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abOUT was a Toronto-based online biweekly lifestyles and current affairs magazine, serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities of North America.
abOUT was founded in Buffalo, New York, in late 2003 by four partners, including Canadian journalist Duane Booth. The first edition of the magazine was released on January 19, 2004. In 2006, Booth became majority shareholder when he acquired the shares of two of the business partners, and the magazine's operations were fully moved to Toronto at the same time. The magazine continued in print until February 2010, when it was changed to an online-only publication.
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    Question about leaking toilet

    I noticed a leak in a toilet in a house I have recently moved into. One of our other toilets is the same but is not leaking from this same "fitting". I gave the leaky one a quick turn to tighten it and it seems to have stopped leaking. Should I have done this, and what is this fitting for...
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    I am worried about my NVQ

    I have been doing my level 2 plumbing qualification for over 4 years now due to covid etc. I am now at a point where i will be sending my NVQ pack off and completing my practical for my NVQ. I am waiting on a plumber to to send me his documents to send off. I am worried about the practical and...
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    question about TRV tabs

    my old comap TRVs hves a black tab and a grey tab, facing downwards, that can be moved up and down, next to the indicator point does these have any role in the correct use of the TVR ? thanks
  4. AlexGold

    Looking for info about UFH with ASHP

    Hi all, Looking for some advice. Recently moved into a new house and we've been doing bit and pieces to it, we're now at the point where we're looking at the heating system. There is currently a multi-fuel burner which provides hot water and heat for the radiators, there is also an immersion...
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    Is this legal? Not sure about cables.

    Hello all. Many apologies for bothering you with this, I know everyone is rushed off their feet and sick of shortages, price increases etc.....! Any advice would be most welcome...... So, these are the pictures from the boiler 'installation'. I am not a sparky, but wires hanging down in a...
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    Any advice about water CONDITIOERS

    Does anyone out there have experience of a water CONDITIONER - I don't want a water softener installed and I wondered if these really work or just a gimmick? I would appreciate any information/reviews from either owners or plumbers please.
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    Speaking to someone today about plumbing this is what they said lol.

    I was talking to some one today about going too college to do a plumbing course. And they said there “ mate” paid £3000 for a course and he became a plumber in a week. Set up on his own after a week lol poor customers
  8. S

    Asking for opinion about flow meter concerto

    I'm the homeowner of a heat pump + UFH installation, 2 floors with 1 manifold on each floor and a common pump. On both floors each circuit has the same problem: whenever a zone asks for heat and the motorized valve opens there is a some loud knocking going on (see video). In the case of the...
  9. T

    Hi, question about chasing pipes into wall

    Hi, I’m not a plumber by trade but needed PVC pipes chased into wall which I’ve done but the plaster has said they need to be chased deeper because the heat might effect the plaster. But it’s a internal wall so theres only so deep I can go, so is there anything I can put over the pipes so I...
  10. K

    Need Genuine Advice about Plumbing and Gas Course - here is my 1 year plan to get into the industry

    Hello Plumbers/Gas Engineers, Excuse if this question has been raised but i am in a slight dilemma and for the past 2 weeks the internet has not really solved this, so I feel i need some real advice from real tradesmen. I am 21 and stuck behind a desk not progressing into a career, I have...
  11. J

    slope question about relocating WC soil pipe

    Hi, I'm doing a bathroom refurb and wanting to move both the WC and wash basin over to the right. In the picture attached, green is how I think I should position the new WC and orange is how I think I should position the new wash basin. I know that the waste pips should have a slope between...
  12. moonlight

    New customer called about a Potterton flamingo making popping sound

    I have had a call from a customer to say her boiler is making a popping sound and it turns out, she has not been able to hear it but her friend said its being doing it for a while. I was sent a video of the boiler, showing the flame through the window. Main flame looks good but it looks like the...
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    How to go about achieving my NVQ

    Hello. I have been working within the plumbing industry for around 8 years, since I completed my 6129 course at college. I have mainly been working as a mate/improver. I want to progress onto my nvq, but have been told I need to be working as a plumber in order to achieve it. Problem being with...
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    Should i complain about mess and damages by plumbers after a combi boiler instalation?

    My new fitted combi boiler works great But the plumber made a huge mess when he got the old hot water tank from the loft. He dragged it across the floor and scraped my laminate floor and left all blue liquids across my home. He then took it outside and drained it in the street right infront of...
  15. A

    Mystery open kitchen drain behind wall - need advice about plugging it

    My kitchen sink drain became blocked and, while unblocking it with a plunger and lots of water, I saw the dirty water leak from behind drywall about 6 feet away from sink. I had previously noticed a smell from the same area and dampness on the drywall. So I cut open the drywall and find an open...
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    Question about my hot water setup

    Hi, I'm new to the forum and very confused about my hot water setup. I recently purchased a house that has an Ideal Logic System S18 Gas Boiler + Megaflo Eco 170l Indirect Unvented Cylinder. I can control the Ideal Logic System S18 through a Honeywell ST9400C 7-Day 2 Channel Programmer which...
  17. I

    Blocked pipes whats the best way to go about this?

    Gurgling sound from basin when shower running, and water seems to be backing up shower when basin running a while. Shower running slow and when using a basic plunger on it backing up a lot of waste. Bottle trap cleaned out and part of the pipe work. Should i install a bottle trap with...
  18. I

    Best way to go about changing shower pump

    This grundfos (ssr220) shower pump is making a odd sound when in operation and is intermittent as though it is struggling. Is this a fault with the filters getting blocked up? Also the 22mm ball valves are not shutting off the water and so I will have ro drain but what is the best way to do...
  19. F

    I have hot water everywhere but my showers. I have 2 bathrooms. Hot H2O fine everywhere else. Hot starts in showers but only lasts about 2 minutes.

    I have old bathrooms. Two taps - one for cold, one for hot. No mixer taps. I have a Saxon Copperflow Truflow 140L hot water system. Both hot water taps couldn’t go on blink at same time. Do you think its my hot water system?
  20. L

    Advice about commercial gas

    Hey sorry if this is a silly question but can you go straight into a commercial gas course with out doing domestic gas?
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