Ed_MK

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About Ed_MK

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  • Birthday 28/08/1965

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  • About Me
    I grew up in Sunny? Manchester and recently moved to my Wifes home town of Milton Keynes. I DID have a job in IT sales / Procurement and am now looking for another in this locale perhaps in Consultancy and am experienced in Procurement and Operations. We have a plot of land, and we have committed to Potton Homes and thats where we are currently (Aug 2017) ..at the Full Planning Application Stage
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  1. Ed_MK

    Contestable Charges

    a lot of mine looks to be in the "joining" ....apparently as its over 40 metres it needs a "joint" ...not quite sure what for ...but that has put £700 in that price its the dearest joint i ever bought ! 🙄
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    Contestable Charges

    i suppose .... its just getting near the end and finances are thin ..scratch that they are anorexic. <sigh> still cant work out who supplies and fits the meters
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    Contestable Charges

    maybe they want us all to put windmills up in the back garden ....
  4. Ed_MK

    Contestable Charges

    7k! Do u live in the Orkneys ?
  5. Ed_MK

    Contestable Charges

    Hmmmm. i have just got my FINAL quote for service connections Water is expensive .....full of zonal charges and this that and the other .. with me digging the trench on own land it still is over £2000 (but we were told to expect that last year) Gas is not too bad ...again I am digging the trench and it is coming in at £800 I just got my electric one from WPD and i nearly FELL Over ....its almost £2500 notes ! I mean all they have to do is connect 1m (yes under 4 foot) on the pavement ...same as gas and then flop an armoured cable in my waiting trench I have notices the "quote" is full of the term "contestable charge" ....i take it that means i can haggle. ...well I have already tried that today and got the old "frozen scapula" thrust at me ... Am i getting done here? ....big time?? ...or does everyone on newbuilds get a Shock with electric ..(see what i did there?) I think i will have a cold bath in Flash Floor Cleaner ...just handling that quote has left me feeling financially abused and fiscally molested 😭🤐🤐
  6. Ed_MK

    Blowing a Gasket !!

    i got frustrated and started just stuffing it in ....seems to be working ...fingers crossed
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    Blowing a Gasket !!

    I LOOKED CRAIG ...BUT THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO MARKINGS ON IT i contacted he company that fitted it ...but as they have been paid and i have waited now over a week ...i am getting the impression they dont know ...or dont want me to know their supplier
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    Blowing a Gasket !!

    Evening All. Its along story ...so i will condense. Basically Window company was supplying some bi-folds to go with our chartwell green UPVC theirs was aluminium ...and they asked is for a RAL ....we told then couldnt they just match it and that said they worked off RAL etc etc anyway the net result of all this is that RAL 6021 looks NOTHING like chartwell green ...far far darker So we decided to have them sprayed ...as the "blame game" was going on forever .... A company came out and try as they might they did not have a tape that would stick to the internal rubber seal to mask it ... no problem they said ....we will pull it out ....its a wedge gasket 5 minutes later they handed me a bunch of varying lengths of rubber and said "keep them clean and pop them in once its all dry and unmasked! I had to hand it to them their paint colour was SPOT ON ...but ..... when i went to put the gaskets in 2 days later ...no way would they go...tried using thin tools ..plastic tools euro wedges everything ... any more pressure and the glass would break for sure. Now along came the joiner and he noticed that around the aluminium doors was a detachable profile ...and after a bit of a wiggle and waggle it came loose BINGO ! ...so off i went with silicone spray and a plastic scraper and squeezed it into the profile ...as i THOUGHT it should go ....but it doesn't LOOK right and when i try to clip the profile back on its like there is TOO MUCH rubber on the other side or something ..it must be in wrong So i am hoping someone can tell me how to proceed ..I have some pics of the detachable profile and a rough image of the gasket cross section PS as you look at the pic...the LONG corner of the profile is the bit that sits deep in and effectively under the glass edge...and the tall flattest section is the one that faces into the sun-room. I know the bead MUST go into that rectangle notch some way ...but how is the question What a palava !
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    Pumping Enigma

    thanks for the advice guys ...and where was that coil price please ? The BCO hasn't signed it off yet ...but I am making sure that it is compliant with section H specifically the tank size / no of bedrooms and alarm if no redundancy is built in (single pump) and the fact we are running it to a mains sewer I cant see him having much objection ..but i will run it by him the alternative is cesspit ..and they seem to hate those
  10. Ed_MK

    Pumping Enigma

    Pump station specs are nightmare to evaluate.. *Some systems are quoted as 3in when they are actually only 2.5" systems with a 3" external pipe outlet!..the terminology used is often "kitted to 3"" or "discharging through 3"" with no mention of the ACTUAL pump diameter anywhere ....bit naughty *Alarms are included on some ...but not others ..."Alert indicator" sounds fancy ...but its not an alarm its a red light on the pump to show its getting current *Guide rail and Guide Chain!?! are not the same as they seem ..Guide "chain" is just a bloody chain * Tank sizes are often quoted to discharge height which is how you would want it, i mean if its over that ...its knackered ...but often you will hear "brim capacity" which means basically to overflowing I have 4 quotes in front of me ...so I will make a decision on Monday
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    Pumping Enigma

    Sorry ..me again! does anyone know why the suppliers say am better running the 90mm pipe to the manhole 37M away ? If i was to Boss it up to 110 it would be a quarter of the price ...I take it they have their reasons ? (apart from getting another 400 notes from us)
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    Pumping Enigma

    engineer said on our ground 600mm would be adequate ....but we KNEW we sat low and wanted to basically minimise site waste AND make sure we were high enough for a long flow..so ASKED for a 1000mm "foundation" ( i KNOW they KNEW very well what we meant, and WHY we were doing it ... and we had a datum on the site too) But when it came to the pour we were told that the 1000mm we were quoted for wasnt 1000mm of concrete it included the base block and kick brick and these are 400mm and so based on OUR datum we are now 400mm BELOW where we thought ... So ..we have 60+ tonne of subsoil to move about ....and are now pumping up (sigh) It's done and dusted and I cant go over the old argument ...needless to say get any term clearly "defined" in writing...but now it is what it is
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    Pumping Enigma

    Yes ...and i think its what we have settled on after talking to Anglian Water contractors Basically on our side of the fence will be a 3in Single Pump (solid handling at 65%)with a 1000L tank, guide rails and Automatic Alarm the outlet will be at 500m below DPC it will feed into 90mm pipe and run 30 metres down the wall of our in-laws into a new manhole that they are installing and then gravity out to the main sewer a further 25m this will mean we can fall gradually to a trench that will only be a metre at MOST (if that) at the inlaws corner ..(which is well past the narrow between houses) I am getting prices of between £1500 and £2300 for this setup (almost identical) ..including all the fittings to take 2 x 4" waste feeds and am told i basically REPLACE the planned manhole wit this station ..and away we go! I cant work out why the costs vary a bit ....but i do know that a 50m roll of 90mm drainage pipe is lot of money anyone got any advice .... (or a coil of 90mm!)
  14. Ed_MK

    Pumping Enigma

    Groundworkers were tools basically! and after stating the footings would be 1m of concrete changed his mind and set them for 600mm he said his 1m (included the trench block) which it didnt in my original plan ..needless to say we got into a big ruck and he demanded more dosh if we wanted 1m and so we had to settle at 600mm foundation pour Thing is the house now sits 400-600mm lower than planned and what was a LONG fall at 1:60 to get to the inlaws invert now means we are below their invert already buy about 200mm so we need to lower their run so we can feed into it so even with a shallow fall 1:80 tops we will be 1500mm down by the time we get to them 1:60 would leave us closer to 1800mm does that make sense ? We could easily run out at 1:60 to the road as the sewer is so bloody deep , but somewher along the line we havbe to 1. Fall a fair bit as the council will only allow a connection at invert level 2. Pick up the inlaws waste ...as if it wasn't for them ..none of this would be possible ...so i cant just sail past leaving them on a leaking cesspit
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    Pumping Enigma

    Well perhaps the workers that came (Anglian subcontractors) were doom and gloom, but sadly they put the willies up my father-in-law with all the talk of subsidence, underrmining, underpinning et al ! I drew it out roughly to scale below ...but as i have no experience in civil engineering, does it look like a chilean mining disaster waiting to happen ? I mustb admit when 3 irishmen are stood around a laser level repeating as a mantra "its deep, maybe too deep Pat" ..."oh its deep alright Mick, very deep" ..."what do you think Michael" ...."it's a deep bas*** alright boys" etc etc