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    Preferred technique to repair hole in plasterboard?

    Hi, Thanks - just one question on the easi-fill. On a small patch, do I need to use this or is it acceptable just to buy a pre-mixed filler of some sort from one of the sheds? The easi-fill seems pretty cheap, so with a view small patches to do it is no issue to get this. I'm guessing will get...
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    Preferred technique to repair hole in plasterboard?

    Hi, Thanks for the advice. I'm taking holes around 100mm square, although your advice probably stands for anything other than repairing a drill hole (or slightly larger) where you can pack and fill. Might be a daft question but what is the purpose of taping joints. I know it is the...
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    Preferred technique to repair hole in plasterboard?

    Hi, I've got a few holes in plasterboard to repair, mainly due to door handles/child combination. Seen a number of solutions on the web, all much of a muchness I think and include cut out damage and then a backing piece of: Fibreboard fixed with PVA Plasterboard fixed with PVA or compound or...
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    Alarm Keypad Location

    Hi, Found another location in the hallway where we can get a cable from the panel to the keypad. Only problem is that the position will face the front door from 2 - 3m away. There will be a PIR in the room and door switch. Would this location be bad practice or acceptable given the...
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    Alarm Keypad Location

    Hi, Thanks for input. Not too concerned with the threat of tamper as it will trigger. Is it standard practice to put the keypad very close to the door? The panel is in an adjoining downstairs cloakroom. The keypad could go in there, although limited in space or stay in the hallway but on a...
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    Alarm Keypad Location

    Hi, Well this is probably the dumbest question I'll probably ever ask but given my track record in cutting holes in walls and then deciding on another location, I thought I may get a second opinion. Going to reach my old wired Pyronix Sterling with a Texecom Premier Elite with their metal...
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    Replacement pump - Grundfos UPS 3 v Alpha 1

    UPS3 pops up on the Screwfix website at 109. Rang Anchor pumps and they said they buy in bulk and got the impression they would need to shift their UPS2 stock before they think about ordering the new model.
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    Replacement pump - Grundfos UPS 3 v Alpha 1

    All, Thanks for the input. I had another try with Grundfos to explain the difference in real terms between their latest UPS/Alpha pumps but I got no where. My conclusion is that UPS is a universal fit (obviously) and with its efficiency gains is now getting very close to the base Alpha...
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    Replacement pump - Grundfos UPS 3 v Alpha 1

    Hi, The Grundfos Selectric 15 - 50 in our 3 bed semi is still going okay after 17 years but it has taken me a few years to realise it sounds like a Panzer division passing by. Although I am holding out on the central heating being turned on until Oct, thought I should probably take a punt on a...
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    Replacement wired house alarm recommendation?

    Hi, 4 zones I think - hall, kitchen, lounge and landing. Magnetic sensor on the front door.
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    Replacement wired house alarm recommendation?

    Hi, Our Pyronix Sterling 10 ringer unit has stopped ringing when the alarm is activated (light still flashes). Whilst I'm interested in any ideas what may be causing that, I wondered whether it is time to consider any upgrade (key panel is looking a little battered after 15 years(. The garage...
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    Outdoor NYY-J Cable & IEC 60502-1 Standard?

    Hi, Yes but what is the correct standard for these cables to make them suitable for outdoor exposure. Some manufacturers refer to both IEC60502-1 and VDE 0276-603 but I don't know whether there is any difference between these standards (or whether they are the same when it comes to outdoor/UV...
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    Outdoor NYY-J Cable & IEC 60502-1 Standard?

    Hi, I ordered some NYY-J cable for an outdoor light. I understand cable is suitable for outdoor use and will not degrade from UV light. What has arrived from the wholesaler is stamped Eurotuff, with the IEC 60502-1 standard. From what I understand, this is an international standard as opposed...
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    Painting outside door and threshold

    Hi, As you can see from the closed photographs, I need to get on and paint an external door and threshold. I was planning to paint the frame and door with Zinnser All Coat Exterior white but I'm not sure what is the best approach to the door threshold. I just wondered it anyone had any advice...
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    Which sealant - conservatory internals?

    Hi, Although I thought I had a reasonable understanding of the various types of sealant and their uses, I realise I don’t and would appreciate your input. I mainly need to seal a 2 mm gap between a laminated (duraboard) windowsill and the window frames. I also need to seal a small gap where...
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    Scribing skirting boards for 135 degree internal corners

    Hi, I need to fit HDF skirting boards in my bay shaped conservatory. There are 3 internal angles which I have measured at 135.3 degrees. My initial thought was that the angles are pretty spot on that I should just mitre them. I'm assuming that there will be no shrinkage of the HDF. I did read...
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    Earthing Metal Back Box?

    All, Thanks for the feeback - all sorted now. Looks like he already used the earth in the back box for the grid plus switch, so why he didn't do it for the joint box I don't know. Thanks again, Damian
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    Earthing Metal Back Box?

    Thanks - absolutely agree chaps, I will get sorted. Shame my electrician didn't think the same!
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    Earthing Metal Back Box?

    Hi All, I had an electrician around last week to do a few jobs, including extending an existing ring into a conservatory. Customer service was pretty low and although had all the badges, there were a few statements which made me a little concerned (e.g. you can't get 10 amp fuses for a spur...
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    Running cable through and along outside wall

    Thanks. Is 20mm black conduit sufficient if there was a risk of mechanical damage? I think you can get high impact pvc but not sure if UV stable.
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