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Maintenance

How to fix a leaking tap

How to fix a leaking tap

Most of the time, if a tap in your home is leaky, dripping or hard to close it's the result of a broken washer. While it's possible that your leaking tap's a 'washerless' tap (i.e. one with a ball, cartridge or ceramic disc mechanism - see the 'Types of taps' article linked below), it's a lot less likely that these taps will be leaking like this. You can usually tell if you have a ceramic disc type tap because it'll only need a quarter or half turn to fully open the tap.

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Standby power consumption and TVs

That's right - even if you're not using it, there's a good chance your television will slowly be chewing away on power. Is your TV an expensive electricity vampire?

How to build a house
Variations to building work

Variations: what they are and how to avoid them

You may have heard people discussing ‘variations’ when they talk about building and renovating (probably while swearing under their breath). If you haven’t, it might be a good thing that you’re reading this article.

Bathroom
Types of bathroom fittings

Types of bathroom fittings

Once you have the main features of your bathroom sorted out and you have a look firmly in mind, it's time to polish everything off by picking matching fittings.

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