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  • About Me
    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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    South Manchester

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  1. I'm doing this wrong, very wrong. I will soon have 50,000 amex points, a smattering of Virgin points from 4 individuals transatlantic flights and about the same in emirates points from 2 Asian flights. What is the point of these worthless points?
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    Discount Offers of the Week

    Some bargains in my local Aldi today worth trying yours if you are passing. They must be have a clear out. Amongst others: 4 remote control plug sockets £17.49 to £2.49 Sharpening Station £14.99 to £3.99 12v dril £22.99 to £7.99
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    GB Energy. Who is Next?

    And now bust.
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    GB Energy. Who is Next?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46756909 out of tariff and the price has rocketed so this should be fun
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    Buying a house

    Doesn’t say much when it has been posited on here a few times that we, as householders, get dodgy tradesmen because the ‘good’ ones work for developers
  6. But most people slated the architect and ‘trickle down’, lol.
  7. Interesting how we all display our prejudices so openly. For the avoidance of doubt, the client gets not even a shred of sympathy from me pure on the basis of what he does to steal a living.
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    Joist Hangers: too many holes?

    That should be on T-shirts
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    Inspection Camera

    Er... cable rods?
  10. Best thing we did when we lived in a very very cold house. We still use it in our normal temperature (I.e. cool) house now. Could put it on a timer so you don’t forget.
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    Let there be (more) light...

    Thanks. The current fitting is that configuration but only 3 lamps not 5 and they are much smaller lamps. We have a 3 lamp Ikea Basisk elsewhere in the house and are considering using something like that. The lamps do face down but can be angled away from a direct shine.
  12. I have a room approx 3x3m ceiling 2.4m high. It has a single central light fitting. This has 3 mini globe 5w LED bulbs. The room is east facing and struggle for natural light but it also used when it is dark. Whilst the current light fitting is more than adequate for normal use, it is not bright enough for my wife to use for work. She offers a variety of treatments. For the really fiddly stuff she uses a magnifying led light visor but for more general stuff the room light is not bright enough. Her clients will often be laying down looking at the ceiling (and light) She needs a simple retrofit light fitting that is quite a bit brighter than the current one that does not blind her clients but doesn’t want to turn what is supposed to a relaxed environment into a dental examination room. I have looked at retrofit LED single panel lights in the order of 24W but am unsure if it will be both, not bright enough for the whole room and too bright for the person lying down. A freestanding light would be a PITA but some wall mounted uplights might be possible (with trailing wall wires). what sort of lighting should I be looking for?
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    Crimping hell

    I’ve seen better strippers in my time.
  14. daiking

    Caulk to me, baby