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    Dealing with easy peel paint (no mist coat used on fresh plaster)

    Situation (as if you'd not already guessed) : Extension built about 10 years ago (by previous house owner). Paint appears to have been applied to fresh plaster without a mist coat. So with very little provocation it peels off. And now we're re-decorating - doing some alterations (extra sockets...
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    Confused about solid/engineered boards - esp. bamboo

    Is it me, or is the trend these days to make everything maintenance proof - i.e. once built there's no 'king way to do anything to a house short of hacking stuff apart in a way that didn't used to be needed :unsure: I was brought up in houses with traditional floor boards - this is the first...
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    Thoughts about this floor - uneven joists

    We have a house where the previous owner built an extension - 4mx5m approx living room. When I first looked at the house I knew the floor wasn't "right" - there's part where you can feel a slope under your feet. But like a lot of other issues, the benefits (house is the right size, garden big...
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    Can anyone tell me what this meter page is showing ?

    When I get the meter readings at church, one of the pages is this one. I'd assumed it might be something like current demand - but at the time I took this, the actual load was around 1/4kW (both by a quick "what's on totting up, and by timing the meter pulses) and would not have been higher at...
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    Drop bare earth in trench ?

    At some point I plan to install some ducting to a shed which will replace what's left of the greenhouse that didn't survive the storms. I'm thinking that it would be an opportunity to bury around 15-20m of earth conductor in the bottom of the trench. Other than the cost, any reason why not to do...
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    Garage door suggestions - alternative to up-n-over ?

    I have two properties which still have their original up-n-over doors from the mid 90s. Apart from showing their age (rust, worn pins & rollers, etc.), one seems to have a penchant for eating springs. I have had a local installer come and have a look - and he's quoted for replacement up-n-over...
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    "Professionally" fitted lock - am I right to think this is ... rubbish ?

    We wanted a keypad lock on the church hall door, so we can give people a code when it's hired as we don't have the volunteers to keep opening up & shutting up for people. It's one of those things I was planning on doing myself, but I've been struggling for time - so we found a local...
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    Joining festoon cable

    During the storms a while back, we had a couple of fence panels blow out, and put a lot of strain on a set of festoon lights as they went - and the lights stopped working. I finally got round to investigating, and it looks like it's broken the joint where the flat festoon cable joins to the...
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    Candidate for the most pointless earthing ?

    Where I work has recently put up a multi storey car park, and while walking past the other day I noticed that every 3-4 posts along the side I can see from the road there is a strap bolted to the post and going to an earth rod box. It's a steel frame, all bolted together, with something getting...
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    Isar HE 30 - O-ring for expansion vessel connection on pump

    Yes, we know it's an old boiler, yes we know it's overdue for replacement, but other than this one leak it's actually working fine. And no, I'm not touching anything gas related, this is a simple water leak issue. One of our lasses has an Isar 30, and a while ago it started leaking which was...
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    Any GS registered person up for a boiler challenge in S. Cumbria ?

    First off ... If your attitude to thermal stores is to suggest ripping it out and replacing with a combi - don't reply. If you can't cope with uncommon setups - don't reply. If you don't like working with customers who know enough not to be fobbed off with bull**** - don't reply. If you are the...
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    Recommendation for outdoor spotlights ?

    I tried these "outdoor" fittings with these outdoor LED lamps - the lamps say they maintain the fitting integrity up to IP55 which is slightly different to saying "outdoor". And as with the festoon lighting I've previously reported on, it's clear that IP44 isn't "outdoor". 3 of the 4 lamps...
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    BS EN 61439-3 - what it actually says vs what people think it says

    So, we keep having conversations that come around to what people think is in BS EN 61439-3. Suggestions include that it must be single phase; that the maximum load is 100A; that it must have a self-closing lid (typically by being hinged at the top); that it must be fireproof (i.e. contain a...
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    Can we really manage all electric heating ?

    The thread on 2 x 15kW boilers : https://www.diynot.com/diy/threads/2-x-15kw-boilers-on-single-phase.533869/#post-4500394 got me thinking ... TPTB seem keen that we go all electric for heating etc. Combi boilers typically need 30kW or more, yet here's a discussion as to whether two supplies can...
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    So, these "smart" meter do actually have a use then !

    Octopus energy now offer some tariffs that use the abilities of the "smart" meters. There's one for EV users, which as far as I can see from the blurb is really just a variant of E7 - more like an E4. it's not clear whether the meter is used to control the charger, or the charger is just...
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    What code for these ?

    I'm on holiday, and being a bit OCD I can never resist looking at the electrics (and other things) in the places we stay. I tend to send the host an email afterwards with any constructive comments I can give them. The CU is an old 8-way Wylex board retrofitted with plug-in MCBs. There's also an...
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    The other week's blackout

    Came across this interesting analysis of the blackout. I don't recall having seen any discussion of the event in here so far ... ... Little Barford power station tripping at 16:52 when its declared maximum output ... dropped from 664MW to 0MW. ... Almost instantaneously, the Hornsea One wind...
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    Cast iron pipes, wooden plugs rotted away - best way to fix ?

    A bit borderline between here and plumbing section, but this part of the question is more building than plumbing I think ... c1940s ex council house in red brick and rendered. Been working around various jobs (and painting as I go), and got around to the wall where the soil stack is. When...
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    What to do with "spare" sleeving

    Was in the wholesalers yesterday and while there asked for some blue sleeving. When I bought some brown "a few" years ago they had some small packs of a few (probably 5) metres - more than enough for the few jobs I do. Nope, don't have them any more - only got packs of 100m :rolleyes: He did...
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    Asking DNO re supply characteristics

    If you contacted the DNO and asked : What's the earthing arrangement at the site. It appears to be PME (TN-C-S) but there is no labelling so no guarantee that it isn't a "DIY job". What's the type and rating of the supply fuse ? What sort of answer would you expect ?
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