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    Valliant ecotec 831 plusR1 - Replace boiler or Diverter Valve.

    I have a Valliant ecotec 831 plusR1 with a leaky diverter valve. If I reduce the heating pressure and leave the heating off the leak stops so I'm still using the boiler in the short term. (As an aside after 10 years in situ it started leaking - turned out the Condensate hose had popped off. Is...
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    Dropping a Chimney...

    I've got a tall narrow chimney which leaks in certain strong wind directions (in practice a frequency of about once every 18 months.) In my imagination it looks as thought a slight puff of wind would knock it down although I'm sure it's a good deal stronger than it looks. Been quoted £1000...
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    Roof Tile Identification - What text/number uniquely identif

    I'm trying to identify a tile form half a tile, this is the text I can see: Design 871887 ...onewold Redland Trademark: 723043 28991/53 I'm assuming that means it's a Redland Stonewold tile, perhaps similar to these...
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    Warped Wood Burner Baffle.

    Over 3 years use my wood burner baffle is a little bit warped from occasional overheating. Enough to leave a small gap that flames can lick up at the back presumably sending precious heat that should be warming my toes straight up my chimney. Stove is a Clearview 400. Now personally I have...
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    Tracing the Cause Of Damp

    This last stormy winter we had a fair bit of damp in one wall. I've got ideas of my own where could be coming in but I'm wondering if it's worth getting someone with no pre-conceived ideas to give an opinion. Is a specialist damp surveyor a good idea? (http://www.arsurveyors.com/) Or...
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    Pointing Narrow Gap.

    We've got a cavity wall that's going to need repointing when the weather improves. Some of the horizontal gaps between bricks are very narrow indeed. (Perhaps 5-3mm?) I'm wondering how the guys doing the pointing will a) Get the old mortar out. b) Get new mortar in...
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    Leaking window.

    We had a window installed a year or so ago. It's clearly leaking left and right side. The original installer has visited a second time and put more sealant on to no effect. I've climbed up to look and it all looks well sealed each side. However the window is clearly at an angle...
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    Wet Wall.

    3 bed Semi, south facing wall is damp inside after extended rain. It seems to me the water is coming in on a window for the stair landing in the middle of the wall half way up the house. Water is certainly getting in both sides of this window (another thread about that) but the pointing is...
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    Chimney leak...

    We've got a tall spindly chimney which let water in during the gale before Christmas. I've suspected it's leaking for ages. [1] Precious advice suggests it'll be quicker and easier to have it removed rather than properly capping it, having it repointed and new flashing. - Am I right in...
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    Solar Power PIR External Light.

    I'd like an external light powered by Solar power with a PIR switch. I'd like 12m range. Does the PIR draw much juice? If I do find a solution with decent PIR range will I find it won't light up towards the end of a long winter night? TIA.
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    Cooker Stability Chain

    Do regs require stability chains/brackets on free standing cookers or is it just good practice? TIA.
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    Urgent: Gas Cooker Installation Question.

    I've just had a cooker with Gas hob fitted. I noticed the guy didn't put a washer in the new flexible hose. This seemed odd to me, I'd had a good look at the old cooker and pipe which was pretty much identical to the new one (Bayonet 1 end, apparently 1/2 or 3/4 inch BSP the other) and that...
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    What cable for a cooker.

    I need to source the cable from the wall to the cooker. I'm pretty sure what cable I need but can someone spell it out to me. "The power supply cable should conform to BS6004 with a conductor size of 4mm2." "Electrical connection 4mm2 twin and earth 230/240V a.c. 50Hz. 13A fuse."...
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    Sink Drain and Dishwasher Drain into one 40mm Waste pipe?

    I've just realized I can save myself a load of grief by draining my sink into a Tee Peice on the same 40mm Waste pipe that the Dishwasher uses. The only drawback I can think of is that if the pipe gets blocked the spill could end up coming up out of the dishwasher pipe (potentially I could...
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    Lack of Drop on Kitchen Waste Pipe

    I'm installing a new sink & the 40mm waste pipe for my sink drain is a little bit too high for the trap. This is the trap: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/40215522/ Can I get away with that? The water would be at worst 1 inch over the top of the trap. What's the worst that...
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    Hole in Brickwork for a 40mm Waste Pipe.

    I need to drill a hole for a 40mm waste pipe through my cavity walls. What's the quickest way to do this and what do I need? (Must be available from Screwfix or similar tomorrow!) Tradesmen have commented that our walls are super strong so I really don't want to be chiseling it out by...
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    Sheet Metal Punch

    I need a 35mm Sheet Metal Punch not internet or mail order 'cos I want it in my hand quick. Something like Q-Max part number: QMA35M Ikea do something similar and have them in stock but it's a bit tooo far away. I really want something nearer but can't find an equivalent - Do...
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    Compression fittings.

    Last week I fitted two compression fittings between taps and copper pipes (15mm & 22mm) and both are weeping a bit round the thread. I've already tightened them with spanners much harder than I really thought was wise (to the point where I'm wondering if that is the cause of the problem). Do...
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    Drilling hole in Thin Stainless.

    I've got to drill 1 hole for the tail or a mixed kitchen tap in one of these: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/64630785/ I've got to get it right first time. What type of drill bit do I need? (I expect it'll be 28mm but I dont' know what 'type' I need to cut a hole like that.)...
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    Stop Cock...

    Our stop cock isn't 22mm. I assume it isn't metric. (Most likely dates from 1960.) It seems to have 1/2 or maybe 1/3 cast into it. The tap is dripping a bit and I'd like to replace the whole tap assembly rather than taking it apart and putting a new o-ring in. Is there a source of these...
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