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JonoMarshall

Member since May 2008 • Last active Oct 2019

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    Apparently the tube action 'wasn't approved by an XR vote'? Anyone know if that's true?

    Shocking video. Mob mentality. Disgusting.

    Edit: Ah, ok, is that what they're referring to?

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    Coal cellar would be most likely. Is there an external hatch to it?

    The structural danger in doing more clearing depends on your foundation type. I'm guessing you have shallow brick/concrete footings? Is the existing cellar space already below the foundation footings? If so, tread carefully!

    I imagine the rubble was simply a cost-effective way to build? The clear space above the rubble was deliberate in the same way you'd design a crawl space nowadays (easier to level, easier to access, etc).

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    Whilst there's a correlation of anxious/difficult dogs to rescue dogs, that doesn't mean that's the dog you're going to get.

    Re-homing centres are generally excellent and wouldn't put a difficult/anxious dog with an inexperienced (or frail) owner.

    The most difficult/anxious dogs will only be re-homed with an existing (calm/trained) dog already in the home, etc.

    Generally speaking you know EXACTLY what you're signing up for with a rescue dog. The same can't be said for a puppy, or a dog purchase (where the biggest incentive is a financial one).

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    Perhaps an old dog? Old dogs usually struggle to get re-homed and will have well documented/predictable character traits?

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    Small doesn't always equate to less exercise. Greyhound is a good shout (runs laps, easy to train, lethargic, etc) but I'd be weary of a greyhound pulling after a squirrel (or similar) when on lead.

    Getting a cross-breed might be a good way of adding some predictable behaviour to a desired breed (retriever x anything = more calm, etc)?

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    Condensation means the air next to your window is warmer than the window, you can't deduce anything further from it than that.

    If the double-glazing was really bad you'd notice you struggle to heat the space?

    You can test the effect of opening the curtains if you get your heating to settle at a desired temperature and then open the curtains with a thermometer to hand... note that floor-to-ceiling thermal curtains (with a foam core and vapor barrier) still only reduce heat loss by a maximum of 25%.

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    We have an overhead shower and then some old school bath taps with 2-way taps/shower head like you've shown (bath was £90, bargain).

    We plumbed the overhead unit in separately (with a mixer valve) and put the mixer valve/overhead shower pipes in the walls/ceiling.

    Quite a lot of work, but it looks great and it's nice having the mixer valve in the right place if you're standing in the bath..

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    Sure, no problem.

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    New build, stressful process, ~12 months back, but finally working like a dream. The reporting/modelling/strategy was done independently, then the MVHR and ducting was ordered/commissioned via Green Building Store. We should have gone with the latter for everything to make things easier.

    We originally planned sound reduction strategies and an MVHR installation on the first floor, but supposedly it wouldn't work well for a timber frame build where the floors act like drum skins (even with shock absorbers). Switched to ground floor after some advice/site visits and now have a completely silent install (but no equivalent to compare it to).

    Also have SunAmp PV units for hot water which are amazing (removing the thermal store helped us to avoid over-heating in summer).

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    MVHR on the ground floor is best practice to reduce vibrations/noise.

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