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    Pyronix SMS Messages being blocked by EE

    Hi, I had a Pyronix home alarm system fitted a few years ago which would send a SMS text message to my mobile if the alarm was triggered. However, that message suddenly stopped. My alarm engineer claims that when I changed my mobile phone network from Virgin to EE, that caused the issue as EE...
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    Replacing a Ceiling Light

    Hi all, Hopefully this will make some sense. I am about to replace an ordinary ceiling rose for a new fangled chrome light. At present, the rose is wired like this; a. One Twin and Earth cable - its Blue wire is connected to the Neutral terminal in the rose, its Brown wire is connected to a...
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    Stale Bedroom Smell

    Hi all, This is probably going to sound strange but hopefully someone may be able to offer some kind of explanation or advice. We live in a 4 bed detached house which is 4 years old. We have developed a rather unusual smell in one bedroom on the middle floor. We can only liken the smell to that...
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    Ryobi ERT-2100V Router

    Hi, I have just taken possession of a new Ryobi ERT-2100V router. Haven't had time to use it yet but it certainly feels like a well made piece of kit. The main reason for buying this router (apart from the price) was the 2100 watts of power which will come in handy for router table use...
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    A Reasonable Quote?

    Hi, British Gas has just quoted my mother around £4000 to replace her boiler. I would hate for her to be ripped off and was wondering whether this is a reasonable quote. She lives in a three bed small to medium detached house which has 8 radiators of various sizes. The 4k quoted was to...
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    Fitting Celotex Insulation Board

    Hi, we have a warm roof and have discovered that the Celotex Insulation boards have been fitted very poorly. As the house was less than two years old at the time of discovery the builder was responsible for correcting this problem. Unfortunately it had to go to Resolution, however NHBC decided...
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    Do I need a Power Flush?

    Hi, We have just come to the end of of our two year house warranty and for peace of mind have applied to sign up to a maintenance contract for our central heating and boiler etc. A gas fitter called to carry out the initial system inspection and has recommended that further investigation is...
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    Replacing Roof Insulation

    Hi, We have a three story town house with the top floor rooms located in the roof. We have just found out that the builders have left out some of the "Kingspan" type insulation boards and the others have been cut undersize so are loose between the sloping trusses/rafters or whatever the correct...
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    Ceiling Downlighters

    Hi, I have some 240v downlighters in ceilings under roof spaces. I removed a couple to see if they are the sealed type or if they have insulating covers/boxes fitted. They aren't sealed in any way. Also the loft insulation has been laid directly over the top of them and is in contact with the...
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    Dry Lining

    Hello, could anyone help please. We have draughts coming from under the skirting boards, through recessed light fittings and the interior walls are always cold. I know that no sealing of the dry lining has been carried out where the extractor fan exhausts pass through the walls. It has been...
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    HOME INSULATION

    Hi, this is a request for advice from all building experts out there regarding house insulation. My house has been given a SAP rating of 92. It is a 2 year old 4 bed detached house with 3 stories so with the house supposedly being so efficient I was expecting it to cost very little to heat to...
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    Securing Concrete roof tiles with Epoxy Cement/Resin

    Is this a recognised method of fixing or a cowboy repair?. I have a couple of Velux windows in my roof and i noticed that the tiles that were trimmed to fit around the windows did not have any Nubs to locate over the battens. I informed the contractor about my worries that the half tiles could...
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