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    Floor in outside shed

    Hi I have an outside shed which is insulated and quite warm (in case this is relevant). It has a floor of gravel directly laid on the earth. I would like to make this a concrete floor but just wanted to check if I can buy just regular cement, mix it and pour it out. Do I need to use self...
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    Circular Edging

    Hello DIYers I have a spiral staircase which needs an edging placed between the roof panels and the inner edge. (Photo attached). I cannot find anything... does anyone have advice? Open to creative ideas.... Thick rope? Al
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    Building a "floating" desk

    Hi All I would like to put a desk in this space. Its quite long (3meters) and i really would like to avoid a let to support it. I went to a steel shop and angle iron is still bendy at that length unless I go very thick, but wondered if anyone could suggest or advise if a box length of...
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    Carpet onto uneven wooden floor

    Morning All I have a very uneven wooden floor in my old tired house and I would like to put a carpet down, but first level it. Can anyone suggest the best way to do this? I was thinking somehow with plywood, or would I use a self leveling compound (which is very permanent) Any advise...
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    Coating an internal chimney

    Hello All We have a chimney in the middle of our house which is exposed (see photo). The bricks are quite dirty and the lime/cement morter rubs on on clothes etc when touched. As a test, I put a little clear varnish on a part of the chimney and that sorted the problem. Is there an...
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    Drainage...

    Hi Everyone You will see in this photo that we get a lot of water building up here. The ground is VERY hard. Has anyone got some advice how to solve this? If I dug a huge hole where the water builds up and filled it with stones and then covered it, out the grass back it would help...
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    White 'residue' on wood near light bulb

    Hello I live in a rented house and there is some sort of white residue apearing on a wooden beam next to a light bulb. I cleaned it away, but it came back quite quickly. Any clues as to what it may be? Al
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    Fridge freezing up and always running - confirmation of diag

    Dear All I have an old fridge which is always running and is frosting up at the back. My thinking is that it is the thermostat? Does anyone agree with me? The next question is, do you know if I can replace it with any thermostat, or must it be the same model as the one already in place? It...
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    Additional Lock Security

    Dear Everyone and All, I have recently had an attempted break-in at my house. They did not manage to break in, but I have realised that my door with a single lock is perhaps not up to scratch. I really can't afford to install a new door (with the 9 locking latches all round) but wondered if...
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    How and where to store my tools

    Hello I am sure it is nothing compared to the volume of tools most of you have, but I have managed to accumumate 3 tool boxes full of tools. I use most of them, but can NEVER find any of them. I wanted to get a cupboard, or tool storage unit to store them in as digging about in the tool...
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    Fill small holes in PVC window

    Hello All I have drilled a few holes in my PVC windows and need to fill them. They were for child locks but no longer need. They are very small (2 mm or so). Can anyone suggest a product or method to fill them? Thanks a lot. Al
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    Two Pin Electric Cables...

    Dear All, As always, thanks for even taking the time to read this. I am grateful. As a lot of people, under my TV I have a sky box, DVD player and also a small stereo. Three plugs, three cables... more mess. I was wondering two things. Does anyone know where I can buy a plug which has 2 or...
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    Sticky Kitchen Table

    Dear All, Over the past few months our wooden kitchen table has become quite sticky, and we cannot clean it. Tried to use vinegar and the usual soaps, polish etc. It is like the varnish/finish has come off leaving the sticky residue. Question 1. Does anyone have any ideas...
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    Very small drip

    Helllo Everyone My friend has just installed a new radiator. There is a small drop from one of the joints just before the radiator connection. It is a major effort to drain the system, and actually the radiator in question is below the main drain for the system so I do not know if it will...
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    Smells from drain in shower

    Dear All, Another issue in my endless saga of drain smells which seems to be due to idiots who have plumbed this house. History There is a small shower room in our house with a sink and a shower (yup, no toilet even though it was be very practical and simple to do, but that is...
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    Drain Smell Problems

    Dear All, I have drain smells coming up from my kitchen sink. There is a very long drop which the drains run away to after the trap, so I installed an admittance valve thinking that would solve the problem, but it is still there. I have tested the valve and it works correctly (as far as I...
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    Bathroom Smells

    Dear Experts, Strange one this for you all, but I am sure it is simple when you know how. We have a small room which just has a toilet in it. (Its in France, so very common). From time to time the room smells, and its not really sweage smells. I can't be certain, but I think it is worse when...
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    Lead Seal in a Dormer Valley

    Dear All, I have had endless trouble with a leaking roof in my house. Eventually, I was advised by a roofer to replace the rotton zinc valleys with lead ones. I got a price, which seemed reasonable considering the price of the lead. The guy said that actually he would not remove the zinc but...
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    Cleaning Water Stains

    Dear All I have had a small leak in my house, and it has left some stanes on the roof and wall paper. I will paint the roof no problem, but I don't want to replace the wall paper (because I cannot find it anymore and I don't want to re-paper the whole room). Does anyone have any advice how...
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    Shower Curtain Seal

    Hello Can anyone advice me on a product which I can screw, seal to a tile wall and then "jam" the shower curtain in there so that it will stop leaking out the side. I actually need the product to go down the wall to the bath, then turn 90 degrees (either bend or cut) and down the bath a bit...
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