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    Loud clonking and pressure dial bouncing on baxi combi.

    Very similar symptoms to this other thread on our Baxi duo tec Combi 40 e: https://www.diynot.com/diy/threads/boiler-pressure-going-mental.304352/ I've heard it take a few times but never got to it in time, it only lasts for a minute or so. Today I heard it - sounded like someone running along...
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    Planing swollen doors... do I need to paint right away?

    The last week I've had 4 different outside doors all swell and stick. They were all painted and I've obviously lost the paint planing them to close... is it important to repaint immediately to prevent the exposed wood absorbing more moisture? It's really not a great time of year for painting but...
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    Installing uPVC vertical sash windows... Cill pre-attached to frame?

    I've received 2 Spectus quickslide sash windows and was pleasantly surprised to see they come fully preassembled. This includes the 152mm cill - it is screwed to the bottom of the frame. Initially I thought that was just to hold it in place for transport, but it's fully sealed as well. I'd...
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    Flat warm roof... does the top deck require additional joists or could it screw through to the main structure?

    I'm looking to build a warm-roof on a cabin, employing rigid PIR insulation and an EPDM rubber top layer. The basic order would be, top->down: EPDM rubber sheet OSB top deck PIR boards (150mm most likely) VPL membrane (PVC sheet) boarded bottom deck (also serves as the ceiling) roof...
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    Mitre acute angles

    I need to cut a bead to fit into the eaves of my 25 degree pitched roof... so the bead actually needs to be cut at a pretty acute angle, on my mitre saw I'd have to go to 65 degrees which is far beyond what it can do. My basic mitre block can't either end even looking at a more expensive tool...
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    Is BG HomeCare worthwhile for a problematic system?

    I must have half a dozen threads about my Baxi combi boiler over the last few years, we've had blocked exchangers, failed diverter valves and now - even after a professional PowerFlush in spring - repeated E110 overheat errors which the plumber suspects is another blockage. The system was very...
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    What temperature triggers cut out E125?

    My baxi duo tec Combi 40 HE was off this morning with error E125 which seems likely down to overheating? It restarted ok and has been running fine today but I'm watching the display as I run a Bath and it's sitting about 88C (heating and hot water set to 75 and 58 respectively). We have had...
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    June 2022 Glazing Safety glass regs

    I don't know which Part of the regulations these changes come under but I'm aware the 2022 regs now stipulate safety glass is used in 'critical locations' e.g. doors and windows within 800mm of the floor. Similarly some changes on ventilation - trickle vents, etc. I am mid-way through...
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    Is it possible to 'cut in' against existing coving when studding out one wall?

    Basic rectangular room with a simple plaster coving. I am thinking to stud on one end (for insulation). That obviously makes the long walls each a bit shorter so is there a way to re-do the corners on the coving in-place instead of removing the whole coving and replacing which would be messy. I...
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    How can I work out what the aperture size is to replace this wooden sash window?

    I'm looking to replace this traditional wooden sash window with a modern (non sash) uPVC window: I'm struggling to figure out what size the new window should be since the existing frame obscures it. The internal aperture is a different size to the external aperture, and the external aperture...
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    Did I make a mistake installing this non-breathable membrane in my 'shed' roof?

    When we replaced the main wooden sup-structure structure on our part-brick greenhouse some months ago we used Coroline corrugated bitumen roof sheeting - we got the roof on and had to pause for a while before completing the walls: At the time it seemed a good idea to throw a membrane (big...
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    Taping/Flashing wooden window enclosure

    I am going to self-install a couple of UPVC windows in a wooden-frame shed/garden room - basically a 6x2" stud wall. Everything makes sense mostly, but I am confused what product to use on the woodwork to provide a good seal. I know some sort of flashing is needed at the base but is that just...
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    Blade sizes on circular saws

    I have the Dewalt DCS570N (https://www.dewalt.co.uk/products/dcs570n-xj--18v-xr-brushless-184mm-circular-saw-bare-unit#anchor_-1733588132) which runs a 184mm blade with 16mm bore and 65mm cutting depth. I'm after a cement-fiber blade for a fairly small one-off project and I've never bought a...
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    Installing a water gauge to my metal rainwater tank

    I have this metal tank for rain-water collection, it's approx 2m^3 and the only holes are on the top and where the tap comes out. I was wondering about fitting some sort of gauge to show how full it is but I have no access to it from the inside. Is this feasible without major effort?
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    Fibre cement cladding tips?

    I'm seriously considering going the fibre cement board instead of timber for a small part-clad garden room (approx 15m^2 of cladding) on a 5x3m room (thanks to suggestions in a previous thread). I've never worked with this material though I do have some samples, I have no 'feel' for how it...
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    Breather membrane for timber-framed walls

    It seems like Tyvek Housewrap is the go-to product to wrap a timber frame prior to cladding? I did see someone using a similar product which incorporated a sticky strip so you don't need tape, but I can't remember what it was called. As far as taping do most people use the (expensive) FlexWrap...
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    Stripping stone/concrete window sills & lintels for repainting

    We're having the whole house painted and our window sills/lintels are flaking in some places. But the paint on them is so thick that just cleaning up the loose bits and repainting, it would look terrible even if we tried to sand the edges smoother. We'd loose all the clean edges and smooth...
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    Internal insulation for solid brick walls - stud or insulated plasterboard?

    Our house is 1860 solid brick and both the soaring gas prices and the recent heat are making us think we should hurry up and insulate the rooms we use most, we were going to slowly do this as we redecorate each room but doing anything before winter would claw back some costs in heating savings...
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    Treated new teak is patchy

    I bought some new untreated teak furniture this spring. I decided to use Treatex specialist teak treatment and as the furniture was expensive, took a lot of care in my preparation and application - two coats applied in succession to clean wood, a third applied later, in dry conditions. After...
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    Is a flat roof (terrace) a terrible idea?

    We have on old (100yr+) 2 storey extension on our house, about 6x4m. Original slate roof is in need of repairs. I was noticing how it catches the evening sun - we lose it around 5-6 everywhere outside - and thinking how a little roof patio could be rather nice. But I've been brought up told by...
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