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  1. I'd like to see a layout drawing of the lighting positions to before I suggest another option. Personally I prefer a wiska box than the inline connectors, unless it's in an obvious or difficult position. It gives you more options to check for problems or alterations.
  2. It always comes down to interpretation of localised isolation. Some define it as within the area it's installed, others count the breaker as such.
  3. I've not refurbished the kitchen yet.. But I've already fitted the three smokes in the utility (boiler and washing machine) and the upstairs hallway.. I left a loop in the middle of where the kitchen will be, right above where I've cut a hole that is temporarily plugged. When I fit out the kitchen, I'll pull the loop down and cut and terminate the head then. It means it's in one radial and they're all linked.
  4. Well there is alarm bells.. Both these posts combined make me very concerned. Why was it strengthened on one side only? Has that strengthening caused the other side to bow (natural timber shrinkage prevented on one side)? Was that the original roofing material? Slate swapped for concrete tiles? Is there a history of problems on the rest of the estate? How is the ridge looking? Is it straight? Is the wall plate still in position, gap in the eaves? So many questions
  5. Regular concrete isn't as runny. So it doesn't force itself into the gaps as much. Which is actually a blessing in domestic slabs which are usually only pinned at the edges with a few spikes into mud. "is only a thin pour, that will hold.." but it often doesn't Are the edges strutted diagonally on blinding? Or just staked?
  6. For only 200mm only I'd use regular concrete and make sure its given a good flow into your voids with a mechanical poker. Powerfloating is just like plastering, it's an art and reliant upon timing as much as effort. Get someone very experienced to do it and the job will be much better
  7. I've seen it used and because of its viscosity you need to pay extra attention to potential places where it can 'blow out' or leak. The last thing you want is thermal bridges everywhere because your 5mm gap at the edge stretched to 50mm with the weight of the very wet concrete above. As with most concrete pours, the people doing it will decide whether it's actually good or not. Not the architect who is selling the spec
  8. I had a couple of plastic Spacers sitting proud when I did my bathroom floor and the first one I tried to remove left a little fink in the tile. So I used a soldering iron to melt the other two below the grout line
  9. This thread is like an episode of time team. Gradually digging deeper into the history of the chimney! At least there's no annoying artist impressions of what life was like when the chimney was first built 😂
  10. People just assume they can plug anything into a socket and it be OK because 'if there's a problem the fuse will blow'. Nope. Manufacturers instructions will always tell you how things should be connected and there are good reasons for it. Even the correct contactors need to be selected to allow for suitable loads.
  11. For the cost of the works, the gain, and devaluation if the property, why not just sell up and move further out.
  12. It doesn't matter about the size and the make up of the foundations. They were designed to take a small load (shallow wall and windows). It's unlikely they will be tied into the original foundations, which building control will insist upon checking all round. If your digging to expose them, may as well put new ones in.
  13. To me this seems like a lot of work for very little gain. More than likely you will have to dig up the original footings for the porch and put better ones in, you'll need to spend a significant amount on planning and building control, demolition and redecorating for a relatively small amount of floorspace.. For the cost and effort you could gain a single story extension at the rear which would be five times bigger.
  14. The bin test for tradesman Provide a metal bin in their work area and give them a day's work, telling them they're is a bin for their rubbish etc.. If the bin is empty at the end of the day, they don't get to come back. I will not tolerate people who leave half full cans of Monster everywhere. Zero respect for the client will haunt you.
  15. Heavens forbid London ever has to change direction.. Same thing will happen.
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