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    Swapping damaged RCBO with different brand?

    Hi all, One of my RCBOs failed today. The brand in my CU are all Hager. Current RCBO is a type B 32a 6kA with 30mA leakage protection. Nowhere local sells Hager and the specific model is discontinued anyway. Screwfix sell plenty of RCBOs with identical specifications, does it realy matter if...
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    Insulated lining paper - how to better hide the joins

    Hi all, Recently hung some insulated lining paper on our external wall in the spare room. Its approx 4mm thick polystyrene-backed paper. Have never used this before and but the inevitable joins between the thick sections of wallpaper are quite visible. Does anyone have any ideas what I could...
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    Spalled concrete - how bad?

    Hi all, So my newly laid concrete slab is now just over a week old. As with anything I often do when I give it a go for the first time I was nervous as you're never quite sure how it's going to end up!o_O Well no surprise my concrete mixing/finishing skills still need a lot of work because...
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    Concrete - To mist or not to mist?

    Hi all, I've finally poured my overdue concrete slab! I've read different information on what to do with it now it's in the process of curing. PavingExpert suggests misting and covering can assist the cure, but also can cause problems such as weakening the slab and trapping evaporated...
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    Sub-base for concrete compacting more than anticipated

    Hi all, I am currently in the process of constructing a 15 x 11 concrete slab. Will house a 14 x 10 workshop. Original plan was to have 3" of sub-base (standard MOT type 1 aggregate) and 3" of concrete in a 5:1 ratio. I have clay soil that is pretty much dry (mostly). I have laid all the...
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    Does a vent improve or make condensation worse?

    Hi all, I've searched for similar topics in the forum to get a general idea of what I think I should be doing. We have what I am pretty sure is a condensation problem in the small bedroom upstairs. This is a corner box bedroom so has two external walls. The house is a 1930s semi detatched...
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    Concrete formwork - half grass half paving

    Hi all, Planning a concrete base for a 10ft x 14ft shed. Two main questions: 1) The area takes up part of my lawn and goes up to my garden path. The formwork that I will create for the lawn side will be held in the ground with stakes. I obviously can't do that on the side that is next to the...
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    Shed base from MoT Type 1

    Hi everyone, Currently I'm digging out a section of lawn for my shed base. Will be 14ft x 10ft. Soil is quite heavy clay soil. Could a plastic shed base be installed directly on top of a compacted sub base such as MoT Type 1? I like the semi permanent nature of those plastic shed bases and...
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    Stray voltage from dishwasher case to central heating pipes

    Hi, Was hoping you could help. Recently had a small shock from touching the inside metal case of dishwasher. Immediately isolated the electrics and checked behind the wall socket face plate. That was fine. I checked the plug and found that there was poor ground contact so have re- screwed in...
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    What type of plaster repair/damage is this?

    Hi all, I'm about to start replacing the wallpaper in my bedroom. house is a standard 1930s semi detached. I noticed the corner of the wallpaper came off quite easily then noticed this crack/repair underneath. It's spongy to the touch right in the centre but it isn't damp. Quite sandy too...
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    Re-pressurising Main Combi 30 Eco Boiler

    Hi, I have recently moved into a house and would like to bleed the radiators as I hear various knocking of the pipes when the central heating is turned on. If the system pressure drops too low I want to be able to re-pressurise the boiler too. I have heard that water regs state a...
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