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    Sandstone Cottage - Woodburner Install

    No probs, always happy to help. My room is 33 cubic meteres and the place was built 1880-1900 ish. 24" thick stone rubble walls (18" in some places) with studwork and plasterboard but no wall insulation just some old loft insulation. It's pretty draughty in the cavity between the...
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    Advice needed on this gable end wall please

    What conditon is the chimney stack & flashing in? A small crack in the wrong place can easily saturate an old wall over time and damp can travel a surprising distance through the core. The cement pointing will not help. When you say the flues are open at the top, do you mean completley open...
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    Sandstone Cottage - Woodburner Install

    I just coped the corners as the register plate covers everything. Laid it out on a flat bench, squared it up and tacked, check again and weld each corner checking after each one because the heat will cause it to distort slightly.
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    Sandstone Cottage - Woodburner Install

    Yeah you'll need a collar to squeeze the rope between it and the flue pipe. You can see the collar i made here, the stove spigot is sticking through. It was just a piece of flat bar i bent into a ring before hand then welded up the join. The ring was then tacked to the register plate...
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    suspended timber floor or solid concrete... confused

    I'm in a similar situation here, uneasy about concrete too but it might be un-avoidable. Do you have much moisture under the floor at the moment - is the soil saturated or just damp? If there isn't much moisture then there won't be anything to go up the walls. What are the walls like at...
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    Sandstone Cottage - Woodburner Install

    It was really easy - the fire rope is very pliable but seals the gap well, think i used 12mm rope. I just tapped it in with a chunky, blunt screwdriver, only took a few mins. Can be removed just as easily too. The collar on my plate was around 20mm tall so i could fit two rings of rope...
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    What base for tiled hearth over suspended floor?

    Is this a new install? Do you have any pics? In most cases it will have to be something non combustible, a concrete slab formed in situ is often the only choice with a suspended floor. It needs to meet with the regulations, be strong enough to support the stove and take the heat. Regs...
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    Pointing old stonework.

    Definitley replace like for like and avoid cement like the plague. I'm in a similar situation (100+ year old random stone cottage) but not quite at the rebuild stage yet - just some repairs. :) If the stone is in good nick, then you can probably repoint. This would be the preferred route...
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    Retaining wall drain - filter fabric.

    Hi there, Can anyone recommend a filter fabric to seperate a french drain gravel fill from the soil? How does the filter fabric not clog over time? I appreciate it is there to stop your gravel & drainage getting clogged but how does it not get clogged itself? Thanks, Edit - answered...
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    Drainage Channel

    Take a look here, should answer a lot of your questions and give you a few ideas:
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    Flue for a wood Burner

    The flue will have to be a twin-wall insulated stainless system, which you would take right into the house. Stove pipe is only intended to be used for aesthetic purposes to connect a stove to an appropriate flue system. You can't use it as a flue. Have you spoken to any local installers yet?
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    Victorian Semi - Concrete Ground Floor, re-instate flrbds?

    Definitley think about a woodburner. The radiant heat from a stove is a match made in heaven for older/cold/damp properties. I have a Morso 1412 (which is basically a Squirrel) in a stone cottage which is dry lined but no insulation. I have the heating on in the morning when there is no time...
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    flexible flue liner

    Every liner is different, mine had the arrows printed on with the manufacturing information. You can just see the arrow to the right of the date, pointing upwards.
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    Which liner for multifuel stove?

    Well burning coal produces acid condensate in the flue, so it is more aggressive than burning wood. If you use the stove a lot and burn it hard or leave it burning overnight (not recommended), that will decrease the life too. For me, I found the difference between a 316/316 and 904/904 was...
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    building regs scotland simple English ?

    There are plenty of books that will guide you through the regulations with practical examples, have a look over at Amazon. What are you thinking on doing? Your local building control department will help advise you as part of an application too.
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    Solid wall (approx 220mm) dry lining and insulation

    Looks like a good project. :D I'm doing something similar myself. When you have the plaster off i would let the walls dry out and look for remaining sources of damp. It might take a while to dry if some areas are saturated. Sorting the ground levels could easily solve any rising damp issues...
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    wood burning stoves

    You get what you pay for, a lot of design goes into to making an efficient stove. A cheap stove won't last very long either due to poor quality materials. This is a good place for reviews: Go round the local showrooms and get hands on with a few and ask loads...
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    Sandstone Cottage - Woodburner Install

    Finished my install a few weeks back, very pleased with it. Here are a few pics: Most of the construction done, ready for the hearth. I dug out the old rear hearth down to the foundation stones and concreted a new base for my brick chamber. Also re-pointed and made sound the stonework...
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    cement particle board

    Yep, certainly - thats what i would do as you are struggling for space as it is. Steel is a lot more durable (and cheaper!) than the cement board and looks great with a stove paint finish. To seal the corners use a good quality heat resistant silicone (available from stove suppliers etc). With...
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    Digital componenets into old camera

    Many of the first professional digital SLR's were nothing more than what's being suggested - a 35mm film body with a digital back. A good example is a Kodak DCS 100, have a search on Google. They make a whole series of models. I'd like to use one for the novelty value alone. :D