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Fitting a Monobloc Mixer tap

| April 9, 2015

A monobloc tap replaces two taps (hot and cold) with a single unit from which both hot and cold water is supplied. Your main task here is to adapt your existing pipework to fit the tap tail fitted to the monobloc fitting.

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Taps – Replacing Ceramic Discs

| April 9, 2015
Taps – Replacing Ceramic Discs

Ceramic Discs are generally more resistant to wear and corrosion than traditional rubber washers, and so are particularly good for hard water areas.

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How to Fit Guttering

| April 9, 2015
How to Fit Guttering

If you have inherited badly maintained gutters from the previous home owner, or if your previously well looked after guttering has somehow been damaged, you may be considering replacing some or all of this important rainwater drainage component. This guide will walk you through each step of how to fit guttering on your house.

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Removing a Toilet

| April 9, 2015
Removing a Toilet

If you are replacing the cistern and the WC, you might be able to get then whole thing away from the wall in one go, but it is better to remove the cistern first, before tackling the WC.

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Ceramic Taps

| April 9, 2015

Not every plumbing job needs a licensed plumber. In fact there are many small jobs that can easily be handled by the do-it-yourself plumber. So when it comes to DIY plumbing, are ceramic taps an option for you to install?

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Domestic Plumbing Systems

| April 9, 2015

If you plan to do any work on the plumbing of your home, it is important that you understand the various different plumbing systems and how they work. You don’t need to be a expert on every single part of the system, but having a good overall idea of how things are linked together will make planning your DIY plumbing jobs a lot easier.

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Penetrating and Rising Damp

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the UK we see a massive 25,000 gallons of rainwater a year, so it is no surprise that one of the most common problems in our homes is damp. Damp is usually fairly easy to fix, but can sometimes be an indication of a more serious problem.

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How to Balance Radiators

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
How to Balance Radiators

Knowing how to balance the radiator circuit of a gas central heating system is a handy trick that can make the difference between a miserable winter and a harmonious one.

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Blocked Sinks and Toilets

| April 9, 2015 | 1 Comment
Blocked Sinks and Toilets

Blocked Sinks and Toilets are a common household problem that can be easily fixed with a bit of DIY knowledge. Occasionally the problem might be more severe than just a few trapped potato peelings or a wad of toilet paper and you may need to call a plumber, but why not see if you can save yourself the call out fee first?

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Stoptaps and Isolating Valves

| April 9, 2015 | 1 Comment
Stoptaps and Isolating Valves

There are several different types of stoptap and isolating valves used in the plumbing around your home. If you plan to undertake any plumbing jobs, it is useful to know the different types and where in the plumbing system they are used.

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Rainwater Drainage System

| April 9, 2015

In the UK, as in many other Northern European countries, an efficient and well maintained rainwater collection and drainage system is essential.

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Clearing Blocked Drains

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Clearing Blocked Drains

Clearing blocked drains can often be a tougher job as the blockages will generally be bigger and can sometimes be a sign of a bigger problem such as a break in the pipe. However, you can tackle blockages yourself if you have the right tools and the inclination.

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Removing a Cast-Iron Bath

| April 9, 2015

If you are renovating the bathroom in an older house, you may need to remove an old cast-iron bath to make way for a modern replacement.

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Unblocking a Downpipe

| April 9, 2015

If your gutter is overflowing but there is no obvious blockage along the length of the guttering, your downpipe might be blocked. There are several methods you can use to unblock a downpipe, depending on the type of pipe you have and where the blockage is located (top, middle or at the bottom).

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Repairing Chipped Ceramic Tiles

| April 9, 2015
Repairing Chipped Ceramic Tiles

Small chips or cracks in ceramic tiles and bathroom fittings are a common DIY problem. Dropping a heavy object onto tiles, the corner of a sink or a ceramic shower tray can sometimes break off small pieces of the material, leaving an unsightly mark.

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How to Replace a Radiator Valve

| April 9, 2015

Replacing a radiator valve is a straightforward DIY job which anyone can attempt. The most important thing is to drain the system before you start and make sure you have all the correct tools at hand.

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Tap Repair and Maintenance

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

A leaking or dripping tap is a very common problem, but whilst a leaking cold tap is not much more than a nuisance, a leaking hot tap can cost you money. Fixing a leaking or dripping tap is a fairly straightforward project, as long as you know which type of tap you have and the probable cause of the leak.

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Cistern Problems

| April 9, 2015

There are several things that can cause your cistern to stop working as it should. Here are a couple of the most common cistern problems, along with ways to fix them.

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Curing Airlocks

| April 9, 2015

Airlocks are common, particularly if your system has not been used for a prolonged period, but can be fixed quite easily.

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Installing a Kitchen Sink

| April 8, 2015

This guide in concerned with fitting a new sink unit into a new kitchen worktop. We will guide you through the process from marking out to connecting the mains water.

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Draining a Plumbing System

| April 8, 2015

If you are planning to leave your house for any length of time, it can be a good idea to completely drain your plumbing system to avoid frozen and burst pipes (especially in houses with older systems).

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Replacing a Radiator

| April 8, 2015
Replacing a Radiator

This guide will explain how to fit a new radiator if for whatever reason your existing one needs replacing; perhaps it is faulty, rusty or damaged.

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Replace Silicone Sealant around a Bath

| August 11, 2014

The main purpose of the Silicone Sealant around your bath or shower is to provide a flexible barrier to stop water seeping into the gap between the fixture and the wall. If a non-flexible sealant was to be used, it would crack after just a small amount of use.

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Bending and Joining Copper Pipe

| August 11, 2014
Bending and Joining Copper Pipe

When you are working with copper pipe, you will often need to create a corner bend. You can buy elbow joints to connect two straight sections of pipe at a right angle, but it is often better to bend the pipe into a smooth curve to aid water flow. Pipe Spring Pipe springs are available […]

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Emergency Plumbing Repairs

| August 11, 2014

In the event of a broken pipe, knowing how to do some quick emergency repairs can save a lot of damage being done.

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Installing a Water Butt

| June 30, 2014
Installing a Water Butt

It seems that no matter how much rain the UK sees throughout the year, a few weeks of good weather will see the threat of hosepipe bans hitting the news all too frequently. Being able to tap into your own supply of rain water for things like watering plants or washing the car has considerable […]

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Treating Rusted Gutters

| May 26, 2014
Treating Rusted Gutters

Treating Rusted Gutters. Many older houses have cast iron or steel guttering and, as with any metal, this is prone to corrosion over time. It is a good idea to paint any metal guttering regularly, ideally once a year, with good quality metal paint.

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Planning a Bathroom

| February 21, 2013

Whether you want to install a new bathroom or make improvements to an existing one there are some decisions you need to make and challenges to overcome.

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Fitting a Cold Water Storage Tank

| February 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
Fitting a Cold Water Storage Tank

Checking the condition of the cold-water storage tank in your loft is important. Not only does this tank supply a lot of your water, it also has the potential to cause a lot of damage should it spring a leak.

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Plumbing Pipes

| February 21, 2013

The majority of the pipework in your house will probably be made of copper and in most cases it is best to use the same material when making additions or repairs. However, there are other options available to you.

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