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    Project – Unmodernised 1960s semi-detached with new extension, 75sq.m. -> 130sq.m. 80% COMPLETE

    Location – South Manchester

    Foundations – Depressingly traditional. Strip footings with NEW: 150mm concrete slab over 100mm EPS and 100mm PIR, OLD: suspended timber floor.

    Construction – Brick & block, 100mm cavity, wool batts, Pitched cold roof with concrete tiles and 300mm glass wool insulation (eventually)

    Glazing - generic 2G uPVC, 2g Alu bifold and 2 composite doors.

    Heating - Gas central heating from Baxi 33kW combi boiler with uncommissioned ground floor UFH in extension.

    Hot water - Same Baxi gas combi boiler

    Ventilation - Nada

    Utilities - Existing supplies to house. Completely re-plumbed and electrical re-wire in 2015 before extension project

    Water - Mains (supply and sewage)

    Renewables - Nada.

    Finishes - Floor tiles and engineered wood.

    Other - Extensive landscaping required on 250sq. m garden and future DIY timber frame man cave.
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  1. Safety nets - yes, bail outs - no. The result of the last bail-out is 14 years and counting of zombie economy and all those things the little people have done like picking Brexit, Trump, Corbyn and Boris. The keep trying to push inflation but it’s just not happening yet. @epsilonGreedy has it in for government borrowing but private sector borrowing was a car crash in many sectors and look, here we are.
  2. It amazes me we haven’t gone down the same sort of path as Argentina. So, sure, we can bail out the feckless once more.
  3. Even if the spoon were magnetic (is it?) Is there enough substance to it for the job not to throw a safety error? The base of the induction stick cannot just be there to stop it falling over. Try a small saucepan in the bottom of a large Pyrex dish. (I am not trying this at home)
  4. I watched that when you posted it yesterday. I’m probably going to go for simple footing and a slab on the basis of showing people how wrong they are who say laying 30 blocks level is quite simple.
  5. It’s been snowing for 2 hours as well, wtf. cabin position is not yet under water but it is dark out there. I think we’re getting to the stage where the upstream culvert is limiting the flow past us.
  6. Oh come on, surely you could re-engineer a portable induction hob to do this by Xmas 2024
  7. Cheers Storm Christoph, do your worst.
  8. All good stuff and I’ve long wanted to be more like Germany but not actually a mercantilist bully. But it didn’t happen 1997-2010, didn’t happen 2010- now and won’t happen in the future.
  9. My point was there are always outliers that people can pick to ‘prove’ that some hugely unfair system is completely and utterly fair. Look at house prices in Northern Ireland for instance. None of that negates the fact that a lot of central bank financial support post 2007 went straight into residential property and not into all the good things @Bitpipe mentions. It is confidence in this market that seems to be the underpinning of the entire UK economy. A market where the bulk of the democratic power is held by you know whom 😉
  10. Is it wrong to suggest that if one complained about the removal of double tax relief it would smack of entitlement? As for councils, road repairs and bins, maybe the EHOs at a push.
  11. And the pay rises were how much? Its an old one but its a good one https://www.ft.com/content/241733ea-317b-3256-ba63-bb3571e0a1f4 https://grandemotte.wordpress.com/modern-myths-2-interest-rates-are-lower-so-buying-an-expensive-house-is-cheap/ Plus from 1983 to 2000 you were getting tax relief on mortgage payments.
  12. Are you familiar with the Paris Hilton meme? The way to solve poverty, is to stop being poor. The problem is if you 'grow the economy' by pumping debt into it (broken housing market, student fees etc, etc) and unlimited immigration you may be increasing the number of buttons in the economy but you're not improving the economy 😉 I wouldn't recommend turning the country into an English speaking, patronisingly caricatured tax haven based on over-enthusiastic sentimentality either. I was going to lower the tone there but I'll just give you another Partridge-esque shrug. Sounds reasonable and also shows what a resounding failure the last few decades have been.
  13. I don’t disagree about the political trope regarding national budgets, I just think that the increasing expectation that households should be run this national government perpetual debt way is even worse. We’re expected to prop up the economy, spend everything, saving is a sin etc, etc. And I don’t know about you but I was worried about plenty coming out of the Labour Party last autumn. The anti-Semitism? The confiscation of private property? The carbon net zero targets? The reason not to have winter elections is not the weather, it’s because the lunatics at the party conference are still all too readily remembered.