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  1. Planning consent / NMA / Appeal

    I may have mis-read some aspects of your post Where the minor change is too small to check, then don't worry: do it, but evidence the change. Where the condition is explicit and obvious if you don't comply, follow it. Briefly put Theres already too much to worry about in a build.
  2. Are you still sitting comfortably? Really? I admire your patience. Have you read the others in the series? [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] Our Sheepdog Tess thieves. She always has an agenda. She is always plotting something, no, several things at the same time. It may not look like it, but she is. Molly, her kennel mate, on the other hand is an opportunist. Cantering along the canal me following on a bike, she merely inhaled the fisherman’s sandwiches. She didn’t break stride. I nearly didn’t notice, and by the time I did, we were out of sight round a bend. The tell-tale lick round her jaws. Rollo takes fashion seriously and that trait extended to turning up late: fashionably late. And always with a Spa plastic bag hooked nonchalantly over a little finger: sandwiches, fags, lighter, can and crisps. Yer late, mate. Oh ya, mama had her jewels stolen last night: pretty awful really. Hmmm, that's bad, but what’s that got to do with being late? I swear I heard a snigger from Liam. OK boys, I have something new for you today, so listen in please. Rollo put his plastic bag down on the bench outside our kitchen. Stuck 15 feet up in a tree was Tess’ football. Hanging from the rope attached to it. Over the year that it had been stuck there, occasionally she’d look up at it and then at me, but moved on after a few seconds. Lots more thieving planned. Wonder if the chickens have laid any eggs outside the hutch? See that football lads? Well I want you both to work together to get it out of the tree. The key thing is I need you to work together - as a team - to get it down. Use anything you can find on site to get it down. But do so together, right? Tess sat at their feet: she knew what was up. Rollo promptly picks up a piece of dead branch and starts throwing it at the ball. Obediently Tess fetches it and the whole thing repeats. Liam stands, arms folded and watches. Rinse repeat. Give him his due, he was at it on his own (well Tess helped) for a good ten minutes. Knackered, he stopped. Finished ‘ave ya? Asks Liam. Well ya.... With that Liam trotted happily off to the timber rack, took down a 4.8 meter bit of 2 by 3, walked back to the tree and nudged the ball off its hook; it plopped down neatly at Tess’ feet Not doing too well at this were we? How about a coffee - and a time for me to think. By the way anyone seen Molly? She was outside the kitchen, by the bench, ears flat, just the tiniest bit of her tail wagging. Own a dog? You know what that means. Oi! Who’s had my sandwiches and chewed my fag packet in half? Well, it can’t have been Tess now could it? Thats decidedly uncool, nay really decidedly uncool
  3. Compact RCBOs

    That's interesting @SBS Dave,... What's the point of a time delay on an RCD?
  4. Stumbling at first hurdle?

    I should perhaps have explained more clearly that it is possible to pile close to underground assets provided that the asset is insulated from the vibration by an air gap. I don't think that the diameter of (in this case) the pipe makes a difference to that principle. If the costs of CFA piling is an issue, then it might be possible to persuade your authority to allow a different method to be used if the sewer were to be suitably insulated from vibration. Just a thought......
  5. Compact RCBOs

    Thats interesting.... The second busbar obviates the need for the flying neutral, then? (excuse the possibly stupid question) Ian
  6. Compact RCBOs

    This thread has made my brain ache. And thus the more enjoyable. Just like being back at work all this just-in-time learning. I have done a good deal of YT research (mainly John Ward's stuff ) However, I think I learned just enough (in the last 24 hours) to be able to talk to the sparky and maybe - just maybe - understand what he says. I have got this far with my thinking and wonder if any of you might nudge me a step or two further, please? On the don't buy a dog and bark yourself principle, and in the context of our piggery (not the main house) Ask my electrician to fit a CU with RCBOs only If possible compact RCBOs If possible RCBOs that cut off Line and Neutral at the same time (Double Pole RCBOs) In our piggery, I anticipate needing circuits for LED lighting, 10 standard sockets, and a car charging point, and a couple of spares. But I bet I'll have missed something, so make sure there's space in the CU Which takes me to @JSHarris point and @Onoff's response If I need more than 40 amps, then I'll have to use the bigger form of RCBO. I really like the Schneider range of CUs because they have lots of room in them and the terminals are on the left and right hand side. That makes it easier for me to work in them (under appropriate supervision) because of my Bend-It-With-Beckham hands. What have I missed? Before I forget, thanks very much @Onoff and @JSHarris Ian
  7. Choosing casters - is a nightmare. Have you any advice?

    Hmmm. Do you mean get casters that have a single central threaded bar and bolt as it's attachment method, or substitute four machine screws and nylocks for the supplied screws? If the latter, then I will have to make some bigger pads on which to fasten the casters, and maybe sleeve the machine screw Thinking about it, I'll bet you mean four machine screws and nylocks don't you....
  8. I'm about to make make a 'cart' or trolley on which to store timber off cuts. There are many videos on YT. which are extremely helpful. Thinking it through, I reckon that the weak point in my eventual design could well be choosing the wrong casters. I think the eventually weight will be about 100kg to be distributed over 4 or 6 casters; the cart will be stored in a dry container with a level floor. I need to be able to turn the cart round on its own axis - lack of space is the issue. Any advice?
  9. CD Catastrophic Fail!

    Just be grateful it wasn't a smashed up jammy dodger like the one that some tiny-fingered tot managed to shove into our CD drive. " I fought 'ee was hungry so I gave him biskit!"
  10. Compact RCBOs

    @Onoff, I have watched the video, twice. With the the best will in the world, I'm never going to understand it. Which makes me ask; Do I ask my sparky to fit them? What reason might he give for refusing to fit them? [ A refusal from a sparky is a big deal for people like me] Ian
  11. Are you still sitting comfortably? I admire your patience. Have you read the others in the series? [1] [2] [3] [4] We left Rollo hopping round the site fervently hoping is mama would polish his boots when he got home, and his workmate Liam muttering darkly about Rollo taking the food from his mouth. Things took a turn for the better as soon as Rollo spotted our Land Rover. A beaten up Oaf-Mobile; full roll cage (no need for it) over-size off road tyres (no real need for them), late 1980s vintage. Oh! Soopah! Can I drive it? Got yer license? Nay, not quite; but we’re on your estate (!) so I can drive legally here. Liam stood watching glumly. Before I could say knife, Rollo jumped in; a few seconds later she was fired up and tootling gently round the ‘estate’. Liam glared. He’d been driving farm machinery round farms and ‘estates’ since he could sit in a relative’s lap and reach the steering wheel. But I hadn’t allowed him to drive the Landy. Rollo hadn’t asked; he just did it. Ever towed a trailer? I asked Oh nay; can I try? I’m used to hooking up our loose box up when we gay to the races at Cartmel and Cheltenham. Well , I said, your mate Liam has been towing trailers since before you were born. He’d better show you how to hadn’t he? Crestfallen, Rollo slid out. Liam took his place, silent triumph all over his face. Phew, that was close. OK Liam, turn her round and hook the trailer up to the front tow hook. Wordlessly, he did a fifty five point turn, and slid the front tow hook neatly under the trailer tow point. I say neat: what I meant was ‘exact’. Millimeter exact. Only later did I notice the leading mark Liam had made on the bonnett. Clever lad. With the mark in place he could judge the approach to the trailer almost exactly. I admired that. Right then Rollo, hook her up. 10 minutes later he admitted defeat. Liam sitting behind the wheel like a Cheshire cat watching. Sid the cat, dogs Molly and Tess watched silently; apparently worried that I wasn't driving. Ears flat, tail tips wagging (of which more next time) Success with the front tow hook meant that I thought it was worth training him how to hook up at the rear tow point. That took about 15 minutes of patient coaching, standing close to him behind the Landy, making sure he was safe, until he felt confident. And Liam had lost the urge to run him over. OK Rollo, you got it? One last time then, you have to direct the driver on to the tow hook. You need to stand where you are able to see him in the mirrors all the time, and you need to give clear directions. And it's your responsibility to make sure the driver doesn’t crash into the tow hook. OK? Sure? Okey Dokey...... Neither Liam nor I could understand why Rollo promptly climbed into the passenger seat and shouted “Where’s the reversing camera in this thing?” Special, that lad. Special.
  12. Good design around the home

    My Ekornes "Stressless" chair. The only thing that sorts my back out without fail - after every working day.
  13. Stumbling at first hurdle?

    @Adamantium, is the SE insisting on CFA piles? If so why? I ask because SEs recommend what they know about and or specialise in. And so do all professionals. Our SE (Tanners) were thoughtful enough to include one sentence in their recommendation. Paraphrasing: despite the Soil Analysis Recommendation , other piling methods are available. The important thing is not the method it's the outcome The matter of the distance from the Water Company's assets: we had an exactly analogous problem. So we read their policies carefully, and after a bit of research found out that if we did this (image below) all would be well. And indeed it was. As to piling mat. Are you on a slope? If so, make use of it in helping make the piling mat. Ian
  14. Stumbling at first hurdle?

    @JSHarris is right. And it's exactly the problem we had. My heart sank when I realised we needed piles. . Read this . It might go some way to reducing the rictus grin and sucking of teeth about piling: well the cost of them: intial quotes - silly money. Evental cost £6.500 for 64 piles. This is written in haste: concreting today, so I'll come back to this later. With luck we'll soon have caught your stumble.....
  15. Self-Build induced Insomnia

    But @pocster, think of the paperwork......