Big Neil

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  1. Big Neil

    ICF's soaking up the plasticizer

    gotcha @Temp, thanks. So does metal conduit/sheathing/whatever anyone wants to call it, solve the issue? Is stuff like polybutylene pipe for water, or whatever other material might be used, an issue in the same respect?
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    ICF's soaking up the plasticizer

    Firstly is this 6242B cable ok to be put directly in contact with EPS without risk to either? Have I got that correct? Also does the same code apply to things like speaker cable, cat 5/6/7 etc? In terms of cost balance does it make just as much sense to use something like the product in the link below and just use the cheaper cable?. How about back boxes for electrical sockets for sockets AND light switches. What should they be made from? This is not an area I had been aware of before..
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    How crucial is BBA certification?

    slight segway, and it may seem an obvious thing to ask, but can someone please give a succinct explanation of the difference between a 'warm' and a 'cold' roof. Just so I can align my understanding with what it is.
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    Posi Joists

    @mvincentd Do I see steels there in that first floor makeup? Who did you get to deal with them.?
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    BIM Objects??

    Will take a look - thanks
  6. Say what now? Hold on, let me spin around and assume the position whilst you say that again...
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    BIM Objects??

    are there any in particular you could link. I just want to start with being able to do a kiddy house. A square, with 4 walls, a front door, 4 windows at the front etc etc.
  8. I like the neatness of them. nothing to get knocked against inside or blown about by wind. So ID systems do integrated blinds then. I shall take a look.
  9. I thought INternorm were the only people to do this. Obviously I'm wrong, but i'm surprised they don't trumpet it.
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    BIM Objects??

    so I can drfaw a box then define the lengths? What if i do this with a box then a second box on the outside. Can I then define the distance between the two, so as to show the width of the wall?
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    BIM Objects??

    It's principally doing something to a measure. drawing a line and then zooming in and out etc seems fairly easy, but I can't figure out the sizes, scales etc. I'm sure i'm being thick but I rarely find issues getting to grips with computer bits, but this drawing malarkey is getting to me. I was never any good at art so it might be the similarities frustrating me, when actually all I want to do is draw a box to show the size of a house and then draw on scaled internal and external walls etc etc.
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    Iq glass

    From the price of that picture, seems like there's something else that would be stretched, whilst they were jamming their fist up it!
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    QS Costings versus The Real World Query?

    Depends what you involve a QS for, and how you are paying them I would say. If you want them to manage the whole affair then expect a big Omelette. If however it's just to do the sourcing end of things, maybe just a three egger. I would wager that if you said to a decent QS what your architect said, you'd get something back like 'Well Architects made things overly complicated and fussy'. An experienced QS should have a better idea of where to go and have a decent list of contractors and suppliers to pick from, I would say that's the real benefit in many cases. Not anything you couldn't do yourself though if it's just small scale.
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    Signing over a building plot

    NO CGT if you live in it as your primary residence. My reading was that there is now lower time limit overtly specified. Could be wrong about this of course
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    BIM Objects??

    I just wanted to know how they worked and what they were in an applicaable sense. I'm really struggling even with Sketchup, and just thought that if there was a drag and drop item representing exactly what I would be using, then that might make things rather easier.