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Would a professional plasterer use one coat plaster?

Ysimonewt 28th Feb, 2011 Plastering
24 Answers u127
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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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Eggy Smell From Boiler - any ideas?

Ysallahr 1st Mar, 2011 Plumbing
7 Answers u3
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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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why our some rad not heating up

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!

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

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?

Ysteviegee 19th Feb, 2011 Bricklaying
15 Answers u15
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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?

Ysplashykids 21st Feb, 2011 Bathroom Fitting
9 Answers u4
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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?

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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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
5 Answers
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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

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

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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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

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.

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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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

Ydeni_93 9th May, 2011 Gas Work
6 Answers u4
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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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