curlewhouse

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    I'm Glen Graham. I'm also on the Green building Forum in the name Numenius. Joined that several years ago and forgot about it then joined eBuild and now Buildhub in the name of our proposed new house "curlewhouse" - so am on 2 forums in 2 different names but not deliberately! Only realised when I went to "join" BGF and discovered I already did a few years ago!
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  1. My account holding branch tried to tell me I can only buy from that branch. For various reasons another branch is far more convenient to me so I popped in one day and asked if it was true I can't use my account there - needless to say, it wasn't true and indeed I got the exact same price there.
  2. curlewhouse

    Bit of a rant!

    Yep, had this happen to me. In the field I work in I have had these "leaning on the counter" types offering unasked for advice not realising they've probably read about me too 😁. Not saying we know it all of course, but probably more than someone who spends his day leaning on the counter in a shop he doesn't work in 😁
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    Bit of a rant!

    Yes, after using the SLR and sterling I was hugely. Impressed with the accuracy and weight difference of the later SA80s - but as a left hander it was a complete pain in the backside to have to learn to shoot wrong handed (for those who don't know,you cannot shoot it left handed) & I was never as fast or quite as accurate (though admittedly could still hit a fig 11 somewhere vital every time,but those milliseconds difference could have cost me dear one day). With owning my own civilian rifles I agree, the military stamped metal and plastic feels very wrong, but it works I suppose.
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    Brexit ( sorry mentioned it )

    Living only a few miles from the Scottish border, during the independence vote I did wonder about potential "import" opportunities for the likes of whisky if we ended up with a customs border 😁. As regards the Brexit thing, I notice at one point months ago Jamie Oliver was even blaming the closure of some of his restaurants on it 😁 - So no doubt every business failure, price change, toast falling face down, stubbed toe, flat tyre etc will be blamed on Brexit when/if it happens. 😁 It will be used as a convenient excuse for hiking prices, bad governance or flawed business plans etc. (I remember bulk vegetable oil went up during Gulf war 1 - when I enquired with the supplier they said "it's because the war is about oil - I kid you not! ...and this wasn't after the harvest when fuel oil prices might have risen) I do worry that the media being the way it is and only seeing bad news as "news", any positives will probably not be reported - and repeated bad news tends to lower confidence and become self-fulfilling. Oh for balanced reporting (on many issues, not just this one).
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    Spirit level recommendation please

    Stabila for me. Bought a full set of them for the build - stupid shop sent them wrapped in polythene only as "protection" and the 1800 one had been severely bent in transit - I mean visibly bent ! The others were ok and I ended up just buying one from wickes which has also stayed absolutely true (I check them against each other from time to time) despite much use.
  6. I know why this is - when I used to sell car parts online, Royal Mail refused to send brake pads by air saying brake pads are prohibited on aircraft...(making the "special next day delivery" I paid for to one of the Scottish islands then take longer than normal mail would have done 😠 ) . In reply I asked them what they stop their own planes with, "an anchor thrown out the back?" ... they didn't reply 😁 . So You must have been on one of the special planes royal mail uses which cannot have brakes 😁
  7. I see Wickes is now offering immediate* access to their trade card if you show them your B&Q tradepoint card. Since B&Q now want you to spend x amount the month before to get a discount, I noted their tradepoint Facebook page was full of posts from trade people saying "goodbye B&Q, hello Wickes" (or words to that effect). I have to say that although I've now got the wickes card (*their sign saying "start saving today" is false as they won't sign you up that day. I had an argument in store pointing out that the woman was stood beside the sign saying "start saving today" by showing us your B&Q tradepoint card, but they refused to do it - even when I got their head office to ring them, who told them to do it they still refused and said I must go home and sign up! Anyway, B&Q Tradepoint card is accepted as proof of trade status for wickes to issue their own trade card (10% discount on everything even on top of other discounts) but may be worth doing before you intend to purchase in case you get staff like I did who refuse to sign you up that day. Was considering reporting their ad to ASA actually, as their joining system means you cannot start saving that day, but since I got the card eventually albeit after 3 phone calls chasing it up, I really can't be bothered 😁. It makes their deals on for instance cement way better than my usual BMs, but ensure you sign up at least 24 hours before you intend to purchase as you'll have to wait for a temporary code to be sent until your card is despatched.
  8. curlewhouse

    Bit of a rant!

    Yep. My 1984 landrover with different coloured doors probably does the same 😁
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    Neighbours

    With unhelpful neighbours take comfort in the knowledge that karma always comes into play. At our last house (semi detached) our neighbours did daily DIY ..... for 4 years! Even when we asked nicely for the odd day of respite when my wife (a nurse) had been working a 12 hour nightshift and needed to sleep they declined and just kept going (he's retired so it wouldn't have been an issue to give us 1 day off) This guy used tools like no one else - to knock a nail in was bang (wait 5 seconds) bang (wait 5 seconds ) and so on - sawing was the same ! The suspense waiting for the next bang or saw action was part of the torture. Anyway, we sold up and don't actually have close neighbours now, and I had to laugh when I heard that the the guy we sold it to has all night parties and even plays loud music during the day such that it can be heard over100 metres away even *outside* - oh the irony 😂 . As they say ,"karmas a bitch" 😁
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    Knees.....

    I've noticed that since starting the self build, pretty much everything aches, and realised that it's a shame that by the time most of us can afford to self build, the 20-30 year old body which would have been ideal for it is well beyond that sell by age and a bit knackered 😁.
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    Bit of a rant!

    Snap. Ive tried to do it without sounding as if I'm just being mean, but I made a.point of telling builders etc from the start that "unlike Grand Designs" I've no extra money - not £1000, not £100, but I could stretch to 50p over your quoted price at a push 😁. I call the idea that all self builders have a secret £100k in their back pocket "the grand designs effect" - as the folks shown on there always seem to pull money out of thin air whem overbudget and I honestly think it's led to various people thinking we can all do that (and therefore they want a slice).
  12. I had this requirement for "fall bags" from.our supplier in the documentation (though in our case I also had to pay for the crane, a generator etc. The crane came with its own outrigger plates, which I'd totally expect. ) - I drew a blank on where to hire the fall bags and rang the (SIPs) supplier for advice who said .... "they are for when we're unloading the wagon and we normally dont bother with them" ! I actually felt that as the guys employers *they* should be supplying what is in effect PPE really anyway. Either way, no one was daft enough to fall off the lorry on the day.
  13. Yes, I think all us "amateur" builders on this forum know better than to do what those "professionals" do on those mass builds! Its shocking really when you think how much people hand over for those houses. An ex colleague of mine had a brother who is a joiner - he walked off the site of one of the biggest housebuilders in this country as he said he was ashamed to be made to do such poor quality work any longer!
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    Grand designs

    Indeed - there seems to be an ever increasing amount of evidence now that our gut flora is responsible for way more than just processing our food. There's some fascinatingly promising research going on right now in that field.
  15. Here's a bathroom on a mass-builder built estate. It's thought that all the bathrooms on that estate will be built the same way. Given what people pay it's outrageous. Learning what I have over the years we were planning to self build, then observing what I see on new housing estates as they are built has left me of the firm opinion that the mass builders are simply legalised scammers.