Sue B

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  1. Sue B

    Where's it all going?

    Can you take a meter reading first thing in the morning, turn everything off in the house and take another reading much later that day? As long as you know everything is off, you should be fine.
  2. Sue B

    Where's it all going?

    Is there a garden tap anywhere? We had a sink at the end of our last garden in a gazebo. At the start of winter, we turned off the supply under the kitchen sink and opened the tap in the gazebo - to protect from frost. We had some plumbing work done a few months later and unbeknownst to us, the plumber turned the supply back on under the sink. We were going off to the Caribbean the next day completely unaware. When we got home, we looked at the garden and scratched our head at the waterlogged shrub bed. It took a while to realise that the tap was running full blast. The drain, being in a garden gazebo, just went into the bed. The water company actually gave us a credit for the bill surprisingly enough as it was completely accidental.
  3. Sue B

    Small ICF House

    We are considering Durisol and Isotex. We like Velox but it is simply too heavy for us to manage. We are building as much as possible ourselves and both of us are getting on a bit 😂. We have been on the Durisol training day and due to go on the Isotex training day next week. We have requested visits on pour days for both systems from the sales guys and it looks like both have first pours later this month fairly local to us. I have started a blog on here, the first thread of which is all about choosing which ICF we are going for.
  4. Sue B

    Small ICF House

    The block size thing is causing me concern at the moment. The architects are coming round next week and we won’t know which system our build is at that point. I want the design based on the block size. I am thinking: 1) get the plans drawn up roughly the right size. 2) get the prices in for two systems we are considering based on those plans 3) adjust plans to fit system chosen 4) apply for planning permission
  5. Sue B

    Almost ready to start

    Thanks @PeterW - 5days to watch
  6. Sue B

    Almost ready to start

    @JSHarris - have you got details of your surge system please? Yesterday my little Smart car nearly floated home as our drive was a little submerged.
  7. Sue B

    ICF bracing

    No we don’t but they are so stable and easy to use, was thinking a reducing scaffolding need as we built.
  8. Sue B

    ICF bracing

    @Russell griffiths - just had to search to find this thread. I know that you have bought the scaffolding and are planning to sell on once you have finished your build. Did you end up buying the bracing as well - Peter and I just can't remember what you said when we were on site. If so, was the bracing the one you were talking about above (zonts and zuckles) and have did you all go ahead with the agreement to sell on to each other for a 3 way split of the costs?
  9. We use a large amount of water as we have large koi pond which ‘im indoors likes to partially empty and refil every few months. We also have a large kitchen garden which requires a lot of watering in the summer. We were intending to install a rainwater harvesting system. However, the 2 people that we know that have them, have both had continual problems with them. One has needed a new pump every year, the other just gave up trying to keep it running. We have decided that when we have a digger on site, we are going to dig a well that he can put a submersible pump down, to water the vegetable garden every night. The well will be in a shed that we can keep locked so that it is safe.
  10. VCL was mentioned during the Durisol course but I didn’t listen as I was busy making notes about another issue and it was just background noise at the time. However, I will of course be asking Jamie about it later this month during the Isotex training. Heads up Jamie - you know one ofnhe questions coming your way 😊
  11. One of our wish list items is wet plaster (possibly spray) as opposed to dot and dab. Partly because of the air-tightness but more because I just prefer the finish.
  12. Sue B

    BT router hacked ?

    🙈🙈🙈
  13. Not far at all @Adam2. I was in Poole this morning and took the opportunity to drive round past the Durisol build there. Window forms are in so I'm sure they will be pouring very shortly.
  14. Sue B

    BT router hacked ?

    I think that I definitely heard that . Does this lead to pistols at dawn ? Please, at least let him finish the bathroom first 😂
  15. This is what is was thinking of - not you @JSHarris but @najem-icf. “Reminds me of an article I read when I was Stateside some years ago about a Durisol build 22 storey hotel in Canada - built back in the early 1980's - guests complained of "ghosts" in the rooms - later realised it was curtains moving due to air penetration through the structure.” I knew I’d Read something somewhere.