• Phil replied to the topic Roof – Foam torching in the forum Chit Chat 2 months, 1 week ago

    Nothing useful to add…

    We wanted to buy a Victorian railway building (actually a hotel built next to the station, by the railway company).

    As well as the general build quality, it was made from proper imported stone and not the local lime-rich sandstone which crumbles badly and ends up porous as the acidic rain dissolved the lime out.…[Read more]

  • burton replied to the topic Roof – Foam torching in the forum Chit Chat 2 months, 1 week ago

    Find out why the foam torching was done in the first place – if it was to fix slipping tiles then the battens could already be rotten.

    listing building enforcement is unlikely to happen on a grade 2, it’s more about the external appearance and character, which foam torching will not effect. I have just re slated my grade 2 in the Peak District a…[Read more]

  • Sam W replied to the topic Roof – Foam torching in the forum Chit Chat 2 months, 1 week ago

    The foam was spotted by a (very good) roofer who I contacted as I was worried about the state of other areas of the roof. Fortunately, the areas with problems don’t have the foam torching and can be repaired relatively easily.

    It seems to boil down to, it’s not good, but not the end of the world. My guess is that the foam torched roof will last…[Read more]

  • nab replied to the topic Roof – Foam torching in the forum Chit Chat 2 months, 1 week ago

    Mmm, difficult situation to be in, especially as you seem to like the (rest of) the house.

    As you stated, there’s not much to be said for this practice:

    – ventilation of the roof-space is restricted which increases the chance of the timbers decaying (even though you say the timbers seem solid, it won’t be helping. When was the foam applied?)

    -…[Read more]

  • FUZZY replied to the topic Roof – Foam torching in the forum Chit Chat 2 months, 1 week ago

    Friend of mine has this in their house. At some point you have to replace the whole roof – tiles and everything. So it’s a cost you’ll face at some point – or have to deal with when you sell the house. So you may as well factor it in now. If it’s prohibitively expensive to do it now, it won’t be any different in the future.

  • Calling on the maillardvillemanor collective wisdom.

    We’re nearing completion on the purchase of a lovely old Victorian house. It’s an old station, and as is typical of Victorian infrastructure, was built to last. Worth adding that it is also Grade II listed.

    Going through the normal checks on the house before signing contracts, and we’ve…[Read more]

  • pakpak replied to the topic Stomach bug? Top tips? in the forum Health 2 months, 1 week ago

    My 9yo son had a nasty tummy bug assumed gastroenteritis 2 weeks ago, kept him hydrated with lots of water, arrow root biscuits, Lucozade and small portions of dry, bland/dry food when he wanted/asked for it, he had the odd dioralyte too, he was violently sick and had explosive diarrhoea for 8 days, with awful tummy cramps, went to the chemist who…[Read more]

  • lea replied to the topic Stomach bug? Top tips? in the forum Health 2 months, 1 week ago

    Don’t worry about what you’re eating, just try to eat something so you have energy to do what you need to do. I echo lucozade, that and a Yorkie kept us going on epic walks as kids in the Lakes, long term it’s not the ideal diet, but is fine for a few days!

    The rice and salt sounds tasty! Maybe some pasta?

  • becky replied to the topic Stomach bug? Top tips? in the forum Health 2 months, 1 week ago

    As has been said, no dairy. Lucozade is frowned upon nowadays but does help, IMO. Or lemonade, let it go flat if that is prefereable. Electrolytes would be good – maybe a sports drink?
    Nothing acidic either, so fruit can be tricky. Dry whole grain bread?

  • Meredith replied to the topic Stomach bug? Top tips? in the forum Health 2 months, 1 week ago

    Drink lots of fluids, you also need to make sure your salt levels don’t get too low in the heat. When I had the norovirus a few years ago, I was advised to avoid dairy products while recovering – I think they’re harder to digest. Something like toast or plain bread, crackers, oat cakes is good when recovering.

  • jaz replied to the topic Stomach bug? Top tips? in the forum Health 2 months, 1 week ago

    As long as no underlying health issues/not on any meds. Keep hydrated and listen to your body. Eat what you fancy in small portions Your body will let you know if not appropriate. Maybe speak with a GP if no better in a week. Just my thoughts, in no way am I medically trained. Hope you feel better soon.

  • FUZZY started the topic Stomach bug? Top tips? in the forum Health 2 months, 1 week ago

    I think I’ve had a stomach bug .. pains in my tummy at the end of last week, very sick Saturday evening and didn’t really eat again until today (so far 2 biscuits and half a plain jacket potato) Feel a bit queasy since eating but don’t feel like I’ll be sick again hopefully.

    I’m trying to drink lots and had rehydration drink this morning.…[Read more]

  • Lots of very generous people on this thread!

    I am not a parent, but if she’s on minimum wage or above, I would charge the normal going rate for lodgings (round here that’s £450pcm including bills) or if it’s less than that, a proportion – 1/3 or 1/4 of her wage. I would save at least half of it for her for a future deposit.

    If you charge too…[Read more]

  • I work full time and earn about 13k per year. I pay my mum £160 a month,, buy my own food/toiletries etc, cook for myself, do my own washing and clean my own room. I pay for my car on my own including insurance, share a horse and pay for that, pay for holidays when me and my bf can get away, pay for gym etc.

    I cant believe some people my age…[Read more]

  • FUZZY replied to the topic Charging Your Child Rent in the forum Chit Chat 2 months, 1 week ago

    When I started on YTS at 16, I turned over 1/3 of my allowance to my parents. It was made very clear that this was not “board and lodging” and didn’t come close to reimbursing them for the outlay of keeping me in the house.

    It was a contribution to the household expenses, and I was also expected to help out: washing the pots most nights, helping…[Read more]

  • I moved back briefly in my 20s and paid £25pw (mid-90s). It was fab actually as dad was retired by then and did all my cooking and made me a packed lunch every day. cleaned my own room though-after a fashion (I have always been very untidy)

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