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  1. jamieled

    Wood fibre board as sarking?

    @ProDave thanks, that's helpful. At the moment we're planning on using structural fibreboard externally that is only ~15mm. I don't need it any thicker as the frame is already wide enough for the target u value. It has the same racking strength as OSB.
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    Wood fibre board as sarking?

    I am finalising my building warrant application information. The original wall build up uses an i-beam frame with a structural wood fibre board on the external face. I had planned to do this on both wall and roof. The structural engineer has now asked me why we're not having sarking boards, but I (perhaps in a slightly misinformed manner) assumed that the fibre board could act as sarking. Clearly I need to discuss this with the engineer. I know a few others on here have made use of wood fibre board on external walls, but has anyone used it to replace traditional timber sarking boards?
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    uPVC window suppliers- recommendations?

    Have you considered Norscot? Someone suggested them to us, but we're not at that stage yet. Have an outlet in Inverness I think. https://www.norscotwindows.co.uk/windows-doors/window-materials/upvc-windows/
  4. I think some LA's have guidance on this related to privacy - worth checking with yours if you haven't already.
  5. It does seem a bit variable. They seemed happy with us not having a soakaway and I hadn't bothered to prove that one wouldn't work (although it won't due the water table in winter), only that the alternative would meet the regs. Their email to me made no reference to needing to consider a soakaway, only that the discharge from our system needed to meet the relevant standards.
  6. The regulatory agencies tend not have preferences for this sort of thing as they are overly worried about liability. However with a tested treatment plant it's clearly much easier to prove requirements are going to be met. In Scotland SEPA only seem to be concerned with meeting BOD and Ammonia standards with no obvious preference as to how that happens. We have a more unusual setup planned involving an aquatron and reed bed. It was accepted on the basis of us showing the design would meet discharge requirements.
  7. I have seen a couple where the effluent gets treated in a reed bed instead of a leach field. Clearly to do it without pumping requires a certain topography.
  8. In Scotland SEPA still allow you to register a new septic tank.
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    Intake for a private water supply

    @JSHarris there are separate private water supply regs in Scotland and I've not yet come across a private supply here that the local environmental health officer didn't want tested at planning application stage (in order to understand what, if any treatment is required). Following construction, it is as you note above - commercial premises or multiple houses on the same private supply that need routine testing . Interesting about the ozone injection - I'll look into it some more as I'd not considered it, but I suspect your supply (in microbiological terms) is a bit healthier than ours. For anyone else needing water testing in Scotland, I'd recommend using the Scottish Water labs. They have a logistics service if you need it for transporting samples (you can just drop off at the labs but there's only two)and it's a lot cheaper than the LA or commercial lab. Our tests were around £50 each for a fairly broad range of parameters.
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    Intake for a private water supply

    It may well be possible to bury the drum so I'll have a think. Around here it's a condition of PP that treatment is installed and I think may well be the case nationally as I've done a few private water supply assessments in a professional capacity. In our case it will involve a three stage cartridge filter to remove the bits, an iron filter and a UV filter.
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    Intake for a private water supply

    Thanks both, food for thought. I'd need to modify this a bit for working in our burn as it's quite flashy, lots of cobbles and boulder movement which will need considered as I think something that big will get a bit battered quite quickly. But the responses so far are making me think a DIY approach is the way I'll go.
  12. I'm currently looking at starting to install our water supply, and so ordering the bits and bobs I need. It will be fairly simple - a blue MDPE pipe from the burn to a storage tank above the house and then another MDPE pipe to the treatment for the house. I'm having trouble remembering the name of (and therefore sourcing) a bit for the intake. This will be the end of the submerged MDPE pipe in the burn. I know this as an intake rose, but builders merchants and an online search are not coming up with anything useful. It's essentially a perforated metal cylinder attached to the end of the pipe, to minimise vortexing, but mainly to minimise the ingress of any large debris. Has anyone got anything similar - if so by what name do you know it and where did you get it from?
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    OS Map Requirement For Work on TPO'd Tree

    For our tree plans (we haven't got tpo's but needed some mapped plans) we use licenced OS mapping as we had it for other work. If you go down that road then emapsite is quite economical. However, I'm pretty sure that you can use OS Opendata at that scale if you need to. It needs a license statement but it's a public license so no cost.
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    Grid Connection

    @GrantMcscott do you know where they're taking the supply from and what exactly the 12k covers (i.e. is from an 11kv/33kv line, wayleaves involved, road works etc?). It's not far off (slightly cheaper) than my SSE quote.
  15. +1 in not having ensuites. I know a lot of people love them but I'm with you on the cleaning, although I think they're just generally unnecessary and add additional cost where it isn't needed (for us). I suspect it's one of those things where once someone's experienced them they'll find it hard to go back, but I can't honestly remember thinking I've needed one (and that includes big shared houses).