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Would a professional plasterer use one coat plaster?

We've had our living room re plastered and the result is pretty poor in places, especially around sockets and near corners. The plasterer used one coat plaster which I've never come across before. I've had other jobs done and the plasterer's always used pink gypsum and the results have been much better. I want to get this guy back to improve the finish but need to know if other plasterers use this stuff.

Ysimonewt 28th Feb, 2011 Plastering
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No a pro plasterer will not use one coat, they will use pink gypsum or similar, and apply two coats.A lot of DIY people use one coat.You will need to get rid of the one coat and start again for a pro finish

AKS Property Services 1st Mar, 2011
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Get a gas safe engineer out and he will check your manufacture instructions

AKS Property Services 24th Feb, 2011
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why our some rad not heating up

eve tho the boiler is on 3/4 only a few rads get really hot, the 2 in the living room rad 4 and 5 in run only ever get luk warm all have been bleed and presure is ok. the boiler is only 6yrs old 25mm pipe run to 15mm to rads. anyone help.

Ynewinteriors 11th Mar, 2011 Plumbing
4 Answers u3
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I would recomend a flush, once that has been done balance your rads, turn them all off, the ones that do not get much heat at the moment, turn them on slow. Once you have them nice and warm, turn the others on slow, until heat comes through. This should do the job. I assume this problem has only just started.

AKS Property Services 11th Mar, 2011
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Radiators - 3 work, 2 don't!

I had a new boiler installed in my flat but a lot of the pipework is 8mm and 10mm. there are 2 radiators which do not get hot at all. I don't think the rads are in a loop as there are lots of pipes coming through to the central point where the boiler pipes go to. Boiler fitter did a power flush on installation but it was hard work, then bled the rads but still no joy. He said the only option was to get new piping to the 2 that don't work but I want a second opinion as I've already paid out a lot for the boiler.
Thanks!

Ysquirrelbean 14th Mar, 2011 Plumbing
7 Answers u2
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Hi
Sounds like new pipes required, as all above, they sound like they are solid, i use 15 mm for rads. Get 3 quotes from other plumbers to compare price.

AKS Property Services 15th Mar, 2011
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Tapping noise from the waste pipe when the shower/ bath is run

I get this pretty loud tapping/dripping noise from the down waste pipe through the kitchen wall everythime the bath is run/ shower is turned on. It sometimes happenes with the toilet and sink as well.

Would it be contracting pipes due to the outside/ water temperature?

Thanks

Ymark_191 6th Apr, 2011 Plumbing
3 Answers u3
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Hi

Your pipes could not be secure (Clipped) or you need to look at the washers.

AKS Property Services 7th Apr, 2011
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Does adding washing up liquid to mortar weaken it?

I'm assuming that proper plasticiser doesn't weaken the mortar (given that it's so common), but what does washing up liquid do? I've been surprised to see how common the washing up liquid trick is. No one seems to worry about it but me!

Ysteviegee 19th Feb, 2011 Bricklaying
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I have seen builders use this and seen the end results which were not good.It looks quite funny when you see a builder mixing and he is stood there with the fairy bottle !!! You are always better using a good quality plastisier.

AKS Property Services 20th Feb, 2011
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Should I worry about a constantly wet bathroom floor?

I have 3 young kids and they're always splashing water out of the bath. Normal, I know... but we have a free standing bath and it's nearly impossible to dry the water behind and underneath the bath tub. The bathroom is on the 1st floor and the floor is tiled.

My concern is that the standing water eventually makes its way through the tile grout and would rot the joists underneath over time. I haven't seen any water stains on the ground floor ceiling, at least. How watertight is the typical tiled floor?

Ysplashykids 21st Feb, 2011 Bathroom Fitting
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You should always have aquaboard/waterproof board laid prior to tiling any bathroom floor. If water gets through at least your floor is protected. Marine ply is a cheap option that should be avoided at all times.If the tiles are laid right, grouted right they should not let any water through. A fleible adhesive should be used to allow for any movement.

AKS Property Services 24th Feb, 2011
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Which are the best option: bigger single radiators or smaller doubles?

I'm renewing the radiators in my living room and need to achieve around 14000 BTUs.

Ysimonewt 28th Feb, 2011 Plumbing
4 Answers u1
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Double are better, type 22 they push out more btu per hour than the type 21

AKS Property Services 1st Mar, 2011
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Eggy Smell From Boiler - any ideas?

We have a Worcester 28i Junior Combi Boiler running on gas. When it comes on (either through hot water or heating), it emits an eggy smell (which I believe could be Hydrogen Sulphide). I'm certain the smell isn't the mains gas.

The dishwasher, washing machine and kitchen sink are in the vicinity of the boiler, but they are all brand new so I can't imagine they are causing the smell.

Does anyone have any ideas how the boiler could be causing the smell and how it can be fixed?

Thanks,
Rory

Ysallahr 1st Mar, 2011 Plumbing
7 Answers u2
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Hi have your boiler serviced by a gas safe engineer asap

AKS Property Services 1st Mar, 2011
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whats the best item to buy first when re-doing a bathroom ie bath set or shower unit

Ycarolk_17 1st Mar, 2011 Bathroom Fitting
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Buy all at once, if you fit your bath, then tile, then get your shower unit you will have to remove the tiles to run your pipes to the shower, depending what type of shower you get.i assume you would not like to see ugly pipes ???

AKS Property Services 1st Mar, 2011
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Probably needs a new tap washer, or the stem inside could be broken. But it needs stripping down to have a look.

AKS Property Services 2nd Mar, 2011
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Sounds like its backing up. You probably have the sink waste pipe going into the shower waste pipe. I would run a seperate waste for the shower, basin,into the soil stack, and check out your soil stack for your loo, sounds like a possible blockage.

AKS Property Services 15th Mar, 2011
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Advice on when to get a shower fitted

Can anyone suggest when the best time to get a shower fitted.

We have two old bathrooms, currently without showers, that we've just started to renovate - is it best to get the shower fitted as the first or last job in the project?

Ypaultlb 15th Mar, 2011 Bathroom Fitting
5 Answers u6
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Hi

You need to run your pipes (first fix), fit your shower base, seal, then tile and fit your shower unit etc.

AKS Property Services 15th Mar, 2011
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Faulty boiler

My nan (79 years old) had plumber round said boiler was over heating changed air pressure switch said had to change PCB as they go hand in hand used a recon PCB charged her £740 plus VAT boiler was 19 years old I am A damp proofer not a plumber but I think she has been ripped of does any gas safe engineer agree
he wasnt from this site.
Thanks everyone confirmed my fears boiler works ok but not even sure he changed PCB will be taking it further another idiot who gives all construction trades a bad name

Ysl-solutions 14th Mar, 2011 Central Heating
10 Answers u10
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Hi

Not good, it is people like that who give plumbers a bad name, agree with all comments. Not sure if anyone agrees but your not far from a new boiler at that price depending on KW. Does the boiler work ok now, was he sure the pcb had gone.

AKS Property Services 15th Mar, 2011
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I am looking to buy a property, possibly one that requires some refurbishment. How would I know if heating and electrics would need to be re-done and roughly how much with this cost? Thank you

The properties I'm looking at are roughly 3 bed, 2 storey house (c1200 sq ft). I'd also like to know if this type of work usually comes with any sort of guarantee.

Yjjr_67 16th Mar, 2011 Restoration & Refurbishment
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As per the first 2 replies, depends on the area and costings for new electrics, heating. For the boiler ask a gas safe guy to have a look at it all. They will not charge your for estimates, and teh estate agents should let you have access for this to happen. Ask the sellers how old the boiler is etc.

AKS Property Services 17th Mar, 2011
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renew guttering

how much cost to renew guttering front and back of a two storey house, about 4 meters long each gutter plus down pipes.London

Yculturanu 23rd Mar, 2011 Roofing
5 Answers
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Hi

Not sure what prices are in London but i would be looking at about £300

Hope this helps

AKS Property Services 24th Mar, 2011
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My new toilet is leaking.

I have a brand new toilet installed, it is leaking from just the left tank bolt when flushed. The right side is fine and not leaking.

Yclaire_205 6th Apr, 2011 Plumbing
7 Answers u3
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Hi
It sounds like the cistern is not sitting correct on the toilet pan. Remove cistern check all washers, you have a large rubber doughnut washer between pan and cistern make sure thats ok,check other fixings are secure and re-fit cistern.

When you tighten the bolts do this in an even way so the cistern sits even on the pan, if you tighten one more than the other it could not sit correct and may leak.

Hope thats helps

AKS Property Services 7th Apr, 2011
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can i demolish airing cupboard wall after removing hot water cylinder to make my bathroom big and rectangle? is this ok?

this cupboard runs into the bathroom, reducing the size and amking it odd shaped bathroom.

Yraja_73 21st Apr, 2011 Demolition & Clearing
6 Answers u10
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Hi i have never come across one yet that is load bearing, agree with previous answers

AKS Property Services 21st Apr, 2011
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Fitting a Gas cooker / gas supply to it + a few more gas related question

Hi,

I'm about to buy a property (located in NE England) and embark on a pretty major refurbishment of the kitchen area and therefore, I was wondering if anyone could give me a very basic idea on costs for the following:

1. At the moment there is only an electric cooker which I want to replace with a gas one (well gas hobs and electric oven). The gas meter is about 1.5m away from where I want the cooker to be.
Approximately how much will it cost to connect a cooker and install the necessary pipe work from the meter to the cooker?

2. The boiler (installed in 2010) is in the utility room with its back to the kitchen wall. In the kitchen there are two pipes running up the wall, passing through it and entering the back of the boiler. At the moment these two pipes are above where the cooker will be placed. Will they need to be moved / how much would this cost? Having little to no idea about central heating systems I have no idea what these pipes are for…I think that their route may just have to be altered so that they pass through the kitchen wall at an earlier point, travel along the inside of the utility wall and then into the boiler. Obviously this is just guess work on my part, so does this sound feasible?

3. Finally, there is also a very old gas fire in the dining room which I want capped and removed. How much should this cost?

I know the work must be completed by a registered gas man and it needs to comply to all the relevant regulations (I’m not after cutting any corners where gas or electricity is concerned!) but if anyone could give me a rough idea of costs for budgeting purposes I would greatly appreciate it.

I'll certainly be using this site to find someone reliable to do the work ...once I officially have the house...

Thanks

In Response to Responses: Thanks Ask Plumping! I know it's a bit if guess work but I appreciate it. Once I actually have the property i'll get someone in to give me an accurate quote but at least now I can budget a very rough figure in.

Thanks for taking the time to respond Livewire & Ask!

Ydeni_93 9th May, 2011 Gas Work
6 Answers u3
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Hi
Hope the following is a guide for you.
1- £100-£150
2- £200- £250
3. £40.00

AKS Plumbing Heating

AKS Property Services 12th May, 2011
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You could do this via your soffits depends if they are would or plastic, you can plastic soffits with vents etc

Hope this helps

AKS Property Services 13th Jul, 2011
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