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  • Khanivor 12 Mar 2018 16:16:53 44,026 posts
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    This style of anchor works great if you need to install something heavy on plasterboard. Worked with a guy who does professional A/V installations and has put brackets for 70Ē beasts up using these things.
  • SnackPlissken 12 Mar 2018 16:39:28 970 posts
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    Question about a wired socket. Basically got a wall mounted heater that needs removing, and is wired into a socket. Obviously turn the electrics off, and just detach it from the cable to the heater. What's the safest way to leave the socket after I've unwired it all? I've never touched electrical stuff before ha.
  • breakablepants 12 Mar 2018 16:44:53 1,029 posts
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    @SnackPlissken A heater socket usually has a red light and / or fuse holder on the front?

    Probably the easiest thing is to turn the mains electrics off, take the front of the socket off, undo and remove the cable, then replace the front of the socket with a blank plate (which are less than £1 from any DIY store).

    That way you leave the ring mains intact but the socket is 100% safe.
  • Jeepers 12 Mar 2018 17:00:28 16,576 posts
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    Question re. glass for shed windows:

    6mm thick toughened glass has to be ample, right? Even when it gets a ball smacked at it by a growing child?
  • Nexus_6 12 Mar 2018 17:44:15 4,231 posts
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    @Jeepers aye.

    How is this grand project coming along anyway?
  • SnackPlissken 12 Mar 2018 18:18:52 970 posts
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    @breakablepants Thanks!
  • Jeepers 12 Mar 2018 18:38:47 16,576 posts
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    @Nexus_6

    For fuckís sake donít tell elstoof but we have our second baby arriving in the next few months so Iíve had to pay someone to build it, otherwise itíd never get done before Child 2 arrives. Leaves me making the bench and then making stuff.

    Cheers for your advice here thoí - it was really helpful.
  • Jeepers 12 Mar 2018 18:39:26 16,576 posts
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    @Nexus_6

    Whatís your line of work anyway? Is it this kinda thing?
  • Deleted user 12 March 2018 19:07:54
    @Jeepers Better off with Polycarbonate mate, I'm sure you can buy 6mm thick sheets as that is more or less the gauge found within my shed windows, tough as rock without the worry of the kids putting something through glass. even toughened glass is not all that tough to be honest.
  • X201 12 Mar 2018 19:42:33 19,210 posts
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    If you got down the polycarb route make sure it has UV protection.
  • Dougs 12 Mar 2018 20:48:46 89,122 posts
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    @Khanivor I still wouldn't trust them.
  • mal 12 Mar 2018 20:58:15 29,326 posts
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    Funny, looking at the transmission spectrum on polycarbonate on wikipedia, I wondered if it'd have a slightly yellow cast. Looks like it cuts off before the UV to me.
  • elstoof 12 Mar 2018 22:53:54 23,144 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    @Khanivor I still wouldn't trust them.
    Absolutely no chance
  • elstoof 12 Mar 2018 22:55:23 23,144 posts
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    Jeepers wrote:

    For fuckís sake donít tell elstoof
    :D

    I know the feeling all too well.
  • Dougs 13 Mar 2018 06:51:59 89,122 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Dougs wrote:
    @Khanivor I still wouldn't trust them.
    Absolutely no chance
    1k+ telly held up on a few mm of plasterboard. Fuck. That.
  • dpezzer 13 Mar 2018 09:17:28 163 posts
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    Get some 15mm or 18mm mdf smaller than the tv and fix it to the joists then fix ya bracket to said mdf.
  • Nexus_6 13 Mar 2018 12:23:17 4,231 posts
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    @Jeepers

    I'm an architect. So not quite this scale but always interested in self built structures and things made of wood etc.

    Congratulations btw - you will now get nothing done at all. Like timely responses to strangers on the internet.
  • Jeepers 13 Mar 2018 12:52:25 16,576 posts
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    @Nexus_6

    Ah, nice one. You know Iím going to plague you with questions now, right?

    Like: If I have 800mm square windows, by what amount should I undercut the glass to safeguard against wood movements?

    ...

    I did warn you!
  • Nexus_6 14 Mar 2018 10:38:31 4,231 posts
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    @Jeepers Uh oh...

    are you bedding the glass to a made up frame with putty? Securing with a timber batten?
    Is the glass to a face of the building that gets direct sun often? etc etc
    i would allow maybe 10mm per meter for movement so 8mm over all for 800mm windows. rounded up to 10mm.

    /sweats with the responsibility
  • Jeepers 14 Mar 2018 11:30:26 16,576 posts
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    @Nexus_6

    :D

    Thanks fella! The windows will get some direct light in the afternoon but no more than three or fours Iíd have thought. The glass is going to be secured with timber battens and then I thought a line of caulk / silicone?

    10mm sounds good to me - Iíd assumed 5mm on all edges to good to hear that Iím not miles out.

    Am going with laminated glass on recommendation. Might well be overkill but itís a few tens of quid difference so why not.

    Cheers again. Youíll hear from my lawyers in a year or so when the whole thing falls down on my daughter :D
  • Zomoniac 14 Mar 2018 11:36:14 10,019 posts
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    @Dougs It'll be fine (probably). I've had my projector hanging straight down from a plasterboard ceiling by three toggle bolts for years.
  • Dougs 14 Mar 2018 11:45:40 89,122 posts
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    Hmm...probably! I am also forgetting that any new telly I get will be significantly lighter than my current plasma!
  • Nexus_6 15 Mar 2018 09:08:45 4,231 posts
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    @Jeepers
    Cool - let us know how it goes. Always nice to see how a grand project pans out.
    And if youíve built it, and something goes wrong, you are better placed to fix it 👍🏻
  • Dougs 15 Mar 2018 09:47:56 89,122 posts
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    There's a lot of truth in that - trying to unpick someone else's work is a nightmare.
  • SnackPlissken 15 Mar 2018 14:43:23 970 posts
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    I need a curtain rail ASAP. I've had the worst night sleep with just blinds up. It was like sleeping in daylight.
  • Khanivor 15 Mar 2018 14:57:53 44,026 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    elstoof wrote:
    Dougs wrote:
    @Khanivor I still wouldn't trust them.
    Absolutely no chance
    1k+ telly held up on a few mm of plasterboard. Fuck. That.
    Itís physics wot does it.
  • Deleted user 28 April 2018 12:03:10
    Just finished building a shed for the kids bikes. Had to take out a very big bush and then remove topsoil and then pave.

    Still have to clean up and sort the lock, but i'm claiming it.

    Tired and hungry (been at it since 8 am and that was just the shed building), but chuffed as the kids and therefore wife will be happy.

    Skyrim now i think... And then get carried away and realise I've not cleared up or fixed the lock when my family get back in three hours..
  • Jeepers 31 May 2018 07:53:10 16,576 posts
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    The wall in our garden is made up of bricks at 45 degrees surrounded by concrete. At the foot of the wall chunks of concrete have fallen out so I want to replace it.

    I assume I can just buy a small bag of premix and slap it in there with a thin trowel.

    Am I missing anything? Wall repair is new to me.
  • Dougs 31 May 2018 08:04:54 89,122 posts
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    Should be OK if the foundations are still sound. Assuming there are foundations in the first place mind you!
  • Jeepers 31 May 2018 09:01:44 16,576 posts
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    Cheers Dougs! Itís an old wall and still amazingly upright so Iím hoping foundations are solid/present.
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