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    Refitting loose radiator

    Hi, I've noticed that the support brackets on one of my radiators is coming away from the wall slightly at the top of the bracket. It's attached to a brick wall. It's not by a huge amount, roughly 4mm, but it is definitely noticeable. I'm planning to take the radiator off and refit the...
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    Renovate Victorian banisters

    Hi, I am soon going to start renovating the banister in my Victorian house. I recently had some install some new spindles, as the old ones were completely destroyed. These are still bare (pine) wood. The handrails and the newel posts are original. The handrails have been painted white at some...
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    Leaking Parapet Gutter - Fitted 3 years ago

    Hi, We had the front parapet gutter on our house completely replaced about 3 years ago. It's been fine until storm Alex a couple of weeks ago. Then a wet patch appeared in the room below. I left it for a couple of weeks to see if it was a one-off due to the large amount of rain. However...
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    Patch up under window

    We recently had a new window installed. The old one has a horrible plastic trim around it, which the new one does not. I now have this small patch of wall that needs to be patched up. Not entirely sure how to do it. I've attached some photos. Would filler be sufficient. It is a lathe and...
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    Structural Issues - structural engineer or building control

    Hi, Last year we moved into a three storey Victorian terrace (built around 1840), with a parapet gutter at the front of the property. The plaster work on the front room on the top floor was incomplete disrepair, and so we decided to take it down, go back to the brick and then completely...
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    Leak in roof at back of property

    Hi, I have a leak in my roof at the back of the property. I'm planning to get it sorted by professionals, but I would really appreciate any feedback/thoughts to help me properly diagnose the problem and get the right people in to sort it. When we moved into our property (July of last...
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    Kitchen Extractor Fan Location - Structural Question

    Hi, I'm about to have an extractor fan installed in my kitchen. I need to put it through the back wall, as the neighbour doesn't want it extracting into his garden. Here is a picture of my back wall I have highlighted in red where I plan to put the extractor fan. My question...
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    Lighting for conservatory

    Hi, I am looking to update the wiring in my conservatory. It's pretty dire at the moment. Here is a photo of the current set up for the lighting. In the second and third photos, I've highlighted the current electrical cables for the lighting in red. The cabling then runs down the side...
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    Plastering Courses

    Hi, I am thinking of taking an intensive plastering course. I'm never going to be able to afford all of the plastering work that needs to be done in my house. I also thought that it may be useful skill to supplement my income. Anyway, I've found a place in Essex called the golden trowel...
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    unblocked a fire place - What is safe to remove?

    Hi, In my house there was a fireplace that had previously been bricked up. However, it was done with no vent in the room, and the chimney pot was left exposed. (In actual fact the chimney pot was missing completely) As a result there was a build up of soot and this was then staining the...
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    rendering window reveal - currently a gap

    Hi, I recently had the render on the front of my mid-terrace house removed and external (EPS) insulation installed. There was a problem with the window reveal for the window on the ground floor. At the top of the window there is a gap between the existing wall and the EPS boards. As a...
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    Broken Ceiling Joist

    Hi, We have a Victorian terrace house. He have been taking down the ceiling in the front room on the top floor, as it was bowing and needed replacing. We have taken off all the plaster and laths, and have now realised that one of the ceiling joists is broken. It is broken right at the...
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    making good the plaster work around a window

    Hi, I've just had a new window installed. It was a complete install, so the old wooden frame had to be removed etc. This means that the plaster work around the window now needs to be done. (I've uploaded a photo here http://www.diynot.com/network/tfman/albums/19985/74556]) I decided that...
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    Preparing a wall for plasterboard etc.

    Hi, I live in a Victorian terrace house (built around 1840) and I am currently re-doing to bedrooms on the top floor. I've removed all of the old plaster and lath, so that it is now back to the brickwork. I've also had the rendering on the outside sorted out, as this was shot and causing...
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