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    I'm a self-builder from South Cumbria. I've had a plot for three years (as of May 2016). Planning went through unopposed and without comment from anyone, a first for the local area according to the architect. Because of the tight access we started by building a cabin in the garden in which to live, a static caravan as too big to get into site and I'd heard horror stories from another self-builder living in the village, he, his wife and two kids have lived in one for three years so far, he reckons it will be another two years before the house is finished.
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  1. I’m desperately trying to get the house finished for Christmas, mind you I said that last year! I need to install a wet room shower tray into a quadrant shaped space. I intend to remove the existing 22mm chipboard floor. I’m told my options are to lower the floor to provide support for a foam core type tray or to go for a pre-cast try, which sits on the joists. One problem I’ve got is the position of the waste outlet, I need to position it between the existing metal web joists. The waste will be located around 150mm in from the bottom right corner edges. I’ve looked on-line, but it’s not quite the same as seeing the product! How did you do yours and is there any particular product or approach you would recommend? PS. Someone suggested I could lower the floor to provide support, then screed, with a fall to the waste kit? Has anyone tried this?
  2. It’s a cost / benefit judgment. In our case the legal costs probably outweighed the loss.
  3. I think his problem is the labour shortage round here, staff are being phoned up and offered golden hello deals. A pub recently had their head chef poached, he was offered £5,000 to move!
  4. It’s a shortage of skilled labour here. Locals have been priced out by big spending city evacuees. lots of staff wanted signs in hotels, shops and in builders merchants. Many here blame Brexit, a lot of staff left (not helped by tourists asking them why they were still here!) and COVID was the last straw. I had a company fitting cladding here a few weeks ago. The job stopped and was told that the team doing the job had all quit, as they could get jobs local to them paying more and save the hour each way in travel time. In the end the company persuaded a couple of ex employees, including the bosses dad, out of retirement to complete the job.
  5. I have a shower room with a radiused end, into which I need to fit a shower tray. Is there such a thing as a shower tray that can be cut to fit on site, or made the a template? Recommendations and suggestions welcome.
  6. Brexit ! Went to the BM for a single bag of cement, four merchants and 2 hours later I had my bag of cement. The problem, lorry driver shortage, so I’m told the the BM. Roofer was telling me, he’s just quoted for a job and the tiles the customer wants are a 26 week lead time. I feel your pain, I was in a similar place a few years ago. I ended up finishing off the project myself, the reality is the contract is worthless, in my case the builder went bust and reincarnated himself a few weeks later with the same company name with NW added to the end of it. All you can do is keep positive, manage by walking about, jolly the team along, make them a brew, take them a Greggs and try to keep them on your side. We all want to work for the nice guy. ps. Labour is in short supply round here. Had a stone mason look at a job, can’t start for at least two years as he’s fully booked. Talked to another stone mason, a friend of a friend to check is this is right, yes! He’s also fully booked to the extent he’s removed his web site and no longer answers the phone to numbers he doesn’t recognise.
  7. Incomers! Don’t you just love em…. We get it all the time round here, the farms smells, the church bell is too loud, the farmer should stop hay making at 5pm, the sheep are to noisy.
  8. Maybe you should throw a garden party and get to know your neighbours, they might be very nice people. My neighbours are lovely people. The one on the left knows everyone and will do you a good turn whenever he can. I recently asked him where is could hire a 3 tonne centre steering dumper, 20 minutes later he turned up with one, a weeks hire cost me six bottles of wine of Aldi’s finest wine.
  9. No…. The UFH pipes are tied to the top mesh. I’d go for option 3 200 mm slab, UFH pipes tied to top mesh and power floated finish! Dont forget the insulation belowcthe slab.
  10. We put our UFH pipes in the slab, attached to the mesh. We also used ICF braces. We simply left a slightly wider space between two rows of pipe and pegged out the centre line, using pegs hammered into the ground outside the slap.. we power floated the concrete a couple of hours after the pour, lovely smooth finish for carpets etc. and saves money.
  11. At that price I’ll be sticking with old fashioned soldering!
  12. I’m getting the feeling that many don’t. What about PV, did you tell that about that?
  13. What! You didn’t tell your local Electricity Network Operator about your heat pump?
  14. How easy was the process if informing the DNO that you were about to install a Air Source Heat Pump? Did the DNO demand improvement to your local network and did you have to pay for these?
  15. How about bypassing the problem and go direct to the CEO at the water company, maybe even copy in your MP to the correspondence.