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    It's so cold - glow worm 18hxi not working!

    Hi everyone My Glow worm 18hxi boiler has stopped working. It shows error code F4 lor F1. It's done this before over the last two years and the plumber has changed valves which semi-sorted the problem. This year though it won't even restart after a cooling down period. What should I do...
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    Halogen light fitting

    Hi. We have identitical halogen light fittings in the Living room and dining room, they take the little tiny halogen bulbs and were fitted about 12 m ago. We got them from Asda. After about 3 months the LR fitting didn't work and we identified the transformer had gone so got it...
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    Halogen light fitting blowing fuse

    Hi everyone - and Happy Christmas! The house I live in was rewired about 2 yrs ago - the previous occupants passed on the certificate etc to us. My partner fitted a 2 halogen light fitting (one in the dining room and one in the living room) about 3 months ago and both worked fine until last...
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    Conservatory built over drains

    Hi all The survey on the house I'm hoping to buy has come back saying (amongst other things) that the conservatory may have been built over the drains. How do I find out for definite and is it a big problem? (presumably only if the drains need repairing?). If it is a big problem...
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    flickering lights

    Hi everyone - hope you can help. A short time ago (1-2 weeks) all the lights in my house started flickering. This affects every light (but not lamps which are plugged in) although the upstairs and downstairs have individual fuses. I've bought a new microwave in the last few weeks and about 4...
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    Computer becoming very very slow and resentful

    Hi. Apologies for the vagueness on the technical aspects of this message, but I'm not very good with computers. I have a Packard bell PC, 2 yrs old, which has become (over the last 6 months) really slow in both internet (I've got broadband connection) and other applications. From starting...
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    Why would decorating the bathroom stop my shower from workin

    In October I had a shower that had great pressure and had scalding hot water. (It's a Mira shower and is not a power shower. The boiler is a Sime 80C Combi). Then I had the shower cubicle taken out, the corner bath removed and the sink removed. I had the bath put where the shower cubicle was...
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    I've painted tiles and it's all gone wrong!

    Hi. My delightful kitchen had lime green and fluorescent orange tiles, so I bought some Ronseal one coat paint (I had some sceptism about the one coat, I must admit!). I cleaned the tiles several times and was as sure as I could be that I had removed all grease. Followed the instructions and...
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    Painting kitchen doors

    Hi. Rather than spend a fortune on a new kitchen in order to sell my house I thought i'd do the makeover thing and paint the cupboard doors. However, I'm guessing this is something that will be much more difficult than I imagine. Anyone got any tips on how to make it look good? All help will...
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    water dripping behind fire?

    We had a big patch of damp on the chimney breast, which started half way up and was to one side. I called out a damp expert (there's something wrong with that term!) who advised we got a cowl fitted to the chimney. This was duly done but one the day it was fitted it rained heavily and I could...
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    Cracks in Chimney Breast

    Hello. I've noticed some irregular diagonal cracks in a first floor chimney breast. It looks almost as if it is cracking down and outward. They seem to be extending but as there has been a picture there for several years it is difficult to say for sure. The ground floor chimney breast seems...
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    Failed double glazing unit in dormer window

    Hi. I have a victorian house that was owned by a DIY enthusiast with no idea of what he was doing. So far I've replaced the lethal boiler, gas fire, repaired the damage done by his plumbing and am getting the highly dangerous oven replaced also. There's a loft conversion that has all the...
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    Flexible or rigid gas connector for integral gas oven?

    Hi. I called a corgi gas engineer out to look at my oven and tell me if it is safe (a long story, nothing else in my house is so I'm starting to become a little paranoid!). He says that an integral gas oven should have a rigid connector but my dad (corgi registered but not for appliances, only...
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    Getting worktops changed - whose the best tradesman to ask?

    Hi - i hope this is in the right forum but I am so ignorant about just about everything! I want to change the 2 worktops in my kitchen. I bought the worktops already. This includes getting a new 1.5 sink fitted in one worktop. In the other worktop there is a fitted gas hob which will need...
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    Brush, pad or Roller?

    Hi. Am just starting to decorate newly skimmed living room walls (using two coats of watered down emulsion to start) and wondered what you experienced decorators found easiest to use - brushes, pads or rollers. I'll also have to do an artexed ceiling that resembles a wedding cake. Any...
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    Big bathroom spotlights

    Hi - hope someone can help. In my bathroom I have big brass spotlights which I suspect are not specially for bathrooms because they have corroded. They are inset into the ceiling and the cut-out is 130mm. I can't seem to find bathroom lights with this diameter. Is there any way of filling in...
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    Is my builder tiling correctly?

    Hi, I have a problem. My builder offered to put up the tiles in my bathroom - on all four walls. I don't do DIY but I was expecting the following: a) he would measure the walls and plot out the tiles so as to have an equal sixed tile at top/bottom and left/right. b) that he would spread the...
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    Removing wallpaper before plastering - help!

    Hi, I have a plasterer coming to skim my living room. I'm removing the old lining paper and wondered two things: 1) will i need to sugar soap to remove any lingering wallpaper paste? 2) there seems to be plenty of polyfiller on the wall - will the plaster be ok being applied over that...
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    Render over dampproof course replaced with waterproof render

    Hi, I've been reading some posts and noticed that apparently putting damp proof 'stuff' over render is bad? My house had render over the damp proof course and i asked a builder to remove it. He removed it and replaced it with more render mixed with damp proof stuff, when queried he said this...
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    How long does it take damp to dry out?

    I had some damp in the living room, because someone had rendered over the damp proof course and the gutter pipe was pointed at the living room external wall (at least I hope these were the problems). I had these two problems fixed about 4 weeks ago, how long will it take the damp to dry out in...
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