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    Chimney removal stack support calcs

    Hi guys I would like some advice on the following if possible.. We are planning on having the chimneys removed from downstairs and upstairs in a 3 bed semi, but leave the stack. Our neighbours have already removed the chimneys. Our neighbours are unlikely to agree to any stack removal, no one...
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    tanking cement backer boards?

    Hi all, Ive just been sealing and taping cement backer boards, the marmox type in my shower area(waterproof core)1 coat then the tape and a coat over the top. 1 more once its dried. I've done this on all joints including the edges of the tileable wet room tray, about 15m worth. Question is...
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    moisture on DPM edge

    Hi there, small issue i hope, I seem to have some moisture on the edge of the DPM. This bit had a piece of polystyrene for a channel for the waste and pipe. I cut this out carefully and behind the poly. Upstand there was moisture on the DPM. There was more than what the PIC shows(if I wiped my...
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    new isolation valve stuck

    Hi plumbers, I've just installed a new compression ISO. Valve which hardly turns. Copper on one end and speedfit with a regular insert in the other. Is it possible the insert could be catching the ball inside? I've tried turning with grips holding the driver, still no go. Could remove the...
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    best way of compacting type 1 mot by hand..

    Sorry me again. I have a small area to compact.. 1.4m x 0.35 at 200mm. Could I use a concrete block (18kg) smashed down from 0.5m ? I'm thinking in 50mm layers, should I use some water to help bind it? The hardcore I have now seems to have more dust in than wickes' which didn't have enough...
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    covering gap.. pipe under lintel

    Hi, I have a soil pipe under a lintel. The regs. Say use rigid sheet plastic around the pipe to seal entry from vermin. Would PVC be ok..The white type used for roof fascia or even the hollow one used for the soffit area? 1. So it would be.. Expanding foam around the pipe through the cavity...
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    trimming concrete block to 40mm

    Hi all, our trenchfill foundations are set too high. Just confirming if i can cut a 7.3 dense concrete block-suitable for under dpc use, along the long side so I get a 40mm high block? (40x 440x 100) all other courses are eng. Bricks. This will help match the existing dpc level(6 courses 4...
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    Construction of bricking external doorway

    Hi guys after confirmation from council and asking on here a while back that i don't need planning, I'm ready to close an unused side door ~1m high and install a window in the remaining gap. Ill tie the block work into the existing with wall starters. The wall is double skinned brickwork...
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    minimum brick piller size - strengthening

    Hi, I've submitted plans for an extension following some of the advice here, Small floor plan attached. Just thought about the strength of the inner leaf. I would prefer a straight wall inside the bathroom. But to achieve this the cavity wall near the door needs to be cut at the thickness of...
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    converting door to window ?

    Hi all, Does anyone know if planning perm. would be required to change an exterior side alley door from the old kitchen to a window. So brick half up and then get a new window installed. There will be units installed all along this wall, but it will be more of a utilities area. The kitchen has...
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    new extension with no lintel ?

    hi, i'm after some advice after a recently built extension. I'm currently filling out the planning form. The bathroom is too small so we wanted to extend it. I have attached 2 pics. I would prefer not to have a cavity wall lintel so the ceiling is flat. So i propose to use a double joist...
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    vaillant 831 heat up time

    hey fellas, i've had the latest vaillant 831 installed in march with a salus programmable room stat. The first few days the radiators heated up to 75 degrees in 10 - 12 minutes. But after a few days it seemed to take longer ? the installer says its learning and adjusting :S. pressure is 0.9 bar...
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    covering gas cooker pipe to tile

    Hi, Think i posted in the wrong section before.. my gas cooker line has been moved. The pipe is laid into a concrete channel 8-10cm in width and will have more than 25mm in depth from the finishing level. It has a 10mm thick round foam covering on it. My plan is to fit under floor heating and...
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    tiling over gas and water channals

    hi, I've had a gas safe engineer in to move a cooker gas line. The pipe is laid into a concrete/screed channel 8-10cm in width and will have more than 25mm in depth from the finishing level. It has a 10mm thick round foam covering on it. My plan is to fit under floor heating and then a self...
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    worktop fitting cost.

    firstly thanks to those that helped with the cupboard hanging. All well and done now. Going to hire a kitchen/worktop fitter and wanted to know the costs so i don't pay over the odds. I would need 4 cuts excluding for a sink cut out on 665mm laminate board. I may also need the boards...
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    kitchen cabinets

    hi, i have some kitchen cabinets to put up. They are ~90cm tall ikea units. The heaviest being a 23kg corner unit. The material is 2-3mm skim, 16mm sand/ cement render then breeze blocks. I cannot find flange or pan head screws so i've bought 12 gauge 3inch general screws with some small...
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    2 gulleys in line

    hi guys, were about to have some drainage work done. the builder has opted for 2 gulleys, 1 for sink waste connected in a line via 50mm pipe to the other which is for shower waste and roof drainage. this is then forwarded around a bend to an access chamber, 100/110mm inlets. There is also a...
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    new extension plumbing

    Hi, after doing alot of work myself i'm next going to try and tackle the plumbing - only water. The following is what i planned. Does it look ok ? i've got 2 routes in the concrete floor pre made and one is pictured. I'm concerned at point 1 in the picture of any contaminated water working...
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    condensation

    hi ppl, just finishing off some work on a new build kitchen extension. See pictures. The issue is im getting moisture building up below the lintels. Through the day/ night it builds up into water droplets, when i wipe off they come back. Its only happening close to the door/ window side of...
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    new kitchen lighting

    hi & Thanks in advance, sorry for the long story.. we've built a new kitchen and im trying to wire the lighting circuit. i thought i had it worked out. So the supply comes in to choc block, with outgoing wires for the switch, the light and supply out wire (switched live as im having 1...
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