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  1. Ferdinand

    Bannister - diy construction

    I do not see that cutting a hole in PB is too difficult, but you know your room. But there is nothing stopping you using a mortise and tenon joint. Fix a 2x2x4 inch section of timber to your ceiling joist through the pb, then route or chisel out a 1x1x4 piece from each of your 2 halves of newel post. Fit the newel around the timber on the ceiling, then glue, and screw horizontally from both sides just below the ceiling, or bolt through. If you are only fixing from below then vertically well spaced out attach points are important, as the torque of someone leaning on it across the line of the bannisters is the one with the large load and long lever and no racking strength in resistance, which is provided the other way by the length and grid of the banisters. Perhaps consider triangulating it that way if you can, using for example triangular brackets at the corners. Ferdinand
  2. My general view is that covenants are so expensive actually to enforce (High Court?) that someone has to be really seriously narked or their property fundamentally damaged for them to do it. But some are willing to risk 5 figures on a perc I’ve affront...
  3. Somewhat extensive explanation on Restrictive Covenants by Gary Baker QC is at the link below. http://www.pla.org.uk/images/uploads/library_documents/Gary_Blaker_notes.pdf He calls it the "Briefest of Overviews" thusly: "3. This is only the briefest of overviews of the law relating to restrictive covenants relating to freehold land. It is not in any way intended to provide all the answers, in some places there are more questions than answers." Wordcounter.net says it is 13,925 words. Enjoy. I applaud the distinguished Mr Baker for making his authoritative notes available, however... ☺️
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    Tile Spacers - Anti Lippage

    Every time you go into the shower, you will notice them and silently kick yourself. Can you live with that for the next x years after all that work?
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    Ducting etc

    I have one (high quality ... complete sod to drill the bricks) house built in 1913 that came with service ducts from downstairs to upstairs, made from hollowed timber - one up the side of a chimney breast, the other up the side of a window. I would generally say keep the inter-floor runs concentrated if you can, but that there are other factors too. F
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    A Winter of Peckering

    The economics of distribution are always fun. According to my calcs it is only ever worth me getting free pressed Council slabs from within about 5 miles due to collection and time costs, vs buy/deliver of new ones.
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    I admit when I read the title I thought you had been on a posh holiday 😊.
  8. Ferdinand

    Wayleaves etc., Part 2

    @vivienz (Note: If anything I am overcautious in these matters. Apply pinches of salt as you feel appropriate.) My apologies if this reads scarily, but the situation you have seems to me to have potential to go several ways. Again, this is just my opinion and I welcome contradiction by people who know better. Like my other post, this one is more hedged around with caveats than Hampton Court Maze. (Aside - the correct way of course, would have been for your architect to have flagged it up and dealt with it before even applying for PP, or buying the plot). Something which had not been mentioned afaics and only touched on to by me - is your site a safe working environment, and where does responsibility lie if it is not, and can eg the HSE attend and stop your development in its tracks whilst measures are put in place to "control the risk" from the HT wire? And who is responsible were there to be an accident? There are whole procedure manuals about working safely around oversailing wires, which involve things like fencing them off from access etc. Much material is on the HSE website. I do not know the answer to that since it is very dependent on your individual project and how you run it. Crucial point: Who is responsible for the H&S on your site. If you are contracted with a PM or architect for supervision throughout then they may have the "Principal Designer" role, and be responsible for safe working practices wrt the HT wire. But if you are supervising the build yourself with some *involvement* in *how* things are done and directing work, then you are by that action asserting that you have expertise and taking on responsibility yourself. If you have not taken on that responsibility (ie demonstrated throughout your ignorance about the practicalities of building things) then your role is termed "Domestic Client", and it is accepted that your responsibility is limited. That is all somewhat elucidated in this summary post by @recoveringacademic. I raise this because the email in the post may mean that you have stuck your neck out (said the giraffe) and put yourself on the radar. For all I know there may be a procedure inside the DNO where they report potentially unsafe working environments they meet to the HSE, who could potentially appear and demand that proceedings on your site stop until the perceived hazard is removed. Though I would guess that they can have the discretion to deal with it more flexibly (eg "fence off a 10m corridor each side of the wire and get a consultant to brief all your contractors about managing the risk"), and perhaps a procedure requiring their interventions to be as small as practicable, and it is all about judgement calls anyway. Given that you have had a pretty good go at them, they could choose not to use any discretion. TBH, if I had received such an email about my staff, I would be playing all aspects strictly by the book simply for cover in case there were to be scrutiny later. Though they likely have a duty or a procedure to keep costs minimal - however if you get into closing roads, shutting off electricity supplies to umpteen people who all have to be leafletted in advance, and cherrypickers, and half a dozen people on site, it could be 10s of k. When I had a big tree on a big road removed it was 3k for a single day job. And since iirc it is a matter of 3 or 12 months notice to get the wire moved (according to your Wayleave), then that could be your project in the deep freeze for a chunk of time, or an even more substantial bill for emergency action to be faced than the quote you have already received. And the HSE deal in offences and fines and charges as well as warnings and notices; they may not pussyfoot if they get involved. Clearly were there to be an accident, it is all that many times more serious. This could be unlikely, but it is possible. Both areas - Wayleaves and HSE responsibility - are rather grey and smudgy. My suggestion would be to get some professional advice between now and Friday, including possible scenarios and how you should be prepared to react in each case. I think you need a roadmap of where you are in terms of the DNO and the H&S aspects. That advice could be anything from a 20 minute informal phone call to a 2 hour meeting.
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    Footings for second storey on a bungalow

    Depending on when it was built, it may be worth having a word with Building control as owner, and seeing if you can have a view of any records they hold. F
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    Footings for second storey on a bungalow

    That your neighbours have done it suggests that it is likely to be cost effective. It's not him that suffers the consequences if he is wrong. Do ya feel lucky ? 😀 To me it is a bit like not getting laser surgery until spectacles vanish from conferences frequented by opticians and doctors. Welcome to the Pleasure Dome. F
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    Disabled access

    This reminds me that I failed to report back on the thread wrt a wheelchair for my mum. We ended up with a 16" seat width item which folds, and is 600mm wide when unfolded. This makes me wonder whether in fact they consider that standard doors are acceptable for the majority of users, and so do not demand them everywhere. Ferdinand Report here:
  12. Forgot to wrap this up. We ended up wheelchair called a with a folding chair called a G-Logic from a company called Excel, in its 16" version, to be something for occasional use that mum can, at a pinch, get into the car. It is the lightest and most flexible (different sizes, options etc) of the Overall width is 600mm. Folded width is about 300mm. Weight is 11.5kg. The cost as it is parked here was between £300 and £400 from a Company called Clarks of Sheffield who have approximately 10 branches in the area. Their chappie came out 35 miles to see us (to be fair, on a round) with one of each sort of chair (Active, Low End, Middle) at no charge and gave truly excellent and objective advice. Clarks have been around since at least when mum was a head physio at a special school back in the 1980s and dealt with them, and now focus on retail rather than NHS-type contracts. https://clarkshop.co.uk/ It had a week in Lyme Regis with family last summer, and was fine, and has been taken to London on the train by mum on her own, with just standard booked support from rail staff. Recommended. Ferdinand
  13. Ferdinand

    A Winter of Peckering

    I reckon the wall will need about 8-10% of that amount ... (assuming it is good stuff). Build a maze or labyrinth? Or sell them to hikers to sneak into their mate's rucksacks for £1 to repair the nearest cairn?
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    Soil pipe spacing

    Wassat, then? A bog for logs and VIPoo?
  15. Completely off topic, but a quietly vicious attack ad from the current USA campaign. Ouch.