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Lintel loading and size


September 23, 2018, 7:25 pm

I need to calculate the loads on a lintel for a 2 m opening in a 10 ( brick+ cavity+ 100mm block ) ground floor gable wall through to a sunroom at the side. The opening will start about 1.2 m from th... Read more »

converting attic


August 3, 2018, 6:22 pm

Looking at coverting an attic to living space that has full oak 2 by 6 as floor/ ceiling of lower space with a 16 foot span. Just mainly want to put mattresses on floor and clothes up there. Was hopi... Read more »

Update/Improve Old Tiled Corner in Livingroom (images included)


July 27, 2018, 11:14 am

I need ideas, tips or advice on how to spruce up this corner in our livingroom. If you look at the pictures, we now have a little stove in place of what used to be the old open fire, which used the s... Read more »

fixing fence post caps


July 22, 2018, 2:18 pm

Has anyone got any tips please for fixing timber fence post caps in place? Is the proper way to whack a galvanised nail through or drill a hole and screw down? Read more »

Swamp Cooler


July 9, 2018, 5:35 pm

My swamp cooler keeps shutting off and after a while, it will come back on. Also when I turn it on after letting the pump run for a while it makes a squealing sound. I need some help with this one. Read more »

Ac motor kicks off


June 30, 2018, 6:00 am

Old motor kick off and turned back on after it cools off. Replaced motor with new one. Does the same thing. Disconnected fan belt and it still turns off. What’s going on ? Read more »

Spiders - How to get rid...


May 27, 2018, 4:04 pm

Anyone tell me how I can get rid of these spiders. I seem to have loads of them. Hes a link to a you tube video to show you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU7nKtt9fUo Read more »

recommend staple gun?


May 17, 2018, 10:24 am

I tried my trusty hand stapler last week in an effort to re-cover some chair seats. Unfortunately it wasn't powerful enough to push the staples fully into the particle board for the seats (the la... Read more »

Kew Wash Wiring


April 29, 2018, 5:14 pm

I have a Kew pressure wash that was hunting so decided to have a look at the business end. First mistake I made was taking the electrical components off the mounting plate and the second mistake was ... Read more »

My Koehler is blowing oil out of the valve cover in to the carburetor


March 5, 2018, 8:13 am

My kohler 16 hp is blowing oil out of the valve My Koehler enging is blowing oil or the valve cover onto the carburetor cover lnto carburetor Read more »

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Rendering on front wall of house - repair or remove?

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The ground floor of my house has been extended at the front, and we had rain leaking in earlier this month. It turns out that rather than being the roof (thankfully) the rendering on the wall on the... Read more »

Cost of Damp Proofing - is this reasonable

rating: 5

Apologies for the length of this question! We are in the process of buying an old, mostly stone built, cottage in South Wales and have had a survey revealing significant areas of rising damp and a... Read more »

Electric shocks from earthed appliances.

rating: 5

When ever I touch the earthed part of an appliance with a sensitive area of skin (the underside of my wrist) I can feel a slight tingle of electricity, similar to putting a 9v battery on your tongu... Read more »

Problem with Waste Plumbing For Both Dishwasher And Washing Machine

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Note: The ASCII art requires a fixed font to display it properly - if your newsreader makes a mess of it, copy and paste it into Notepad or equivalent. Until recently, I had no problems with a washin... Read more »

Sub-floor in 1950's house

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My parents house is an ex-council home built 1952. I assumed the ground-floor was concrete, but on inspection it seems to have a kind of bitumen or tar top layer - is this possible? It's breaking up... Read more »

Silicone sealant for polycarbonate roof

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I have been advised to use polycarbonate-safe sealant for a job on our conservatory roof. Does anyone know of a supplier of such? Thanks in advance, Jerry Read more »

concrete advice - base for washing machine

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Primer / Undercoat ?

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Primer / Undercoat ? I have for the past few days been sanding down the stair banister and rails. All nice and smooth, we decided to pain them so off I pop to the shed and found a part tin of prime... Read more »

Removing carbon from brass

rating: 5

Does anyone know of an easy way to remove carbon deposits from brass (blow torch) I can use a polishing mop on an electric drill but wondering if there is a liquid or something that I can dip in to m... Read more »

Concrete garage base

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I want to lay a garage base at the bottom of my garden, for my motorbikes. It is 25 metres from the road side so delivery of pre-mixed concrete will be a problem, or expensive, or both. I can mix t... Read more »

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