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    Potterton Prima 80F - replacement

    Thanks Dan, I'm rather embarrased that I didn't notice that Tony was being sarcastic in the second post too. However I can see why my comment prompted his "troll-like" post. What I perhaps should have written is that I like to understand what I buy rather than just accept a proposal at...
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    Potterton Prima 80F - replacement

    Thanks Tony, you have indeed explained why I like to do my own research before I approach an installer. Can you expand on why you recommend Keston? Surely there are other people on this forum who have had a Prima F replaced?
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    Potterton Prima 80F - replacement

    I plan to research available boilers and compare brands and models rather than rely on what an installer might recommend. Not only so that I am confident of making the right choice, but also so that I can possible purchase the boiler myself, or at least say to an installer "this is how much I...
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    Potterton Prima 80F - replacement

    I think its time to replace my 20 year old boiler. It still works, although takes longer to fire up than it used to. I'd like to do it before it fails, and of course a new one ought to be more efficient anyway. The boiler is on the wall of my 'integrated' garage with my workbench below and I...
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    Wet room ventilation

    The point I am making is that if I NEEDED ventilation in this utility room then I would have installed it. Now that I am aware that it is a requirement, I have a choice on exactly how I implement it. Since I don't NEED it I am not very enthusiastic about installing a fixed system if a temporary...
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    Wet room ventilation

    Thanks, although that doesn't answer my question as to if it needs to be a fixed system: I don't see anywhere in the document that this is a requirement and so a temporary/removable system should suffice.
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    Wet room ventilation

    After years of a drawn-out refurb of my house I have finally come to request LABC completion only to be told that I should have fitted mechanical ventilation in my new (relocated) utility room. On the basis that (a) there has been no such ventilation in the room for several years and no...
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    SDS vs hammer drill

    I thought I'd do this post for the benefit of diyers who have not used an SDS drill. Like most people I have a rechargeable hammer drill. Mine's a middle-range one, 18V lithium, so can handle most jobs with relative ease. It is light and convenient so I always use it first. Over the...
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    Using a diamond core drill

    Closing the loop on this for the benefit of people like me who might search the subject. I drilled my hole yesterday - from the inside. As I noted, I have never drilled a hole with a core drill bit before and so here are my tips for other newbies: 1) Dust. There will be a lot so if you are...
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    Samsung Smart TV, Problems, linking 2 laptop. Anyone got one

    Joining this late. I have a PS60ES6500 TV which is on my home LAN. I have a dedicated server (Windows Home Server 2011) which is running AllShare. I can't directly solve your problem but maybe I can help if we discuss further. When I first installed my TV I tried to just use the basic...
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    Compression fittings

    Thanks for the replies. Yes I made the joints and then undid them to check that the olives had seated. I needed to do this anyway - due to my inexperience I had to 'build up' the two pipelines I needed, measuring for each new section of pipe to make sure that everything fitted together without...
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    Using a diamond core drill

    Thanks for the replies - from the inside it is then.
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    Compression fittings

    I have just finished a DIY plumbing job. I did a bit of solder ring & push-fit plumbing recently when I had to change a monobloc kitchen tap with different tails, but it has been over 10 years since I used any compression fittings. Also back then I was only using 15mm. This job I needed to do...
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    Using a diamond core drill

    I'm planning to install an air-conditioner so will have to drill a 90mm hole through a cavity wall (brick & concrete block). I have done lots of DIY but not this job. Based on a bit of research I think that I'll buy a diamond edged core bit rather than TCT because even though it's only the one...
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    Strength of bolted timber joints

    Thanks for the quick reply John. I didn't want to go into the detail of the structure, but yes I have arranged bracing to prevent rotation. I'm interested in your comment about plate washers. The carriage bolt heads are mushroom with a square section below so are clearly designed to sink into...
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    Strength of bolted timber joints

    I have a project where I need to build a simple wooden frame to support a static load of no more than about 150kg. I'm not great at woodworking so I plan to just bolt lengths together to make the structure. I am trying to avoid over-engineering it (as I tend to do) but am starting to doubt my...
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    Second water tank

    Hey Mr. Troll you know nothing about me and your reply adds no value. I'm sorry that your life is so empty and sad that you spend your time making pointless comments. I can only suggest that you do the rest of us a favour and end it.
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    Second water tank

    There are 3 power showers in our house and I had a bigger hot water tank put in to cope, but it turns out that the cold water tank empties before the hot water tank does! So I plan to put in a second cold water tank. I am at a 'pre-planning' stage and would like to seek some advice before I...
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    Increasing joist height

    jabuzzard, I'm looking into this again and your idea appeals to me - primarily for not having the extra weight of wood and getting better insulation for my additional 100mm depth. However I have a few questions: 1) I only have limited experience of insulation boards. Is there any one...
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    Increasing joist height

    I want to board part of my loft just for storage reasons, however I also want to improve the insulation. Looking at info about insulation I believe that the recommended depth of glass fibre type is 170mm. My joists are only 70mm high. So this means that I'd need to screw down lengths of 100mm...
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