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by proptech
Sat Jun 06, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: Hot Water tap on bathroom basin slowed to a dribble
Replies: 2
Views: 3257

Re: Hot Water tap on bathroom basin slowed to a dribble

Hi Kevin
I would suggest taking that ball type valve off, and having a look. These valves have a surprisingly small bore, and anything could end up causing a blockage.
by proptech
Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Plastering and Dry Lining Forum
Topic: Crack that Appears to be Following Curve of Ceiling Rose
Replies: 1
Views: 2859

Re: Crack that Appears to be Following Curve of Ceiling Rose

Hi Nick

Not really possible to say without knowing what was used to fix the rose, or what the ceiling is made of. If you can get access above, you'd get a better idea of what is going on.
by proptech
Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: Suitable for Permanent Use When Used to Extend Water Supply Pipes?
Replies: 2
Views: 2013

Re: Suitable for Permanent Use When Used to Extend Water Supply Pipes?

HI

These are for permanent use, but what you seem to be suggesting sounds like something of a total bodge. There are also special regulations covering this type of ascending shower.
by proptech
Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: Shower Mixer Fittings for Antique Shower Mixer onto Copper Tails
Replies: 2
Views: 2371

Re: Shower Mixer Fittings for Antique Shower Mixer onto Copper Tails

Hi Greenseeder You need access to the other side of the plasterboard in order to use those back nuts. The threads look like 1/2 inch from the photo. To check that they're not 3/4 have a measure, 1/2 is very approx 7/8 inch dia. Therefore you will need some 1/2 PSP to copper fittings Having said all ...
by proptech
Thu May 28, 2015 11:13 am
Forum: Decorating Forum
Topic: Painting Matt on to Vinyl Silk Paint on Un-prepped Walls
Replies: 3
Views: 6410

Re: Painting Matt on to Vinyl Silk Paint on Un-prepped Walls

Thanks for the feedback Willy. As you are obviously aware, decorating can be a far more skilled job than is often recognised, and very hard work. You mention mist coating. On every can of paint, the instructions recommend thinning on absorbent surfaces - It seems that most ignore it, or don't even r...
by proptech
Wed May 27, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: Decorating Forum
Topic: Painting Matt on to Vinyl Silk Paint on Un-prepped Walls
Replies: 3
Views: 6410

Re: Painting Matt on to Vinyl Silk Paint on Un-prepped Walls

Hi Willy Firstly, there is no stabiliser that can penetrate paint, and 'stick' it back. So if adhesion is that bad, then removal is the answer. Then we have the question of what, if anything was on the walls before the failing paint. Could the walls have been papered in the past ? if so there could ...
by proptech
Wed May 20, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: Central Heating and Air conditioning and Ventilation Forum
Topic: Radiator Stone Cold after Taking off of the Wall to Decorate
Replies: 1
Views: 2039

Re: Radiator Stone Cold after Taking off of the Wall to Decorate

Hi ad213

You say the pin is free, but what actually sticks is the valve washer to the seating. The best, and only positive way of checking would be to disconnect the rad and open the valve.
by proptech
Sun May 17, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Decking
Topic: Is osmo polyx floor oil suitable for protecting external decking?
Replies: 1
Views: 2032

Re: Is osmo polyx floor oil suitable for protecting external decking?

Hi
Get a product designed for the job. Using a left over in order to save a bit could well be regretted in the future.
by proptech
Sat May 16, 2015 7:28 pm
Forum: Central Heating and Air conditioning and Ventilation Forum
Topic: Replacing a boiler controller with a new wireless thermostat - help needed
Replies: 3
Views: 5796

Re: Replacing a boiler controller with a new wireless thermostat - help needed

Hi GrumpyMike I would suggest that the reason for the lack of products is simply due to there being very few gravity systems in use these days. Having said that, it's quite possible to find a few that will do the job. I just wonder if it's really worth doing. The 30/60 was a very good programmer, al...
by proptech
Mon May 11, 2015 7:31 pm
Forum: Bathrooms, Drainage and Waste Plumbing Forum
Topic: Toilet Waste Pipe is Higher than one on new Toilet - Can you use a Flexi Fitting?
Replies: 1
Views: 7212

Re: Toilet Waste Pipe is Higher than one on new Toilet - Can you use a Flexi Fitting?

Hi MmeP
As you say, this is not an ideal situation, but if you pop into a proper plumber's merchants they should be able to sort you out with an offset pan connector.
by proptech
Sun May 10, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: Bathrooms, Drainage and Waste Plumbing Forum
Topic: Leaky shut off valve from removing heated towel rail?
Replies: 1
Views: 3299

Re: Leaky shut off valve from removing heated towel rail?

Hi Hoopster71

Yes, the valve can be capped. One way would be to remove the valve tail from the rail, fit with (usually) 1/2 BSP cap, and reconnect to the valve.
On some valves this can be done direct, but without knowing what valves you have, I'd be guessing.
by proptech
Tue May 05, 2015 11:24 am
Forum: Brickwork and Blockwork Forum
Topic: Has Re-pointing been Done to the Walls of my Ground Floor Victorian Flat?
Replies: 2
Views: 2147

Re: Has Re-pointing been Done to the Walls of my Ground Floor Victorian Flat?

Hi Sandy1
I think you should ask the builder exactly what he means by pointing, and what he's actually done.
Re-pointing would normally involve exterior work, and is indeed time consuming. There's certainly no sign of much work being done to the walls in your photos.
by proptech
Mon May 04, 2015 7:24 pm
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: Mains and Gravity Fed Shower Advice Needed for Installing Power Shower
Replies: 6
Views: 4107

Re: Mains and Gravity Fed Shower Advice Needed for Installing Power Shower

No you do not pump the inlet of an electric shower. If the hot is gravity fed, where is the supply. there must be a tank of some sort, combined with the cylinder ?
by proptech
Mon May 04, 2015 7:19 pm
Forum: Bathrooms, Drainage and Waste Plumbing Forum
Topic: Water filling hot water tank after using not much hot water
Replies: 2
Views: 2375

Re: Water filling hot water tank after using not much hot water

Hi Longroad77

Any use of water will lower the level, allowing the valve to start replacing the loss. Your old valve must have been very quiet, or was sticking in the closed position.
by proptech
Mon May 04, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: Plastering and Dry Lining Forum
Topic: How to Repair Damaged Area of 1938 Ceiling Plasterboard
Replies: 4
Views: 2497

Re: How to Repair Damaged Area of 1938 Ceiling Plasterboard

Just a thought David, are you sure it is plasterboard. Reading your post again, I'm a little surprised as in the 30s most ceilings were lath and plaster.
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