Flushing your central heating system – simple & something you really should do!
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Flushing your central heating system – simple & something you really should do!

If you have a gravity fed, open-vented heating system with a feed & expansion tank located in your loft, flushing the system is a simple but effective way to potentially increase its efficiency, maybe lower your running costs & improve the system’s lifetime. It’s also useful to flush the system if you’re looking at replacing…

Back To The House – Sorting out the garden
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Back To The House – Sorting out the garden

  I should probably start by stating that I’m definitely not a builder, structural engineer, or to that matter; carpenter. Building anything out of wood, from scratch, isn’t something I would usually do – and isn’t something I’m particularly experienced in doing. As a result, you should not use anything in this post (or others…

House catchup – apologies for the silence, life got a whole lot busier!
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House catchup – apologies for the silence, life got a whole lot busier!

As mentioned elsewhere, this blog has recently been moved off the elderly WordPress platform to a shiny new blogging engine called Ghost. Ghost is a brilliant new way of managing your content, and one that’s simpler and faster than WordPress. Enough about the technology though. Once I’d moved the blog over, on looking through the…

Replace radiator valve without draining system
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Replace radiator valve without draining system

Replacing radiator valves without draining your central heating system is something that can be achieved with a few simple additional tools (bungs), a heating system that’s in reasonable condition,  and a small helping of luck! This is a pretty safe & simple way to do small changes to pipework or routine maintenance tasks such as removing radiators…

Domestic Central Heating System Wiring Diagrams; C, W, Y & S Plans
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Domestic Central Heating System Wiring Diagrams; C, W, Y & S Plans

After trawling through some older posts on here to tidy up images & content following the recent relaunch of my site, I thought it might be useful to make copies of the wiring diagrams I used to sort out our central heating system. The diagram set includes wiring plans for a number of popular configurations…

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Challenge of the day; new radiator without draining the system down

Haven’t posted for a while (been somewhat busy!) so thought I’d share this briefly as a guide. We’ve been putting the finishing touches to a bedroom, and finally reached the point of needing to fit a new radiator. On the basis that it’s currently rather cold I didn’t really want to drain down the system……

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The “Dining Room” is gradually taking shape

Progress is happening – sloooowwwwlllly… Framing for the boiler box-work is complete and a door’s been hung. The flooring, skirting & architrave are all complete, and we’re now waiting for the plasterer to arrive next week to cover up the boiler 🙂 Next stops, more door hanging; reskimming over a couple of holes in the…

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Getting there part 2; how hard can it be to find stuff that matches laminate in colour?

The new dining room is really taking shape now, and it’s finally beginning to look like a completed room rather than a building site. As the floor nears completion however we realised that we needed to get some door bars to join the flooring under hall door, across the threshhold into the lounge and where…

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Old kitchen – the original plumbing’s last stand

Before the room can be plastered next week, the original plumbing that previously served the kitchen sink & appliances needed to be removed – paving the way for a cleanly filled & plastered wall. Unfortunately, as you can see the pipework disappears off under the floor somewhere and at the moment we have no idea…

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Today’s challenge…. rewire a central heating system… !

Update: If you’re looking for a C Plan or similar central heating wiring diagram, click here! One of things we noted when we first moved in was that it was impossible to run the central heating system to just heat some hot water without also heating all the radiators. Not too bad in the winter,…

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Old kitchen… Progress!

Today saw the start of work to transform our house’s original kitchen into what will hopefully end up being a dining room / additional reception room / somewhere to relax with a book / we’re-not-entirely-sure-just-yet room. Our electrician’s been busy all day removing dodgy old wiring for cookers & an excessive amount of badly-fitted additional…

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Garden round 2

With another day of brilliant weather upon us we took the opportunity to tidy up & plant the rest of the front borders. The day started off with a trip to a nearby garden centre to stock up on plants followed promptly by B&Q for more (yes, more!) compost & plant food. Heading home with…