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    Channel Drains or French/Perforated to solve damp

    I've got some issues with damp on a 1915 bungalow (mostly cavity), it's effecting most external walls around the house. I had someone check the guttering and render (both were fine) but he advised installing channel drains around the perimeter. Channel drains are fine but there's a lot of...
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    10mm pipe to 8mm hose

    I've moved into a rural property where there's no mainline gas and the cooker runs off a cannister. However the previous owner removed the fittings and left a bare unterminated 10mm pipe connected to the cooker (runs to exterior). I bought a butane cannister and need a regulator, however, the...
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    Ways to sort damp in single brick extension?

    I recently moved into a bungalow, where the majority of the house has cavity walls. However, there is an extended room at the back of the house which was built with a single skin of brick. There's damp issues here and I'm wondering how best to address it, as well as possibly improving the...
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    Insulating bungalow roof

    I've recently moved into a bungalow, with an attic conversion, there's a little mineral wool scattered among the ceiling joists (of the ground floor) but nothing on the pitched roof. I'd like to put in kingspan (or similar) to improve insulation but, having done the job of friction fitting the...
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    Where to get a motorised spindle built?

    Got a random request, I couldn't think of a better place to put it but figured a few petrol heads might have experience with some light mechanical engineering :cautious: I'm looking to get a motorised winder built for a print finishing machine, basically it'd be an arm with a spindle that I...
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    Anyone know this light fitting (fluorescent)?

    Had a good google but I can't find what kind of fitting this tube is (around 22cm long), could anyone help? (y)
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    Shop exterior uplight recommendations?

    I've got a small shop and I want to light the sign on the shopfront - the swan neck sign lights are one option but I'm also considering something that might give a soft glow under/uplighting the sign, if anyone could recommend anything? I had considered flexible LED striplights (IP65) but not...
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    Installer fitting wrong alarm

    A bit of an awkward one, I discussed and agreed with an installer to fit a Texecom R8 alarm system - he's done initial cabling and due to return but have just found the panels etc he's about to fit and it's a Honeywell Accenta Mini system. He's a friend of a friend, so it's a bit awkward but...
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    Component wiring polarity question

    Quick question, I've got a suppressor on a piece of equipment that has blown, I've received the replacement suppressor but the wiring format is slightly different (attached). The new model has P(DC+) and P'(DC+') whereas the old one has L1 and L2. Am I correct in thinking L1 = P(DC+) L2 =...
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    Wireless Alarm for Retail Unit - sensor question

    I've got to sort an alarm for our shop, I'm hoping to go wireless (although the length of the L shaped unit spans about 40m front to rear, which I hope will be ok). So far I've been reading the Pyronix Enforcer and Texecom systems are good. However, window contacts could be an issue - should...
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    Cutting door for catflap

    I have a solid wood exterior back door - as can be see there's lower panels that are removable. I'd like to install a catflap, however, the hole circumference is a little larger than the removable panel. Any advice on doing this? Not sure if I can just jigsaw away or if any precautions/sealing...
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    Combine lighting spurs or new CU?

    I've bought a commercial premises for my workshop that's needing some re-wiring, I'm just looking for thoughts on the best approach. The unit is in 2 parts (front/back) - power comes off the street at the front where there's a CU for the front, then there's a another mini 63A CU that runs to...
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    Flooring suitable for light industrial

    I've recently acquired a new workshop which I'll be using in a 'light industrial' capacity - I'll have a few machines around 500kg each, the problem being that the current subfloor is ply (which I will prop to reinforce). Ideally something like a concrete SLC would be used but I gather from...
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    Alternative to decking to fill void

    I'm getting a set of french doors installed at the rear wall/back of the house - the house sits just below the level of the back grass and currently that lowered space is slabbed from the rear wall to where the grass starts. We need to fill that void so the doors open onto the same level as the...
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    Wall Panelling/Architrave Question

    I'd like to put some tongue & groove wood on my hallway walls - I've done this in another room by first fixing stripwood to the walls, then pinning the planks to the stripwood. However, the thinnest I can get using this option is about 14mm (stripwood/planks being 7mm each) - the current...
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    Would Heat Exchanger clog with a boiler filter?

    Had a couple of new rads installed yesterday and this morning the boiler cut out after some crazy noises. Thought it would just be air in the system and duly bled it but the boiler keeps cutting out (it fires for a few seconds, pressure gauge shoots up, then it cuts off). Plumber said he...
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    Cat flap near edge in toughened double glazed panel?

    I'm looking to get a toughened double glazed unit made to replace a timber panel that's currently on the bottom half of my front door. I've approached a couple of local glaziers and they're telling me, due to the toughening, the flap needs to be 6" from the bottom of the glass. The door frame...
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    Blocking Off Old Window

    I've got a window that's currently external (in a bathroom) - I plan to build a garage on the side of the house next year which will cover the window. I'm guessing normally the window would need removing, breeze blocked and rendered but as the window will essentially be internal eventually, can...
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    Underfloor Heating backer board question

    I've got a warmup kit - although it's electric, my question's more relating to the backer board. I misunderstood the initial instructions and have bought 2 lots of board: 1 layer of plain 6mm insulation board and a 2nd lot of 6mm insulated cement board. I take it I would still benefit from...
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    Re-laying engineered T&G (short edge damage)?

    I had to lift our engineered flooring and unfortunately most of the short/tip edge tongues came away in the process - however, the long edges remain. It's a floating floor over chipboard. Will it be possible to re-lay (maybe 'secret' screw or any other way) or will this be a mess? I've got 2...
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