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  1. Also energy companies, service and transportation companies -- a lot of them who have gained a foothold (or basically just bought up presence in the UK) thanks to large state monopolies in their own countries. Hundreds of now european mega corps that have bought up swathes of industry as well. Repriprocal punitive taxation and local tendering would make life somewhat interesting for them. A lot of rules were brought in to provide a 'level paling field" for tendering. I believe the upshot of this has been to sideline local suppliers and gift the work thanks to the reams of bureaucracy to large international companies and I think this was entirely intentional.
  2. Not out of her depth, entirely duplicitous and stalling for another vote. Evidence - sidelining and completely derailing the Brexit negotiating team - remember Chequers? Calling an election and nearly doing a good job of throwing it and making even Corbyn look good. Time and again the EU have got their way by getting the question asked again nd again until they get the right answer to usurp country by country. If they were not so hubristic about their approach and let their mask slip they might have got away with it again.
  3. It is hilarious, the further away from the election defeat the more they are distancing themselves from what really happened, fingers in ears and onwards comrades.
  4. A very thin geological layer with rare radioisotopes (from 50's/60's) or some future event would probably be a better indicator.
  5. TP pricing so way over the top, very little I buy from them for my current extension, most materials I buy from a local buying supplier much cheaper loose, found a small trailer (400kg nominally) just brilliant for what I need and very close so not much wasted downtime, they just have a yard and blockwork bins for the materials storage and a JCB with front loader / weigher. Quick, efficient and even better when I get back I can unhook the trailer and half a ton with big trailer wheels is manageable to push round and tip wherever I want - front garden/backgarden no problem. None of the hassle of decanting out of a ton bag dropped kerbside or re-shovelling/loading material tipped on drive. Anyway back to TP, if it is anything like they were it is the split invoicing for trades allowing trades to disguise actual materials price to customer whilst TP still manage to sell the same as they do in Wickes for more. Sheds - an ideal build for cheap and s/h materials, some fencing companies that do commercial site fencing will sell off used OSB very cheap, perfectly good for strengthening sides / roof before cladding with something that looks nice. That's a big lump off the build cost when you get sheet materials for £5 to £10 a sheet.
  6. onlyme

    OK buster!

    I misspelt it. Losableness is apparently valid in scrabble. There's a moose loose in the house.
  7. onlyme

    OK buster!

    Some posters are footloose with the loseableness or otherwise of the second "o".
  8. Here's a go around at Gatwick, landing in the normal direction into westerly wind, Track is at 2:55, so see if this matches. Didn't get that high looking at the cloud base.
  9. Aircraft often go into stacking patterns where they hold their landing position by circling in a descending loop down to lower levels than usual outside of the normal approach flight paths. Not sure if this the case here as somewhere like Gatwick uses continuous stacking unless these rare low air craft are aircraft that have been heavily delayed in an extra deep stack and hence lower. More likely could be aborted landings and go arounds - this would have a separate loop which has a designated path(s) one of which you may be under.
  10. @spunko Look everywhere everywhere as well, this guy's work looks nice, price competitive too.
  11. onlyme

    OK buster!

    Without a growing order book / sales / revenue all those companies hiding the true state of their business on their balance sheets get swamped by the debt payments. Same with the pension systems. Same with government finances.
  12. I'm not exactly sure how the figures run but that is the metric I've heard a few times. Profit is the tenuous part in it - assuming all their direct labour costs are accounted for (either internally or externally) then the profit part is the bit that goes to the building company / owners / lead builder on a job who subcontracts out. Expenses are high, downtime and weather rated issues can be real problematic, there\s a shed load of tools you need for things like a complete build and if you don't own them and have the money invested there then you'll be passing on hundreds of pounds a day on a small job to hire companies - long term rates are far better but day to day hire is crucifying. Then there's cost of storage for all those tools if you do have them and they are prime target to get nicked, you'll lose £2-3K at the very least each time that happens. Non payment, staff / contract labour issues. Very difficult to keep a full pipeline and keep all customers happy. If you worked on a 20% margin you are not going to be rich unless you are doing large contracts, employing lots of staff. Definitely collect materials together first if you can get them at a good price - tiles hopefully OK and not beyond service life, builder will tell you pretty quickly if not - if they are cracking/breaking in the hand or with a little force no use trying to nail them up there and expecting them to last that experience or much longer. Nice old bricks worth looking out for - look the part and costly to replicate, just make sure whatever you do buy is in significant enough bulk to do the job with some margin. Doubt you will find suitable oak of right quality/dimensions, appropriately sized glass, might find a nice door / door furniture, so one of those jobs where savings are somewhat limited on the materials side apart from making sure you get all the basics at best price - sand/cement/lime, concrete, insulation, plasterboard for interior lining if there is any at cheapest supply prices possible. Time is best spent I reckon on getting the best possible price for the oak frame and most likely getting an off the shelf design that will fit. If you employed a trusted tradesman who could do the lot there is money to be saved if you do some of the legwork, getting materials on site, clearing site afterwards (costly for builder/commerical waste) but it is riskier and really would need to be someone you can trust but you will be taking more risk on the project.
  13. Had one or two visibly flake and the metallic layer break down, don't think it is that common but like everything difference in quality or the odd QC hiccup will make some less durable than others, excess heat probably won't help over time either. Obviously surface scratching is something else.
  14. Just had a quick look at off the shelf prices for an oak porch (all fairly minimal really in design - at least from this supplier that is coming up at 2k. That is a frame only manufactured in a factory from predefined size selection and design and pretty basic with none of the infill etc. Bespoke reckon you could double that with the added elements at least, but say £4k. Another £500 for an oak door of any decent quality (one that won't warp and buckle with a few years). Glass, say £100 per pane. Lead another £100. Reclaimed tiles say £200. Bricks £100. Misc items another £200 - probably more a decent weather resistant finish is £50 a tin. That's £5200 in bare materials alone. Using the 1/3 labour, 1/3 materials, 1/3 profit metric £12k in the right ballpark really for a professional job with good materials and skills. If you went something like labour only you could strip a third off a fixed priced job (basically the profit element). Building regs (small porch) looks like windows and any electrical will need passing and as long as front door stays in place then can do footings as you see fit, might as well insulate the floor though if having to put in full regs windows. Might be a supplier somewhere that can provide full oak frame porch plus all glazing to suit, might get a better price in total, certainly worth and look but be careful of quality, it is a bit like sheds, you think you are buying a 6x4 shed online and you end up with the flimsiest POC you can imagine. Mate's porch at £20k was natural stone, so more like building a small extension really. But materials cheaper than oak.