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    Preferred technique to repair hole in plasterboard?

    Hi, I've got a few holes in plasterboard to repair, mainly due to door handles/child combination. Seen a number of solutions on the web, all much of a muchness I think and include cut out damage and then a backing piece of: Fibreboard fixed with PVA Plasterboard fixed with PVA or compound or...
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    Alarm Keypad Location

    Hi, Well this is probably the dumbest question I'll probably ever ask but given my track record in cutting holes in walls and then deciding on another location, I thought I may get a second opinion. Going to reach my old wired Pyronix Sterling with a Texecom Premier Elite with their metal...
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    Replacement pump - Grundfos UPS 3 v Alpha 1

    Hi, The Grundfos Selectric 15 - 50 in our 3 bed semi is still going okay after 17 years but it has taken me a few years to realise it sounds like a Panzer division passing by. Although I am holding out on the central heating being turned on until Oct, thought I should probably take a punt on a...
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    Replacement wired house alarm recommendation?

    Hi, Our Pyronix Sterling 10 ringer unit has stopped ringing when the alarm is activated (light still flashes). Whilst I'm interested in any ideas what may be causing that, I wondered whether it is time to consider any upgrade (key panel is looking a little battered after 15 years(. The garage...
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    Outdoor NYY-J Cable & IEC 60502-1 Standard?

    Hi, I ordered some NYY-J cable for an outdoor light. I understand cable is suitable for outdoor use and will not degrade from UV light. What has arrived from the wholesaler is stamped Eurotuff, with the IEC 60502-1 standard. From what I understand, this is an international standard as opposed...
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    Painting outside door and threshold

    Hi, As you can see from the closed photographs, I need to get on and paint an external door and threshold. I was planning to paint the frame and door with Zinnser All Coat Exterior white but I'm not sure what is the best approach to the door threshold. I just wondered it anyone had any advice...
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    Which sealant - conservatory internals?

    Hi, Although I thought I had a reasonable understanding of the various types of sealant and their uses, I realise I don’t and would appreciate your input. I mainly need to seal a 2 mm gap between a laminated (duraboard) windowsill and the window frames. I also need to seal a small gap where...
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    Scribing skirting boards for 135 degree internal corners

    Hi, I need to fit HDF skirting boards in my bay shaped conservatory. There are 3 internal angles which I have measured at 135.3 degrees. My initial thought was that the angles are pretty spot on that I should just mitre them. I'm assuming that there will be no shrinkage of the HDF. I did read...
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    Earthing Metal Back Box?

    Hi All, I had an electrician around last week to do a few jobs, including extending an existing ring into a conservatory. Customer service was pretty low and although had all the badges, there were a few statements which made me a little concerned (e.g. you can't get 10 amp fuses for a spur...
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    Running cable through and along outside wall

    Hi, I need to run a cable from the back of an FCO, through a masonry wall and then 300mm or so along the outdoor wall to a rotary isolator. Thought I'd sleeve through the wall as good practice and seal at each end. I have some NYY-J cable which I initially thought I would use (minimal risk...
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    Fused Spur 25mm Back Box Nightmare

    Hi, Thought I would share my day with you sparkles. Should give you a bit of a laugh at my incompetence. Anyway, I have an electrician coming round in a few weeks to do a few jobs. One of those is to install a a fused spur from a socket in a visible location. Trying to be cleaver, I...
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    Wiska Clixx Cable Gland Alternative

    Hi, I have a IP66 rotary isolator with a 20mm rear knockout. I was exploring options to enter via this knockout whilst maintaining the IP rating. Obviously a cable gland is a standard option, although that would require a bit more room being drilled into the brick to enable the gland to...
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    Identifying NYY-J Cable?

    Hi, I picked a 10m length of NYY-J cable over the internet. Unfortunately it is not stamped with the cable type, so I'm not 100% sure it is what it seems. It is stamped with Eurolite 1 x 1.5mm 300/500 v. I would have thought the voltage rating for this cable is usually 600/1000. It has a...
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    Engineered wood in Conservatory - finishing at door

    Hi All, I'm most of the way through replacing an existing conservatory and thinking about putting an engineered wood floor down. I don't have any restrictions on the floor height, so was going to put a vapour barrier then 18mm plywood down on top of the existing sound tiles/concrete floor...
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    Ventilation Around ring main circuit

    Hi, I'm running some cables to extend a ring main into my conservatory. I have an electrician coming in a few weeks to check things out and connect up the ring and sockets. I'm provisionally fitting all the cables but leaving everything accessible just in case. I originally put the cables...
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    IP65 Rotary Isolator with Back Entry?

    Hi, Being very careful with wording but I'm looking for a rotary isolator which allows the feed cable to enter from the rear (i.e. Through the wall). I believe not all rotary isolators have this capability. Does anyone know a brand that does? Many thanks, Damian
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    Ring Main Cable in Insulation

    Hi, I've been laying some 2.5mm t&e in the accessible cavity of my conservatory dwarf wall to extend the main house socket ring for 3 x double sockets in the conservatory. This cable sits 100mm into the cavity insulation. Am I right in thinking that unless it was in a duct, it needs to be...
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    Domestic Air Conditioning Unit Questions

    Hi, I'm about to get an air conditioning/inverter unit installed by a refrigeration engineer. We are going to use a temporary flex/plug to commission and then I'll get an electrician to put a permanent feed in. It would really be helpful to get some views on the best way to install the...
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    Which cable for Air Con power?

    Hi My Mitsuibishi Electric out door air conditioning unit requires a 3 core 1mm cable to a 10amp breaker. I'm going to be using an electrician to complete the final connections, although want to get all the parts sorted. I was thinking SY or SWA cable (it's going to be used in a domestic...
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    Which Dulux Trade Paint?

    Hi, Just finishing a conservatory build and now onto the difficult task of paint types and colours, etc. Was given the hard sell on Valspar when getting some colour ideas down the local diy superstore yesterday but thought it best to go with something like Dulux Trade. I need an...
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