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by collectors
Mon Jun 19, 2023 7:25 pm
Forum: Accounts Bookkeeping and Financial Forum
Topic: Best resources for a plumber wanting to start going it alone
Replies: 2
Views: 2389

Re: Best resources for a plumber wanting to start going it alone

Start learning to use spreadsheets for all your accounts & vat if needed. I have used them for 30 years plus & would suggest the free google Sheets for all your accounting & if you start with VAT just link you final figures on a VAT return to a simple bit of software called Anna. There i...
by collectors
Mon Jun 19, 2023 7:16 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Confused by the breakers in my CU
Replies: 8
Views: 526

Re: Confused by the breakers in my CU

40a breaker is for things like showers, cookers & hobs only. Quite often using 6mm & larger cable.
32a is for ring mains only, using 2.5 & 4mm cable.
16-20a are for radial circuits & will depend on the load to which one is used. This would be on 2.5 cables only.
by collectors
Sat Dec 17, 2022 12:06 pm
Forum: Architecture, Self Build and Design Forum
Topic: What's the best way to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of my home.
Replies: 3
Views: 1111

Re: What's the best way to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of my home.

Heavy curtains will help if you have large windows. But it sounds like you best alternative is cladding the outside of the house with a good insulation. They have done this with a lot of council houses.
by collectors
Tue Dec 22, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Voltage testers 12/400v
Replies: 5
Views: 1719

Re: Voltage testers 12/400v

Not to worry. I thought as we have a 10% leeway on voltages supplied in the UK i wasn't sure if instruments may have the same inbuilt tolerances for safety.
by collectors
Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: What's the best Heating & Hot Water System solution for a 1 bed flat?
Replies: 2
Views: 1494

Re: What's the best Heating & Hot Water System solution for a 1 bed flat?

You dont seem to have much choice. But watch out for the cost on running electric. My place is mainly gas, but i just had a friend stay here because of covid with his camper van. My monthly electric went from £65/£75 to £174 because he is all electric. Nearly a £100 hike. In all fairness, he is chip...
by collectors
Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Voltage testers 12/400v
Replies: 5
Views: 1719

Re: Voltage testers 12/400v

Hi, i assumed there might be some other electricians on the forum. But i got in touch with two of the manufacturers that make these testers & both had a similar reply. "If its rated to 400v we don’t recommend they use it with a 415v system" Which makes you wonder why they produce a 400...
by collectors
Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Damp and Damp Proofing Forum
Topic: DIY damp proofing job using membrane
Replies: 2
Views: 2351

Re: DIY damp proofing job using membrane

Why are you damp proofing the wall. Is it not possible that when the gutter is fixed it will dry out & be OK?
by collectors
Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Carpentry and Joinery Forum
Topic: Common problem with Oak veneer doors swelling?
Replies: 1
Views: 2142

Re: Common problem with Oak veneer doors swelling?

We used to get the same & was only solve with taking the door off "after marking the rubbing points" & planning it down. We had to fit some draft excluder as well. Been fine ever since. Take a touch more than you think off.
by collectors
Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Central Heating and Air conditioning and Ventilation Forum
Topic: Cable Management Around Boiler and CH Pipes
Replies: 2
Views: 1991

Re: Cable Management Around Boiler and CH Pipes

Look at a connection box where the motorised valve cable will all reach without having to extend them as this would be a pain extending them, all the rest should be done in a good quality heat proof cable or butal. Cable tray is a good idea or 2x2 or 3x3 trunking & tank cut some holes for glands...
by collectors
Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Voltage testers 12/400v
Replies: 5
Views: 1719

Voltage testers 12/400v

Was looking at a voltage tester that was 12/400v. Now they used to be 12/415v. Is this meant to be the new voltage we was going to get about 10 years ago + & never arrived. My place is at 244v at the moment.
What the question is? Are these 400v testers ok on 415v test. Thanks
by collectors
Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: Do you recognize this shower make & is there a repair kit???
Replies: 1
Views: 1498

Re: Do you recognize this shower make & is there a repair kit???

Sorry, posted the image wrong. This was the mixer

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by collectors
Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: Do you recognize this shower make & is there a repair kit???
Replies: 1
Views: 1498

Do you recognize this shower make & is there a repair kit???

A shower at home stopped working & i thought it might be the pump under the bath as it would werr for 1 second & stop. So i took the pump out & bridged the single impeller pump pipe to bypass the pump & now get nothing apart from an egg cup full of water. I am now wondering if its th...
by collectors
Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Central Heating and Air conditioning and Ventilation Forum
Topic: Bemused - Choice of 3 Port Motorised Valves
Replies: 8
Views: 15257

Re: Bemused - Choice of 3 Port Motorised Valves

Not sure what they are like, but there are many on ebay "tower" that look the same as the honeywell @ around £35.00
https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=honeywell+3+port+valve&_sop=12
by collectors
Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Central Heating and Air conditioning and Ventilation Forum
Topic: Baffled, Bemused and Annoyed With This Overcomplicated Heating System
Replies: 2
Views: 1649

Re: Baffled, Bemused and Annoyed With This Overcomplicated Heating System

Presumably you have a remote stat? Press to buttons to turn the temperature up. Boiler should fire up.
by collectors
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Bathrooms, Drainage and Waste Plumbing Forum
Topic: Running Toilet Waste Pipe Under Floorboards
Replies: 1
Views: 7470

Re: Running Toilet Waste Pipe Under Floorboards

Use glued pipe & get about a 1-1/2" to 2" fall on the pipe over 6'. But no problem otherwise.
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