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    Advice on trowel notch size for bathroom floor mosaics please

    Hello, Would appreciate a bit of sense check on the advice I've been given by the tile shop on trowel sizes. I'm doing a bathroom where the floor will be mostly 60x60cm tiles but with a 5x5cm mosaic version of the same tile in the shower area. This shower area I have also sunk down 12.5mm when...
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    Wallpapering over existing vinyl bathroom wallpaper

    Hi, The existing wallpaper in my basement apartment bathroom I am renovating is stuck like **** directly to plasterboard and there seems no way I can get it off without destroying the plasterboard itself. I'd appreciate some advice on papering over the existing bathroom paper. I've read...
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    Please help me understand my new house electrics

    Hello, Not been on here for a few years. This place was a great help during my renovation including full DIY rewire. That all went fine in the end - notified, did all work myself including inspection and testing, submitted EIC and got my completion cert (and added to some council approved...
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    Supplying two loads (FCUs) from a spur

    Hi, Just want to check I have this straight. Helping a friend install a shower pump in the airing cupboard. Only practical supply option is a spur from a ring which currently terminates with an FCU with a 3 or 5A fuse (I assume, for now, as I couldn't pull it due to it's silly location!)...
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    US to UK 'transformer'

    Hi folks, Wife has her eyes on the Rolls Royce of electric rice cookers - more functions than grains of rice in the world :roll: :) , but it's only available in the US. Rated at 700W. I've shown her the size/cost/appearance of a suitable step-down transformer and said pretty much forget...
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    I'm competent!

    Woo hoo! Just thought I'd share the joy. I finally have it in writing that my LABC will allow me to issue my own EIC for my DIY rewire (on my renovation building notice). They just require a copy of my leccy engineering degree cert. So a DIY full rewire soon to be the subject of a shiny...
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    Assist a British Gas 'engineer'?

    Hi there, A little background first - a friend of mine moved into a house about a year ago into which the previous owners had had installed a combi boiler not too long before the sale. A Wickes jobby made by halstead - so probably a cheap pile of poo. I'd noticed at the time the pressure...
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    Grouting a slate floor

    Hello Any tips on grouting a slate floor? I've previously done my whole bathroom walls/floor in porcelain and it looks great thanks to the tips on here. It was a job getting all the grout off until I found using a dry cloth sooo much easier - doh. Of course these tiles were glazed so I was...
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    DIY consumer unit install - yeer haaa!

    Hellooo... As some may be aware, I'm doing a renovation including a complete rewire and CU change. My CU and RCBOs etc etc came today so I will be making a start soon (not this weekend mind, as I need to finish the central heating for mr Gassafe to come on monday and commission). Now...
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    Rain in the combi boiler

    Hi there, Got a soon to be fitted vertical flue termination which i had a closer look at yesterday when moving some other stuff around. It's going on a Vaillant Ecotec Pro 24. Anyway, I had imagined the job of the vertical termination would be to allow inlet air and flue gasses access to...
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    PVC window sill supplier?

    Hi there, Putting a window into my property as part of my renovations - replacing a pointless door-shaped window with a wider normal height one. Done me new lintel and blockwork and ready to put the window in - got a second hand PVC one from good old ebay. However trying it in for size, I...
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    Kitchen wastewater drainage advice

    Hi there, As part of my renovation, we're relocating the kitchen sink into an existing extension on the rear of the property. It will have a dishwasher next to it. Unfortunately there's no drain out the back there (there is guttering disapearing into the concrete outside, but I guess to a...
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    So when/how does all this notification/part P stuff matter?

    The regulars on here all know the rules, and are forever telling people to make sure they notify notifiable work, get the certs etc, or 'they may get into trouble at house selling time'. I'm sure plenty of people ignore that advice. Also, I imagine a great many people outside of this forum...
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    Heat resistant flex with downlighters?

    Hi there, Fitting 5 of these here downlights in me bathroom. They are fire rated as well as F (in the inverted triangle) rated - i.e. can be mounted to flammable material. Instructions even say they can have mineral insulation laid over which I thought was a no-no for downlights. I'll be...
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    Warmup time of CFL GU10's... what about LEDs?

    Helloooo Putting downlights in my bathroom and have been reading up on low energy. Anybody know if CFLs nowadays still suffer from crap light output from cold (for example the megaman ones from TLC) or have they gotten better? Annoying anywhere, but especially in a bathroom what with...
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    Window lintel - builder's rule-of-thumb or job for SE?

    Hi there, Right, I'm replacing an 800mm wide floor length window with a conventional height (1000mm), but wider (1200mm) one, so this will have to include widening the lintel. Existing lintel is a 250mm thick by 100mm concrete beast bridging the cavity. I'm proposing to replace with...
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    Heated mirror on fan isolator?

    Hi there, Any reason why the three-pole fan isolator switch I'll be mounting above the bathroom door couldn't supply the bathroom heated/illuminated mirror in addition to the fan. Manufacturers instructions just call for a permanent supply, but i'd rather have it isolatable and this would be...
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    How to fill in this hole??

    Hi there, Got this hole in my to-be kitchen floor and am wondering how to go about levelling it off to match the existing concrete floor ready to lay tiles. It's mostly about 40-50mm deep but tapers up to the concrete floor level. I was thinking if I fill it with concrete/screed...
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    My lighting installation

    In the spirit of 'pic of the week' I thought I'd share the lighting installation I inherited with my recently bought house. It's awesome! I've already pulled out a more recent lighting circuit to an extension, so this whole lot relates to 5 lights and a couple of wall lights. I like...
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    Cutting porcelain tiles

    Hi there, I did do a search, honest, and I know there are threads with this exact title, but still didn't find what I was looking for! So... Doing my bathroom walls with 600x300 porcelain tiles - the 8mm thick 'suitable for a floor' ones in a brick-bond layout. My first tiling experience...
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