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    Best substrate to tile on? Brick, plaster, Board.

    Hello, I'm about to start building my Ensuite. 1 wall is stud and plasterboard, so my intention is to acrylic primer then tile straight onto it. The other 3 walls are going to be back to bare brick. Tiling over this will be a pain, as its bound to be uneven. But i'm wondering what is the best...
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    Stone Bath waste, (like basin waste but bigger)

    Hello, I have a stone (travetine) bath, but I have no waste for it. Standard won't work. It needs to look like a basin waste but be 1 1/2 inch rather than 1 1/4. I managed to find this...
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    Insulation again...

    Hello, I'm currently building an extension and loft conversion. The loft will form "part" of a bedroom, and i'm keen to make it as efficient as can be. I deliberately used 7 inch rafters on the new part of the vaulted ceiling, in order to use 4" of PIR and a suitable air gap. However...
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    My DIY house refurb. Half complete,

    Hello, I'm copying this from my thread on another forum, so updates will appear quicker than they actually are. In 2012 we decided to have an extension on the house. This has now turned into 3 extensions! We lived in the house throughout, and other than brickwork I did everything (with...
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    Hardwood decking, which screws/hidden fixings.

    Hello, Today I've tried to lay some hardwood decking (in between the rain). It is Red Balau hardwood. I purchased some "clips" which go into the side of the decking and are concealed. However, they are very flimsy, and more or less impossible to hammer into the side of the boards without...
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    Hardwood decking

    Hello, I'm looking to build a decking area approx 30m^2. I really like the look of hardwood decking. But I'm not sure which is best to go for, or what the best place to buy it is. Prices seem to be about £80 per sq meter at best, (just for the planks) Its a lot to spend, but it should last...
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    Plumbed into mains Coffee machine.

    Hello, Bit of a long shot, does anybody know of any other than the Meile? I can't find any, the Miele is top money and doesn't really "match" my kitchen, wondered if I had any other choices before spending over £2k for my morning coffee. :lol:
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    Unvented cylinder in cellar pressure release valve advise

    Hello, I have a 400l unvented cylinder to go in my cellar. But there seems to be conflict between plumbers/advise. I have had 2 quotes to fit, and decided to position the cylinder myself. Both agreed this would be best as its a real headache. However. Plumber A said. The discharge...
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    Alternative to Baxi Duo Tec 2 for unvented system

    Hello, I posted a couple of threads on this before and had some help on here. I have now purchased a Unvented water cylinder thats sat in the cellar. It has a high recovery 32kw coil and 400l capacity so shouldn't ever have an issue there. My heating requirements for the house are...
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    Please help with boiler/unvented cylinder choice

    Hello, I have a 4 bed 2 bathroom house. However have a very large bath, 400litres. And 2 large showers. Only 16 rads, 2 towel rails. Most of the house has aircon which also heats when required (and is arguably more efficient) I have a static pressure of 3.5bar. And a flow rate of around...
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    ABS stone resin shower tray, cement or something else?

    Hello, I've got an ABS stone resin shower tray. From what I've read about stone resin trays they need to go on cement. However this has about 9 "boss's" to receive legs, and can be raised off the floor. Assuming cement for this is overkill. What would you bed it on? It has "feet" probably...
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    Floor advise, tile over backer or WBP?

    Hello, I have just built an extension on my bathroom. It is to house a large bath sunk into the floor. I am constructing a WBP 22mm floor, around the edge of the bath. (approx 600mm all around the edge. The rest of the bathroom is old style floor planks/boards. Again 3/4". The whole are...
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    Oak door casing attaching door stops?

    Hello, I purchased an oak door casing with loose stops, whats the best way to attach them? I'm assuming wood glue and wedge inplace, but wondered if I was missing something.
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    Flexable bath waste 38mm?

    Hello, My new bath has a 38mm waste, its on the end of a flexible corrugated pipe (bit like a hoover pipe) it has about a 6 inch section that is 38mm. A 40mm compression is too big, as is a solvent weld, or push fit. But 32mm is too small. (obviously) Any idea's how to make this work...
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    Instant hot water

    Hello, I have looked at any ways to get instant hot water in my kitchen. We have a long run from the unvented cylinders, some of which is large bore pipes 22mm. So to DHW in sink or basin in the downstairs toilet takes 30 seconds to be warm. I have one of these at work, it works...
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    High flow digital mixer

    Hello, I'm just wondering if anybody offers a high flow digital mixer shower. Ideally looking for 40+lpm. I don't see the point of running the pipes down the wall (22mm ideally) to go back up. Its very hard to find flow rates quoted, but i've seen most offer 15mm pipe so guess the flow...
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    2 x indirect unvented cylinders, problems?

    I've posted another topic on this in the past, but it went a little off course. I'll try to keep it brief. Loft space (where the cylinder will go) is 1200mm max. This means i'll have to go horizontal cylinder or 2 smaller ones. If I go 2 x 180l cylinders, its still cheaper than a...
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    Electric underfloor heating insulation advice

    Hello, I'm wanting to run Electric underfloor heating in my kitchen, there are no rads. The existing floor is concrete. I have 30mm to reach the wooden floor level of the other parts of the house. I was thinking of running 10mm insulation then a 20mm screed, followed by tiles or a wooden...
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    Combi or unvented direct cylinder?

    Hello, I posted some time ago about which boiler would be best. I have since upgraded the water coming into the house to 32mm mdpe and my flow rate has improved a lot. I have a static pressure of 3.6 bar. I have a flow rate of approx 30lpm. (this was tested by running 2 taps (bathroom) at...
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    MDPE insulating.

    Hello, I'm just replacing the old lead pipe coming into my house for a 32mm MDPE pipe. Obviously it will be buried on the outside, but where it enters the house (in the cellar). I'm going to have to "lag" insulate it. I couldn't see anything specific for doing this size pipe. The current...
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