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    New unvented cylinder - immersion possibly not working properly?

    Hi all, i had a new unvented cylinder fitted on Monday and the gas boiler side of things works beautifully, but the immersion heater doesn’t seem to act as I would expect. It heats the tank to around 40C (measured at the thermostat pocket, but also roughly confirmed by seeing where the cylinder...
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    Bathroom extractor fan - undersized roof vent?

    Hi all, I put a 5” inline extractor fan (Manrose MF125T) in our main bathroom, with a 5” vent in the ceiling near shower. However it doesn’t seem to have a great airflow, certainly no better than the 4” fan in the en suite. Yes, there’s room below the door. One reason may be that the the roof...
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    Towel rail - shorter brackets?

    Hi all, spent the last few days remodelling and retiling downstairs WC and the mrs is keen for a towel radiator. However the pipes are a little too close to the wall for it to be straightforward. I’ve put it up for now, just using the two top brackets, but the rad is at an angle. It seems the...
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    preventing paint reactions

    Afternoon all, I’ve stripped wallpaper from walls in two bedrooms, ready for painting. The walls were originally painted before wallpaper. The paper came off ok, and i sugar soaped and made sure all the adhesive was off. Filled and sanded down anywhere where paint had come off etc. But when...
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    Floating chipboard floor in garage partition

    Hi all. I’m in the process of creating a small room in our detached garage to use as a gym. The garage floor had a DPM anyway, so have levelled the floor using self levelling screed and put a plastic membrane down, followed by 25mm jablite (would have preferred 50mm, but needed the height) and...
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    Stud wall and Insulating...

    Hi all, I wasn’t sure whether to put this in the joinery or building forum... Am partitioning off an 8’ x 8’ part of a detached garage to use as an occasional use gym area. 3 walls are internal walls, with only one against one of the single skin garage walls. Just to complicate things, the...
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    Insulation in garage gym partition

    Am partitioning off an 8’ x 8’ part of a detached garage to use as a gym area. 3 walls are internal walls, with only one against one of the single skin garage walls. Just to complicate things, the garage wall has two pillars in it. I’ve built the stud forward of the brickwork slightly. Any...
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    Creating a small office/gym in detached garage

    Hi all, we have a detached double garage and I am wanting to create a small (8ft x 8ft) “box” to use as a home office when working from home, and as a gym. Will be relatively temporary Planning to use 63mm CLS studwork, with 12.5mm plasterboard on each side. Not bothering with skimming etc. 3...
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    Best method to get plumb walls before boarding & tiling

    I am putting up backing boards for tiling on a breeze block wall. To ensure the bath fits well, I need the finished wall about 33mm forward of the blockwork. I understand this can be done by dot and dab (indeed the old plasterboard had 20mm dabs) but having never tried this I’m reluctant to...
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    Male BSP fitting depth for shower outlet

    Hi all, am installing a concealed shower and have come to the point of mounting the outlets for the rainfall and handheld shower heads. So, the photos below show the handheld outlet, it seems that the male thread on the outlet is far too long. If I mount the JG fitting onto the block work...
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    Bathroom extractor fan sizing

    Hi all, Redoing bathroom and trying to work out if I should upgrade the current extractor fan. Bathroom isn't large (8ft x 6ft, 48sqft), and has a bath and shower, plus a large (6ft x 4ft) mirror that does get very steamed up and takes ages to clear. The current extractor is a 4" Envirovent...
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    Need a comfortable 1700x700 bath...

    Mrs has tasked me with finding a bath that’s more comfortable than the one we currently have. So have ripped out the old one, am redoing the plaster boards etc and fitting a shower above the bath. But what bath? Her main complaint with current one is that the bottom of it is too short - and...
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    Best seal between bath and tiling boards?

    Hi all, currently in the process of replacing plasterboard around bath/shower with Jackoboard waterproof tiling boards, and will be putting new bath in next week. I’m wondering the best way to get a watertight seal between bath and the boards, prior to tiling. There seem to be many different...
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    Tanking as well as Knauf Aquaboard?

    Hi all, Following a significant leak from a shower over a bath, I'm currently ripping off rotten plasterboard and have Knauf Aquapanel (cement) boards waiting to go up onto the studs. As a belt and braces approach (I'd rather spend the extra ££ for peace of mind) I'm planning to tank the area...
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    Where to buy bathroom stuff?

    (Wasn't sure which forum to put this in, so decided on plumbing). I am in the process of ripping out our existing bathroom, and in a few weeks will be ready to start putting new stuff in. I'm just wondering where people order their bathroom furniture from? So far I've looked at Better...
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    Pope too close to wall to add gulley?

    Hi, Am doing some block paving and was toying with the idea of turning this downpipe entry into a gulley, by adding a hopper to the top. But I think the pipe might be too close to the wall. Other than dig it out and relocate, is there anything I can do? Cheers
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    Ronseal fence stain on decking? How to fix?

    So I painted the fence with Ronseal Red Cedar fence stain a few weeks ago, and wife’s been complaining that it looks rubbish with the decking not painted. Arrived home this evening to find out her and the 7yr old have painted it in the same stain. Obviously the divorce letters are in the post...
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    Wife and son painted decking with fence stain

    I painted the fence with Ronseal Red Cedar fence stain a few weeks ago, and she’s been nagging that it looks rubbish with the decking not painted. Arrived home this evening to find out her and the 7yr old have painted the deducing in the same stain. Obviously the divorce letters are in the...
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    Adding a flow switch to an electric pump...

    Hi all, I collect rainwater in a couple of IBC containers and use it for my micro irrigation system. Water is pumped through the system by a Karcher GP40 3.5 Bar pump, rated at 650W. At present I have to switch it on manually, however am considering the best way to have it automatically...
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    Block paved patio, too much sand?

    So, decided to make my own patio during lockdown. It will be with ordinary 200x100 block paving. I’ve concreted in the channel drain and the soldier/edging blocks. Today I put the sharp sand down and got it roughly at the right level. I’m worried there’s too much sand though, in places it will...
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