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by stevenc1603
Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:21 am
Forum: Brickwork and Blockwork Forum
Topic: Bathroom tiles coming off
Replies: 3
Views: 3384

As this is the brick and blockwork forum you might be hard pressed to get an answer as the tiling experts may never look in here. There is a tiling forum near the bottom of the list. As to the problem, was the tile adhesive applied straight to the plywood or was something used to seal the wood first...
by stevenc1603
Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:10 pm
Forum: Decorating Forum
Topic: Gloss painting problem
Replies: 2
Views: 2944

I'm guessing you didn't leave long enough between coats. Check the tin for advice but I'm sure gloss normally needs a minimum of 16 hours between coats. It sounds like the solvents in the 2nd coat have reacted with the part cured 1st coat and have basically caused it to unset. Hence it will "pu...
by stevenc1603
Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:48 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Alarm cables in loft
Replies: 3
Views: 3061

You should be able to silence the tamper alarm with your usual code.
by stevenc1603
Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:20 pm
Forum: Appliances in the Home Forum
Topic: Direct Hot Water Cylinder
Replies: 3
Views: 3223

As the hot water is drawn from the top of the cylinder you want the top one on during the day.
by stevenc1603
Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:21 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Ceiling light 2 red 2 black
Replies: 5
Views: 18144

Are you sure that there isn't a third cable that's popped up into the ceiling void? It could be the end of the run but as other light not working I would be surprised. Other configuration would be 2 reds to one terminal of light and 2 reds to the other but only if this light is one of a set that are...
by stevenc1603
Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:15 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: New Wall Light not working despite power going in to it.
Replies: 2
Views: 3284

The earth wire being disconnected won't cause the light not to work. Its only there as a safety mechanism. Are you sure you have connected the live and neutral wires up correctly? You may just be unlucky and have a dodgy switch. If you are confident with electrics you could always try bypassing the ...
by stevenc1603
Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:12 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Help identifying switched live cable
Replies: 2
Views: 42704

You can either guess again twice more or use a tester to find the wire. Either a voltmeter to locate the live/neutral pair, or a continuity tester to locate the switch cable. Also, if its an upstairs light, if you go into the loft you might be able to follow the cables back to see which one goes to ...
by stevenc1603
Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:08 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Telephone cable
Replies: 3
Views: 2725

As Eric has said, you only need the 2 cores on 2 and 5, the others are not required even with broadband.
by stevenc1603
Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:25 pm
Forum: Carpentry and Joinery Forum
Topic: Replace Garage door with French doors
Replies: 2
Views: 8195

I can't see any reason not to use timber to bring the size of the gap down. Just remember to make sure its sealed properly and make sure the wood can't get damp.
by stevenc1603
Tue Jun 10, 2008 2:43 pm
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: kW of shower?
Replies: 2
Views: 2140

With the power off, if you open the shower up the rating will often be on a sticker on the inside of the shower somewhere. Look on the copper bit that heats the water.

As to the cable size, you might be lucky. Sometimes its written on the outside.
by stevenc1603
Tue Jun 10, 2008 2:32 pm
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: waste from New sink/washing machine/dishwasher
Replies: 3
Views: 3221

I would guess that the downpipe from the gutters and the open grate that you talk about are connected to the surface water sewers. The regulations stop you putting any fowl water into that. Fowl water is basically anything that comes out of the house, toilet, sinks, showers, washing m/c etc etc.
by stevenc1603
Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:23 pm
Forum: Decorating Forum
Topic: painting over varnished bannisters
Replies: 1
Views: 3343

You should only need to remove the sheen of the varnish so a thorough sand down will be a good start.

You'll then want to use a good quality undercoat. You may need 2 coats of this to hide the dark varnish below before finishing with your top coat, possibly 2.
by stevenc1603
Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:20 am
Forum: Decorating Forum
Topic: borders
Replies: 2
Views: 2449

You could use masking tape to create the dividing lines but getting it to stick completely would be the challenge.
by stevenc1603
Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:16 am
Forum: Decorating Forum
Topic: CAN YOU HELP, HOW CAN I REMOVE PLASTIC PLASTER BOARD PLUGS?
Replies: 3
Views: 5178

Easiest way would probably be to push them through then patch over the resulting hole. If you try to pull them out there's a chance more damage could be done.
by stevenc1603
Mon Jun 02, 2008 12:24 pm
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: DRIPPING KITCHEN TAP
Replies: 3
Views: 2847

Even though you have turned the water off at the mains there will be residual water pressure in the pipework in the house which will run out if you remove a tap body. This is normal and is not the cause of your leaking tap.
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