• guy replied to the topic Kitchens in the forum DIY 4 years, 10 months ago

    We put in an Ikea kitchen, but fitted non Ikea work tops, different door and draw handles, down lights and suddenly you have a kitchen that looks bespoke from Poshville only for less than half the price. Most of the moving parts, hinges and taps etc. from Ikea have a 10 year guarantee, some more expensive companies might not even be in business then.

  • Standard stainless steel pans will work fine – they are not heavy, and the induction hob is really easy to use. Heats immediately, and is touch hot when you take a pan off. Also, a lot easier to clean than gas or electric.

  • We had a new induction hob a few years ago and a cooker hood of exactly the same width. It seems to do its job well enough.

  • I have nothing to base this on but it doesn’t feel right that you ask for money off his bill AND be refunded for the 2nd plumbers bill. You’d essentially be getting a free bathroom then.
    I’d say don’t ask for a refund of his bill but ask for 100% of the 2nd plumbers cost because you would not have incurred any of that if he’d done it right in the…[Read more]

  • guy replied to the topic Ground Source Heat Pumps in the forum DIY 5 years, 7 months ago

    Are you sure about the £60 / day for the electric heaters? Running 5 2000 watt electric heater 24 hours per day at 14p per kWh comes to £33.60 per day. (Be careful running 5 x 2000watts appliance – it could overload the ring main)

    bottled lpg is worth considering with a gas boiler and radiator system.

    I live in a 3 bedroom listed building and h…[Read more]

  • guy replied to the topic Ground Source Heat Pumps in the forum DIY 5 years, 7 months 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]

  • guy replied to the topic Tooth abscess advice PLEASE in the forum Health 6 years ago

    Get the thing taken out asap job done! Hope you feel better soon and are able to fly.

  • Also about to recommend Croatia or Montenegro.

    Vis is a beautiful island and not as touristy as Hvar, Mlijet etc, but best to get a car to get around. The beaches are mostly pebbly but so pretty, and there’s no nightlife, just little restaurants. Easy ferry from Split.

    Also loved Montenegro – much cheaper than Croatia and it is stunning! It g…[Read more]

  • guy replied to the topic Campsite Etiquette in the forum Chit Chat 6 years, 1 month ago

    This happened to my wife and I about 10 years ago when we were camping in South Wales. Bizarrely the perpetrators were a bunch of middle aged middle class walkers. I politely asked them to turn the music off at around 11pm then went back over at 11:30 when things had not changed. The music was coming from a car stereo so I reached in through the…[Read more]

  • Got it in one! You have just described all forms of money.

    You might think that you can rely on the pounds in your pocket but they are make-believe too.