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    Anybody know much about Sikkens?

    Hi, I have a wooden cabin in my garden which I want to weather protect and paint. Somebody once told me that Sikkens was a good product to paint into the wood as a protective coating before painting. I have looked at the Sikkens website and find their product range and information...
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    Ideal Logic+ Heat 30 Cycling on and off

    Hi, I have an Ideal Logic+ Heat 30 which does three annoying things. 1. It occasionally makes one hell of a noise which can be heard throughout the whole house and which suggests that the boiler wants to jump off the wall. Sometimes this is a one-off, other times it's repetitive. A part (gas...
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    Bricks up to DPC permanently wet - new build

    Hi, My son has just bought a new build home and moved-in in December. Since that time the bricks at the back of the house, only, have been permanently wet up to DPC level. The DPC appears to be holding the line and doing its job, though the bricks below are already looking very salty. My...
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    Checkatrade & Trustatrader - Any Good For Leads?

    Hi, Checkatrade and Trustatrader are both currently asking around £600+ for annual membership. Both are promising around 800 leads per month, split between a max of 6 tradesmen in our area. Based on our experiences with Scoot I am highly dubious. Can anybody here offer any ideas on whether...
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    Are TrustaTrader & CheckaTrader worthwhile?

    Hi, I am sure some here must have paid out to join these sites. We coughed up a few hundred pounds to join Scoot several years back and they were useless. All talk and no leads. Checkatrader and Trustatrader are both currently asking around £600+ for annual membership. Both are promising...
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    Skimming over textured paint

    Hi, My son has recently bought a house and is busy pulling it apart and renovating it and we have a couple of plastering-related questions that I hope you can help with. One of the rooms has textured paint on the walls and it seems that the best option to get rid of it is to have it...
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    Lights in a bathroom

    Hi, I want to install some ceiling downlights in 2 upstairs bedrooms, but before I do I would like to know if anybody here perceives this as a fire hazard?. I am told that it should be be OK, so long as the loft insualtion and anything else that might be up there is kept a respectable...
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    Replacing a consumer unit

    Hi, I would like some basic advice on replacing a consumer unit. I am an electrical engineer, but not a qualified electrician, so I am not familiar with the regs, nor with working practices. When replacing a consumer unit how is the incoming main isolated? Presumably it's not just rubber...
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    Roof rafter insulation

    Hi, Can anybody advise me on insulation between the roof rafters? My son has just bought a small house and I took a look in the loft at the weekend and noticed that it looks a mess. There is too much insulating material piled up between the joists and there is no felting under the roof...
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