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    the gardener reacted to Panther in Boiler question   
    That's some very expensive peace of mind, peace of mind for British Gas that is.
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    the gardener reacted to One percent in Poor doors   
    Not being funny but given a choice (and if you have money, you have choices) I would not buy in a development where there is social housing very near. The horror stories just on here are enough to tell you it’s a gamble. 
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    the gardener reacted to Frank Hovis in Poor doors   
    Purchasers will pay less if they're not segregated from social housing.
    This means that the development will only be able to support a much lower proportion of social housing because they will be making less profit on the open market sales meaning that the required amount of social housing under s106 will be reduced.
    Boiling that down: less social housing will be built.
    Another glorious triumph for government policy there.
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    the gardener got a reaction from GBDamo in Boiler question   
    With the saving you make by not having the system power-flushed you'll be able to buy any replacement radiators and also the tools for job with money left over for a night out in the pub.
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    the gardener got a reaction from stokiescum in Boiler question   
    With the saving you make by not having the system power-flushed you'll be able to buy any replacement radiators and also the tools for job with money left over for a night out in the pub.
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    the gardener got a reaction from stokiescum in Boiler question   
    That's a bit of an ancient timer but I'm sure it works just fine.
    The radiators don't look too ancient.  I'm guessing that the plastic tray underneath one of them is to catch water from a leak from under the black tape?  It might be an obvious leak in which case it's a silly question but are you sure that is the source of the leak?  It's more likely to leak from the bleed valve at the top.  Water could be trickling down the edge of the rad and then along the bottom and dripping off there.  Probably not but if you aren't sure then tape a bit of kitchen roll to the rad wrapped around the edge and underneath the bleed valve.  It'll show you if the water is leaking from above.
    Anyway - changing the radiator is a piece of piss but if you are really useless at DIY then best to get someone in to change it.
    As for cold spots - do you have any?  If you do then I assume you have actually bled all the radiators already?  If not then do that.  Get a radiator key and while the heating is off go round each radiator in turn (start with the one furthest from the boiler) and undo the bleed valve and let any air hiss out.  Be ready with a rag to mop up any water that comes out.  Close the bleed valve and move on to the next radiator.  That should improve things.
    Run the heating for a good while and check to see if it's better.  Whilst it's hot, make sure each inlet valve on every radiator is set to max (the one with the numbers on them - hopefully you have them) and feel the inlet/outlet pipes to each radiator.  One should be hotter than the other, if not then something's wrong.  Maybe the system wasn't balanced properly.  If you have no turnable valves on the rads then you'll have to find out which is inlet/outlet by starting up the system and feeling which pipe gets hot first - that'll be the inlet.  To balance them (to save me typing) follow a guide like this:
     
    https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/how-to-balance-radiators/
    You don't really need the digital thermometer just gauge it by hand.
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    the gardener got a reaction from JackieO in Boiler question   
    Keep the boiler.  It's a glow-worm and they are pretty indestructible and reliable.  Parts are cheap as chips compared to newer boilers.  Your one is a Glow-worm Micron 30FF which has a SAP seasonal efficiency rating of 76.6%.  This is pretty good.  I used to have a glow-worm Fuelsaver 45F which only had a 68% efficiency and was manufactured until 1991 and it was still going strong in 2013. It needed a new thermocouple every few years (less than a tenner) and that was It really.  Had it serviced about 3 times in 12 years.
    The Micron 30FF is a Non-Condensing Conventional boiler with a maximum power output of 8.79kw that uses Gas as its fuel source.  Manufactured From 1999 - 2002.
    Given that your boiler has a 76.6% efficiency against a new boiler that might get 90% it's really not worth changing.  Firstly because the efficiency ratings are mostly bollocks as they depend on the whole installation being optimal and the return temperature being correct.  The minute you switch off a couple of radiators / set the Thermostatic Radiator Valve low then the water returning to the boiler is too hot and the efficiency goes out the window. These ratings are awarded based upon laboratory testing where the return temperature, air temp and other variables are controlled and the boiler is running at full load.  None of these things will be so in the average real-world setup.
    As for your radiators - a power flush is an utter waste of money.  Can you post a picture of your radiators?  Are they the sort of ancient beasts we used to have in our Victorian-era school?  Great big cast-iron behemoths?  If so then I can believe they might be gunked-up.  Best thing to do is to drain down the system - should be a drain cock at the lowest point of the system (might even be outside into a drain).  Take off each radiator in turn - very easy - undo the pipes and then life off the wall.  Take the radiator outside, stand it on end, shove a hosepipe into one end and turn on the tap.  That'll unblock it.  If it the water doesn't flow freely, junk the radiator and buy a new one - Stelrad are good (and UK manufactured).
    The actual copper pipes are very unlikely to be blocked but you can also flush them through with a hosepipe to if you so desire.
    Once you've put all the radiators back on - might as well fit new valves and TRVs to each one whilst you've got them off - refill the system ensuring you add inhibitor to the header tank.
    One thing that might be worth doing is putting a timer on the boiler.  I don't see one installed in the picture.  Have a heating engineer install one - shouldn't be too dear - then you can set the timer so the boiler only comes on at set times rather than staying on all day. 
     
  8. Agree
    the gardener got a reaction from crashmonitor in Boiler question   
    Keep the boiler.  It's a glow-worm and they are pretty indestructible and reliable.  Parts are cheap as chips compared to newer boilers.  Your one is a Glow-worm Micron 30FF which has a SAP seasonal efficiency rating of 76.6%.  This is pretty good.  I used to have a glow-worm Fuelsaver 45F which only had a 68% efficiency and was manufactured until 1991 and it was still going strong in 2013. It needed a new thermocouple every few years (less than a tenner) and that was It really.  Had it serviced about 3 times in 12 years.
    The Micron 30FF is a Non-Condensing Conventional boiler with a maximum power output of 8.79kw that uses Gas as its fuel source.  Manufactured From 1999 - 2002.
    Given that your boiler has a 76.6% efficiency against a new boiler that might get 90% it's really not worth changing.  Firstly because the efficiency ratings are mostly bollocks as they depend on the whole installation being optimal and the return temperature being correct.  The minute you switch off a couple of radiators / set the Thermostatic Radiator Valve low then the water returning to the boiler is too hot and the efficiency goes out the window. These ratings are awarded based upon laboratory testing where the return temperature, air temp and other variables are controlled and the boiler is running at full load.  None of these things will be so in the average real-world setup.
    As for your radiators - a power flush is an utter waste of money.  Can you post a picture of your radiators?  Are they the sort of ancient beasts we used to have in our Victorian-era school?  Great big cast-iron behemoths?  If so then I can believe they might be gunked-up.  Best thing to do is to drain down the system - should be a drain cock at the lowest point of the system (might even be outside into a drain).  Take off each radiator in turn - very easy - undo the pipes and then life off the wall.  Take the radiator outside, stand it on end, shove a hosepipe into one end and turn on the tap.  That'll unblock it.  If it the water doesn't flow freely, junk the radiator and buy a new one - Stelrad are good (and UK manufactured).
    The actual copper pipes are very unlikely to be blocked but you can also flush them through with a hosepipe to if you so desire.
    Once you've put all the radiators back on - might as well fit new valves and TRVs to each one whilst you've got them off - refill the system ensuring you add inhibitor to the header tank.
    One thing that might be worth doing is putting a timer on the boiler.  I don't see one installed in the picture.  Have a heating engineer install one - shouldn't be too dear - then you can set the timer so the boiler only comes on at set times rather than staying on all day. 
     
  9. Agree
    the gardener got a reaction from ashestoashes in Boiler question   
    Keep the boiler.  It's a glow-worm and they are pretty indestructible and reliable.  Parts are cheap as chips compared to newer boilers.  Your one is a Glow-worm Micron 30FF which has a SAP seasonal efficiency rating of 76.6%.  This is pretty good.  I used to have a glow-worm Fuelsaver 45F which only had a 68% efficiency and was manufactured until 1991 and it was still going strong in 2013. It needed a new thermocouple every few years (less than a tenner) and that was It really.  Had it serviced about 3 times in 12 years.
    The Micron 30FF is a Non-Condensing Conventional boiler with a maximum power output of 8.79kw that uses Gas as its fuel source.  Manufactured From 1999 - 2002.
    Given that your boiler has a 76.6% efficiency against a new boiler that might get 90% it's really not worth changing.  Firstly because the efficiency ratings are mostly bollocks as they depend on the whole installation being optimal and the return temperature being correct.  The minute you switch off a couple of radiators / set the Thermostatic Radiator Valve low then the water returning to the boiler is too hot and the efficiency goes out the window. These ratings are awarded based upon laboratory testing where the return temperature, air temp and other variables are controlled and the boiler is running at full load.  None of these things will be so in the average real-world setup.
    As for your radiators - a power flush is an utter waste of money.  Can you post a picture of your radiators?  Are they the sort of ancient beasts we used to have in our Victorian-era school?  Great big cast-iron behemoths?  If so then I can believe they might be gunked-up.  Best thing to do is to drain down the system - should be a drain cock at the lowest point of the system (might even be outside into a drain).  Take off each radiator in turn - very easy - undo the pipes and then life off the wall.  Take the radiator outside, stand it on end, shove a hosepipe into one end and turn on the tap.  That'll unblock it.  If it the water doesn't flow freely, junk the radiator and buy a new one - Stelrad are good (and UK manufactured).
    The actual copper pipes are very unlikely to be blocked but you can also flush them through with a hosepipe to if you so desire.
    Once you've put all the radiators back on - might as well fit new valves and TRVs to each one whilst you've got them off - refill the system ensuring you add inhibitor to the header tank.
    One thing that might be worth doing is putting a timer on the boiler.  I don't see one installed in the picture.  Have a heating engineer install one - shouldn't be too dear - then you can set the timer so the boiler only comes on at set times rather than staying on all day. 
     
  10. Agree
    the gardener got a reaction from The Grey Man in Boiler question   
    Keep the boiler.  It's a glow-worm and they are pretty indestructible and reliable.  Parts are cheap as chips compared to newer boilers.  Your one is a Glow-worm Micron 30FF which has a SAP seasonal efficiency rating of 76.6%.  This is pretty good.  I used to have a glow-worm Fuelsaver 45F which only had a 68% efficiency and was manufactured until 1991 and it was still going strong in 2013. It needed a new thermocouple every few years (less than a tenner) and that was It really.  Had it serviced about 3 times in 12 years.
    The Micron 30FF is a Non-Condensing Conventional boiler with a maximum power output of 8.79kw that uses Gas as its fuel source.  Manufactured From 1999 - 2002.
    Given that your boiler has a 76.6% efficiency against a new boiler that might get 90% it's really not worth changing.  Firstly because the efficiency ratings are mostly bollocks as they depend on the whole installation being optimal and the return temperature being correct.  The minute you switch off a couple of radiators / set the Thermostatic Radiator Valve low then the water returning to the boiler is too hot and the efficiency goes out the window. These ratings are awarded based upon laboratory testing where the return temperature, air temp and other variables are controlled and the boiler is running at full load.  None of these things will be so in the average real-world setup.
    As for your radiators - a power flush is an utter waste of money.  Can you post a picture of your radiators?  Are they the sort of ancient beasts we used to have in our Victorian-era school?  Great big cast-iron behemoths?  If so then I can believe they might be gunked-up.  Best thing to do is to drain down the system - should be a drain cock at the lowest point of the system (might even be outside into a drain).  Take off each radiator in turn - very easy - undo the pipes and then life off the wall.  Take the radiator outside, stand it on end, shove a hosepipe into one end and turn on the tap.  That'll unblock it.  If it the water doesn't flow freely, junk the radiator and buy a new one - Stelrad are good (and UK manufactured).
    The actual copper pipes are very unlikely to be blocked but you can also flush them through with a hosepipe to if you so desire.
    Once you've put all the radiators back on - might as well fit new valves and TRVs to each one whilst you've got them off - refill the system ensuring you add inhibitor to the header tank.
    One thing that might be worth doing is putting a timer on the boiler.  I don't see one installed in the picture.  Have a heating engineer install one - shouldn't be too dear - then you can set the timer so the boiler only comes on at set times rather than staying on all day. 
     
  11. Agree
    the gardener reacted to snaga in The make us laugh or fuck off thread   
    On their way to get married, a young Catholic couple was involved in a fatal car accident.

    The couple found themselves sitting outside the Pearly Gates waiting for St. Peter to process them into Heaven.

    While waiting they began to wonder; could they possibly get married in Heaven?

    When St. Peter arrived, they asked him if they could get married in Heaven. St. Peter said, "I don't know. This is the first time anyone has asked. Let me go find out," and he left.

    The couple sat and waited for an answer... for a couple of months.

    While they waited, they discussed the pros and cons. If they were allowed to get married in Heaven, should they get married, what with the eternal aspect of it all? "What if it doesn't work? Are we stuck in Heaven together forever?"

    Yet another month passed before St. Peter finally returned, looking somewhat bedraggled.

    "Yes," he informed the couple, "You can get married in Heaven."

    "Great!" said the couple. "But we were just wondering; what if things don't work out? Could we also get a divorce in Heaven?"

    St. Peter, red-faced with anger, slammed his clipboard on the ground.

    "What's wrong?" asked the frightened couple.

    "OH, COME ON!" St. Peter shouted. "It took me 3 months to find a priest up here!
    Do you have ANY idea how long it'll take to find a lawyer?
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    the gardener reacted to DTMark in The make us laugh or fuck off thread   
    Oh, this is genius.
     
  13. Agree
    the gardener reacted to PatronizingGit in This is Stephen. He's coming to stay with us.   
    One at the bottom of my road. Believe me, it has no effect on the amount of weirdos, creeps and petty criminals who visit them. I dare say, like the stuff in Rotherham, some of the carers take bribes to turn a blind eye. 
     
    Short of exiling them to some highland Island, theres not much 'care' can do for them. 
     
    My view is simply take their kids off them. Give them to 60+ year old couples who have been proven to raise families and not be paedos etc. 
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    the gardener reacted to Austin Allegro in This is Stephen. He's coming to stay with us.   
    I think it's been known for years that paedos shack up with benefit-mommas in order to have access to their children.
    Yet, when I've been on Tinder, I've seen quite a few pics of women with their young children. What on earth are they thinking of? Is it some sort of subconscious lure to paedos, are they so desperate for male attention that they will risk the abuse of their children?
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    the gardener reacted to JoeDavola in This is Stephen. He's coming to stay with us.   
    Yep. My mate did some internet dating in his mid/late 30's, and this is what most of the dating pool is made up of in that age range. Single mothers on TC riding the cock carousel hard now that they've secured 18 plus years of free money. (well that and unbearable SJW feminist academic types)
    One of them he knew had a daughter who got pregnant at 16 and didn't know who the dad was cause she'd fucked 5 blokes that week.
    And so the cycle continues.
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    the gardener reacted to Sgt Hartman in This is Stephen. He's coming to stay with us.   
    I've heard this quite a few times, it kind of goes against my memories of being 18 in high school as if I'd rocked up with a 15 year old girlfriend, my mates would have given me a good slap and mercilessly would have taken the piss. It wasn't the done thing.
    If I were 20 then my pub invites would have been rescinded along with a few of my friendships I think.
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    the gardener reacted to spygirl in This is Stephen. He's coming to stay with us.   
    There's a kid in mrs spys class. Reception, so 4/5.
    The mother has moved the 3rd 'dad' in. Shes only known the new one for ~2 weeks. Police removed the last one, 2 weeks before.
    These are the ones they know about, as a TA talks to her.
    Theres probably a good few 'trials' brought back from spoons too.
    Shes pulls in just under 2k/motn doing 16h at an old folks home.
    Im going to get nagged for the numbers but its more likely to be millions than thousands.
    Theres a whole sub-culture, built up around with single mums on TCs in social housing. And stream of useless, strange blokes flitting between them,  given the mum a few 100 rent, hitting the kids etc etc.
    Its really why single parents hsould live in some sort of hostel. One, itll get the rent bill down a lot. Two, itll provide an extra pair of eye and structure. These people are not functional.
     
     
    Shes not that unusual for the single mums.
     
     
     
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    the gardener reacted to SillyBilly in This is Stephen. He's coming to stay with us.   
    Good post. Breaks my heart that children are born into the care of such hopeless f**kwits. The mother should be tried for gross negligence of care as far as I am concerned.
    One of those where I wouldn't be surprised if he was nailing the mother as well or at some point in time had a sexual encounter with her. On a UK wide level, there must be thousands of desperate washed up tarts bringing dangerous no-hoper men into contact with their children. Not picking on women here either, just a fact of life there is a lot lower risk for a man bringing a woman in to a family home than the other way around. From an anthropological point of view I've often been amazed at how quickly someone ends an relationship to then moving the new "step dad" in. And generally the sort of blokes that you'd try not to make eye contact with at the pub.
     
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    the gardener reacted to JFK in This is Stephen. He's coming to stay with us.   
    what the fuck is it with these fucking brain dead morons that they allow any bloke into the house, let alone some scumfucker like this, if you have a teenage daughter living there?
    Are you really so unbelievably fucking retarded beyond Somali levels that you do not think of the potential, the sheer potential for problems.
    If you give one iota of a flying fuck for the safety of your own kid, even the possibility, that you will take a few quid - you really are fucking pondlife of the lowest form. 
    Just fuck these people off.
    Yes the tattooed POS should be executed.
    The so-called mother needs her fucking head shaved and marched through town to be put in the stocks and publically flogged.
    So I get from this she was shacked up with a friend of the paedo killer .... wtf is these people's chaotic lives.
    Just fucking nuke the lot of them. They really are scum
    At the bottom of this is a DEAD 13 year old girl
    (and yes, I agree with the other postings .... the paedo rape muslim gangs are still going on , a blind eye turned by the cunt system and those inhabiting it)
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    the gardener reacted to PatronizingGit in This is Stephen. He's coming to stay with us.   
    I guess tattoos are normalized now, but neck tattoos? Come on. Only no hopers with mental issues get neck tattoos. 
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    the gardener reacted to Fischer in Out there in the cold water, far from land, we waited every night for the coming of the fog, and it came, and we oiled the brass machinery and lit the fog light up in the stone tower.   
    That's about the fifth time she had to come out of the water.
    Every time she took a lie down on the beach a group of well-meaning people would splash water over her and roll her into the sea.
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    the gardener reacted to Sgt Hartman in Out there in the cold water, far from land, we waited every night for the coming of the fog, and it came, and we oiled the brass machinery and lit the fog light up in the stone tower.   
    Anyone who thinks that is some kind of icon for 'body positivity' or is, in any way, a good thing needs their fucking head examining pronto.
    That person is physically unwell.
    Edit - and it's not 'plus sized model' it's morbidly obese woman.
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    the gardener reacted to Kilham in Out there in the cold water, far from land, we waited every night for the coming of the fog, and it came, and we oiled the brass machinery and lit the fog light up in the stone tower.   
    I hope she was responsible and checked the weather forecast, tides, local conditions and location of Japanese whalers before going in the water.
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    the gardener reacted to One percent in Brexit Betrayal thread - Part 4   
    Selling out British fishermen. Again. As a kid, you could almost walk across my harbour on the boats when they were all in port. I think there are now two.  @spygirl will confirm current numbers. 
    Treasonous bastards. 
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    the gardener reacted to OurDayWillCome in Brexit Betrayal thread - Part 4   
    Margot Jones, Conservative MP Stourbridge - votes with Labour to block a no deal. Her constituents voted 64.7% to leave the EU.