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    Cheap repair of Torbeck valve

    Yes. Something for others to try if they have the same problem.
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    Cheap repair of Torbeck valve

    My Torbeck fill valve was making a screeching noise during filling. So I went to Wickes and bought a replacement (12 quid). Rather than replace the whole unit, I decided to swap out the top part containing the lever and float. I unscrewed the blue plastic nut and noticed some specks of muck in...
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    Broken door lever: which side to fix?

    A couple of my internal doors have sagging levers. I presume, a spring has gone inside. How do I know on which side of the door has the spring failed? Or if I need to replace both sides? And where can I buy replacement springs? Can't see anything at Wickes etc.
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    Overflow pipe: external part is cracking up

    Maybe an overflow pipe connector such as this will do the job: https://www.wickes.co.uk/FloPlast-OS10W-Overflow-System-Straight-Coupling---White-21-5mm-Pack-of-3/p/175676
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    Overflow pipe: external part is cracking up

    The end of the overflow pipe has cracked off, so an extension pipe might be best.
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    Overflow pipe: external part is cracking up

    The section of the cold water tank overflow pipe that is outside the house, exposed to weather, is starting to crack and break up. I am thinking of cutting back to a couple of inches of sound material and siliconing a small extension section on. I live in a bungalow, so access is not a problem...
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    Removing a push-fit pan connector

    No. I can feel it coming out at the bottom of the joint with the pan connector.
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    Removing a push-fit pan connector

    I noticed a leak from the pan connector on my close-coupled WC. My first instinct was to get out the silicone gun and run a bead round the join. This worked for a couple of weeks, but now the drip has returned. My fault for attempting a bodge job. So I now need to remove and replace the pan...
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    PIR Override switch sequence

    Thanks for the replies. The manual override was working when I installed the light all those years ago. But I threw away the user instructions...I'll try EFLI's tip:
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    I did not find is an easy fix. It is warm moist air hitting a cold porcelain surface. After...

    I did not find is an easy fix. It is warm moist air hitting a cold porcelain surface. After having a bath, I just open the window and wipe down with kitchen towel.
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    PIR Override switch sequence

    I have an external PIR sensor light that has been turned OFF for several years. Bought at Wickes about 10 yrs ago. I turned it ON and it worked fine, as expected. But I needed to override the PIR and have the light ON always. So I turned the light OFF. Came back 2 mins later and then tried...
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    Replacement windows: are prices low now?

    As a customer, is now a good time to get replacement windows fitted? On the plus side, there should be lots of firms looking for work. Maybe prices are low. On the minus side, it may be difficult to get hold of stock. What are the supply chains from the DG manufacturers like at the moment? I...
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    IP65 garage light switch: Sealing the cable entry points

    Re: Neon. All stock at Wickes had neon. You can configure the neon operation: - Neon always ON when power is ON (called Power mode) - Neon only ON when switch is ON (called Switch mode) - Neon only ON when switch is OFF (called Locator mode, presumably for finding the switch in the dark)
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    IP65 garage light switch: Sealing the cable entry points

    Just bought a pair of M20 grommets from Wickes. The cable seals are missing! Would a few winds of insulation tape suffice to give a decent seal? EDIT: Found it. It was black rubber ring lodged in the top nut. Nothing like the diagram in the instructions.
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    IP65 garage light switch: Sealing the cable entry points

    Thanks, I can see how that would be a good seal. I expected something like this to be supplied with the product...
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    IP65 garage light switch: Sealing the cable entry points

    My garage roof now leaks a bit in heavy rain. So I have bought this type of IP65 external switch to replace the existing standard internal fused light switch in my garage. https://www.screwfix.com/p/british-general-ip66-20a-1-gang-2-way-weatherproof-outdoor-switch-with-neon/54649 Should have...
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    Garage window replacement: what type of wood to use?

    Nice work, LiL. I'd like a bit more detail on what you used. So the sides are pressure treated fence timber -- what size? The three cross-bars are 2 inch studwork timber -- soft wood? Then pressure treated tile battens are used to form a rebate. What size are these? And how is the glass fastened...
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    Garage window replacement: what type of wood to use?

    My garage window is rotting away. I thought I would have a go at constructing a new one out of bits of wood. What type of wood to use, though? Soft wood -- requires repainting, not great for external use Treated timber -- resists rot, but eventually cracks and warps Hard wood -- too expensive...
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    Steamy double glazing: replace or reseal?

    A couple of double glazed panes on my front window are "steaming up". Obviously, the seals have gone. My options are: - Replace the panes. Could be expensive, given they are large and have leading inside. - Some companies offer to "reseal" such double glazing. Would probably be cheaper, but is...
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    Cheap drip edge for an old garage

    I might do a rejig of the guttering, to minimise potential drips as far as I can. Then use some flashing tape as a drip edge.
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