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About Baldbloke

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  • Birthday March 19

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    Moray, Scotland
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    Machinery, bikes, saws and when not operating those things, drink.
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    Retired fishing ghillie but now a driver for out of hours NHS
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  1. I’m sure heat pump efficiency has improved vastly over the years, but my experience of them about 18 years ago was not good. A scout building was considered too expensive to heat for its limited use plus a grant was available at the time too. 10 k worth of equipment was installed and ran until the first quarterly bill came in at over £800.00. The heat pump was removed shortly after that.
  2. A very good question to which I’d struggle to accurately answer due to the oil tank being partly full and still using oil for its all too easy usability through the spring. Probably a couple of grands worth being a tight arse.What additionally complicates things is an oil Aga running most, if not all of the year. Our elderly neighbours admit to an annual oil bill of 7k for their pile.
  3. Issues included taking the manufacturer and service provider to arbitration and their subsequent appeal against my award by contesting it through the High Commercial Court in London. This because of total destruction of their product and their attempt to replace my new turbine with a knackered 2nd hand one. I did the arbitration myself but come the HC Appeal I utilised my house insurance legal cover for the HC Appeal. That cost my insurers 60 K. This as well as other downtime associated with the ongoing breakdowns. This in spite of me being an acknowledged domestic consumer through Government bodies and the company’s own Directors at contract inception to reduce VAT from 20% to the correct 5%. Multiple hassles and breakdowns and expensive repairs (14k this year). Not for the faint hearted. Yet my 91k cost has actually been returned through the subsidies and award since 2014. 13 years of increasing subsidy to go as long as the bastard continues to rotate🤣
  4. 30 cube a year is about what we use from October to March for our 7 bed lump of a house through a 60kw biomass log boiler. No subsidies on ours, and because oil was so cheap last year I didn’t bother busting my arse cutting, and just used the oil boiler. This year looks like I might need to get my act together though, but the 20Kw wind turbine does help, -when it works.
  5. The previous owners of the house had 1/3 of the property repointed in cement during 1976. Over 40 years later that work still looks sound. That’s in spite of the hard winters it has experienced since the 70s. Had it been old brick work or porous stonework such as sandstone I would’ve used lime. However, this house is built with igneous rocks rather than soft porous sedimentary types or suspect brick, so it’s unlikely to get moisture within the joints to cause any possibility of spalling.
  6. It’s all either dressed granite on one side, and a mix of granite and hard dressed stones on the other side and zero soft sandstone. There was up to 3 coats of cement harl to remove to begin with. The lime underneath was shot and crumbled too easily. I did consider lime but in the end felt it needed a deep pointing and quite a bit of structural work with some 3 hundred weight stones and cracked lintels being replaced. Cement provided a quicker bond.The other four sides had already been cement pointed prior to us buying so I wasn’t too bothered about being fanatical about lime. I’ll be doing the farm Steadings in lime when I get a chance. The sides previously pointed in cement have no apparent damp issues either, which was another reason to continue with the cement.
  7. Have an imported Mercedes that apart from the import, taxation and registration hassle doesn’t appear to be much dearer to insure. Maybe cause I’m an old fart.[emoji848]
  8. The other issue is that relatively inaccessible young unguarded trees (between those stock fences) could become swamped by the grass/weeds. Guards can also provide a micro-climate boosting their growth. But if you haven’t got rabbits it would be very tempting to leave out the netting and guards. A forward thinking local farmer who’d planted an 8 acre field with young hardwood whips buried in loads of dead thin 15 foot trunks for the local tawny owls to perch on. We’ve loads of shrews up here, plus regular snow cover, and yet he didn’t bother with guards, and his losses from shrews were minimal. He did however net the perimeter as at the time we had rabbits.
  9. All good points here. Just goes to show that everything hasn’t improved in quality. I believe some tree guards can break down saving that scenario. Although I can’t remember the last source I Bought from twelve years ago, my hedgerows have only the occasional tree guard remnant showing. Even the remaining unused guards in my darkened shed are now unusable as they’ve started to break down.
  10. I’m long out of that game so can’t help with any costings. However, as well as width between the fences to preclude deer interference, and the option of rabbit netting, you might need to consider shrew guards too. This especially if you see snow cover. If that was the case it’s worth costing whether taller individual tree guards (which would cover rabbit/shrew/mouse issues)might actually be cheaper than the rabbit netting and its installation which is always suspect to damage from stock anyway. This as well as the hassle of regularly having to check the nettings integrity.
  11. I recently bought a Dewalt 3/8 impact driver set that came with two batteries. A fantastic bit of kit for removing engine/ smaller suspension components in restricted spaces.
  12. Thank you. Our house and where the cheapest quote came in at £60 k at £84 a square metre. Total DIY cost excluding labour was for 9 tonnes of sand, three of cement and three impact hammer drills @ £130 each plus sundries such as plasticiser, SDS chisels, etc. 184 hours for that west side you have pictured, but that included replacing a window over lintel and other building work, that would’ve been in addition to the professional quotes. The other side took less time but also included replacing 2 lintels and some crappy infill of brick around services that the harl concealed. I also have an old wanked out cherry picker that saved on the 2k erection of scaffolding and weekly rental of it that the professionals required.


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