Ed_MK

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About Ed_MK

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    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

    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
  2. 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
  3. Ed_MK

    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)
  4. Ed_MK

    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
  5. Ed_MK

    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!)
  6. 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
  7. Ed_MK

    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
  8. Ed_MK

    Pumping Enigma

    hmmm. i see. well the inlaws are currently on a 40yr old cesspit in the rear garden ...so their current invert level isn't deep at all ...around 450mm down! whilst the main mahole in the road is 2.7 metres down ...but again the road surface is about 500mm lower than their land ...so in total the fall from theirs would be over 3M and the distance is about 25M from their invert to the main manhole ...so QUITE a fall !! the plan was to dig theirs deeper and i would originally connect to them and then fall out at a respectable 1:60 to the road. Regarding the under-pinning ...the team that came estimated for plan A ...(normal pipe run) to work with a decent fall when the trench had to go along our inlaws house it would be falling at between 1.5M and 2.0M deep and due to the space between their house and a neighbours garden wall (2M gap ..it would be TOO deep to be so CLOSE as the trench would be almost 500mm away from the in laws exterior wall which they estimated at 600mm foundation deep) and so would be BELOW them and potentially unsafe..if that makes sense attached pic should help the challenge is the highlighted line in regards to the zig-zag (section close to building) the things i CANNOT change are A - my invert D - Anglians invert we can "play" with anything else but where it gets close to the in-laws house, i don't really want to risk undermining, and we only have 2m gap to play with ..and at least ONCE i hear them talking about the "angle of repose" ... which as we know is always a bad phrase I am told
  9. Ed_MK

    Pumping Enigma

    Houston ...we have a ... (well you know what we have) Basically the engineer working for Anglian water came out today and checked the falls. (If you know already ..i wont bore you ...but we are running all the services through our inlaws house to the road in front of their house as the road we have an entrance on the services are "unadopted" ....long story .....but) ...anyway. Due to the distance of around 45m from main sewer to our invert ...we have to fall TOO far.. ...and it would be a smidge under 2m deep along the house which is too close for comfort ...without underpinning which is financially a non starter ..so someone suggested a pump ...! ...sounds good ... But of course we are ALSO picking up our inlaws waste when we run out to the mains sewer ...as that was part of the deal (they are currently on an old and dilapidated rear garden cesspit) So my question (which even the waste company couldn't answer) is ... Will my pump a the proposed location effectively SHOVE the waste out to the sewer when it HAS to pass through our inlaws manhole as well ? any Pump Gurus online ? see attached for a handy pic
  10. Well it is nothing drastically stunning like some of the tiling jobs i have seen on here. but i DO have 2 bathrooms to do in our self build ...not so big about 2x3M each Its ONLY the floor ...as I will get a REAL tradesman to do the little ones on the wall. But i need to get these done to fit the sanitary ware etc and i thought i would "have a go" So.... the floors are 22mm Structural Ply ..solid as a rock they are .... but just in case (and lookig at Youtube advice) I have bought some 6mm Hardbacker and I will screw this down on thinfix to the floor for added stability I had planned to then just use my flexible adhesive to fix the tiles and flexible grout to finish and VOILA..done! but a tradesman (Joiner) said i should really "tank" the floor ...hmmm. I am already adding 6-8mm for the hardback and thinset and then say another 6-7mm for the adhesive and they are a 10mm tile to boot!! ...So I am already into quite a transition from the carpet and thick underlay planned for the landing. what do you think he meant by "tanking" ...I mean I was already thinking of slapping some PVA on the floor before the thinset and hardback ..or would this hurt adhesion I mean i thought tanking was for cellars, wetrooms or swimming pools ..I mean how much water can splash out of a bath when me and the wife get in ? ...not at the same time ....cheeky!
  11. Ed_MK

    RAL, and the Chartwell Mystery !!!

    Thanks Craig I went with a local company ....as distance seemed to factor in price ... they are sorting the right colour using some outsource spectrometer thingy Watch this space
  12. 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
  13. Ed_MK

    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
  14. Ed_MK

    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
  15. Ed_MK

    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