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    Animal in the ceiling

    There is an animal in the space between the ceiling and the roof in my loft dormer. I don't know if it's trapped in there or living there on purpose. It runs around making sounds and then stops. How would I go about removing it from there? The ceiling has downlights, so I guess I could take one...
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    Ripped off by hob repair service?

    Hope this is the right place to post it. It's about a gas hob, but has to do with electrics and not gas. I have a gas hob with 4 burners. The electric ignition stopped working on two of them. I booked repair with a nationwide service, which uses local firms, and the payment plan I chose was a...
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    Ionisation smoke alarms triggered by steam?

    I have three BRK 670MBX ionisation smoke alarms. The the ground floor and 1st floor ones go off frequently after cooking in the kitchen or using the shower, apparently triggered by steam / humid air. I reckon this is not normal, they should only be triggered by smoke? The product has good...
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    Ethernet for garden room, splitter or two cables?

    I'm building a garden room at the end of the garden, which is 43 metres away from the house. The wifi signal is not strong enough there and I'm not a fan of wifi anyway (unless it's for mobile devices), so I'm going to use an ethernet cable. I've laid an outdoor use 50m long Cat6 copper UTP...
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    Pumping station

    My builders will be starting the construction of a garden room soon, which will feature a toilet. I will be the primary user of it, but occasionally others (friends) may use it, so there is no guarantee the wrong kind of things won't go down the loo. I need a pumping station to take the waste...
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    Roof windows - rain and locks

    I have a lodger in my converted loft. The loft has roof windows (roofLITE, not sure which model but it may be Nito) in the pitched roof, and standard PVC windows at the dormer (rear) side. The lodger is very keen on keeping the roof windows open. He used to leave them open and go to work for...
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    Garden office plumbing questions

    I'm planning on building a garden office in place of the current shed. It will be at the back of the garden, ~ 40 metres from the house, and have a toilet, electric shower and washbasin. From what I've gathered, for water supply I can use 25mm blue MDPE and this needs to be buried underground...
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    Door chime wireless to wired extender?

    I'm planning on building a garden office and I'd like to have a door chime at the front door of the house linked to it. The garden office is going to be some 50 metres away from the front door, and there would be 3 thick walls on the way (house front wall + house rear wall + garden office front...
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    Changing room thermostat; help with wiring needed please

    My old thermostat is a mechanical one and looks like this: I'm replacing it with a digital one, here is the wiring diagram on it: From what I reckon, the old one has: 1 = permanent live 3 = switched live 4 = neutral Am I correct in thinking that on the new one it's: 1 = permanent live 2 =...
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    Fire door stop - issue with building control

    My loft conversion is finished and I've just had the final building control inspection. A few days ago a different team of builders (not the loft guys) started doing some other work, which involves dividing the large through lounge into two smaller rooms, each with its own door. The partition...
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    Issues with loft conversion, advice needed please

    For a little background: I bought the house in February last year. Since then I've had quite a bit of work done. For most of it (bathroom refit, kitchen refit, a new cloakroom, laminate flooring, guttering, etc.) I used a Romanian company whose services I was very happy with. Then I decided to...
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    Sealing gaps in acoustic plasterboard

    I'm having my loft conversion done. I asked the builders to use SoundBloc plasterboard on the party walls to improve the sound insulation. It's now fully plasterboarded (with a single layer of plasterboard), but there are gaps between the adjacent boards, from 2mm to 10mm for the most part. I'm...
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    Party Wall issues, advice needed urgently please

    I'm having a dormer loft conversion done. Before the works started I had plans drawn by an architect and got council permission (not planning permission, that wasn't needed needed). However, I didn't serve Party Wall notice. While the builders were putting in the steal beams, they caused damage...
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    Kitchen in the loft?

    I'm doing a loft conversion, the plans have a bedroom and shower room and have been approved by the council. The builder said he can also fit a small kitchenette in the bedroom. It would be just a sink, a unit or two, fridge, microwave and electric hob. He says he's done it in previous loft...
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    Textured ceiling, best way to make it smooth?

    I have a textured ceiling in a bedroom. I'd like to make it smooth. A friend of mine, who is a builder, told me it's asbestos and it's best to plaster it over. Upon closer inspection it appears to be flaking off and I thought I could just scrape it off like wallpaper. But what if it's asbestos...
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    Need to add a socket, advice please?

    One of the bedrooms has a cupboard with a combi gas boiler. The boiler is connected to the mains via an isolation switch, which is mounted on the wall inside the cupboard. I've bought a somewhat bulky wireless printer and thought the cupboard would make a good house for it. As there are no...
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    New cloakroom completed - retrospective BR advice please

    I've recently had a small cloakroom (toilet + washbasin) built in the downstairs lounge. It has 2 supply pipes (cold and hot water) going into it from the kitchen under the kitchen and lounge floor, and a waste pipe (from the toilet and washbasin) which comes out of it through the external wall...
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    Sewage smell in the kitchen

    I've been haunted by an intermittent sewage smell in the kitchen ever since I moved in. My first suspect was the waste pipe that goes from the kitchen sink into the outside drain. The drain was blocked so I thought it was the smell from the drain that was coming up the drain pipe and into the...
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    What load can my shed cable take?

    I have an electric cable running from the house to the shed. For most of its length it's buried 6-7" deep in the ground. The cable is not the flexible / rubber type, it's rigid, most likely copper (?). The external diameter is 7mm. I wonder what kind of load it can take? I've seen some tables...
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    Removing switch/socket box extenders

    I've recently had my bathroom refitted and they installed 2 boxes outside the bathroom (in the landing): a thermostat and a fan isolator switch. The plates sit on thick plastic boxes which project very far from the wall and look horrible. Can I get rid of those boxes and hide the internals...
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