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    stove distance to combustibles

    Thanks for the replies - the stove manufacturer just talks about a standard 155mm flue, top or rear mounted. Moving the wooden beam up unfortunately won't help, as it's single wall flue almost up to the ceiling inside the chimney breast (then it then changes to twinwall to go through the first...
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    stove distance to combustibles

    Hi Diynotters Before I get the stove installer back to fix it, I wanted to check with you folks... Here's my stove install - https://imgur.com/a/N7xp2MV The chimney breast is metal studwork, faced in cement board. When the installer fitted the stove, the installer was aware that we wanted to...
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    rodent proof loft insulation?

    I haven't yet seen any evidence of wire chewing, perhaps they don't like 1970s twin and earth (when the place was rewired). They have been chewing the foam pipe insulation extensively, thankfully all the piping is copper and I plan to keep it that way... The cold water tank is coming out...
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    rodent proof loft insulation?

    Thanks all - yes I am also trying to prevent access - as I am renovating I'm installing 24 ga stainless wire mesh in all the eaves, which should stop the little feckers getting in that way, but there are parts of the eaves I can't reach for now, and as the house is circa 1750 I am sure there are...
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    rodent proof loft insulation?

    I have just moved to an old house next to a mahooosive wheat field, so I have a "nature problem". I'm renovating one end of the house and the loft appears to have been infested in the past with mice - I pulled down the 1st floor plasterboard ceiling (wearing apropriate PPE) and was showered in...
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    loft conversion escape route

    Thanks FreddyMercurysTwin I haven't involved BC yet. I wanted to know what was within the regs first. It sound like I will have to break out my negotiation skills, as the 1st floor landing (between the bottom stair riser and the fire door) would need to be 400-500mm (max) x 800 wide to fit...
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    loft conversion escape route

    Hello... first post here. :-) Thank you for all the useful information on this forum, it has answered so many questions. I have a question I don't have an answer for though, despite also reading the fire regulations directly... I have just bought a pretty standard victorian terrace with...
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