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    Water-soaked plaster any good?

    I'm replacing a bath. Having removed the old one and the various tiles that were loose, it is clear that the plaster beneath is soaked. Presumably from leaking sealant and through the grout of the loose tiles. My query is: is the plaster shot? Or will it dry out? Has it lost it's strength? Can...
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    Twyford bath leg fixings query

    I've acquired a second-hand steel bath made by Twyford. Unfortunately, the lady had thrown away all of the legs and fixings. There is no indication as to it's model name or it's age. I've found some 'universal' leg and wall fixings from Travis Perkins, not collected them yet. Does anyone know...
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    Clean residue on leaded windows

    Hopefully this shows in the pics. I have externally leaded double-glazing. There is streaking on every panel that I can only assume to be some form of leaching coming from the lead. We have tried everything to get the staining off but without joy. Any known and successfully used products we...
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    Fit timer to existing extractor fan

    Have the extractor in the loft space above the bathroom, venting to outside. It of course has the isolator outside, next to the light switch as it happens. The two are not interconnected. How would I go about fitting a timer to the fan to have it run for say, 10mins after the switch is switched...
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    Salus thermostat kaput?

    Salus thermostat just flashing with odd characters and not synching of course. I've changed batteries, left batteries out for 15mins etc, no joy. When replacing, do I have to replace the part on the boiler as well, or just the remote, wireless part? Thanks
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    Need to work near to incoming overhead electric cables

    Hi, I've a chap coming to replace the old cast-iron guttering at the rear of my elderly parents property. There is a pair of incoming overhead electricity cables attached to the property about 6 inches below this old guttering. He didn't seem to be too phased about it but I felt it to be too...
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    Cycle carrier query

    Has anyone experience in using one of the cheap (£30) cycle carriers that fit onto the tow ball, I'm thinking the three-bike ones? Are they any good? Do they not wobble etc? I can't seem to work out how they can clamp to a spherical ball and have the full weight of three bikes on it and not...
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    Kitchen tap with retractable hose - recommendations?

    I'm wanting a kitchen tap for our Belfast sink. The type that has the retractable hose, so that we can clean into the corners. We are a standard uk household with water tank in the loft and cylinder in the airing cupboard on the first floor. All of the ones we've researched say as being "not...
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    Spotlights not working

    Hi, I am not an electrician. I am not stupid though and am more than capable of connecting a few wires together. However, my install of inset spots in my garage is not working.... They are 4no. GU10 halogen inset downlighters. The type with just a blue and a brown wire coming from them into a...
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    Leaking shower

    Hi, Shower is leaking at the corner where screen meets tiles, meets tray. It's not clear at all where it's getting through. I've sealed / resealed along the tray / tiles joint and up the edge where screen meets tiles and also, along the bottom where screen meets tray. Thinking that the water...
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    Changed router now Link extender password problems

    As the title: I've changed the router and have managed to reconnect my TP Link extender, the type that plugs into the mains both nearby and at the other side of the house. I'm getting an excellent signal to the extender but it doesn't like my password. The one with the new router. I've tried...
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    Door latch not retracting fully

    UPVC front door. When I press the lever handle the latch does not retract fully. It remains protruding by about 5mm. Is this normal and the fault lies elsewhere? If this is the issue then do you know if it possible to just replace the latch operating mechanism (presumably this sits inside and...
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    Kitchen fitting-seal bottom of panels?

    Is it normal to clear-sealant around the bottom of a base end-panel, as it meets the floor? Or would you instead leave a small, 3-5mm gap? My first kitchen install, pretty proud of tbh, but the two end panels below the Belfast sink have started to soak up spilt water. Now starting to swell and...
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    Expectations vs reality - conflict?

    My headache is with my wife, although it can of course be with any partner or client in fact. An idea comes into her head but with no concept as to how it can be made into reality. And then of course it's, "why is it taking so long?; "I don't see what your issue is!"; "let's just buy the stuff...
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    Car insurance with no car?

    My son's written off his BMW. It was expensive to insure but he won't be claiming in an effort to build up his No Claims Bonus. He's only a couple of months from hitting the second years bonus. We could keep the insurance running but ideally like to drop down to something smaller and get a...
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    Pull down tap for low pressure systems?

    Are there ANY pull-down kitchen taps available that would work on a gravity-fed (low pressure) system? We have about 0.4bar with the hot water in the Kitchen. If I was to use the one that says min 0.5bar would it simply not work at all? Or will it just be a reduced flow? What's the solution? I...
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    Joint paper doesn't stick

    Ok, so what am I doing wrong? I've purchased jointing tape / paper from screwfix to paper over plasterboard joints on the ceiling. An area I am patching in. I have tried soaking paper in water. It stays up and then as it dries it simply falls off. So, I soak in water and then in mix (I am...
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    Paint 'sliding' off wall

    I had a painter around to do the external walls, to paint the render a new colour. The old paint was pretty rough in places but the render itself was / is sound. The result was lovely. Until today. The paint was bubbling up, blistering in places and so much so that some of the bubbles were...
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    After patch in

    I have a couple of ceiling areas that I have patched with new plasterboard and plan to cover in Artex to match the rest of the ceiling. Don't ask. I didn't really put my foot through from above, much :-) The other is where I've removed a partiton wall. Do the joints need to be taped or is Artex...
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    Basin pop-up waste struggles

    Hopefully a very simple one to answer. I have a new Wickes basin, a pop-up waste (don't know what make) and a McAlpine (I think) 32mm S trap. Trying to fit together but leaks. The trap connection into the base of the chrome waste seems a loose fit with side-to-side movement and inserts about...
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