Screwfix Community ForumDIY discussion forum, hosted by Screwfix. Ask DIY questions, get advice from the Professionals.Sun, 03 Jan 2021 02:20:32 +0000Sun, 03 Jan 2021 02:20:32 +0000Screwfix Community Forum/Fill screw holes in hollow plaster wallSun, 03 Jan 2021 01:13:47 +0000/threads/fill-screw-holes-in-hollow-plaster-wall.233570//threads/fill-screw-holes-in-hollow-plaster-wall.233570/invalid@example.com (Sharhar)Sharhar
I need to fill few holes in the plaster wall. These are stud walls I believe. So there is a space behind the plaster. Have seen loads of videos and everyone just directly applies 1 or 2 coats of the filler over the screw hole and then sand and paint it.

my main worry is if this will stay good in long term as there is no backing to this filled in putty. Any ideas?

I’m a basic DIY person so sorry if I have missed any obvious solutions.]]>
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Reciprocating saw recommendationSun, 03 Jan 2021 01:11:31 +0000/threads/reciprocating-saw-recommendation.233547//threads/reciprocating-saw-recommendation.233547/invalid@example.com (Rick1632)Rick1632
Will a reciprocating saw cut through steel this thick? Probably about 1" x 2"

Any recommendations for an inexpensive but capable one? Been looking at the Erbauer ERS1100W - any good?]]>
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Reveal radiator pipesSun, 03 Jan 2021 01:03:20 +0000/threads/reveal-radiator-pipes.233571//threads/reveal-radiator-pipes.233571/invalid@example.com (Kevinthegerbil)KevinthegerbilAir admittance valve not working??Sun, 03 Jan 2021 00:46:55 +0000/threads/air-admittance-valve-not-working.232991//threads/air-admittance-valve-not-working.232991/invalid@example.com (Mark3000000)Mark3000000
I have a soil stack in the corner of my bathroom which has an AAV on the top (above basin waste height).

the toilet connector feeds into the stack and below that a 40mm waste goes in. The 40mm waste takes away water from the bath and basin. Quite a long run from the bath and the 32mm basin feeds into the 40mm pipe with a reducer and a tee.

When I have a shower, there seems to be an air lock / vacuum and draining is very slow. If I flush the toilet it just fills and drains very...

Air admittance valve not working??]]>
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Fischer duopower say use 8mm wood screw which don’t seem to existSun, 03 Jan 2021 00:32:22 +0000/threads/fischer-duopower-say-use-8mm-wood-screw-which-don%E2%80%99t-seem-to-exist.233553//threads/fischer-duopower-say-use-8mm-wood-screw-which-don%E2%80%99t-seem-to-exist.233553/invalid@example.com (Whitedragon101)Whitedragon101I am looking at using Fischer duopower 10mm x 50mm plugs in a concrete block wall (I’m guessing aerated although I don’t know how to check what density it is against the load chart). Going to put up a cabinet and it’s going over a bed so want it to be secure.

They say on their tech sheet to use 8mm wood screws but I can not find them...

Fischer duopower say use 8mm wood screw which don’t seem to exist]]>
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Get pipes flush with wall?Sun, 03 Jan 2021 00:15:37 +0000/threads/get-pipes-flush-with-wall.233503//threads/get-pipes-flush-with-wall.233503/invalid@example.com (Suzan Aydin)Suzan Aydin
so we finished the wet room but sadly didn’t get time to do it the stud wall way to hide pipes and had to do it the dot and dab way and have pipes put in a conduit of sorts.

the conduit part we haven’t done yet but I’ve got a question. We are going to be hooking up a ceiling fed shower, but it seems that the joist at the end is in the way. It’s an old joist... and isn’t holding or supporting anything (the lighting looking 6x2s are the actually joists that are bearing.

what’s the...

Get pipes flush with wall?]]>
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Soundproofing next to surface mounted pipes...best practices welcome :-)Sun, 03 Jan 2021 00:12:40 +0000/threads/soundproofing-next-to-surface-mounted-pipes-best-practices-welcome.233513//threads/soundproofing-next-to-surface-mounted-pipes-best-practices-welcome.233513/invalid@example.com (AppleCrumble87)AppleCrumble87
Long story short, without moving surface mounted central heating pipes, trying to decide whether a new thin stud wall would be overkill versus a simple vertical batten, rockwool & plasterboard sandwich.

It's to simultaneously conceal pipes, provide access for said pipes and soundproof the party wall (the best I can). To add into the mix there's some sockets in one of the bedrooms (party wall spans two bedrooms) that would need to be brought forward or left where they are....

Soundproofing next to surface mounted pipes...best practices welcome :)]]>
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Durgo ValveSun, 03 Jan 2021 00:11:04 +0000/threads/durgo-valve.233569//threads/durgo-valve.233569/invalid@example.com (ellenvdk)ellenvdk
When planning the new layout, the durgo valve is the stumbling block. It was in the unit attached to the sink unit, but the layout never worked well. It seems to be that the toilet waste runs along the wall (used to...

Durgo Valve]]>
Separate earth wire on cooker circuitSat, 02 Jan 2021 23:58:29 +0000/threads/separate-earth-wire-on-cooker-circuit.233502//threads/separate-earth-wire-on-cooker-circuit.233502/invalid@example.com (Yarnold66)Yarnold66I have been repositioning a cooker switch and encountered a separate earth wire in its own conduit running
down and wired into the cooker socket alongside the supply earth. What is the reasoning behind this? Thanks.]]>
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Advice on Planer ThicknessersSat, 02 Jan 2021 23:56:08 +0000/threads/advice-on-planer-thicknessers.233568//threads/advice-on-planer-thicknessers.233568/invalid@example.com (MickeyD)MickeyD
I am looking to buy a planer thicknesser but am really struggling to decide on what to go for. Ideally, I don't want to break the bank but neither do I want to settle for something extremely cheap that isn't really going to do the job.

I have been searching online a lot over the past week but find myself not really any further forward.
Any advice from those who have purchased / use decent models would be most appreciated.

Thank you.]]>
Artex removalSat, 02 Jan 2021 23:48:22 +0000/threads/artex-removal.233561//threads/artex-removal.233561/invalid@example.com (Shiam04)Shiam04
I have two rooms that have Artex on the walls and ceiling. The room was artex'd during the 70s. pained over several times.

I have heard that i could contain Asbestos, but not sure if this one does. Seems to more plaster based.

We would like to remove it, and wanted to know the most effective way to gain smooth walls.

Is it a case of getting a plaster in and skimming it, Boarding it all up or sanding and skimming.

Please left me know, ideally would would call in a pro regardless....

Artex removal]]>
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replacement 28W HF electronic ballast for compact fluorescent bulb (cfld)Sat, 02 Jan 2021 23:46:54 +0000/threads/replacement-28w-hf-electronic-ballast-for-compact-fluorescent-bulb-cfld.233563//threads/replacement-28w-hf-electronic-ballast-for-compact-fluorescent-bulb-cfld.233563/invalid@example.com (Ack99999)Ack99999I have a failed fluorescent light and have determined it is in fact the ballast that has failed; have done this by testing 3 new bulbs.

The unit is a 28w CFLD type ballast that provides power to a 4-pin socket. Only live and neutral lines input into the ballast, and 4 wires output to the 4-pin socket that connects the bulb. The bulb is of this type:...

replacement 28W HF electronic ballast for compact fluorescent bulb (cfld)]]>
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Isolating Heating and Hot WaterSat, 02 Jan 2021 23:46:46 +0000/threads/isolating-heating-and-hot-water.233562//threads/isolating-heating-and-hot-water.233562/invalid@example.com (Diesel-Davvvveee)Diesel-DavvvveeeAnyway, question is, my programmer/timer, pump, wireless receivers, two of, 2 port valves, 3 of and control wiring junction box are controlled off the RCD which is ring main upstairs and downstairs, and other circuits, there isn’t a dedicated RCD that I can find.
How would/could you isolate just the heating/hot water...

Isolating Heating and Hot Water]]>
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Solving Condensation issue from bathroom extractor fanSat, 02 Jan 2021 23:41:16 +0000/threads/solving-condensation-issue-from-bathroom-extractor-fan.233567//threads/solving-condensation-issue-from-bathroom-extractor-fan.233567/invalid@example.com (Darrenrwood)DarrenrwoodMy daughter has moved into a new house and when cold has condensation dripping from a 1st floor en-suite extraction fan. I have attached a couple of photos.
From my basic knowledge and research it doesn’t seem to ha e been installed that well. The points I see are
1) the pipe used is a flexible pipe and surely fixed plastic would be better ?
2) the breathable membrane has...

Solving Condensation issue from bathroom extractor fan]]>
Tiled bathroom floorSat, 02 Jan 2021 23:32:28 +0000/threads/tiled-bathroom-floor.233565//threads/tiled-bathroom-floor.233565/invalid@example.com (Bray Fentos)Bray FentosHow the heck do you get around this ?]]>6Replacing Honeywell dial thermostat (4 wires)Sat, 02 Jan 2021 23:23:54 +0000/threads/replacing-honeywell-dial-thermostat-4-wires.233564//threads/replacing-honeywell-dial-thermostat-4-wires.233564/invalid@example.com (Frenske)Frenske
Hive is not very helpful with only showing a diagram for 6 wires (including Earth) but I got only 4 wires (including Earth).

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The Honeywell diagram on the back says:

1 : L (live)
2 and 3 : Neutral

Not sure which...

Replacing Honeywell dial thermostat (4 wires)]]>
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European Instant FaucetSat, 02 Jan 2021 23:22:57 +0000/threads/european-instant-faucet.233549//threads/european-instant-faucet.233549/invalid@example.com (robertpstubbs)robertpstubbs
View attachment 51295View attachment 51296]]>
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Flaking paintSat, 02 Jan 2021 23:00:35 +0000/threads/flaking-paint.233508//threads/flaking-paint.233508/invalid@example.com (wishiwastrades)wishiwastrades
After searching some of the similar posts on the forum, I've got a few ideas on what I need to do to put right, but I was hoping for some suggestions to either confirm I was barking up the wrong tree, or had the right train of thought.

TIA.]]>
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Panel heater mounted on ply lined wallSat, 02 Jan 2021 22:57:51 +0000/threads/panel-heater-mounted-on-ply-lined-wall.233566//threads/panel-heater-mounted-on-ply-lined-wall.233566/invalid@example.com (Sam Crowley)Sam Crowley
I have a 5x5m garage separate from my house and the walls are battened with 3x2 and then 12mm ply sheets on the walls floor to ceiling.
Now it gets chilly out there so I want to fit a heater.

I have found a panel heater thats you can wall mount but I’m worried about the safety side of it putting it on a wood wall.
from what I can see similar heaters are mounted on summer house walls (all made of wood) and there ok.
Is there anything in the...

Panel heater mounted on ply lined wall]]>
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Any experience with external oil boilers?Sat, 02 Jan 2021 22:41:21 +0000/threads/any-experience-with-external-oil-boilers.233544//threads/any-experience-with-external-oil-boilers.233544/invalid@example.com (lohr500)lohr500
In doing some research I see that various manufacturers do external versions of their oil boilers. The costs aren't much more than the internal versions of the same units.

The existing floor mounted boiler is built into the kitchen units so it takes up space and can be heard.

There is plenty of space on the other side of the external wall directly behind the existing boiler. It is an unobtrusive...

Any experience with external oil boilers?]]>
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