• Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


DavidFrancis last won the day on September 27 2016

DavidFrancis had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

37 Neutral

About DavidFrancis

  • Rank
    Regular Member

Personal Information

  • About Me
    Not building a new house. Have a rubble stone house with a 1970s flat-roof extension and spend a fair bit of time on maintenance and small/medium sized improvements.

    Barely done any DIY until moving into this house, so find this site a useful way of improving my knowledge.

    Watch far too many TV programmes on building/renovating houses and like the idea of doing a self-build but the stress would probably give me a nervous breakdown.
  • Location
    South-west Lancashire

Recent Profile Visitors

1,228 profile views
  1. Well I'd be interested to hear more details on your build and see some pictures!
  2. We can get BT's Full Fibre 100 for £40/month. Don't need it, though. Can get Full Fibre 900 for £60/month. Quite suprised. Two or three weeks ago at the in-laws I managed to cut through an OpenReach copper cable with hedge clippers as a fibre cable had been added to the pole and someone moved the copper cable but left it loose just inside the bottom of the hedge. Had to spend 40 minutes going down the lane apologising for the loss of service, and half of them had full fibre (which I hadn't cut through).
  3. DavidFrancis

    More work photos

    Remarkable. You have my great respect.
  4. Perhaps 19mm battens were used on the old section and 25mm ones on the new roof?
  5. DavidFrancis

    More work photos

    What bits of the build, if any, have you not done yourself?
  6. Don't know enough to answer your question. But in your position and I wanted to keep the cost down, I'd be tempted to fill the cracks with bitumen mastic and then repaint. Probably cost less than £50.
  7. Hard to say with much certainty from the pictures, but the roof could have been painted with solar reflective paint that has now worn off in large parts. If it is that paint, it might look OK with a couple more coats.
  8. Pretty sure he means "Manufacturer's Instructions".
  9. @Nod - "have used" or "have NOT used"?
  10. I made a planked roof for one of our stores about 5 and a half years ago. It leaked from the beginning, so I had to put a bit of DPM or something underneath. This is what it looks like now. Bit different from Temp's picture! (The plywood's there because there's too much splashback at one end)
  11. I've seen a lot of Onduline-type stuff sagging badly round our way. No idea if any of it was supported properly. I wouldn't be suprised if most of it wasn't.
  12. Many thanks for all the extra info. I wonder if the costs should be £35-£54 per metre squared? Looks like a very interesting build. This is purely idle curiosity: from the picture of your other half and daughter sitting on the top of your internal frame it looks like you're going to have two walls, one on either side of your steel posts. If that's right, what kind if wall thickness will you end up with? And will you be putting some kind of waterproof cover over your internal frame, or are you trusting the external fame. Either way, you're going to have one hell of a lot of storage space above!
  13. Looks like you've got insulated roof panels. What u value do those particular ones have and do you mind my asking how much they cost per m2. I'd find any other info interesting too. Like whether you bought them direct or through an intermediary. Were there any difficulties with the size of your order which might be smaller than the average. You said you did the roof yourselves. How hard was that? Thanks in advance.
  14. We had smart meters installed several years ago at the request of our supplier at that time. And even then they sent a meter reader around to double check the readings. None of our subsequent suppliers have been able to collect readings remotely, but I think the newer meters will allow this. In my opinion smart meters won't help you to reduce your bills unless you really want to reduce them, and then you could probably get most of the savings by using a plug-in power monitor (costs about a tenner) and a modicum of common sense. The in-home display did allow me to double-check the consumption of some ceiling lights, the oven and the security alarm, though. Might have saved a few quid.
  15. My Titan/Screwfix one stops faster. Pretty much instant.