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Lancastrian ex-pat, living in Haworth, West Yorkshire.


Oct
31
comment Can you re-shape an internal brick wall feature?
A photo might help people give a more detailed answer. Perhaps also add at least your country to your profile, so people will have an idea of typical construction methods that might have been used.
Oct
23
comment How do I wire a pull cord ceiling switch?
No. The 45A switch will only be 2 pole. You need to replace it with a 3 pole switch. You should be able to get one from the likes of B&Q, TLC, Screwfix, etc.
Oct
23
answered How do I wire a pull cord ceiling switch?
Oct
23
comment What is the black adhesive being applied between the veneer bricks?
@Gunner You should make that the answer.
Oct
22
answered How can I totally smooth a wall surface without replastering?
Oct
21
answered Does mirror like wallpaper suitable for a mini dance studio at home exist?
Oct
20
answered Could you explain this ceiling light wiring?
Oct
15
comment How should I wire multiple lights controlled by separate switches?
Good point... I've updated the answer to include earth wiring.
Oct
15
revised How should I wire multiple lights controlled by separate switches?
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Oct
15
answered How do I prepare walls for wallpaper after removing wallpaper?
Oct
15
answered How should I wire multiple lights controlled by separate switches?
Oct
15
answered How can I paint galvanized metal?
Oct
10
comment Fixing an offset pilot hole in steel?
@naught101 As long as you go slowly and let the drill do the work, rather than trying to force it, it works fine.
Oct
9
comment When wiring a mains plug, why are the cables squeezed under the screws and not circled around?
Nice one... I had similar in mind for my answer, but didn't readily find the photos to illustrate my point.
Oct
9
comment How can I grind and smooth a concrete table top?
You could use water to keep the dust down. It'll reduce the wear on the grinding wheel too. Obviously, take appropriate care with regards to water and electric power tools...
Oct
9
comment When wiring a mains plug, why are the cables squeezed under the screws and not circled around?
It's down to how the screws are arranged in the plug. They are (at least in every plug I've wired) designed to take the conductor under the "point" of the screw connector. As you describe it would make more sense if the connectors were designed to take the conductor under the head of the screw and if that were the case, I'd agree with you. However, the heads of the screws just aren't sized to trap the conductor.
Oct
9
answered Fixing an offset pilot hole in steel?
Oct
9
answered When wiring a mains plug, why are the cables squeezed under the screws and not circled around?
Oct
7
answered How can I hang small weights from a drywall ceiling in a way that's minimally destructive?
Oct
6
comment Is this ceiling rose electrical wiring diagram correct for the lighting system I am implementing
Yes, they are consistent (though old colour scheme and new colour scheme can coexist in an installation, but all new work has to be to the new colours). The blue with brown sleeve mostly comes from the UK not generally using single cables (for domestic installations at least), but "twin and earth" cable, which contains two insulated conductors (brown and blue) and a uninsulated earth cable all contained within a PVC sleeve. You only need to run one T&E cable to a switch, but then you need to sleeve the blue conductor to indicate it's in use as a live conductor.