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Bobbo

Member since Apr 2011 • Last active May 2022

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    Almost a week to get to this point.

    Should have finished the whole thing in a couple of days but there was so much shit I needed to put right. I did tell them that shadow gaps, especially backlit ones need everything perfect and was ignored. Now the LEDs nicely show up just how bad a job the spreads did with the skim coat (I wasn't even allowed to try and sand this back for reasons unknown).

    I keep trying to get out of this place and I keep getting offered more work.

    To top it all off the owner has announced he is going to start a property development business and wants to know if I'd be interested in some more work..............

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    You could always sell, take advantage of the crazy market, rent for a while and blow other folk out of the water with a stupid offer backed up by cash.

    This also means you don't have to deal with being part of a chain, unfortunately you'll probably still be waiting on chains that the seller will be in.

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    I don't own any property in Scotland these days so was only going on what my brother has told me. I didn't realise it was going mental in Glasgow too.

    From what I've been told it can't keep going on like it currently is. I would imagine that isn't worth much when you're trying to buy a place and keep getting outbid.

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    Assuming that you mean Scotland.

    In my experience it's normal for houses, especially desirable ones, to go above asking due to the nature of the blind bidding system. From what I understand though the market in and around Edinburgh has gone absolutely mental. My brother has been trying to buy a place for the last 6 months and every house he's bid on goes for a minimum of 25% above asking one went for almost 40% above asking.

    As far as the effect that these high successful bids have on future asking prices it's hard to say. I'm not an estate agent but in my experience estate agents in Scotland are less aggressive than those in England as many of them are also solicitors firms and regulated by the law society of Scotland. Add to this the blind bidding system means that even if the price increases the asking price increases it won't be to the highest asking price of comparable properties in the street / area.

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    What kind of ducting is there?

    The wire re-enforced concertina type of ducting isn't the most efficient where the inside point of the "v" of the concertina sits in the duct lowers the diameter of it. Additionally it also creates turbulence in the air passing through it again reducing the efficiency. Finally water can collect in the hollows allowing stuff to grow and in worst case scenarios further block airflow.

    Is the ducting in a straight line going direct from the fan unit to the vent?

    You want to minimise the number of bends in any duct work. In solid ducting elbows have a radius to them rather than a straight 90 degree bend like you would see in pipework.

    If the ducting is flexible could it have shifted for any reason since it was installed?

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    Ask for a comprehensive quotation that includes a scope of works. As part of the process it isn't unreasonable to ask for photo documentation of all work carried out, especially stuff that won't be visible after work is completed. I do this with almost all work I carry out for arse covering reasons and provide it to clients in a report once work has been completed, as seeing the layout of studs / hidden pipework / wires down the line can save them a lot of hassle.

    If the work has already been completed ask for receipts etc for materials bought, accepting that there will be a markup. Again this is something I'm happy to do but many tradespeople may be reluctant to do so.

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    Airhead's suggestion is a pretty sound one.

    Out of curiosity are you sure there's nothing more substantial behind it? I would expect an external door to be sitting on some kind of brickwork or masonary at the very least. I'd be tempted to try and put a cheap drill bit through one of the more rotten places to see how deep it goes before it hits something solid. It may be that you don't have to worry.

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    god love the person who has to deal with removing the plugs in future (probably me, in which case "fuck you, past stevo_com!").

    It's easy. Drill the plugs out with the same sized bit that you used to make the hole in the first place. Done in seconds.

    Never heard of putting adhesive in the holes and can't see it hurting. The way that almost all anchor systems for mechanical fixings work is by forcing a higher volume of stuff into the hole than the volume of the hole and compressing it. This goes from the old school wedges into brickwork and matches in a drill hole right through to modern chemical anchor systems which expand slightly as they set. As I say I don't think the glue will hurt but not sure it will help hugely either.

    The biggest issue I come across where plugs and other such things fail is people not clearing dust out of the hole (especially with chemfix etc).

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    Given that both of your examples had the drive and determination to win a title I'm confident that they would have been able to develop the stamina and reaction times. Both of these things can be coached much more effectively than the single minded levels of determination required to succeed at that level, in any era of the sport.

    Whether Hunt especially could have reigned in his natural exuberance and personality enough to not have sponsors running for the hills is another question though. I don't think any modern team would give someone like that a drive.

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    Struggling to see the point of your lengthy rant. You start it by slagging off someone who has taken breaks when he's given them and moved himself "up" in the world, it seems to me that your almost saying he should know his place and not hobnob with aristos and royalty. Then you finish it off by decrying how the current shower of cunts are trying to kill off social mobility and use your mum's work as an example.

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