JanetE

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  1. JanetE

    Larder

    Just to clarify, the fan drew cold air in from outside at a low level. The was also a vent high up to aid ventilation.
  2. I thought mice could live on insulation (sorry @joe90) We had one living in our mattress once, long time ago in the old house😝. Only noticed it because of the odd smell and the fact it was getting a bit saggy (I'm sure it was living on the foam/cotton filling) Lifted up the mattress and there was this hole that was between the wooden slats of the base. Moved the mattress slightly so the hole was covered by a slat and put a piece of paper under. Lifted it the next day and found scratch marks on the paper. That was it! Taped up the hole, carried the mattress outside and did a clog dance on it. Terry suggested we cut open the mattress to make sure the mouse was dead but I drew the line at that. Just had to get a new mattress after that.
  3. JanetE

    Gas sign off

    That's a shame, I've always previously had gas cookers and was reluctant to go electric in the new house. So compromised with an induction hob and was amazed at how good they are, as instantaneous as gas but far, far easier to keep clean and look so much nicer too. I would never consider going back to gas now.
  4. I've just bought our Kinetic filters from https://filtermate.co.uk very reasonable.
  5. We have one of these fitted to our MVHR and absolutely no problems. As you can see it can be fitted horizontally or vertically. https://www.screwfix.com/p/osma-waste-valve-white-x/1819k
  6. JanetE

    Stair lighting

    I was researching this when we were building and was horrified at how expensive this type of light was, in the end I found these; https://www.ledkia.com/uk/buy-apliques-b/464-randy-led-step-light-with-a-white-finish.html Which now we have them installed I love, they give off enough light that we hardly ever need to have the main ones on.
  7. JanetE

    MBC slab and land drains

    We are on pretty impermeable clay and we dug out the trench for the land drain in readiness for the MBC slab. As @dogman says, 1m out all the way round the house. The MBC guys then laid down the impermeable membrane then the land drain and filled with fine gravel. Then Iaid out the hardcore etc in preparation for laying the slab. We now have no problem with standing water around the house. Prior to the slab going down there was always a mini lake which was a great attraction to all the local birds.
  8. JanetE

    ASHP Infrastructure.

    Well we've spent the weekend fitting the ASHP pipe according to @JSHarrisrecommendation (thanks Jeremy, great help as always). Bought the pre insulated pipe that @Barney12 recommended. Stripped off the outer corrugated protection for the part that enters the access pipe. Luckily there was a double layer of insulation and we only needed to remove the first layer. Then connected the 1.5m flexis. Wrapped them in insulation and then wrapped the stripped back section and the insulated flexis in polythene and duck tape. The pipe fed in pretty easily once we got some rope tied around the corrugated section about two meters back and used it to give us a grip on the pipe and enable us to push it in. We can now just get the paving guys to bury the pre insulated pipe to the approximate position for the ASHP.
  9. JanetE

    ASHP Infrastructure.

    Yes and it's not a swept bend either! Terry thought maybe we could leave the insulation off that end of the pipe. I assume we would use the 22mm hep20 stuff with some kind of insulation taped around it. We could finally fill the 110mm pipe as it comes into the house with expanding foam. The pipe will be under the insulated slab by then anyway.
  10. JanetE

    ASHP Infrastructure.

    Just resurrecting this thread as we need to future proof in case we decide to install an ASHP. At the moment the Willis heater is doing a pretty good job of keeping us warm, but we may need some cooling in the summer and that will call for an ASHP. The electrical supply is not a problem but it is the pipe runs that we need a bit more information about. We are just about to have the paving done outside and need to sort the access. The ASHP will need to be installed outside against the shed. The access for the pipe runs go under the slab, this is simply some 110mm soil pipe coming into a 90° bend straight into the utility room. This is probably going to cause us a bit of grief. We didn't do our homework on this when the slab was installed and now need to work around this issue so any advice would be welcome.
  11. JanetE

    Best way to fix skirting?

    Not quite.. two thinner wedges banged in. One on each side!
  12. JanetE

    Another DIY 'plumber'

    @JIH No didn't increase the thickness because of the shower, the bathroom backs on to that one, and although the Hep20 fittings are fatter than copper, they easily fit in the partition walls. All of our toilets are Geberits so had to build out the framework to accommodate the frame and cistern.
  13. JanetE

    Another DIY 'plumber'

    What are noggins?
  14. JanetE

    Another DIY 'plumber'

    I also fitted dwangs to hold the pipes securely in place for the showers,taps and basins with the spacing exact for the fittings. I used hep20 elbows with copper tails for the fittings. The dwangs are great when you come to screw in the fittings as you don't need any kind of plug, screws in wood hold everything securely. We also made sure that we had dwangs in place for the basins, etc., saves so much time at the end of the build. We have just been fitting out two of our wetrooms, it's been really straightforward.
  15. JanetE

    Another DIY 'plumber'

    I did all the first fix plumbing in Hep20, and I've never done any plumbing before. We have a manifold system and it really is pretty easy. Watch a few of the videos and mine this site. Lots of information. I think the trickiest part was arranging the runs in the ceiling void. As we have four bathroom/en suites and single pipes to each fitting I tried to avoid tangling the pipes and they need supporting properly at regular intervals. Also if you have posi joists the metal edges can be quite sharp so need to take care when pulling the pipe through. Our ceiling above the manifolds looked like Clapham Junction!