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    disable PIR cable in outside light?

    Hi I am wondering if I can save my outside light and hoping someone could advise please. I have an outside light with integrated PIR. It no longer works and it's not the bulb that's the problem. It is IP rated but it looks like there is moisture inside the PIR detector bubble. Inside the...
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    dim/flickering bulbs - advice please

    Hi I hope someone could advise me please on whether I need to replace my ceiling light fitting or if I should continue to use it. Its a 6 arm (g4) metal fitting. About 2 years old, as is the wiring to it. There is another duplicate light fitting in the same room. Both are switched from a 2...
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    Replacing an exterior door with an interior one.

    Hello I've searched but cannot find an answer to this, so I hope someone could advise please. There is an external door in my kitchen which used to lead directly outside, however years ago the side area was roofed over to create a utility room and an exterior door from here created to the...
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    Styrene or glass windows better in a summerhouse?

    Please could anyone advise on whether you think glass or styrene is better in a summerhouse? The house we are considering will be 8'x6', with 3/4 glass/styrene doors and 3/4 windows round 6 of the 8 sides, with small panes. It will face the sun in the morning, but be shaded in the...
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    Wet electric light switch- shock or fire hazard?

    Hello I'm hoping someone could advise me please - I've searched the forum but cannot seem to find out the answer. About 30 seconds worth of water (under pressure) dripped down from the bathroom and over the electric light socket in the kitchen, when I went down it seems to be making a...
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    Damp - good or bad idea to use thermal plasterboard? please!

    Hello I've posted on here before and been given very useful, comprehensive information and I'm hoping you can again please. I've read the post about rising damp with interest as its related to a problem I'm having. After browsing I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to remove the old...
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    Tiling onto MDF - Question and Best Practice

    Hello everybody. We've been in the process of moving the bathroom around a bit such that a new stud wall (made of MDF) will now support the over-bath shower. The head of the bath will be butted up against this stud wall. We've also put up new (unplastered) plasterboard for the side of the...
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    Removing integrated dishwasher casing/door?

    Hi I have searched but cannot find any information about this, so hoped someone could help please. Some old mortar landed on top of my integrated d/w which is not yet fitted, but is operational. As I was trying to retrieve it some fell down the side of the d/w between the inner and outer...
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    mixed material path

    Hi I hope someone can offer some advice please on the best method of laying a mixed material path. I'm planning on using victorian blue pavers and cobble stones in my front garden path. The path is about 90cm wide and 3.3m long. Pedestrian use only. I'm using these materials because this...
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    Decorative creasing tiles?

    Hi I hope someone can help please. I've just had the front garden wall rebuilt in Victorian reclaimed bricks, and would like to finish it off with decorative creasing tiles and blue capping bricks. (I'll be doing this part - the wall is only about 8ft long). I'd like to keeep a...
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    possible to safely join cable in plaster?

    Hello I hope someone could clarify this for me please. I'm not planning on doing the work myself, but I'd like to know more about it. I've been reading these forums and an electrics book but I cannot find the answer to my question. There are two sockets in my kitchen that are over 12...
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    drill bit stuck in chuck - jaws open, help please

    Hi I hope someone can advise me about my drill problem please. Its a 2 year old keyless Dewalt 505. I was using it on hammer action to drill into masonry, but when I open the jaws the drill bit will not come out. The jaws are fully open, and the drill bit will turn and wiggle about...
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    AEG Oko Favorit 545i Dwasher-Info Wanted Age/Reliability Pls

    Hi there - I hope someone can help me please. We've seen the above semi-integrated machine for sale in the local paper and wondered if anyone had an idea of how old this machine is? Unfortunately the seller doesn't know as he's selling it on behalf of someone else. Also I'd be interested...
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    gaps between plasterboard too big?

    Hello With the advice of the helpful guys on here I did plasterboard the ceiling and partition wall. And will get a plasterer to skim. I read that you should leave 5mm gaps between the plasterboard. Even though I was using small boards it was difficult to do the ceiling, and in some parts the...
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    Fiesta Zetec Heater Problem Following Accident?

    Hi I hope someone can help me with the following please: Last Friday I was unfortunately involved in a car accident with a taxi. Some time after the event I realised that my heater had stopped blowing out hot air (even when the engine has been running quite some time.) The air doesn't seem...
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    3cm central ceiling sag over 8ft room noticeable?

    Hello I posted recently about my lath and plaster ceiling and plasterboarding. I've now removed the plaster(but not the lath), and can see the joists. (As people warned really, really, dusty job) The joists in the middle of the ceiling are sagging along their length, this doesn't seem so...
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    Dust masks/ respirators

    Hello everyone, I've been reading about dust masks and the importance wearing proper ones for certain jobs. I've noticed now in DIY progs they are no longer using those disposable nuisance dust ones when cutting MDF, but I don't really understand the differences and I hoped someone could...
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    locating joists in lath and plaster ceiling

    Hello I've been reading the archive posts about plasterboarding over old lath and plaster ceilings versus pulling them down and then plaster boarding. A chunk of ceiling in the bedroom has fallen down, approx 4'x3', caused I guess by steaming off the wall paper. The dust this chunk has...
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    would people recommend Numatic Henry Vacuum cleaners?

    It seems that I'll need to buy a new vacuum cleaner. I like the idea of bagless, but have read a few read good reviews of Henry. I'd rather sacrifice baglessness for reliability. It would be mostly used on hard floors. I just wondered what people's opinions were on here regarding Henry. I...
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    Witty replies to neighbours comments wanted...

    I live in a road of terraced houses with very small front gardens, therefore if I'm working outside the house I usually get ... "You can come to do mine when you've finished" (Whatever it is I'm doing) I tried "OK, I charge £x per hour" But never had any takers. I wish I could think of...
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