• burton replied to the topic Ground Source Heat Pumps in the forum DIY 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    We didn’t want to touch our walls inside to preserve damp proofing, and outside is limited by conservation area. So we threw stud partition walls up inside the real walls and insulated those. Added bonus is doing a rewrite is much simpler running stuff in the fake walls.

    This is a good idea, and the route we’ve gone down in both our old house a…[Read more]

  • burton replied to the topic Ground Source Heat Pumps in the forum DIY 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thanks, I hadn’t realised that a higher output temperature dropped the efficiency of the pump. At a COP of 1, presumably running costs would be similar to our existing electric heaters.

    If we accepted that the purpose of the heaters was to stop the house being cold, rather than actually making it warm, presumably we could push up the COP? I…[Read more]

  • jyn replied to the topic Ground Source Heat Pumps in the forum DIY 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    Sorry to not answe your question, but…

    Grade II listing shouldn’t restrict you to badly. You should be able to make changes so long as they don’t damage the features behind the listing.

    We didn’t want to touch some of our inside walls – to preserve damp proofing, and outside insulation is limited by conservation area status. So we threw…[Read more]

  • guy replied to the topic Ground Source Heat Pumps in the forum DIY 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    With a solid walled place like yours (and mine), the heat losses will be such that the radiators would need to be hot in order to provide sufficient heat. This means that the COP (roughly: heat out/electricity in) of your heat pumps will be close to 1. That means you will be paying electricity prices for each unit of heat. That means it would be a…[Read more]

  • dave replied to the topic Ground Source Heat Pumps in the forum DIY 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    They rely on pushing out a low but consistent temp. So aren’t suited to poorly insulated houses and existing radiator systems that require water temps of 50 or 60 degrees.

  • burton replied to the topic Ground Source Heat Pumps in the forum DIY 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    That’s probably the other realistic option. Lower initial cost, and it would mean we didn’t need to dig up the whole garden. At this stage I’d prefer a heat pump for 2 reasons

    1. It’s more environmentally friendly

    2. Installation costs are likely to work out way cheaper in the long run thanks to the RHI subsidy.

  • jaz replied to the topic Ground Source Heat Pumps in the forum DIY 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    What about oil fired central heating with conventional radiators?

  • FUZZY replied to the topic Ground Source Heat Pumps in the forum DIY 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    Simple stuff like thick curtains, draft excluders and substantial underlay can make a big difference. If you can manage it, move the radiators from the usual, maximum inefficiency position beneath the windows to internal walls where a substantial portion of the heat generated won’t be immediately leeched outside.

  • burton started the topic Ground Source Heat Pumps in the forum DIY 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    As the first cold days arrive, we’re experiencing the reality of trying to keep our new house warm. It’s both difficult and expensive. We’ve pretty much written off any solution other than buying extra jumpers for this winter, and our children will have the happy experience of waking up with frost on the inside of their windows. One year of…[Read more]

  • nab replied to the topic Painting – DIY in the forum DIY 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    I was chatting to the plumber about this (not sure why) but he was telling how his parents in law got very slap happy and got it everywhere and he felt he couldn’t say anything as they were ‘helping’. Turned out the reason his FIL enjoyed it so much was that he isn’t allowed to do it at home. Less is more was his take home message!

  • nab replied to the topic Painting – DIY in the forum DIY 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    I’m not a keen painter but I can do it.

    A roller is the best tool for walls. Personally I wouldn’t use gloss on skirting boards as It’s hard to get neat. I use Satinwood instead.

    You can use masking tape for the edges but remember you can always go back and correct paint so it’s not the end of the world if your edge isn’t tidy. I made the mista…[Read more]

  • Suee replied to the topic Painting – DIY in the forum DIY 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Never think about how much you’ve got left to do or you’ll never finish, just give up and drink tea instead!

    I take skirting off, because cutting in along skirting makes me sob, and that way I can properly cover the floor. So, skirting off, tape glass, sockets, light fittings etc, then paint ceiling first if it’s being done (because it’s easier…[Read more]

  • Sammyf replied to the topic Painting – DIY in the forum DIY 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    I purchased one of those extendable poles and a scuttle bucket and it makes like so much easier and it is brill for ceilings but then I am the sort of painter that would have @housemouse rocking in the corner.

    I really like B&Q paint plus they can match paint to any colour you like. I took a pretty blue trug in and they matched it perfectly.

    I…[Read more]

  • FUZZY replied to the topic Painting – DIY in the forum DIY 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Definitely buy cheap rollers a tray and a roller with spare sleeve for £4.99 max

  • lea replied to the topic Painting – DIY in the forum DIY 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Johnstone paints are great as they’re for professional decorators so have high pigment. I’d say go for a light colour – you can’t go wrong with white walls and ceilings – for white we buy big tubs of Leylands Super Leytex from Johnstones paint Centres. We’ve just decorated our house in Homebase Fresh Linen which is a great neutral colour, with Fa…[Read more]

  • Kez replied to the topic Painting – DIY in the forum DIY 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    You sound like you know what you’re doing!

    Im hypermobile so am just imagining me popping a shoulder out mid wall and ended up in a right mess! Ok so dont cut corners on paint and roller quality, edge first and start praying!

  • housemouse replied to the topic Painting – DIY in the forum DIY 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    I have used a sprayer, but would say, don’t use inside. It was perfect for my exterior as the walls are scat coated, but inside use a roller. I recommend you buy a roller and tray from somewhere like B&Q they normally have a spare roller sleeve in with them, buy a pack of synthetic brushes not hair/bristle,, that saves on the hairs coming out. I…[Read more]

  • jaz replied to the topic Painting – DIY in the forum DIY 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Don’t use a sprayer unless you’re very experienced…. you will regret it.
    Don’t go for unbranded paint as if you do, it’ll show.
    Are the walls plastered? Is the plaster in good nick? If not, some filling and sanding will make the end product look better.
    If you can’t ‘ cut in’ well, it’s probably better to use the same colour on ceilings, walls…[Read more]

  • donna replied to the topic Painting – DIY in the forum DIY 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Ceilings aren’t easy, but if it is just painting then it isn’t that difficult, just time consuming. A landlord should let you paint if it is a neutral sort of colour. Start with a good clean with sugar soap, rinse and let dry. Use good quality paint, do the gloss first. For emulsion on walls a roller is usually best with just a brush for the…[Read more]

  • bella replied to the topic Painting – DIY in the forum DIY 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Look for the best quality paint you can get at the best price because if you use the cheap stuff you will have to do a million coats. Cheap paint is like water and a waste of money. Never used the spray machines before so have no idea whether they are any good or not.

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