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    Paint for metal pipe and plastic pipes (one for all?)

    Hi, I need to paint an outside metal pipe (its actually a support for our flat roof) and also a couple of plastic drain hoppers (I think that's what they are called). I want to paint them all a dark grey. Will Dulux Weather Shield work on both these surfaces? thanks in advance
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    replacing gas fire and surround with mounted bioethanol fire

    Hi All, Your advice welcomed! We were going to replace our existing gas fire with a wood stove but are now leaning towards a bioethanol (just for convenience). Unfortunately, because biofuel fires aren't usually 'installed' its proving tricky to find someone to do the job (we were looking for...
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    Ideas for finishing the staircase in the extension

    Hi All, Thought I'd put this one to the forum. Pretty much the last internal piece to our extension jigsaw is how to complete/finish the new staircase... We originally thought carpet but with a contemporary feel and different colours of (engineered) wood at the top and bottom of the...
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    what do to with the 'plinth' ? K-rend or paint?

    Hi, I have been caught in an argument between the K-render team (who have done a great job) and the Building Contractor on our project. Apologies for the long question but you will need the background. In summary, the render team told me (after they had finished most of the job) that they do...
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    Alternative to this touch lightswitch

    One of our 2 touch light switches (photo above) in the kitchen is broken but I'm not sure what we can replace it with. I need to buy a replacement for the electrician to fit. Will one of these be a good replacement...
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    CO risk with all boilers?

    May be a silly question but is there a CO risk with all boiler types? It is time I updated our carbon monoxide alarm but I don't know if all boiler types need one? We have a Baxi Megaflow in our utility room with the tank on the landing.... Your advice is welcomed. Thanks
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    Dangerous fitting or dangerous bulbs?

    We have 2 identical light fittings in our bedroom. Each fitting carries 3 x G9 Halogen. Last week my wife switched on the lights and one of the bulbs exploded. Only a small bulb but she said there was a blue flash, a loud bang and glass was absolutely everywhere, covering the floor and bed. It...
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    Which GU10 do I need for this spotlight socket?

    Friends, I had some spotlights fitted in the dressing room about a year ago but I want to replace the bulbs with LEDs (we have Energy Saving CFLs at the moment and they take too long to warm up). Trouble is...I went to replace one of the bulbs and it is too small. First of all it took me a...
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    Loft extension for a low pitch roof?

    Hi, Can anyone provide a ball-park figure converting a loft whch has a very low pitched roof? It is so useless (1969 build) that I am guessing we would have to construct an entirely new roof (rather than play with what we have and build dormers etc. It has a large(ish) footprint - 5 bed...
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    Lighting 101, basic but...

    We have a pair of lamps that have 60W / 13W as the guideline. My wife wants maximum light from it... If I use an energy saving bulb can I go above the recommended 13W? Basic but thanks! Cal
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    Overflow issue with Potterton Gold tank?

    I apologise in advance as I am mr rubbish at plumbing - hoping therefore for help... We have a Potterton Gold 250l hot water tank. This morning I heard 'bubbling' noises and saw that water was dripping from a copper pipe into a plastic pipe by the side of the tank. I only guessed that it is...
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    LED compatible timer switches...

    Do they exist? Even this Timeguard timer, which claims to work with low energy lights does not handle LEDs http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/SMZV700.html Timeguard confirmed that even with the FLA01 Strip Light Adaptor fitted, the timer will not work with LEDs. Either I need an...
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    break-your-neck tiles on the patio

    We believed our project manager when he said the tiles we were using in the kitchen extension would work perfectly outdoors on the patio. And they do look good (and seem not to have cracked through the winter) but they are absolutely lethal when wet. My question is - can anyone recommend a...
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    Replacement for Smiths Programmable Light Switch Timer?

    The switch that controls my porch lights has given up the ghost. Is it a Smiths programmable but it also has a separate switch to control a non-programmable light (see photo). I haven't seen any with this kind of functionality - is it possible to get a replacement or must I buy a separate...
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    which replacement lamps for o/s Up & Down lighting?

    I have a few bulbs to replace in my outside Up & Downs. The originals were Prolite 7W GU10s but I can't find replacment CFLs anywhere to fit (they need to be max of 57mm in height). I've found 7w LEDs short enough - but I'm not sure how much more expensive they are to run or how viable...
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    power surge wrecked Sky box or TV through HDMI splitter?

    i realise this is very specific but I'm hoping someine here knows what might have happened... long story short, a lamp blew up in the lounge tripping some electrics in the house. Power restored but no picture on lounge TV (although the screen does function because it shows HDMI1 and other...
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    intermittent current to outside lights?

    I posted this at the end of another post but giving it its own limelight now... I have two Up & Down light fitted to the front of our garage and they randomly decide to work or not. They are on a timer but its rare that all 4 bulbs come on at the same time. Is this a problem with the current...
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    I can't find any low energy GU10s for my lights!

    I'm going crazy trying to find replacment bulbs for my up & down outside lights. I've twice ordered what I thought were energy saving GU10s under 55mm in length only to find that they are not. I even ordered what I thought were direct replacements for the Prolites I'm using today but they...
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    Wired (battery) door chime

    Hi, I'm going to replace our wireless doorbell (which is useless) with a wired (battery powered) door chime. My question is, what is the maximum distance the chime can be placed from the door push? Most kits seem to come with 5m of bell wire but I'm thinking I will need closer to 10m - will...
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    suggestions for mixer shower

    We recently had a new mixer shower unit fitted to accommodate the new high pressure cylinder central heating system. Trouble is the hose has split and I need a replacement unit. Can anyone recommend one for under £150? I believe it is a thermostatic mixer shower I need but I want one...
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