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  1. We are going to put Amtico in our kitchen. About 30 years ago my parents had Amtico installed in their kitchen, in those days you called up Amtico and they designed it all (borders etc.) and sent people to install it, so it was an Amtico led job and therefore their guys (or approved installers whatever they were). What they did was lay cheap blue tiles of the same thickness as the Amtico under the kitchen cabinets and appliances, makes sense to me, my parents have quite a long cumulative length of kitchen cabinets/appliances so it would have been costly and wasteful to install the good stuff under them. I am thinking of doing the same thing, I have spoken to some installers and suppliers today and they seem perplexed by this idea. For me it makes a difference of around £500.00 if I use the Amtico under cabinets or use something like this: If I use that stuff I can effectively floor the whole kitchen from wall to wall but with that stuff starting around 100mm in from the plinths. Has anyone else seen this done? What other options could I go for - I had contemplated having the Amtico laid short of the walls where cabinets will go, then before the kitchen goes in pour in some self levelling compound or such to build the area up and create a wall to wall floor covering. I could even use one of the resin types. Or do I just leave those areas of the floor raw ply and give it a coat of varnish to protect from any spills or small floors etc.
  2. No, get someone in to do the whole contract of this stage, big contractors will use a wood faced metal form-work system like the Gilpi system which will be their own kit - they will do the lot. You would probably just need to supply a prepped site. I highlight the "wood faced" aspect as it reduces the water content against the form and improves surface strength of the concrete. Unless you feel really confident. But concrete form work (temporary works) is a whole speciality in it's own right and will be holding back a huge weight of concrete desperate to escape, so really... I wouldn't!
  3. Yep, we often have to spec duct penetrations which will be water tight to commercial (usually city centre) buildings with basements. They still don't call the "basement" contractor - any proper concrete contractor worth his salt will know how to deal with this and will be well versed in these matters. If they are not, don't hire them. I wouldn't be blase about any aspect of construction from the foundations to the ridge tile, each does it's own job and play an important part, what I am saying to the OP don't be getting hung up on a "basement" contractor - as soon as you give someone a name like that they double their fee!
  4. Yes! I grew up with open fires, I have a WBS, I have access to wood, have chainsaws and a hydraulic log splitter, I season all my timber for 18months min, usually more like 24-36 depending on stocks. Now for me that is just normal life, something I have been doing all my life. Then you get people (like our idiot neighbours) who saw we had one and decided to get one too, so they get it, occasionally fill low lying land to the back with thick smoke from damp wood, or stench out the area with the smell of burning flooring off-cuts or other rubbish. They buy wet wood in B&Q at £15 for 3 bags and burn that, you hear him out with a hatchet battering at a log for 30minutes to get 2-3 logs. I ask myself, why did he get that, he has no access to wood, he is a lazy sod anyway who would never prep for it and he just makes a mockery out of a WBS. For him it was a nice little warm box of happiness in their front room. No thought into how he would fuel it, no thought into maybe even building a log shelter, so the whole exercise for them was a total waste of time and money. Ban those idiots.
  5. Or read the Star or Sun or Express where apparently, wood stoves are being banned, cars are being banned, your going to die, Dennis is going to unleash 20" of snow on us while tornados rip through the land.
  6. Yes, for now! -Once we enter the real Orwellian dystopia we will have other things to worry about.
  7. They are not banning smokeless or wood, just trying to limit it to cleaner fuels. Wire in.
  8. I'd just get in a concrete contractor in and get it poured - almost every commercial building built in cites have basements, they don't use a specific "basement" contractor, the guys doing the pour just form a basement in a big hole - nothing special - that will open up your choices.
  9. Yes 100% I have been saying this for years now. They will remove petrol and diesel over time, gas perhaps, everything becomes electric, the general population then must step into line and pay for electricity and do as they are told. Self generation - fine, but they can then control the equipment costs too.
  10. When you say dispose do you mean to a new home or just bin them? If the latter I'd simply be employing a Stanley knife to section things down and a saw to cut up the frames - make them small enough they will fit in your car and take the bits to the tip. If you want to give them a new good home then what about drag them outside and cover with a good new tarp and advertise for collection - that way no one in your house? I am always moving things to other places and meeting people on my drive with things so they don't actually get to see in my house or garage!
  11. I'd just use a bit of CAT5/phone/bell anything you have lying about to be honest and not waste any money on anything else. That fancy colour coded flat cable you linked to above is fine for doing sort of link pieces and making things very easy to wire up with colour coding etc. but not needed here. The sparks on site had used 0.75mm figure 8 speaker/bell wire on the job yesterday, just as well as they used miles of the stuff.
  12. Depends on loads obviously but stranded CAT5 is a good shout, stranded phone cable for a slightly heavier, if your loads push several amps then any 4-5 core flex at 0.75mm. As said it all depends on loadings. Just because LED tape is low power doesn't mean the loading can go up - 200W drivers are not uncommon for commercial installations - that is 8.33A!
  13. You might consider this: You could then tie that into a Shelly system with other bits in your house. The one you posted above is just taken from Shelly and re-branded. Only €14.92 direct.
  14. Are you going to use an aluminium profile and slip on diffuser to clean it all up and make it pro. The job I went to see yesterday we used a recessed profile that was tapped into a rebate the shopfitters made in all the furniture details. i.e. Also, realistically, a warm white LED tape will look very nice if done well - RGB might be a little, nightclub/teen bedroom and I don't want to offend, but dare I say, "tacky".