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    Is this rusty rad tail a cause for concern?

    Do you think that in a couple of months, when my CH will be off for the following 4 months, I should remove the rad, remove the tail screw, clean it and and re-fit it with ample PFTE this time before re-assembling the whole thing with new olives? It would also give me a chance the drain the...
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    Is this rusty rad tail a cause for concern?

    Hi, simple question really, about 5 years ago I replaced 9 radiators in our house. This one pictured below is situated in the sitting room and I’ve just noticed some corrosion where the rad meets the valve. There are no signs of a leak. Another rad upstairs has the paint starting to flake and...
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    How to bed edging in

    Hi, I’m carrying out a number of DIY jobs for a relative among which trying to sort out the area of her garden pictured below. In the trench there used to be edging which had rotted. I purchased a couple of rolls of something similar (see pic below, 250mm height) but upon digging out the old...
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    Is this soil compact enough?

    Concrete footings. My plan is to lay a 75mm layer of hard core on top of the soil, level with the brick work. Then mortar and flagstones on top of that.
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    Is this soil compact enough?

    Thanks you. I wasn’t going to place a membrane as it’s subsoil below and to the sides I WILL place plastic edging. Should I though?
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    Is this soil compact enough?

    Hello, As part of a DIY project (steps to the house) I'm currently using an earth tamper (see pic) to compact subsoil on top of which I'll lay a 75-100mm layer of hardcore and then concrete flags on top of that (with a mortar joint between the hardcore and the flags). My question pertains to...
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    Concrete footings for steps with rain forecast?

    Hi, I've just moved this to the "building" section (from "gardens"). I'm re-doing the steps through our front garden to our front door (see pic below). I've dug and set out formwork to pour concrete into for the footings of my risers. These will eventually support two bricks courses. The treads...
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    Help with concrete footing for steps

    moved to "building" section
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    Help with putting up partition on ground floor

    Hi, Below you can see pics of our ground floor dining area, with an entry to the house on the right but out of frame of the first pic. As you walk in, on your right is the dining area and on your left, from where the first pic is taken, the kitchen area. Before we bought the house, there were...
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    Help with front garden path and retaining structure

    Hi, Below are a pic of the steps in our front garden, leading to the house, as well as a drawing of how I would like to completely redo our front garden. Let me explain. I'd like to replace the 4 steps with (starting from the pavement) a flat section and then 4 steps of uniform rises and...
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    will this "reviver" bath tap handle work as a repl

    Hi, I wish I could help but this was a one-off job a long time ago by an amateur (me) and we have since replaced the whole bathroom. I can’t remember exactly but I think I was successful in the replacement outlined above. Sorry I can’t be of much use.
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    Why did my tiles and grout get loose?

    Not ready mixed if I recall, and porcelain tiles. Thanks for the advice JaimieH, I'll think it over.
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    Why did my tiles and grout get loose?

    Hello, A few years ago I re-tiled our family bathroom, laying the tiles onto backer boards (see pic below). Unfortunately after a while the (flexible) grout started splitting, with a probable root cause of the tiles becoming loose. This may in turn be due to flexibility in the floorboards...
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    How do I open/replace this light switch?

    Thanks. I’ve tried (gently then not so gently) but no joy. Indeed it has been painted (not by me...).
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    How do I open/replace this light switch?

    Hi, quick question, we have one of these by our front door for the porch light and the hallway light. How does one open it up with a view to potentially replacing it? Thanks.
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    Drilling in load bearing wall to support climbing board

    Tomorrow I will receive the board and will consider drilling a 6mm “exploratory” hole where one of the plugs would go. In the meantime, below is a pic of the door to our detached garage. There is no lintel above the door (I had a really good look). The wall is single skin and there are a further...
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    Drilling in load bearing wall to support climbing board

    Ok, thanks, but differing opinions so I’m kinda none the wiser
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    Drilling in load bearing wall to support climbing board

    Hi, I wish to install the climbing training board (pictured below) on an internal load-bearing wall, above a door to our sitting room (also pictured below). 4 screw holes in the board to mount it. I’m thinking of first bolting a piece of wood to the wall of circa 18mm thickness and then the...
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    How to install rad if existing pipes too close to wall

    Thank you both. I think I’ll go for the slightly unsightly option of modifying pipework above the carpet. It’s only one room and frankly, compared to some other aberrations in this house, will be quite a minor offense. Two further questions: 1. When I solder the pipes and bends together above...
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    How to install rad if existing pipes too close to wall

    Hi, I’m in the process or replacing 9 rads in our house. In one room on the first floor, the existing pipe centres are only 32mm from the wall (see pic below where I’ve lifted a bit of carpet). With my rad mounting brackets, I have the option of mounting it for pipes that are 45 or 60 from the...
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