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    Material for deep window board

    Cheers. I don't tend to get on with the cut edge of MDF. What is your method for sealing and finishing?
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    Material for deep window board

    I need to construct a particularly deep window board (around half a metre) for an extruded window. What is the best material to use? I was thinking of using a piece of 25mm hardwood ply, with a hardwood beading glued and nailed to the exposed edge.
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    Shower cable rating

    Wow this has generated quite the debate, thanks everyone for your comments. Are the regs applicable relevant to the circumstances of the usage of the circuits? For example, as noted above, the shower is only ever on for 5-10 mins at a time. The ring it runs alongside in the ~2m conduit run is...
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    Shower cable rating

    I did wonder if RCBO might be an option, I believe my CU is compatible.
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    Shower cable rating

    Thanks, I never knew about the time factors. Do you think this should be rewired with 10mm? The conduit run also contains 1 other circuit (2 cable ring). Also it isn't on the RCD side of the board, should it be?
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    Shower cable rating

    I have a 9.5kw shower and have just noticed that it is wired in on 6mm. By my calcs the shower should need 41.3A, so 6mm is pushing it given that a couple of metres of the run is in conduit. But then I noticed it has a 32a breaker on it to protect the cable, which has never tripped - even when...
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    Studwork puzzle

    As I suspected. Thanks.
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    Studwork puzzle

    Maybe I haven't described it very well. The walls are 2400mm tall, but then above the wall top plate is a ~20mm clearance to the joists. I wondered if they set the joists too high in the first place. Although I'd have expected them to put some scrap in the 20mm gap and nail thru, just wondered...
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    Studwork puzzle

    I've noticed that none of the upstairs internal stud walls in my house have the top plate fixed to the ceiling joists. In fact, there is a good 20mm clearance between the top plates and the underside of the joists. Would anyone like to hazard a guess as to why it has been built this way? My...
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    Shed base

    If the concrete is to be the finished shed floor, and if that finished concrete is lower than the patio, you will need to be careful to keep water out of the shed. Even if you lay blocks that go above the patio height, is there not possibility of an run-off seeping under the wall sole plates? I...
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    Tile trim question

    Take a tile out of the pack and see how much clearance you get on the 10mm trim in the shop before buying it. I'd normally go for a 12mm trim on a 9.5mm tile. Alu silver effect will be cheaper than a stainless steel one (assuming you want some kind of silver finish). Wickes might be cheaper than...
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    Waterproof en-suite before tiling

    Is it a shower over a bath or a cubicle? How powerful is the shower? How large are the tiles? The more powerful the shower, and the more grout lines you have, the greater the amount of moisture that will transfer behind the tiles. If you want to be absolutely sure of no moisture ingress to the...
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    Timber frame wall insulation

    I think I've found the answer. Knauf say that 'omnifit' can be used for my application and it seems easier to get hold of, nowhere seems to stock the frametherm. Thanks everyone for the help.
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    Timber frame wall insulation

    The knauf gear for timber framed walls is called 'frametherm' and is actually on a roll too. The lowest grade one, 'frametherm 40' has identical thermal properties to the bog standard knauf 100mm loft roll but they claim only the frametherm offers acoustic insulation as well as thermal. It looks...
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    Timber frame wall insulation

    I've just discovered Knauf and Rockwool both make a specific 'timber framed wall insulation', which both seem to cost an arm and a leg. I can't get my head around why, the stuff they sell for lofts is also A1 fire rated and has a similar R value. Perhaps it is the sound insulation performance.
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    Timber frame wall insulation

    Fair enough. Most of the fibreglass seems to be sold as 'loft insulation' but can I assume it is the same stuff?
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    Timber frame wall insulation

    I've had to remove some damaged sections of plasterboard on external wall of a bedroom. The house is timber-framed, so even the external walls are studwork on the inner leaf. Behind the plasterboard I've found fibreglass insulation between the studs. It is pretty lacking in many places - it...
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    Position of cable in stud wall

    Thanks for the idea. It would end up behind a wardrobe though so probably not the best place for a socket!
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    Position of cable in stud wall

    I've discovered a cable in a wall of my house. The wall is external, but inner leaf is still constructed from studwork/plasterboard, as it is a timber framed house. The cable isn't currently in a permitted zone. It is protected by RCD. It is buried less than 50mm from the surface. I wanted to...
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    Partially failed plasterboard joints

    Cheers. I've got plenty of taping to do in the room so may just do this while I'm at it. I've never taped over an existing finished joint before but I'm sure it will be fine.
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