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    Which wall plug?

    Thank you for your replies. I don't think there's a steel or concrete lintel above the window, it was just a small wooden one set into the brickwork and closer to the window itself than where I'd actually be drilling. I think I'm just going to have to contact the plasterer and ask him how he...
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    Which wall plug?

    Hello I've just had a wall skimmed in a bedroom. We'd taken all the old plaster off surrounding the window as it was blown really badly so the plasterer put drywall onto the brick work and then skimmed over it. Now I want to fix a curtain pole above the window but I'm wondering if I should...
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    Fence post holes - too big.

    Thank you for the responses. I've actually got a post hole digger, but I didn't know about painting the bottom of the posts which come out of the ground in bitumen. I've got a year now to think about (and save up for!) a taller fence which I want to build from scratch (this existing fence is...
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    Fence post holes - too big.

    Can I just ask one tiny extra question (about fence design)? On the Wickes' site it gives a tip stating: "A continuous, flat run of timber fencing is most susceptible to wind damage. If possible, incorporate 90-degree returns at the ends." What do they mean by 90 degree returns? "Even a...
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    Fence post holes - too big.

    Fair enough - I did wonder about the integrity of the soil if I attempted to backfill - I'm guessing soil takes longer than one thinks to compact enough. When I do my fence next year I want to use individual pickets (or boards or whatever they're called). I've got a year to worry about the...
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    Fence post holes - too big.

    Hello I've just replaced 5 fence posts in the back garden as the original posts were very old and had rotted, bringing the fence panels down in high winds. Obviously I dug out the original concrete boulders housing the old fence posts, and they took up quite a bit of room (and bags of...
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    PVA streaked walls

    Thank you for the response (it went so long without a suggestion that I eventually stopped checking, lol). Do you mean sand down all the walls, or just where there's streaking?
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    PVA streaked walls

    Hello I had my kitchen ceiling skimmed a couple of weeks ago. The stuff which the ceiling was treated with prior to skimming (presumably PVA? I never watched him, I just let him get on with it) has streaked in places down my walls (which are painted with vinyl emulsion) I went round the...
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    Electric shower keeps cutting out

    Guys - thanks for all your responses, I really appreciate it. Unfortunately I haven't been able to take a look inside the isolator switch yet as I work full-time and have been going straight from work to my OH's property to tile his kitchen, and not getting back home until late each night. But...
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    Electric shower keeps cutting out

    Thank you - I'll take a look when I get home.
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    Electric shower keeps cutting out

    Hello This morning my electric shower kept cutting out during use. The shower is a Mira Advance and we've had it for about 7 years. What happened is that it would work for roughly a minute, then it would just stop - the red light at the isolator switch would go off, and the light on the power...
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    Electric Cooker

    Thank you so much for your replies - I really appreciate it. This just reminds me why I spent most of my time as a teenager staring out the window during physics lessons. Clearly I should have paid more attention.
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    Electric Cooker

    Thank you for the replies. This is awkward then, as my OH's electrician is a football mate of his :). My OH would really prefer a higher wattage oven, but when it came to fitting it his mate will probably take the hump with us for doubting/disregarding his advice. I did think it a bit strange...
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    Electric Cooker

    My other half is looking to buy an electric cooker for his house he's hoping to rent out. Most of the cookers he likes are around 9KW+ and in the specs they all say that the fuse rating is 32amps (which is what he's got). However, his electrician says that he should get an oven no greater than...
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    Kitchen tap problems

    Thank you for your replies. My boiler is a Baxi Combi 105 HE and there doesn't seem to be any problem with the hot water flow ... it seems the same speed as it always was. It takes around 12 seconds to fill a litre jug.
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    Kitchen tap problems

    Hello I seem to be having problems with my kitchen mixer tap. I can get hot water from my bathroom mixer tap, and also from the little sink in my downstairs toilet (I don’t have a bath and my shower is electric) but I can only get hot water from the kitchen tap if I turn on the hot tap in...
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    Problems unscrewing electrical socket

    Thanks for your response. I did run a craft knife around the edges, so I know it's not that. Funnily enough when I got into work this morning after posting there was the campus electrician doing some work in our office, so I asked his advice and he suggested the same as you pretty much so I'll...
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    Problems unscrewing electrical socket

    Hello I am currently wallpapering the living room and only have one wall left to do. However I am having big problems (in that 'I can't') unscrew the last electrical socket enough to be able to fit the wallpaper slightly behind the socket itself. It's a single plug socket and the right hand...
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    Wallpapering inner corners

    Thank you for your response, misterhelpful. I've started wallpapering with the paper and so far it's behaved itself ok (though I've just done round one window so far as I'm desperate to get the radiator back on the wall). The only problem is that the seams really have a problem sticking fully...
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