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    Painting over Barrentine Protective Treatment

    I'm refurbishing my garden shed and since the barge boards were rotten, I decided to replace them with new pieces of timber. Since I had half a 5l tin of clear Barrettine Wood Protective Treatment left over from another project, I thought it would be a good idea to use this to protect the new...
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    Self tapping screw size for electriQ cooker hood

    Hi All, I'm trying to repair my electriQ cooker hood as the 2 plastic latch mechanisms holding the door in place are broken. My plan is to use 2 two small tower bolts, one on either end, when the bolts are retracted, the door can be opened and filter cleaned. The tower bolts will be secured...
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    Front door woodstain or coloured varnish

    Hi All, I want to repaint my front door which is tatty and currently painted with some kind of wood stain or colored varnish, not sure which but I suspect is colored varnish, see pics below. Does anyone have an idea whether this is colored varnish or wood stain? The next issue is establishing...
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    Installing a 10x6 workshop shed

    Hi All, I've recently bought a 10x6 T&G workshop shed which needs assembling on to a new concrete base. When assembled, the shed will have the back and side close to the boundary fence, so I want to make sure its preserved as much as much as possible. The shed was sold by Tiger sheds and has...
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    Draining down Rads to fit new 3 way Motor Valve

    Hi All, the three way valve in my central heating/hot water system has failed so I'm now planning on replacing the entire valve and motor unit. This is probably the 4th time I've changed it in the 20 years I've lived in the house. The current Siemens 3PMP-V22 has lasted over 7 years but I've...
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    Garden office blocking light from nextdoors house

    Hi All, I need some advice on an issue thats recently developed between ourselves and our neighbor. Bit of a long story but here goes:- - we have a link detached house which is offset by 3m with next door - next door decided to build a pergola right across the rear of their house and have it...
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    Sound Insulation for Garden Office

    Hi All, I would like to know what materials will help reduce road noise in my garden home office currently under construction. The office is about 100ft away from a busy motorway and was previously a timber framed lean to pergola with a 16mm triple wall poly-carbonate roof converted to an...
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    Vertical Flue terminal through flat roof

    I'm in the process of having an old combi boiler replaced with a new one in the same location. An installer has surveyed the site and mentioned that the vertical flue which currently exits through a flat roof fails gas safety rules since its terminal is not 30cm away from the house exterior...
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    Heatline Viso Plus 24 Diverter Valve

    I have a heatline viso plus 24 which has a recurring problem with the diverter valve. Whats happening is that after rebuilding the DV with a kit, all works fine for a few months but then there is no heating as the DV is stuck in hot water mode. When there is a call for heating I can hear the...
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    Bathroom extractor fan advice needed

    Hi All, I have a problem with mold in my bathroom and want to install an extractor fan to remove excess moisture. My household has 3 young adults, 2 middle aged adults and one child together with one main bathroom and an en-suite in the master bedroom. As you can imagine, having younger...
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    Best exterior wood paint

    Hi All, I'm about to repaint the window frames on my three bed semi and would like some advise on the best paint to use. The house was built in the mid 90's and has wooden framed doubled glazed windows. The windows have been painted many times and the paint only seems to last a couple of years...
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    Wiring up a Salus RT300RF and Worcester Greenstar Ri 12

    My heating and hot water setup uses a Worcester Greenstar Ri 12 boiler together with a gravity hot water tank with thermostat, a Siemens 3 port mid position valve/actuator, a Potterton EP2 programmer and a Drayton RTS1 thermostat. The thermostat is placed directly above one of the radiators in...
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    Flue in Conservatory

    I'm considering having a new conservatory installed at the back of my house measuring 5m wide and 3m deep. A Guardian insulated & tiled roof system will be used and the roof will be approx 2.2m high at the sides and 3.5m high in the centre. Currently the area which would be the new living...
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    Auto Bypass valve needed?

    My partner has a Heatline Viso plus 24 combi boiler together with a fully sealed heating system. There are TRV's on most of the 9 rads except the rad next to the room thermostat in the hall. Looking at the plumbing on the boiler I can see that there is a connection between the 22mm heating...
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    Replacement CH programmer for Potterton EP2002

    The programmer on my CH/HW system has recently stopped working so IM looking for a cheap and easy replacement. My system uses a conventional heat only boiler with a hot water cylinder in the airing cupboard together with radiators fed by a tank in the loft. I have a thermostat on the hot water...
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    Replacement for Alpha 240p combi boiler

    I have a rental property in Kent which has an Alpha 240p combi boiler approx 15 years old. Earlier this year the service engineer suggested that as the boiler is old, I should be considering a replacement. So my question is what is a good reliable brand of combi boiler which could be easily...
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    Potterton Prima F40 issues

    I have a Potterton Prima F40 boiler which is approx 16 years old. The boiler supplies heat for conventional hot water via a tank and central heating via radiators. Recently I have noticed an issue whereby the boiler attempts to start but fails to light the main burner. Eventually after several...
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    Fitting a Fernox TF1 filter with limited space

    I want to fit a central heating filter to my system and due to limited space was wondering how to do it and which model would be best. From what I have been reading, the Fernox TF1 compact is probably best for me but I have several issues locating it as follows:- - the boiler is located...
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    Upstairs rads on when CH off and HW on

    I have a problem with upstairs radiators being on when only the hot water is on. My system is configured as follows:- - Boiler Potterton Prima F - Potterton EP202 controller allows independent control of CH & HW - Room thermostat downstairs British gas RS1, 3 wired red, blue & yellow -...
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    Boiler bypass valve, TRV's and other questions

    I need some advise on fitting TRV's and a boiler bypass valve to my central heating system. My heating setup is as follows:- - Heatline Viso 24 Plus combi boiler - 4 rads upstairs no TRV's fitted - 5 rads downstairs no TRV's fitted - a room thermostat in the room next to the boiler - no...
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