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Hi, I am a roofer myself, been doing it for 10 years now but mainly slating tiling etc. I work for my dad and because he has so many flat roofs come in, I want to learn how to do the torch on felt with the drips etc. I'm willing to go on a course but it's hard finding a course to go on as I live in Plymouth can anyone help me, just want to learn the basics in flat roofing. Cheers
- Yryan_purdy 20th Nov, 2013 Roofing
Just had someone out to fit new gas fire, but he is unable because he says that there is a problem with the chimney. he thinks it might be blocked as the smoke test was not drawing the smoke up the chimney. He said it is a twin wall flue... any ideas please.
- Ydiddyman 20th Nov, 2013 Chimneys & Fireplaces
I have recently bought a small house that was recently extended with a new bathroom. Every time I shower/bath and generate steam in the bathroom two dark patches appear on the ceiling. After an hour or two the rooms ‘dries out’ and the dark patches disappear.
We previously had a minor leak in the window sill in the room above, which we believe has now been fixed. We guess these dark areas are damp patches caused this earlier leak that are being highlighted by the condensation from the shower. Is this realistic?
What’s the best way to prevent these damp areas reappearing? Dehumidifier and repaint?
I am keen to avoid paying for the ceiling to be pulled down if this is not required.
- Ydedders209 20th Nov, 2013 Bathroom Fitting
I have the ecotec plus 824. I never had any problems with it and then suddenly the heating would not come on. I called out an engineer who apparently replaced a part that switches it between hot water and heating as this was not switching over to heating. There was also a small amount of water inside which the engineer said was nothing.
Since I have had this problem, whenever I am using hot water or heating 2 symbols are on the screen constantly which I never noticed them there before. After looking in the manual they mean "gas valve is activated" and "internal pump is running" no matter how long heating is on these symbols are always there. When I press the "I" button it says "S.7" which in manual says pump overrun.
I am not familiar with the system to know if this is normal or what it could mean? Any advice would be welcome. Thanks
- Ybec47 20th Nov, 2013 Plumbing
I am concerned about getting a pumped supply with a rapid return boiler installed in our house. We have bought a 4 floor house, 4 full bathrooms and are a family of 5. We need good amount of hot water and pressure but I don't want to hear a noise every time I turn on a hot water tap. Would an unvented, dual tank pressurized system work or do we have to have a pumped system (as we are being advised?)
- Ycatherinewein 20th Nov, 2013 Plumbing
I have had issues with a local builder, details below in chronological order. Please comment.
We engaged builder A to renovate our house.
Things moved on, albeit very slowly. Key jobs were:
Strip out Bathroom, repair floor (Sagging) refit etc with tilling.
Strip out Kitchen Plaster, new electrics and refit with new worktop (supplied)
After a couple of months of slow progress, and us continually being approached for money for this and that and we had paid in cash (his insistence) £2,100.
Builder A then stated that he could no longer continue and we should use Builder B.
It came to light that Builder B had actually been doing all the work!
By this time the bathroom had been stripped out, tilled and shower cubical put in.
(Shower, cubical and fixtures supplied by us)
Kitchen had been refitted after plastering, no electrics or plumbing done.
We were then told by Builder B that we owed him money for works so far!
We said nope, see Builder A, he employed you. This rattled around for a week or so with threats from both to come and "rip out what they had done".
I then employed another builder, who finished the work quickly and completely, during which he had to do the electrics in kitchen, refit work top (had a 1.5 inch slope on it, which he showed me with spirit level) and the rub, asked if I wanted the bathroom floor fixing as it was sagging! (basically not been done, just covered over).
Now, I have builder A phoning and texting asking for more money for the original works. As he quoted 3k but never finished and had 2,100 already.
I know if he gets violent or aggressive to call the police. But where do i stand for the rest of it?
NB he did supply us a detailed list and full breakdown of what he intended to do all itemized, and it seems to me that the money paid covers easily the work he did do, despite the quality.
I can supply name, company name etc, but would fear for my and my wife's safety.
- Yjabber_tango 20th Nov, 2013 Bathroom Fitting
My PVC front door doesn't seem to be sealing well against the door frame.
Both the door and frame have rubber seals, but not sure that good contact is being made along the hinge side. How can I adjust the door?
- Ymickb_12 20th Nov, 2013 Windows
I've just moved into a 180 year old house, it has two unused red brick fire places one upstairs and one in a bedroom. The fire place in the bedroom is constantly dripping water into the fireplace from the chimney.
Water comes in even when it is not raining. Could it be condensation and how could I prevent this? The chimneys are red brick and have flue ventilators on top. They are open at the bottom but are not being used.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
- Yandy62 20th Nov, 2013 Chimneys & Fireplaces
Our double glazed windows and doors have been fitted for around 6 years, the windows are mostly on vent for most of the year. Some now are very stiff and one won't close at all, the handle won't move. Any ideas?
- Ysandra_129 19th Nov, 2013 Windows
Can anyone give advice on whether or not this can be fixed internally - or can I ignore as long as there's no water penetration which there isn't at present?
Can the board be replaced successfully or is this really a case of an outside job lifting all tiles /felt /putting in new boards. Could I get away with fitting something like Celotex board between rafters to do same job? I'm based in Scotland.
- Ydonnie624 19th Nov, 2013 Roofing
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