RT5A timer? I won't be adding an integrated...
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    Repairing gutter clips from above

    I've found that our flat roof garage has two broken clips on the gutter causing water to leak down the side wall. Easy fix. However, our lovely considerate neighbours built their extension less than a foot away. Meaning that I'm unable to fix face on (as you normally would). So forced to fix...
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    Damp patch on concrete near to pipes

    Just spoken to the plumber and he can swap out the plastic with copper, but has advised that joining to the old pipe would have too much water left in to solder. So would need to use compression fitting. Which, to me, seems no different to what I have now. He has soldered copper fittings under...
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    Damp patch on concrete near to pipes

    Because I was advised by the other plumber that this would be OK. Why use these type of connectors at all if they will leak?
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    Damp patch on concrete near to pipes

    Unfortunately not. Does that affect the screed used?
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    Damp patch on concrete near to pipes

    Managed to get a decent plumber in to rectify the areas that I was concerned with. So all good now, thanks. Still have a PEX pipe in place as this was preferred. Now that it is all dry & no further leaks I'd like to screed over. Would a 4:1 mix of sharp sand and cement serve to fill in the...
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    Damp patch on concrete near to pipes

    Thanks for your feedback on this, really appreciate it. I would be happier putting copper back in with a proper soldered joint & wrapped. Then the pipes would come in closer to the wall and the fittings could be done correctly. Just need to find a decent plumber to do the job now :(
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    Damp patch on concrete near to pipes

    Apologies for the tardy response and thanks for everyone's replies. I've had a plumber in today to dig up the pipes as that seemed like the best way of checking. Appears that it was a slow leak caused by a hole/dent in the pipe on the hot feed. It wasn't where we expected, but due to the slope...
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    Damp patch on concrete near to pipes

    It's definitely not the connections, checked these and they are all dry, unfortunately. Yes, on a water meter. I can't understand why it is isolated to one area though? Assume it could be a small leak in one of the two pipes? We did have a new combi boiler fitted a couple of years back. Could...
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    Damp patch on concrete near to pipes

    We've recently had a new kitchen installed - Yay! ;), but have found a damp patch on the concrete floor - Boo :( The damp patch is located just in-front of the hot & cold water feeds, which are buried under the concrete. The pipes have been there for about 25 years (part of an extension), and...
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    Fence posts against concrete retainer

    I've had a couple of panels blow out over the recent months due to a rotten wooden post. I would like to replace the entire fence (8m) with close board, but because our land is raised it's retained with foot high concrete slabs (on end), which leaves me with a few questions... I've manage to...
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    Skirting board removed along with other stuff

    I've gone and removed a load of skirting board today on walls that comprise mainly of breezeblock. However, when taking the nails out, quite a lot of the cement/plaster layer covering a wooden horizontal support has come off. I would like to put new skirting on soon and I am concerned that...
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    Opening in load bearing wall

    As a rough estimate I would say it would be 1m wide by 0.5m deep. There are doors to the left but there would be at least 0.5m either side of the opening. Distance from ceiling would be something like 1m. Thanks
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    Opening in load bearing wall

    I'm purchasing a property and would like to create an opening slightly larger than a regular serving hatch in a load bearing wall between lounge and dining room to let more light through. I've never needed to do this before, so don't even want to think about doing this myself, but would...
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    Dewalt or Makita 18v combi drill?

    My current Dewalt XRP DC925 has just given up and I have some renovation work coming up, so I'm looking for a new combi drill. I've shortlisted the following with a £150 budget, the dewalt having 1.5ah batteries and the other with 3ah. Makita BHP456RFWX...
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    Removing window above interior door

    Thanks for the sketch. I understand what you are saying now. I'll have a measure up and see what I can do. Foxhole, good idea. I'll measure the door size. I will be putting a bi-fold door on one of the rooms, so that may be an option. Thanks
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    Removing window above interior door

    Thank you for your comments, both really useful. I'm not sure I follow pinenot regarding the removal of the quadrant? I do think it looks odd with quadrant and architrave, but if it is removed will it not look strange that there is architrave only on the top & right? How would you you...
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    Removing window above interior door

    Hi, I have some windows above our interior doors, which are looking a little dated and I'd like to blank them off so I can put coving up. I'm thinking I could do the following, but would appreciate your comments... So I'd remove the glass & wood frame above the red line (as indicated)...
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