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    Old British Standard back boxes incompatible with new electrical screws

    Hi, I'm at the tail end of redecorating my flat, and I have replaced most of the wall plates for power and light switching to new MK Logic plus stuff. The metal wall boxes for the power outlets were fine, but I have noticed that the light switch plates use an old (British Standard?) metal wall...
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    Boss for plastic waste into cast iron 2.5" soil pipe

    I have a 30's house with the original hopper and 2.5" (I believe) cast iron waste down pipe servicing the bath and sink waste from the bathroom on the 1st floor. I now need to run two new plastic wastes from the ground floor in to this cast iron down pipe. I either remove the old cast iron...
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    Flat roofing options

    Hi, I am having a single storey rear extension built with a part flat roof and part pitched. The flat roof extends about 1.75m from the existing rear elevation, and is about 6.2m wide. The roof is falling to one side where there is a run-off to a traditional open gutter. As far as...
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    Mains door bell wiring...

    Hi All, I am renovating my house, and would like to fit a new wired door bell. I was going to use a wireless one, but most of the bell buttons look like like a 99p fare - and you have to replace the batteries all the time too. -Also If I fit a mains wired one, I can always use a wireless...
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    Bathroom project advice

    Hi I knocked the separate toilet and bathroom in to one room and now plan to re-fit. It's about 2.5m x 2.5m or so, and there is an existing bathroom cupboard in one corner that must stay in place (contains new plumbing and electrics), and there are now two windows there. I took the old...
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    Wireless CH room stat with programmer?

    I am renovating my home at the moment and require a central heating programmer and thermostat. I have always has hard wired stats with a standard programmer, but I have been toying with the idea of a wireless one, as I can move it around easily to find the best location for overall home...
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    Smoke and heat alarms for regs

    I believe that I will need a hard wired heat/ smoke alarm for my kitchen for regs purposes, the question is, will they allow my wireless ones in the lower and upper landings that pair with my Yale wireless alarm, or do all the smole detectors need to be hard wired? Many thanks
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    LED spotlights

    I am adding these to various rooms in my home. For example, the link below, rather than the older cluster LED type: http://www.wholesaleledlights.co.uk/gu10-3-led-6w-led-60w-halogen-380-lumens-2-colours-available.html Do these have integrated transformers, or do I need a single...
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    Stained stainless steel on dishwasher door

    I have a stainless dishwasher, but the bottom foot or so of the stainless outer door has become stained. What is the best way to clean it/ refinish it. If cleaning fails to work, would it be possible to get it refinished if I took the outer door off. It's a Miele product, so the cost of...
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    Kitchen regs, heat alarm + ventilation

    I am currently renovating my house which consists of an extension and then creating a new kitchen. I have heard that I might need a heat alarm in the kitchen. I have a Yale wireless alarm which also has the addition of wireless smoke detectors. If I need to put a heat alarm in the kitchen...
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    Home tv AV installation wall interfaces needed

    I was just after some resources or advice for my home renovation project as far as TV AV goes. I am just in the process of installing boxes and cutting chasing in the walls to take the required cabling. Power and lighting are done, but I have to do some research before I cut the amount of...
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    roof replacement 3 bed semi 1930s

    After inspecting the roof of my new house, what I first thought was just paint, is actually a hard coating that has been applied to all the tiles, probably 30 years ago or so. It has bonded so strongly to the concrete tiles that removal also removes the top layer of the tiles themselves. The...
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    Loft extension to 1890s London mid terrace query...

    The existing roof has bitumen felt lining under the slates (replaced c. 1990), and is in great shape. There are two central vents, one on each of the pitches (back and front). Then there is a 150mm insulation layer installed in 2009 in the inside, with a breathable membrane securing it. Do...
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    Heatline Compact S24 90 degree flue bend section.... help!

    Hi, I am trying to help a friend who has this combi mounted in a kitchen larder. The requirement is to alter the existing flue from a 90 degree wall exit to a roof vented position as a conservatory is desired. Hopefully the boiler can remain in situ (working perfectly, very nicely fitted...
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    anyone know anything about MySQL, Apache or PHP

    Hi all, If anyone knows what these things are, could they please let me know. If I were to use ebay as an example, my understanding is this: MySQL is populating the databases of users, listings etc. Apache is the server that connects the aplication server to the MySQL database, while...
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    Hoval Topgas inner casing foam prior to installation

    Hi all, we are reinstalling a Hoval Topgas 45 (it has been moved, but it is being cleaned and overhauled at the moment)... The boiler is large, but it id deceptively large due to the hge metal casing it is in... though I like the fact that there ia good air circulation within the boiler case...
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    Groundwater problems in the back of the garden... ideas?

    Hi all I live in deep suburban North London, and over the last 10 years the back 20% of the garden has been experiencing increasingly worse ground water issues. I'd say the garden is 30 meters long. History, and significant points: 1. Depth of water is about the same (uoto about 5...
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    Lack of mains pressure with Megaflow/ condensor.

    Dear all, My girlfriend has a new build about 5 or so years old... it has a Megaflow HE 130 I think, and a small condensing boiler in the kitchen... I would give the fit about 3 out of 10 generally, but it has all the right parts, and has not been meddled with actually. The issue is that...
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    Panasonic Lumix replacement batteries

    Happy new year all... I have a Panasonic Lumix FS5 compact digicam, and I though it might be worth an ask on here before a google... Are there issues with using ebay replacement batteries in my Lumix, there are conflicting reports, but I just replaced my Fiju after 10 years, and I used...
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    Hoval Topgas 45-4

    I am looking for an installation manual for one of these... can anyone please help? Many thanks, will be fitting it in the new year.
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