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    DIY solar collector heat output

    I've been messing around with some 2nd had solar thermal tube collectors I've been given and found. So far I've got 60x 1.8m Kingspan thermomax tubes in 2 30 tube manifolds heating a 200l megaflow cylinder and a 4000l water storage tank I've converted to a hot tub / pool. I've only cobbled...
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    Oil for Aladdin Lamp!

    so if the Americans say to use "kerosene K1 clean burn clear". Its basically the same as clear paraffin here in the UK. I'm assuming that the lamp oil you see for sale in the little 1 litre bottles in garden centres and such is also UK paraffin although the indoor one as you say is more purified...
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    Oil for Aladdin Lamp!

    I'm not sure which category this would go in so I though I'd post it here and hopefully someone can point me in the right direction. I've got a few Aladdin lamps...
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    Hoover cable replacement 0.75mm 1mm or 1.5mm?

    Thanks for that. It was kind of what I was thinking but its nice to know other people think the same. Good spot with the photo RandomGrinch
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    Hoover cable replacement 0.75mm 1mm or 1.5mm?

    I looked at those and it seems a lot for a 10m bit of cable. The plug on the hoover end I will have to cut of as it goes straight into screw terminals inside and I've already got the 3 pin plug. I can get 10m of 2 core 1.5mm² flex for less than £10 online. It's only an old hoover i keep in the...
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    Hoover cable replacement 0.75mm 1mm or 1.5mm?

    I need to replace the cable flex on my Henry/Numatic hoover. I can't find any lettering to identify the old cable but by comparing the conductor size to a bit of 3core 1mm² i've got, it look to be the same, just 2 cores not 3. However the motor is rated at 1000w, max 1200w (from the data plate...
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    Cutting roof rafters in a gable ended dormer with a chimney breast

    I've got a problem getting access into a part of the roof to work on the chimney and gain access to insulate the roof properly. It's a bungalow with dormers built into the roof where the chimneys are. Basically the jack rafters which are 4x2 are too close together to allow access through so I...
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    Smeg oven wiring.

    The main oven on our new Smeg range cooker has stopped working a couple of weeks ago. The rest of the cooker induction hob and 2nd oven and grill are all fine, just the main oven seems dead. I removed the back panel and disconnected the main element, put a multi-meter across it and there was no...
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    Insulated floor in concrete shed base

    I'm after some advise, I'm just planning out a shed/workshop and I've got a load of 100mm polystyrene sheets left over from another job, i was going to put them under the floor so that the floor slab was insulated. I've seen this done for extensions and new builds where it goes on top of the...
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    PIR's that actually work

    the PIR's are along the side of the drive and i walk up and down the drive to test them so they are at 90 degrees to the normal direction of travel. They seem fine when i initially set them up but when i come home in the evening or early morning in the dark and walk or drive up the drive they...
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    PIR's that actually work

    It's not reliability i'm after improving. The PIR's don't fail they just don't seem to work when you want them to and then then they go off all night when a gnat flies past. I'll try a sentinel and clipsal. The load is only 10 3w LED's so 30W and a 300W LED on another one
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    PIR's that actually work

    Can anyone give me some PIR's they have installed and know work reliably, I've tried a few different ones from Toolstation, Screwfix and TLC and they all seem to be a bit hit and miss. They come on and off all night causing a nusience to the neighbours, but when i walk down the drive directly...
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    Electric heating 3 meters tariffs no one supports it

    Quick update, i'm still waiting for an EON engineer to come back to complete the survey, with the current situation this may take some time! With regards to the size of the supply there are 2 100A main fuses in the meter cupboard, between the incoming cable where it comes out of the ground and...
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    Short term roofing solution

    Couple of great suggestions i'll look in to them. I think the pond liner from amazon is that woven stuff that starts to leak when it's constantly flexed by the wind, but the DPM is a good call as it will last a couple of summers before the UV breaks it down i might even have a roll somewhere i...
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    Short term roofing solution

    Just had a thought. If i run a large timber down the centre of the roof to support the middle of the joists i can use much smaller joists, the only problem is i'd need a largish timber 7+ meters long, are these available and are they astronomically expensive? I could use a shorter one and just...
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    Short term roofing solution

    A bit of a random question, but can anyone recommend a cheep roofing solution that will last a couple of years. We moved into a property last year which came with a large garage/workshop 4.5m x 8m + a 5m lean too at the back(with asbestos roof but that's fine). The main roof (4.5m span and 8m...
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    Electric heating 3 meters tariffs no one supports it

    According to the electricians that have been out to look at the installation they can't just install a time switch to control the 10 storage heaters as the total load was too high at 120A. I did try and explain that there is already a kind of time switch installed already that is turning on and...
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    Electric heating 3 meters tariffs no one supports it

    EON have agreed to come out again to look at replacing her 2 meters with a single Economy 10 meter with built in timer that will switch the whole house across to E10 at certain times. I'm not convinced this will work but I've been assured by the chap on the phone from EON it's a standard...
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    Electric heating 3 meters tariffs no one supports it

    Success Green Energy support her 3 meters but it will be increase her bill by 200%. at least i'm getting somewhere
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    Electric heating 3 meters tariffs no one supports it

    My mum's just received a letter from EON saying they no longer support her tariff and she will be put on to a single rate for all 3 meters. This will result in her bill going from £1000 a year to nearly £3000 a year. We've tried ringing around and none of the energy suppliers seems to either...
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