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    Retired small time builder with a lust to make, mend, build or invent anything worthwhile. I have waited over 20 years to build my retirement abode and finally with the help of like minded individuals will succeed.
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  1. Planning is a bit like the immigration problem, not enough planners to do things quickly and not enough gov staff to deal with those awaiting decisions on being able to stay. (Hotel costs for those waiting years on a decision). Both needs investment from the gov to get the staff numbers. Regarding immigration the money saved on hotels would help pay for the extra staff. Timescales for both need cutting.
  2. Some bedtime reading, note the 300mm hole to be BELOW THE INCOMING PIPE FROM THE BUILDING . The 300mm cube is purely to measure the drainage of the ground your digging in. 👍 https://www.copeland.gov.uk/sites/default/files/attachments/percolation_surface.pdf
  3. As long as they are solid and not loose they are ok. IMO
  4. Yes that could work. No, plenty of bricks left to the right to support what’s above it. 👍 behind the front bricks/lintel you may need to corbel the bricks to support what’s above them.
  5. Well you could use a strong boy to support the bricks above the old lintel but only a triangle of bricks would fall in the worst case if you didn’t support it. It looks like cement render under the plaster which might well hold the bricks in place till you get the new lintel in. I have done similar in the past without support but it’s a gamble. (I am not risk averse).
  6. So are you putting in a new lintel.? Is the new opening where the cuts are.?
  7. This is why strict rules for contractors should be in place, no ambiguity.
  8. +1 what @nod says above, my floors were caberboard, no noggins and only glued, not a single squeak, dipping cannot occur if the joint is tight especially if glued with d4 glue
  9. Diverters are available to route power to immersions, cannot the same be done with this “negative” rate to make money, surely cheaper for them than turning power stations and wind farms off (if they still get paid) 🤷‍♂️
  10. Welcome, my only comment is guy wires have to be in a specific direction to balance load from overhead wires. No problem asking and see what their response is.
  11. Yes, just needs a concrete base, all the neighbours like my “pretty” garage https://www.quick-garden.co.uk/wooden-garages/?_gl=1*1o4y9i*_up*MQ..&gclid=CjwKCAjwtNi0BhA1EiwAWZaANNlEEyKIvwq8eaP6O5STZ7ihyJhmGjHNN0m4QLPsq81-fOai-BpIQBoCdewQAvD_BwE
  12. Ambulance chasers by the sound of it, I know of two cases where a PWA has caused problems and wasted money so not a fan of them (but realise they are needed in some circumstances).
  13. Plenty on the tinternet https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005005571046055.html?pdp
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