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Hecateh last won the day on August 2 2019

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  • Birthday January 28

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  • About Me
    Building a split level bungalow in the garden of my bigger one. Reason 1) fund retirement 2) benefit from modern technology in building and insulation 3) future proof - although on this I am taking a step back also as my current bungalow has no stairs
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    Hoyland, Close to M1 Junction 36

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  1. I have an old corded drill that I currently use but most of what I do is internal and so into plaster board or at most breeze block. There may be occasional brick to go into (Hanging Baskets outside) but it's a modern house-brick - not like the engineering brick my old house is built of Next year I will be doing the garden and wanting to build raised beds with wood I have (old scaffold board, pallets and decking) and possibly sleepers. Much as I would like, in some ways, to have other power tools I don't think I will get much use out of them and my son has a load of things I can occasionally borrow. It won't get lots of use but I do need it to be reliable and reasonably light. @PeterW are these the same https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Bosch-Professional-2608595362-MULTICONSTRUCTION-BIT/dp/B004Z0TPNY/ref=sr_1_12?crid=10Z7SQ093J0YS&keywords=bosch+multi+purpose+drill+bits&qid=1571130768&sprefix=bosch+multi+p%2Caps%2C233&sr=8-12 - they look identical but ... I'm not sure
  2. Is this a good deal? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bosch-Cordless-Combi-Lithium-Ion-Batteries/dp/B00L3XK06C/ref=gbps_img_s-4_1a55_6e2e06f6?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_p=88f6b64b-8dd4-4955-9326-9efe67a81a55&pf_rd_s=slot-4&pf_rd_t=701&pf_rd_i=gb_main&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=MTTSQV86HM75P9QKNX3W
  3. Another one for a motion movement sensor night light. I had one built in but my ensuite and dressing room are all one room with a dividing wall down about 2/3rds of it. My wonderful electrician put the sensor so it goes on as I go through the dressing area and if i'm longer than 2 minutes in the loo(which is rare but has been know) the light goes off so I have a back up battery one. I wouldn't have bothered with the built in if I had known, a few of the battery ones which are not expensive, would have been plenty. The batteries last about 6 months so no big deal there.
  4. Without having read this thread I was discussing similar with family last night. Whee I would have my extra metre is on the dining alcove. It currently looks fine - when not in use. In order to use it properly, the seating in lounge has to be moved. Even an extra 3 - 400 mm in depth would have made the difference.
  5. I think I'd be better at telling you who to avoid. Some were worse than others but none were brilliant. Only definite recommendation is DIY kitchens at Pontefract - lots on here have used them too - but it will be a while before you get that far.
  6. Hi, welcome to the forum. Whereabouts in Yorkshire are you. I'm close to junction 36, and my build is more or less finished apart from drive, garden, skirting boards and doors.
  7. My admittedly old sat nav told me I was there and the showroom was on the right. It wasn't - it was a bit further along on a road down to the left. My phone map got me there though so I suspect a newer sat nav will be fine. I'm only 20 minutes away so I went about 4 times before I order but a couple were at weekends when they are very busy so it was easier to see someone to go through my plan during the week. It's a great place. I took my sister once and it nearly persuaded her she needed a new kitchen ---- she definitely doesn't but was so enthusiastic about it when she told a friend, in Bristol, that the kitchens were great and it wasn't worth paying 3 times as much for the one her friend was looking at. The friend made the journey from Bristol to visit (adding in a weekend visit somewhere) and was equally impressed. They now have one and love it.
  8. another vote for DIY kitchens. Units available in 50mm increments so pretty flexible
  9. I had a tension rod which I could take up and down - where to put it when down was the issue. For this reason and because the curtain will slide along more easily I have changed to a curtain wire. Curtains are sheer and very light and gap is 2.7m. I want blinds up for the winter but can't afford them yet and just want this to provide a slight solar gain barrier, probably won't really need it again after today. The gap is filled by a door - opening out and a bifold, also opening out so there is no fouling. AND the curtains will only be operated gently by me. So it to inside the reveal, I don't think command hooks will work - used them in the old house for the shower curtain and was having to refix every couple of weeks with a direct pull - if placed so the tension was sideways they didn't even last that long.
  10. I'm putting some voiles up on a wire in the reveal. Where is it best to fix the wire? To the window itself, the top of the reveal or the side walls?
  11. I haven't been visiting this site much recently and missed this. I got the same information in an email from a couple of days ago FFS what next. I suppose I need to contact them now and find out what happens now.
  12. I got in a mess with bridging. It was at 13% so extortionate but I planned for it and all should have been fine. Then the house took much longer than planned Then my old house didn't sell and still hasn't I am lucky my sister is loaded and loaned me the money to pay it off but as I am not earning anything I would have been totally up the khyber if she wasn't able to help.
  13. As things become more automated - an 'Alexa' or similar positioned in the bathroom to enable oral 'drop in' check
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