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Appliances

Mark Passmore

Mark Passmore

Mark has been repairing electrical appliances for 17 years. He can advise on what may be wrong with washing machines, dishwashers, cookers, tumble driers and vacuum cleaners

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Why isn't my dishwasher washing dishes clean?
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Buildings

Damian Lee

Damian Lee

Builder Damian has lectured at Preston College and has run his own company for 20 years. He can advise on new builds, extensions, structural problems and many aspects of building.

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Car audio/electronics

David Parkinson

David Parkinson

David is general manager of Base Systems, one of the regions top vehicle electronics firms. He can advise on anything from audio and hands-free to sat nav, reversing sensors and alarms.

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Cars

Ray Walsh

Ray Walsh

Ray has 44 years’ experience in the motor trade and owns his owns garage in Ashton. He will advise on any mechanical problems.

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I've noticed a slight whine from my car engine, which has done 80,000 miles. What could this be?
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Electrics

Ian Simpson

Ian Simpson

Ian has worked more than 40 years in the electrical industry, both domestic and commercial sectors. He can advise on a wide range of electrical problems.

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When our kitchen lights are switched on, there's a pause before those at the far end come on. Is this normal?
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Fitness

Faz Farrell

Faz Farrell

Faz is a former Preston North End player and now a PE instructor for the HM Prison Service, as well as running fitness training. He can advise on all fitness issues.

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Gardening

Julie Gornall

Julie Gornall

Gardener Julie has exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show, and worked 14 years at Barton Grange. She can advise on plants and garden problems, tired looking beds and borders, winter and summer colour.

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Gas boilers

Jacques Brown

Jacques Brown

Jacques spent four years as a Corgi inspector during more than 30 years in the gas industry. He can advise on any on gas boiler and gas fire problems.

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Is it cheaper to have the heating on low all day?
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Home care

Ken Deary

Ken Deary

Rest home owner Ken heads a Preston-based company offering a wide range of care to the home for anyone aged over 18. He has cared for elderly relatives and can advise on many care-related issues.

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Planning/building control

David Haworth

David Haworth

Architectural technician David has been drawing up plans for buildings for 35 years, 16 years in a self-employed capacity. He can advise on architectural issues, planning and building regulations.

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Plumbing

Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke

Darren has had a wide range of plumbing experience and handles all aspects of domestic and commercial plumbing. He can advise on central heating, underfloor heating and plumbing problems.

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How can I fix a radiator cold spot?
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Renewable energy

Tom Cowell

Tom Cowell

Plumber Tom has a keen interest in renewable energy and is knowledgeable about its benefits and cost savings. He can advise on installing ground and air source heat pumps and solar panels.

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Trees

Mick Platt

Mick Platt

Mick has been a tree surgeon since 1994. He has worked for Preston council and now runs his own company. He can advise on all tree-related issues

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One of my oak trees has 'rust' spots under its leaves. Is this anything serious?
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