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  1. MassiveJim

    Building reg fees

    I am in Derbyshire and have just applied for a regularisation for the garage conversion carried out by a previous owner around 15 years ago, and I paid £576, which I believe is slightly higher than if I were doing the works as a new project like you are. I know it varies from one authority to...
  2. MassiveJim

    Split Air con

    Yeh I thought exactly the same (even being quoted £120 per year) I'll just pay a callout fee when it breaks and still probably be better off
  3. MassiveJim

    New kitchen or not?

    Sounds like a decision only you can make. it won't add any real value to the house given that current kitchen is only a few years old. I definitely wouldn't be considering replacing a kitchen (that isn't knackered) in a house I didn't plan on staying in. Cheaper options, you can get just the...
  4. MassiveJim

    Split Air con

    you definitely didn't get a mitsubishi zen unit in black though. I was quoted £1100+VAT for a 3.5KW Mideai I ended up paying £1600+VAT for a 5kw Mitsubishi Heavy Industries split (March 2021), which I believe are inferior to the mitsubishi units.
  5. MassiveJim

    Spec me a CCTV System

    the hikvision certainly look a more likely option, given the price difference. Which are best to go for to cover outside of a property ? they will be mounted up around 5m under the soffit if that makes any difference ?
  6. MassiveJim

    Spec me a CCTV System

    Are the unifi cameras worth paying a premium for ? looking at the G4 Bullet at ~£200 a pop
  7. MassiveJim

    Show us your garage!

    How much was the flooring ? I priced similar stuff up a few months ago and it came to about £500 or more :eek:
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    locating source of smell in a room

    DPC is 2 bricks up, just had to go hunting all the way around the house to fin dit though as its covered with mortar in most places. It is visible (and at the same level) on the "new" part It only really seems to be damp near that left side of that window, saying that the window ledge has blown...
  9. MassiveJim

    locating source of smell in a room

    Bit of an update on this, I have now pulled up the chipboard floor to see what is underneath, look at the lovely heating pipework :D no damp patches but a bit of a smell near the front wall at the edge of the left window This is the only piece of timber that was inserted into a gap in...
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    locating source of smell in a room

    There is no damage to plasterboard that I can see, so I have that one saving grace. Having researched this a little since you posted, it has become clear that I need to sort this out properly. Worth noting (and probably no surprise) that there was an indemnity policy taken out on this property...
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    locating source of smell in a room

    Part of the floor taken up now I can't see any sign of the pipes leaking under the floor, but they are twisted around each other like spaghetti with no clips in sight anywhere. What should I do with this floor now to make it "right" whilst spending as little as possible (note if I need to...
  12. MassiveJim

    locating source of smell in a room

    can't locate it, the whole room smells of it. Well it did until i started removing the floor, now it just smells of plywood/chipboard. I have pulled up the engineered oak flooring, under that was thin foil backed underlay. under that is 3mm ply with an ungodly amount of staples in it. under...
  13. MassiveJim

    locating source of smell in a room

    It's not that kind of smell.
  14. MassiveJim

    how smart has your home gone?

    Voice control via echos Most of my smart home is either smarthings or smartlife I do have a couple of bits in other apps as well
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    how smart has your home gone?

    what are your go to cheap but decent rgb smart bulbs ? I've used novostella in the past but they don't appear to be available in UK currently. I just need them for 2 bedside lamps. Also a cheap/decent smart button
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    locating source of smell in a room

    Not entirely sure what the structure of the subfloor is yet, but I do know the room used to be a double garage, which if built correctly would have had a lower floor than the rest of the house, so I just need to find out what they used to bring the floor up to the same level as the rest of the...
  17. MassiveJim

    locating source of smell in a room

    Yes central heating has been losing a bit of pressure, and I know the pipework for one of the rads goes under the floor. Had boiler serviced recently and the guy said their was no air pressure in the expansion vessel which can cause pressure loss on the water side. The plan is for the floor to...
  18. MassiveJim

    locating source of smell in a room

    We moved in to current property in August last year and I have noticed that the lounge has a weird smell to it whenever the door is left shut and the heating was on. I am just about to start decorating the room and removing the current flooring so though it was a good time to try and tackle this...
  19. MassiveJim

    Anyone struggling to buy a property even with funding?

    but there is always the argument that we are healthier and living longer than ever before, 50 years ago retirement age was 65 with an average life expectancy of 72 Now the average life expectancy is 82, (which is 2.5x the amount of time spent retired compared to what it was in the 70s, if the...
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