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    Adding addition light and switch. Lamp only receiving 80v

    Hi all I have read the page https://www.diynot.com/pages/el/el032.php as I wanted to add a separately controlled ceiling light in the bathroom. Firist I changed the switch (well a lightwave dimmer) to a 2 gang. fed a new 1.5mm twin and earth to the ceiling. Then I located the existing...
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    Overloading a lighting circuit

    Hi all, we are upgrading the lighting in our kitchen, at the moment it has 6 40w(downlighters) which are far too dim (like me) so I thought I had better check on how many lights I could have on a circuit. The breaker is 6a for the whole house 7 rooms + bathroom. the loft bed room has 6...
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    Painting or wall papering a basement

    Hi all We are about to decorate our dining room which is a basement. It was tanked about 10 years ago. The previous owners painted over the wall with standard Homebase emulsion which is starting to peel off in patches . It has been suggested that I need to special emulsion made by farrow and...
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    Driveway on sloping ground

    Hi all I have just had several quotes from some builders/landscapers to have a driveway installed, although its not as simple as that. the side of our house slopes down (so we have to walk down steps) and there is a patch of land to the side of the steps. the first part (from the pavement)...
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    Polycarbonate for summer house roof?

    Hi all, Having repaired the corner of my summer house(see other thread) and decorated inside and out. The blooming roof has stared to leak rather badly. There seems to be no damage to the felt but the roof is sagging in the middle quite badly so I guess the water is pooling there (it was...
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    Summerhouse rotting in corner

    We have bought a house with a lovely little summerhouse. The problem is the shiplap rotting on one corner (so 2 sides of the wall) this damage extends at its worse about 40 cm on some bits of cladding. The previous owners just patched it up for the inside and painted the outside. I know what...
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    IKea rengora (whirlpool) not draining problem.

    Hi all we have an ikea rengora dishwasher which came with the house. recently it tripped its antiflood sensor, I took off the inspection panel a then mopped up the water- job done no more 3 beeps but now it has the following problem: it fills up fine but when it should drain (about 5 min into...
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    New house strange(?) mains socket wiring

    I wonder if you can help me? I have just moved into a new house which was rewired by the previous owner and has had all the safety checks done but I am a bit confused by the wiring of the plugs In the kitchen there was a single socket (which should have been a double in my mind) so I thought it...
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    some advice on fitting a 180 degree opening door needed

    Hi all Its been a while since ive been on here but a new (old) house means I am back. Bit of an unusual one and difficult to explain so bear with me. If you look at the diagram hopefully it makes sense. We have an open plan office which, at the moment includes the top of the stairs area. This...
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    repairing a kitchen ceiling (plasterboard) some help please

    Hi guys long story short. we have a house that we are selling. The kitchen has had a leak above it for several months and a section of the ceiling has come down (I have cut down 1.5m across 2 joists) the estate agents said only to make the kitchen less like a building site as whoever buys the...
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    Aqualisa Quartz problem

    Hi all I wonder if anyone can help. we have a aqualisa quartz that suddenly would only run tepid. Investigated on here and worked out that the processor was knackered. Bought one of ebay and it looked in very good condition ( had to take it apart to extend the mains cable) in the process...
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    possibly stupid qustion(s)

    Hi I have been asked to look at some electical issues in my new partners house ( more investigate than cure!!) first one- bedroom there seems to be only 2 double sockets in the master bedroom- neither in a usual place. So one socket has a 4way going to the other part of the room, it also...
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    wax painted dressing table - Help needed

    Hi all I recently bought a shabby chic dressing table from ebay. looked lovely and got a tiny pot of touch up paint fromthe seller. She said that it was painted white and then waxed. The problem is that it marks really easily- I had to transport it upsidedown on the back seat of the car...
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    carpeting hall and Stairs

    I have aquired a nice large lump of carpet from work.(cant get any more) It was to do the hall only. But i have a feeling that there may be enough to do the stairs as well (but not the hall, stairs and landing) If i decide to do the hall and the stairs how would i end the carpet on the top...
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    stair carpet whilst decorating

    Wwhen decorating the hall,I removed carpet whilst painting the wood wor k in order to get a nice finish. being a hall the carpet was not a regular shape so when i came to re fit it it was a right pain in the bum ( didnt help that i folded it not rolled it so there were creases) but i am not too...
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    Filling plaster by front door

    Hi all, The plaster around myfront door has cracked away in places. and i have used pollyfiller to fill them. (I did this yesterday afternoon and still havent sanded it flush)) today the front door slammed shut due to the wind and a fair bit of the filler fell out, and the cracks are...
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    stupid question about skirting boards and solid wood floorin

    Hi so i want to lay some solid wood flooring. I know i have to leave an expansion gap. The house has carpet at the moment and skirting all around. so the logical thing to do is leave a gap up to the skirting and put some beading around to cover the gap. But i hate that. so i could reomove...
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    DuluxDiamond Matt or Endurance Matt

    Hi all I need to paint the hall and stairs inmy house ( large wall area with 13 doors, dado rails and coving) so lots of cutting in We want a durable wipeable matt paint. having used dulux trade (weathershied) paint i was looking at dulux diamond matt. but have heard there is difficulty in...
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    repacing a Aqualisa Aquatique thermostatic mixer valve

    Hi all thanks to the excellent posts here I have realised i need to fit a new mixer valve / cartridge for my shower http://www.shower-spares.co.uk/aqualisa/aquatique_thermostatic.htm it is of the hidden type. I have got the tap etc removed leaving the cartridge exposed but i can see...
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    yet another wooden floor on concrete floor question(s)

    Hi all after a quick search on the forum I wondered if could ask a few questions? we have a 10 year old (Berkley) house with concrete floors on the ground floor. I am hoping to lay a solid wooden floor onto the hall (approx 5 m lon and 1m at the narrowest 2m at the widest) I was...
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