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    First time self-build, off-grid, airtight, low energy renovation.
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  1. Really prefer not to interrupt the insulation envelope, particularly so close to the only heat source in the house. in fact I wondered about increasing the insulation behind the stove, using the unused void of the old fireplace. Another idea: building inside the insulation envelope an entire concrete block wall, as a thermal store. The chimney flexi-liner is fairly/partly insulated with that stuff you pour down around it from above. But there must have been a hole linking to another flue because it wouldn't fill entirely to the top.
  2. Hmmm. Just checked the HETAS register and he is not listed. Nearest one is 50miles, as a crow would fly across the sea to the mainland. Trying to avoid asking Building Control as I already have other questions for them that have gone unanswered for many months now.
  3. If I wanted to complete the installation with the single-wall flue pipe as it is on the photo above, how would I do it? Just would like to know why it was done that way. When it was done (a year or so back) I didn't pay much attention. I was just very relieved that the liner went in okay without needing to open up the gable wall to clear blockages, and is why I got it done before the stonework became inaccessible behind the timber frame. I just took it that it was correct because I had gone to the expense of hiring someone to do it that could provide a certificate when all done.
  4. It's going be very hard to design for inspection of that joint. Is that a regs requirement? Thanks @ProDave for the heads up on the non-combustible collar - looks perfect. Yes. But it was also put there for venting of the wall cavity (which is open to the cold roof void) - I am thinking it is simpler to supply air to the stove from the cavity (which has multiple vents to outside around 3 sides of the house) as I have read that BC allowed for @ProDave 's installation.
  5. I need to install a stove pipe at an angle, out through a timber frame airtight MVHR build wall, and on through 150mm rubble stone, joining 5" flexi-liner fitted in an existing old chimney. The wall make up (inside to out) is not unusual: 12.5 p/board, 45mm woodfibre insulation, Intello+ membrane (the airtightness), 100mm woodfibre, 11mm OSB3, Solitex Fronta roof membrane, 50mm gap, 700mm old stone gable wall with chimneys (flexi liner already in place). My thinking is that in effect, I treat the wall as it were a roof: I get two standard EPDM rubber/aluminium roof flashing boots to fit around twin-wall pipe and tape the aluminium plates to both membranes, leaving a 5-8cm (depending on manufacturer) air gap distance to everything else including the plasterboard? Probably give support/fixing to the first aluminium plate by inserting 2x2 noggins between studs. The outer flashing plate probably can be screwed to the OSB. Finally, cover the decorated plasterboard/skim gap with a shiny oval metal cutout plate you can buy for such eventualities? Local builder who has already installed the flex-liner joined it onto 6" single walled pipe coming through wall into the living room (leaving it for me to build the t/frame up to and around shortly), but that seems to go against everything I have read about stove installations and I assume will need to be replaced. Thanks in advance.
  6. Thanks, very helpful. Love this forum!
  7. I am a first-time DIY renovator building a new timber frame house inside a completely stripped out old stone house. How can I keep new OSB or chipboard floorboards clean for when it comes to gluing down vinyl tiles or other final finishes, during 1st and 2nd fixes, plastering etc? I don't want to put polythene down for risk of ladders and people slipping on it. Upper floor (18mm OSB) is fitted already - it made building the upper storey timber frame easier and safer. But ground floor is still just the foundation slab concrete. How long can I practically delay installing the final ground floor layers (OSB or chipboard on top of 100mm PIR insulation) in order for it to stay clean? I am guessing there will always something that will cause dirt build up, so maybe I have to accept it will need cleaning and so not bother about until then. I have seen some chipboards that come with a film covering that you peel off just before laying final finishes. Thanks in advance.
  8. @doigan Did you find an answer? I am about to buy a Vent Axia Advance S for a house on a Argyll island by the sea - also lots of high humidity.
  9. Thanks Russell - didn't know Illbruck did the foam stuff though I had been looking at their tapes as an option a while back. I've been using Pro Clima tapes and VCLs and it'd be interesting to know why they don't offer a chemical type expanding foam in their range.
  10. That's not a bad idea, thanks. Did you try and join them together with anything other than tape?
  11. The floor grade product doesn't seem to be offered in T&G, by any manufacturer.
  12. I don't have a target of 100% airtightness for the whole building, just in all the places I can reasonably achieve it.
  13. I have been advised by specialist suppliers of airtight building products not to use it. There is quite a bit of information on the subject eg. https://foursevenfive.com/blog/foam-fails-reason-5-excessive-shrinkage/ Hence the use of pre-compressed foam tape in airtight building construction.
  14. Yes, that's the official method but it allows heat to easily move between the warm and cold sides of the insulation - effectively you provide a nearly continuous airway around all surfaces of each insulation sheet. It's known as thermal bypass.