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by stevenc1603
Mon Jun 02, 2008 10:55 am
Forum: Carpentry and Joinery Forum
Topic: New Front Door
Replies: 4
Views: 4609

Always get at least 3 quotes. He should know that is normal, regardless of the fact you are neighbours.

He should only be worried if his pricing is too high.
by stevenc1603
Thu May 29, 2008 2:16 pm
Forum: Tiles and Tiling Forum
Topic: How do I remove tiles from plasterboard?
Replies: 4
Views: 11043

Exactly what I will be doing in my bathroom. Someone posted on here to say that you can use a wide blade scraper to do the job but its likely to take forever and you'll most likely still end up with holes in the wall. Much simpler, although much messier to pull the lot down and start from scratch.
by stevenc1603
Thu May 29, 2008 1:40 pm
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: kitchen mixer tap
Replies: 2
Views: 2938

Are they normal many turns to on/off or 1/4 turn ones. If the latter then they will probably be the ceramic disc type and will require a new insert. Take the insert to a merchant and see if they can match it.
by stevenc1603
Thu May 29, 2008 12:49 pm
Forum: Glazing and Double Glazing Forum
Topic: Fitting new double glazed unit in existing wood front door f
Replies: 2
Views: 6679

Depending on the frame you should be able to make the glass rebate deeper so that it takes the thicker glazing unit without having to adjust the beading.

You could use a router if you can get one to fit in the space, otherwise its a hammer and chisel.
by stevenc1603
Thu May 29, 2008 12:45 pm
Forum: Glazing and Double Glazing Forum
Topic: Adapting wooden window frames to take a double glazed unit (DGU)
Replies: 2
Views: 4883

Firstly there should be no reason why you cant remove the wooden window and have a UPVC one inserted in its place, unless there are planning restrictions stopping you of course. You can get wooden framed double glazed units made to fit the size you need. You can adapt most wooden window frames to ta...
by stevenc1603
Thu May 29, 2008 12:40 pm
Forum: Gas and Gas Fitting Forum
Topic: Returning a gas fireplace to a coal fireplace
Replies: 2
Views: 3813

OK, firstly you have two problems. 1. The gas pipe. By law you are not allowed to add to, remove, or otherwise modify the gas supply pipes within your property unless you have been trained to the relevant standards. You may have heard of the term CORGI registered. Unless you have this qualification ...
by stevenc1603
Thu May 29, 2008 12:13 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: replaced one ceiling rose ... kitchen lights not working now
Replies: 2
Views: 3625

Sounds like one of the reds or one of the black neutrals has become disconnected at the ceiling rose you were working on. Check that none of the copper wires has snapped and is no longer providing a connection. Its quite easy to snap the copper core if its not been disturbed for a while and it was g...
by stevenc1603
Thu May 29, 2008 12:08 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: New kitchen spotliights
Replies: 7
Views: 3611

How many grey cables have you got at each ceiling rose and how many at each switch. It could be they are wired differently.

I tend to agree with Eric here, I think yo have hit the point where you need someone on-site to see what's going on.
by stevenc1603
Thu May 29, 2008 11:59 am
Forum: Concreting, Drives, Paths and Patios Forum
Topic: Covering lawn and concrete drive with gravel?
Replies: 1
Views: 7952

I think the only problem you will have is that the car wheels will push the gravel around on the top of the concrete if its not deep enough or if its not constrained. Personally I'd look at removing the concrete drive if possible and then using the same method that you are looking to employ fro the ...
by stevenc1603
Thu May 29, 2008 11:37 am
Forum: Carpentry and Joinery Forum
Topic: Fitting a dog door in a PVC double glazed back door.
Replies: 4
Views: 4138

You should be able to get a uPVC infill panel to replace the glazed panel that you have now. Once you have fitted this you should be able to make a cut out to fit a dog door. Bear in mind that as you are in a rented property the landlord might not be happy with you altering the door, although if you...
by stevenc1603
Mon May 26, 2008 12:17 pm
Forum: Tiles and Tiling Forum
Topic: tiles layed on gripfill??
Replies: 4
Views: 17308

Definately needs to have used a proper tiling adhesive and the chipboard floor needs to have a ply layer on it too as the others have mentioned.

Also, don't use PVA. It will cause more problems than the gripfil!
by stevenc1603
Mon May 26, 2008 11:42 am
Forum: Fencing Forum
Topic: Barbed wire on fencing
Replies: 4
Views: 7441

Can you not use barbed wire so long as you put signs up?
by stevenc1603
Mon May 26, 2008 10:33 am
Forum: Carpentry and Joinery Forum
Topic: sliding wardrobe doors
Replies: 5
Views: 6758

Might be cheaper to alter the frame to make it fit a DIY sized door. You'll probably only have to lower the height by securing a new cross member at the correct hight from the floor. You'll need to remove the existing architrave and alter it to fit and fill in the gap above with a bit of plasterboar...
by stevenc1603
Wed May 21, 2008 2:01 pm
Forum: Groundwork and Foundations Forum
Topic: HELP I have found holes under the concrete
Replies: 2
Views: 6690

Back filling with concrete would be an expensive way to do it. I would have back filled with earth first then put down a concrete base on top of that.

If its not holding together then really it needs to be fixed properly by removing it and doing it from scratch.
by stevenc1603
Wed May 21, 2008 1:58 pm
Forum: Gardens and Gardening Forum
Topic: WASHING LINE (ROTARY)
Replies: 4
Views: 17896

If the new dryer doesn't fit the ground spike then yes you will need to either dig up the old one or move the dryer elsewhere. If you use something like postfix then level the ground spike with the dryer in, then carefully remove it before watering in. The spike shouldn't move about that much. You c...
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