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Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 05 9:14 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

I would have to agree with you there. The old comment ask around for recommendations is just so true. However, when you first more to an area it can be very hard to get recommendations. (Some of the work done on my neighbours properties is fascicle).

Mind you a locally recommended company installed our boiler after the bodge a national did.

A final comment, even if you don't do any of the work yourself it's worth spending a few pounds on a book so stand a better chance of spotting if people are any good or spotting something that could easily be put right.

Now back to greenhouse heaters, I use a modern paraffin heater as I decided getting electricity to my shed and greenhouse as too expensive.

JB



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 05 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
I would have to agree with you there. The old comment ask around for recommendations is just so true.


So when some guy turns up, measures up and has amongst all his stuff a big book of references do you take that on face value or do you ask around anyway. Just a purely hypothetical question from some who purely hypothetically has some purely hypothetical five figure renovation bills looming on the horizon you understand.

Treacodactyl wrote:
Now back to greenhouse heaters, I use a modern paraffin heater as I decided getting electricity to my shed and greenhouse as too expensive.


However much I might tinker with computers, run cabling and all that kind of hi tech thingy stuff. I actually quite like the fact that my greenhouse runs off paraffin - there's somthing reassuringly low tech about it!

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 05 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

moogie wrote:
Oh well, nevermind. I think I'll gop back to gas power! Anyone want to buy a fetching, new electric greenhouse heater ?


Stick it in the ads Moogie, I may pop down and snap it up!

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 05 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

JB wrote:
So when some guy turns up, measures up and has amongst all his stuff a big book of references do you take that on face value or do you ask around anyway. Just a purely hypothetical question from some who purely hypothetically has some purely hypothetical five figure renovation bills looming on the horizon you understand.


I'm not the best person to ask as I tend to do everything myself, including laying drains and rebuilding outside walls! (With full building controll approval I may add but they just turned up for about 1 minute and didn't even look at the drains )

I'm considering getting someone in to do some more building work and I've noticed the company working around the area and kept a keen eye on their work.

The trouble with references is how do you know the relationship between the workman and the person giving the ref?

jema
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 05 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:

A final comment, even if you don't do any of the work yourself it's worth spending a few pounds on a book so stand a better chance of spotting if people are any good or spotting something that could easily be put right.


Always a good idea i think to do this. If you appear on the ball, there is a much lesser change of people taking the piss.

moogie



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 05 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yes think paraffin is the way to go. If I sell the electric heater then should be able to afford a nice new paraffin one! No wonder the person who gave it to me was giving it away

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 05 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I used a new parafin one through last winter, and it was so stinky, it really made me wonder about what hydrocarbons might be entering my food chain.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 05 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

JB wrote:
some who purely hypothetically has some purely hypothetical five figure renovation bills looming on the horizon you understand.


JB, this hypothetical person might want to hypothesise about checking out this board - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/forumdisplay.html?s=&daysprune=&f=94

Description from the site's weekly newsletter:
"ARE YOU PAYING THE RIGHT PRICE FOR HOUSEHOLD WORK? It's a nightmare question, so I've set up a new chat forum board allowing MoneySavers to ask other consumers and possibly tradesmen whether they think the quote's fair."

Very new and not explored it myself yet but certainly worth investigating if one were ever to find oneself in the position of deciding on quotes...

JB



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 05 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bugs wrote:
JB, this hypothetical person might want to hypothesise about checking out this board - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/forumdisplay.html?s=&daysprune=&f=94

Description from the site's weekly newsletter:
"ARE YOU PAYING THE RIGHT PRICE FOR HOUSEHOLD WORK? ...


Ta for that. That looks like just the sort of forum I need.

moogie



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 05 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

So what does everyone else use to heat their greenhouse? Paraffin (I agree Madman, definately a bit stinky), gas, electric? And are there any particular heaters any one can recommend to me that obviously aren't electric?!

Rikki



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 05 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you decide to go down the "it's not really permanent" route to avoid all those regs, it's as well to still be safe. Use a single length of cable from inside your house to inside the greenhouse. Make sure it is armoured. that means the copper core wires (three of them, live, neutral and earth) are surrounded by a steel sheth) it stops you from cutting through it by mistake when pruning the roses - potentially fatal. Then use a water proof connection inside the greenhouse - one with good rubber seals - and an RCD in the house. You've now spent 100, but it is a lot less than getting a supply installed professionally and should last for years.

Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 05 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

moogie wrote:
So what does everyone else use to heat their greenhouse?


Sunshine here!

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 05 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hold the hat steady, Si, i'm just getting the crosswire onto it...........

Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 05 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Madman wrote:
Hold the hat steady, Si, i'm just getting the crosswire onto it...........


Hat was a temp while I got another pig pic ready

Hope you hit it .... If you liked it that much I could email it ya

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 05 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Like the snails?

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