house

A house is a single-unit residential building. It may range in complexity from a rudimentary hut to a complex structure of wood, masonry, concrete or other material, outfitted with plumbing, electrical, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Houses use a range of different roofing systems to keep precipitation such as rain from getting into the dwelling space. Houses may have doors or locks to secure the dwelling space and protect its inhabitants and contents from burglars or other trespassers. Most conventional modern houses in Western cultures will contain one or more bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchen or cooking area, and a living room. A house may have a separate dining room, or the eating area may be integrated into another room. Some large houses in North America have a recreation room. In traditional agriculture-oriented societies, domestic animals such as chickens or larger livestock (like cattle) may share part of the house with humans.
The social unit that lives in a house is known as a household. Most commonly, a household is a family unit of some kind, although households may also be other social groups, such as roommates or, in a rooming house, unconnected individuals. Some houses only have a dwelling space for one family or similar-sized group; larger houses called townhouses or row houses may contain numerous family dwellings in the same structure. A house may be accompanied by outbuildings, such as a garage for vehicles or a shed for gardening equipment and tools. A house may have a backyard or a front yard or both, which serve as additional areas where inhabitants can relax or eat.

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  1. S

    There are drips down through my house along the soil stack

    Hi, I live in a house that is 20yr old. There is a single soil stack running from the top floor (of three) through the first floor bathroom and then through the kitchen to the drains. A while back I started to hear a drip hitting the kitchen ceiling (now with some ceiling evidence too) from...
  2. vertexape

    Would like to understand how my Grant Oil Combi boiler is hooked up to the pipes in the house

    Hello, bit of a noob question but would someone be able to help me to understand the pipes coming off our boiler. It's a Grant oil combi boiler, and where the pipes come in is in a room at the front of the house. I am about to box them in but I really wanted to understand what the various pipes...
  3. D

    BIG HIDDEN LEAK IN HOUSE

    Some advice please about a really worrying problem. I live in a terraced 2 bed room house. 10 days ago the gas combi boiler stopped heating the radiators but still gave hot water to the shower and taps. Naturally we thought there was a fault with the boiler. We had already arranged a yearly...
  4. B

    Water in my house cut out after toilet flush

    We have recently had water hammer issues. Plumbers have installed an arrestor near our kitchen sink and a device in the toilet cistern to slow water shut off. Worked for a bit, but hammer returned. This morning, while the toilet was refilling and the shower was on, there was a loud thud that...
  5. K

    Did I pay too much and can I get any back?

    Roto Rooter took 12 hrs labor for1 person to lay 20ft of new mainline into my house. Rent a trencher, drive four hours my estimate is7000.couldn't be more than 1000worth of parts etc. Do I have a right to ask for proper pricing or is that actually right?
  6. H

    Is it a problem at all to add a stop tap if a house doesn't have one?

    We have just moved in to a 1934 Semi- and I am getting round a few simple DIY tasks, including a couple of plumbing-part renewals such as modern pipe/u-bend/fittings to kitchen sink, rinse sink etc as preventative maintenance! Nothing complex or specialist, that's for you expert guys! But in...
  7. S

    Living in a OLD House

    I live in an old house in the Yorkshire dales, it is known as a typical dales house, as its one room wide and long over 40m. The house has been extended over the years and the boiler moved and heating loops added. This is giving me problems as the boiler is now at one end of the house (first...
  8. D

    Redbrick house from 1904 - Already has underfloor heating

    Hi, I have an 1904 redbrick 2,500 square feet house. We have UFH on every floor. 3 Floors House is reasonably well insulated but far from perfect. Would there be any point in installing a "air to water" heating system that could link into my existing UFH??
  9. Mandarin

    Low cold water pressure in only one part of the house :(

    This is doing my head in, so I am turning to the experts here for any wisdom... In the last couple of days I have very low cold water pressure in my downstairs utility room and downstairs bathroom (they back on to each other). The main cold feed (kitchen tap) is normal pressure. And all the...
  10. Naseemkhan1682

    Converting house into flats, do I need larger main pipe?

    Hello, I am converting a house into 11 flats run by electric only. Each flat will have a kitchen and a mini electric boiler to power the sink and the shower. We were told by a plumber that we would require a 50mm diameter supply from the water board, this is quoted at £11,000. We have also...
  11. J

    How can I figure out what's best for my house?

    I live in a large 3 bed semi with a Potterton Profile 60e - so it's a G rated boiler. I wish to improve the energy efficiency of the property over the next few years, and part of that is obviously upgrading the central heating system. We have a tank in the bathroom which I want to move (to...
  12. J

    House doesn't need 30kw at present, but might do in future...

    We're looking at a new boiler system from regular to combi because we would like to use the space where the hot water cylinder currently sits. We have a large 3 bed semi and have an ancient 18kw Potterton boiler with 7 radiators in the house. Heat loss calculations not yet completed. We've...
  13. Dale_R

    Recent house purchase - CH/HW Major issues.

    Hi all, We recently purchased a house and nothing seems to work correctly here, I've spent weeks rectifying issues. Plumbing, electrical, carpentry it's been never ending. The house was built by Barratt Homes in the year 2000, it is a 3 bedroom house called a Palmerston, the CH/HW system is a Y...
  14. Q

    One noisy upstairs radiator

    Hi all, I registered on here with the hope you’ll be able to help me. I have one radiator which when the CH is turned on it makes a loud rushing noise (the only way I can describe it) it’s loud enough to wake you up in the morning. The only way to stop it is by turning the pump down but...
  15. M

    Bad smell in my house

    Hi, my name is Michele. I am a mother, grandmother, widow, and a hard worker. Now that I'm on my own, I find all this home upkeep really challenging. Can't really call myself a DIY er, though I would like to be😏!I don't have much experience with home projects, not much confidence, and can't...
  16. B

    Can a 12kw boiler ever heat a 4/5 bedroom house with 3 bathrooms?

    Hi - I'm a homeowner, not a DIY person. My 20 year old Gloworm boiler needs replacing. British Gas quote is ok at £6100 for a 24kw replacement -valiant ecofit 625 system boiler. The tank/heat exchanger and copper pipework bring the price up. OK so I object (rightly or wrongly) for the extra...
  17. N

    What size combi for my daughters house.

    Hi all....my first post.....talked my daughter into seeing about a new modern gas boiler to replace to very old one she has now. Its the type that has a separate electric water heater....parts are very hard to find for it. She has had a few prices and one guy said she needs a Worcester 32Cdi...
  18. C

    Steel framed house radiator help

    We have just moved into a steel framed house and we are replacing the old copper system with push fit. Our fourth bedroom has a steel beam running outside the room door and going straight along. The wall is a load bearing brick wall seated on top of it. We have laid our pipes under the floor...
  19. P

    What could be causing a noise in the house like a fog horn?

    Hi, We live in a bungalow. We are awaiting a plumber to check for water hammer but not sure if there are other things that may be causing the noises in our property. There is a booming noise about every 10 seconds followed by an echo. It starts at random times during the day and continues well...
  20. jakehowl

    Converting My House To Manifolds. Feedback Appreciated

    I'm sold on the idea of sanitary manifolds. I'm an avid and capable DIYer but finding the information out there on domestic manifolds systems lacking to say the least. Here's a diagram for my proposed approach to converting my house over from your usual 15mm pipe with T junctions everywhere...
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