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  1. @zoe61 - the strings are 38mm thick and 250mm deep and the treads are 50mm thick. It looks quite 'chunky' and solid which is the look that we wanted. There is no movement at all in the stairs or glass, however be aware that the glass is extremely heavy. There are lots more photos if you look on the Ashington Timber and Joinery Facebook page.
  2. A local joiner has just made and fitted a staircase for me. The glass balustrade is 'bolted' to the stringer. The glass is 15mm toughened, there is absolutely no movement or flex in the glass. A small handrail was fitted to the top of the glass which adds some overall rigidity, however the handrail is really intended to keep the glass from getting marked with loads of greasy / sticky finger marks.There are a lot of photos on the joiner's Facebook page, I have attached a link to the photos which give a lot more detail.
  3. I have used XL Joinery veneered Oak doors. To be on the safe side I contacted the Technical Dept at XL in view of their 'do not use oil' warning.They advised that it was quite acceptable to use the Osmo Door Oil on their doors.
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    Paving

    @nod Thank you. Marshalls have an E-Bay outlet that appears to sell their end of line stuff, will have to start checking out some prices.
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    Paving

    Just weighing up the merits of block paving compared to Indian sandstone. I need somewhat over 200 square metres and am leaning towards block paving as I am assuming that it will be easier to lay. I suspect that laying on a bed of sand will be easier / quicker than bedding slabs on cement and having to point all the joints. Just out of interest @nod which pavers have you chosen and why did you source them from Ireland?
  6. I wouldn't be too sure about that. I had one complaint from a neighbour during my build. It was about 9.30am on a Sunday morning and he complained that I had woken him up. A few days later I received a letter from the Environmental Health Dept at local council stating that they had received a complaint about my 'activities'. The letter went on to warn me that I was only allowed to work on the site from 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday; 8.00am to 1.00pm on a Saturday and no work at all on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The letter listed a number of 'penalties' if I failed to comply. Although it annoyed me at the time, I did try to save all my 'quiet' jobs for weekends.
  7. I ordered the grade 13 stainless hinges mentioned above, door handle sets and flush bolts from Ironmongery Direct. All appear to be good quality. I had previously signed up with Ironmongery Direct for their Newsletter and a few days later they sent me a voucher for a discount of 30% off my first order which saved me a couple of hundred pounds. Also worth checking with joiner, if he is routing out the hinge rebates, that he has the right size jig as some hinges are 4" and others are 102mm. This can lead to a poor fitting if the wrong jig is used.
  8. i have just fitted 22 of these doors both solid and glazed and they look really great. i am very happy with the quality of the doors, which I sourced through a local timber merchant, (who matched online prices). I have used 2 coats of Osmo Door Oil which is easy to apply. XL Joinery confirmed that the Osmo Door Oil was suitable for these doors..Would have no hesitation in recommending both the doors and the Osmo Door oil.
  9. Apologies, I forgot to add the link! Cost is £37.52 and it even includes a corner chisel! ☺️. https://www.toolstation.com/hinge-jig/p77813
  10. I recently used this hinge jig from Toolstation to cut hinge rebates on 23 doors and linings (3 hinges per door). It worked very well and is much cheaper than the Trend referred to above. You just need to be careful to get the right size hinge as some are 4 inches and others are 102mm. The (small) difference is visible when the hinge is fitted if you get the wrong size.
  11. A friend and I moved all our beams using 2 of what I would call 'sack barrows'. Start positioning the beams on the foundations nearest the point to where the beams have been delivered. You need some blocks to space the beams and infill as you go.This gives you a level and smooth floor for moving the beams and just work your way across the whole floor. Pretty straightforward and no heavy lifting gear needed.
  12. I wonder if anyone who is using the UFH system for slab cooling can advise on any changes that are needed to the usual control system. I will be having a gas boiler, individual room stats and the usual UFH wiring centre. My (basic) understanding is that UFH pumps, room stats and boiler are all controlled via the wiring centre. If this is the case how can the circulating pumps be controlled / switched on without the boiler firing up.I would be grateful if anyone can point me to a wiring diagram showing this as I still have time to add any additional wiring that may be needed.
  13. That's great progress in a week. I was past on Wednesday and saw the 'Readymix' wagon on site. It is always a good feeling to actually make a start after all the months of planning and preparation. Hope all goes well for the future stages.
  14. I have the De Walt DC692 and am very pleased with it, although it is slightly heavier than the Paslode type gas nailers. You need to think about what the gun will be used for. The one that you have linked to is a 'second-fix' nailer and only takes nails up to 63mm, so ideal for architrave, skirting etc. If you intend to do any serious framing, using 100mmx50mm for example, then you need the larger gun which will take upto 90mm nails. I would also look at the batteries supplied, my DC692 came with 2 Li-ion batteries, this appears to have NIMh batteries which are not as reliable, (and probably harder to replace in the future).
  15. I used this company for my last order. http://www.tradecounteronline.co.uk/firmahold-firmagalv-plus-framing-nails/ They seem to work fine with my dewalt. Prices are often better than those quoted by 'private' sellers on E-bay and (I think) that, if for a new build, you can reclaim your VAT on these. You only need to buy a couple of boxes (£50) to qualify for free delivery.