I am planning on boxing in some central heating pipes using B&Q's treated MDF skirting board. I am ripping out the old skirting board and replacing it with new ones, hence the reason I want to use skirting board for this - so the boxing is less obscure. The current pipes are mounted off the old skirting board and I'm wondering if putting the new skirting board as close as possible to the pipes will cause it to buckle due to the heat? Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing?
Also, I'm trying to put up some curtain poles, but when I drill the holes, the drill goes through the plaster & cement without a problem, but about 20 mm in I hit something solid and have to apply loads of presure and an extra helping of patients to get the required depth. I am using a 6 mm masonary drill bit and an old drill with a hammer action. Any suggestion on making this task easier?