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    My interests are mainly anything to do with DIY including fish pond, gardening, painting and decorating, heating and plumbing and anything else that I can turn my hand to.
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  1. Stephen

    Re sealing a bath

    Hi Chris, You shouldn't have any problems. Can't wait to hear about the outcome. Good luck.
  2. Stephen

    Re sealing a bath

    Sorry Chris, I forgot to say. Before you put the new sealant on, you must make sure that area you are going to re-seal is perfectly dry. Stephen.
  3. Stephen

    Re sealing a bath

    Hi Chris, In answer to your question, 'yes' it is a simple answer of removing the old sealant and replace with new. There best way I have found to remove the old sealant is to use a Stanley knife, you then use a 'sealant remover' from B & Q or somewhere similar just to clean off any remaining sealant. Most DIY shops sell it. You must make sure that all of the old sealant is removed or it could cause problems when putting the new sealant on. Concerning the new sealant, DONOT go for the cheapest, basically the more you pay, the better the quality, and the longer it will last. Make sure that it is mold resistant (this is a must). Read the instructions on the tube of your sealant that you buy to check drying time. Whatever the instructions say, add a couple of hours to the time. Hope this helps you out , and good luck, it isn't a hard job.
  4. Stephen

    building on existing slab

    I think the best advice would be to get an engineer to look at it. It should take the weight, but I don't think anyone is likely to give you a definitive yes or no.
  5. Stephen

    concrete driveway repair

    Not very easy to advise on this one without a picture or two. It might be possible to patch repair if the problems aren't too bad.
  6. Stephen

    flashing light bulb

    It sounds to me like you have got a loose wire somewhere along the way. check the wiring in both switches. I am pretty certain that you will find a loose one.
  7. Stephen

    Double Glazing

    I have got a problem with one of my windows. It measures 3ft x 3ft and it is fitted in a solid fitting. I want to double glaze but cannot afford it. I have thought of a cheaper option but I don't know if i will work. This is my plan: Put some draught excluder all the way around the frame, get another piece of glass cut and fix it in place against the draught excluder and secure in place with wooden battens and paint them. This will give me a 20 mil gap between the pains. Has anyone got any other ideas before I have a go at doing this? I would love to read any constructive ideas. Stephen
  8. Stephen

    Tradesmen sites

    A fresh new site that I have found when searching is - It looks like a fairly new site and they are out to impress people. It costs nothing to look around.
  9. Stephen

    brown Laminate swollen with white mark

    Hi Linux, You could try staining them followed by a good polishing but I don't think you will cover them completely. It would certainly make them look better though.
  10. Stephen

    How to Paint CHIPBOARD

    Hi Ray, Before you paint your chipboard you need to seal it first to prevent your paint from being absorbed by the chipboard. You can buy 'MDF primer' from B & Q. I have used it on all various types of wood and it has never let me down yet.
  11. Stephen

    Bathroom heating alternatives

    I agree with Woody about bathroom floor heating, it would work, but depending on what type of floor you have it can be expensive to install.
  12. Stephen

    Calling all tradesmen!

    Hi Marc, As a tradesman myself I have always tried to involve the customer as much as possible. I find it helps to put their minds at rest and it saves any misunderstandings from occurring. Over the last 20+ years in the DIY trade i think building up a good, friendly atmosphere is good for both the customer and the tradesman. That has always been my policy.

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