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  • Birthday 03/09/1963

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    Self builder in the Highlands, see my blog here <a href="http://www.willowburn.net" rel="external nofollow">http://www.willowburn.net</a>
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  1. I would organise a percolation test. Only then can you calculate the area of land required, and then with that, and the limiting distances to buildings etc, work out just where it can actually fit on the plot. Our previous house required 85 square metres of soakaway.
  2. This should be checked before you bought the plot. You WILL need a drainage field. And depending on the percolation test results it might end up using a lot of land. I do hope you have enough land to accommodate it, or an agreement with a neighbouring land owner for the drainage field to be under their land. It is perfectly possible to get planning permission for a house you cannot actually build or cannot occupy if you cannot get a drainage solution.
  3. That will be down to the amount and decrement delay of the insulation. Our house is all timber, plenty of insulation but of a type with a slow decrement delay. The house only ever heats up or cools down very slowly. That is not because it has lots of "mass", it doesn't, but because the type of insulation.
  4. With a properly air tight house, very little draught enters the house when you open just one window or door.
  5. ProDave

    Dimmer issues

    Perhaps the rogue current your smart switch draws reduces once it's storage capacitor is charged, so it is only an issue when the switch is first connected from new?
  6. ProDave

    Dimmer issues

    Is this your no neutral smart switch?
  7. In many ways your downstairs layout is similar to ours. I suggest you make the living room just a little bigger (shrink the plant room which rarely needs to be large) and then have double doors into the living room directly opposite the double doors into the kitchen / diner. Ours are double glass doors and we like being able to have all the doors open making the whole downstairs feel like one big open space, or closing them when we want it to be snug. Edited to add a picture looking from the kitchen / diner, across the hall and through into the living room
  8. Yes BUT. The replacement plant will be electric. That is a lot of extra green electricity needed if it is not to simply shift the emissions to a power station instead. AND that will only recycle old steel, not make new virgin steel from ore. We probably still need that new virgin steel somewhere in the world, so it is almost certain that new steel will just be made somewhere else, another country getting the jobs and the profit, while being "blamed" for the polution. But not to worry, it helps us meet our target so none of that metters.
  9. The lack of tundish and discharge pipework is serious. Has the installer signed this off as it is non compliant. Get them back to correct this. What on earth is that rats nest of wiring in the bottom, did they do that? It sounds like your mains supply cannot support much flow. You will be lucky to get 2 simultaneous showers from that. Perhaps a mains accumulator would solve that?
  10. I did my own. I bought an old Komatsu 3ton tracked digger. Digging foundations needs a bit of thought as you want to dig them in an order that avoids you tracking back over a finished trench, and working out how you are going to shift the excavated soil and where are you going to store it for re use or muck away. And the depth is not always constant, it is usually once you pass through the top soil into the harder sub soil, which may not be the same depth all over especially on a sloping site. There you want to step the bottom of the trench not make it sloping. Drains are easy it's the working out how to get a downhill fall all the way without it being too shallow or too deep. That is something you need to work out on paper, not in the seat of the digger. Also be sure before you go down this route your builder is happy for you to do this work.
  11. I lie somewhere between your view and that of the climate change fanatics. It makes a lot of sense to move away from excessive oil usage for no other reason that it will run out one day. So moving what we can to wind generated electricity is perfectly logical, And if that gives cleaner air to breath, then that is good as well. I do love my new house for it's low energy usage and lovely internal climate, near constant temperature, constant fresh air, low humidity, no damp or condensation etc. I really would not want to go back to the 1930's house I had that was cold and damp and frightfully hard to heat, or even the 1980's house I had after that, that was still hard to heat but at least it was not damp. Most people seem to worry how are they going to afford to heat their home. Heating is a minority of my energy usage. I do honestly hope EV's will mature and eventually I will drive one, but that may not be until I have ticked off most of my bucket list and am too old and decrepit to be dragging a tin tent behind me around the countryside (some will say that day can't come soon enough)
  12. Well an update. The oven was due another clean. SWMBO works in a cafe and tells me of their oven cleaner (just branded as M3) works like you expect, squirt it on, wait a bit, wipe it off. I have been unable to identify any "M3" oven cleaner so I took a punt on this one on ebay https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/404801471547 It is branded as "K3" (anyone know exactly what these mean) SWMBO says it looks and smells like the M3 stuff they use. Today was the day to try it, and almost effortly I have a clean oven. Just why is it all the stuff on sale to the public in the supermarkets is such ineffective rubbish when proper cleaners are available?
  13. Next doors septic tank outflow. I could draw above that (from the farmers field) but I strongly suspect another house further upstream has a septic tank soakaway that "leaks" into the burn.
  14. WBS definitely and a supply of ready wood in the shed. In our old house we had power off for 3 or 4 days and survived like that Flushing water could come from our burn but that is most definitely not drinking water. How likely is mains supply water failure? We have had plenty of power cuts but never a water cut. We have LPG for cooking. Come to mention it, our touring caravan is designed as an off grid "home" so all you really need is food and drinking water. If we can't get drinking water and fuel for transport then you are into the territory of any number of "end of the world" disaster films. There you want an underground bunker with many many months of stored food water and fuel.
  15. And just to add a twist to this, my daughter is a L driver (test in 8 weeks, unless it gets cancelled again) She needed to learn in a manual car, which of course means ICE. Now it is certain in her lifetime there won't be any ICE cars left (apart from perhaps still some classics) but even so, she did not want to lean in and then be restricted to automatic cars. so we bought a small ICE car for her.
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