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  1. 27 points
    Well, folks, that's it. The last nail in the last joist. Its been hammered in HARD. Here's why. For reasons only known to the inexperienced self-builder, I put the floor joists up working from both ends of the room to the middle. 400 centers. That makes a gap between joists of about 328ml. The middle three joist are longer than the others - they had to be inserted closer than the others: 310ish. Tight. Well tight if you are my size. Arms and head above the top chord of the joist - beer gut wedged firmly between the POSIs, but swinging the hammer now like a demon (900 nails down and just a few more to go - all because of you @Pete). Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy. Well yeah, until it came to turning round to reach that sodding wedge to help nudge the top chord a mil or two higher. Christ this is tight. Turned a few degrees. Couldn't reach the wedge. Bugger - - Hand in my pocket - - maybe there's a spare wedge in there? Nope. By this time there is a semi painful wedgie though.😳 Dropped the hammer. "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo" Stumped, and firmly wedged, I realise I am going to have to wriggle out of this. Up? No way Jose. Not strong enough to overcome the effects of the beer years. Starting to sweat a bit now. More from annoyance than anything. Down? No choice. Only way . Now, those of us whose work trousers 'need' braces because our trousers have half a ton of tools hanging off them (all lies girls, just lies) will realise that descending through a really tight space has an inevitable effect on your braces. That partially painful wedgie now got worse. A lot worse. You see the back clip of my braces caught fast on the bottom chord of the joist. The front of my work trousers started to pull hard. My eyes started to water I think. By this time, my hands were in the air, and my head altogether too close to the gap between the joists. And suddenly with one bound (as it were) I was free. PING - THUMP The clip of the braces parted company with the waist band - shot up inside my clothing and hit the bottom of my shoulder. No wedgie pain now, just shoulder pain instead. All of this was happening dear reader at the same time as my T shirt, gillet and windproof were slowly making their way past my beer gut on the way to my my head. Couldn't see a thing. But sure as Hell, I could feel my shoulder. A few seconds later, there I was topless on the scaffold boards. Cold? No. Furiously hot. Just a matter now of jumping down to the floor. Yep, I suspect you are ahead of me......... The jump was elegant. Feet and knees together (just like I wuz taught) Thump. I stopped. My trousers didn't. Normally that wouldn't matter. No need to fuss over a small thing like that. Standing in the doorway way my best friends wife with a grin from ear to ear. I wouldn't have minded but her dog went mad.
  2. 16 points
    Will be leaving the technical speak to@Nickfromwales and @PeterW From my perspective: heating working in all rooms - tick! solar working - tick! rooms heating rapidly (as opposed to taking 24-36 hours to increase the temp by about 3 degrees) - tick! enough hot water to fill a bath / shower - (even the big bath) tick! extension connected up - tick! able to run hot water without the heating being on - tick! TS not emptying itself of hot water within about 30 mins without the boiler being on constantly - tick! Plus everything has been labelled to within an inch of its life. A magnaclean filter has been fitted, various new pumps etc have been installed. I have a new outside tap, the loo in bed 4 now works and various other things have been done, including them sorting through the endless pile of shite here helping me understand what I should keep vs things to throw away. Massive massive thanks to @PeterW and @Nickfromwales, and @PeterW‘s mini-me Will (who consumed his body weight in Tunnock’s tea cakes). I can’t believe that Nick and Peter have never met before as they seemed like guys who had worked together for years. These guys put in more hours to fix the things here than I could have imagined possible, fuelled by bacon, beer and coffee, and some good humour, with lots of banter. 7am and they are already up swapping some things over when they didn’t finish until gone midnight last night. And Will is going to come up again to finish the other bits and pieces here when I will finally be able to say that my build is completely finished. It’s been a pretty long haul after everything that happened here. Buildhub rocks! I could never have imagined when I initially posted about my vat claim 2 months ago that it would also be the key to sorting my heating woes and other unfinished bits and pieces.
  3. 15 points
    So it’s almost 5 years since I bought my little corner of the national park and for the first time this evening after another weekend of slog I looked back at the house and thought.......shit......it’s actually beginning to look close to being finished. Then I remembered that tomorrow sees the delivery of another 120 tonnes of top soil (that’s over 500 tonnes now!) and the landscaping needs another month of graft. Oh and then there’s seeding and planting, the culvert needs building, driveway....OK just loads still to do 😂 But for just a brief moment in the evening sun I could see the finish line in the distance.
  4. 13 points
    Well folks 11 months of living in this house with hellish low humidity not to mention other problems caused by poor mvhr set up finally seem to be sorted. A week on from the change to enthalpy exchanger and rebalancing the system to the guildlines from you guys in here the house feels good to live in for me for the first time since moving in last April. Humidity in living areas running at 39-40 and bedroom at about 42. Temps pretty constant at 22.5- 23. Co2 levels up to between 500-600 as now not overventilating (I never knew there was such a thing!) The house feels much warmer and ufh is not kicking on as much. We are running on my system Level 2 (absent) which is 70% building regs and using Level 3 (living) which is 100% building regs, as bathroom boost. Level 4 blow your socks off rate is now not used. For the first time I now get what you all have been talking about with the MVHR benefit. Got the same people coming back in a few weeks to help sort out the UFH which has never been set up properly. Thank you lovely people I’m grateful for your help.
  5. 12 points
    At last, most of our scaffolding is down, 5 months later than planned. In spite of all the trauma it has been worth it. Our views are lovely and the house is looking better than I had hoped. Guttering is arriving next week & a bit of finishing to the cedar & stonework & we are nearly there. Outside anyway.
  6. 11 points
    Four days in and the front part of our drive is done Myself and my good lady have worked hard in the heat Better than rain Just about
  7. 10 points
    Or, perhaps, run it in reverse in a small, well-sealed, cupboard. You could call it a "refrigerator"... 😏
  8. 10 points
    Today was d-day for us as far as planning permission is concerned as it was the decision deadline. Approved, no amendments, exactly how it was submitted. I had hoped for the best and prepared for the worst and got the former. Now the real work begins!
  9. 10 points
    Waiting in line at the local BM. An organisation that hasn't changed from the 1990s when I first set foot in Lancashire. But I suspect it probably hasn't changed much since time began. A powerfully built but small white haired man get to the head of the queue. No neck, just muscle, shoulders the size of an American oarsman's coach. His frame must have been put together before steroids were invented. Several staff are chatting behind the counter - there's a queue, no, audience of at least 10. All builders (except me) Roofer: Riaaat mate ah want sum roofing felt: cuppla roles laaak BM You mean Vapour Control felt: how many rolls d'ya wunt? Noooo mert, ah want sum roofin felt, just'a culpa rolls laaak. The BM shop assistant, spotty, super-clean hair do, biro tattoos : 'Mum' and 'Hat', one on each forearm looks flummoxed. Well we've got [................... A series of trade names.............] Silence. Complete silence. 10 builders (and me) , Hearts almost stopped. The roofer eyes the sprog behind the counter, and cold as ice and says Maaate if yer wanna know why wimmin dunt ever cum in 'ere, it cos o' twats laaak thee mekkin me feel laak a reet prat. Ah been cummin' in ere since long afore yer dad wuz born orderin' fookin roofing felt. '..... Kin rooofin felt 'assss all. An if yer can mek me feel laak a reet prat, yer can do 't same fer wimmin. Nay wonder ya never see a wun in ere. The shop door opens, all eyes swivel (just like a pub entrance door) and in walks a large female, in dirty dungarees, severe hair cut with purple and red highlights, forearms the size of my thighs , most things pierced - the list would be too long - sporting a chunky paint-spattered watch. And clogs - proper Lancashire clogs. Two days later my tongue is still sore where I bit it .
  10. 9 points
    This week has been hard work, but for all that, there's a lot to show for it. This post is an update - much more detail to follow when things have settled down in a week or so. First of all, what's the end in mind? Have a look at this. Its roughly 10 by 10 with an internal garden (on the left hand side - the dark area is open boarding to allow air to circulate freely) The Piggery (of which more later) is the small (wire-frame image) building on the right of the image. We are using an ICF called Durisol. This shot shows a corner detail with our (as yet roofless) Piggery in the background. The blue marks show where the blocks were cut to size: and where the gap is a little bigger than finger width. A little foam was injected into those gaps. Here's a more general shot taken at about mid morning. As yet all hand laid, dry, no concrete. You can see the main contractor (Dan) framed by the the front door framework. The house fairly shot up... Here's where we'd got to by Wednesday And here's where we are today. A couple more window gaps to make, the final pour of concrete and that'll be it for the main build. Everyone walking past says something like 'Where did that come from then?' I always take the time to talk to anyone who expresses an interest. It's important to explain to locals what's happening. There's a very big anti-build atmosphere centered on the Local Plan - it has identified the A6 corridor (100 meters away) as the main area on which to achieve Wyre Borough's housing target. Why the A6? It's a little higher than the local flood plain - ie. the area west of the M6, but East of Blackpool. Lot's of development has already taken place on known flood plain area round here; and justifiably, the LPA is taking stick for it. I'm knackered. Lot's of challenges, lots of hard work, lots of satisfaction. It didn't all go smoothly. Next post, much more detail and an analysis of what issues we faced and how we solved them. The good bit? Needing to buy an SDS+ drill. (The term 'need' is correctly applied in this instance @Ferdinand )
  11. 8 points
    It did turn into a DIY demolition, as much by accident as design... We removed the roof tiles and slid them down scaffold planks that were laid on ladders, it worked very well, and they remain stored on site because we couldn't give them away. I"m sure we'll be able to use them to make some paths through the mud that is now EVERYWHERE on the site. The roof timbers were removed and are stored on site. I'll use them for various things, such as a frame for a shed etc. Then I started getting overtaken by events... A friend of mine owns a skip firm and, despite my protestations to the contrary, he was convinced that he would be able to get a 20 yard ro-ro skip up the VERY narrow lane to the site. He gave me a call a few weeks ago and told me one of his drivers would be round in a few minutes to have a look. Well, "have a look" actually meant squeezing his lorry up the lane, I had to climb up the back of the cab to lift a telegraph pole stay over the top of the ro-ro mechanism. He had inches to spare on each side but somehow he got to the end of the plot and completed a 98 point turn so he could drop the skip, the problem was that we had nowhere prepared for the skip to go so it just went straight on to the grass and after another 98 point turn he headed back out of the lane (with me lifting the telegraph pole stay again) so, after him "having a look" I had a chuffing great skip in my garden - I was somewhat bewildered but grateful. I then asked another friend who has a mini digger if he could come and lift some of the paths around the edge of the bungalow. He arrived and promptly started pushing the bungalow over, completely ignoring the footpaths! At this stage I realised that it was probably too late to worry too much about the Method Statement for the demolition which I still haven't submitted. We started loading the bungalow into the 20 yard skip and made a call to get the skip replaced. It was another nerve wracking creep up and down the lane for the skip lorry and, of course, since the first drop the weather had taken a turn for the worse and now there was much slipping and sliding of the lorry. The only solution I could see was to throw bits of bungalow under the skip lorry, which did the trick. We only had 20 minutes between the skip lorry departing full and returning to dump another empty skip during which time we threw loads more bungalow onto the grass to provide some hard standing for the skip and the lorry to manoeuvre. Yes, onto the grass, I should have called a halt. Stripped the top soil, then thrown the bungalow onto the garden and then got the skips back but I didn't, not until later, but by then the damage was done. Anyway the bungalow is now gone and the plot looks like Passchendaele.
  12. 8 points
    Well, some you win. See below. Dear Mr & Dr Simpson, I refer to the above matter (our claim) and all previous correspondence., and all of you for making the process a little less painful.Having now completion addition enquiries I am please (sic!) to confirm Insurers acceptance of the claim. The amount claimed was set out your email of 26 July in accordance with the estimate from Durisol UK in the sum of £1,298.34 inc VAT. Labour was confirmed to be free. The policy carries an excess of £250 and so the net settlement is £1,048.34. There was an element of luck in our claim, I think. Lancaster University has a full scale weather station (if you use the M6, you will have seen the windmill as you drive past the university grounds: the weather station is there). The guy who maintains the data has an office round the corner from Debbie's. His brief email (below) was important. [The wind] seems to have been averaging up to 11 m/s (~25mph) during the night. We no longer measure gusts but looking at some older data with the wind in a similar direction, you can be pretty sure it would be regularly gusting at least 1.5 times the average. From memory, it was particularly gusty, so the highest speeds may have been more like double the average. This is pretty unusual for July - especially from that direction. (Signed Dr. xyz) And the advice given in this thread. So, a big thank you to @Barney12, @JSHarris, @Stones, @Russell griffiths @Onoff and all of you for making the process a little less painful. As well as putting some lead in our pencil. A moment's reflection Without your support this claim would not have been made - we felt like shrugging and carrying on - head-down-keep-going-itis Without supporting data we would not have been able to demonstrate exceptional weather circumstances - and how many of us have direct access to a fully qualified meteorologist : and if we did would we also be in line of sight of a national level weather station? Durisol did not think hard enough before drafting their website content I'm thinking that we are lucky. Most people without access to the level of support itemised above might well have either not claimed or not had access to data to support their claim. And so failed in their application. That's why the companies win: lack of verifiable, objective data on the part of the claimant. The sheer luck of living within sight of a full-blown weather station...... I'm off to buy a decent dash cam. Any recommendations?
  13. 7 points
    ... for our visiting hedgehogs 🦔
  14. 7 points
    Feeling pretty pleased with myself as I have been dreading making this door. video-1558292016.mp4
  15. 7 points
    I had hoped we would be finished by now and I would do a photoshoot of the house, but it is dragging along. We are mainly doing landscaping and snagging. We finally have a driveway, the resin bound top still has to go on. They seem very intent on us taking a specific colour and we are suspicious that is just what they have readily available so have refused to install it until we see more samples. I hated the untidy bush along the road in front of the house, I thought it really let the place down, so I applied to build a new fence and then we tarmaced the pavement. Hopefully the neighbours are enjoying their nice new pavement. The lights are connected up on the stairs and I think they just look fantastic. Driveway, gates are also going in. Pavement and hedge before we tidied it up New pavement and fence Stairs
  16. 7 points
    You know when you are getting old, when you kneel down to do something, then ponder, "what else can I do down here before I get up"
  17. 7 points
    I only really started just after Christmas and today I finished it. A little quicker that another famous forum member. Strictly speaking it's not completely finished as I have not found the right glass screen to go between the shower and the bath. More pictures on my blog at http://www.willowburn.net/ look for the entry "main bathroom complete"
  18. 7 points
    Well that took a LOT longer than expected. I shan't bore you with writing the details of all the balls ups I had with getting the rest of the slates I needed but finally the back is slated. Now It's just the little mono pitch to slate, lead work, ridge, cast the cils, fit the windows and doors and I will be officially watertight ?
  19. 7 points
    To all you wonderful beautiful intelligent patient kind supportive blokes... I thank you! (Sorry for the rubbish photo)
  20. 7 points
    Loving this thread! I'm just waiting for the passive house police to come along (and to be frank I've seen a few posts from current and past forum members along these lines). So don't forget some of the important rules: 1. Kill the cat, cat flaps will not be tolerated. 2. Remove or reduce all windows. I know you've bought a plot with a view but seriously saving on your energy bills is way more important than a view. 3. Make sure you go paperless for ALL bills etc. There is no way you are having a postbox. 4. Bury your partner under the patio. Far too risky that they may open a window. 5. Kill the dog. Can't think of a reason why other than enjoying yourself cannot be tolerated. OK, I'm having a bit of fun BUT you are going to drive yourself to the edge of insanity doing this self build lark, nothing is more stressful. SO BUILD YOURSELF A HOME NOT A HAUSE!
  21. 6 points
    How time passes and some jobs get bumped to the back of the queue! I'd tried to get the mdf to bend and nearly had it but would have required a lot of attention to sort. Until Craig announced he'd bought curved skirting. I confess to having rolled ze eyes a bit. Until the time came to fit it. CT1 and a sharp knife. Easy as can be, tiny bit of filler required to finished the tiny gap. Jobs a good'un! I don't know how much it was and maybe don't want to know... Anyway, for future curved wallers, this is brilliant!
  22. 6 points
    When I got my property it was very neglected and in a terrible state, its going to take many years to pull it all together. I spent my life savings on it and the main reason was location location location. My dreams are endless And living in such a stunning location is very inspiring. Looking south through the shed door down the property. Looking west from top of property. Looking north 2 minutes walk from northern end of property.
  23. 6 points
    Still going. @Nickfromwales and @PeterW woz ‘ere.
  24. 6 points
    Interesting thread. However at the risk of getting stoned by the residents here...... ”Are we normal?” Do we represent the “average person”? My personal belief is a very strong “no”. We are “special (needs? )” people. We spend thousands of hours sourcing the best possible outcome at the lowest price. None of us are going to accept a “packaged” solution with a packaged price. We crave understanding, detail and cost savings. If we’re spending money we want to understand what, where and when. So, can you take our ethos and “sell “ it to others? No. Lets get really simple and split the demographics into three: 1. The “average”. They’re just not that interested. They’ll pop off and buy a house from a major developer. They care little (or more important have little desire/drivers to understand) issues like insulation levels. They’re just not going to see the value in paying the premium of your services. 2. The “rich”. Will simply go to a high end developer/contractor/retailer/supplier and buy what they want. They’ll happily be taken in by the high end showroom and ego stroking. 3. The “weird”. Yep that’s us here. We’re mavericks, despots, control freaks, suffer from immense OCD and (as we say down here in Devon) are as “tight as a ducks arse”! So were where is the niche angle? @Construction Channel already nailed it. You are simply talking about being a ‘developer’. Build houses to make a profit and that’s sounds ALOT simpler than it actually is, you’ll need some deep pockets. Ill get me coat.
  25. 6 points
    The weather's been dry and warm for a while now so I thought I'd take advantage and finally finish the front garden. The paving went well and it didn't take long laying the turf and it's easier cutting grass than weeding! We added some tubs with lavender to finish off. I'll have to finish the bathroom now, no more excuses.
  26. 6 points
    .... to jolt me into reality. Now, I'm glad the wall blew down. Here's why. In case you missed it, here's the backstory. And the analysis of why it happened. But the Loss Adjuster didn't agree (despite being a very nice man) And you might know we parted company amicably enough with our builder. My remaining 8 fingers have been sizzling over the last few days. I worked right over the weekend and looked at what I saw. Hard. Little worrying hints about this that and the other, not quite obviously wrong with the build, but probably wrong with the build. Why was most of the rebar still neatly in its place in the stillage? Is that wall 'out' by more than a country mile? Why is there quite so much shuttering? Why am I noticing and mending quite so many saw cuts in the blocks (they should be perfect)? Why did the pattern of the blocks change mid-course? (Exactly the same error-smell you get when checking a bit of JavaScript or CSS) Peering down corners showed a worrying absence of rebar Why could I see all the way to the bottom of an empty column (no concrete in it yet) of blocks in some corners, but not others? A little bell rang in my mind. What would I have done had I had been similarly worried at work? Ask for a properly constituted Professional Review, that's what. Taking courage in both hands, I rang the Durisol rep, and he came out straight away. The message was not good, not good at all. So bad in fact that I had to struggle to hold back tears. Tears of rage and disappointment. Real, cold rage. So I did what I always do when that happens, did something approaching hard work, and in doing so got really sweaty. Then talked it through. The catalogue of errors are not for telling here. I'll do a full blog about that. Long and the short of it is...... We're taking the house down. I kid you not. Block by block, course by course. We've taken a good 6 feet of it down today, more to come down on Friday. The build restarts on Monday, and ought to be finished Thursday of next week. Know what? I am soooooooo relieved. There were several patches of good work, but lots of bad workmanship. Just bloody laziness and lack of care. Enough to make one suspect that much of it needs ripping out and doing again. And that feels strangely 'dirty', sort of disgusting, revolting even. A careful still and video evidence trail has been created with official written assessments of the work done to date to follow. New blocks ordered and on their way up here. If we had concreted on time, we would never have seen the errors, never seen the cockups, never seen the stuff-it-I-couldn't-careless about building to a line or a plumb line. The blown over wall did us a favour. We would have first realised something was wrong when the cracks started in the corners...... You know the kind of thing. And then where would we have been, bills paid and settling in to a few sunsets on the terrace? Thank God it blew over. So, a quiet pint is in order. Debbie, if you are reading this, we're off down the Patten Arms. Ian
  27. 6 points
    The plastic fittings are used to direct the airflow away from an area, To use them you need to screw the valve out by approx 80% and slide into the slots on the top of the valve, when commissioning the system you adjust the valve, lock with locknut and fit valve in the desired direction. Gary BPC Ventilation
  28. 6 points
    I have led such a boring life.... I think I will go and do some building, oh hang on its a Sunday so I will have to do it very quietly. PS Welcome back to THE forum - well on the way now to emulating the hitch-hikers guide to the galaxy of all things " building, renovation and self-build " EG: "The build hub guide to the galaxy describes forum members as generally somewhat demented humans who have led otherwise interesting lives on the plant earth but have fallen into building what they euphemistically call dwellings on this plant. The members have a number of rituals that must be performed at regular intervals including out boasting their exploits with their partners such as what they did on their honeymoon, (- a short time spent doing stuff you didn't used to be able to do until you were 'married' but which is now so much practised before marriage that the whole idea of a honey moon has, in the opinion of your editor been entirely devalued) and what they gave as gifts for Christmas (- a short lived celebration requiring the giving and receiving of unwanted gifts as a mechanism for rebalancing out the planets mass because it results in lots of objects being moved from on side of the plant earth to the other). Although such dwellings are designed to keep out the weather, ( - a topic often discussed among the peoples of planet earth), they are no defence against the Vogon destructor fleet that is at this very moment receiving orders to clear a space for the pan galactic highway that will involve the planets destruction. Destruction that is only assuming that the galactic planning authority grants the necessary permissions, insurances are in place, the DHW supply scheme is finalised, the bath surround design is complete and all 'party universe' agreements have been ratified - all of which ensures that although the Vogons are ready and waiting with their DIGGER ( - suggestions please) the highway, like so many others planned by the powers that rule the galaxy, will not be built and the forum will carry on productively using up my time ED."
  29. 6 points
  30. 6 points
    c'mon @Onoff, Why would he go in to the reason it closed (and yes i will vouch it had nothing to do with Jeremy) the podcast was about building, not forums and their politics. From a few of your posts it seems you have got something against Jeremy and i hope it is only because you were under the impression that he was the reason Ebuild closed (which you were wrong about, but that may be out fault for not discussing it a huge amount outside the foundation group), Either way whats wrong with a bit of self promotion, Everybody knows that is the sole reason I Joined Ebuild, it might not be the reason i have stayed so long but there is no hiding the fact if i wasn't trying to get the youtube channel which i have put a fair amount of work into "promoted" to a wider audience. None of you would have ever met me. Chin up Jeremy, Harsh comments get me down as well, not so much here but on my videos, they hurt a lot more than they should and i don't know why, probably because i am only trying to help and it seems very ungrateful that some people say the things they do. either way I think you did the right thing by commenting, There is nothing wrong with a good old bit of arguing back IMO Ed
  31. 5 points
    Thought I would post a few photographs of the finished room. We love it and the OH made a brilliant light/mirror after seeing what we could get for £140. luckily it was broken so we sent it back and he made his own. it has a sensor at the top, LED lights around the sides and the toothbrush holder is on the right. The shower itself is great. Aqualisa with a control as you enter so no more cold wet arms. Its is brilliant. And it didnt even take that long to do - a few months........
  32. 5 points
    No just not true. If like the vast majority of members here you play nice then your posts don't get subjected to any kind of moderation. It's in the terms and conditions that you signed up to when you joined this forum that if you post something which doesn't adhere to these rules then it gets moderated. It's that simple.
  33. 5 points
    We finally received the damaged doors and trims from Nolte and was able to get the quarts worktops on
  34. 5 points
    I thought this might be useful for people looking for fitted wardrobes. Most of our bedrooms have wardrobes with the same doors as the our room doors, but our bedroom had a dressing room that needed fitted furniture. I see this all the time in various show homes but didn't know where to buy it. As we struggled to find it we did get quotes from a couple of people - Sharp's and someone the builder knew. These were roughly £11,000 and £10,000. I just wasn't prepared to pay this, basically it is 4 double wardrobes, 2 singles and 2 chests of drawers (I changed it to 3 when I built it). No way was I paying over £1000 per item, it is ridiculous. Anyway I had found two companies on line that allow you to order fitted furniture cut to size. I was a bit concerned about using these as I wasn't sure about the quality and particularly I was worried about getting the measurements wrong. In the end I just decided to get on with it and the builder's joiners fitted them. They look great and they cost around £6000 compared to the £10000+ quotes I had, still not cheap but a lot more reasonable. That's about £4500 for the cabinetry and then the fitting, I could have done most of it myself but simply don't have time. The company I used was https://www.diyhomefit.co.uk The other one I found was https://www.larkandlarks.co.uk The second would have been a little cheaper but I just felt better about the first and they were a little more flexible. They also had 2400mm tall wardrobes that I thought would fill the space better. It is very heavy, the drawers and wardrobe backs are all 18mm board. The handles still have to be fitted and I decided to get some kind of granite top to finish it off nicely.
  35. 5 points
    Hi All I'm not sure if this is common knowledge or has been posted before. The National Library of Scotland has available for online viewing historic maps covering all of Britain. Just type in your place name or postcode etc and it will zoom into the area and show you the available old OS plans for the area. These are also available for sale in print. If you have a look be prepared to lose a couple of hours looking at every place you have ever lived as it is quite compelling. https://maps.nls.uk/geo/find/#zoom=5&lat=56.0000&lon=-4.0000&layers=102&b=1&point=0,0
  36. 5 points
    Hi All I'm looking at doing my second self build. Which will be a traditional new build. I did a listed barn conversion 18 years ago. I must hold my hands up to a bit more knowledge than that though as I worked in technical depts. in some of the national house builders for 20 years. Most knowledge is of traditional brick/block construction, plus a bit of timber frame. I have done pretty much every site abnormal known though. I have precious little practical experience in renewables, but did a little PV roofing about 15 years ago. From experience more innovation is done by the self build "crowd" than any of the national builders!
  37. 5 points
    Just re-reading this and it isn't clear from my last couple of posts that I put in the code to make cooling mode accessible on our ASHP last week. I may have mentioned it on another thread. Having now had another few days with the UFC on during this hot weather, I'm absolutely certain it's having a significant effect on the temperature upstairs, despite all the cooling being downstairs. I reckon downstairs has been sitting at a very comfortable 20-21 deg C for the last few days (ASHP outputting a temperature of 16 deg C during the day - I'm just manually turning it on for most of the day while the sun is up so the PV is powering it). The temperature upstairs at the end of the day has fallen from, I guess, 26-27 deg C a few days ago to maybe 22-23 deg C last night, despite how hot it's been. Doesn't sound like much, but trying to sleep in 22 deg C compared to 26 deg C is a very different experience. In any event, I'm sold on underfloor cooling as a solution for at least knocking the edges off extreme overheating once all the passive design features have been optimised. I think that if we just get external blinds installed on our bedroom windows and install the remote blind we have sitting in the garage for our rooflight, we'll have the problem completely licked for next year.
  38. 5 points
    I clad my house with cedar. I used grade no. 2 clear and better which had no knots. These pictures are of the north side of the house with a gap of around five years between them. We bought the cladding from the local timber yard who machined it to my specifications.
  39. 5 points
    Watching my wife try to use a cordless drill to drive in screws is one of the most frustrating things I've ever experienced. When you've been doing it for decades you don't even have to think about squaring it up, how hard to push at what point to avoid cam-out, etc, but it takes time to learn those things. I was there the first time my wife tried and I had to leave the room in the end. It was that or murder (touch and go whose murder, to be fair).
  40. 5 points
    I am just utterly gobsmacked (for want of a better phrase) for all you are doing for me. The reaction was purely to that message. @Ferdinand's "Master of all Trades" is starting tomorrow to get my existing house ready for marketing. @PeterW & crew and @Nickfromwales and crew are sorting out my internal works - to what extent I am not yet sure as there seems to be more and more. Never has a disaster (for me) been turned into a positive experience in my life before. DIY SOS has nothing on this. There is no free advertising, no tv fame, and (thank god) no Nick Knowles. These are just people who I have got to know on buildhub over a brief period of time who have surpassed any expectations of the help I hoped for when I joined this forum. I am forever in the debt of all you. And to those who have reached out on an emotional level. Initially, practical help was the last thing on my mind. I was utterly, devastated, sick to the stomach, scared and in full panic mode. Family and friends didn't really understand and were, in general, sympathetic in a condescending way, leading to me feeling even more stupid and pathetic. Only on here were there people who know what it is like to be in this situation - or similar. I'm not sure where I'd be if it wasn't for this forum but I wouldn't be where I am now. Aware that I won't have quite the house I was planning or anything like the pension pot I was counting on. BUT I will have a house that meets my needs and I won't be bankrupt. Thank you Buildhub - You are all amazing
  41. 5 points
    From that I guess you’ve not been in a TF factory or manufacturer ...?? Construction of mainstream TF isn’t glamourous - it’s not all HufHaus and soya lattes ... Depending on what you are building then both have their merits although if 3 blokes turned up on my site in a tatty transit the first question would be where’s your CICS cards and PPE.... which means they have been on training thankfully which should hopefully save their lives ... I suppose it all depends on what you want as an end result ..?
  42. 5 points
    This week - knowing there was less than £3k for me to pay to get to the agreed endpoint. I have been incredibly impressed with how BB and crew have pulled out all the stops to meet their commitments. I'm struggling not to feel guilty - but there have been many weeks when I have paid day rate x 20 (4 men 5 days) for what has amounted to be 2 men 2 - 3 days actual work. (bearing in mind my lounge looks out over the building site and I have a good idea how much time was spent on phones and or just standing around chatting) I have had a minimum of 5 workers here every day. 8 until 6 Monday to Wednesday. 7 - 6 Thursday, 6 - 6.30 Friday and 6 - 6.30 today. I did make them bacon butties this morning and pizza this evening - Oh and I gave them beer last night. BB is coming back next week to add a couple of cavity closures. He has left me a pallet of bricks for my retaining wall, and spares of nearly everything else. For now, I have a nearly clear site, and a finished shell. Next stop soffits fascias etc and then doors and windows
  43. 5 points
    There was an extensive and involved thread on this last year: https://forum.buildhub.org.uk/topic/2376-principal-designer-role/ And a good summary of the thread by @recoveringacademic, here: https://forum.buildhub.org.uk/topic/2514-cdm-2015-and-the-domestic-client/
  44. 5 points
    Most of our stuff gets washed at 30, but proper dirty work and gardening stuff gets done at 40 or higher (hubby's overalls are covered in oil and grease at the end of a busy week). I occasionally do an empty run through with the machine on a boil wash to get rid of all the gunk that builds up. The tumble dryer gets used if I'm in a hurry, but in the winter we have an open coal fire and I put the drying rack in front of it overnight and that takes care of most things. I don't mind a crispy towel, myself, saves on using a loofah in the shower.
  45. 5 points
    And hide the kettle ..... you don’t want it looking lived in ..! I would get a copy of @JSHarris letter and edit it and print a copy of it and hand it to the person as they leave ... there is no right of access then without your agreement and they will know you mean business.... Oh, and don’t forget to enforce the legal boots/hard hat/PPE rules and follow it yourself too..!
  46. 5 points
    Good days work today. Granite dry fitted. Turns out it's not to bad to work with. Just used a 4.5'' grinder with a diamond blade and a plant sprayer to keep it wet.
  47. 5 points
    The roof is finished! Hurrah!! I'm not doing that again. FAR to much like hard work. Actually there is still the porch to slate once it's built but I think I can cope with a couple of m2!
  48. 5 points
    So here's the South roof. The result of 3 days work by me and two friends. If you combined the knowledge of all three of us then I reckon you'd be half way to a pro roofer Actually one of the guys has done a lot of roofing but he's a bit agricultural, took me ages to convince him to use slate and half, he said it was fussy crap Note that we decided to scrap the sticky flashing stuff supplied with the GSE solar trays and instead went for lead. I think it was the right decision in our exposed position. I really don't like the way the flashing trays 'kick' the slates at the sides and top but if you install them to spec then there is nothing you can do about it. But I'm probably being fussy! If you're very observant you'll notice the colour difference on the slates below the solar PV. That's because even with two coats of patina oil as soon as it rained it chucked white residue all over the slates so I decided to clean it off. How did we do?
  49. 5 points
    you have made such a nice job of that i recon you could turn your hand to almost anything....... have you considered fitting bathrooms?
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