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Which to use for concrete posts and why?

July 24, 2017, 9:54 pm

I have a requirement to install new concrete posts. There appears to be postcrete and postmix. The two differences between postcrete and postmix is that the latter contains gravel and is significa... Read more »

22 or 21.5mm pipe

July 24, 2017, 9:11 pm

Builders have damaged (...list of over a dozen items!) One of these was the toilet overflow - it only protruded 10mm into the outside world so they chopped it off and rendered it over! Found a ne... Read more »

Does pre-fitted steel frame for garage door need fitting at top?

July 24, 2017, 7:56 pm

Does a pre-fitted steel frame for a (single-width) (Garador) garage door need fitting at the top? Or is it strong enough to function if it is only fixed at the sides? The reason I ask is that my... Read more »

Diluting glyphosate

July 24, 2017, 5:59 pm

I managed to obtain concentrated glyphosate on the Internet. The instructions contained vast amounts of detail - pages of it - but I was unable to find any clear statement on whether or how much i... Read more »

Flow rate for a shower with a pump

July 24, 2017, 4:00 pm

Hi all, can you answer this I hope simple question - I have a pre-installed shower with a pump and shower bar.The shower when running loses presure after about 45 seconds and becomes a trickle. The ... Read more »

How not to take down a load-bearing wall

July 24, 2017, 3:29 pm

May be of interest: -- Reentrant Read more »

Painting a concrete floor that's been power floated (etching?)

July 24, 2017, 2:17 pm

My workshop floor has been power floated and I believe I need to etch the surface before painting. Is this just a case of wetting it, brushing on some hydrochloric acid, and then hosing it out af... Read more »

Inline Bathroom Extractor

July 24, 2017, 1:41 pm

I am looking to install an extractor fan to remove vapour from a shower and toilet niffs. Are inline fans better than ceiling mount fans and where is the best place to locate the grill with the t... Read more »

how to route a thin deep slot in end grain of 18mm wood

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July 23, 2017, 7:53 pm

Hello all This is an enquiry about how to use a router to cut a slot in the end of a sheet of wood. Below is an ASCII-art side view of the sheet. The wood is around 18mm thick. The slo... Read more »

The rainwater diversion project

July 23, 2017, 4:00 pm

Thanks for all the input to my project to divert rainwater from the roof of the workshop into the small pond (it's ~11m in diameter. I have a big pond about 4 or 5 times the size, too) to try and p... Read more »

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Electronics prototyping PCB rating: 5

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I bought this board over 30 years ago, I have developed many a circuit on it. I hesitate to call it a breadboard, because that term seems to have been hijac... Read more »

Electrical spur in utility room rating: 5

Hi, all. At my sister-in-law's for the weekend, and we have a small electrical problem. In the utility room, there is a fused switch spur unit above the worktop, feeding a socket in a cupboard below.... Read more »

Dimplex storage heaters rating: 5

Hi I have three storage heaters in the first floor of my maisonette flat. One is in the hall as you come in and then the other two are in the living room. They are Dimplex XLS heaters, XLS18, XLS12 a... Read more »

Pros & cons of Polyurethane varnishes rating: 5

What are the pros and cons of (wood) varnishes with and without polyurethane? Indeed what exactly is 'polyurethane'? TIA Read more »

Loft debris rating: 5

With the summer approaching, I made an exploratory trip into the last great untamed wilderness over the weekend: the loft. The previous owners obviously decided they could live without their Hostess... Read more »

Dismantle Flymo MC300+ mower? rating: 5

Hi. I have an old mower. The bearing/motor/pulley (or whatever exactly it has in there) are somewhat stiff... but I can't dismantle it! The part where I'm stuck is the bearing of the fan/rotor assemb... Read more »

Supporting Stud Wall in line but between joists? rating: 5

Hi, Just had interesting discussion with BCO (see my Part P mail today) and I am erecting a stud wall in a bedroom in line with joists but about 3 inches into the 14 inch void. The stud is attache... Read more »

MFI or IKEA kitchen? rating: 5

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Hi The wife and I (well...more the wife) are looking to replace the kitchen and are looking at MFI and IKEA as potential suppliers. The MFI kitchen looks good and has a good price, but I would like a... Read more »

UK source for pallet collar hinges. rating: 5

Anybody know of a UK supplier of these? Google shows a few overseas (USA, India, China etc) Read more »

Security window foil and connectors - can you still buy them? rating: 5

Some of you should remember this from the 80's. Strips of stick on foil for windows which were laid in a loop pattern. When the window was smashed the alarm was triggered. The adhesive connectors pro... Read more » is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.