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  1. I mentioned to my architect the other day that I intended on bending and cutting the rebar for the passive raft slab and ICF walls myself.... Thought I was mad! How easy/difficult is it? And would this kind of tool be any use?
  2. I've been on the phone to a few local hire centres and they are offering some great prices for plant and equipment hire over the Christmas shutdown. Basically I'm paying two days hire or weekend rate for hire between 20th Dec and 2nd January. 6m telehandler and 4m platform is costing £390 for nearly 2 weeks hire. Should be over £1k. If you are needing to hire a mini digger, telehandler, working platform, any tools, anytime etc in the near future, Then now is the time to call your local hire centre.
  3. Top job! Hope nobody was underneath the falling slates....
  4. That was my thinking. If I can get the ridge tiles and first two rows of slates off, I can do 80% of the work from the inside. Would just be the very bottom rows I couldn't do.
  5. Yep. Put in a new connection application. Mention that it's a site and ask them to install the boundary box with a 2m tail coming out of it so you can connect up your site supply. They may have some other requirements. You can never start these things too soon.
  6. Do you need a ripper bar or could I lever them up with a normal crow bar once the ridge tiles are off? Have somebody coming round for a look on Friday. But I know he'll probably only offer 25p or 50p a slate.
  7. I'm struggling to find somebody to strip our 100m² slated hipped roof. Considering doing it myself with a working platform and telehandler to take the pallets. Intention is to reclaim the slates for either reuse or sale. Valued at £2 each. I've found guides for removing and repairing small sections of roofs using a ripper bar. Is that the same way you'd tackle a whole roof or can you just pull the slates up once you get going? Roof is in poor condition, I think the nails are iron rather than copper. Is it a big job?
  8. Thermohouse and amvic are made in Ireland, along with integraspec. Nudura are imported from Canada.
  9. I've priced a few different brands, ranges from £35-£45 m², amvic being the cheapest I've priced.
  10. I'm using a local SE through my architect. £900 for site visit, raft foundation design, ICF design, flat roof, SIP roof steels, cantilevered steel beams for mezanine floor, 12m of RC external retaining walls, and probably a couple other things I've forgotten. I was expecting to pay closer to £1500 tbh.
  11. Depends on your supplier. In my case, it's a 600x600x1200mm concrete block box on a 100mm concrete slab with earth rod, 110mm duct etc. I'm building mine myself so only about £50 in materials. They also accept a standard meter box built in to a cavity wall.
  12. Best way to do it is to have your temp site supply be your final supply. E.g, on my site, I'm in the process of building the temp kiosk at the property boundary that the power company will bring their cable to. Once the house is ready, I'll dig a trench from the temp kiosk to the house and lay duct and cable. Then it's a matter of taking cable from kiosk to house. So, your temp connection application should be rated for your final demand.
  13. Dulux endurance kitchen paint. Have it behind our current hob instead of a splashback. Very easy to wipe down and surprisingly durable so far.
  14. Think you are giving yourself more work than you need. Your intercom, lighting and 3 phase can all be together. If they are all your own private services, then no reason to space them out so much.