Ed_MK

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About Ed_MK

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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

    Fence Calculation

    Well the Japs can keep it ! Its a pigging eyesore LOL If you see them about ....tell them I have about 20 broken pallets lying about .... ..I am sure they could knock up a masterpiece of modern urban and industrial decay with them
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    Fence Calculation

    well... i have been told I have the best ground for building. .its basically 12 inches of loose earth and grit. ..and as you get deeper it gets grittier. stoner and sandier. water just bloody vanishes in it... not so good for flowers me thinks
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    Fence Calculation

    Hi Peter I like Hit and Miss...sadly the wife thinks it is too "gappy" I will call Jewsons ..as I have a good contact there and see what the costs for various will be
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    Fence Calculation

    Hi all, Hope you having a good Crimbo ...so far! I have started thinking about my fence ....I am clearing the site and will be getting a mini-digger in just to smooth it about and also dig the soakaway and other BIG holes! But now all the trees are bare it is really exposed to the road and the wife has asked me how much it will cost to do ...I am dreading all those bloody holes ...but there you go . currently it is a mixture of council Post and rail ...along road side about 200 foot of it ....which i wont be moving just erecting within it. The remainder of the side is mostly facing my inlaws and the back of the neighbours gardens and is composed of mainly rotting waney lap panels and in some cases ...no fence at all , i have had to chicken wire it to keep the dog in So the plan is to erect a closeboard fence on post and rail to match the 30 foot that was erected by a neighbour 2 years ago and is good looking and solid I have only ever done Concrete and Panel ...so I am hoping I got my calcs right...its about 350 foot all around excluding gate and good bit and i was told Post and rail is normally 10 foot spans ..So i come up with (the attached) To match the good fence there it needs to be 7 foot ..SO I have allowed for this...Down here I have noticed Southerners refer to "gravel boards" While us up north call them "base panels" ...I am sure they are the same I plan top treat the 2 foot of the post in he ground with roofing bitumen to over ground level and also drive several 6" nail into it before concrete (I used to see my old dad do this ...and his fences seemed to stand forever ...so I will copy it!) Wherever i look to buy the wood seems to suggest the following 1. Feather boards (shaped like a wedge) .....but the good ones in place are 10x1 cm planks (lapping 1cm) ...so should i not copy them ? 2. Also the rails I am quoted seem to be cut diagonally ..I have never seen this ...I would normally "presume" they were 4x2 ..stronger? 3. Some timber place told me I would need to put a rebated capping along the top ...presumable to help water drip off ...the current solid fence doesn't have this...its more money again ....but is it worth it ? Any advice of clarification from anyone that knows better is appreciated
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    RAL, and the Chartwell Mystery !!!

    I must say though. since I have been building my house ..I have tried to get the best price for anything and any work. Sure I have used trustatrader, checkatrade and occasionally walked on the darkside with Gumtree and facebook But i am thinking ..is it me? I seem to have attracted more cowboys than a rodeo, and more c**ks than desiree cousteau! ..maybe in a past life i was Pol Pot or something
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    RAL, and the Chartwell Mystery !!!

    Well it actually is ..as the classic and others may contain SIMILAR if not identical colours but they have different reference numbers The RAL classic is the widest used and regardless of there being a SPECIAL RAL range for plastics ...you will find that most UPVC/Ally windows actually refer to the choice by a classic RAL ...mostly...ish If you have 1. a RAL colour wheel 2. a sample of a painted product you are trying to match 3. and some sunlight as you should NOT do it inside (especially under Cool Lighting) you shouldn't go FAR wrong what you dont do is 1. use a picture off your phone sent to you by the fitters ...of a range of RAL colours 2. then google the closest match on RAL to hmmmmm, lets say chartwell green!!! ...or ruby red, bone white, anthracite shadow , cuddly copper, jaundiced jade or whatever other utter COCK DRIBBLE NAME that a manufacturer chooses to apply to some stuff they sell to make it sound either funky or classy Oh ..and another thing If you call an on-site paint spraying company and they tell you that they can "spray anything any colour in the known universe" once they ask you ....."what shade of green are you trying to get to my pal?" ...."Grass Green" or "Leaf Green" " RAL? ...Nah We don't do that RAL nonsense pal ...its just for manufacturers and stuff, like bingo ...you pick a number and see if you are lucky" " we got 40 years between us ...we do it by eye" No Just don't Just hang up...you will waste 30 mins of your life ,...trust me
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    RAL, and the Chartwell Mystery !!!

    Hmm ..I like the idea as then it wouldnt look so bad ..i.e a failed match...CLEVER but of course it would still have to be painted,, and i suppose if thats the case it may as well be in the old chartwell I mean its not uber noticeable until the SUN hits that side of the house ...then it looks painful I went out last night to check the house was locked up and to be honest i couldnt tell the difference...Result ? Not Quite ...it was 9.30PM and i could hardly see my own feet LOL
  8. Ed_MK

    RAL, and the Chartwell Mystery !!!

    Thanks Wozza I will give them a call ...
  9. Ed_MK

    Waste Removal

    the cheeky buggers !
  10. Ed_MK

    RAL, and the Chartwell Mystery !!!

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo B*LLS ...by the way ...if anyone out there has the same Chartwell Green UPVC ....(the other windows) Most (if not all) companies appear to use an identical PVC wrap .... and if you are painting wood to accompany it Use ... Weather shield Tuscan glade 3 xxxxxx-120Y (For satin) This MUST be painted with 2 coats on top of Weathershield White Primer (Medium Base) This will get you a near PERFECT match with your windows ... Trial and Error got me there ....so save yourself time and money on me !
  11. Well that tops off a really crap week! Just had the fitters come and fit the last doors ....INCLUDING the specially made aluminium bifold Of course like everything else outside the house ...it is in "chartwell green" ...UPVC doors, Windows, Rafter Feet, Fascia Board ....EVERYTHING Off i went to make them tea and butties and when i came back BOOM...WTF ...I hope thats plastic film i asked! >No my friend ....its the colour I said ...it is NOTHING like chartwell green >I agree my friend So why have i got it > We dont make these doors is aluminium you need to talk boss...is special made to order Yes i remember >and we gave your wife a colour swatch and a form to fill in why, just make them the same as the PVC ones you supplied >because they only do the RAL colour ..so you have to choose close match well she never picked this >ok , you call office, i am only fitter so after an hour.... i got a scan of the order and sure enough she wrote down swatch RAL 6021 which according to the internet is the closest RAL colour to chartwell bloody green but she SWEARS the swatch was nowhere near as dark as this So ...i am sure she cant live with it ....see picture .. They will not refund our £2k as we chose the colour So i guess we have to change the colour ourselves.... Anyone have any ideas? ...only the outside PS ANYONE ELSE WANTING TO FALL INTO THE CHARTWELL GREEN CLUB. REMEMBER THIS ....I HAS SPOKE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE AND CHARTWELL GREEN IS N-O-T A RECOGNISED COLOUR IT DOES N-O-T HAVE AN RGB OR CMYK VALUE ... WHAT THIS MEANS IS THAT ANY COMPANY DOING A SIMILAR GREENY SHADE CAN CALL IT "CHARTWELL GREEN" SO BE AWARE ...IF YOU DONT GET A FINISHED PAINTED/COATED SAMPLE OF WHAT YOU WANT ...DO N-O-T BUY IT
  12. Ed_MK

    Waste Removal

    Well in MK it sadly is not any of the ways above... If they see so much as a Beans tin in the paper sack it gets left. and if the bin bag has anything sticking out ....think empty bacofoil roll ....they leave it. Even the green bin... if it is too heavy and you leave it a few weeks ..they grab the handle and then walk off. I mean it WAS a 74 year old woman that wheeled it out to the kerb !!! Forgot the grab lorry idea already ...I am getting 1 or 2 skips in the new year now I did try the "man and a van" option a few days ago from the local paper ...A man came out and said he would shift the lot for 350 done! But then he wanted me to "book it" by paying 50% up front to cover "tipping costs" this was BEFORE he loaded a damn thing. I must look soft in the head ...LOL
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    Waste Removal

    Understood. I guess i have not been frugal enough with mine separating it never came to mind ....also most of it was "dumped on the pile" by various trades. Including discarded lunch in carrier bags and now we have furry friends in there too ... i saw one I would like to think it was a mouse .....but deep down i know it is a ..."pedigree siberian hamster" I think Manuel called it in fawlty towers nice
  14. I must admit, I wasn't excited at the thought of spending Xmas filling at LEAST one large skip with the waste from my build. then someone suggested a grab service ...GREAT (i thought) But after calling several companies up that advertised removal of a load starting from £199 I realised it was the usual BAIT advertising. the asked what the waste was ....General Building ...you know the stuff ...Some Rubble sacks, bits of offcut wood and plaster board some timber, the odd few broken bricks and roof tiles etc etc The quotes came in at almost 800 quid ! and some very DUBIOUS practises ..... Like the company that wanted to charge me a STANDING charge of £170 + VAT and then £150 + VAT per tonne Minimum job = 3 Tonne But you have to pay for 10 Tonne up front and then they "refund " you once it is weighed...hmmmm I mean i have really minimised on waste ...saving all useable bricks and hard standing for later projects and cannibalising any useful wood for studding and stuff later ... Just seems like a lot to me ...maybe because I am in MK Of course there is always the lads from the camp sites wanting a "few quid to move your rubbish mister" but I am 100% sure this would be fly-tipped ..so I wouldnt but I can see why people are sometimes forced to use this option
  15. Ed_MK

    Internal Fire Doors

    Hi, I am about to purchase my internal doors they are all solid "cottage style doors" ...you know the ones with an oak veneer like these: https://www.travisperkins.co.uk/Hardwood-Oak-Suffolk-Internal-Door-1981mm-x-838mm-x-35mm/p/480461?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIr6qNpObz3gIVD53tCh0hbg1DEAQYBCABEgJDtfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Now my joiner has asked me do any have to be "fire rated" ..I have ploughed through the building regs and I am a little confused (its usual) some bits seem to suggest that its only over 2 stories or garages or something some other sites refer to FD30 and FD60 and special door linings... some say 35mm cant be fire rated and i should go for 44mm I do WANT to make it a safe job, as we are nearing a build though... money is tight and I dont want to fit £200 doors that would shield the space shuttle if i dont have to ....well not in all doorways anyway ! I dont have many doors downstairs as it is open plan ...just lounge, a small wc and utility really but upstairs there are bedroom and bathrooms, en-suite etc I suppose there are 2 questions .... a) what is the legal requirement? b) would you go above and beyond in certain rooms ..just to be safe? I have spent so much time making sure that any insulation is fire rated, and made sure that cavities, breaks and battens are all done well and doubled up where i could..so i dont want to skimp on places where it really matters ..if you get me