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1  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: Add to Central Heating Switch
 on: Jun 22nd, 2017, 8:46pm 
Started by Partick Girl | Post by Lectrician  
Unfortunately it's impossible to say without identifying where the circuit is fed from, the cables size and protective device  Undecided

Get a sparky around to quote  Smiley

2  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Add to Central Heating Switch
 on: Jun 22nd, 2017, 9:43am 
Started by Partick Girl | Post by Partick Girl  
Hello Ask The Trades  Smiley

I have a central heating on/off switch on a wall that has no other sockets. Will it be possible for an electrician to fit socket next to it? This:

SWITCH

I currently have my fridge next to it, but have to run an extension cable to the other side of the kitchen to power it.

Thanks for your help, and have a great day!

Alison, Glasgow

3  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Re: Wall plate beneath DPC
 on: Jun 21st, 2017, 9:42pm 
Started by Pieguts | Post by woodsmith  
Go back to your architect and get them to specify exactly how they intend this design to be implemented because on the face of it it doesn't sound like they have come up with a reasonable plan. Even treated softwood when attached to a damp wall will only have a limited life expectancy.

4  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Wall plate beneath DPC
 on: Jun 21st, 2017, 7:55pm 
Started by Pieguts | Post by Pieguts  
I have just had some extension plans prepared for Building regulations and the architect has specified a timber floor, as the extension is less than 10 square metres. At the new wall end he has shown the joists sitting in wall hangers but where joists will meet my existing property he has shown a 8x2 wall plate and the joists then fitting to this. As this wall plate is going to be below DPC how do I protect against damp?

5  DIY Forum / DIY - Plumbing Questions / Re: Converting a wet room back to a bathroom
 on: Jun 21st, 2017, 6:59pm 
Started by joetheeskimo | Post by CWatters  
Is it a mains pressure hot water system or is the hot water to the existing shower pumped? Gravity fed? Perhaps check the flow rate will be ok for a bath or it takes ages to fill.

Will the bath block the door?

6  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: Adding a Second Porch Light
 on: Jun 21st, 2017, 6:45pm 
Started by macarra61 | Post by CWatters  
+1


The earth wire is usually just a bare copper wire so the porch light might use 2+E (two core and Earth) with the earth cut off short so not immediately visible.


7  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: LED Driver
 on: Jun 21st, 2017, 6:40pm 
Started by Lionel H | Post by CWatters  
Perhaps post a link to the LED lights.

8  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Re: Cracked Exterior Render and Possible Damp
 on: Jun 21st, 2017, 8:32am 
Started by joetheeskimo | Post by woodsmith  
I would check to see if they have raised the level of the drive next door. If they have just fitted the paviors on top of the old drive they may have compromised your damp proof course. Also check to see if they have sloped the drive in the direction of your wall, this would carry all the rainwater in your direction and would need a strip drain fitting ( at their expense)!

9  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Re: Cracked Exterior Render and Possible Damp
 on: Jun 20th, 2017, 9:50pm 
Started by joetheeskimo | Post by thescruff  
You'll need to dig along the wall to see if the ground is wet and note any problems

10  DIY Forum / DIY - Plumbing Questions / Re: Converting a wet room back to a bathroom
 on: Jun 20th, 2017, 9:47pm 
Started by joetheeskimo | Post by thescruff  
Is there a cupboard or boxing they can run in.

The waste depend on the floor gully and how it's made

11  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: LED Driver
 on: Jun 20th, 2017, 9:46pm 
Started by Lionel H | Post by Lectrician  
You need to work out if yours are constant current or constant voltage.

Traditional/professional LED fittings will be constant current, and wired in series with a constant current driver.

Many new fittings are constant voltage, with fittings wired in parallel.  In this case you do not have a driver, you have a transformer.

350mA is the rating of many constant current drivers, which leads me to suggest you need a constant current type, but do check!

For 22 watts of lighting, this would do: http://www.cp-lighting.co.uk/ELT-25W-350mA-Constant-Current-LED-Driver?gclid=Cjw...

You MUST ensure your fittings are wired in SERIES (red to black, red to black etc), otherwise you risk damage!

12  DIY Forum / DIY - Plumbing Questions / Re: Converting a wet room back to a bathroom
 on: Jun 20th, 2017, 9:31pm 
Started by joetheeskimo | Post by joetheeskimo  
thescruff wrote on Jun 18th, 2017, 10:22pm:
Hi, anything is possible with plumbing with varying difficulties.

Easy bit would be tidying the pipes up for the bath, would definitely advise getting a good shower mixer or keeping the existing.

Bath waste depends on the luck and what you have, take the cover off the floor gully and the bit in the middle if it comes out, then need a pic and measurement, hopefully you'll have a round hole that will take a converter.

You don't want the bath waste and the floor gully close together as it makes it harder to connect, failing all else the floor up should solve any problems.



ok so selecting a bath with the bath waste on located more to the right hand side would be better.

what would be the best options for the pipes

13  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Re: Cracked Exterior Render and Possible Damp
 on: Jun 20th, 2017, 9:29pm 
Started by joetheeskimo | Post by joetheeskimo  
thescruff wrote on Jun 18th, 2017, 10:29pm:
i would worry about the recent repair/alterations to the soil pipe/drain.


that is the next door neighbours drive. i beleive they have just had their drive brick paved, thus why there is some kind of modification. Prehaps they broke the existing pipe during thier drive installation.

Eithey way there is cracked render just behind so that will need to come off and be repaired prior to any damp proof injections

14  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: LED Driver
 on: Jun 20th, 2017, 8:40pm 
Started by Lionel H | Post by fife spark  

15  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / LED Driver
 on: Jun 20th, 2017, 3:38pm 
Started by Lionel H | Post by Lionel H  
Hello. i need to purchase one driver to fit 4 led lights to. the spec on the LEDS are; 5.5W, 350mA please can you help

16  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: Adding a Second Porch Light
 on: Jun 19th, 2017, 8:28pm 
Started by macarra61 | Post by Lectrician  
If the porch light has no earth, you cannot use it at all.  Are you sure it has no earth? Has it been snipped off tight to the sheath?

17  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Re: Cracked Exterior Render and Possible Damp
 on: Jun 18th, 2017, 10:29pm 
Started by joetheeskimo | Post by thescruff  
Yes that's damp so could be several things, although I'd worry about the recent repair/alterations to the soil pipe/drain.

18  DIY Forum / DIY - Plumbing Questions / Re: Converting a wet room back to a bathroom
 on: Jun 18th, 2017, 10:22pm 
Started by joetheeskimo | Post by thescruff  
Hi, anything is possible with plumbing with varying difficulties.

Easy bit would be tidying the pipes up for the bath, would definitely advise getting a good shower mixer or keeping the existing.

Bath waste depends on the luck and what you have, take the cover off the floor gully and the bit in the middle if it comes out, then need a pic and measurement, hopefully you'll have a round hole that will take a converter.

You don't want the bath waste and the floor gully close together as it makes it harder to connect, failing all else the floor up should solve any problems.

19  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Adding a Second Porch Light
 on: Jun 18th, 2017, 9:31pm 
Started by macarra61 | Post by macarra61  
Hi, i was looking to add a small floodlight onto the side of my porch so it would light up the garden so i can go to the shed at night. i opened the porch light yesterday and the fitting is wired with 2 core flat cable with no earth wire. could i run this wire into a round 3 Terminal junction box and then run a new wire to the porch light and a second wire to the floodlight, would i need to use 3 core cable for the floodlight and the porch light or 2 core cable, i hope this makes sense.

20  DIY Forum / DIY - Plumbing Questions / Converting a wet room back to a bathroom
 on: Jun 18th, 2017, 8:04pm 
Started by joetheeskimo | Post by joetheeskimo  
HI All

We are looking at purchasing a new home. The house was currently owned by an old couple who have now passed away.

They had a wet room fitted up stairs.

As we have a 3 year old daughter and plan on having another sprog, we need to fit a bath ideally.

Attached below are pictures of the wetroom.

I am not a builder by trade, i am an aerospace design engineer. My thought was as follows so please tell me if it cannot be done or there is something better to do.

The room has two pipes that come down to a thermostat controlled shower mixer. I assume one pipe is hot and one is cold. We would like to either extend these to bring a Tap/shower mixer combo closer to where the bath would sit or just replace the shower with a tap shower combo. The bath would be fitted underneath.

We have seen a bath we like, double ended approx 1750mm long X 750mm Wide with drain hole in the middle.

This means the drain hole is approx 375mm from the rear edge and 875mm from the right edge.

The waste/drain hole is currently in the floor and is approx 800mm from the right wall and 500mm from the rear wall.

If we were to fit the bath over the top this would mean the bath drain hole and floor waste hole would be off center by approx 125mm in one direction and 75mm in the other.

Is it possible to fit a flexi with an adapter to the floor drain hole or do we need to rip up the floor.

what would be the aprox cost for this kind of work.


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21  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Cracked Exterior Render and Possible Damp
 on: Jun 18th, 2017, 7:53pm 
Started by joetheeskimo | Post by joetheeskimo  
Hi All

I am looking at buying a victorian house. We have fell in love with made an offer got rejected, made another one, got accepted now we have got a home buyers survey being completed this coming week.

I have seen the house now twice but on the second viewing i noticed what looks like damp under the stairs. The whole has is wall papered and was owned by an old couple who have now passed away. None of the wall paper looks like it is peeling.

It has been dry weather for last two weeks so my observations now are from a dry period.

I smelt the wall in question and couldnt smell anything however there is black marks on the wall.
The wall felt cold, it is in the shade all day outside, however it did not feel wet.
Below pictures show what i see. also shows the exterior wall as well.

Is this damp, is it curable etc.
what are my options etc.
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22  DIY Forum / DIY - Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Re: Plaster behind kitchen units
 on: Jun 14th, 2017, 12:10pm 
Started by petroltimer | Post by CWatters  
Yes its got Dulux Endurance on it.  I think it just shows the dirt more than a patterned tile would.

23  DIY Forum / DIY - Plumbing Questions / Re: Noisy pipework from upstairs flat?
 on: Jun 13th, 2017, 8:35am 
Started by jazzyman | Post by thescruff  
Sounds like high water pressure and small pipes.You should certainly get on the housing guys backs and make a complaint.

Yes it's normal to put pipes under floors and they shouldn't be a problem.

24  DIY Forum / DIY - Carpentry Questions / Re: Sliding Upvc Patio Door Seal Trim.
 on: Jun 12th, 2017, 12:52pm 
Started by Mikee | Post by Mikee  
Thanks very much for that, I'll try what you said.

Mikee.

25  DIY Forum / DIY - Carpentry Questions / Re: Sliding Upvc Patio Door Seal Trim.
 on: Jun 12th, 2017, 8:47am 
Started by Mikee | Post by woodsmith  
Unless you know the manufacturer and can contact them directly I think you will struggle to find an exact match, but if you google plastic upvc trim suppliers you will find there are lots of firms selling various trims in short lengths, one of which you may be able to adapt to fit.

26  DIY Forum / DIY - Carpentry Questions / Sliding Upvc Patio Door Seal Trim.
 on: Jun 11th, 2017, 5:28pm 
Started by Mikee | Post by Mikee  
Hello all,
I know this is not a carpentry topic but I think you are the best people to help me. Part of the seal carrying trim around my sliding upvc patio door is damaged and I need a couple of meters to replace it. I was just wondering if anybody on here would know where I could buy this profile.
(See photo). The overall width is 65mm, flat clip on part is 40mm, 10mm drop with a slot for the seal, 25mmflat and a15mmdrop. Don't know if that's all understandable.  

Thanks in advance,
Mikee.                                     Image 5

27  DIY Forum / DIY - Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Re: Plaster behind kitchen units
 on: Jun 11th, 2017, 7:47am 
Started by petroltimer | Post by woodsmith  
I assume you have painted it but to make it a lot more scrubable you could give it a coat of decorators acrylic varnish which you can get in dead flat which is extremely matt and almost invisible.

28  DIY Forum / DIY - Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Re: Plaster behind kitchen units
 on: Jun 10th, 2017, 11:21am 
Started by petroltimer | Post by CWatters  
We currently have plaster behind our kitchen sink. Hard to keep clean. Will be tiling it eventually.

29  DIY Forum / DIY - Plumbing Questions / Noisy pipework from upstairs flat?
 on: Jun 8th, 2017, 12:14pm 
Started by jazzyman | Post by jazzyman  
Looking for advice or any suggestions of a cure?

I live in a downstairs flat property owned by a housing association. Recently the flats had some upgrades, new kitchens, bathrooms and new plumbing pipework. Previously there was no noise when the flat above ran any water. After the upgrades when a tap is run upstairs the noise in the flat below (mine) is very noisy sounds a bit like jet engine!

What I believe has happened is that the old pipe which was previously attached to the wall has been relocated to under the floorboards, therefor the pipe work is directly above our ceiling.

Due to the neighbour above likes to use his washing machine around 6.00am it's a bit of a nightmare.

Is it normal procedure to place water pipes under floorboards in flat type properties?

If the housing association was contacted would there be a cure?  lagging pipes or something?

30  DIY Forum / DIY - Building Questions / Re: No RSJ
 on: Jun 7th, 2017, 9:18pm 
Started by Lol59 | Post by Lectrician  
Photos would help  Smiley