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Looking for combination of temperature sensor and thermostat - any hints?
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I suspect that by "thermostat" you mean "valve" (not having exactly the right word can throw off your search results a lot!) The thermostat is the component that senses ...

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What is this foil-backed bitumen in my garden. Asbestos risk?
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It tested negative for asbestos, though the surveyor (in to check out the house) did recommend testing as it was reinforced with some kind of fibre so potentially asbestos. I've dug up several large ...

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Replace door knob with lever handle on rim latch door
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A second opinion from a carpenter has cleared this up. Drilling out the side of the door for a sash lock: would indeed weaken the door significantly. But a modern tubular latch: requires the ...

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Drilling holes to install shelves and came across this material. Is it Asbestos?
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This could be paint, textured wallpaper, plaster, render and blockwork. But it's hard to see from the photo what that brown stuff is - is it hard like render/scratch coat or is it softer? Depending ...

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Why would silicone caulk not cure?
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The answer will depend on the exact type of sealant you used. For the standard silicone sealant (acetoxy- condensation cure or "acid cure": smells of vinegar as it cures), the curing reaction ...

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Light bulbs won't dim
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Dimming LED lamps is not straightforward. LED lamps contain relatively complex control circuitry (here is an example of a "simple" DIY version) to convert mains-voltage AC into low-voltage DC. There ...

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What are these tools used for?
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The top tools appear to be dies - used for cutting screw threads on rods. The lower tool appears to be a tap wrench (a tap is a tool a little like a drill bit, but used for cutting threads inside a ...

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