• keith replied to the topic Ground Source Heat Pumps in the forum DIY 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    I have ASHP – get some proper advice. You need an up to date energy cert, and then ideally a thermal model of the house (our installer did all this) to size the rads and the ASHP. Ours is paying for itself in no time thanks to RHI and saving vs oil.

  • Venice is nice, but it does smell a bit and is a bit of a tourist rip off. I think Rome is better value, if you haven’t done it before. The Vatican museum (book the special evening entry) is amazing and the quantity of roman buildings and things like the catacombs are really interesting. 2-3 days there would be fine, and then escape to the…[Read more]

  • keith replied to the topic Painting directly onto plaster in the forum DIY 7 months ago

    Gloss doesn’t cover. You’re doing it the right way.

  • keith replied to the topic Painting directly onto plaster in the forum DIY 7 months ago

    It’s more a case of lightly going over any well-polished patches to provide a better key, no need to sand the whole wall (unless it’s all been highly polished). Removing any knibs, bits that have been left on corner beads etc is just fine-tuning; it wouldn’t stand out if it was left but it makes the job that tiny bit smarter. You’d never see guys…[Read more]

  • keith replied to the topic Painting directly onto plaster in the forum DIY 7 months ago

    Assuming this is new plaster you are painting? If so, then, as suggested by others, a light sand and a mist coat is the the thing.

    A light sanding is all you should need: if it’s new (decent) plaster the surface should be flat and fairly smooth so it should just need any knibs removing, then sanding to provide a key if the plasterer polished it a…[Read more]

  • Madeira is very nice, but make sure you get a flight on a big plane direct from the UK. Don’t be tempted to save a few quid by flying to Lisbon then getting a connecting flight with TAP.

    TAP runs smaller planes on that route, and with pilots who don’t know how to land in strong winds, and Madeira is very prone to them. And the staff at Lisbon…[Read more]

  • Prices are relative, yes, but some are more relative than others. I’d like to see a comparison that takes the median income of a person every ten years from 1958 to 2018, and works out how many minutes’ worth of pay it takes to buy a pint of beer, a pint of milk, a bottle of Bordeaux wine, a bottle of Champagne, a litre or petrol, a kilo of…[Read more]

  • yeah but they are tangible. Bitcoin is all online. Its only a matter of time before some other wizz cracks the code, gets ALL the bitcoins and blablabala. Happens all the time with banks now, cause of the digital money..but you cant physically remove a house or a field.

    If somebody did manage to steal the whole stash of Bitcoin, who would he…[Read more]

  • Just skip to the end, if you don’t have time for this long post.

    Bitcoin is often called a “cryptocurrency”, but in that word, the “crypto” bit doesn’t mean that it’s anonymous or hidden. Bitcoin transactions can be tracked and traced more easily than usual cash transactions, but less easily than traditional bank transactions.

    In one way,…[Read more]