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  1. Thank you for your reply, we live in Port Erin so its natural gas as far as a I am aware down here, where do you get this LPG? cheaper?
  2. Hello interesting what everyone has said seems that oil still seems to be the favourite with most and cheaper for now and the next few years yes disconnect the stove from the pipework, and just use to heat the actual room if at all no plumbers seem to be interested in the job at the moment, had quite a few around say they will quote and dont quote so for now it looks like i am stuck with the current boiler and its problems there is i think air in the system, as you hear loads of gurling noises every now and then through the pipework one person said to me that this in not good will cuase corrosion and it might, but i hope it wont corrode my radiators, assuming that they mean it will damage and rust my radiators? or do they mean more things that it will corrode? but i am stuck with this now, as dont want to repair lots of the system and drain it, if thats what it is needed when i went to put in a new boiler but i shall have to wait until the plumbers do their quotes and they have yet to put them through my door, had about 4 plumbers now and not one quote so do you think that leaving the system as it is, pump has damp patch on the floor, gurling in the pipes, and an overflow pipe on side of hse has been spurting water since Feb too. is that doing damage to the rads, pipes or whatever? thanks for all comments i really do think that people like oil, that they think it is cheaper to therefore get a worcester bosh boiler, with megaflow seems the way to go keep the single skinnned oil tank i have for now, some report they have had theirs for 23 years and still going strong it does worry me about the botton metal bits/pipe, beneath the clear tube on the side of the tank, my husband has in the past painted this with hammerite, but dont know if this is a good thing to do, how long these bits last? i guess these bits themselves cant be replaced that you have to have a whole complete tank? well thanks for inputs and good to share how others are feeling about their heating systems and the best way forward
  3. I have oil heating installed end of 1998 the plastic oil tank is single skinned, and wondered how long these last before you need to replace them? if they split can you claim on your house insurance for the clean up costs (we are not near a stream to polute but the ground would be contaminated with oil) our oil pump is leaking and we were considering either 1. putting in a new oil boiler or 2. changing to gas combi boiler but thought that gas was dearer to run than oil is gas dearer to run than oil for hot water and heating? we have a four bedroom detached house and cant downsize as we have all the bedrooms occupied, but to heat in the winter its costlly but would like to reduce costs like all if we could and in fact in the day time if i am here on my own i dont put the central heating on, but heat only one room until the children are home from school. but which is the best way to go MANX GAS which is natural gas now and combi boiler or stick with oil? thanks
  4. I have oil heating installed end of 1998 the plastic oil tank is single skinned, and wondered how long these last before you need to replace them? if they split can you claim on your house insurance for the clean up costs (we are not near a stream to polute but the ground would be contaminated with oil) our oil pump is leaking and we were considering either 1. putting in a new oil boiler or 2. changing to gas combi boiler but thought that gas was dearer to run than oil is gas dearer to run than oil for hot water and heating? we have a four bedroom detached house and cant downsize as we have all the bedrooms occupied, but to heat in the winter its costlly but would like to reduce costs like all if we could and in fact in the day time if i am here on my own i dont put the central heating on, but heat only one room until the children are home from school. but which is the best way to go MANX GAS which is natural gas now and combi boiler or stick with oil? thanks
  5. So how do people find gas v oil now that we have natural gas? do they think one is cheaper than the other? how much is say a 4 bed house with 12 radiators for instance costing on GAS? and costing on OIL? interesting for price comparisions and views the other thing is if you have a single skinned plastic oil tank how long do these last? all costs
  6. Well I have got into finding out about VOC's they are in lots of things and can be harmful to us and the environment. What lead me into finding out about VOC's is that i have a problem with my sons bedroom that i painted nearly 2 weeks ago. did the walls and woodwork, so totally painted. Threw away the tin for the walls, white emulision type paint, dulux, but still have lots of the gloss paint, DULUX WOOD AND METAL BRILLIANT WHITE GLOSS and it has high VOC’s 25% to 50%. only looked at tin when paint smell did not start to go after two days and just found this today. have just goggled and found this site http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/construction/materials/low-voc-paint.htm this bit worries me Some VOC's also have been linked to cancer, as well as kidney and liver damage As paint dries, these harmful VOC's are released into the air at high levels. Indoor VOC levels are routinely 10 times higher than outdoor levels, and up to 1,000 times higher immediately after painting Although VOC levels are highest during and soon after painting, they continue seeping out for several years. In fact, only 50 percent of the VOC's may be released in the first year so there is a lot in my sons room done in this paint, SKIRTING BOARDS, DOOR, WINDOW LEDGE, ALL AROUND THE WINDOW, PICTURE RAIL and I also painted the bathroom radiator in this too. have used gloss paint before on this radiator, but saying that it cant have been this one otherwise i would have spotted the smell. So what do you all think? So have moved my sons ps2 and some of his toys to our bedroom. now not only is he sleeping in there he is now going to have to play sometimes in there, as well as our lounge of course. A total inconvenience for all. oh dear thought i had done a good job now wish i had never started don't want to put him at risk and also need to sort that radiator out too, sand it down i suppose. hate the thought of sanding down and doing all again and dont know when i shall find teh time again, but a painter and decorator will cost me too much at the moment. do others realilse about the VOC's and paint in their houses over the years? hen you think of it when i have had the painter in over the years surely they must have used high VOC paints? perhaps that is why so many people are getting cancer these days hey? What would you do? in a dilemma p.s. vocs are also in wood so was thinking of maybe in the future burning wood in my stove, maybe not a good idea now. all those that are going to wood stoves, surely not a good idea?
  7. RE DULUX non drip wood and metal white paint Thank you for everyone trying to help with this paint smell problem. Thanks to Bastards help above. UPDATE - it will be two weeks tomorrow since the last bit of gloss work was done on the room, and still the smell is quite strong. Yesterday afternoon for the first time i shut the windows in the room just to see how strong the smell would be, and to me its still quite strong. so dont know how long this smell is going to take to go. Have not put my son into the room yet, dont want to incase it is bad to inhale this smell, so he is having to sleep in our bedroom, which is not idea. Four days ago I emailed dulux, they have not got back to me yet, to see what they have to say about their paint. this is not new paint and i wish i had never used it. I did stir it well before use and the paint looked fine. My husband must have used it in the past, dont know how many years ago, but it must be before the new type of paint came in, so this is the old one with the high VOC's 25% to 50% on the tin. In fact did not look at the tin until i found the smell would not go and then saw this. if I had known about this smell and high VOCs then would have got rid of this paint. dont know what to do now. did not realise that this would happen. I have just googled and found this site http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/construction/materials/low-voc-paint.htm this bit worried me Some VOCs also have been linked to cancer, as well as kidney and liver damage As paint dries, these harmful VOCs are released into the air at high levels. Indoor VOC levels are routinely 10 times higher than outdoor levels, and up to 1,000 times higher immediately after painting Although VOC levels are highest during and soon after painting, they continue seeping out for several years. In fact, only 50 percent of the VOCs may be released in the first year OK REALLY WORRIED NOW after finding this, how do others feel? I feel like dulux are responsible for this, they should have told us all to throw out all old paint with these VOC's in I think I am going to have to get a decorator in now as it will surely have to be sanded down, and that is a lot SKIRTING BOARDS, DOOR, WINDOW LEDGE, ALL AROUND THE WINDOW, PICTURE RAIL and I also painted the bathroom radiator in this too. have used gloss paint before on this radiator, but saying that it cant have been this one otherwise i would have spotted the smell. So what do you all think? who else has this paint in their house?
  8. Thanks for all the advice going to try the onion one and also buckets of water to see if they absorb the smell. I shall update with results as this may help others if they find a similar problem. Yes did see watchdog programme about white gloss going yellow in a very short period of time. I actually think that the gloss i have in my house, which the painter did about 4 years ago suffered the same problem, as it is now cream. so maybe not just the new tins of paints, maybe the older ones do this too. Have never thought much about the colour before, but now when I think back I am sure it was white, know our walls are magnolia, but was sure that the frames and doors were white. Anyone know of paints that do not yellow? You want the paint to stay white not go yellow. Hoping once I get rid of the smell in the box room, that this paint which at present is brilliant white, wont turn yellow, otherwise waste of time.
  9. Hello I painted my sons bedroom 10 days ago now, its now the 31st March and he has not been able to sleep in his bedroom s since due to the STRONG SMELL. I painted the walls with white emulsion and painted the window, door, skirting boards and picture rail with DULUX non drip wood and metal white paint, I was trying to think how old this tin was used it once before but its got to be 3 years or more. I did not think that gloss paint went off, but why is my sons bedroom still smelling, i dont want to put him in there in case the smell or fumes damage him. What is this smell why does it stay so long? How long is it going to last? surely paint smell should have gone by now what have others done? do they just go back into the rooms with the smell, its a bedroom and dont want to damage his health if he should not be in there. have had the window open each day all day and at night on vent, but stil the smell is there, although think less, but still there. can anyone help with past exerience? I dont usually glosss, but did not think that this smell woudl be still there and that my son cannot sleep in his bedroom even after 10 days, he is having to sleep in our room for now. I dont want to put his health at risk. or is it no risk?
  10. After reading the above threads I wondered if this would help others and myself. I have two parts to my house the first part 1930s solid walls, no damp course and the other part added cavity walls 1985, insulated and filled with silver beads. I am trying to overcome condensation, damp, high moisture levels that lead to black mould, instead of using dehumidifers all winter. i came across this Villavent heat recovery system and thought it good idea so trying to look into it. there is then no need to have tricklevents or open windows, to lose heat in the winter. I do not have tricklevents to my pvc windows as they were installed before these came along, so maybe this is a good idea for me. I dont know who is the dealer on the island and will have to find out. has anyone had this installed? does it cost much to run? is it affective? I believe it is good for allergy sufferers too and maybe addes value to your house as very modern. I was wondering if it woudl help the others on this site who have similear problems and maybe not thought of this idea. I know it might be costly but some of the other things are too. I had thought about tanking the walls or having them injected but dont know if that would stop the dampness. There is no damp cousre in my 1930s part of the house. What do others think or have tried?
  11. After reading the above threads I wondered if this would help others and myself. I have two parts to my house the first part 1930s solid walls, no damp course and the other part added cavity walls 1985, insulated and filled with silver beads. I am trying to overcome condensation, damp, high moisture levels that lead to black mould, instead of using dehumidifers all winter. i came across this Villavent heat recovery system and thought it good idea so trying to look into it. there is then no need to have tricklevents or open windows, to lose heat in the winter. I do not have tricklevents to my pvc windows as they were installed before these came along, so maybe this is a good idea for me. I dont know who is the dealer on the island and will have to find out. has anyone had this installed? does it cost much to run? is it affective? I believe it is good for allergy sufferers too and maybe addes value to your house as very modern. I was wondering if it woudl help the others on this site who have similear problems and maybe not thought of this idea. I know it might be costly but some of the other things are too. I had thought about tanking the walls or having them injected but dont know if that would stop the dampness. There is no damp cousre in my 1930s part of the house. What do others think or have tried?
  12. can anyone recommend a good but reasonably priced architect?
  13. sorry i dont understand this. i have a sky hd box but dont pay for the sky hd channels i do not have multiroom as dont want the extra cost we have every package from sky except the sports and find this is enough outlay each month can you get extra channels in other rooms off your sky hd box for free is this what people are saying? sorry to sound ignorant its just that i dont understand this sort of thing and how to do it. our skyhd box is in the lounge room, like some have said, it does not have the phone line connected to it thank you
  14. sunshinett

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    Hello I am having a house extension the pitch of the dormers are 12 degrees, and need special light weight tiles, i have been looking at Decra but my builder says why not fibre glass but not keen on this would rather a tile has anyone one 1. fibre glass on their dormers or roof (not flat roof), concerned about the look of it as you would be able to see it and it might look more like an office, warehouse, not a house 2. lightweight tiles, like decra for instance http://www.decra.co.uk/Products/Decra%20Classic%20Tile.aspx or there are other lightweight tiles so dont know what to do really they have been tested in high winds, but really how good are they, will they last anyone any comments thanks
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