Advice on house hunting Page 253

  • Dirt3 13 Feb 2020 20:02:25 984 posts
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    I think the issue is no house is going to be perfect and you can get hung up on stuff that is cheap to fix. But it feels better if you know about the crap in advance rather than discover it later, and you can use as a negotiating point in the price.

    You can normally get a good deal on the old appliances too, if you are not precious about having them, because moving them is a bloody faff, especially in my gaff because they are upstairs. I stripped down the cooker, fridge freezer and cleaning them up, they look great. Hoping they will last about 5 years then I will get new.
  • Psychotext 14 Feb 2020 01:12:54 66,624 posts
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    Two years next week since we moved in. Still not finished having stuff fixed.
  • Dougs 14 Feb 2020 07:00:09 93,606 posts
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    That is mental
  • DJCopa 14 Feb 2020 13:32:59 2,243 posts
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    Just to add to things to check on a viewing - water pressure.

    2 houses I bought in past had next to none if more than 1 tap was on (and even then, not great).

    Our current house, at the viewing I asked if I could turn all the taps on - Got a look like I had 3 heads, but nice to not have a surprise when you move in.
  • monkehhh 14 Feb 2020 17:59:02 5,229 posts
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    I always forget to warn new visitors to our house about our water pressure.. but it's funny when they come out of the loo absolutely drenched.
  • mrpon 24 Feb 2020 21:34:15 36,132 posts
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    Any French drain experts?
  • Mr_Sleep 25 Feb 2020 09:11:52 23,206 posts
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    @mrpon I have a French drain, I wouldn't class that as expertise. What do you want mediocre advice about?
  • Dirt3 25 Feb 2020 10:38:41 984 posts
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    mrpon wrote:
    Any French drain experts?
    What is a french drain, is that some sort of posh southern drain where your normal pipe under the ground won't do ?
  • mrpon 25 Feb 2020 10:39:44 36,132 posts
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    @Mr_Sleep where does yours drain into?
    @Dirt essentially a trench on a slope filled with gravel and a slotted pipe to take away excess surface water

    Edited by mrpon at 10:46:11 25-02-2020
  • Alastair 25 Feb 2020 10:46:29 24,223 posts
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    I assumed it was a euphemism for a depraved sexual act.
  • Dirt3 25 Feb 2020 11:43:21 984 posts
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    Alastair wrote:
    I assumed it was a euphemism for a depraved sexual act.
    Exactly why I didn't google it.
  • Dirt3 27 Feb 2020 10:08:08 984 posts
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    Logging in after a couple of days and I'm shocked. On here you can get people willing to give advice on everything from specialised software information to quantum physics, but ask for some information on a ditch filled with gravel with a pipe in it and the hive mind is stumped.

    Can't anyone help Mr Porn ?
  • Dougs 27 Feb 2020 10:16:05 93,606 posts
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    https://www.drainagesuperstore.co.uk/blog/how-do-i-install-a-french-drain/
  • Dirt3 27 Feb 2020 10:18:14 984 posts
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    Thanks for being brave enough to google it.
  • Dougs 27 Feb 2020 10:33:54 93,606 posts
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    That's what I'm here for! Never done it myself, although I think my garden could benefit from it significantly.
  • mrpon 27 Feb 2020 10:41:19 36,132 posts
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    Yeah yeah yeah I get all that, the bit I'm after advice on is where people drain into! This is the vague bit most places murmur on about blah blah look a plane etc.. I think it's frowned upon dumping into the main drain, fnar.
  • Graxlar_v3 27 Feb 2020 10:43:16 9,926 posts
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    @mrpon I personally would drain it into your annoying next door neighbours garden
  • Dougs 27 Feb 2020 11:06:10 93,606 posts
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    mrpon wrote:
    Yeah yeah yeah I get all that, the bit I'm after advice on is where people drain into! This is the vague bit most places murmur on about blah blah look a plane etc.. I think it's frowned upon dumping into the main drain, fnar.
    Ah, I assumed it would be to the nearest accessible drain.
  • Graxlar_v3 27 Feb 2020 11:19:25 9,926 posts
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    FYI house buying sucks non-fridge eggs!
  • MMMarmite 27 Feb 2020 13:25:07 1,616 posts
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    Graxlar_v3 wrote:
    FYI house buying sucks non-fridge eggs!
    I thought buying from a housing association would be a piece of piss, 9 months on and the solicitors haven't even got involved yet :(

    @mrpon - Usually you'd drain into a soakaway or attenuation pond if you have space for either of those, or a local watercourse if near one - although that would likely need planning/permission.
  • henro_ben 27 Feb 2020 13:29:41 2,391 posts
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    mrpon wrote:
    Yeah yeah yeah I get all that, the bit I'm after advice on is where people drain into! This is the vague bit most places murmur on about blah blah look a plane etc.. I think it's frowned upon dumping into the main drain, fnar.
    They usually drain into a large gravel soakaway in the garden, unless you're lucky enough to have a ditch or stream bordering your property, in which case drain it there ;-)

    French drain to soakway

    Edit: MMMarmite beat me to it!

    Edited by henro_ben at 13:31:18 27-02-2020
  • mrpon 27 Feb 2020 13:39:40 36,132 posts
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    Cheers guys and good article. I'll do some pondering.
  • quadfather 2 Mar 2020 15:30:20 36,410 posts
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    Got 3 tiles fixed on my roof today as it was starting to create a small damp patch in the attic. 60. Jobs a good un. Patched up.

    Except he said that the whole roof is fucked anyway (worn slats) and I probably need to get it fully done in a year or so.

    With scaffolding, I'm looking at about 5/6k!! Bloody hell. I could sell my current Yorkshire slates and get a couple of grand and use cheap Morley ones I guess.

    Something to think about anyway.

    Anyone else got roofing deals/knowledge?
  • Dirt3 2 Mar 2020 15:40:26 984 posts
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    Don't know much about roofs, but mine has a feature in it. At the apex of the feature water drips in when it rains really heavily but most of the time its fine. I put one of those big plastic storage boxes underneath to catch the rain. That prevents the water going into the boards on the loft and marking them or making it through to the ceiling and helps me quantify how much water is coming through.

    The water evaporates out of the box so no issue with it overflowing, and am keeping an eye on the wood where it comes in to make sure it doesn't rot.

    I would get someone to look at it, but its a 3 story house and probably will need scaffolding. Probably a bit more than 60 quid.
  • quadfather 2 Mar 2020 15:54:43 36,410 posts
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    Yeah mines 3 storey too at the back so I gotta have the scaffolding unfortunately.

    My attic is actually a room where I have my sofa, telly and games etc so can't afford to let one of those bastards in here!
  • Technoishmatt 2 Mar 2020 16:04:17 4,033 posts
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    Eek. I should probably venture into the lofts and see if anything got thru in the crazy weather. If not now, cld mean ok!
  • quadfather 2 Mar 2020 16:41:39 36,410 posts
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    Yeah, it's worth checking out after a barrage of storms. Even a slipped tile can cause an issue, not to mention all the shit that lands in your gutters.

    Fuck I'm old.
  • Nexus_6 2 Mar 2020 16:45:24 4,878 posts
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    Mind the guy that told you that will be wanting to have the work for a full re-roofing.
    Get yourself up there and check it out.

    Do you mean worn slates? Do you have lots of interfaces up there with chimneys and the like that have lead work at them?
  • quadfather 2 Mar 2020 16:52:46 36,410 posts
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    I got him to take photos as I'm shit with heights.

    He said it was mainly the "slats that had been worn to fuck". That's the most technical explanation that I can give.

    Yeah, it's a mid terrace so there's a chimney each side all the way up with flashing etc. My chimney is ok and I have a fire blazing most of the time. One of my neighbours (not the chimney side to me if that makes sense) has damp in his attic but it's more towards his neighbour than mine.

    Tbh, if the damp patch starts drying out now and the storms finally piss off, I'll be alright with it for now I reckon
  • quadfather 2 Mar 2020 16:52:58 36,410 posts
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    Plus I don't have 6 grand
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