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  1. If the OP has safe secure storage space and money then I agree this would be very prudent.
  2. What is commonly produced for construction projects is a gantt chart. It is more or less what you are talking about, a week by week planner with all the stages and overlaps and sequence etc. all laid into one plan. The issue is, no plan survives first contact. However, they are done, and they are common. They can sometime also list deadlines for things such as material and equipment date and time requirements including when they need to be ordered. More often than not because a Gantt chart may cover 10's of contractors they often leave that contractor up to doing his own ordering to suit his schedule. So in other words if there is a 2 week period programmed in for first fix electrical, then the electrical contractor obviously knows they need to arrive at site on day 1 with some materials to get rolling.
  3. I would put together a report and cover letter and email it to your planning officer. Me being me I would probably also go and knock on the neighbours door for a friendly little chat.
  4. Those are Outfox the Market tariffs - I'd say those are the cheapest I have ever found.
  5. Have you tried Energetics? Maybe they will be the same. What if you say you are the developer? I'd be tempted to twist the truth. We once used my wife's maiden name on an order form for ventilation equipment so that I could claim I was the installer and she was the client as they would not sell to the end client because their product was soooo specialised only a trained pro could possibly install it. BS. We even have the full warranty because I registered the MVHR as I the installer and wife the end client.
  6. 12 is a little low for future proofing for an electric future.
  7. Have they given you a price for the contestable and non-contestable? Often doing the monkey work yourself will save a fair bit. Why 35kVA TPN? 20-25kVA SPN would probably be fine and is more or less what most people get if they buy a house 20kVA is basically a 80A supply, 25 being 100A - almost all cut-outs will show 100A but can be fused from 60A. Also, have you approached some IDNO's for prices? If not, I suggest you do.
  8. That is not a restrictor, in a sense that it was installed to restrict, but yes it will be causing a restriction. That is just a piece of the old copper pipe which someone has left because they didn't want to interfere with the valve, didn't have the right coupling etc. etc. Renew as much of it as you can.
  9. What you are seeing their is shrinkage, either from direct sun, high temps, or a breeze blowing over it. I would not be too worried about this given the application, the cracks will not be all the way through.
  10. You can split concrete block with an axe. Doesn't mean it is a good idea.
  11. What are the spec's of it such as product thickness, how thick is the wear layer etc. How much are you talking about per m­²? We have Amtico, as for feel underfoot it is good in the winter as it never feels cold, more forgiving if you drop things as it's not as hard, it does scratch, but so does all hard flooring. With Amtico you can buff small to medium scratches out with a repair chemical which as far as I can tell softens (melts) the wear surface a bit so it blends back together. I would not believe that it would reduce a house value, I think perhaps what might be true is that hardwood floors are known to increase value, the oak flooring we have is often mentioned by name in house listings if it has been used. In fairness I would do exactly the same to indicate to buyers a high quality fit for life floor was in existence. Sadly I am sure people will still come in, decide they don't like the colour or something and rip it up! So perhaps LVT just doesn't add value the same. Having said that, I know of a small development of near us where the private house builder used Amtico throughout the ground floor and it was a big push in the selling literature. It was stunning with all the motifs and borders etc. I reckon good hard flooring is going to add value over a carpet unless it's Axminster, Wilton, Brintons or Voverk to name a few of the potential lifetime quality carpets.
  12. “Annoyingly” because people don’t like paying for design services, even at the top of the construction pile, contractors and developers don’t like paying for things to be designed, they knock you down on price and want everything they see as “non-essential” taken out the scope. So, what will happen, in reality, and what happens currently in other changing playing fields is that the installation will be done without design or without proper design. The net result is inefficiencies or inadequate or poorly functioning systems. You will also get the boiler installer who diversifies into ASHP as his boiler installs fall off who will go on a training course then claim to be the expert, this is true for a small minority but many just become so called “experts” then throw about poor information and worse, install systems based on said poor information. If more things were designed then we would be in a better, more efficient, cost effective world in the long term, but many want to see the capital costs lowered, particularly developers. I know for a fact that a developer is currently installing 164 No, 305W Peak, solar panels on a building, connected to nothing. Reason being that the LA accepted their existence, but little do they know they don’t go anywhere. Why on earth I hear you ask, well what is the benefit to them? They saved £40,000 or something on the inverters, connection back to the MSB etc. etc. and the install time. If that is their attitude, why would they want to waste any money on things they can just slap in without design?
  13. Agreed - I am not personally a mechanical engineer (I'm electrical) but I work in M&E so my colleagues are mech guys and in M&E project meetings we must sit and listen to the other disciplines discussions - needless to say, you pick things up to a point you are familiar with other building services. We are currently the stage 4 M&E design consultants and checking engineers for a D&B hotel, our guys designed it with one system but the M&E contractor wants to use Mitsubishi for the ASHP's, now this is for heating 4000 litres of water with pre-heat cylinders and heated buffers and all sorts, its a big system but the change to Mitsi is a nightmare, the whole system is having to be redesigned and re-calculated by the M&E contractor (who is now regretting it I think because they are spending more manhours on design than they will save on kit). They are also going to need to have a booster immersion tank to bring the water temp up to the hotel spec temp because the Mitsi system won't get it hot enough. Things got a little heated recently between the PM and the M&E contractor, where the main contractor PM wanted to know what exactly the issue was, we stated that the system we designed was based on various temps and figures and flow rates from manufacturer A - but M&E contractor wants to use manufacturer B - because of the massive variances in the way these things all work, its not just comparing apples to apples and I think it is this issue that is creating the minefield. Gone are the days where anyone with half a brain could spec a gas boiler or cylinder etc. and as long as they got water volume and BTU's etc. right it would probably work, I think annoyingly we are entering an era where these systems are going to need to be properly designed, at least until they become more common and more importantly widely understood by all.
  14. What a mess of a situation - not good what has been done. So many things you could do here from correct and proper solutions to sort of bodges that might work. In an ideal world you would dig up the drive for about a 500-600mm section, waterproof the walls, and then rebuild the drive with gravel infill and a channel drain. Next sort of OK option would be to pull up the solider course of paving, dig down and fit a channel drain and divert the water into a drain somewhere. I suppose bodges could be done too - not sure what, I don't like bodges and cannot think of a good one.