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    Chest freezer for outbuilding

    I'm looking at chest freezers with the intention of putting one in my completely unheated workshop. The majority of fridges and freezers are rated for 10-43 Celsius ambient temperature, with a tiny minority rated down to -15. Now, I have previously told friends "careful putting that freezer in...
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    6 months protection over OSB boards

    I have built a large shed with a flat(ish) roof (1 in 35 fall). I have EPDM membrane for the roof, but watching lots of videos, I saw recommendations not to lay EPDM in cooler weather as the creases will never drop out, and as my membrane has been stored for a good 6 months I expect the creases...
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    Birdsmouths on flat roof timbers?

    I'm about to start on my new shed. The roof will be a flat roof with EDPM over OSB3, so needs a minimum fall of 1:80. I've designed the building with a fall of 1:40 to be more forgiving of any inaccuracies I build in. I was also planning to use upside down joist hangers tying the roof joists to...
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    Non-combustible timber?

    I know this topic has sometimes caused disagreements... I've no dog in that fight, I'm just trying to make sure if I sell my house I don't have a ball-ache on my hands proving my shed isn't non-compliant. I am planning out my new shed/workshop. It's going to be a timber-frame building on a...
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    Plate-compacted concrete - is it a thing?

    In civil engineering, roller-compacted concrete is a thing. I understand that this involves laying a dry mix and then running over it with heavy machinery, rather than pouring a wet mix into a form and screeding it off the top. Not sure if water is added or if it is simply absorbed from the air...
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    Stoves wok burner - flames licking out the sides?

    I've got a Stoves range cooker (dual-fuel) that I've had for around 12 years, and recently the wok burner has developed a fault. For around 5 or 6 minutes from cold, the wok flame comes out where it should. Much longer than that, and flames start licking out from under the burner ring. If I...
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    Lead replacement - non-WS or DIYing it?

    I've got a lead mains feeding my house from the rear. I've spoken to the water supplier who have said that they can connect me up to the new non-lead main at the front, but obviously I'm responsible for everything from the boundary back. Looking at my local supplier (Anglian Water) website, it...
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    Cleaning/refurbishing thermostatic cartridge

    Hi all, I've got a concealed shower valve from Victoria Plum. Recently the thermostatic control stopped working (hard water area, 4 years of service, not unexpected really) so I ended up buying an additional valve of the same design and swapping the internals over. It's now working again as it...
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    Neatest way to run 2x pipes through exterior wall

    In the past, when I've needed to run pipes through an exterior wall I've simply drilled a hole big enough for the next pipe size up and used a short length of pipe as a sleeve (e.g. 22mm pipe to run 15mm pipes through). I need to run a pair of 15mm pipes through an exterior wall (brick cavity...
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    Mains interlinked smoke alarms - recommendations?

    I have interlinked mains-powered Kidde Fyrnetics alarms throughout my house - 8 smoke, 1 heat and 1 CO. As a few are getting a bit yellow now (yay brominated plastic) I looked at replacing those ones but can't get a straight answer on compatibility with newer models. As the system is 13 years...
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    DIY air conditioning - legality? Recommendations?

    I've been looking at air-conditioners, the smaller split-systems rather than the portable units. I've noticed a lot of the split systems say the pipes are pre-gassed, but that they need to be installed by an F-gas certified/qualified person. What is the deal with this - is it actually a matter...
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    Shed - use "deck saddles" or other blocks?

    I'm building a shed from scratch. Due to distance from the road a concrete slab base is not an option (SWMBO is determined but petite, and after we built the last one she vowed never to lay concrete again!). I was considering using "decking blocks", pre-cast concrete saddles that have notches...
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    Shed build - siding materials?

    In the spring I'll be building a new shed to replace the failing flatpack abomination I bought a few years ago. We're hopefully only going to be here another couple of years, so this isn't my "forever shed" and whilst I'll build it properly, longevity is a secondary concern this time, and...
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    Feed T&E into back of Adaptable Box

    I'd like to use an adaptable box on the outside of my house to join 6mm T&E (from box to CU, run inside the house) to 6mm SWA (to run from box to workshop... once I've built a workshop). To keep it neat, and because AFAIK T&E isn't rated for outdoor use, I'd like the T&E to run through the...
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    Clean soot out the bricks of old fireplace

    We had a backboiler and gas-front removed from our living room fireplace recently. We've had the flu liner pulled from above and the chimney fitted with a vent cap, and the plan is to install some hardiboard with a vent just out of sight at the bottom to keep the chimney ventilated. House was...
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    Grab rail with 30-40cm stand-off?

    Hi, hoping for some advice or a pointer to a product I've not found. My FIL is struggling to stand up when getting out of bed. He would like a horizontal grab rail fitted to a wall that runs parallel to the side of his bed, so he can reach out in front and pull himself from being seated on the...
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    Permeable asphalt/tarmac... on a slope?

    My front garden slopes gently away from the road toward my house. It's 28 feet / ~8m long and the drop is around 1 foot. It's currently gravel onto bare earth (no sub-base) so I've never had any issues with flooding. I'd like to put in a new driveway. I do have some constraints though - due to...
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    Flushing pressurised system after doing pipework

    Hi all, I'm looking to add a couple of rads to my heating system (pressurised system powered by a 38kW Worcester-Bosch combi). Where I'm puzzled is what I do about cleaning out the swarf and flux when I'm finished. When I've plumbed anything before it's a simple case of blasting water through...
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    Toilet pan connector overhang

    Hi, My house was built 100 years ago, so the original WC was a through-floor soil connection into clay. The previous owner had this adapted to 4" plastic, and used a 90-degree pan connector to fit a close-coupled toilet that sat an inch from the wall (looked a bit gash). I've ripped it all...
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    Lockable metal IP65 box outside?

    As my cars have barely turned a wheel since the lockdown, I've been using a battery maintenance charger to top the batteries off, but probably not as often as I should. I'd like to fit the charger in a weatherproof enclosure near the cars so I do it more often, and because I need to select...
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