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    TRV as a Zone Valve....any reason why not?

    Hi, I have been building my own Home Automation system and have now managed to get what is essentially a DIY 'Hive' system up and running. My house has 2 zones at the moment made up by using Honeywell type Zone Valves. I'm planning on making more zones for my downstairs rooms to improve...
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    When to build on Foundations

    Hi, Looking for some advice regarding building on new foundations. I'm building a garage and on one side of the Garage, the foundation will be ~2m deep. The builder intends to complete the Founds and blockwork in just over a week. Is this sufficient time for the Concrete to cure enough for the...
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    Garage wall thickness

    Hi, I'm hoping someone might know the answer to this question.... I am looking to build a garage which will be adjoining on to the side of my House. The Front and Rear walls (Load Bearing for the Roof) will be 200mm thick whereas the side wall is spec'd at 100mm with 440 x 215mm piers at 2m...
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    Damp Advice

    Hi, I'm hoping someone can advise whats the best way to approach a small damp problem I have. And tell me if what I'm planning is correct. First of all the dampness seems to be just in one corner of the room. There are 3 things I've noticed that could be causing it. 1) Under the floor there...
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    What Lintel?

    Hi, I'm going to be cutting in a new window for a room I'm renovating. From what I can gather, my intended method is not the 'standard way' you would do this job, but still an acceptable way to do it. Let me explain; The wall is cavity wall, block construction. I intend to cut the outer wall...
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    Adding a PIR to an existing Lighting Circuit

    I'm looking to add a PIR to an existing Hallway Lighting Circuit. Although, I will be rewiring the lighting circuit (upgrading the cables) so have an opportunity to change things slightly. The current circuit is a 3-way switching set up in quite a long hallway. My Wife would like to keep the...
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    Mapei products for outdoor Tiling of Steps

    Hi, Just wanted to gauge some opinion on suitable products for tiling some outdoor steps. I'm looking at either Mapei Keraquick which says its suitable for Porcelain tiles & Swimming pools (So must be good) or Mapei Pro Flexible, which says its good for outdoors and Porcelain. But the second...
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    Tiling Steps

    Hi, I'm about to take on a tiling job that will push the limits of my abilities! I would say I'm quite comfortable tiling Bathrooms & Kitchens having done quite a few in the past. However, these steps will certainly test my ability. So was hoping for some advice regarding a few questions I...
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    Discrete Decking Screws

    Hi, Hopefully I'm posting this in the right area? Anyway, I'm looking to install some decking boards on a balcony I have. The boards are not the standard ridged boards you see a lot of, but a smooth hardwood board (Balau, I think its called). I was wanting to have a discrete fixing system that...
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    How to check a wall is straight

    Ok, so I'm sure this is a dead basic question for most of you guys on here, so firstly apologies for that! So, I'm putting up a new stud work against an exposed brick wall. However the wall looks as though it runs off along its length. I want to make sure the new stud wall is build straight. So...
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    Plastering a lintel...advice please

    Hi, Could someone offer me a little advice on how i should go about plastering over a lintel that's just been installed for the purpose of a new door? I have attached a coupe of pics for information. But I'm wondering which plaster would be best to start with. How many layers / levels should I...
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    Do i need to rebuild the steps?

    oHi, I'm just looking for your opinion on this job I'm needing done at the front of my house. Essentially, all I'm after is to re-tile / slab the stairs leading to my front door. However, I've been advised that I should really look to replace the steps completely. The reason being that the...
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    Shower Membrane or not?

    Hi, I'm in the middle of fitting a new shower room. This is essentially a downstairs shower room which will seldom be used for showering. ( more just for the toilet). Anyway, having tiled showers UN the past, I have never applied a membrane to the walls. Just the usual adhesive and grout...
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    Scaffold Board Table & Bench set

    Hi, I was hoping someone might be able to give me some advice on a little project I am planning to do (Please). Firstly it's worth mentioning that I am a novice when it comes to Woodwork, but consider myself reasonably handy and am willing to give anything a go. So, I have acquired 9 x 8'...
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    Septic tank question

    Hi, I have a septic tank in a house I have recently moved into. I have just looked inside to find that there appears to be a thicker than usual amount of Scum on the top. I poked a stick through it and the crust was pretty hard. So it got me wondering if this means it's time to pump it out...
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    Laying a simple Slab Path

    Hi, I'm about to lay a path outside the back of my (new Extension) House. Now that the Builders are away, I need to lay a 'Chip border' next to the house and I intend on using some old 2x2 slabs I have for a simple path approx 10m long. The Path will only be used occasionally, so am not...
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    Hard Wired Standby Saver Device

    Hi, Just wondering if anyone has ever come across such a device.... I know there are plenty of Extension lead type devices on the market, but I was looking for an actual wall socket that could do the same function. I would think you could get a Fused Spur with a socket connected as its load...
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    Lincoln Sink installation

    Hi, im hoping someone might be able to advise me on the installation of a Lincoln undermount sink. I have worked out how to mount the sink, owing to the fact the worktop will be stone / composite I have made a separate shelf for the sink to sit on. However I am unsure how close to the front of...
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    Firestone DPMD with Balustrade

    Hi, Has anyone come across this issue before? If so would you mind sharing your solution? So, I am having a Flat roof / Balcony built as part of some ongoing extension works. The intention is to lay Firestone as the roof membrane and then lay a floating Deck on top. But as this is a Balcony I...
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    3 Gang Intermediate Switch conundrum!!!

    Ok so here's my situation... I'm doing my kitchen lighting and am setting up 3 zones. Seating area (Z1), Dining / Kitchen area (Z2) & Island (Z3). There are 3 doors into this room and so I need 3 switches for each Zone. So this will mean 3 x 3 Gang switches. The problem I have is that Wifey...
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