Two problems here. The first one is the wiring. There used to be a
back boiler behind the fireplace which was removed before we moved in.
The wiring for the back boiler is still there (Red, yellow and blue
wires and an unshielded copper earth core all within a white outer
cable). How can I take these wires and connect a normal three pin
mains socket onto them such that we can plug an electric fire in?
Second problem. There are brass surrounds covering the edge of the
fireplace opening. The placement of these is such that the height of
the remaining hole is too short to put the fire we want in the hole.
So they have to come off. But they are stuck on with some sort of
very strong adhesive which we will need to remove, preferably without
damaging the fake marble surround (which I have been told is actually
layers of epoxy resin). Anyone know what would be a good solvent to
try that wouldn't damage the fake marble?
Many, many thanks in advance for any ideas you might have on how to
solve either of these problems.
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The first rule of D-I-Y isd 'when in doubt, rip it out' and that goes
for the wiring, the fireplace, its surround, the lot.
Either you don't touch a thing, or you take a deep breath, and sort it
The middle ground is seldom cehap, longlasting, or satisfactory.
The scond rule of D-I-Y is that , like the iceberg that sank the
titanic, its not the small bit you think you can see that is the real
problem. one tiny wet patch of plaster looks simple, until you realise
it is symptomatic of a failed roof, and a completely wet rot ridden
structure extending throughut the house...
The third rule is that it always takes twice as long and costs twice as
much as adding up everything you could think of indicates, when you
The fourth rules is that whilst any fool can take it apart, and most
fools can fix it, getting it all back together the way it was is not so
trivial and usually takes more time than anything else.
Start your DIY career with decoration, then making good, then plastering
rendering and carpentry.
NOW you can learn plumbing and ONLY THEN are you competent to fix a
dripping pipe, because you know if the last owner dind't its because the
problem is burried 17 inches inside a concrete pillar covered with 15th
century plaster mouldings or something, and most of it will need to be
demolished before you can get to the pipe.
And rebuilt afterwards.
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