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Post by Whyperion » 11 Jun 2020, 17:01

Didn't the last insulation company national (Mark Insulations ?) Go Broke as work dried up. I am still not sure that politicians actually know that most older houses are stone or one and half brick thick walls or an assortment of 'Cornish' construction and similar poured or panelled concrete, not easy to insulate properly. most damp and cold losses occur through basic incorrect broken or damaged guttering and/or pointing requiring proper renewal where failed. However i do think the acquistion of older blocks and houses by local authorities and funding to bring up to a good modern standard should be encouraged as part of a spend programme to bring about employment measures.

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Post by Stanley » 12 Jun 2020, 02:07

Very true Tiz and I have seen the same faults myself.
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Post by Wendyf » 21 Jun 2020, 14:09

Colin reports that our solar panels have produced 1650 kWh of energy over the last 3 month period, second best ever.

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Post by Tizer » 21 Jun 2020, 15:49

Well done, Wendy. I'm hoping that during this next week we might break the 30 kWh/day barrier due to a forecast of blue skies and the long days. In previous years we've just fallen short - very frustrating! Unfortunately those clear days are also forecast to be hot so that will hold us back. Never mind it's almost time for a cup of tea and cake! :biggrin2:

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Post by Big Kev » 21 Jun 2020, 15:52

While running the vent pipe, for the kitchen extractor, up into the vent on the ridge I discovered there was no insulation at all in the kitchen roof. Fortunately it's only a small kitchen, the addition of just 100mm of insulation has made a difference. There's now no noticeable temperature difference between kitchen and dining room.
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A little bit of filler and a new coat of paint will make all the difference.
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Post by Wendyf » 21 Jun 2020, 15:53

No cake! Should be a tidy tax free sum arriving in the bank account shortly.....

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Post by Wendyf » 21 Jun 2020, 15:55

Nice one Kev.

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Post by Whyperion » 21 Jun 2020, 16:21

Tizer wrote:
21 Jun 2020, 15:49
Well done, Wendy. I'm hoping that during this next week we might break the 30 kWh/day barrier due to a forecast of blue skies and the long days. In previous years we've just fallen short - very frustrating! Unfortunately those clear days are also forecast to be hot so that will hold us back. Never mind it's almost time for a cup of tea and cake! :biggrin2:
Long sunny days in England tend to be hot. Come along in the summer, funny that

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Post by Big Kev » 21 Jun 2020, 16:53

Wendyf wrote:
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Nice one Kev.
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Post by Stanley » 22 Jun 2020, 02:48

When the Sparks came to put my shed lights in he saw the access trap in the ceiling and said he would put the wiring up there. I told him not to bother and surface wire them as when I finished insulting the cock loft when I moved in here I used all the glass fibre I had left over the shed and it's rammed full!
I see that the bid to build a tidal barrage at Swansea is being mooted again. When I first heard of it I was all in favour and then Private Eye took an interest and revealed many very doubtful facts about the bid, not only in Swansea but in opening a quarry across the Bristol channel to supply stone for the project. I changed my mind, too many question marks and that was why despite getting preliminary approval the project was eventually ditched.
Now, with the prospect of government funded projects to get the economy going again, it is being hyped again. We shall see what transpires!
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Post by Big Kev » 24 Jun 2020, 06:52

Big Kev wrote:
21 Jun 2020, 15:52
While running the vent pipe, for the kitchen extractor, up into the vent on the ridge I discovered there was no insulation at all in the kitchen roof. Fortunately it's only a small kitchen, the addition of just 100mm of insulation has made a difference. There's now no noticeable temperature difference between kitchen and dining room.
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A little bit of filler and a new coat of paint will make all the difference.
Just for closure, here it is with a coat of paint :-)
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This is the other end. I'm slowly coming to terms with, what is possibly, the world's smallest kitchen :-)
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Post by Stanley » 24 Jun 2020, 07:11

Very tidy. Makes me survey my kitchen walls and wonder. Then I reject the idea of buying Mongolia emulsion. :biggrin2:
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Post by plaques » 24 Jun 2020, 07:29

Nothing to do with energy except on a personal level. Noting Kev's insulation discovery our drain in the shower cubical started showing signs of being blocked but because of its age of installation, possibly 40 years, there was no obvious direct access to the drain trap. Bits of hooked wire cleared the immediate trap but left a partial blockage in the pipework. No alternative but the dismantle the outside pipes and rod the obstruction out plus copious amounts of water into the shower basin. One of those nasty jobs I could do without. Sometimes old houses can be a bit of a pain.

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plaques wrote:
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Nothing to do with energy except on a personal level. Noting Kev's insulation discovery our drain in the shower cubical started showing signs of being blocked but because of its age of installation, possibly 40 years, there was no obvious direct access to the drain trap. Bits of hooked wire cleared the immediate trap but left a partial blockage in the pipework. No alternative but the dismantle the outside pipes and rod the obstruction out plus copious amounts of water into the shower basin. One of those nasty jobs I could do without. Sometimes old houses can be a bit of a pain.
I still have a plunger in the tool box for that same reason.
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Post by Stanley » 24 Jun 2020, 08:04

Harold Duxbury once told me he used to have a man on the staff who was regarded as the expert on blockages in long drop tippler toilets. His secret weapon was a mop on a very long stail.
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Post by Stanley » 25 Jun 2020, 03:19

THIS is worth noting especially for our Aussie friends.
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Post by Stanley » 26 Jun 2020, 05:20

Is it accurate to regard the recent hot weather as an extreme event?
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Is it accurate to regard the recent hot weather as an extreme event?
Not sure abut that at the moment as it is Summer. However, out of season warmth which we had a lot earlier in the year may be more of an indicator. Yo yo weather events also not really in keeping with a stable climate and we do seem to be getting a lot more of those.
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Post by Tizer » 30 Jun 2020, 08:53

`Swansea tidal energy: Hopes of backing for Dragon Island plan' LINK

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Post by Whyperion » 30 Jun 2020, 19:05

PanBiker wrote:
26 Jun 2020, 08:59
Stanley wrote:
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Is it accurate to regard the recent hot weather as an extreme event?
Not sure abut that at the moment as it is Summer. However, out of season warmth which we had a lot earlier in the year may be more of an indicator. Yo yo weather events also not really in keeping with a stable climate and we do seem to be getting a lot more of those.
Hotter May, Wetter June, often caused by the Jet Stream lags , but the extremes in the UK are more so elsewhere north , east and south, so some regular pattern over a rising background,

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Post by Stanley » 01 Jul 2020, 03:01

I note the CH was on very low yesterday. Just aired the radiators.
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Post by Tizer » 01 Jul 2020, 08:35

`Is the hydrogen tech 'revolution' hope or hype?' LINK

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Post by Stanley » 02 Jul 2020, 03:34

God knows and he isn't telling. So much of the 'news' we get these days is suspect because people have their own irons in the fire.
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