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  1. @Odyssium I had a £$%^&*^$£"$£%^&^* cowboy builder bugger up my concrete floor. Intention is also to take him to court once I have a final figure for corrective action. I've managed to locate him on social media so to some extent can track him via that. I guess you have tried doing that? How did your family come across him? Via a word of mouth, internet? Perhaps if they re-trace their route they can track him down....and then potentially ask someone else to enquire with him about that house extension they are planning..."where shall we send the plans to? We don't do email and we shall be away next month so can get my friend to post the plans to you..." There's also the electoral roll to reference. My cowboy has various addresses so if need be I plan to stake them out as I think a PI would do the same and charge through the nose to pretty much sit around and wait. IIRC the small claims court route allows you up to 6yrs to make a claim after the event. So you have a bit of time. Unless @scottishjohn's contact get's there first. I know which route I am preferring. I may just have to PM John to see if any of your mates mates have a 'contact' in the south....
  2. Well it was for my brother's extension and he still needs to finalise drawings etc, so...............
  3. Well you can also mention that's put me off them. As I've now ordered from Drench to be on the safe side.
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    AAV under basin in bathroom?

    Thanks Peter, Ed Yes, was going to box it in anyway as going into the attic would mean an ugly boxed in section in the corner somewhere.
  5. Thanks @onoff - shopping list sent to wife for approval!! @dpmiller - may swap hudson reed handheld with the water saver one then and hope the boss does not notice!!! Supplier error...no returns accepted.
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    AAV under basin in bathroom?

    Working out the bathroom pipe runs I will probably need to fit an AAV to reduce vacuum issues as I won't have a soil stack going up through the roof or up the side of the house. The soil pipe from bathroom goes down through the slab and outside into adjacent inspection chamber (2m away). The soil pipe that serves toilet will also drain the basin and bath, so my thought was to simple locate an AAV under the basin (boxed in, but accessible). Would that do the trick? Excuse the 'drawing' below. It's late.... As an aside, I realise I will also need to vent to atmosphere the outside foul drain and was going to achieve this by adding an exterior vent pipe in an outside hedge if the BCO really insist.
  7. Thanks gents! @Onoff - you've finally completed your bathroom? Looking good! Also didn't know the BBC had diversified into showers. Discount with valid TV licence? Wife's just come home and changed her shower wishes.😠 Hoping I can at least slip this in as replacement hand held: https://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/products/view/570/mira-eco-shower-head-chrome.html Anyone used these? Daughter tends to spend ages washing her hair. This is advertised to reduce that down to 7L/min
  8. Looking to fit a concealed thermostatic valve set with handset and fixed ceiling shower head. I was looking at Grohe but I may have to compromise on a cheaper brand like Drench (never come across them tbh) who give a 15yr guarantee on the valve (10yrs on shower arm and head). Anyone has experience of them? I'm spending a fortune on Schluter wet room so looking to reign in the spend where I can. https://www.drench.co.uk/primrose-concealed-thermostatic-shower-valve-fixed-shower-head-handset-kit vs https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GROHE-Grohtherm-3000-Cosmopolitan-Rainshower-Shower-Solution-Pack-4-118323/142848509617?epid=2254803060&hash=item21426f46b1:g:jC0AAOSw8eFbNk2z (would need to get a true ceiling shower arm) TBH, I don't like the Grohe designs. Ideally what me/the boss wants: No loss in pressure if someone flushes the toilet Looks good and is child-proof Water saving option/feature 'economy mode' (guess that could be another add on product I could buy - restrict flow and duration?) Something that lasts at least 10yrs! Controls that are easy to use (I really dont want to be getting in the shower with the MIL! to show her how to turn the temp up) Will be connected to Sunamp Uniq units and I have at least 6 bar pressure with decent flow rate.
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    Site security revisited

    And what's your address again? 😁
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    Converting towel radiator to electric

    Thanks Jeremy! You seem to like your timers on all appliances....
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    Converting towel radiator to electric

    Thanks! I have UFH in the bathroom also, but this is just going to be used in those months that I will ban the UFH from working (Feb-Nov !! 😈 ). If I don't get an element with thermostat, it will just be hot or cold, correct? They'll soon learn not to touch it...or brush themselves against it to get that everyday Xmas feel.... (????????) That's Christmas presents sorted then already! Only 10months to go too!!
  12. Looking to get an electric towel rail for the (small) bathroom. I read that 'converting' your typical central heating type radiator into a dual or electric-only rad is simple to do with a blanking plug and a heating element. Anything to stop me buying this one and adding a heating element? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/202214458097?ul_noapp=true I messaged the seller and they came back with "I am afraid not, it is suitable for central heating only."☹️ Funny that they do sell an electrical version (Dual fuel model) of the same rad: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1600-x-450mm-Heated-Towel-Rail-Dual-Fuel-Thermostatic-Anthracite-Flat-22-Rails/202495705908?_trkparms=aid%3D333200%26algo%3DCOMP.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20180409081753%26meid%3Dfac0e4426b5c4700b801f2b81132977b%26pid%3D100008%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D202214458097%26itm%3D202495705908&_trksid=p2047675.c100008.m2219 Surely if I were to buy the £49-flavoured one and stick a heating element up there, then that would work?? I was simply going to follow the a la Harris methodology:
  13. Exactly what I typed on the other thread, though Jeremy believed that the inbuilt sensors would protect the PCM. With BS responses from SA, it's easy to start fearing the worst and it won't take much for us 'early adopters' (as we are seen by SA) to stick to more traditional technologies at the expense of SA.
  14. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Could the admin teams @Admin perhaps cut and paste the last few pages on these Sunamp issues and create a new thread as it's clearly not about efficiency labels any longer. "Sunamp charging issue not addressed. Buyer beware!" may be more of an apt thread title and may actually get the attention of Sunamp themselves. Although I am sure people have given them the very precise link as well no doubt. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
  15. oranjeboom

    Real World SIPs Experiences

    I've had to keep the pole and strap in place ever since, otherwise the panels will all just tumble like a house of cards. I think the strap approach is pretty standard - just a way to get the panels as tight as possible whilst the glue sets and the remaining panels are fixed/gunned. It's fine, he was wearing a padded baseball cap and steel capped boots. If they will provide a warranty that covers the sole for 25yrs then most people would not bother with sole plate protection. However, how many companies would actually cover the sole plate specifically? And there are at least a few SIP companies that have gone bust. No good if the warranty went down with the company. Historic timber buildings with sole plates often require remediation work - why take the risk with SIPs? And I suspect SIP companies don't consider it to be an issue ( as most are fairly new with the method) and if building regs are happy that there is a DPC, then all boxes are ticked. Company I dealt with did not give a hoot what I used. I suspect most SIPs companies don't know what marmox blocks are and simply state that dense blocks would be best because they know what they are. No reason not to use them - just a matter of knowing how to use them and how to fix through them into the sole plate. Certainly not the first time marmox has been used on a SIP build, and as long as your BCO is happy with the approach why not? I did have to explain to her what they were etc, but she was fine. In many ways, the UK building industry is many years behind what is being done in Europe and the rest of the world ("well this is how we have done it in the past").