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crumbledust



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 05 2:32 pm    Post subject: Getting insulated tomorrow - any thing to worry about?  Reply with quote    

We got a phone message today (two hours before the letter giving us the appointment) to confirm whether we wanted the insulation putting in tomorrow. (Free, as my dad's a pensioner, and I'm unwaged.)

I'm a little concerned that our ventilation bricks aren't enclosed (i.e. when you take the cover off you can see the gap between the walls) - won't that mean it'll spill out while they're installing it?

I'm not too bothered about the loft, because I can get in and check that easily. The cavity wall filling is harder to keep track of because it's hidden.

I guess I'd worry less if we actually were paying for it - because it seems like it would be easier to sort out if something went wrong. (I appreciate that the logic behind that probably seems daft to everyone else.)

Incidently, it's a good time to remind everyone to check their insulation - our existing insulation has compressed down to less that 1 inch thick!)

Thanks.

tawny owl



Joined: 29 Apr 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 05 10:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Getting insulated tomorrow - any thing to worry about? Reply with quote    

crumbledust wrote:
I'm a little concerned that our ventilation bricks aren't enclosed (i.e. when you take the cover off you can see the gap between the walls) - won't that mean it'll spill out while they're installing it


You might get a little bit, but shouldn't be much. Mind you, you'll find the blinking stuff in your flowerbeds for months afterwards! Well worth doing, though - it'll take about a week for it to equilibrate in temperature, but after that, you'll probably find yourself lowering the thermostat by a bit more every day. I really wish the government would stop interfering with it, though - our house is a new build, so has cavity wall insulation, but only the bare minimum; not enough to be of much use, but enough to stop us being able to put any more in!

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 05 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hope it goes well just a slight word of warning. I stayed at my sisters house just a few days after she had got hers done and had very bad asthma that weekend. We couldn't decide whether it was just dust from the upheaval as she had her loft done as well or if it was something to do with the chemicals. Hadn't felt so ill with it for a long time so just take care and maybe be prepared to decamp for a few days if either of you suffer. I haven't visited since so don't know if I will stillreact. However I have cancelled any plans to do ours - I felt very poorly.

crumbledust



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 05 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks, we'll keep that in mind - it should be warm enough for the next few days to keep the windows open for ventilation.

Only 5 hours or so to go now!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 05 6:01 am    Post subject: Re: Getting insulated tomorrow - any thing to worry about? Reply with quote    

crumbledust wrote:
I'm a little concerned that our ventilation bricks aren't enclosed (i.e. when you take the cover off you can see the gap between the walls) - won't that mean it'll spill out while they're installing it?


Sounds like our house. Only a couple of the ventilation holes needed attention and the workmen removed the metal air brick, inserted a piece of twisted mettal that had hundreds of plastic 3inch hairs (looks a bit like a bottle brush end) into the gap between the walls and then put a new air brick in. All done as part of the cost so I would have thought they would do the same. Remember they will be charging someone for the job so ensure you're happy with it.

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 05 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've core drilled my walls since the insulation was put in, hardly any spills out, but we put the vent in sharpish just in case!

crumbledust



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 05 2:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Getting insulated tomorrow - any thing to worry about? Reply with quote    

tawny owl wrote:
... it'll take about a week for it to equilibrate in temperature, but after that, you'll probably find yourself lowering the thermostat by a bit more every day...


Thermostat?

(We're probably the last remaining house in the UK that doesn't have central heating. I miss the days before double glazing - I used to love pushing the ice around on the inside of the windows when I was a kid!)

We're approaching the end now (it's taken about 2 hours so far) - they're a different team from the ones who came to put the loft insulation in a few hours ago.

tawny owl



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 05 2:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Getting insulated tomorrow - any thing to worry about? Reply with quote    

crumbledust wrote:
(We're probably the last remaining house in the UK that doesn't have central heating. I miss the days before double glazing - I used to love pushing the ice around on the inside of the windows when I was a kid!).


You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. I grew up in a house like that, and that was one of my regular jobs - to clear the ice off the inside of the windows - and to mop up the condensation and unblock the vent holes with a knitting needle, and I wouldn't go back to that if you paid me. Our clothes got mildewed in the wardrobes, we all had bad chests - not fun. Even my dad has finally seen sense and had the place double-glazed and insulated.

crumbledust



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 05 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

... but the ice... was pretty!

I admit, when we did get the double glazing in it sorted out a lot of things - Prior to that the kitchen and bathroom were a nightmare for condensation.

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