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    Biasi Combi 28S noisy when off

    I have a Biasi 28S which is about 6 years old at my flat in NW London. It now has a constant and fairly loud whirring noise which continues when it is both on and off. It's not the fan as far as I can tell. It does hold pressure at 1.5 Bar and heats the central heating and hot water OK...
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    Kitchen Worktop Cut to Size in London

    The laminate kitchen worktop in my flat in NW London needs replacing due to damage from the tenants. I am willing to fit it but it needs an L-shaped piece with a mitre cut which I don't have the tools for and don't feel competent to DIY. Can anyone recommend a supplier of pre-cut...
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    Black/brown varnish for wardrobe

    We have an existing mid-brown Tasmanian Oak wardrobe which doesn't match the rest of the furniture and we would like to change it to a black/brown finish. We also plan to add mirrors to the existing inset on the outside of the doors so only 10cm around the edge of the door will be visible...
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    Push-fit waste repair or not

    The push-button (push to close - push to release) sprung waste plug in our basin became increasingly stiff and difficult to release until it stopped doing it completely. I have removed the brass mechanism and cleaned the plug plunger and pipe into which it slides to compress the spring and it...
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    Seating prevention metal studs

    We are looking to renovate the entrance to our building which will create a step that will likely be used by the local tramps to sit and consume their meths. We don't want to hurt anyone but we want to dissuade them from sitting there by creating a surface which is uncomfortable. I have...
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    Crosswater Thermostatic Shower Mixers

    I've found the Crosswater range of Thermostatic Mixers with a 15-year guarantee which seem reasonable but I've never heard of the brand before - does anyone know if they're any good.
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    Aqualisa Classic Aquavalve 200 Thermostatic repair

    I have an Aqualisa Classic 200 mixer installed which has developed a persistent drip even though the valve is fully closed. What is the likely cause and how do I take it apart to repair it? I'm in NW London so the water is reasonably hard (limescale buildup?) or is it a worn washer/valve...
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    Painting Ornate Plaster Ceiling

    I moved to Aus from the UK to be with my partner last year and, after 6 months of work, we've managed to sell our 5-bed house and are looking for an apartment in Sydney. My partner and I have a fortunate choice between two apartments in 30s art-deco blocks. Option 1 Is a 1 bed 75sq M...
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    Wiring for Dual Spot Security Light

    I have a mains-powered dual spot security light with a built-in PIR unit that was working when removed from the wall (not by me) but I don't have any installation instructions and I'm unsure of the wiring to connect it to the mains. It has two wires to each light and three to the PIR. The...
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    Spray paint concrete driveway and external walls.

    I am renovating a 70s house and have used a pressure washer to clean the concrete driveway. While the result is an improvement it's still a bit patchy and you can see the aggregate mixture (top mix?) is different from one section to the next - also the aggregate/top mix stone is black which...
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    However Conquest vacuum cleaner disassembley

    I am now in Australia where I have a Hoover Conquest canister vacuum cleaner (probably sold in other markets under a different name) which had intermittent power problems (solved by yanking the power cable) but it has now stopped working completely. The cleaner has been replaced and is out...
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    Painting 30 interiror doors, facings & skirting

    I have recently moved to Oz where I am renovating a 70s house which has "orange" stained varnished woodwork everywhere including 30 identical flush doors on wardrobes, storage cupboards and between rooms as well as facings & skirting. I intend to paint all the exposed wood in a low-sheen...
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    Painting 30 interior doors

    I am helping a friend to renovate a 70s home for sale. It has light-wood varnished flush interior doors, flush cupboard doors, pelmets, door frames and skirtings all of which I plan to paint in an off-white satin finish. There are 30 of these doors all told and I thought of outsourcing it to...
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    Covering for 70s patterned floor tiles

    have recently moved to Australia where I am helping a friend to prepare his 70s-built house for sale in 3 months time. The 2 bathrooms (including the inside of the shower recess), 2 toilets and a couple of other rooms (which are exposed to sun) have 70s 8" white/green patterned glazed tiles...
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    Covering for 70s patterned floor tiles

    I have recently moved to Australia where I am helping a friend to prepare his 70s-built house for sale in 3 months time. The 2 bathrooms (including the inside of the shower recess), 2 toilets and a couple of other rooms (which are exposed to sun) have 70s white/green patterned glazed tiles...
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    Marble Effect Spray Paint - Naff or nice?

    I have an ugly wooden fireplace surround which I was going to paint over with white silk. However, I noticed a can of marble-effect spray in my local Homebase. I noticed there is the Homebase version ( like this stuff) which has a "web-effect" you spray over a plain background or the...
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    Power Tool for Trimming Bottom Edge of Skirting Board

    I want to lay laminate in a room which has recently been decorated and want to avoid removing the skirting board if possible. I believe I recently saw a TV programme where they were laying laminate flooring and instead of removing the skirting boards they used a power tool (router? grinder?)...
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    16" Victorian Fireplace Gas Inset

    I have a Victorian 16" fireplace with a Type 1 brick chimney, which I would like to convert to a gas with an inset. The dimensions of the inset area are W40 x D13 but (as you can see from the picture attached) the firebrick reduces the aperture considerably. There are also two lugs...
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    Remove Ikea Faktum Drawer Front

    I have a kitchen drawer in an Ikea Faktum unti which won't open becuase of one of the utensils inside it has jammed againt the front frame. I can just open it enough one one side to reveal the panel covering the drawer front fixing and I want to remove the front as this will enable me to get...
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    Biasi combi central heating stopped working

    My Biasi combi (Model M90F.28S fitted 2 years ago) has stopped giving any central heating. The hot water still works normally. I had not changed any settings recently but even if I overide the timer there is no response from the boiler - so it's not even circulating the water and thus I...
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