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    Replacing smoke alarms

    Thanks both
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    Replacing smoke alarms

    Ah, that’s why we have a heat alarm in the kitchen! Good points re the battery though - I am just replacing the battery in the extension alarm I mentioned - and the 141 being obsolete also. Having read more, I realise that the 151 (and the 141?) are ‘ionisation’ and the 3016 is ‘optical’ but I...
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    Replacing smoke alarms

    Thanks for that link. They only had one left so have ordered that. The other one hasn't started chirping yet but they are contemporary so will go soon but more time to look. No linking involved atm, it’s a private house. And not in Scotland!
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    Replacing smoke alarms

    Just realised there is a separate section for alarms/security. Can mods move the post please? And Ei3106 should be Ei3016.
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    Replacing smoke alarms

    I have two Aico smoke alarms (one hall, one 1st floor landing) which are time expired and need replacing. They are Ei151 TL which are now obsolete and the official replacement is Ei3106. Trouble is that Screwfix want £50 each for these. An alternative is Ei141RC (I already have one of these...
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    LEDlite puzzle

    My first action was to change the foot switch, as it was pretty cheap looking; changed for a more expensive one that still looks and feels cheap. When that didn’t work, I changed the lamp. But the old lamp still works perfectly in another table lamp, even though it just flashes in the...
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    LEDlite puzzle

    I have a new floor lamp with an E27 lamp socket. Fitted a 6w LEDlite and all fine for two weeks or so. Then, on switching on with the foot switch, there was a momentary flash, then nothing. This occurred each time so nit a burn out. I thought it was the switch but turned out to be the lamp...
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    Wall power supplies with non-UK plug pattern?

    Thank you. Much as I suspected but good to see it confirmed.
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    Wall power supplies with non-UK plug pattern?

    I recently ordered teo 240/12v dc power supplies as part of a regulated twin rail supply from a reputable UK-based supplier. They were listed as UK pattern wall psu’s. What turned up had two flat pins and a pair of shaver adapters. I sent them back but wondered if they were actually legal in...
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    Trouble in Loft

    Foxhole: Thanks for lagging suggestion, I should have thought of that. Found that Wickes sell 7m x 100mm wide lagging which should do the trick. garyo: no, no change in occupancy. But did occur to me we had gutters and soffits replaced last year, still ventilated though but may have changed...
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    Trouble in Loft

    This house was built 1997 and we have lived here since built. Noticed recently a small dampstain on bathroom ceiling and checked the loft. The soil pipe vent is boxed in a corner of the bathroom, rises up into the loft space in (roughly) 150mm uPVC, takes a 90 deg bend to run horizontally...
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    Electric underfloor heating on suspended timber floor

    SimonH2 - I agree about the "warm floor" effect and that was the driver for my initial thoughts on electric ufh. We are a 'barefoot family'.a hangover from years in the Far East where shoes stay at the door. Our bathrooms all have electric ufh under tiled floors controlled on a timer and we...
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    Electric underfloor heating on suspended timber floor

    Point taken, thanks. They’ll be at least double layer tubes and at least one on each side of the room.
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    Electric underfloor heating on suspended timber floor

    Thanks to all for suggestions and ideas. I think on consideration we have reverted to a radiator system, using "tall" radiators which will minimise the impact on wall space. I didn't realise that my daughter's comments about "moving the kitchen" were simply to facilitate it being done by some...
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    Electric underfloor heating on suspended timber floor

    My daughter and her husband are having a ground floor extension to a terraced house, roughly 5m x 5m. The floor will be suspended timber partly to reduce access problems for delivering concrete (no rear access except via the house) and partly to facilitate possible future installation of...
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    Edging to Block-Paved Driveway

    My block-paved driveway is now 20-odd years old and is edged with 150 x 50mm plain concrete edging units placed vertically and substantially haunched with mass concrete on the outside face. This has left barely enough soil depth for a layer of turf with the result that in the increasingly dry...
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    Switching Unused Sockets Off: Settle The Argument!

    Reminds me of years ago, I had a school friend who lived on a farm. His sister went to free a cow tangled in an electric fence. She rushed down to the barn to turn off the fence then waited for the electricity to drain out of the fence.....
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    Two single sockets on 16a MCB

    Just curious. Is it in fact OK to take two radials off a single MCB? Absolutely OK or sort of OK? Assuming the MCB is correctly sized.
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    One gang socket with USB

    I couldn't find a module as such but preferred a permanent supply anyway. However all now seems to be resolved - hopefully.
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    One gang socket with USB

    Yes, very much what I was looking for originally. However the cupboard - which I have only just been told about - seems to solve the concealment problem, although we may need a longer USB to USB lead.
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