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About DavidFrancis

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    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.
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  1. DavidFrancis

    Spacing between gutter brackets

    Just picking up on @PeterW's comment in your other thread, I've used two types of Floplast gutter and on both needed to trim the edge off the actual gutter to get it to fit in the plain brackets/union brackets. Beware.
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    Timber stain

    Another user of Sadolin Classic on what is, effectively, a large fascia. Been on nearly seven years and was thinking of doing another coat this summer on the exposed face. The sheltered face still looks fine.
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    Housing market outlook worst 'for 20 years

    The actual RICS press release doesn't seem as "traumatic" as the BBC's take on it. See https://www.rics.org/uk/news-insight/latest-news/press-releases/residential-market-survey-december-2018/ And price expectations for NW England are still on the rise, so you're OK!
  4. Been watching a few of these recently. It's a US series where, I think, they usually look at renovations, but the last series on Home has been a new factory-made house. I find it far more interesting than the UK series as they go into some detail on many aspects of the build. For example, showing you how to lay out and attach shingles (not that I can ever imagine wanting to use shingles!). They can do this as they cover each job over a number (many?) programmes. The house in the current series was wrapped in Raindrop 3D, which Kingspan don't seem to sell in the UK. This appears to allow you to clad directly on to it (without using battens), as its surface has drainage channels. On another programme I've seen them using a plastic mesh over a membrane rather than battens. Last week they poured the walls of an open-sided basement and unless I misheard they shuttered and poured all in one day. They used reusable shuttering. Terminology is different too. Building code rather than regulations, R values rather than U values, different term for MVHR (but can't remember what). It looks like Home may not be showing any more in the current run, but I've watched some from season 40 online. PS I have absolutely nothing to do with the programmes, UKTV, or Kingspan. Just found them interesting and could find only one very specific reference to them on here
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    TF - soundproofing and loadbearing

    @scottishjohn nod is referring to Metsec studs, not British Gypsum ones. Look at their web site - they do structural studs.
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    Electricity heating conundrum!

    Why not turn off the hot water tank for an extended period to see what happens. I used to turn off my combi in the summer and used a kettle for washing up water. The washing machine can probably heat the water it needs. (Used to shower at the gym/swimming pool in case anyone is concerned!)
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    Quick check, please..... wallplate

    If you put a wall plate on the end wall you won't be able to fit the posi-joist to that wall, as the plate will then be in the way, from what I remember. If you moved the plate along so that it abuts the end wall, would the resulting 50mm(?) gap in the middle cause a problem? But couldn't you just fit the last joist to the end of the plate as it currently stands? Aren't you putting 18mm OSB on top? It's not going to flex with a 50mm overhang, especially with a whole load of PIR on top of that. And the roof's not going to have any load on it except for someone up there clearing the drain hole!
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    The Build - plaster boarding and insulation

    I've wondered about that too!
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    Thanks @nod What about the doors themselves - and even the metal framing?
  10. @AliMcLeodwhen I switched to Bulb they were the cheapest decently-rated supplier that MSE listed. But Bulb were going to increase our direct debit by 20-odd quid (a month) in November so I checked-out MSE again and I think the BG deal was the second cheapest of those suppliers that had a customer service rating, so the boiler cover is more-or-less free. I had a big problem with BG about 10 years ago and I've seen horror stories since, so I know I'm taking a bit of a gamble.
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    @nod where did you get the parts from? I'm probably going to have to make up a replacement built-in wardrobe in the next few months and I live not far from you. Thanks
  12. I've just switched to the British Gas deal (referred to above) as it includes "free" boiler cover and our boiler is now 16 years old and has not been particularly reliable. Don't know if Bulb will still do the cashback for me!?
  13. We've been with Bulb since July. No problems so far. From what I remember they've only got one tariff and it's variable, and we're soon to get a price increase. If you like the look of them I think I have a cashback link which would get you more than switching by a comparison web site. This would also get me something, though!
  14. I used to be an insurance broker many years ago and I wouldn't be suprised if the insurers are relucant to cover any losses. I've just looked at an Aviva policy, purely as an example, and without "accidental damage" cover I'd say their policy wouldn't cover these kinds of electrical damage losses and even their accidental damage extension has an exclusion of "electrical or mechanical breakdown". If the original cause of the problems was a fire, an explosion, a falling tree etc then the cover should operate, but for a faulty connection somewhere, there maybe a problem claiming. Not all policies are the same, but in this area I think they are mainly pretty similar. But I did leave the business 30 years ago, so I could be talking out of my posterior.
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    According to the government's latest fire statistics, about half of all dwelling fires start in kitchens, so if you're thinking about where to place an extinguisher then in or near the kitchen would be good. May be of interest to Lizzie: smoke alarms failed to operate (or failed to raise the alarm - not sure of the distinction) in about 30% of dwelling fires, but only 20% of mains-powered alarms failed, whereas 40% of battery-powered ones failed (mostly because the battery was either missing or defective). See https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/650926/detailed-analysis-fires-attended-fire-rescue-england-hosb1617.pdf About 8% of fire fatalities come from candle fires and 35% from "smokers materials", so if you use neither your chances of dying in a fire are much improved!