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    energy shortage

    interesting. If power were off for a few hours its not the end of the world, but if it happens to go off just as you are getting in from work or school when the heating has been off all day then thats a bit more of an issue. You might say first world problems, but the definition of first world...
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    energy shortage

    Although nothing official in the UK, there must be some niggling concerns about energy supply this winter. Germany putting in place lots of restrictions already (obv more reliant on russian gas but still interesting to see action being taken now) and Gordon Brown hinting at potential shortages...
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    flat dormer roof - condensation?

    I have a bungalow with a dormer on one side (existing when we moved in a couple of years ago). I've just noticed some water drops on some of the GU10 ceiling light fittings under the flat dormer roof and all the lamps are really warm (switched off). The sun is blazing today and that room is 25C...
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    Repaired plasterboard wall needs skimming

    I have removed a small shower room from a summer house (it leaked, soaking loads of the plasterboard walls and the floor, and was never going to be used again so ripped it all out) which left a lot of wall to repair. The main wall is about 3m wide and is now about half original skimmed...
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    Our Cyberman is leaking

    ha, thanks for the replies - I did try it with about 6kW load on the system for 10 minutes and there was no crackling noise, smoke or warmth so assuming its nothing critical. Will get on to the DNO though. Its a 60's build house though so assuming the supply is from that era if that makes any odds
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    Our Cyberman is leaking

    Well, thats why my wife is calling it - and she is petrified :D I *think* this is quite new leakage as I've not noticed it in nearly 2 years since we have lived here - but maybe I just never thought anything of it. The unit is stone cold at the moment and most of the leakage is hard/brittle...
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    Boiler stability

    yeah I might have another round of balancing. I went around last year trying to get about 15 drop but it was really hard to get a big drop while still actually getting flow through the radiator, and as rads turn on and off that all goes to cock anyway :D
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    Boiler stability

    I have a microcontroller (ESP32) that has a couple of temp probes connected to it and attached to the flow and return pipes (as well as a pressure sensor on the flow pipe, and also a connection to a current transformer so I can measure electrical power usage). It sends the data over wifi (by...
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    Boiler stability

    good point, there are a few rads without TRVs - towel rails, one in the room with a wall stat, but those are all quite small radiators. I'll see what effect having more radiators on has
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    Boiler stability

    I have a Worcester Highflow 440CDi and have added some temp sensors to the flow/return pipes for monitoring purposes (or geeky interest - whichever :D). Here is a graph from last night... Dark blue - flow, light blue - return It is currently set to 60C flow temp which it holds very well...
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    LED light installation

    yes I am aware of that, but when I was looking there didn't seem to be anything reasonably priced at the higher voltage for individually addressable LEDS. What I have ended up with is 4 feeds from the power supply to points along the strip in 1.5mm² cable. In reality, it is never going to draw...
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    LED light installation

    I've been having a read through some other threads and yeah it seems a labelled socket on the lighting cct would be ok. I'll have a root around if its preferable to connect to the lighting cct - its a bit more of a wriggle through the eaves storage areas to get to the lighting circuits whereas...
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    LED light installation

    I can probably find one, its just quite close to a wall socket in the dormer which would be handy, and I was also a bit unsure about connecting a USB supply/adapter onto the lighting circuit as I'm sure I cant just add a 13A socket?
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    LED light installation

    I've installed some LED strips on a ceiling but power supply is currently in the "prototype stage" in the eaves above that room and just looking for any advice on the best permanent solution. The controller is 5V very low power USB connection, it controls a relay that turns on the power to a...
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    external water pipes and tap

    In our "new to us" house there is an external building, the water supply to it comes out through the house wall in 15mm plastic, converted into blue pipe which then goes under the garden a bit before getting to the other building. Is this ok as it is? I might put some insulation and hard...
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    One pipe system

    I moved into a house last year with a mix of 1 pipe (most of downstairs) and 2 pipe (all upstairs and 1 rad downstairs) - all the one pipe rads were very slow to warm up even if I turned off the two pipe rads which might have shunted the flow. One big problem with my layout was the rads were...
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    Worcester high flow 440 fault

    Ha, my emergency gas man from the insurers has arrived..." Oh, this is not a common boiler". Great, he hasn't a clue. Looked, prodded, "probably the PCB". Changed the fuses that I had tested and now gone, guess I'll see him in a week with a new PCB
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    Worcester high flow 440 fault

    My boiler has gone on the blink! The power light next to the boiler on/off switch comes on, and the timer built into the boiler panel has power, but there are no other signs of life - no red lights, nothing on the two digit display etc. I've checked the two fuses (ok) I can see but think there...
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    Conservatory box gutter

    thanks - can you be a bit more precise as to which one you think is damaged? Is it on the bottom row or higher up? I can try and get a closer picture if I know where I'm looking. Nothing obvious to me higher up the roof, maybe need another check in a downpour to confirm though. Light rain...
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    Conservatory box gutter

    So its still dripping again today :( A few more leaves fallen but nothing to clog it up. Here is a photo looking along the gutter from the end. I think the leak is coming from the tiled roof side rather than the conservatory roof side of the gutter. The roof felt is not going into the gutter all...
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