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    1/2" and 15mm question

    I am fitting a water heater. The expansion valve has 1/2" female input and output. I am going into 15mm copper. Do I need to source 1/2" male to 15mm compression fittings or can I just ditch the nut and olive from a 15mm compression coupler and it with some Jet Blue? Thanks.
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    Honeywell Thermostat Replacement

    Hi My combi is controlled by a Honeywell CMS927B via a Honeywell RD666OD next to the boiler. It all works well but the CMs unit has started to have problems with the display becoming unreadable. I understand that this is quite common. I also undersatnd that the CMS927B in no longer...
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    Building a Windowsill

    I am attempting to make a windowsill for a bedroom. In order for the sill to look right it needs to emerge from underneath the existing window. We currently have the plaster off and are going to replace it with insulated board and skim. The window is sited in an original Victorian stone...
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    Ladder Problem

    I am not sure whether this is the right place in the forum to post this. If it isn't I hope that someone will tell me and then I can post it in the right place. I need to install some network cable on the outside of my house. I need to bring the cable down from the top floor, (entry point is 26...
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    Insulated board and skirtings

    Hi I am prepping some rooms for plastering. In the past I have fixed a 20mm timber around at floor level to fasten the skirting boards to after the plasterers have finished. The plasterer then plasterboards down to the timber and skims up to level with it. Simples. This time, for some walls...
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    Reducer Question

    I am fitting a cloakroom. As part of that I am fitting an Ariston Water Heater. In order to do this I need to fit a hotun to the pressure relief discharge. The hotun flows out into 22mm. My waste system will be 32mm solvent weld. Is there a product/fitting that enables me to connect 22mm...
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    Any experience with a Wagner airless sprayer?

    I've just bought a Wagner 250r airless sprayer second hand on eBay. (In the next few weeks I'm planning to mist coat and then emulsion an entire floor of my house). I am nor ready to paint anything yet, but I did want to test the thing in case it didn't work too well. I set it up and...
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    Ivy & Bramble Problem

    I recently acquired a substantial piece of next door's garden. I bought it because they had let it overgrow massively and it was beginning to cause a problem for us. I asked them either to clear it or to manage it or in the alternative I would take it off their hands and manage it myself. I had...
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    Instant Hot Water

    Hi I am currently undertaking some renovation works on the top floor of my three-storey Victorian house. As part of this I am updating the toilet room on that floor. The room consists of a toilet and a wash hand basin only. The hot water in my house all comes from a large Combi boiler on the...
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    New Gas Line

    Hi I am having my gas line replaced from my meter to my appliances, (boiler and cooker), by a Gas Safe engineer. Should he provide a saftey certificate with the work? Would that normally be an additional charge to the quoted job? If not, how do I evidence that the work has been done by a Gas...
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    Extending Cable on a Ceiling Light

    I'm dropping the level of a ceiling in my pantry. Its only coming down by a few inches but the cable through the ceiling to the rose, (and into the ceiling pull switch for the light), is "just and no more" long enough to wire into the rose where it is. I need to extend everything by a few...
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    Frame and panel question

    I have an old Victorian House. The house has a cellar and the staircase to the cellar runs under and parallel with the staircase to the first floor. There is a frame and panel cellar door set in a frame and panel wall that both closes off the cellar staircase and forms the side wall beneath...
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    Drain Issue

    This weekend I noticed one of my patio tiles, near the kitchen drain outlet had cracked and a corner had fallen. I took up the tile and noticed underneath that the sand had almost completely gone. After some testing I found that the kitchen drain outlet was overshooting the actual drain and...
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    What am I looking at?

    Hi I recently bought an internal door for my house. It was a custom made pine victorian four panel one. Quite nice. I have a Festool Domino, I would like to have a crack at making one myself. The timber that goes to make up the door, when I look closely, isn't made from sliced tree...
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    No hot water - radiators working.

    I have a Baxi Duo-Tec Combi 40 HE A. The heating aspect of the boiler is running just fine, (its hot and sunny, I don't need it but it's running fine). The hot water is not. When I turn the hot tap on I get cold water. The boiler hot water light comes on, and then the temperature display...
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    Radiators not heating up.

    My Baxi Combi Boiler is only heating my radiators up to tepid. The boiler is firing up okay, it is, according to the display heating the water to temperature and then the boiler is stopping gas. The radiator light on the boiler is coming on. One or two radiators on , I think, the front end of...
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    Clutch on a Ford Focus

    I had a clutch go on my Ford Focus in April 2015. I had a local fitter (Household name company), fit me a new one. It came with a 24 month 24000 mile warranty. I always imagined a clutch should be good for at least 40000 but there you go. In Feb 2016, after 17000 miles the clutch started...
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    Using a Magnaclense Cleaner

    My central heating system is in need of a clean. It was built and then extended at least twice and has been fuzzing up the heat exchanger on the combi boiler regularly. In addition many of the radiators are getting hot at the top and sides with a cold bell curve in the centre. I have bought...
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    Who you gonna call?

    I have for a few years now been repairing, (rather than restoring), a three story Victorian house. I am going to fix the entire top floor as the next project. In two of the rooms the floors slope off quite badly downwards towards the wall. In one room they run off towards an internal wall in...
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    Radiator and insulated plasterboard with DPM

    I am refurbing a bedroom. There has been a damp problem which, in the end, I had a damp guy in to look at. (Damp guy as in does the damp surveys for English Heritage and the National trust rather than as in bloke selling damp treatments). As a result I am fitting a damp proof membrane...
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