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Hecateh last won the day on December 23 2017

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  1. I guess regulations for many of these things come into being because people do just this. So regulations are put into place saying these things have to be done professionally or at least signed off by a professional. - some or many of whom submit or sign off the same false or inadequate reports - usually whilst indemnifying themselves against inaccuracies (incompetencies) (despite charging stupid amounts for doing so) knowing that 99 times out of a 100, at least, that problems are unlikely to occur in the future close enough for them to still be close enough to have their accountability enforced. Then something like Grenfall happens and everyone starts covering their backs and demanding paper trails - which often aren't worth the 'cyberspace' they take up because everyone has covered their own backs so the accountability goes round in circles. ... Meaning the poor bugger who paid the premium because of the issue is also left with the responsibility because they can't afford to take on the company who put them in this position (Company in this case being 1. big business who can easily afford to take on the individual 2. someone who has already gone out of business or 3. small company who have no money so will just go bankrupt because they can't pay.
  2. You can bet the 'young lady' is going to spend the weekend griping about people who don't want to pay their way at the very least. At the 'best' end of the spectrum she will be whinging about not being appreciated and getting into bother for 'trying to do her job' and ungrateful bosses
  3. Depends on the time of year - Although it is not my problem as have a main contractor and fixed cost for standard build. We have lost 7 full days out of the last month
  4. Stephen Hawking

    Love how, even religious leaders are singing his praises despite hin saying "that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” ...
  5. Stephen Hawking

    I suspect a 'similar' voice will be used for many things once 'a(n in)decent' time has elapsed
  6. What’s for dinner?

    Remember when rump steak was £1 per 1 lb - not so the other
  7. StructuralEngineer

  8. Fed up!

    @Onoff monthly wine delivery - rotating through three suppliers for obvious reasons (Naked wine, Asda and Aldi) AND still - I got a delivery of something else and the driver said 'Makes a change from wine'
  9. Fed up!

    Chocolate is for kids (and good people) the rest of us want alcohol
  10. Fed up!

    Men make all the big decisions like Who rules the country Why the referee is an 'idiot' How to solve world poverty; global warming; world conflict etc Whereas women only make the minor ones Where you/we live Go on holiday; Eat; when a doctor is needed etc etc
  11. Brainstorming should we be offended - not according to the epilepsy organisation or the epilepsy foundation BUT YES according to the Daily Fail (and others). Although no longer available an epilepsy magazine used to be call 'Brainstorm' Another example of PC gone mad
  12. Selfbuild, a new career pathway?

    Thoughts A bit above B&Q support - not quite a consultant ... or maybe a consultant by another name ... 'projecteer'? 'mentor'? (In the WWW world we aren't constrained by outdated notions, don't have to be onsite etc etc) Not in it to make huge amounts of money BUT as a supplementary income (perhaps supplementary to pension) (Who would have thought a few years ago anyone could make an income from blogging, vlogging or the like) Are we normal? - NO. Do I fit any of the profiles you have described? NO. Whilst I fully own my property I don't have an income and decided building in my garden was better than any of the boxes I could buy. Whilst I can decorate and build flatpack that is about the limit of my practical skills. I have arranged all the finances, utilities etc and am maintaining spreadsheets for cost etc. I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. Whilst I like to control things, as an unfit (maybe in more than one way) single person in my 60's with minimal DIY skills, I have to hand over some control however unwillingly. Am I average - I definitely hope not but there are others out there like me who don't have the skills or knowledge to go it alone but given the chance would really love to 'build' their own. What is often stopping them is lack of knowledge that it is a possibility and fear (often the biggest fear is being ripped off or taken for a ride). I read a statistic that says there are currently about 17000 people self-building each year. There must be at least as many who would love to. My finished house won't be passive but it will be much much better than an off the peg from the likes of Barratt or whoever are the current mass builders My finished house won't be high end - but it will suit my needs better than a mass market one. My finished house will be much better than anything mass market I could have bought but it would have been even better, for the same cost, if I had known, when I started, what I know now and what I have learned from this site. I also don't know what my mental state would have been now if I hadn't found this site. My finished house, despite spending a large proportion on labour costs will still come in at less than £150 sqm. I have no idea if anyone on here could make a career out of supporting novices to self build I do believe there are some who could supplement their income by doing so if their concern stayed with support, education and material/labour sourcing rather than making a fortune especially bearing in mind self-build is currently being encouraged. I don't know what would have persuaded me to 'buy' the service of a 'projecteer'. But (admittedly with hindsight) I think 5k for a projecteer (mentor??) who I trusted would have been good value and would have saved me more. With a minimum specified access to interaction. Alternatively, an hourly rate for an open online chat, Research time to be negotiated (As in – I can check that out for you it will take me around x hours at £x per hour) This may be a load of waffle (I am the good side of a bottle of wine) Marketing via Facebook? Whilst the most helpful on her are not representative of 'your average house buyer' neither are you necessarily representative of the average self build person. I'm sure that whilst many are like you there are also many who know what they want but 'have' to let someone else decide how to get there. For many of them, someone who would genuinely try to get them what they wanted without them having to learn a lot of skills they have neither the time nor the inclination to learn, would be worth their weight in gold. So far as I can see, the main issue is the marketing
  13. Help me find a shower

    I;m sure she would accept mirror finished chrome if she truly believed you would polish them on a weekly basis. Lovely when clean but take some maintenance
  14. Part K handrails for stairs

    This site seems to explain the regulations well and doesn't mention a minimum diameter for hand rails. It also says that the first 2 stairs do not need a handrail https://www.wonkeedonkeerichardburbidge.co.uk/building-regulations-explained/
  15. PV and battery

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.” ― Charles Dickens