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« Reply #105 on: January 14, 2012, 10:49:08 AM »

Beau
many thanks. This is a very useful list.
I also used Sheffield Insulations, Screwfix and Toolstation. I found Wicks good for things like plasterboard and cement and our local Jewson quite good on advice. I use a lot of mail order BES for plumbing and Ironmongery direct for door furniture etc. I'm sure I have not always gotten the best price but it is as you say a matter of time. I have also used more tradesmen

Your energy figures are a lot better than mine many congrats on your craftsmanship and dedication.
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« Reply #106 on: January 14, 2012, 11:06:08 AM »

Thank you
For the energy figures I think tour place is larger than ours and as barns go ours is quite simple we only have  one original wall inside bridging too an outside wall so not too many problems with thermal bridging. I have heard Wicks are good but they are quite a long trip for us.

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« Reply #107 on: January 15, 2012, 07:40:59 PM »

Just went round to see Beau and Liz today...... Smiley
What a lovely place they have, so homely and right
for themselves and the Dartmoor National Park too.
So warm and well built learnt more about G/S heating
and their PV ground mount which I will be copying
this week....( I hope to get it in when the "government"
looses this week and put the date back to April !)
A real credit to them...
Look forward to seeing them at The Merrylands soon.
Thank you to you both.... genuflect
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« Reply #108 on: January 18, 2012, 08:25:05 PM »

I echo StB for BES - excellent service. For the first time this month I found that they are not the cheapest for everything (I was looking for 400m of MDPE pipe), but for most things they are, and their delivery time is super quick in my experience and I've never had anything missed out of the orders either. Anyone else love combing though these sort of catalogues? Or is it just me (as my wife insists)? Roll Eyes
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« Reply #109 on: January 19, 2012, 03:29:41 AM »

Nope, BES are great. Fast, comprehensive, good value, cheap delivery, will sell you less than 10 of things (screwfix, I'm looking at you!). I never buy plumbing from anywhere else now.
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« Reply #110 on: January 19, 2012, 12:48:13 PM »

I echo StB for BES - excellent service. For the first time this month I found that they are not the cheapest for everything (I was looking for 400m of MDPE pipe), but for most things they are, and their delivery time is super quick in my experience and I've never had anything missed out of the orders either. Anyone else love combing though these sort of catalogues? Or is it just me (as my wife insists)? Roll Eyes

The screwfix catalogue (or any similar) is pornography for the practical man, or so my wife keeps telling me!  Grin
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« Reply #111 on: January 19, 2012, 01:42:38 PM »

gareth, Its my Mrs that drools over the Bricodepot, Wickes and Screwfix catalogues, she jokingly Say's that its her 'middleclass porn' to her friends.  Roll Eyes

Screwfix prices have gone up quite a bit the last year, so its worth a trawl.
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« Reply #112 on: January 19, 2012, 03:44:14 PM »

If you find Screwfix  are getting expensive try Toolstation, set up by the same chap after he had sold Screwfix to B&Q at least that,s what I was told. I have not heard of BES, I must check them out. All these catalouges are porn to me. Also for more tool porn try Axminster Powertools and Rutlands mmmmmmmmm.

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« Reply #113 on: January 19, 2012, 06:06:50 PM »

And Radiospares and Farnell though not seen a paper catalogue for a while.
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« Reply #114 on: January 19, 2012, 06:29:32 PM »

Baz, hmmm NOW YOUR TALKING, RS, Farnell, they went to CD 10 years ago, but the old cats with all that data sheet stuff, cor.
Is CPC still sending cats out?
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« Reply #115 on: January 21, 2012, 10:15:15 PM »

Yep - I've ot my CPC catlogue for this year. A very fine outfit who've had an awful lot of my mooney over the years. Actually just a division of Farnell these days. Farnell annoy me by charging 15 quid to send they anything they have in stock in the US over. It shouldn't be my problem where they keep their stock or how their US/UK ordering integration works!

Digikey can be very useful now that they have a UK operation. Best website of all the electronics outfits, but expensive delivery charge at 12 quid. Digikey send a paper catalogue too.
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« Reply #116 on: February 23, 2012, 10:03:57 AM »

I have our first problem (possibly a serious one)





The pictures show a plywood worktop that also covers the top of the wall in our bedroom. I had a rolled up carpet sitting on this top and I have just removed it to find water/condensation on the top were it meets the roof. On removing the worktop there are actual puddles sitting on the multifoil Shocked The condesation appears to be forming were I have wooden battens sitting on top of the wall but underneath the multifoil. My first thoughts are that this has happend for the following reasons.

The humidity could well be high because until recently I was not using our bathroom extractor fan  facepalm. Also we dry our cloths inside as it never seems to stop raining on Dartmoor.

In the first picture you can see the gap between the top and the ceiling. I know I should have caulked this up years ago but I never got around to it. I presume the humid air is going through the gaping gap and then condensing on the foil over the battens.

Does this make sense or do you think there is another cause?

Thank in advance for your ideas  Grin
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« Reply #117 on: February 23, 2012, 10:30:07 AM »

If the spaces between the battens are insulated, or at least more thermally resistant than the battens then I would agree, the battens are acting as a thermal bridge reducing the surface temperature of the multifoil and the condensation is preferentially occuring there.
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« Reply #118 on: February 23, 2012, 10:30:33 AM »

If the damp is in fact forming in the ceiling/roof and running down the back of the plasterboard would I get marks showing on the face of the plasterboard?
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« Reply #119 on: February 23, 2012, 10:38:55 AM »

If the spaces between the battens are insulated, or at least more thermally resistant than the battens then I would agree, the battens are acting as a thermal bridge reducing the surface temperature of the multifoil and the condensation is preferentially occuring there.

The space between the battens are only insulated by the multifoil. I put the battens on top of the wall to lift the multifoil off the top of the wall but it does sag between the battens.

I have also found condensation sitting on the thin batten that the ply top sits on. This is nailed through the multifoil to the wall plate so is also a thermal bridge.

I am presuming this is condensation and not a leak in the roof but all possibilities must be left open for now.
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