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Strange wire when connecting Wifi Relay to electrical heater

I am looking to install a WiFi relay for my electric heaters (I'm planning on connecting them up to my smart home system so that they can work on a thermostat) I was just looking to install the relay ...
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Non-power shower temperature tap needs to be on max

We are in the UK, have a non-power-shower, and a gas combi boiler. The shower's temperature tap constantly needed to be bumped up over a period of months to get a warm shower until it's now at max. ...
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How do British do earthing at dockside?

John Ward has an interesting video about the British TN-C-S grounding system. This is where the utility delivers Line and Neutral, and the dwelling does not have local ground rods and takes ground ...
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Safe partial removal of joist for soil pipe?

I am looking for advice as to how (if even possible) I can achieve a layout for a my upstairs bathroom renovation. The design: The joist layout: The two major issues are the location of the shower ...
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Can an isobutane (R600a) compressor be safely and legally removed (leaked)?

I have a reasonably modern (but not valuable) fridge with a functioning compressor that I'll nevertheless likely replace. I would like to salvage the compressor. According to the manual, the ...
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Is it safe to drill through metal on the side of the windows?

I was drilling holes on the side of the window to install new venetian blinds. I found that the drill bit was not going through. Upon taking a closer look I found metal. Why is there metal on the ...
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What are name of these hinges that hold the kitchen cabinet door?

Here is picture of the kitchen cabinet door that is just under the sink. The hinges are rusted and I want to replace these. However, I am not sure what these hinges are called and how to get the exact ...
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How to repair damage to external render in UK home?

Here are couple of pictures of the external wall of extension in a UK home. There are is a small damage to the render. I thought about using the same fillter material that I have used to fill cracks ...
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Where can I get a cover for a main supply?

My house (I live in the UK) failed an electrical safety inspection because of a missing main supply cover. I have tried using google to find one to buy but can't find anything at all. Does anyone ...
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Can you install loft flooring on rafter ties?

I'm looking to floor the loft of my house for some light storage (mostly decorations and clothes) and have a potential idea that would not only give a better finished result but also save some time ...
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Insulating loft rafters vs ventilation

We live in a detached house in the South of England. We would like to install insulation between our rafters to improve the insulation of our house - so it becomes a "warm loft". We are not ...
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Fixing skirting boards to wall with significant gap in between

We have had a wall re-plastered, due to a damp issue caused by rubble in an old fireplace and plaster bridging the concrete floor and the wall. The plasterer has left a gap between the floor and the ...
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Can anyone identify this pressure valve or at least its connector type?

I recently moved into a house and heard a dripping noise coming from the airing cupboard. Worked out that a pressure relief valve was letting water through and had a plumber come out to look. He said ...
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How to repair a block paved drive shifted by vehicle use

I have a block paved drive at my house in the South East of the UK which has been in place for about twenty years. Where we turn our vehicles before reversing into the garage the turning force has ...
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Power & Cables to outside workshop

(I am in the UK so UK Regulations apply) I want to run mains power from my (new) house to an outside workshop, a cable length of about 50m. The workshop will have its own separate consumer. I also ...
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What should be done about this twisted floor joist?

I am doing some substantial refurbishment in my loft conversion, which basically involves moving a stud wall to make a bathroom smaller and a bedroom bigger. I am in the process of lifting and ...
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About to drill large holes in exterior walls --- will UK building regs be a problem?

I want to install a vent for loft ventilation and also install a sun tunnel through a gable wall, to help light a severely under-illuminated upstairs room (not going with a window, for reasons of ...
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Is this frame ready to put a door on?

I've built a timber inner skeleton to a building and made a frame for a door. Which matches the dimensions of the opening in the internal wall. See photo here: The door measurements are 94cm x 204cm ...
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How can I use this welder with 16A/230V two pin plug in the UK?

I bought a Sherman™ DIGITIG 200GD from Amazon a month ago, sadly it came with a European 16A/230V two pin plug. I've been so focused on making sure to meet stringent safety measures for my humble &...
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Is it possible to replace just the antique locks or will I need to get whole new doors?

In the house I bought the doors are old but ok. However, the handle & locks are very old and we prefer to replace them. I am referring to the doors for the rooms inside the house. Now the question ...
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Scale of installing electric cooker wiring

I live in the UK in a 70's terrace with absolutely none of the electrics from fuse box to kitchen required to run an electric cooker + hob. There are no spare holes in the fuse box. I'd like an idea ...
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Timber-timber joists joined in an unusual way?

I have an upstairs room that I am renovating in a loft-converted house, having recently moved in (UK). The house is from the 1950s, and was originally a 1-story house without the loft. It was upgraded ...
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How deep should I dig to lay 20mm thick porcelain paving?

I've seen various different recommendations for laying porcelain paving slabs. The main difference seems to be whether a concrete layer is added on top of the hardcore. Most guides (like this one) ...
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Shall I worry about these cracks in wall?

I have a few small cracks in different places in the house. Most of them around doors and windows and they are horizontal or vertical, which I think they are pretty common and nothing to worry about. ...
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UK heating system, manual bypass valve - what's the standard operating procedure?

In the heating system with the following schematic, a manual bypass valve is always closed (otherwise radiators will not heat up properly). However, as far as I understand, this means that when both ...
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Noisy non-return valve - does this heating schematic make sense?

I am in the UK. I have an existing closed (pressurized) heating system with a boiler downstairs and the rest of the works + hot water tank in the cupboard upstairs. Problem: when lots of radiators are ...
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Insulating a wooden shed to provide strong heat rejection

I'm getting a large new shed built in my garden and I'd like to insulate it to make it a bit more comfortable to work in. The shed comes with stud framework on the walls, so my plan is to use OSB to ...
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Can anyone explain how this wiring could work? (UK)

This is how a bathroom lightswitch is currently wired... it works. But how?? (There's also a fan isolator switch supposedly connected to an extractor fan in the bathroom, but it apparently does ...
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How can I stop water flow in a pipe if the valve isn't working?

This cold fill is in the closed position but the water still runs. If my house has a stop tap, I can't find it (spent half a day looking, not mentioned in papers when I bought the house either). I ...
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What is this mains water/mains electricity switch in my UK kitchen?

What is this fuse-protected electrical panel with on-off switch and indicator light? It bears the label MAINS WATER SUPPLY. I have tried leaving it switched on or off for long periods of time (weeks ...
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What is the most important component for the airtightness of a room?

I have looked at the UK building regulations and it says that timberframe cavities should be airtight to a minimum of 0.6 changes. This is for new builds, not renovations which is my case. Looking ...
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Any prescribed zone or similar concept for extra-low voltage/DC and data concealed wiring?

Is there any concept of 'prescribed zones' (née 'safe zones') - or interaction with those for concealed mains wiring - for other concealed cables?
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Why are my heat radiators only partially heated?

We moved in to a house around 6 months ago. I noticed that our radiators were not getting too hot so went ahead and bled them. I managed to eventually get water out of most of them however a couple of ...
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One way Light switch replacement help

I am trying to replace my current light switch with a new one Click for full size But getting a bit lost, old one has 2 brown in COM, 1 brown in 1WAY and 3 blue in LOOP do you know how that should ...
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My latch allows to double lock from the outside... why, and is it safe?

I am a tenant in the UK. I live on the first floor (2nd floor in US scheme), there is no fire exit and the flat is big enough for a couple. The latch on my flat's door is the Ingersoll 'Classic' ...
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Bang sound and breaker has tripped, anything else to check?

Today I heard a moderately loud "bang" sound whilst in the house, similar to someone dropping a heavy book, and the upstairs sockets all lost power (sockets has its own breaker). I noticed ...
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How can I make a section of skirting removable for cable access?

I have a lot of cables, junctions, etc. behind the skirting board I want to be able to access it in the future, without ripping apart the board again. I was thinking magnets, some click holders, or ...
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Can I unscrew this pipe cover behind an access panel?

I just want to double check I am not going to unscrew something and get a surprise. I want to find the water shut off for my bath, which a plumber turned off today while I was out of the house (the ...
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What is this kind of radiator bleed valve called?

I managed to shear off the middle bit of my radiator bleed valve yesterday, just by turning it with a key. The bleed valve went into a hex nut, which is ~11mm across. I don't absolutely have to ...
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Light switch wiring [UK]

In my house I have a series of single and double switches Like the one in this picture I would like to change them to smart switches because of the light bulbs I have installed. Now when I look at ...
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Can 18/2 wire be used in the UK?

I'm in the US and creating a table lamp for a relative in England. I have a UK standard plug and had planned on using 18/2 lamp wire. I of course want the lamp to be safe. The lamp will be using a 40 ...
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How best to insulate against heat loss from house to garage?

I have a utility room with an internal door leading to the garage. The utility room is warm but loses heat through the door into the garage. The garage has a roller door made of pretty thin metal with ...
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Paint bubbles and comes away when overpainting with new paint - any solutions?

We've been in our newbuild (2017) a while and wanted to redecorate and change the colour in one of the rooms. We cleaned the walls (drywall/plasterboard that still has the original builders' paint on ...
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Can I turn a ceiling light into an overhead projector mount?

I want to put a projector into one of the rooms of my new place. Is it possible to remove the pendant light, convert it into a UK mains outlet and still use the light switch to provide the power? Or ...
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Should I trim my bathroom door to improve air extraction?

Current situation My bathroom looks like this: The problem is that I face some mild humidity issues (on ceiling and tile grout), as it is difficult to extract air after having taken a shower. Indeed, ...
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Does my smoke alarm battery need replacing?

I live in a flat in the UK. The flat is about 6 years old, and I moved in 4 years ago. The flat has a built in smoke-detector, and over the past few days, it has started 'going off' for about 10 ...
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Can I use a 3-pin plug for double insulated appliance?

I haven't been able find a rewirable unearthed (as in 3-pin, one of which plastic) UK mains plug. (I didn't think before hand, but I suppose they're not allowed by BS1363 since you could then too ...
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Thermostatic Shower Mixer letting cold water into the hot system

For a while my house was plagued with sporadic bursts of no hot water from any of the taps, despite the pressurised hot water tank being full of water heated to a skin-blistering temperature. ...
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Securing loose lampholder to lamp base

I have replaced the lampholder on an old lamp. The lampholder came with a double ended screw part which looks like it is intended to clamp around the top hole along with the nipple. However the hole ...
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Can an outside 13A socket gang be connected via a new junction box on an existing outdoor supply?

This is in the UK. We have a 240V outside electrical supply via a dedicated consumer unit: The cable is 3 CORE BS5467 XLPE SWA ARMOURED CABLES 600/1000V https://www.powerandcables.com/product/product-...

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