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1  DIY Forum / Building Questions / Re: Paramount Partition Wall issue
 on: May 13th, 2022, 8:40am 
Started by fazzini | Post by woodsmith  
Difficult to say without seeing the problem first hand but I would have thought you could overboard the Paramount with 9.5mm plasterboard. There is no need to use screws if it’s bonded with either plasterboard bonding adhesive, or perhaps better but more expensive, plasterboard adhesive foam. The boards could probably rest on top of the skirting and butt up to the door architrave. Normally there will be enough wire in the switches and sockets to allow the fitting to be moved forward 10mm and the rad should move without much problem. I would think this would be your easiest solution which gives you a permanent fix.

2  DIY Forum / Building Questions / Paramount Partition Wall issue
 on: May 10th, 2022, 10:48am 
Started by fazzini | Post by fazzini  
Hi folks looking for some help as this issue has now started to take the p*** out of my wife and I and we are seriously challenged budget wise. Following a leak, we decided to have our living room ceiling re-boarded and the room skimmed to give us a nice finish to decorate. On one internal wall only, the new plaster skim was blown. Plasterer came back and sorted the patch. Decorator came and as he was finishing that wall with first mist coat a different area of plaster came off. Plasterer returned again and as he was re-skimming that wall the plaster, along with several layers of paint started to literally peel off the wall. I can see what I believe is the original layer of matt white paint and this is not stuck to the drywall either.

I had considered removing the plasterboard on the face of this wall and replacing before skimming again to solve the problem once and for all. However, it appears that I have Paramount partition walls (egg-box) so this may not be possible.

I cant overboard as the weight would be too much - the wall seems to have no studs etc to fix too, and would also involve getting a plumber for the rad pipes, sparky for sockets and light switch, joiner for door frame etc. plus the flooring is (very nice) laminate through the entire ground floor and once taken up is not replaceable. We just don't have the money.

Can anyone suggest an alternative solution as we cant afford to replace the whole wall with a proper stud wall, and this would impact the kitchen and staircase etc on the other side of the wall also? The wall is currently very patchy/rough/uneven finish as the plasterer had to scrape off the fresh skim he was applying as best he could.

This has got us completely stressed as all we wanted was a nice finish for our home. Thanks in advance.

3  DIY Forum / Plumbing Questions / Re: Advice/Opinion re plumbing work
 on: May 7th, 2022, 7:49am 
Started by fazzini | Post by woodsmith  
Yes it does sound like your radiator is blocked up but I would possibly replace the radiator rather than flush it out. It depends on the condition of the rad, with so much magnetite in the rad (this is basically dissolved steel from the rads) it may have worn thin. Look for any external signs of rusting along the seams at the bottom of the rad and if in doubt replace.

It’s a difficult call when you are working on a job, I often spot other things wrong but rarely say anything unless it looks desperate. Customers can think that you are looking to inflate the costs for them.

With your system, especially with it having already been blocked, it would be wise to fit a system filter like a Magnaclean if you don’t already have one.

4  DIY Forum / Plumbing Questions / Advice/Opinion re plumbing work
 on: May 6th, 2022, 11:29am 
Started by fazzini | Post by fazzini  
Hi. Looking for some advice/opinion from professionals on an issue that is 'resolved' but I'm not 100% sure it is fully and am now worried it could return.

Long story short, we have had a 1st floor radiator that has never worked properly since we bought the house 11 years ago - barely noticeably warm when CH on full blast. New combi fitted 5 years ago and power flushed at that time. All other rads work absolutely fine.

We had it checked out and the company (heating & plumbing company who normally service our boiler) said that they would need a plumber to come and sort. After 3 hours of lifting floors and trying to unblock solid 'stuff' from the microbore pipes, the plumber stated that it needed to be re-piped from the tee to the radiator.
A mate and I lifted the floors ready (to save time and therefore money) ready and the plumber returned to re-pipe and connect up/remove old knackered pipe etc. Job done and the radiator is now very hot when CH on. Great. Except when I when back and checked another day when the CH was on, the bottom of the radiator is stone cold. This suggests to me it is full of crud, probably the same stuff that blocked the pipe initially.

2 questions:

1. Would it be fair to assume that the bottom of the radiator is indeed full of crud? Needs removing and flushing out before using heating?
2. If a CH company plumber knows they are already dealing with blocked CH pipes would it be unreasonable to expect they might have checked the condition of the radiator too?

Thanks for any advice given.

5  DIY Forum / Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Re: Spraying oil based paint
 on: Apr 29th, 2022, 5:13pm 
Started by Natedog | Post by woodsmith  
I haven’t tried an electric sprayer other than for water based fence coating as the one I had was a bit too coarse for any sort of fine finish. Not sure if the latest ones are any better. As for spraying oil based paint you not only have the risk from breathing in the vapour but also the serious fire/ explosion risk. If possible I would use a water based paint, they are much better than they used to be and can give an excellent and hard wearing finish. My favourite is Farrow and Ball estate eggshell with a dash of Flowtrol added, but other paints are available. Grin

6  DIY Forum / Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Spraying oil based paint
 on: Apr 29th, 2022, 11:39am 
Started by Natedog | Post by Natedog  
If you think it a bit with some white spirit, can you spray oil based paint (specifically dulux satinwood) with one of those electric sprayers?  It says on the tin that you can't spray because of the health risk from VOCs, but that's easily sorted with a respirator.  Is there any other reason why you can't do it?

7  DIY Forum / Electrical Questions / Re: making a light to rent out
 on: Apr 10th, 2022, 8:47am 
Started by Natedog | Post by woodsmith  
Looks great.

8  DIY Forum / Electrical Questions / Re: making a light to rent out
 on: Apr 9th, 2022, 10:45pm 
Started by Natedog | Post by Natedog  
Finished the first full set of them today Smiley

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I've got orders for a few more sets from people wanting to buy them

9  DIY Forum / Electrical Questions / Re: Scotland! Advice on their regs please?
 on: Mar 20th, 2022, 4:50pm 
Started by birty | Post by Lectrician  
Sorry, I’ve no experience in Scotland  Undecided

10  DIY Forum / Electrical Questions / Re: making a light to rent out
 on: Mar 19th, 2022, 2:52pm 
Started by Natedog | Post by Lectrician  
Well done.  Thats the exact thing I was expecting to see Smiley

11  DIY Forum / Electrical Questions / Re: making a light to rent out
 on: Mar 15th, 2022, 8:51pm 
Started by Natedog | Post by Natedog  
Cabochons arrived and I couldn't wait to get them fitted and tried out.  They are perfect for what I need.  Thanks again matey  Grin Grin


12  DIY Forum / Building Questions / Re: New conservatory roof and windows don't line up
 on: Mar 11th, 2022, 7:50am 
Started by ColinB | Post by woodsmith  
I agree it doesn’t look great but to fix this might involve building a whole new conservatory so they are obviously not going to easily accept responsibility. The trouble with many window firms is that the surveyor is really just a salesperson and will promise you anything to get a sale.

13  DIY Forum / Building Questions / Re: New conservatory roof and windows don't line up
 on: Mar 10th, 2022, 10:04pm 
Started by ColinB | Post by Natedog  
that would drive me insane too!   Shocked

presumably there was some sort of agreement  / contract signed before the work started?  if so, does it reference the cad drawings you were given?

was any of the payment made either by credit card, or as part of a credit agreement?  if so, it might be worth speaking to the credit provider as they are likely to be fairly helpful (there's a weird bit of law that makes it their problem too) so might be worth speaking to them


i'd still say that they clearly haven't supplied what you were expecting them to

was it by any chance a nationwide company whose name might sound a bit like "angular"?

i can see what's happened.  they have put the ridge in the centre of the area that the roof covers, and the fact that there is only an overhang on one side means that if they have the glass all the same width, the centre won't be in the centre.  

i can't see any reason why you couldn't have it central, other than the geometry might prove a bit of a pain to work out.  but then you'd think that was done on computer these days.  i'm not a window installer though

14  DIY Forum / Building Questions / New conservatory roof and windows don't line up
 on: Mar 10th, 2022, 6:53pm 
Started by ColinB | Post by ColinB  
Hi first post here. I'm posting on behalf of my parents who've just paid a lot of money for a new double hipped conservatory that is pretty much fully built now. Before any building work began they received colour CAD drawings of the design-to-be and also spoke with the surveyor who went over some details with them and he personally made a point of mentioning that all the framework from the windows would align with the framework on the roof for obvious asthetical reasons... Stating that anything otherwise would look "off".

Unfortunately, the frames of the roof and the windows don't line up at all and once you know about it you notice it constantly. My mum has a keen eye for detail so it's really stressing her out but when she approached the company about it they said it's not possible to have things line up due to the position of the roof against the house and the fact that the conservatory is double hipped.

This all sounds a bit fishy to me due to the fact that nothing was picked up by the surveyor and the CAD drawings show otherwise but it's hard to know what's right and wrong in this situation so I'm hoping to get a better understanding of this.

I've attached some photos along with the CAD drawings.

Thanks!

Con 2
Con 3
Con 4
CAD 1
CAD 2

15  DIY Forum / Electrical Questions / Scotland! Advice on their regs please?
 on: Mar 9th, 2022, 7:53pm 
Started by birty | Post by birty  
As a qualified sparks to the current regs, I have been out of the industry for a few years. I used to be part P but let it lapse because of leaving the trade. I now have a place in scotland and can't understand if I can do notifiable work or even do a 'Elec' cond' report' for the house?  Any guidance please.. scot.gov confuses me! Huh

16  DIY Forum / Electrical Questions / Re: making a light to rent out
 on: Mar 8th, 2022, 12:05am 
Started by Natedog | Post by Natedog  
Found a fairground place that does lv kits in the size I need that come with a wall wart power supply.  Exactly what I was after, thanks dude  Grin

17  DIY Forum / Electrical Questions / Re: making a light to rent out
 on: Mar 7th, 2022, 10:25am 
Started by Natedog | Post by Natedog  
No I hadn't!  Can't believe I hadn't thought of that!  I shall go investigate now.  Thanks dude Grin

18  DIY Forum / Electrical Questions / Re: making a light to rent out
 on: Mar 6th, 2022, 7:55pm 
Started by Natedog | Post by Lectrician  
PAT ISAT testing should be all that's needed.  It isn't a type tested assembly though, so you may find some testers won't be happy testing it.

Have you looked at Cabochon Lighting?

19  DIY Forum / Electrical Questions / making a light to rent out
 on: Mar 2nd, 2022, 10:46pm 
Started by Natedog | Post by Natedog  
I've set myself up as self employed renting stuff out for weddings.  I want to make some light up marquee letters (love, mr&mrs etc)

my first thought was to use low voltage led lamps and buy a power supply.  I can then get the supply tested to keep venues and insurers happy and that plugs into the low voltage stuff, everyone's happy.  The problem is that i can't find large led filament bulbs for a sensible price.  


if i was to use mains voltage bulbs, what testing or certification would it need?  do i need to do anything other than off to the local PAT testing place?

20  DIY Forum / Electrical Questions / Re: LED lamps glow when dimmer is Off
 on: Mar 2nd, 2022, 10:35am 
Started by Flashbang | Post by Flashbang  
Hi
The six LED 5watt Golf ball lamps are all from a company called Ahead renewable energy. A British company it says on the lamps box located in Theale, Berkshire!  But made in PRC which I take to be Peoples Republic of China?  Perhaps they are not the best after all? Box states they are dimmable.  None the less, any lamp purchased should work as expected - correctly!  Otherwise they are not fit for purpose.  Huh

21  DIY Forum / Electrical Questions / Re: LED lamps glow when dimmer is Off
 on: Mar 1st, 2022, 10:15pm 
Started by Flashbang | Post by Natedog  
What bulbs are you using?  Decent LED bulbs normally would have a fairly high value resistor across the input to stop the dim glow, in the same way your filament bulb (basically just a resistive load) is doing

22  DIY Forum / Plumbing Questions / BAXI 105e Starting Issue
 on: Mar 1st, 2022, 4:47pm 
Started by molegrip | Post by molegrip  
Hi.  I have nursed our old Baxi 105e combi for 5 years since moving here in 2016.  It runs strongly and well enough after starting but that's partly because it is almost a new machine in terms of all the new parts that have gone into it over those five years - both heating and hot water heat exchangers, diverter valve, expansion chamber, prv, re-filling loop, pcb more than once, etc etc.  Yep a brand new boiler years ago would have been better!  Lesson learned. This Winter however it has a bit of a starting problem with a weird feature i'd welcome ideas about.  After powering up on the timer the pump and fan run ok but it doesn't proceed to ignition, unless i remove the big front cover.  It then starts with the cover off for a moment, and continues to run well with the cover replaced.  It also seems to help if i loosen the two holding screws, one each side which hold the control panel with all the knobs in place.  What this does is take the pressure and kinks out of the main wiring running between the PCB and the internal boiler components.  Just speculating but could it be as simple as an electrical connection problem, and if so between which parts or areas ?  Thanks.

23  DIY Forum / Electrical Questions / Re: LED lamps glow when dimmer is Off
 on: Mar 1st, 2022, 12:50pm 
Started by Flashbang | Post by Flashbang  
Hi

Thanks for the link etc. I had seen those before, but understood (wrongly?) they were for specific use with Danlers products - Dimmers etc.
Last evening I replaced one LED lamp with a conventional 40watt filament lamp and the flickering/ glowing ceased immediately which points to the induced voltage in the switch line to the light fittings
Annoyingly the six LED 5watt lamps were not cheap nor was the trailing edge dimmer.  Embarrassed

24  DIY Forum / Electrical Questions / Re: LED lamps glow when dimmer is Off
 on: Feb 28th, 2022, 6:52pm 
Started by Flashbang | Post by Lectrician  
Most dimmers these days, especially if designed for LED, will not cause the lamps to glow.  That said, things like PIR detectors can.  Danlers do this:

https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/DNCAPLOAD.html

...

I have used this on some dodgy dimmers.

25  DIY Forum / Electrical Questions / LED lamps glow when dimmer is Off
 on: Feb 28th, 2022, 6:01pm 
Started by Flashbang | Post by Flashbang  
Hi all
I have two three lamp ceiling light fittings controlled by one dimmer switch.  Each fitting has three LED lamps (6 in all).  I changed the dimmer switch for a LED dimmer switch which is also Alexa controlled Here ... https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B091HP42S8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s0...
But when Off the LED lamps all glow very slightly.   I believe this is caused by inductance occurring between the live and switched live wires between the light fittings and the dimmer switch?
I understand that fitting a Bypass (Capacitor?) across Sw Live and Neutral in the first light fitting will stop this glow, But what capacitor?- Type make etc would be very helpful or an alternative suggestion?  UK based.
 
Thanks in anticipation

26  DIY Forum / Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Re: Window frame repair
 on: Feb 13th, 2022, 2:03pm 
Started by Natedog | Post by Natedog  
Turned down another one this week too.  someone asked me to rebuild their garden wall - concrete block, 8 foot high and about 50 foot long that had been blown down a few weeks back.  I've built my own shed, and i'll be doing a few other bits for myself over the next year or 2.  but i know what my block laying is like, and haven't got the confidence that i'd be able to do it well enough to charge for.

27  DIY Forum / Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Re: Window frame repair
 on: Feb 10th, 2022, 8:48am 
Started by Natedog | Post by woodsmith  
When I first started out self employed I was asked to make a bookcase for a dining room. All the furniture in the room was oak but they didn’t want to go to the expense of oak and wanted it in pine. Against my better judgment I made it for them and it looked ok in the room, but a week or so later I get a call that they don’t like it and wanted their money back. It was a costly learning experience but it taught me it was better to walk away from any job, or customer, I wasn’t happy with.

28  DIY Forum / Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Re: Window frame repair
 on: Feb 8th, 2022, 11:59pm 
Started by Natedog | Post by Natedog  
My quote was too high.  they don't want it repairing properly, they just want it spooned full of filler and 1 coat of paint, no primer or undercoat.  A job for someone else, I don't want to get involved!!  Grin

29  DIY Forum / Building Questions / Re: Corrugated (asbestos?) Roof sheets
 on: Jan 31st, 2022, 12:36pm 
Started by Natedog | Post by Natedog  
so easy!  once the timber was up, it as less than an hour for it to be weather tight

30  DIY Forum / Building Questions / Re: Screed for a garage floor
 on: Jan 31st, 2022, 9:31am 
Started by Natedog | Post by woodsmith  
It depends how much (thickness) concrete you are planning to lay. If you are getting it ready mixed you could ask the company supplying it. My workshop is timber, well insulated and 100% dry but I still have problems with rust forming on some of my tools and machinery. I’ve had a dehumidifier running over the last couple of days. So, if you are planning to put machinery in there, you need to make the floor as watertight as possible. You could contact the admix manufacturer for advice.