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Index

Content is arranged in alphabetical order. Some entries are duplcated where more than one word is commonly used to describe an item.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M

N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Index area A

Amazon Echo (Alexa) tips including telephone calls and Audible

Assurance Care


Index area B

Ball valve repair / replace (toilet) typical costs and questions

Ball valve repair / replace (loft) typical costs and questions

Bath reseal typical costs and questions

Bathroom refurbishment

Bath & shower room zones (18th Edition)

Bathrooms: guide to electrical fittings

Boiler shutdown in freezing weather - what to do

BS7671 18th Edition Wiring regs: Summary of 18th Edition changes (from NICEIC). The regulations were published in July 2018. The 50plus office has online access to the regulations and the on-site guide

Building Regulations: Part P scope

Building Regulations are generally available as free downloads from www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations/approveddocuments/

Blinds, curtain rails and pole fitting


Index area C

Cable routes: permitted cable routes (18th Edition)

Cat flap installation typical costs and questions

Ceiling downlighter regulations

Condensation advice

Central heating systems

CH wiring diagrams

Condensation - action to take (courtesy of Red Kite Housing)

Consumer units & fuse boxes (UK) in pictures

Consumer unit (fuse box) replacement typical costs and questions

Cookers and hobs (electric and gas) typical costs and questions

Cost of jobs: The 50plus guide to job costs and questions to ask

Curtain rails, poles & blind fitting info and typical costs and questions


Index area D

Decorating typical costs and questions

Door replacement info and typical costs and questions

Drain clearance typical costs and questions


Index area E

Electrical: bath & shower room zones (18th Edition)

Electrical cable routes: permitted (18th Edition)

Electrical fault finding typical costs and questions

Electrical fuse boxes & consumer units (UK) in pictures

Electrical lighting works typical costs and questions

Emergency at home - actions to take (plumbing, electrical, water, boiler shutdown, gas, condensation)

Emergency lighting testing

Electrical power outage - action to take

Electrical periodic inspection reports. Note that Periodic Inspection Reports became Electrical Installation Condition Reports from January 2012. Requirements for landlords periodic electrical inspections (EICRs) are set out on our agent and landlords pages.

Electrical Safety Council Best Practice Guides:

Electric shower cable size look up table

Electric shower installation

Electrical sockets typical costs and questions

Electricity: working on incoming power

Electricity supply MPAN (supply) number) format

Emergency lighting testing

Equipotential bonding diagram and picture

Extractor fan cabling

Extractor fan replacement typical costs and questions


Index area F

Fence repairs

Fire alarms (17th Edition)

Flat pack typical costs and questions

Fuse boxes & consumer units (UK) in pictures

Fuse box (consumer unit) replacement typical costs and questions


Index area G

Garden tap installation costs and questions

Gas flue access hatches typical costs and questions

Gutter repair, maintenance and replacement typical costs and questions


Index area H

Handyman works typical costs and questions

Hanging items typical costs and questions

50plus H&S policy

Health & Safety at work regulations (Memorandum of guidance on the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989)

How much? The 50plus guide to job costs and questions to ask


Index area I

Immersion cylinder replacement typical costs and questions

Immersion heater repair typical costs and questions


Index area J

Job costs. The 50plus guide to job costs and questions to ask


Index area K

No current entries


Index area L

Ladders - safe use

Laminate flooring installation typical costs and questions

Lighting - about circuits and fault finding

Lighting and LEDs: information on phasing out of low efficiency items, lighting and LEDs in particular click here

Lighting works typical costs and questions

Loft tank ball valve repair / replace typical costs and questions


Index area M

Macerator (Saniflo) repairs. We do repair in many areas. Please contact us


Index area N

No current entries


Index area O

Overflow loft: ball valve repair / replace typical costs and questions


Index area P

Paint and decorating typical costs and questions

Part P of the Building Regulations

Part P pocket guide

PAT testing: It is a myth that PAT testing (portable appliance testing) is required an all portable appliances every year. The HSE (Health & Safety Executive) have published guidelines. A leaflet with regard to low risk environments such as offices can be downloaded here. You can read on-line guidance here.

Permitted electrical cable routes (17th Edition)

Periodic electrical inspection reports. Note that Periodic Inspection Reports became Electrical Installation Condition Reports from January 2012. Requirements for landlords periodic electrical inspections (EICRs) are set out on our agent and landlords pages.


Index area Q

No current entries


Index area R

Radiator relocation typical costs and questions

Radiator valve repair / replace typicl costs

RCDs: IEE article

Ring Doorbell - installation tips and timings

Ring Doorbell - Ring install manual

Risk assessment - HSE guide

Risk assessment - scaffold towers

Re-roofing a shed or other out-building with a felt roof


Index area S

Safe use of ladders

Safety: Working at height guidelines

Safety: Electricity at Work Regulations

Safety: Electrical test equipment for use on low voltage electrical systems

Safety: 50plus H&S policy

Safety: Risk assessment - HSE guide

Saniflo (macerator) repairs. We do repair in many areas. Please contact us

Screen (TV) and brackets fixing typical costs and questions

Shed re-roofing or other out-building with a felt roof typical costs and questions

Shelving typical costs and questions

Shower cubicle: how to build

Shower (electric) cable size look up table

Shower install - repair (inc electrical)

Shower installation - electric

Shower reseal typical costs and questions

Smoke alarms and types

Socket (electrical) works typical costs and questions

Storage heaters: Using, fault finding and repairing

SureStop (water switch) supply and install typical costs and questions


Index area T

Tap and/or washer replacement typical costs and questions

Telephone cabling and fault finding

Toilet ball valve repair / replace typical costs and questions

Toilet & cistern repair / replace typical costs and questions

Toilet leak repairs typical costs and questions

Towel radiators and types

TV screen hanging typical costs and questions


Index area U

No current entries


Index area V

No current entries


Index area W

Washer and / or tap replacement typical costs and questions

Water leaks: action to take

Water pressure. Water companies have told us the minimum water pressure companies are obliged to supply is typically 1 bar, although many properties have in the region of 2.5 bar. We note the general standards of service published by Ofwat state the minimum is 0.7 bar (7 metres of head). To test the pressure you have coming into your property from the water main fill a gallon container from your cold kitchen tap and time it. If it fills in 30 seconds there is 1.5 bar, 20 seconds and there is 2 bar, any quicker and the pressure will be higher. You can use a smaller contained e.g. a kettle and measure the time for 1.5 litres and multiply it by 3.

Water switch supply and install typical costs and questions

Wiring regulations BS7671 18th Edition. Summary of 18th Edition changes (from NICEIC). The regulations were published in July 2018. The 50plus office has online access to the regulations and the on-site guide

Working at height guidelines


Index area X

No current entries


Index area Y

No current entries


Index area Z

Zones: bath & shower rooms (18th Edition)


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