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Airhead

Member since Oct 2010 • Last active Dec 2018
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    Maybe the best you can manage. It's usual to have upstairs being heated by some convection too so maybe dial down the top floor a tiny bit and see if the lower ones get a little warmer.

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    Depends on your relationship with a skilled plumber! I had mine look at it while he was doing a landlords gas safety certificate. If you can get the original plumber to sort it he might do it for his call out fee. Alternatively just keep fiddling with it until you get it right/understand the system.

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    It seems a bit of a dark art to me. I'd honestly have thought it was witchcraft until I had a plumber rebalance a tenancy I'd been struggling with. Some of the radiators will end up cooler (probably not by much). Maybe sacredhart can give you better analysis of the technique.

    All I would say is the plumbers who did it for me did a 5 bed house in 20 minutes but it involved a fair bit of running about, although they did still make it look easy! Within a couple of months the tenants had messed it up again by adjusting their own rooms.

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    Like I said, try your advice first because that's the best line of investigation. Just to be aware that there are times when the feed seems hot enough but doesn't actually work without reducing a rad somewhere else.

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    Follow the instructions from sacredhart but there are times when the radiators in a system need to be 'balanced' or one will stay colder. I say this only because I've gone as far as changing the trv's for new ones only to find out that a radiator elsewhere in the house needed to be reduced for the whole system to heat up properly.

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    It's probably the kind of bike that you can wheelie out of a corner with the back wheel sliding and it's all good. Once you get to know it properly obvs. I've had that with smaller lightweight bikes. You do have a point about the power though, it could go wrong pretty fast on the edge of the handling.

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    It's a minefield. There's a pretty good one by Icon called Porslin which is formulated for greater durability, it's not quite the same level of sheen as the typical oil based eggshell though. If you like the oil based finish and can stand to work with it then go for it. I don't think there's been a better woodwork paint since Dulux trade eggshell and the matching primer but I used to get complaints about the smell and the VOC's must have been through the roof. I ended up having to use a solvent mask due to too much exposure to it.

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    Weird then, as you say maybe just badly designed. My Rotex went bang one day and I looked at a replacement, I couldn't believe I'd paid anything like that for it. It encouraged me to fix mine.

    It depends what you're doing with it but maybe a 2nd hand RTS400 would be better than a dewalt. The RTS is my most used sander by a big margin, they are very reliable too.

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    I picked up on Plex from the Roon forum as Plex adding Tidal has been creating some chatter amongst Roon users. I've not got the lifetime membership yet, still on the annual one but will probably go down the lifetime route if nothing else emerges soon.

    I'm not sure you need to upgrade your endpoints to get the most from Roon, depends what you want from the multiroom setup though. I tend to have a critical listening place and then the multi room stuff is less hi-fi. I should try Plex to see what the features are like but a quick rundown it looks like there's a fair bit of metadata missing that Roon has.

    Most Roon users seem to want an alternative to Tidal so Qobuz would be interesting. In short I've stuck with Roon because I really enjoy listening to music with it. I do find it difficult to spend that sort of money on software though.

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    If you have £10k plus of hi fi then Roon + Tidal is pretty decent. The metadata Roon provides plus the ability to see exactly how it's handling the signal path is worthwhile if you have a system that resolves enough for you to hear the difference between 320kps and 96/24 WAV. Roon also has a very good radio feature playing tracks from your library, I think that includes tracks you have added to your library from Tidal. I'm not on the MQA bus yet but the comparison tracks I've heard are very good.

    If you are not bothered about the mastering quality of the version of the track you're listening to then it might be an unnecessary expense.

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