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    Plumbers using junction boxes under floors...

    Thanks for the confirmation, that's what I expected and believed. In fact I laughed, and said "that's an amusing way of getting out of it then!" However I wasn't in any position to argue, wanting the job to be done, and not being in a position to disagree with someone who, as mentioned before...
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    Adding a radiator, where to cut the pipes?

    That does appear suitable. Dependent on a number of factors, including the construction of the conservatory and the output of the system (and limitations of supply pipework as mentioned above), you'll never be able to "comfort heat" such a structure in the winter - the most you can likely...
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    Plumbers using junction boxes under floors...

    Installer queried it with the business owner - 40 odd years in the plumbing trade - and the reply that came back was: "You would only use maintenance free connections if the rest of the installation was to 17th edition". Discuss.
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    Botched window sills

    Or cover it over with a bit of architrave.
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    Adding a radiator, where to cut the pipes?

    As I understand it, and I'll happily stand corrected, most conservatory structures should not, under building regs, have a radiator connected in to the main house system. That said, many do anyway! However If you did install one you'd be better off with a taller, vertical column radiator...
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    Gap under door

    At least if you get a cat, you won't need to install a door for it. :whistle:
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    Fixing curtain rail brackets to coving

    Might not even see it, depending on the format of the curtains.
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    Fixing curtain rail brackets to coving

    Yes, you will most likely have to chisel recesses. If only to get the brackets to stick out horizontally rather than being on a wonk caused by the curvature. If you fix through the coving you might be able to get away with long screws and plugs that go through into the solid plaster or brick of...
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    Cylinder won't release

    The cylinder needs to be slightly turned before you can remove it, otherwise the nib on the cam will stick out slightly outside of the Euro footprint. If you don't have a working key then ....
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    Cracks in internal gable end wall

    The materials and methods used suggest to me a build date some time after the 1950s? Is anything structural supported by that blockwork?
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    Couple of questions about joist repair/strengthening

    You could glue and screw (or bolt) plywood sheet to each side. It's very strong like that. Or you could bolt on a suitable piece of flat steel plate.
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    Couple of questions about joist repair/strengthening

    Presumably you can't get joists in via the ceiling below?
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    Height of kitchen worktop

    I can't comprehend any method of sealing, finishing and proofing the raw chipboard edge that would ever last for very long in this situation before it started to deteriorate.
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    Height of kitchen worktop

    There's a big difference between basic but well finished, done on a budget; and your suggestion of just having two bits of worktop at different levels...
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    Cutting away skirting board

    I bought a Bosch multi tool in order to neatly cut out one piece of skirting. Since then I've used it hundreds of times and I wouldn't be without it - worth every penny!
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    Height of kitchen worktop

    Due to removal of the worktop over the sink now being tricky because of nine pipes going through it to and from the boiler, I'd rather avoid replacement of the existing if possible. And I'm not sure if you can fit cheap (presumably laminate) worktop around a Belfast sink due to the issues of...
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    Height of kitchen worktop

    Apparently renters are a bit more discerning these days than I am myself unfortunately! And the better it is in terms of finish, the higher you can charge (within what's reasonable for the market of course). I did consider another piece of hardwood worktop of a similar light colour but it's...
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    Couple of questions about joist repair/strengthening

    At least you won't have to worry about the extra weight of half a tonne or so of water then!
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    Couple of questions about joist repair/strengthening

    Is there a tank in the airing cupboard and does it have its own supporting structure, or is it also putting a load onto the same joists?
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    Smoke alarm type and location?

    Thanks. Having had a read and checked on the legalities, it would seem that the minimum requirement would be one detector on the landing, of ionisation type, and one detector in the lounge, which could be an ionising version but might be best as optical given the risk of smouldering electrical...
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