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?
Put some "economy" insulation on the pipes. This will have the twin effects
of making your central heating more efficient and, more importantly in your
case, will reduce the leakage of heat into the boxing arrangements. The
economy pipe insulation is much thinner than the proper stuff, so might fit
into the space available. If you have more space, then use thick Part L
Use an SDS drill. Be grateful that you have hard brick, rather than the
cottage cheese mine are made from.
Nice one! Thanks Christian (and others). BTW, do you have any experience
with MDF actually wobling, or is the chances of that actually happening very
slim? From looking at it and doing some reading, it sounds like MDF is quite
stable, but would be good to get some confirmation on that.
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