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  1. I put one of these in the corner of the kitchen. It's very handy. Think if you want to defrost a freezer, extra safety in replacing a filter in a cooker hood, do a deep clean on the fridge, etc.
  2. You don't need planning for small buildings (terms & conditions apply) presuming they're for storage, den/man cave/ home office etc but if it has bedroom, kitchenette, etc you will no matter how small it it. Anything that can be used as a self contained unit, granny flat, etc. needs planning. This is the rule where I am but it will depend on your local planning laws. Where are you based?
  3. Presuming you do both yourself Airtight paint will work out very expensive I'd have thought compared to a parge coat. I did a parge coat and found it fairly easy. It's messy but easy. We then had battens with a quick squirt of airtight sealant in the holes before screwing the battens to the wall. Worked well. I think whichever method you go with (airtight paint, parge coat, AT membrane or plaster) it will depend on the quality of workmanship and attention to detail.
  4. If you think about it often lots of salvaged materials are used in listed or protected buildings. You often have reclaimed slates, beams, doors, architraves, etc. Re-using oak beams or doors is acceptable and they'd be required for fire. Building regulations for listed or protected buildings can be more relaxed and exemptions given in order to preserve our national heritage however the point still stands that they can be used. As for PIR rather than using reclaimed you can purchase 'seconds'. These are boards which mightn't be 100% perfect and often sold at greatly reduced prices. eg a 150mm board measures 140mm at one end so is technically defective but perfect in every other way . I've used seconds for insulation and found no issues. I might have been lucky but they were perfect. I think out of 20 boards 2 had a small void and one had a corner missing. Other member's here have used seconds in the past also without issue. I'm not sure how available these are now as I got them 5 years ago.
  5. Ya do, that's perfect. No need for EPS or anything else.
  6. You've two types of insulation. Flexible and rigid. EPS, PIR, etc are all rigid. These are NOT WHAT YOU WANT if its expansion insulation you're looking for and will result in cracking in the slab. You want expansion insulation which you purchase it in rolls like the one you posted in the OP. Expansion insulation is most commonly used in polished concrete floors or other exposed slabs or non structural slabs that have underfloor heating. They're cheap and available anywhere. Any type will do. Some some with a sticky back to hold in place, some come with a plastic skirt to help connect to the membrane on the flat. It doesn't really matter and any type will do. If its not expansion insulation you want then you can go for 25mm EPS, PIR or whatever you want. If you're drylining internally or have tiles that can cantilever over you can have 50mm thickness. Who's saying it's expansion you want or need or what type of floor do you have? You need to know for certain if it's expansion or rigid insulation to the perimeter you need.
  7. No... I said above it will come on before the night rate ends. If you're asleep in bed does it really matter if it comes on at 1am or 5am? Or if at work and not back until 6pm in the evening does it matter if it comes on at 11am or 3pm to suit available PV? My machine has a 'Finish By time" setting.
  8. True the savings are minimal. I'm not arguing that point although for a family with small kids and multiple washes a day they do add up. I'm arguing ProDave's point of "no merit whatsoever". There is merit, albeit it relatively small, from a financial and environmental view. I'd also disagree with your point of a "lot of inconvenience". We put dirty dishes into the dishwasher straight away as do most people and close the door to keep any potential smells in. If a smart one senses a full or partial full load in the middle of the night and turns on automatically then I'd argue that's more convenient than having to remember to turn it on. Smart appliances now also let you add huge amounts of detergent and they dispense the correct amount based on the size / weight of the load and programme selected so it's not an issue of having to remember to add detergent either or think about how much to add. That's the opposite and a lot more convenient.
  9. As smart meters roll out in time we should get more dynamic pricing and time of use tariffs from suppliers. Lets say in the middle of a stormy night a lot of renewable energy is generated and the grid gets overloaded. This energy is offered free or at a tiny rate at a certain time for a short period while overloaded. A notification is sent and then the Dishwasher or washing machine is turned on to utilize the free or super cheap power. Otherwise it knows the program selected and duration of the wash and turns on so the wash ends before the regular night rate period ends. Alternatively before heading off to work you load the dishwasher and washing machine. When the PV have filled up your batteries a notification is sent to the washine machine which starts. Once this is finished and provided the PV are still looking to export the dishwasher starts. I know smart fridges can help make shopping lists but I can't see the benefit in that.
  10. Where's the extract from the WC or is it just a window? Are you having MVHR? Do you've anything else that has to run in the service void other than a few cables for lights and a potential smoke alarm, intruder alarm?
  11. If trying to sell a house for 10 million people expect a certain level of finish and materials. You'll be expecting granite or other high quality floors, expensive lighting systems and home automation, high quality sanitary, taps, showers, ironmongery to doors, high end kitchen, etc. If you're 4 million in dept and have taken 10 years before you start the finishes you'll be looking at bargain and cheap stuff. You can't put a flat pack kitchen into a 10 million house. I therefore wouldn't be expecting the final product to 'wow'. It's unfourtionate and I feel for him but he was naive and took on far to much.
  12. If using PVC conduit (which is what I did) and as suggested by ProDave above, have it at a tiny slope or fall to outside. If doing as markocosic suggested above coming out at the floor be careful with outside ground level. If you've a level thresshold you run the risk of having moisture coming inside. Additionally bunching them together makes it a tiny bit harder to seal so extra care and attention is required. I find it's easier to seal and airtight individual cables than a bunch.
  13. I used a plaster boarder lifer on house and it worked very well. Mostly flat ceilings but did have one area on the slope that was about 4m high.
  14. Like AliG I'd also suggest the Ubiquiti WiFi AP's. I've two of them, one one each floor, powered by POE.
  15. Yes that's obvious but having a fan blowing the heat out will reduce the temperature faster. That's the point I'm making.