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    Self employed for last 25 yrs, in cycle retail. Recently sold the business and now starting major renovation and extension of our house. On a very fast learning curve!
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  1. Hi Joth Thanks for the advice, I am also tempted by the A rated Delta Geocoil cylinders, as there are still a few on E bay at 395.00. I am a little put off by the heating coils being a smaller surface area than many other makes, which I guess only matters if a fast reheat time is needed. Also the Optima makes piping up easier and takes less space in our utility. I don't anticipate the buffer tank becoming hot in the summer months, as no heating demand. My challenge is piping it all up correctly.
  2. Hi Everyone, Can anyone offer any advice as to if the cylinder I showed is going to be suitable to use with a system boiler and UFH and three small rads. It is attractive as it keeps the two tanks in a single unit, and also has an immersion in each section. Is the fact that it is designed for a heat pump an issue?
  3. Hi Nick Thanks for the reply, very helpful. The tank i am thinking of using is this What do you think? I need to buy a new gas system boiler to power it. Was thinking the upper coil would give a faster re heat time, and both tanks have immersion elements in as back up and as somewhere for me to dump the 4Kw of PV to. I am struggling to 'design' the pipework to make it all work, not sure what needs to go where. So presume the boiler pump will supply to both upper and lower tanks, so a zone valve on each feed? Boiler controlled by stats in each tank Will I need a pump to pump to the UFh and Rads manifold( rads manifold on first floor) or will the pump on the manfold pull the water from the buffer, so a manifold pump on the rads manifold as well. Presume this one will not need a mixing valve. Going to duel fuel the towel rads, so electric in summer, or could divert PV to buffer immersion? Do I need some sort of bypass or non return valves in the system I have piped up all the potable stuff on a Hep20 manifold, and pressure tested with mains supply and it all works, so far so good. So now about to start piping for the towel rads and rads in 10mm Hep20 Do you have any recommendation for towel rails, was going to use stainless steel, seen these Sorry for all the =uestions, trying to push on but wary of making errors in spec Found the forum to be very useful and insightful
  4. Hi we just re roofed our entire house, converted to a warm roof, used 120mm PIR on top of the rafters, then 125mm mineral wool between, at the eaves we joined the cavity insulation to the rafter infill. Our airtight layer is on the inside of the rafters, we used Tyvek Airguard, taped to the inside walls. Most of rooms are up to the roof slope. It was fiddly in places but hopefully worthwhile. You need to invest in the correct tapes. If using a warm roof design, then think about windproofing it by sealing the roof membrane at all laps, and also tape it to the eaves protectors. Loads of good info on the Tyvek website
  5. Trying to get my head around what I need to install UFH and four towel radiators and three small aluminium panel radiators. Been in touch with Wunda, asked about Wilo pumps and they said no longer supply, asked about a lower temp range blending valve and they said 35 is the min. So I started looking around at other suppliers. Came across Emmetti, and they do a mixed rail manifold M3V that has a hot side for rads and a cool side for UFH. Or is this just overcomplicating matters. Has anyone used their weather comp controls? They have a modulating blending valve connected to their weather comp, as I am feeding all the heating from a buffer tank, I presume I cannot weather comp the boiler, as it only gets a call for heat from the buffer stat, or the DHW stat in the main tank. My UFH is sitting in 55mm Cemfloor screed, sat on top of a concrete beam and block floor, with 300mm sprayed insulation on the underside, so it will be slow to respond. I was originally looking at Heatmiser Neo stats and multiple zones, but now thinking that due to the slow response, that the whole ground floor, circa 100m2 will eventually even out temp wise, and may be better controlled via weather comp and the modulating mixer valve. Has anyone any real life experience of this set up? It's a big learning curve for us, our project has gone from an estimate of six months to over 18 months in now, and we are keen to get the floor screeds in and heating going before winter. thanks Andy
  6. Hi just trying to decide if I should use 10mm Hep20 or 15mm Hep20 pipe to feed three radiators and four towel rails via a manifold. 10mm is much easier to run and turn etc. but when you look at the inside dia. compared to the 15mm especially with the insert in, the difference looks huge. Will it create too much resistance or be prone to noise and clogging. The runs will be circa 5-8 metres between manifold and rads. Would it be possible to mix the pipe dia on the same manifold. Have used 10mm pipe to the basins and 15mm to the kitchen sink on the potable runs. Finding the plumbing a little more confusing than anticipated!
  7. I am not an expert, however, just fitted the roof on our build, and slated the whole roof. We used 25 x 50mm treated slate battens and counter battens, when speccing the roof, nobody was advising anything other than 25 x 50 battens. On your slate size, if you are laying yourself, then the larger slates will go on faster and have more sidelap. They may cost more but surely you will need fewer of them
  8. Hi Peter I have not purchased a cylinder yet, only Hep20 pipe. What are the issues with plumbing the ACV cylinders? On the face of it they appear a good solution, fast reheat times, using the heating water as a buffer to feed the UFH. Also have an immersion elemnet to dump my solar. Can see they need filling/emptying in a defined sequence to stop the inner tank being deformed. Attached one of their schematics. We will be well insulated, and as airtight as we can. Not ready for airtest yet. Going to fit Hansgrohe Ecosmart showers as 9ltrs/min. What would you recommend if not the ACV? Thanks for your input, it is appreciated, thanks
  9. So I have stripped out all the existing pipework, back to the incoming main, on my major renovation extension. I have an overall concept of what I am trying to do gleaned from reading this forum, but have many questions! Trying to make sure I am on the right track before buying all the kit. I have three bedrooms all with ensuite WC, basin and shower, one has a bath. Heating is UFH on ground and lower ground floor, radiator in each bedroom, and towel rail/radiator in each ensuite/bathroom. Downstairs also has a bathroom with shower, WC, basin. I have mains gas. so the concept is to have a new gas system boiler, an unvented cylinder and run UFH, heating and hot water, all from the tank. Is this how it works? The tank I am looking at is from AVC, and is a tank in tank system, so using the primary heating water as a buffer for the UFH and radiators. Using Hep20 from a manifold for hot and cold water, and run the upstairs radiators from another manifold upstairs. I know I need a double check valve and stop cock on the incoming main, and a PRV before the tank, the tank comes with a mixer valve. After that I am not sure what I need I have seen some on here use one large, valved, brass Hep20 manifold say in the utility room next to the boiler and tank, to feed everything, others have used sub manifolds for each room, using the much cheaper, plastic, non valved Hep20 manifolds. Is this purely to save money, I like the idea of being able to turn off individual consumers from the manifold, but unsure in real life how often this could happen, cost difference is considerable, but then it is a one off cost. Control wise I am planning on using Heatmiser Neo thermostats on each zone, and a Neohub and their wiring centre for the UFH and also for the radiator manifold circuits. Boiler was looking at Veissman Vitodan 200 series but unsure on sizing, these are available with weather compensation, but will this work with Heatmiser, how do they talk to each other? Was trying to find modulating thermostats but Heatmiser don't offer them. Also unsure on UVC sizing, as it appears I could run a smaller tank, 210 litres, if I have a large enough output boiler to reheat it fast enough, or is it better to have a larger tank, 300 litres and a smaller boiler, also have a solar array of 3.7KW so was hoping to use a diverter to an immersion in the tank for all excess solar. I apologise for so many questions, but feeling a bit overwhelmed by everything.
  10. Hi Russell, Not seen those before, looks good, but pricey at £40.00 per pipe, so 80 per bar shower. No mention on their website of what adapters they do, for connections. Trying to draw up my plumbing, tonights job!
  11. Hi Joe90 I have to use a tile backer board that is 30mm deep, as I made the studwall opening before selecting a shower tray, so I need to make up 30mm. So reading the reviews the threads will be too short. So what you are saying is that I need to anchor the pipes securely before they come thru the tile backer board. Or could I use the one you linked to, but fit it to the surface of the tile backer board, screwed back to the noggin in the studwall, then the threads should be long enough, as only the thickness of a tile and adhesive. Sorry so many questions!
  12. Thanks for the pics very helpful. For the bar mixer problem, do you use the brass fitting screwed to the noggin so it has more support? Also did you use copper for the last bit that projects thru the tiles? Seems like more joints. Would I still need one of these screwed to the tile. I really need to learn, and fast!
  13. Hi Joe90 Thanks for the reply, I looked at those manifolds, but have also seen that most on here used the ones with shut off valves, which seemed a good idea. However the brass ones with valves are considerably more money. Did you incorporate any shut off at the manifold or fit them at the device end. I guess I could put one gate valve before each manifold. Did you use 10mm or 15mm to your wc and basins? Just trying to draw it out and try and understand what fittings etc I need to order. Screwfix have a 15% off if you buy five or more Hep 20 items, plus additional 10% off in May, but they don't seem to have much Hep20 listed online. thanks again for your info
  14. So I have reached the point where I need to start first fix plumbing. After reading about manifold systems on this forum have decided that is the way forward. Is Hep 20 a good choice? I have a plumber who will help me, he said Hep 20 barrier pipe was too floppy for the bar mixer showers. He also said I might struggle to make the 90deg turn within the studwall, was trying to avoid having any hidden joints, so really don't want an elbow behind the tiles in the studwall. He suggested using a MLCP pipe as it holds it shape better. Or converting to copper for the stubs that stick thru the wall, but this would also mean a joint behind the tiles. What have people used? I was thinking bar mixers as easy to change in the future and a lot better value than using remote diverts like Hansgrohe I box thing. Was going to use Hep20 for everything, except UFH which is coming from Wunda.
  15. I wanted Marley Alutec, hidden fixings, 50 years colourfast and guarantee, easy to install, but priced up at over 3k. In the end I fitted Floplast plastic, £200.00, so far no creaks, all joints lubed and plenty of expansion space. I used the top hung brackets so invisible from the ground, time will tell I guess.