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  1. 5 points
    As an update, had the air test done today and it turned out alright. I wasn't sure what to expect, tbh I don't even care anymore, I'm bored with living in a caravan now and just want to be in the damn thing🤷‍♂️ must be 2.5 yrs in this van now! Anyway, got 0.2ach which confirms my suspicion that the horrendous condensation we had at Xmas was due to lack of ventilation. Thankfully the MVHR is jacked up now so no further issues. Living in a 30ft x 10ft caravan with two cats, a 9 and 11 yr old whilst staring at our 280m2 house for the last year has had its day now. Roll on move in day. The joys of self building. Champagne taste with lemonade budget = a long time living in a box😎
  2. 2 points
    Also the outside leaf of the lintel doesn't look like the plain edge of a catnic CG110/100. Again, I may be wrong.
  3. 2 points
    Hi Loz. Can you confirm the opening size and also take a picture looking up at the underside of the lintel?
  4. 2 points
    He said they were talking shite as the kit is all the same!
  5. 1 point
    Yes Just slot a 50 mil strip in between the wall and the rafter
  6. 1 point
    This is exactly what I have found, 150mm x 22mm sarking boards with a 3-5mm gap are very permeable and the roof performs really well, but as soon as you use sheet board it’s impermeable and need fairly serious ventilation below to stop moisture build up - this then leads to mould….. don’t ask how I know 😥 I would personally always use 150mm x 22mm sarking board on any future roofs I build but I also put a 50mm ventilation gap below them as well !
  7. 1 point
    Me too! Loz.. don't panic, could well be a bit of site / delivery damage.. however something like that will not look sweet over you doors if it's more than a couple of mm. It looks like the roof joists are not spanning onto the lintel? If so the loading could just primarily be from the few courses of block above. If you are rough casting the block you could bring a bellcast bead down just below the edge of the lintel and this would hide the bit that is bent and improve the drip over the doors. Just have a quick check to make sure that if the builder has swapped the lintel type it is still ok to use for the load.
  8. 1 point
    Difference between a warm and cold roof construction (not to be confused with a warm/cold loft).... * Cold roof - the insulation is between and under the rafters. This means there are structural elements on the cold side of the insulation (eg the top of the rafters). * Warm roof - the insulation is above the rafters. This means the structural elements are on the warm side of the insulation. The vast majority of houses built now and in the past are of the cold roof type. The risk with a cold roof is that water vapour created by people in the house can escape through the insulation and condense on the cold part of the rafters or other structural elements. There are two main ways of preventing this, both are aided by a vapour barrier on the warm side of the insulation.. * Vapour permeable: If sarking boards and the roof membrane are vapour permeable then you only need to ventilate the void between the tiles and the roof membrane. * Vapour impermeable: if any sarking boards or roof membrane are not vapour permeable then you need a 50mm ventilated void below the impermeable layer. So the question you need to answer is : Are your sarking boards and roof membrane sufficiently vapour permeable that you can avoid needing a 50mm ventilated void below? My understanding is that narrow sarking boards with 3-5m gaps are considered permeable but large sheets of OSB with no gaps might not be. Discuss with your BCO or Architect.
  9. 1 point
    All metal lintels bend slightly when you build across them that's why you prop it until the work above it sets. In normal circumstances it wouldn't really matter but with your bi folds it will depend on how much deflection has occurred. It doesn't look that much from the pics.
  10. 1 point
    Not much weight on that lintel yet, I wonder if you are seeing some transport damage in a short section of the lintel or is it a progressive bend across the whole length? A photo of a taught length of string end-to-end would help. Is your lintel from the standard or heavy duty range?
  11. 1 point
    I do not know if this is the case but if I remember correctly, the strength in the lintel is within the cavity space part which supports the leafs holding up the outside and inside wall skins. I believe it is possible that, if you load one leaf too much before the other leaf it can distort the lintel. Anyway I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong 🙂. Marvin
  12. 1 point
    For that reason I would never use a lintel over bifolds Or any other large opening A steel with a hit and mis welded plate is a better option It will be a pain to swap it But worse later with the bifolds and render done
  13. 1 point
    Here's the starts to a plan of attack: 1. ... An 'overdominant rear extension failing to respect the character and appearance of the subject property' , does not deny you the chance to make an extension that isn't over dominant. What is meant by over dominant? Its either dominant or not. Over dominant means - to me - the author isn't quite sure of him(?)self. Chink of light already. '...would adversely reduce the size of the garden and affect the existing sense of openness....' Any extension reduces the size of any garden and always of necessity reduces openness. I smell weakness in the agument application site is constrained by containing a narrow, irregular rear garden compared to other buildings. Is this correct? In percentage terms, how correct is the author? If for example you garden is 20% smaller - would a 20% small extension help things? the result of which would be a cumulative harm to the character and appearance of the conservation area. So is the argument that yours is the straw that breaks the Camels back? If so , BINGO. Principle of Consistency applies (more on that later - just got in from work, knackered) 2 How correct is this as the additional bulk would result in a two storey height flank wall on the boundary of a public footpath, which would create an oppressive sense of enclosure to the route, that the existing set back respects. Look for local precedent: Argue along the lines you allowed this here, here and here so why not now. Principle of Consistency applies 3 Same argument as 1 above More particularly, the depth and bulk of the first floor level extension and its close proximity to neighbouring residential properties, results in an overbearing and dominating effect for the residents Can you reduce the depth and bulk? Map? Plan? so we can help more. Sorry this is a bit hasty - in a rush. Regards, Ian
  14. 1 point
    As said before pics would be good!
  15. 1 point
    I suspect the problem is with the large flat roof that I assume lurks behind the new parapet wall along the side of the extension. Does this side wall of the upper floor move towards the viewer by about 3m or 4m?
  16. 1 point
    we have 6m front garden outside space, and we have 5.5m rare outside space and we are only asking for 1.4m - hopefully we are withing 'less than half' overall?
  17. 1 point
    Right. Now we can do something about it.... I'm on a phone browser, let me switch to a decent machine....
  18. 1 point
    This is what I thought, just found confirmation. “the extension must not take up more than half of theoutside space
  19. 1 point
    The best (and probably most expensive) is Intello. Second best and cheaper but not as tough is Proteck Barriar
  20. 1 point
    @oxo I would drop this element of your objection because it is weak compared to the other points you are making. Using your logic anyone could over populate a home and then demand rights to extend based on a need for extra internal amenity space.
  21. 1 point
    I can see why you are frustrated, they are very negative. My thoughts are, when referring to Conservation Areas, I've found planners don't care about what you need, only on appearance. When they mention amenity in a Conservation Area, they are referring to the external appearance to passers by, frustratingly, not to your right to enjoyment of your home. They seem fixated that you are the end terrace and so the guardian of the views. Maybe if you post some images people can give a reaction ( and see if they concur with the planners (don't take it personally)and see if they can help identify the problem and how to move forward. Is it worth 3D mock up for the future attempt?
  22. 1 point
    Yup indeed. Ive just cut my 6x tiles bits.. no clogging & a breeze of a job too. Great that's one stress out the way.. unnerving things, you gotta keep total concentration. Useful for my balcony project to come, cut metal threaded bar as per my cabin base. Thanks chaps.
  23. 1 point
    20kgs is very light as rads go, i have one in my kitchen that weights around 80kgs full and it is hanging on 4no 10 screws. plate gauge really doesnt matter as you are nowhere near the capacity of steel in shear.
  24. 1 point
    Have you not seen 2001? It will soon be singing nursery rhymes and locking you out of the house. 'Turn on the hot water Grundfos'. 'I'm afraid I can't do that Andrew'
  25. 1 point
    I enjoy HUTH. Particularly when an agent says it's been decorated to a decent standard and the camera man zooms in on the light switch which was cut in by someone using a broom. I agree though, when I see a 100 sqm block paved driveway, full replacement render and decoration throughout with kitchen and bathroom and it's cost them just several thousand and they have done none of the work themselves, my teeth start to itch. Do aspire to be on there one day though.
  26. 1 point
    I live next door to the site and can actively monitor what they are doing (also a time lapse camera is set up). Things have got better and and hopefully for the next bits of ground works will progress as expected (last weeks invoice reflected the reduced work on site). I have my guard up though on the work they are doing. Yesterday me and three of the ground workers got the two layers of retaining wall / slab mesh installed, me being on site getting my hands dirty seemed to progress getting the work done, also i was there to make sure it went in properly. I am going to tie in the starter bars over the weekend, and BCO / architect inspection scheduled for Tuesday morning. Hopeful for the slab pour on Tuesday afternoon / weds, and brickie's on site for the retaining wall on Monday (different firm). There is also the availability of slave labour if things get really tough (my little helper setting out mars bars, i should have paid her a proper one for her efforts)
  27. 1 point
    I’ve installed one of these smart pumps - https://product-selection.grundfos.com/uk/products/comfort?tab=products. It’s meant to learn usage patterns and modulate accordingly. We only moved in on Wednesday so can’t yet comment on effectiveness or energy usage.
  28. 1 point
    My spark used a combination of prox sensors in the bathrooms and detecting the light being switched on (something to do with the neturals) and used that to trigger both the hot return pump and the MVHR boost. All I know is that it works a treat.
  29. 1 point
    Simple timer - runs 6am to 11pm, runs 1min/hour assuming it’s an insulated ring. You can use something like a 1CJDT0 with an asymmetric on/off driven by a really simple DIN timeswitch providing the supply to allow you not to run it 24/7 if you are really that bothered about not having hot water pumps running overnight
  30. 1 point
    The furring strips are going to be used to create the fall on the flat roof. I just wasnt sure if they had to be the full 6 meters on top of the joists or not. Yes, the calcs is for the slope that I would need for run off.
  31. 1 point
    the regs say that it should be designed for a 1:40 fall to achieve a minimum 1:80 fall when constructed. 1:40 is 0.025, so for a 6m length you need a drop of 150mm (6 x 0.025) over the 6m length.
  32. 1 point
    I use Loxone to run it for a few minutes when someone enters a bathroom (and then again after 10 mins if they are still in there). That doesn't include the Kitchen, otherwise it would be on most of the time, but we don't seem to notice when the Kitchen takes a little longer to warm up.
  33. 1 point
    Something I will add, make your stud walls as thick as you can 90mm minimum. I have a couple of 75mm stud walls and regret doing it, the thought was to save a bit of space in the en-suite bathrooms, in reality they are two thin to comfortably run pipes and cables in, it is always in my mind that 20mm from the surface of a wall I have a pipe/cable,even with drilling the studs exactly in the centre there is not a lot of meat left for the margin of error.
  34. 1 point
    This is what they are doing.. https://www.burges-salmon.com/news-and-insight/legal-updates/planning-and-compulsory-purchase/update-on-agricultural-occupancy-conditions/ MARKET TESTING It is possible to remove an agricultural occupancy condition though the applicant will first need to demonstrate certain things. This includes adducing evidence that the property has been marketed for sale or rent, at a substantially reduced price, to agricultural workers in the area for a significant period of time. In April 2019 the Planning Inspectorate emphasised that evidence of a robust marketing exercise is essential when applying to remove a condition. This related to an application to remove an agricultural occupancy condition at Sutton Springs Trout Fishery Grounds. The Inspector found that there had been sufficient marketing of the property as it had been consistently publicised online, included in various publications and promoted in mail campaigns. The agricultural occupancy condition was therefore successfully removed. This decision is illustrative of what level of marketing is acceptable and adds to the tips provided by the Upper Tribunal in the case of Rasbridge, Re Cefn Betingau Farm in 2012. The Tribunal found the applicants' market testing exercise was not sufficiently rigorous and suggested that the applicant should have: offered to rent the property in order to establish if there was rental value to the land; advertised the property in the specialist farming press; and made adjustments to reflect general market movements.
  35. 1 point
    This is 60/72 but you get the idea…
  36. 1 point
    I’ve made some hardwood pads before, chamfered edges so they look good and fixed these and painted the same colour as the wall. it allowed the vertical radiator bracket to be supported perfectly.
  37. 1 point
    Furring strips can be any length, what are you trying/wanting to do? and when you say calcs for flat roof, do you mean the fall required to allow water to drain?
  38. 1 point
    There's no place for emotion on this... let's focus on facts. What does the decision notice say?
  39. 1 point
    That would be fine, Radiators are heavy but they are close to the wall so most of the load is down and not pulling on the wall (unless kids use them as climbing frames). These plates would certainly help to transfer the load.
  40. 1 point
    Great idea - you can remake the whole thing out of walk on glazing, this would cause a shortage in the market for such material and you could clean up selling it to yourself - economics is a wonderful thing AND because the whole place would be see-through no one would notice it was there - thus not offending the neighbours AND you could disport (enjoy oneself unrestrainedly - frolic) yourself about the place quite safe in the knowledge that you will be on full view ( I suppose this may offend the neighbours - but nothing one or two bands of obscuring film around the building at appropriate heights would not solve). Had the caravan man built similar structure outside the caravan he may have got away with it. Hiding in plain sight. Possibly not given the result in the Amersham byelection.
  41. 1 point
    Is that what's called "roller wave"? @craig will hopefully be along shortly.
  42. 1 point
    Oh yes, he was very good, not expensive and claimed VAT that I had missed so his fee was more than covered. He specialises in VAT fir self builders. His details are. Office: 01269 825248 Mobile: 07816 825248 Email:andrew@vat431.co.uk
  43. 1 point
    A word on objections and planning. You can have zero objection and still get refused. You can have a hundred and still get planning (over a certain number of objections it gets pulled into committee vs being at the officers discretion). What is relevant is planning law and your LA's planning policy - some of it is very subjective ('not in keeping' is the alternative to 'out of character') but that cuts both ways when you appeal. TBH - I would not have made the initial withdrawl and changes unless the planner hinted heavily that it would have got it through. I would appeal and maybe re-submit option 1 also and be prepared to appeal that too. I do believe planners like to justify their existence somewhat and rely on compliance by the public. They don't like appeals as they need to defend them and if they loose too many it does not look good. Get a planning consultant on your side, maybe one who is an ex LA planner (they tend to have the local understanding and also relationships). One of our neighbours is a conveyancing solicitor. For our application 1 (rejected) and 2 (largely the same as 1 with a few minor concessions) they wrote 8 page objections with every possible angle explored. Planners did not take any of their points but rejected 1 on separate issues. They were poised to reject 2 as well until the consultant got them on the phone and said we will be appealing both schemes and we both know applicant will win. He then gave them a graceful climbdown option of 'what do you need to see to make you comfortable' (n.b. NOT what needs to change, we had already compromised to our limit in app 2). They settled on a seeing 3d render vs the starker 2d elevations and low and behold, problems evaporated. As @the_r_sole says, many ways to skin the cat wrt schemes but you need to know where the red lines are, if they really exist. And finally, while everyone invests a lot emotionally into these processes, do not take it personally. It is just one of the many mountains you will climb on this journey so just treat it as an unpleasant bit of necessary bureaucracy. Good luck!
  44. 1 point
    Also, a lot of trades aren't sourcing stuff weeks or even days in advance. I regularly witnessed trades finishing one job, then having to go out in the middle of the day and buy stuff to start the next. Had they thought ahead, they could have grabbed stuff on their way in rather than making another trip, or even ordered online and gotten it cheaper, but they didn't seem fussed. I assume they also get stuff cheaper from the big builders' merchants than anyone walking off the street would manage. I used to get frustrated about always having to ring all three of the local BMs for pricing every time we wanted something in a hurry. It seemed completely random who'd give us the best price on any particular item, and the difference was often 20-30%, even though we had accounts with them all. At least with online you got to see exactly what brands are in stock, and get clear upfront pricing.
  45. 1 point
    We're going with metal studs... Because nobody is doing timber anymore here. Much better sound insulation. Also means the dead straight walls mean you can get away with tape and jointing the boards rather then needing to skim. For light things like skirting, self tapping screws will do the job. For mounting anything heavy, the guys say to fit 3x2s inside the channels and some noggins. For my plant room and the kitchen, I'm screwing sheets of OSB before they plasterboard.
  46. 1 point
    It works for us. We have reliable and hardworking groundworkers. £250 a day each (two of them) including their equipment and £120 per 12 tonne of soil should it have to be removed. Turn up on site for 7.30 each day and work beyond 4pm if required for an hour without additional pay to get the job done. Has saved us a fortune over a fixed price contract. The guys are known to our builder who and all work within our small town of approx 8000 people so reputation is important to them. They are chocka block for the next 6 to 9 months at present.
  47. 1 point
    And so who (or what external processes) is / are kicking arses motivating them? Quiet, polite, assertive, simple. Either they make progress or don't get paid. Or be exploited. It happened to me: it's horrible. The day I cut down the company's advertising banner from the scaffolding and sacked them all was not a day too soon. Should have done it much earlier. The alternative which I would now consider - were I to self build again - is to go round being really bloody nasty, picky, critical, demanding, snide until they saw that I meant what I said. Time for a shot across the bows. Delay payment until there are some results. And pay two weeks in arrears from now on. That'll flush them out. All prompt payment is doing now is financing laziness.
  48. 1 point
    That's probably my main objection, the scheme forces the use of a thermally poorer foundation system, just to meet a desire for design harmony and comply with the inflexibility of the VAT legislation. Why on earth the government, who encouraged schemes of this sort, couldn't have simply amended the VAT legislation to make bare plots zero rated, as they would be in any virtually other circumstance, is beyond me.
  49. 0 points
    Couldnt agree more, ive been involved with some major building projects where the waste angered me ... Truck loads of bricks being unloaded from the trucks straight into skips because of a design change or over ordering. and now involved with Railways where many projects are cost plus (to save money) but the contractors throw loads of unnecessary plant, materials and equipment plus labour on site because they will get paid for it plus a mark up.
  50. 0 points
    It's easy tv and I like the quirky music they pick. I wouldn't however make financial decisions based on the show, just as I wouldn't open an antiques shop after watching bargain hunt. I heard somebody did a sponsorship marathon watch of the show, yesterday on radio 2. They said after 24 hours the colours and music started to have strange affects on them.
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