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1  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Re: Garage Flat Roof - Laying Flagstones
 on: Aug 18th, 2017, 2:23pm 
Started by Trevor.Howard | Post by CWatters  
You will almost certainly need planning permission. It comes under creating a "raised platform". Anything like a raised deck, balcony or other platform over 30cm (1ft) above ground level needs Planning Permission.






2  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Re: Garage Flat Roof - Laying Flagstones
 on: Aug 17th, 2017, 8:30am 
Started by Trevor.Howard | Post by woodsmith  
Firstly have you ascertained that the roof is able to take the weight of the flagstones and people etc? To take flagstones it must not flex at all and unless the roof was specifically designed to take this load I doubt it will be strong enough plus I expect this job would need building regulations approval from the local council before you could do anything.

As for laying flagstones on EDPM rubber, you really need to ask an EDPM roofing specialist but I would think at the minimum you would need to decouple the flagging completely from the EDPM? You could do this by laying pond underlay first, this is a thick polyester material and is extremely resistant to puncture and tearing. Then you may be able to lay the flags onto a thin bed of sharp sand but as I said you need to get specialist advice for this for both the EDPM and also to see if the roof is up to the job.

Thinking about it, this job is looking more and more impractical and expensive as you would also need compliant balustrading all round the roof, which you couldn't fix through the EDPM.

Another option to consider may be to deck the roof, this would be much lighter than flags and would make fitting a balustrade much easier.


3  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Re: Garage Flat Roof - Laying Flagstones
 on: Aug 16th, 2017, 5:29pm 
Started by Trevor.Howard | Post by thescruff  
Hi,
Not a Pro they should be along later to advise.

Any I have seen done has been laid on and fixed with Hot pitch.


4  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Garage Flat Roof - Laying Flagstones
 on: Aug 16th, 2017, 4:38pm 
Started by Trevor.Howard | Post by Trevor.Howard  
I have a double garage with a flat roof approx. 9 metres x 5 metres. The roof is covered with an EDPM membrane on top of 25mm thick plywood.
I want to lay indian sandstone flagstones to cover the flat roof area, with a view of making it into a rooftop garden area.
Question is can I lay the flagstones directly onto the EDPM membrane using a suitable cement/adhesive or should I first of all lay down a suitable underlay mesh mat (eg: Durabase C++) then lay the flagstones on top of that?
I look forward to your professional answers to this query.

Thanks,

Trevor

5  DIY Forum / DIY - Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Re: Nicotine stained coving
 on: Aug 15th, 2017, 11:25pm 
Started by harveys dad | Post by thescruff  
sorry meant to add to this when I got home.

Zinnser make some good products for what you want, Wickes-Screwfix etc should have them on the shelf.

6  DIY Forum / DIY - Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Re: Nicotine stained coving
 on: Aug 15th, 2017, 8:46pm 
Started by harveys dad | Post by harveys dad  
Cheers

7  DIY Forum / DIY - Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Re: Nicotine stained coving
 on: Aug 15th, 2017, 7:40am 
Started by harveys dad | Post by thescruff  
Wash it with sugar soap or similar then any good stain block paint will do the job.

8  DIY Forum / DIY - Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Nicotine stained coving
 on: Aug 14th, 2017, 9:21pm 
Started by harveys dad | Post by harveys dad  
Doing up an old house the ceilings have painted over well with Leyland trade emulsion but the coving will not take it .its some kind if old polystyrene filled thing with a bit if a plastic texture. It's in good condition but can you recommend anything to mask the horrible nicotine staining . Thanks in anticipation

9  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: Changing light switch-Help
 on: Aug 11th, 2017, 6:07pm 
Started by aok | Post by Lectrician  
Red into both COMS on new switch.

Yellow into L1 on one side, Blue into L1 on the other.  If the switches are back to front, swap the yellow and blue.

You should run an earth cable from the back box to the front plate too.

10  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Changing light switch-Help
 on: Aug 11th, 2017, 5:24pm 
Started by aok | Post by aok  


Hi
New to this forum and don't to much electrical DIY.I thought it would be a simple job just to change and light switch from white plastic to Stainless Steel.however the old switch has RED going into A and another red connecting A to B.Yellow goes to A1 and Blue to B1.New switch has COM,L2, L1 and L2,L1 and COM.The light switch controls 2 lights( one in the kitchen and an outside garden light.Any advice on which wire goes where greatly appreciated.

11  DIY Forum / DIY - Plumbing Questions / Re: Kitchen tap pipes
 on: Aug 8th, 2017, 2:40pm 
Started by AJ1977 | Post by CWatters  
As it's a newish house I'm guessing you have a combi boiler so both the hot and cold are at mains pressure?

If not then you may prefer a tap with different size hot and cold channels to speed up the hot flow. These are available but there aren't many of them around.

12  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: TOGGLE SWITCH WIRING
 on: Aug 8th, 2017, 2:30pm 
Started by MARK T GOUGH | Post by CWatters  
You might also want to include some sort of isolation switch in series as well.

13  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: TOGGLE SWITCH WIRING
 on: Aug 8th, 2017, 2:26pm 
Started by MARK T GOUGH | Post by CWatters  
See diagram. The switch must be a DPDT Centre Off switch.

14  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / TOGGLE SWITCH WIRING
 on: Aug 8th, 2017, 8:43am 
Started by MARK T GOUGH | Post by MARK T GOUGH  
I have an on-off-on toggle switch with six terminals that I need to operate two small motors. In one position I need one motor 'on' in the middle position both 'off' and in the last position bothj motors 'on' it has a 240v mains supply. How do I wire the switch?

15  DIY Forum / DIY - Plumbing Questions / Re: Kitchen tap pipes
 on: Aug 7th, 2017, 12:50pm 
Started by AJ1977 | Post by AJ1977  
Thank you.  I'll have to take a close look again to see what room there is to cut the pipes.  There aren't any isolation valves fitted.  (Why make anything easy for future users?!  As long as it is quick and cheap to fit in the first place when the house is being built is the main thing!)
I've a feeling I'll either be taking new tap back to the shop or hiring a plumber to do this for me.
But at least I know it wasn't a complete Bodgit & Leggit job to begin with so wont be complaining to the house builder (not about this anyway!).

16  DIY Forum / DIY - Plumbing Questions / Re: Kitchen tap pipes
 on: Aug 7th, 2017, 12:38pm 
Started by AJ1977 | Post by thescruff  
Ps Once you've cut the pipes the tails should screw out right to left as you look at them.

17  DIY Forum / DIY - Plumbing Questions / Re: Kitchen tap pipes
 on: Aug 7th, 2017, 12:35pm 
Started by AJ1977 | Post by thescruff  
There's Normally (good plumber anyway) an isolating valve you can undo to aid removing.

Solid tails are better than flexible as they don't vibrate, although flexibles are the most common for all new mixer taps.

You'll struggle to get a pipe slice in there as they are too close, so you may have to go with a junior hacksaw and clean the pipes up later.

Can't see what you have from the pic and they may be built in, but, you'll need backflow prevention and observe the direction arrow on the body, which should be pointing towards the outlet

18  DIY Forum / DIY - Plumbing Questions / Re: Kitchen tap pipes
 on: Aug 7th, 2017, 6:30am 
Started by AJ1977 | Post by Lectrician  
The way it has been installed is actually the preferred professional way.  Flexi tails are more for DIY installs or awkward areas.  Yours looks fine, although one is showing signs of weeping were the pipe enters the tap.

You cut the pipes back and fit flexi tails.  It's a pretty easy job.  You would want to purchase a pipe slice to get a nice neat and square cut though.

http://www.screwfix.com/c/tools/copper-pipe-cutters/cat7620008

19  DIY Forum / DIY - Plumbing Questions / Kitchen tap pipes
 on: Aug 6th, 2017, 9:24pm 
Started by AJ1977 | Post by AJ1977  
I want to fit a new kitchen tap of a similar style to the current one.  However, in starting this job, I found the pipework to the current tap did not have flexi hoses nor any nuts to remove the pipework.  The pipes basically continue, without any fittings, directly into the current tap. Nothing to unscrew or pull apart.

My question is, is this normal?  It is a new build house and I feel I ought to complain to the builder - I can't find any way to remove the tap they installed!  

I have inserted pictures to show what I have tried to described.

TapTap3

20  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Re: Bodging garage roof
 on: Aug 3rd, 2017, 5:17pm 
Started by wozzy | Post by wozzy  
thanks

Got hold of some of this so will be trying that saturday hopefully

http://cdn.watco.co.uk/media/products/technical/watco_uk/W090733_DS_1.pdf


21  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Re: Bodging garage roof
 on: Aug 3rd, 2017, 1:33pm 
Started by wozzy | Post by woodsmith  
With a shared flat roof you are not going to be able to make any worthwhile repair to just your side, so the less money you spend patching it up the better. I would try the sealant if it's cheap and hope for the best.

22  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Bodging garage roof
 on: Aug 3rd, 2017, 9:07am 
Started by wozzy | Post by wozzy  
I have a garage, sold a house few years ago split the garage off when i sold it as the garage was on block and needed the storage space for all the gear that got lobbed in there at the end of self employment.  Also was thinking it might be built on one day  Wink

Any after neglecting it a bit, it getting broke into although they didnt steal much and got nicked and a massive rat in there, it is now leaking fairly badly, not loads of water going in but the water that is going in is brown sticky horrible stuff that is ruining everything in there.

I would just get a new flat roof on it but here is the problem, the garages are built as pairs, everyone else has had their roof done as a pair, and im sure the ply runs across both so no separation, the other garage and house is in the process of being sold and it taking a while, i know the sellers wont want to shell out and the new whenever they come along may not want to straight away, i dont want to wait what could be months while more gets ruined so i need to bodge it until new roof comes along.

At present it has loads of loose small stones on it i intend to sweep off and somehow seal it. Any ideas? I was thinking 10 litres of everbuild black jack its really cheap.  My dad reckons i should put adhesive down and felt it.

Any ideas?

thanks for any input

23  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Re: Roof tiles
 on: Aug 1st, 2017, 4:18pm 
Started by TrevorP | Post by CWatters  
One of the down sides of concrete roof tiles is that they don't look as good as they age. Clay tiles are more expensive but tend to look better as they age.

24  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: EDF Meter Change
 on: Aug 1st, 2017, 4:15pm 
Started by Gammy_leg | Post by CWatters  
Gammy_leg wrote on Jul 18th, 2017, 1:36pm:
 Up until April the off peak meter had registered 23kw/h consumption. After that date it has recorded 0kw/h.

EDF are saying that the off peak display should have recorded something which I agree, however the only things I have on overnight are a fridge/freezer which sucks up 0.18kw/h, a telly on standby which is about 0.05kw/h and a phone charger ~0.03kw/h. EDF estimate the off peak shortfall to be 345kw/h!!!



If your fridge freezer consumes 180W and off peak is 7 hours per day(?) that works out at 180 * 7 = 1.26kWH a day. There have been about 100 days since mid April so that's 1.26 * 100 = 126kWH compared to the 345kWH that the energy company estimates is missing.

 






25  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Re: Roof tiles
 on: Jul 20th, 2017, 9:39pm 
Started by TrevorP | Post by TrevorP  
Oops already done that as cleaned moss of the ridge tiles. But see your point, will keep off  in future. Glad you think ok so will leave and forget.
Thanks for advise.

26  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Re: Roof tiles
 on: Jul 20th, 2017, 8:24am 
Started by TrevorP | Post by woodsmith  
That doesn't look too bad, a bit unsightly but not a problem as such. Definitely don't coat or treat them with anything. Also these tiles are probably a lot more brittle than when they were new so you need to avoid walking on them if at all possible.

27  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: EDF Meter Change
 on: Jul 20th, 2017, 8:18am 
Started by Gammy_leg | Post by londonman  
Gammy_leg wrote on Jul 18th, 2017, 1:36pm:
.....
EDF are saying that the off peak display should have recorded something which I agree, however the only things I have on overnight are a fridge/freezer which sucks up 0.18kw/h, a telly on standby which is about 0.05kw/h and a phone charger ~0.03kw/h. EDF estimate the off peak shortfall to be 345kw/h!!!

.......


I would tell them to go swivel.  It is their meter and it is up to them to control/maintain it.  If they keep hassling you then make a formal complaint to them and send it Recorded.  A pain in the butt, I agree, but until these companies start employing customer service agents who actually have a brain to use, it's all we can do.

28  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Re: Roof tiles
 on: Jul 19th, 2017, 2:46pm 
Started by TrevorP | Post by TrevorP  
Wondered what that was for, after abit of trial and error have loaded pic, to show state they are in.
Thanks for reply

Image 1   

29  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Re: Roof tiles
 on: Jul 19th, 2017, 9:19am 
Started by TrevorP | Post by woodsmith  
As long as the tiles are sound I wouldn't worry, the coating is more decorative than water resistant. I photo would be good though if you can reduce the image size.

30  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Roof tiles
 on: Jul 19th, 2017, 9:06am 
Started by TrevorP | Post by TrevorP  
Just cleaned guttering on single story extension, and noticed that most of the concrete tiles had a large amount of the coarse coating missing, showing areas of bear concrete.
My question is....is this ok as I thought that concrete was porous and worried that in time would leak through. Is there something I could perhaps spray on to water proof?

Did take a pic but kept getting "file to big" from album!

Any suggestions would be helpful.