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Aug
22
comment Brass central heating elbow joint leaking at connection to plastic pipe
Fixed! Thanks to Pdd and Friedo’s help below. The joint was hard to remove using just an adjustable spanner (instead of the official tool) but I managed it in the end. As predicted, the plastic pipe didn’t have an insert, and also had been cut very roughly (goo.gl/FXZGwn). I replaced the fitting, just in case (goo.gl/5en6Xb), re-cut the plastic pipe cleanly and added an insert (goo.gl/fa2FFf), cleaned up the copper pipe with wire wool, and it all fitted together very easily (goo.gl/XN2b22). Pressure is now back up and all is good. Thanks for all your help!
Aug
20
comment Brass central heating elbow joint leaking at connection to plastic pipe
Not sure exactly what type of pipe it is. It's very-slightly flexible - has a slight bend to it, as if perhaps it's come off a big roll. If I squeeze it hard I can feel it give a tiny bit, but not much. Pretty sure it's 15mm. Any idea?
Aug
19
comment Brass central heating elbow joint leaking at connection to plastic pipe
Thanks for such an excellent answer ppd, and thanks for the edits friedo. I'll have a go sorting it this weekend!
Mar
31
comment Plastic central heating pipe - cover up in built-in cupboard
Many thanks, they'll be boxed in at the weekend. Sharp things will be kept well clear :)
Jan
8
comment Temporary floor fix - Ikea laminate on concrete and wooden boards
In the end I used the Concrete Repair to fill in the holes, which made a big difference, but I needed more than I thought - the one tub didn't go far enough and so there are still some slightly noticable dips. I then laid the underlay + flooring directly on the concrete and floorboards. It would have been more sturdy if I'd put a plywood layer down first, but it's certainly good enough for a temporary floor and has made an amazing difference. Total: £120 from Ikea and one long day's work: i.imgur.com/qzUCpUk.jpg. Worth it until I can afford to completely re-do the floor and the kitchen.
Dec
29
comment Temporary floor fix - Ikea laminate on concrete and wooden boards
Thinking about using some of this to level out the concrete before the floor goes down: wickes.co.uk/Wickes-Concrete-Repair-Mortar-5kg/p/154058 any thoughts?
Dec
29
comment Temporary floor fix - Ikea laminate on concrete and wooden boards
Thanks Mark. I think there's supposed to be a few inches / a foot of ventilation below the boards - there are air bricks on the side of the house, but I don't think there's supposed to be crawl space. I simply do not have the money to do it right now. The bathroom (above) leaks and so that has to be done first. That's the budget gone.
Oct
10
comment How do I repair this leaking toilet supply nut?
Hi all, I'm very pleased to report that it's fixed - largely thanks to your help! The brass nut did not come off the pipe because there was a solid piece soldered/brased/attached with metal that could not be removed (which stops the bolt falling off the end). I did replace the plastic pipe going into the toilet with stop-cock mechanism (£5.50 from the shop down the road) and replaced the washer again and this did the trick. I think the problem was that end of the old plastic pipe had a sharp bit which was destroying the washer when I tightened. Now all fixed, thanks for all the help!
Oct
10
comment How do I repair this leaking toilet supply nut?
many thanks for the reply with diagram! I've had a go at fixing this but had no luck. I've stripped out the old washer from the nut and put a new washer in, but even with @UNECS's teflon tape, I still get the leaks after doing everything back up. I think I probably will need to replace the plastic part (not that I can notice any stripped thread) and perhaps the compression nut too. I'd be able to do the plastic but myself, but the nut is fixed to the metal pipe, so I think this is going to require someone with more skill / a bigger toolkit than me...