Part 6 – finally some heating work 😀

After a little hiccup with the roof the water tables finally went on and the roof was complete

The next job was to get the floor ready for the screed next week which meant digging out my and Derek’s underfloor heating installation skills. With 100mm of insulation down we laid the 240m of 15mm heating pipe and secured it with staples. Now it’s ready!!

Expansion vessel week !

Derek and I have been very busy educating people about expansion vessels and fixing boilers.

If your boiler is loosing pressure on a regular basis and you have to keep topping it up via the filling loop it’s MOST likely that there is a problem with your expansion vessel.

In a pressurised heating system such as a modern combi, the water in the radiators is pressurised in a sealed system. Like all water, when the circulating water is heated, to provide the heat in your radiators, it expands. When it expands it needs somewhere to expand to and this is where the expansion vessel comes in. The expansion vessel is filled with pressurised air at the same pressure as the system so that it retains a certain volume. Once the boiler starts heating the circulating water the expanding water is forced into the expansion vessel and compresses the air in  the vessel to thus allows vessel to  accommodate the expanding water. When the system cools down the reverse occurs.

Problems occur when there is no or very little compressed air in the expansion vessel. When it doesn’t have any air in it is when it fills with water and water is NOT compressible and so doesn’t provide a space for the circulating water to expand.

What happens next is key; the pressure increases in the system and the pressure relief valve opens as a safety device to expel some of the excess volume. This can be seen as water dripping from the small copper pipe at the back of the boiler, usually in the back yard.

When the system cools and the circulating water retracts to its original volume there is less water in the system because some of this water has drained out of the pressure release valve. This results in lowering the pressure and sometimes the boiler will shut down as a safety measure because of low pressure. The user then adds water via the filling loop and the whole process begins again.

Some “plumbers” will say there is a small leak or that its normal to have to keep topping up your boiler – THEY ARE WRONG!!

The expansion vessel is full of water and needs to be serviced.

Most manufacturers service manuals state that the expansion vessels is serviced on a regular basis.

So if you are finding that your system water constantly needs replenishing then it most likely your expansion vessel, which is a relatively straight forward job for a busy bee 🐝.

Part 5 – Welsh slating

Progressing on now with great gusto, our roofers arrived on site this week to start the roofing work to cover the structure in Welsh slate.

They have hand selected the best slates that were taken off and mixed them all up in a random fashion so you can’t tell if they were facing north or south. The remainder will be sourced from a local reclamation yard and cut to size the match the original slates.

Part 4 – Delivery and fitting if the green oak trusses

After a 10 week wait we finally saw the arrival of the oak trusses – very excited and impressed 🤪

Unfortunately they arrived on a 65ft artic but with the aid of a neighbouring farmer were carefully transported to site ready to be lifted on by the 14T crane.

Lady Luck really looked down on us as we had a great window of fine weather until almost complete when the heavens opened but by that time we had the trusses protected with polythene and we had complete most of the roof structure including the insulation.

Our team of roofers arrived bang on time to “black out” the new roof and now we are completely watertight able to continue with the internal electrical and plastering work.

Roof structural support

Along with the underfloor heating, we have been calling on our construction skills to fit a series of steel supports for the new green oak trusses that are due next week.

The next stage of the work is to remove the existing roof structure and fit the new oak trusses which we will be bringing in with a crane.

Above is an example of how the trusses will look.

Part 2 – concrete sub floor

With the stone sub base in place and nicely compacted down we are now ready to start the prep for the concrete. With it being such a big area (11m x 5m) we have split it into two bit size chunks and shuttered these areas so these can be poured first. The concrete is due for delivery on Monday.

Small is beautiful

IMG_3683Derek’s been a busy bee this morning. Luckily he’s small and can get into tight spaces so it was no trouble for him to bend some copper pipe and fit it under a boiler to supply a new garden tap.

There really is not limit to Derek.s abilities or the type of work he will do. Lots of people need a garden tap and Derek was happy to oblige.

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If you need an outside taps for these hot summer days to fill the paddling pool for the kids or just to water the garden (unless there’s a hose pipe ban) call Derek and he’ll gladly fit one for you.

In other news – there’s a terrible skills shortage in the plumbing industry, find out more at : http://bit.ly/2tDuXQe