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    Replacement external sounder

    Hi, we have an old Visonic Powermax plus house alarm but the external wireless sounder has stopped working. I would like to replace it if possible with a basic bell box that has comfort LED's strobe etc but wire it to the powermax control panel. So any recommendations would be apricated. Some...
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    Pyronix Enforcer general alarm query

    Hi, I need to change our home alarm system as the old one has started playing up (Visonic Powermax+) I was thinking about a Pyronix Enforcer V10 but have a couple of questions before I jump in and order the various kit. At the moment we don't set our alarm at night but would like to with the...
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    Need advice, is all this compliant?

    Firstly, sorry for what might end up a bit of a saga to read. My elderly mothers next door neighbours (semi detached) have recently completed their full width single story rear extension, some concerns have arisen which I would like advice about. The main issue is that her patio is now being...
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    Party wall question.

    Scenario: Semi detached houses, so the existing boundary line is between the party wall in the centre dividing the 2 houses. If one owner wants a full width rear extension would the existing party wall be extended to provide the side wall for the new extension ie so it would span across both...
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    Trickle vents for conservatory?

    Hi can any one explain the regulations with regards to trickle vents for a conservatory? It is a new addition and is just over 32sq Meters. All I can see from the regulations is that it seems if the adjoining room has no vent that you can vent it from the conservatory. In my circumstance the...
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    Which French door lock

    Hi, has anyone got any recommendations as to what type of French door lock would be the most secure for new glazed oak doors. Many thanks.
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    What type of ply to cover top of exposed rafter ends?

    Hi, just doing the roof of my orangery and wondered what the recommendations were for the type and thickness of plywood to cover the top of the external part of the exposed rafter ends? The rafters are oak and at 400mm centres. Ideally I would like the ply to weather and look the same as the...
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    Whole host of pitched to flat roof questions

    Hi I’m in the process of building an orangery on the back of our house which will have an outer pitched roof with a flat top which will then have a glass lantern on top. I’m hoping someone will be able to point me in the right direction and answer a few questions about the roof makeup...
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    C16 vs oak rafters?

    Hi, I'm the process of building a new conservatory and C16 rafters have been specified but I would like to consider having exposed rafter tails, in which case I thought of using oak rafters instead. I would keep to the same size of rafters but if I do does the oak have to be graded and if so...
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    Soakaway to BRE digest 365?

    Hi, I need a soakaway for a extension that has a roof area of just under 34m2 and it needs to be done to BRE 365 standards. I was wondering if anyone know who or where I could get the calculation for soakaway size done cheaply (and relatively quickly)? I have looked at the testing method...
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    Who would build a roof carpenter, builder or roofer?

    Hi, might be a silly question but we are about to start with our orangery project (oak clad steel frame) and was wondering who would be best to contact to build the roof once the frame was complete? For info, the steel frame has 2 cranked beams to a top ring beam but the rest of the roof will be...
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    Foundation expert (steel frame)?

    Hi, we are in the process of building a new orangery/conservatory and wanted a green oak look to it but without the cost and potential problems re shrinkage/movement etc. We decided to opt for a steel framed structure and infill the walls with floor to ceiling oak windows and doors, capping any...
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    Advice about rogue kitchen fitter

    Hi, my elderly and disabled mum has recently bought a new kitchen out of her life savings and employed a kitchen fitter to fit it. Originally he said it would take 5 days but that was over 3 weeks ago and it is still only half complete as he has only spent around 4 full days on it, always giving...
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    Flat roof with large skylight, opinions on where to slope?

    Hi, thinking of having an Orangery similar to the one in the photo but against a 2 story house. The Flat roof area will be approx 5.5M x 2.5M and the skylight will sit on it and have approx 500mm all around for access/cleaning etc. What are your opinions as to which way the slope of the roof...
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    Basic basin waste question

    Hi, just so I'm sure before I order. I have a bathroom basin with a 1 1/4" waste fitting and I want to order a bottle trap. The traps are listed as 32mm or 40mm is this measurement just for the waste pipe connection and the basin waste fitting will be 1 1/4" for both the 32 and 40mm versions...
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    Pipe diameter from tank for thermostatic shower?

    Hi, my ongoing quest for knowledge continues with my next question. What pipe diameter would you recommend to feed an unpumped thermostatic shower from a vented hot water cylinder via a new Essex flange? The run is approx 22 meters (up into the loft along and back down), the cylinder is fed via...
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    Hot water cylinder boss size?

    Following on from a previous post I would like to take the advice given and fit an essex flange to give a dedicated feed for a new shower. I've had a feel around the hot water cylinder and near the top on the side I came across a boss. It looks like I could use it for the flange but before I...
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    Shower supply from expansion pipe ok?

    Hi, planning to fit a shower in a new 1st floor ensuite roughly under the cold water tank in the loft. On a gravity fed system with the hot water cylinder on the 1st floor (opposite end of house from the cold water tank). Can I supply the hot feed to a thermostatic shower from the hot water...
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    Best flow option for shower tray and waste?

    I'm looking into installing a new shower which is on a long run to the stack. I would like to go for a belt and braces approach as much as possible and was wondering what the best options were for the tray/waste and waste pipe diameter etc. To get the required drop on the run I have no option...
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    Help novice with new ensuite waste plumbing

    Hi, planning a new ensuite as per diagram and would be grateful for some suggestions/advice. The main problem I think I have is the distance of the shower from the soil stack as it measures approx 6.5 meters (running around the room) just to the new WC. You can’t see in the diagram but...
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