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OT: It couldnt happen to a niucer neighborhood.


December 5, 2016, 12:04 pm

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/739926/north-london-islington-floods-burst-pipe-boris-johnson-house Islington flooded as a water main bursts. Do you think the ageing London infrastructure is tryin... Read more »

OT - another car buying question


December 5, 2016, 12:00 pm

As far as I know most things have a list price and a final price. Some build in, say, 5% or 10% on the price as negotiating room. Any rule of thumb for used vehicles in the £10-15k range? I reali... Read more »

Electrical Puzzle


December 5, 2016, 11:07 am

Replaced a ceiling light for my parents on Saturday - take down pendant, pu t up fancy new new three-bulb fixture, simple T&E, no spurs, loops or whate ver. Everything working AOK. Mum phones yeste... Read more »

OT - mechanical warranties on cars


December 5, 2016, 10:38 am

Just pondering - how does the warranty company confirm up front the car isn't a dog? Or do they just play the numbers with a limit on what you can claim? Cheers Dave R -- AMD FX-6300 in GA-99... Read more »

Wiring in plaster


December 5, 2016, 10:01 am

I wish to make a channel in plaster and put in some wiring for a new light. Please could someone point me to requirements re conduit/covering. Read more »

OT: things that scared Bella the dog today


December 5, 2016, 5:06 am

1. The sound the mains testing plug makes when the socket is OK 2. Me conducting the Band of the Grenadier Guards 3. The Greenwich Time Signal 4. The black chicken 5. A phone ringing on Emmerdale... Read more »

strange screw


December 4, 2016, 9:41 pm

While fixing the stair door today, I found that the door closer had been (inadequately) fastened to the frame using a type of screw that I've never seen before. The screw is a straight cylinder, w... Read more »

Lever action toilets


December 4, 2016, 8:07 pm

Having experienced a moderm push button toilet which she cannot operate as she has fingernails, she insists on fitting only lever operated toilets in a bathroom refurb. These things seem to be a... Read more »

A Public Liability (pictures)


December 4, 2016, 4:10 pm

I didn't capture what happened between DSCF7217 & DSCF7218 but we all heard the crash. The two guys were perched up there when it happened and seemed to continue as if nothing had happened. https:... Read more »

Sealing a boat hatch


December 4, 2016, 3:35 pm

On our boat Odin there's a hatch on the bathing platform which currently lets water in (to the inside of the bathing platform). This isn't disastrous in any way because the bathing platform was ad... Read more »

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stripping painted asbestos rating: 5

It seems that my soil pipe is asbestos. In the past someone has painted it, and now some of the paint is starting to peel off. The relatively loose stuff I can easily get off, but the stuff that ... Read more »

Ferm FKS 180 rating: 5

Hello, I have just bought a Ferm FKS 180 circular saw from Screwfix and I am not happy with it. Before I send it back to Screwfix I am wondering whether the problems are with my particular saw or wit... Read more »

Painting a concrete floor rating: 5

I have to paint an interior concrete floor (approx. 3 metres by 4 and a bit). I was going to apply stabilising solution before painting. However I keep seeing references to the use of acid etchin... Read more »

Replacing Tile Hanging with Rendering rating: 5

I'm considering removing the awful 60's green tile hanging on our house and replacing with some sort of rendered finish, using some kind of insulating board under the rendering. Has anyone any exper... Read more »

Mixing small and large tiles rating: 5

My brother & sister-in-law are keen on the small kitchen tiles which are fashionable at the moment and would like to tile the whole kitchen, but not all with small tiles. Advice he has been given i... Read more »

Exterior grade chipboard? rating: 5

I've just had a flat roof on an outbuilding extended and re-felted and can see that part of the fascia (?) has been constructed using chipboard. The chipboard goes under the felt and then extends dow... Read more »

Installing concrete fence posts rating: 5

I'm planning to instal a short run of fencing between two front gardens using these concrete posts and panels: http://www.selcobw.com/special-offers/2013/05/wicket-fencing-fsc-2/ http://www.selcob... Read more »

Lock for garden gate both sides rating: 5

Is it possible to fit a lock to a 6 foot wooden gate that can be operated from both sides? Currently it can only be locked from inside my garden using a simple sliding bolt. But if I leave my pr... Read more »

New "keeper" for UPVC door rating: 5

I think that the right term anyway. It's the vertical bit of metal that the door bolt hooks behind to hold the door shut. Mine has fractured off. (It seems to be made of cast metal). You can see in... Read more »

Re: Dishwasher not spraying rating: 5

Thanks Ian, Didn't notice any humming. But there is a faint hissing sound - a little like the sound a kettle makes when it is just thinking about coming to the boil. At this stage there is water in ... Read more »

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