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    Is this silk emulsion

    hi, I have been doing some decorating and want to repaint my walls for the first time since buying my house. But I am unsure if my walls are silk or matt emulsion. I originally assumed they were painted with matt, but since applying a matt sample patch, I now think my walls are silk. What...
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    Why is my plaster is cracking?

    Hi I purchased a house nearly 5 years ago, and it was in good decorative order (and largely, still is), so much so that I have not decorated since I moved in. Over the past 4 and a half years cracks have appeared in the plastered walls. The house is a 1930s semi. Ceilings are lath & plaster...
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    Concrete block shed base

    Hi, I am getting a new 10x8 shed delivered in about three weeks, and I still need to sort out a base. I am thinking about getting some dense 7N concrete blocks, and laying 8ft wooden fence posts on these. eg something like this (not my photo) Can I just lay the concrete blocks in a hole...
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    Is my shed replacement notifiable?

    Hi, I have a shed that has electrics installed. This was in place when I moved into my house. I have ordered a new shed as the old one is rotting away. I plan to remove the electrics and cap off the supply cable until my new shed arrives. I intend to then install the strip light, sockets...
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    No earth in cable?

    Hi, I just have a quick query. I have a fused FCU, fed off the lighting circuit which supplies a bathroom cabinet with LED strip lights. The wire from the loft the the FCU is twin and earth. The bathroom cabinet LED driver is double insulated with no terminal for an earth wire. Does this mean...
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    Fixing to lath and plaster??

    Hi I have quite a heavy bathroom cabinet that has a lighting strip down each side and weight about 13kg. (http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/00248119/) I was hoping to fix this to an internal wall (on the bathroom side obviously), but I am having a few problems. I started to cut out a...
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    Screwing into loft rafters and chimney breast

    Hello About 6 months ago I bought a 1930's house. I am looking to improve the loft storage a space. The loft is part boarded. Is it generally ok to screw hooks into the roof rafters (to hang things), and should I be ok installing shelves onto the chimney breast? Note the render to the...
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    Drilling into lintel?

    Hello. I have purchased a house that had a single story extension built in 2008. I want to install some recessed Venetian blinds into the window that is part of the extension. Due to the length of the blinds (being shorter than the width of the window), I will need to drill the brackets to...
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    Shelves for twin slot system

    Hi guys I have moved into a new house and I have put up some twin slot shelving rails and brackets in my office. However I cannot locate laminate board shelving anywhere for a reasonable price. The usual places like Homebase, Wickes and B&Q are all out of stock. I am after approx 1800mm x...
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    Installing a bath into a shower room

    hello, I am thinking of buying a house but the only thing putting me off is that the bathroom does not have a bath, only a shower cubicle. The room is approx 2m x 2.25m with a shower cubicle built into the corner. There is a step going across the room which is there for the shower drain...
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    car traders

    hello, I am looking at buying a second hand car (budget £1-2k). I went to look at a car the other day at someone's home. However the seller has lots of vehicles, and he said that he was a trader. the logbook was not in his name, it was in someone else's name, however the logbook has the...
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    cheap car body work for MOT

    Hello, I have a 1991 Mk3 Ford Fiesta. It failed its MOT today because the filler neck of the fuel pipe is insecure. The fuel pipe is plastic and the wobbles around. (strange as its been like this for 4 years and there's never been a mention of it and its been the same MOT test station for...
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    Ford Fiesta Alternator / battery

    I have a 1994 Ford Fiesta 1.1 LX. The battery went dead, and after charging it, I did a voltage test across the terminals while the engine was running and being revved. I only got 12V, so I believe that the battery is not charging. I think this means that the alternator is not working...
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