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    Vaillant Thermostat / Ambisense pack - all the gear no idea

    Hi, would appreciate some advice re installing a Vaillant Sensocomfort wireless thermostat VRC720F. It comes with control unit, base station and outdoor temperature monitor. I've also bought an Ambisense starter pack which has three TRVs and a VR920 internet gateway. I'm competent but no...
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    Vaillant Ambisense R920 unit/Ecotec Plus 831 installation problem

    Hello I bought a Vaillant Ambisense Starter pack (three TRVs and control unit) for my EcotecPlus boiler. I've connected the boiler's BUS terminals and the R920 controller's BUS terminals and , set up the Vaillant VRC700 app. There's an internet connection but when I open up the app I get...
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    4 outlet sink trap for water softener drainage and overflow?

    Hi. I currently have a sink trap with outlets for the washing machine and dishwasher. I also have a water softener where the brine drain and overflow currently go out through the wall and into the external downpipe. I'm getting the external wall rendered and moving the downpipe and rather...
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    Quotes all over the place for a render job.

    Hi. I'm a bit perplexed about the quotes I'm getting for some external rendering work so wondered if I'm missing something. I have a garden wall of concrete block, 9m x 1.6m so approx 15 sq m. I've also got the back of my brick built extension, 4.6 x 2.9 so call it 14 sq m. The door and...
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    Top and bottom entry radiators?

    Hi. My central heating flow and return pipes run up the surface of the living room wall into the bathroom upstairs. I'd like to add another radiator in the living room and thought I could lose most of the pipework by getting a vertical radiator with top and bottom entry valves. The ones...
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    Stacked bond or half bond paving?

    Hi. As per another post I want to have two thirds of my garden re-paved. It's 8m long x 4.6m wide, Victorian terrace with back to back gardens. The paving I've chosen is 1000 x 500 porcelain slabs and the installer has asked how I want them laying. Any thoughts on stacked bond vs half...
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    Can you pave over a manhole cover in the back garden?

    Hi. I want to get my garden patio re-paved and ideally I'd like to pave over the manhole cover. I know you can get recessing trays for paving slabs but because of its location it really will spoil the look of it if I have to do that. In 25 years it's never had to come up but I appreciate why...
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    Sealing cat flap gap in wood panelled door

    Hi. I'm fitting a cat flap for a friend in their wood panelled door. I haven't seen the door yet but they've sent me a photo with measurements and I've downloaded the cat flap dimensions. The cut-out area falls within the panel section but the flap's outer frame will bridge the panel between...
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    Best tool for removing bars from base of cast iron fireplace

    Hi. Any advice on how to remove the bars from the base of a cast iron fireplace? They have to go so that a DFE gas fire on legs can be fitted. Someone suggested an angle grinder but I'd have to go in from above and am thinking it would be too big for the space. Would a multitool do the...
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    Matching mortar dye with ready mix?

    Hi. I want to replace a five or six bricks and match the existing buff coloured mortar. I thought adding mortar dye to a small bag of ready mix might be easier. Everbuild 208 do a brown and a buff tone - not sure which would be better...
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    Best way of levelling concrete hearth with chipboard subfloor?

    Hi. I'm about to lay new laminate flooring in the living room. There's a 4mm ridge where the concrete hearth plinth meets the chipboard subfloor and I'm wondering what I should do. Under a previous laminate floor I packed it with extra underlay (just the basic 2mm white foam type) but there...
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    Quick Step vs Balterio vs Egger Pro

    Hello. I'm looking at some decent quality laminate flooring. The room is 7.5m x 4 and I've whittled my choice down to three as I want wide, long planks : Quick Step Largo, Balterio Grande and Egger Pro Long. Each are 2050 length. I'll be fitting it myself (have done several previously)...
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    2cm gap in staircase stringer

    Hi. Hope you can help with some ideas. There's a 2cm gap between the wall and the stringer at the foot of the stairs which gradually to 0 at the top. I'm wondering how I can make this look acceptable. I don't think I can use beading or trim as the stringer curves at the top (unless there's...
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    Can a chimney breast be used for external ventilation for gas fire?

    Hello. I'd like to get a Decorative Fuel Effect fire with a rating over 6.9 kw but I understand that the room will need additional ventilation. Can I use a second, separate, disused chimney breast in the same room for the vent or does it have to go directly outside? The breast currently has...
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    Cutting laminate worktop in situ

    Hi, I have to replace my hob fitted into a 5cm deep laminate worktop but it means resizing the cut out. I'd rather not see the kitchen dismantled as it's part of a U shape so could it be done in situ? I have a multitool, jigsaw and circular blade but not a router so could you recommend the best...
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    New pump but boiler stops firing before room temperature is reached.

    Hi. After the combi boiler pump failed I was feeling pleased with myself for flushing the CH system and changing the pump head (Grundfos UPS2 15 60). I would have liked to have changed the whole pump because the pipe was a bit cruddy but access to the nuts was difficult. Overall though the...
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    Economy 7 socket to socket circuit?

    Wondering if you could help me understand what's going on here and give me an idea of what the options are. My friend's only Economy 7 storage heater was removed several years ago. Last year the electricity board said they had to update the meters and because she doesn't use Economy 7 any...
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    RCD/MCB tripping, nothing plugged in.

    Hi. Yesterday evening (TV and lamps has been on a few hours) the RCD in the consumer unit tripped taking out the MCBs on the downstairs and upstairs sockets. I re-set it which worked for 5 minutes until it tripped again. This happened several times sometimes with the downstairs MCB alone. So...
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    Radiator or plinth heater

    Hi. My flat roofed kitchen (17sqm/40cubic m) is very cold and I want to get some heating in. I have a tiled floor with WarmUp underfloor heating which I'm using to take the edge off but I'm wary about the running costs. The biggest radiator I can find to fit the narrow wall space has a BTU of...
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    DPC company here I come...but first a couple of questions

    Hi, I've had a couple of posts about the cause of damp on an internal party wall and plenty of helpful opinions but I think I finally have to admit defeat and accept that the it's plain old rising damp (whose existence seems to be an incendiary subject) and that I have to do business with those...
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