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« Reply #435 on: November 12, 2013, 02:54:00 PM »

Just unblocked my first sink, coat hanger jobby.

Yep, I'm still the handyman equivalent of a $0.05/$0.10 player.
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« Reply #436 on: November 14, 2013, 12:19:03 AM »

Have a super annoying drip in the boiler that keeps me up at night.
Can't see any obvious pipe leaks or wet patches, so must be coming from inside.
Is that just a like-it-or-lump-it jobby or worth calling the landlord?
It drives me round the bend.
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« Reply #437 on: November 15, 2013, 01:59:40 PM »

The pump in our power shower burnt out - £300+ for a new shower, £86 for a new pump plus £70 to fit it

Fitted it myself with only a very small amount of leakage when i forgot to put the 'o' ring in place first time round

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« Reply #438 on: November 15, 2013, 07:16:30 PM »

The pump in our power shower burnt out - £300+ for a new shower, £86 for a new pump plus £70 to fit it

Fitted it myself with only a very small amount of leakage when i forgot to put the 'o' ring in place first time round


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« Reply #439 on: March 11, 2014, 01:41:45 PM »

Bumping for 2014

Having had a plumber in to fit new boiler and bathroom, am doing as much of the other stuff as I can.

Recently took out all the old bathroom ( new one upstairs, old one was downstairs), sorted the soil stack and pipework . Bricked up/cemented all the holes left by the pipes. Even sorted out the pipes/scrap left over to get weighed in, instead of just taking to the tip.

Got to fill floor where I took the old shower out as it was a cast stone tray that was sunk into the floor. Undecided whether to use concrete or just use cement.

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« Reply #440 on: March 11, 2014, 01:46:03 PM »

Bumping for 2014

Having had a plumber in to fit new boiler and bathroom, am doing as much of the other stuff as I can.

Recently took out all the old bathroom ( new one upstairs, old one was downstairs), sorted the soil stack and pipework . Bricked up/cemented all the holes left by the pipes. Even sorted out the pipes/scrap left over to get weighed in, instead of just taking to the tip.

Got to fill floor where I took the old shower out as it was a cast stone tray that was sunk into the floor. Undecided whether to use concrete or just use cement.



There's something satisfying about getting the grunt work done yourself.

As regards the concrete or cement question, you can probably get an answer here..

http://blondepoker.com/forum/index.php?topic=25486.0
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« Reply #441 on: March 11, 2014, 02:02:07 PM »

Bumping for 2014

Having had a plumber in to fit new boiler and bathroom, am doing as much of the other stuff as I can.

Recently took out all the old bathroom ( new one upstairs, old one was downstairs), sorted the soil stack and pipework . Bricked up/cemented all the holes left by the pipes. Even sorted out the pipes/scrap left over to get weighed in, instead of just taking to the tip.

Got to fill floor where I took the old shower out as it was a cast stone tray that was sunk into the floor. Undecided whether to use concrete or just use cement.



how deep is the hole?

Im going to guess that a modern epoxy based mortar is going to be the preferred solution here. Im also assuming its the ground floor you are referring to?

Also I presume you aren't putting a shower back in? Is the void not useful? Or are you going wet room stylee?
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« Reply #442 on: March 11, 2014, 05:07:13 PM »

Bumping for 2014

Having had a plumber in to fit new boiler and bathroom, am doing as much of the other stuff as I can.

Recently took out all the old bathroom ( new one upstairs, old one was downstairs), sorted the soil stack and pipework . Bricked up/cemented all the holes left by the pipes. Even sorted out the pipes/scrap left over to get weighed in, instead of just taking to the tip.

Got to fill floor where I took the old shower out as it was a cast stone tray that was sunk into the floor. Undecided whether to use concrete or just use cement.



how deep is the hole?

Im going to guess that a modern epoxy based mortar is going to be the preferred solution here. Im also assuming its the ground floor you are referring to?

Also I presume you aren't putting a shower back in? Is the void not useful? Or are you going wet room stylee?

Hole is about 2inch deep in most of the roughly 800mmx800mm square increasing to about 3.5 inch where the waste in the shower was

On ground floor need to level it to use for storage/utility/gym space
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« Reply #443 on: March 25, 2014, 08:33:36 AM »

Morning all, long-time-no-esmaculate-myself-asking-basic-DIY-questions,

So in the last five or six weeks we have had a load of light bulbs go in quick succession, the fuse box has tripped a few times and now one of our plug points in the house has stopped working. All very small issues, and I presume most of the time completely independent of each other.

But the close proximity to each other now has my missus convinced it could be some wider universal issue with the wiring in the house. So my quick fire questions for today are:

1) Are there any basic health checks I could do to see how healthy the electrics are in my house and to deem if there is any sort of problem?
2) Are the three symptoms I've mentioned ever likely to be interrelated?
3) As you know we only bought this house 11 months ago and at the time did the more thorough homebuyers survey with a surveyor - is he likely to have done much to test the health and safety of our wiring and such?

I think after the infamous petrol cap incident, it is safe to assume we are best off avoiding anything where an idiot could accidently electrocute themselves.

Thanks in advance as always

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« Reply #444 on: September 09, 2014, 01:56:11 PM »

Afternoon all,

So my wife has had this nagging cough for months. Multiple visits to the doctors/hospital has thankfully given her a complete clean bill of health. We are starting to think it might be environmental. She has previously lived in a house with a damp problem, which also caused her a cough.

So I don't really know where to start trying to ascertain if we do indeed have a damp or otherwise not ideal environment in the house. The one thing I don't want to do is invite a damp specialist around to test if he is also heavily incentivised to say 'yep needs fixing four grand please'.

Also looking at air puririfers - do they actually work or is it all nonsense?
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« Reply #445 on: September 09, 2014, 02:26:06 PM »

Afternoon all,

So my wife has had this nagging cough for months. Multiple visits to the doctors/hospital has thankfully given her a complete clean bill of health. We are starting to think it might be environmental. She has previously lived in a house with a damp problem, which also caused her a cough.

So I don't really know where to start trying to ascertain if we do indeed have a damp or otherwise not ideal environment in the house. The one thing I don't want to do is invite a damp specialist around to test if he is also heavily incentivised to say 'yep needs fixing four grand please'.

Also looking at air puririfers - do they actually work or is it all nonsense?


When I lived in Attercliffe in the 60's, the air wasn't fit to breathe. I was OK though, I used to filter it through a fag.
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« Reply #446 on: September 09, 2014, 03:41:13 PM »

Have a read through the subject on Ask Jeff.

http://www.askjeff.co.uk/?s=Condensation&submit=Search
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« Reply #447 on: September 14, 2014, 04:08:00 PM »

I need to fix some pieces of wood to the outside of the house.

I hold the piece of wood in position and then drill with a small drill bit through the wood and to make a mark on the bricks. Then I remove the wood, and drill the bricks with a larger drill bit for the rawl plugs. Then I screw the screws through the wood and try to locate the rawl plugs by sort of looking behind the wood and feeling. This part is very tricky. It's sort of ok for the shorter pieces of wood that only require one screw either end but I have longer pieces of wood that really require 3, 4, or even 5 screws and it's just too difficult to locate the centre rawl plugs.

So, is there an easier way please ?
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« Reply #448 on: September 14, 2014, 04:31:56 PM »

Drill the holes in the wood first.
Then mark the top one and drill it to take the plug.
Secure loosely before marking drilling and putting plugs in the other holes
Put screws through all holes and line up with all holes before starting to tighten

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« Reply #449 on: September 15, 2014, 08:23:02 PM »

Drill the holes in the wood first.
Then mark the top one and drill it to take the plug.
Secure loosely before marking drilling and putting plugs in the other holes
Put screws through all holes and line up with all holes before starting to tighten



Thanks David. Tried this today and worked much better.

Thank you.
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