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by stevenc1603
Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:44 pm
Forum: Gardens and Gardening Forum
Topic: A gravel question!
Replies: 3
Views: 4995

I wouldn't think you have to lay a concrete base at all. What I would do is hire a vibrating plate compactor and run it over the area to compact the soil down. This will also take care of the worst of the sharp stuff but have a look over it before you do the next stage. You can now either lay the pl...
by stevenc1603
Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:14 pm
Forum: Decorating Forum
Topic: Not sure what to do thanks to husband silly idea.
Replies: 3
Views: 4133

How big is the hole and what is the ceiling finished with. ie is it smooth plastered, artex, textured paper, lining paper, etc.

If its not too big a hole I would be tempted to repair, however it could cause you problems if you have a finish that needs matching in.
by stevenc1603
Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:10 pm
Forum: Carpentry and Joinery Forum
Topic: cutting a worktop
Replies: 6
Views: 6334

To assist with the cutting lay a strip of masking tape onto the surface to be cut, and cut through it as well as the worktop.

You may also want to lay further strips to the side you are keeping to prevent the sole plate of the jigsaw from scratching the surface.
by stevenc1603
Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:53 am
Forum: Carpentry and Joinery Forum
Topic: Panelled Doors
Replies: 1
Views: 2864

I would say yes. If you look at the information that comes with the door it will usually tell you the maximum you can trim off each end of the door. Height wise you are only removing about 11mm so that would be just over half a cm at each end which shouldn't be a problem. Width wise, apart from the ...
by stevenc1603
Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:37 am
Forum: Appliances in the Home Forum
Topic: Water in refrigerator
Replies: 3
Views: 2985

Check the drain hole is not blocked as this would cause problems like this.

Alternatively, check nothing in the fridge has leaked.
by stevenc1603
Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: Tiles and Tiling Forum
Topic: Tiling and loose plaster.
Replies: 1
Views: 3592

In a word, no.

Paper will never hold the weight of the tiles properly and while it might be OK, equally it might just fall down one day.

Only proper way would be to repair the blown plaster properly.
by stevenc1603
Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:42 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Ceiling rose
Replies: 2
Views: 3244

All 4 reds go in a block together. These do not get fitted to either of the wires on the light fitting. Look for a block labelled loop in the ceiling rose and put them here. The three black wires that were together will be the neutral. Wire these into the terminal that will connect to the blue neutr...
by stevenc1603
Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:57 pm
Forum: Decorating Forum
Topic: Spray-paint chrome table legs
Replies: 2
Views: 4998

I'd use something like Hammerite paint that is designed to work well out doors. Make sure you give the chrome a sand over to roughen it up enough so that the paint will key to it properly.
by stevenc1603
Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:41 pm
Forum: Carpentry and Joinery Forum
Topic: how to fit door at the end of a partition wall
Replies: 1
Views: 5631

I think it would be normal practice to fit the door just off the end of the proposed wall so that there was a little wall to the side of the frame. The door liner will be wider than the timber studs, however it should be flush with any plasterboards that you will attach to both sides of the studs to...
by stevenc1603
Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:38 pm
Forum: Carpentry and Joinery Forum
Topic: How to take out the cupboard shelf
Replies: 3
Views: 3588

It sounds like the shelf is secured with a cam and peg system. You should be able to turn the cam's (the bits you can see on the underside of the shelf) through 180-270 degrees to undo their tight grip on the pegs. Unfortunately you would need to either take a side off the carcass to allow you to re...
by stevenc1603
Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:52 am
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Help with details of relocation of consumer unit and tails
Replies: 4
Views: 12813

I don't know what the reg's say, or indeed if they have been updated but in my house the meter on the outside of the house is a good 10 meters away from the consumer unit. As far as I can see it is connected with a heavy guage 3 core cable from the meter to 3 connection blocks (one for each core) an...
by stevenc1603
Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:34 am
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Fitting new fuse box and breakers
Replies: 2
Views: 14187

If you are in england or wales you really need a qualified pro to do this as its under the Part P regulations. Without the proper paperwork you could end up with problems selling your house in the future and you may invalidate your household insurance should the place burn down and it was proven to ...
by stevenc1603
Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:59 am
Forum: Central Heating and Air conditioning and Ventilation Forum
Topic: new rads an trv's
Replies: 1
Views: 2511

General advise is to fit all radiators with 1 TRV and 1 locksheild. The exception to this it one radiator (usually in a hallway) should have 2 lockshields fitted. This means that if someone shuts off all the radiators by using the TRV's and the heating still runs because its been left on a timer the...
by stevenc1603
Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:24 am
Forum: Brickwork and Blockwork Forum
Topic: blocks
Replies: 3
Views: 3263

So long as the base is in good condition I'm sure you could use lightweight blocks without problems, however I am not a structural engineer or builder so others can advise better.
by stevenc1603
Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:22 am
Forum: Brickwork and Blockwork Forum
Topic: Removing Coal Dust From Brickwork
Replies: 3
Views: 5687

Depending on where the area is you could try pressure washing them down or even grit blasting them.

Another alternative would be to try some brick acid to clean them up.
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