Frank

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  1. Remind me not to go there - wherever it is.....it looks awful....
  2. Is that the Mick Meehan that owns/runs the pub on Maid Marion Way?
  3. Have a read of the 'Pubs Closing Down' thread on here. You'll find it in the 'Owt abaut Nowt' section
  4. On our approach to Calais yesterday to catch the EuroTunnel express, the French Patrouille de France were displaying in the distance. If you look closely above the lamposts, you can see the red circle in the sky. It was difficult to take many more photo's as I was driving alond the A16 at the time!! Great display though. Must have been a practice above Calais before flying over to Dover. We stopped in a small Motel on the edge of the local flying club at Abbeville on Thursday night and ended up talking to a bunch of english pilots (small Piper etc and Paragliders) who had flown over to france in readiness for the celebration flyover on saturday. Here's the gate guard at the flying club
  5. Quite pertinent..... we visited the American Cemetary in Normandy yesterday... Over 9300 American soldiers burried there
  6. Great link Annesley. What's also interesting about that You Tube film is the sight of the old Huntingdon Street Junior School that can be seen as the train enters the tunnel to the City Hospital. This school was mentioned in a thread some time ago.
  7. Frank

    New Pad

    Poohbear. The Daikin Altherma has recently been awarded full compliance with Building Regulations The noise levels are very low, just a small circulating pump on the indoor unit, just as you would have on a conventional boiler, and a low hum on the outdoor unit from the inverter. I've had to touch some of the smaller units to feel the vibration to know that it was working! Starting to sound like a salesman now
  8. Frank

    New Pad

    Unfortunately No Ashley. The cylinder needs to be pressurised and unvented. With a direct cylinder, the heating medium is actually stored in the cylinder and then comes out of the taps, like the oversink water heaters or old Ascot water heaters. The Primatic is a vented 'open' system so it is not suitable. The Stainless Steel cylinder is supplied as part of the Altherma kit as it is quite critical where the temperature sensors are installed - Daikin don't like you using just any old cylinder as it may affect the controls operation.
  9. Frank

    New Pad

    Stan An indirect cylinder can be heated from a primary heat source, be it a normal gas boiler of an Air Source heat pump. You possibly have an indirect cylinder recently installed. Does it have 2 pipe connection points on the side at low level - one above the other? I would expect that they are capped off at the moment if you have immersion heating. These are the flow and return points for the Primary circuit, so it should be possible to connect an ASHP to the cylinder. Energy running costs are much lower on ASHP's due to the efficiencies. See post above. If you have off peak electricity, you can heat your cylinder even cheaper overnight. Here's some links http://www.eco-smartplumber.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38&Itemid=105 http://www.altherma.co.uk/ http://www.orionair.co.uk/Daikin%20Altherma.htm If you search for Air Source Heat Pump you will find lots of information. Rheem are not very big in the UK and therefore do not have a high regard. From my experience with their kit - it is very basic. Any of the Japanese brands should be good, Daikin, Sanyo, etc. Have a look around the www. Come back with more questions if you have any but you may not get a reply for the next 2 weeks.
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    New Pad

    PM sent PB Right then. An air source heat pump is exactly as it says - it uses the available heat in the outdoor air to boil off the refrigerant which is then added to by a compressor to raise the refrigerant to a high temperature. This hot gas is then sent indoor to what looks like a normal wall hung boiler where it gives up its heat into the radiator water circuit, or under floor heating circuit. A 3 port valve is also installed into the water circuit and this can be programmed to divert the heating circuit into a hot water storage cylinder. You can also install solar panels and connect them onto the cylinder via another heat exchanger. In spring, summer and autumn, there is normally enough solar heat to provide all of the domestic hot water, but if necessary, the Altherma can provide top up at any time. The cylinder also comes with a back up immersion heater for emergencies or if you want to get a cold cylinder up to temperature in a short time (say you have just returned from holiday and want a bath) The Altherma also has a back up immersion heater to help out when outdoor temps drop below say, -5C. Very rare that I've seen this heater in action though. An oil boiler is about 80% efficient (1kw energy input to 0.8kw output) A combi boiler is about 93% efficient The Altherma is at minimum 340% efficient and at best 540% efficient (1kw input for 3.4kw output or 5.4kw output) Efficiencies tend to drop off as outdoor temps drop. It's a fairly new technology as the new high pressure refrigerants have only recently been invented in response to the Kyoto Protocol (global warming thingy) and now lots of manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon. As with cars, they all do the same job, i.e. get you from A to B, but with different levels of comfort and reliability for different prices. It's the same with Air Source heat Pumps - you get what you pay for. Daikin are the inventors and market leaders in my opinion. There is quite a bit of work involved in installing them so the initial outlay is rather more than you would expect to pay for a gas boiler system. However, the benefits come afterwards with energy savings (running costs) If you are considering moving house, you probably wouldn't get your money back, but if you are there to stay for say 10 years or more, it is a very good alternative to gas, oil, lpg or storage heating. Whew......must be time for a beer now .... I'm away tomorrow down to Cornwall for my Daughters wedding - hope to be able to drop in in the next couple of weeks but that depends on the place having Wi Fi.
  11. Frank

    New Pad

    Poohbear Have you ever considered the Altherma air source heat pump? With efficiencies between 340% and 520% it is a real economical alternative to gas, oil or water heating and hot water. I've fitted several systems now including some interfaced with solar panels/tubes. One customer who lives near Gunthorpe was on oil before at a cost for fuel about £1900/year. His total electricity bill for heating and hot water last year was £264! http://www.altherma.co.uk/
  12. I'll third that. Smilies seem to be expanded into a large page where I can only see the middle section. And no way of re-sizing or scrolling.
  13. Frank

    Jackson

    I bet there are lots of farmers in Lincolnshire who would pay good money to have him skewered onto an upright pole in the middle of their fields to scare away the blackbirds ......aka Wurzel Gummidge......
  14. I saw your Giggles Page post Katyjay. When I have finished browsing the forum, I click on the 'Mark Board Read' button, bottom left. When I return, I just click the top right link, 'View New Content' Works for me - it's just that the buttons are in a different position from IPB 2
  15. I've deleted it for you now.
  16. At the end of your session on the forum, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click 'mark board as read' The next time you visit, log in and then click 'View new Content' top right. Easy
  17. Frank

    new system

    I've found the 'Mark Forum read' button....... It's right down at the bottom of the page in tiny writing
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    new system

    I found that it only applied when you try to amend your profile.
  19. Frank

    new system

    Tut, Tut, Mick. Constructive Comments, Mick. Constructive Comments. How dare you call them complaints........he he.
  20. Frank

    Free Beer

    So, with the dismal response, I take it that no one is up for a few free beer tokens?? Looks like they'll end up in the bin then. Sorry Mick.......no J2O tokens, I'm afraid
  21. Frank

    new system

    Can't see the Red X
  22. Several issues are appearing.... If I log on using the office computer, early in the morning, I can click on the 'Active topics' thingy and read the latest posts...apparently. When I log on later the same day using the home computer, the 'Active Topics' are still the same and I have to read them again. The same thing happens if I log on using the laptop. Seems like the software sees an IP address and not a member. Previously, when you had read certain new posts, you could click on 'refresh' and it would mark the posts you had read, leaving any unread posts, and any new posts highlighted to read. This facility seems to have disappeared. Maybe I just need to spend more time looking around the latest version of Nottstalgia, but my thoughts are....if it's not broke, don't fix it. The speed of the forum now is quite outstanding and a welcome change.