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    Help finding a click clack bath waste washer

    Hi folks, I've tried searching ebay for a click clack bath waste washer/seal but can't find one to match my bath! They all seem to be a flat type but the one on my waste is a bit like an o ring on one side but flip it over and its got a lip/groove in it where it seats in the metal waste. It's...
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    Thermostat behaviour when target reached

    I've just moved into a place with a Danfoss TP5000 programmable thermostat and an Ideal combi. Everything works fine, but I can't figure out the behaviour when the target temp is reached. In order to maintain the temp, the programmer often calls for heat to the boiler for 30 seconds, before...
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    Low water pressure but not everywhere

    Bit of a strange one this. Went to view a house today (with a view to renting it) and did a cursory check of the water pressure whilst there (not the kitchen tap though as the spigot under the trap for the washer was left open so didn't want to splash water everywhere). Pressure was pretty poor...
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    Recommend me a good monobloc kitchen tap

    Looking for a good quality tap to replace my dripping Franke Zurich. May have gone for another Franke but the problem with them is that they're so damn heavy, and although they do a tap brace I don't think it would fit in my arrangement. Are there any good manufacturers of taps that don't...
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    Osma pipe query

    Following on from another thread I started about replacing some external waste... what I thought would be an easy job, isn't. Basically I need to replace some waste pipework coming from the kitchen sink to the soil stack, due to leaks. It's never been fitted right in the first place, as it's...
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    Replacing some external waste pipes

    Pics below show the waste pipe from a kitchen sink leading into the vertical soil stack. The problem is that the 90 degree elbow keeps popping off the pipe where it immediately exits the wall. The problem is due to the whole abomination being 'sprung' into place so it's constantly wanting to...
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    What paint for bargeboards?

    I need to get some paint for my bargeboards as the paint has started to peel in places so will need a sand down and re-paint. I’ve attached pictures below of where the paint is in good condition (I won’t be re-painting this side, just the south facing side where the paint has peeled, so...
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    Baxi 105 hot water problem

    A relative has a baxi 105 combi which is suddenly taking a long time for HW to reach the taps. I haven't visited myself but apparently the radiators are also getting warm when only HW is called. Is this most likely to be a diverter valve? Would anything else cause these symptoms on this model...
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    Siamp Skipper Flush Valve

    I'm looking to fit a siamp skipper Flush valve but am wondering how the small float works that's attached to the side of the unit. Doesn't help that all the instructions provided are in French/German and Siamps UK website just has the basics, not the detailed instructions. It says to install...
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    Spanner/wrench for toilet flush backnut

    I'm looking to fit a new flush valve and am going to need a very wide (70mm approx) wrench to tighten the backnut. Looks similar to the backnut on a basin waste. Where can I get such a wide wrench? The ones in screwfix/toolstation look too small. I don't want water pump pliers as I can't be...
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    Shower switch wiring

    I need to replace my shower switch pattress box so took the old one down and have a query regarding earths. As expected, there's the 3 core cable into the switch and the 3 core cable out but there are also 2 further earth wires. I've been in the loft to check and the earth wired to the...
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    Gas Hob issue

    I know this isn't central heating but I thought the gas pros would read it so I'm posting here. I've got a gas hob and when the weather is hot the gas supply to it exhibits some strange characteristics. In hot weather, when you turn the gas knob for any of the rings to ON, and light it, the...
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    Replacing a ceiling light

    Hi all, I've not undertaken any electrical work before but have read up on the very basics of light fittings and am looking to replace a ceiling rose with a more modern light fitting. I've identified the existing wiring including the switched live and dare I say it the whole swap over looks...
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    Separate lighting circuits/borrowed neutrals

    I’ve got an oldish fusebox with cartridge fuses and am looking to get it replaced with a consumer unit. At the moment it has separate upstairs and downstairs lighting circuits, each with a 5A cartridge fuse. I had a guy round to give a quote and he mentioned that there would probably be borrowed...
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    How to stop windows sticking?

    I've got double glazing upvc units and the 2 windows that face south frequently 'stick' shut presumably due to the heat from direct sunlight as no other windows are affected. It's the black rubber seals that seem to stick to each other - one on the frame and the other on the opening window...
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    Buzzing from combi boiler when heating shuts off

    Boiler is a Viessmann combi. After the CH has been on, and the boiler shuts off, - the fan and pump (?) continue to overrun for a couple of minutes as expected, but when they shut off, there's a loud hum (which varies in pitch) for about 10 seconds or so as the boiler finally shuts off. Also...
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    Fixing tiny weep on radiator thread

    I have a very small weep coming from where the radiator valve screws into the radiator itself and would like to have a go at fixing this myself. Is it possible to fix this whilst leaving the radiator in place on the wall? I was thinking of the following – isolate the radiator, undo the...
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    Trickling water sound in new boiler

    I've recently had a new combi boiler fitted (it replaced an open vented system) and when it starts up on a demand for CH, there's a reasonably loud splashing/trickling water sound from inside the boiler. It sometimes extends to the flow pipework. The noise in the boiler dies down after a few...
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    When were the 'best' houses built?

    After having viewed quite a few properties before settling on the one I eventually bought a couple of years back, I'm left wondering in which era, or housebuilders built the best houses. "Best" as in terms of quality - strength of structure, materials, durability, ability to stand the test of...
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    Repairing a Floating Floor

    Downstairs in my house I've got a floating floor which consists of an inch or so of polystyrene over the substrate, damp proof membrane, and floating tongue and groove chipboard floor, then just lino on top. I've recently had a bit of plumbing work done and the guy has cut straight through a...
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