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  1. Lieutenant Columbo

    Can I fit an air conditioning unit above a curtain rail?

    So I have an air conditioning unit i intend to fit. https://www.appliancesdirect.co.uk/p/iqool9/electriq-iqool9-air-conditioner The instructions specify very clearly the distances from the adjacent walls and a 15cm clearance from the top of the unit to the ceiling. It also says that the unit...
  2. Lieutenant Columbo

    Splashback

    I’m really not sure which forum to place this question, hope I’ve picked correctly... I’m installing a splashback for the first time, two panels. Where the panels meet there is a gap where the wall is not square. What should i do? Should i run mastic up the corner edge? Are splashbacks meant...
  3. Lieutenant Columbo

    Splashback

    I’m really not sure which forum to place this question, hope I’ve picked correctly... I’m installing a splashback for the first time, two panels. Where the panels meet there is a gap where the wall is not square. What should i do? Should i run mastic up the corner edge? Are splashbacks meant...
  4. Lieutenant Columbo

    Splashback

    I’m really not sure which forum to place this question, hope I’ve picked correctly... I’m installing a splashback for the first time, two panels. Where the panels meet there is a gap where the wall is not square. What should i do? Should i run mastic up the corner edge? Are splashbacks meant...
  5. Lieutenant Columbo

    Painting plywood

    I intend to replace some plasterboard with the same thickness plywood. I want the finish to be indistinguishable from the existing painted plasterboard. Is there a paint or woodfiller or some other product that I can apply to get the desired result?
  6. Lieutenant Columbo

    Hanging kitchen cupboards on plasterboard walls

    What is the best way to hang kitchen cupboards on plasterboard walls? I’ve been told that the gold standard is to cut away a 10” strip of plasterboard where the fixing hooks will go and replace with plywood. Many people that I’ve spoken with don’t trust plasterboard fixing screws. Is there an...
  7. Lieutenant Columbo

    Fixing a shower chair to a plasterboard wall

    My mother is disabled and has a wetroom but no shower chair to sit on. The plasterboard walls are all tiled. Frankly I don’t trust any of the fixing options available. My plan is to remove the tiles on the desired wall and but away the plasterboard and replace with plywood, then retile. Is...
  8. Lieutenant Columbo

    Plastering onto plywood

    I intend to put up some new cupboards in my kitchen. It has been suggested to me that since my walls are plasterboard I should cut away the plasterboard and replace with playwood for a good fixingproble. With that is the finish. There will be about 3-4”around the top and sides of the cupboards...
  9. Lieutenant Columbo

    Fire regulations/landlord responsibilities

    My mother lives in social housing. She is elderly and disabled and as such the bungalow has been adapted for her use. The kitchen doorway has been widen to accommodate her wheelchair and a set of bi folding doors have been fitted against her will. The doors are the cheap kind, corrugated...
  10. Lieutenant Columbo

    Adding another light switch and lamp holder

    hello, In my hallway I have on light fitting but 3 seperate single gang switches at various points for it. I also have a switch that turns on the light in the loft. I want to add a lamp holder and switch in a cupboard in the hall. The loft switch is right next to where I want to install my...
  11. Lieutenant Columbo

    Kitchen cupboard carcass hangers?

    I'm thinking of buying these hangers for my kitchen units: Has anyone used these before? I find the video a little confusing due to the lack of audio description. What kindof weight can these take? It seems strange to me that the bottom of the units have no fixing points. Could the units be...
  12. Lieutenant Columbo

    Painting plywood edges

    I'm putting some cupboards up and fixing them to playwood backboards. I want to paint the plywood edging the same colour as the walls but I've been told that those edges are extremely porous. I've thought about this and have some No Nonesense wood filler from screwfix and some Gorilla wood glue...
  13. Lieutenant Columbo

    repainting skirting

    The skirting boards and door frames in my house were painted 13 years ago with Dulux one coat gloss. They yellowed after a few years. Now I need to repaint then again. I have hardwood floors and obviously don't want to get any paint on them. Inevitably I expect I will, and I imagine a water...
  14. Lieutenant Columbo

    Cutting away skirting board

    I need to remove some sections of skirting board so that my units will fit flush against the wall. I don't have a multi tool, and I don't want to buy one just for this one job. What is standard practice when removing existing skirting boards? I'm assuming hammer and chisel... bolster?
  15. Lieutenant Columbo

    Ceiling light wired into mains plug?

    I want to put a light in my hallway cupboard. There is a plug socket in the cupboard. I have one of these lying around http://www.diy.com/departments/crabtree-gloss-plastic-batten-lamp-holder/241874_BQ.prd And some 1.5mm twin and earth. Now I know that the cable is meant to be used with...
  16. Lieutenant Columbo

    BT cable extension/sockets

    I'm currently a Virgin Media customer but want to leave because of the contant price hikes. My problem is that every other company uses the BT master socket for the phone line and broadband. I have Bt master socket in my front room but it's in the worst possible position. It is impossible to...
  17. Lieutenant Columbo

    Storage heater installation in a shed

    A few years ago I built a detached building in my garden for work. A single course of bricks thick with a flat wood roof and foam insulated walls. Plastered, painted, the whole nine yards. The local council consider it to be a shed because it has no bed or fixed heat source. Up until I've...
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