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    I can't shut a radiator off...

    I want to temporarily remove a radiator as I'm redecorating. I plan to repaint the radiator and I really need to remove the skirting behind it. And repaint the wall behind it. Anyway, never min why I want to do it... The radiator has a TRV. If I remove the TRV and fit a decorators cap, or if I...
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    Is a washing machine drum supposed to be solidly attached to the drive pulley?

    I'm pretty sure the answer is "yes". But mine isn't any more. Mid spin it started making a lot of noise. Once it had stopped it won't now turn the drum. I've got the back off and I can turn the drum by hand without the drive pulley moving. And I can move the drum up and down without the outer...
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    Disconnected Wall Lights

    My lounge had 3 wall lights in it, which I have now removed as we are about to re-decorate. We won't be replacing the wall lights. The wall lights were switched separately from the main lights, both at a 2 gang switch. There is also a socket switched with the wall lights which I expect was once...
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    Garden wiring - how should it be done?

    I'm having a patio built, which includes a water feature and some lights. Both the water feature pump and the lights are 240V. The builder has wired these using black 3-core flex, run to the house in plastic ducting. This ducting runs under a flowerbed, then about 10cm below ground level...
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    Best way to leave redundant cabling

    Hi folks, I've just bought a self-install Hive, so my mains-wired thermostat will shortly be redundant, and for aesthetic reasons will be removed. Also I have a redundant light switch which will be removed. What is the best way to leave the now-unused cabling in each case? I expect that I can...
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    Connecting a shower - how do I get joints watertight?

    I have a shower to install. The shower controls connect via offset threaded bits (not sure what to call them) which I believe are designed so that the position of the shower controls can be adjusted to be perfectly level. I have used elbow joints on the water pipes. These have the right size...
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    Doorways in studwork

    I'm adding a new doorway to an existing bathroom, and moving another doorway to what will effectively be the other end of a very short corridor. I think I'm only going to do the studwork, and will get the linings and plaster(boards) done by professionals. I'd like a bit of help in getting the...
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    Non(?)-notifiable work in a bathroom

    I am reworking a bathroom. I propose to do the following: 1. Remove the existing wall unit which includes a shaving socket and some 12V halogens (via a transformer) 2. Disconnect the existing ceiling fan 3. Remove the existing main light 4. Install ULV LEDlights in the ceiling (IP55 rated)...
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    Bathroom floor prep

    I've now stripped a bathroom pretty much back to bare walls/floor. I now want to start putting it back together, starting with the floor... The existing/remaining floor is T&G, about 22mm thick. It is in reasonable position [edit:condition!] i.e. no rot, and has only bashed about in a couple...
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    Help me diagnose my CH issues?

    I had the heating on continuously on Christmas day. When everyone had gone, I switched the programmer back to its normal 'twice' setting, but the heating continued to run. I then tried all the programmer settings and it continued to run on all settings, including 'off'. Also, it would not shut...
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    Surfaces for tiling

    I'm about to redo a bathroom. One wall doesn't need any work other than re-tiling with some more pleasant tiles. Is it OK to tile over the current tiles? If so, is anything special required? I've removed the old tiles from the shower area and the wall next to it. These were on plasterboard...
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    Concrete floor bulges too high...

    I have just removed the hideously uneven tiles from our kitchen floor to reveal... a hideously uneven concrete floor. The main problem is that there is a 'bulge' towards one end, and this bulge is too high - perhaps an inch - for the rest of the floor. How can I get this down to level...
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