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    F&E tank in the loft

    ok forgive my ignorance......... I was up in the loft the other day and noticed when the boiler and pump sprang into life......so did the feed and expansion tank in the loft! Is it supposed to do this? What I mean is that will the boiler/pump running water was merrily coming out the...
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    air in my boiler

    It's that time of year again! I've got a central heating system with two heating zones, and a hot water circuit. The rads rarely need bleeing and the expansion tank is full, but the boiler seems prone to getting air in it. ( thumping banging- happens mainly when the pump shuts off )...
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    What sort of wire for a thermosat?

    I'm about to change a rather flakey wireless room thermostat for a wired version. I will need to run a cable from the CH-controller to the stat which is about 10m a way. I'm using a Drayton digistat+ thermostat tech details here:- http://www.uk-plumbing.com/brochure/drayton/PlusDigi.pdf ...
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    water still trickles in to pan after flush?

    A few years ago I replaced two toilets in my house. Both are fitted with push button flushes. The flush is not a traditional syphon, but one with a spring-loaded plunger type affair. After flushing the large washer on the flush mechanism doesn't seem to seal well against the cistern...
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    problem with toilet flush

    Hi all i fitted two toilets about 4 years ago, the flush mechanism is a pacific push flush. The dificulty is when a small amount of lime scale builds up on the washer that seals off the water outlet from the cistern, it doesn't seat properly. This caused water to run down the back of the...
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    which finish for new kitchen door?

    My mum ( bless er!) has has a new pine/ glazed internal door fitted. She is convinced that it should be finished with 'wood oil' as that is what her friend told her. :? What are my options with oil or varnish. If I used oil ( what sort?) and will it need further sanding down/re-coats...
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    s it the controller or 2 port valve thats failed?- UPDATED

    If got quite a complicated control system on my heating system: 2 heating circuits and 1 HW circuit ( each opened/shut with 2 port valve ) 1 heating circuit has it's own Room stat and timer. ( this one has the problem) the other timer controlls the other heating and HW citcuit ( this...
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    ketteling boiler, but only when HW on and CH off?

    My system is a tank fed system, with 2 heating zones and a HW loop, each isolated by a 2 port valve. When just HW required a lot of protests form the boiler! ....thumping, banging and won't fire up. Will be fine with CH running. I can also hear a lot of cavitaion (?) in the pump when that...
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    oopps - emulsioning walls and its going horribly wrong!

    I though i might have a bit of a problem as last time I emullsioned the walls ( matt) there was very slight bubbling of the paint in some places. I thought it could just be matt on silk paint problem. before painting I sanded those areas back so the emulsion would key better. I started...
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    grrrr.. still can't fix my houses water hammer, so what next

    Water hammer keeps cropping up in the mains feed coldwater system in my house. It used to effect the downstairs toilet cistern, so I replaced the valve with fluidmaster type. that fixed it for a bit. Then the upstairs toilet cistern whistled and whined when filling, fixed that with fluid...
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    drain camera survey is it a DIY job?

    We have possible drain problems at our house. The local rumour is that when the houses were built (1992), the ground works contractors tied their horses up each morning before starting work! The out come is that the undergroud drainage is set deep ( 5 ft down) , and various neighbours...
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    holding tiles in place, how? ( top of window 'reveal')

    I've just about finished re-tiling my bathroom, just the tricky bits to go! Where the window is set in the wall ( window reveal?) I have tiled the window ledge and sides, but how do I hold the tiles in place on the underside of the lintel, until the adhesive goes off? How do I stop the...
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    insulating wooden floor above garage- vapour barrier needed?

    I'm off to my mum's next week and one job I have is to insulate the bedroom floor ( it is above a cold garage ). I'm going to lift as few floor boards as I can. I was planning on using rock wool slabs or the roll insulation. Should I leave an air gap on both sides of the insulation (between...
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    Is an alarm practical with pets?

    I'd like to add a wired alarm to my house. I'll go for a zone system that I can add in stages as it takes me ages to finish projects. Is it practical as I have pets? (Cat and parrot if you ask!). I'm concerned about 'false alarms'. The bird is in her cage, but the cat wanders around the...
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    primer- for painting a wet room floor?

    My sister had a go at DIY ( I should post this in the disater section) She decided the light coloured wet room flooring was badly stained and marked so she painted it with some sort of water proof paint. No prep or priming first! So I've got to help her out. Is it possible to paint a...
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    stud wall and thermal insulation -easiest for DIYer!

    My mums house has a extension with only single skin walls. It need insulating! Whats the easiest and quickest aproach for a DIY'er? I'll lift the floor boards and put loose lay insulation in ( room is above garage ) What about the bedroom walls? Wooden stud work and insulated...
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    Sould I get my 'drains' checked?

    Over the last year, there often seem to be holes and voids apearing along the outside of the garage wall. I know that a fairly shallow running clay drainage pipe runs along the back of the garage. The first holes were due to rats. ( now dead and gone I hope! ) Now, more voids seem to be...
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    arrrgh! water hammer again! - time for a shock arrester?

    I've been fighting water hammer for years and I though I had won, now its back again! In summary: There was very bad water hammer in my house! There is faily high water pressure here. All toilets/wahing machine/ dishwasher on mains cold feed. ( so doesn't relate to ball valve in cold...
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    what sort of disc for my angle grinder?

    I've got a JCB 115mm angle grinder and I need a disc for cutting ceramic and slate wall tiles. What sort of disc do I need? I've searched and a few posts refer to a 'dimond disc'. Do I need any more info? Can some kind soul provide a link to a suitable one for me? :)
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    recomend me a shower mixer!

    I want to replace a shower in the bathroom ( currently old Mira Excel ). I made the mistake in the en-suite bathroom or plumbing in a 'cheap' shower that gives a diabolical flow rate ( a lot worst then the mira excell it replaced!)- and I don't want to make the same mistate again! Any...
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