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  1. pudding

    What does this even mean?

    Indeed, at the moment it's a recommendation from the Council's Ecologist. It will be included as a condition of planning when you get the final decision notice. The council planning officer would need a very good reason to ignore their own ecologist and not require you to get an initial survey done, and tbh I dont think they're going to ignore their own in house ecologist based on anything you can say unfortnately. So, get prepared and contact a few ecologists to get some quotes for initial habitat surveys and be prepared i reckon.,
  2. pudding

    What does this even mean?

    If bats have already been mentioned and you're rural with a farm nearby with likely decent roosting places, get cracking finding an ecologist and get the initial survey done asap, as it sounds pretty likely they'll recommend a bat survey. If that doesn't get done this year, before the autumn when it becomes too late in the year to do the bat surveys, it'll be unlikely to begin building next spring unfortunately.
  3. pudding

    What does this even mean?

    You need to choose an Ecologist to carry out an Ecological Impact Assessment, that covers the points they mention and request?
  4. Good video here on how to do it using the Fugi kit, but i guess lots of the principles apply to all mehtods of finishing -
  5. Ta for that. In between Bodmin and Lostwithiel, on the side of the Fowey valley so nice and exposed to the elements so good seals are def important when the wind whips up here!
  6. Sorry, missed that bit. Can you say which company as I'm just down the road from you, and price if possible?
  7. Thanks for the reply. What brand are yours?
  8. Mega bump! Thinking about an extension and possible using bi-folds. This link has popped up in my browser ads - http://panoramicdoors.co.uk/product-details/ Looks slightly different to the usual bifold design and quite interesting and appealing, although there's not a ton of detail on the website, and the specification section is not too informative. Def one that needs seeing in person to check construction details/seals. Any body heard of this company or seen them before?
  9. pudding

    Oak frame direct glazing

    Yes that's true about the heat loss through the glass vs through the oak posts, although every little helps, especially if it would add virtually no extra cost. The building i dont imagine would be massively different from our main living area in terms of heat loss. At the mo we've got 2 large 3G sliding doors (2.2m and 3m wide), plus another two 2-2.5m wide windows., so lots of glazing. The new orangery extension wouldnt be vastly different in terms of % glazing i'd guess, but would have the extra heat loss through the roof/skylight. Quick crude sketch here, shaded areas would be oak posts/wall:- It would be off the 2.2m wide sliding door from the kitchen which we'd leave in place so easily shut off from the rest of the house if needed, although ideally we like to make the new extension usable all year around.
  10. pudding

    Oak frame direct glazing

    Hey all, I'm thinking of adding an oak framed orangery type extension to our house, with a flat roof and a large skylight. It would have a dwarf cavity wall, say 3ft high, stone clad to match our house with some form of cavity insulation (full fill PIR trying to keep wall thickness as low as possible?). Then atop this would be the oak frame. Insulating the dwarf wall to good standards wont be hard, but what about an oak framed glazing system. I'm thinking it would be fixed glazing, direct to the frame such as this:- I know this isn't going to be the pinnacle in terms on insulation but we'd like oak on view inside and out. I was thinking about improving the above standard detail by replacing the softwood spacer with some form of insulation (PIR strip?) and going triple glazed which would match the rest of our house. Anybody seen this done before or have any better ideas?
  11. pudding

    HMO wifi

    at the bottom of that message isnt there an 'advanced' link you can click on, then you can 'ignore and proceed' to get into the controller? Just looked in IE, you can click 'more info', then 'go to the web page, not recommended'.
  12. pudding

    How long can vermin live in a sealed cavity?

    +1 on making sure the trap is against a wall. I've used mine mainly without bait this year, but against walls where they run and caught over 10-20 mice.
  13. pudding

    How long can vermin live in a sealed cavity?

    Peanut butter works a treat.
  14. pudding

    Pressurising ground loops

    So, picked up most plumbing bits from screwfix, and the rest of the bits arrived today (brass tube and pvc tube). So it's all a bit heath robinson and now looks like this:- It now consists of 1" - 22mm adapter, 22-15mm internal reducer, non-return valve from the fill loop flexi-pipe, shut off valve, flexi pipe to pvc tube. Most important thing is it works! Had a bit of the glycol solution left over, diluted it a little, and have added 2 litres or so to the loops. Pressure gone from 0.7bar to 1.2bar. Result!! Saved me over £200 on a callout.
  15. pudding

    Pressurising ground loops

    Perfect, shopping list formed methinks! Will hopefully get it put together next week and give it a crack.