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    Biasi Combi 28S noisy when off

    I think I have found the culprit. I have an outside tap which is connected to the mains supply that also supplies the boiler. The outside tap has an automatic watering system which comes on early in the morning and (due to jet lag) I have been waking very early and hearing the water...
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    Biasi Combi 28S noisy when off

    It wasn't making this noise when I was here back in July and hasn't made it before - although the flat was let over the past 4 years. The noise does stop when you run either cold or hot water. It does not stop if you turn the power off. It does seem to stop after the heating has been on for a...
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    Biasi Combi 28S noisy when off

    I have a Biasi 28S which is about 6 years old at my flat in NW London. It now has a constant and fairly loud whirring noise which continues when it is both on and off. It's not the fan as far as I can tell. It does hold pressure at 1.5 Bar and heats the central heating and hot water OK...
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    Laminate flooring through doorway - Help!

    There's a useful detailed guide to laying laminate in doorways here. Especially if you haven't splashed out on Uniloc and bought your laminate from one of the DIY stores.
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    Kitchen Worktop Cut to Size in London

    The laminate kitchen worktop in my flat in NW London needs replacing due to damage from the tenants. I am willing to fit it but it needs an L-shaped piece with a mitre cut which I don't have the tools for and don't feel competent to DIY. Can anyone recommend a supplier of pre-cut...
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    Seating prevention metal studs

    They could work - what are they called and where do you get them from?
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    Black/brown varnish for wardrobe

    We have an existing mid-brown Tasmanian Oak wardrobe which doesn't match the rest of the furniture and we would like to change it to a black/brown finish. We also plan to add mirrors to the existing inset on the outside of the doors so only 10cm around the edge of the door will be visible...
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    Push-fit waste repair or not

    I'm a Brit who moved to Oz 4 years ago and have renovated apartments in both countries so I am aware of the differences in the regs. I couldn't believe it when the sparkie here asked where I'd like the sockets in the Bathroom! And looked at me like I was mental when I asked for a pull cord...
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    Push-fit waste repair or not

    I emptied the trap and found a piece of bent brass wire approx 1cm long which might have something to do with it. :?
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    Push-fit waste repair or not

    The push-button (push to close - push to release) sprung waste plug in our basin became increasingly stiff and difficult to release until it stopped doing it completely. I have removed the brass mechanism and cleaned the plug plunger and pipe into which it slides to compress the spring and it...
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    Seating prevention metal studs

    We are looking to renovate the entrance to our building which will create a step that will likely be used by the local tramps to sit and consume their meths. We don't want to hurt anyone but we want to dissuade them from sitting there by creating a surface which is uncomfortable. I have...
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    Crosswater Thermostatic Shower Mixers

    I've found the Crosswater range of Thermostatic Mixers with a 15-year guarantee which seem reasonable but I've never heard of the brand before - does anyone know if they're any good.
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    Aqualisa Classic Aquavalve 200 Thermostatic repair

    Thanks In fact there's a suggestion on the discussion forum here that if it's dripping from the shower head then it's just the O ring that needs replacing - but it seems that only Aqualisa supply the O rings. I'll contact them on Monday and also take the old one round to my local plumbers...
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    Aqualisa Classic Aquavalve 200 Thermostatic repair

    Thanks very much for the tip The best price I have found for the cartridge is 54.36 +VAT from HIE Plumbing Direct http://www.h-i-e.co.uk/acatalog/Aqualisa_Cartridges_Only.html But I've also found an "Aqualisa Cartridge Screwdriver" on eBay here Is the screwdriver a requirement or can...
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    Aqualisa Classic Aquavalve 200 Thermostatic repair

    I have an Aqualisa Classic 200 mixer installed which has developed a persistent drip even though the valve is fully closed. What is the likely cause and how do I take it apart to repair it? I'm in NW London so the water is reasonably hard (limescale buildup?) or is it a worn washer/valve...
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    Painting Ornate Plaster Ceiling

    Our offer for the penthouse property was accepted, subject to a favourable building inspection report. The building report summary was OK: "Our inspection indicated that the building generally was considered to be structurally acceptable. We found the building to be in average condition for...
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    Painting Ornate Plaster Ceiling

    Main reason for moving is social life and (mainly) work - commuting form the central coast to Sydney is a nightmare - it's like commuting from Reading to London with a Motorway to Maidenhead - a 2-lane bypass to Slough and then going round the South Circular for the rest of the journey. The...
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    Painting Ornate Plaster Ceiling

    No, we currently live at N Avoca here, 50 miles N. of Sydney - which is the one we've sold. We're looking in Darlinghurst which has lots of Art Deco blocks of flats (Units)
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    Painting Ornate Plaster Ceiling

    I know that Aussies are more regulated than the Germans (I lived there too) but I found this: "Did you know that it if you want to paint a wall and need to unscrew a power outlet or light switch, you cannot do it legally in any Australian state? Nor can you replace a light switch or power...
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    Painting Ornate Plaster Ceiling

    The builder has quoted for the whole job (despite being asked to break it down) - as they do. So £75,000 is correct. I think that skimming the horizontal sections may work - provided you can stabilise the current surface - but I tend to agree that it looks like modern paint over old paint...
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