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started by: LucyL-958524 · last update: 1515577951 · posted: 1515504056

I am looking to buy some corrugated roofing and wondered if anyone on this site has bought some recently and where?  I am having trouble finding it on line. Preferably for me it would be around Confolens- St Junien, although if the price is right I don't mind travelling further.Thanking in advance for any help given.Lucy

started by: k.compton · last update: 1515357458 · posted: 1515258459

We are looking to convert one of our outbuildings into an outside kitchen/terrace area. They are already practically falling down. Can anyone please advise what planning I need to request?? And can you apply from the UK . Thanks

started by: edmundo-560662 · last update: 1515196279 · posted: 1515100225

  Hi, does anyone know why the domestic water supply was shutdown today for about an hour...?- it happened near to RouillĂ© 86480 and when it came back on the water was brown/clay coloured until it flushed through...Eddie 

started by: Mike-Hale-901949 · last update: 1514473196 · posted: 1514292347

Hi, can anyone offer some advice please?I would like to add a room thermostat and a programmer onto our Chappee Sempra Ecocontrol/SP OB. Although the boiler is quite old I hope it should be possible to control the heat to the house and also switch the heating or water on or off at certain times. It would also be useful to have a holiday type mode so that we could set it for when we are away. Can anyone give advice on a suitable system and offer some hints on how to fit it? I have the Notice D'installation et D'utilisation for the boiler but would like a little more advice before I proceed.

started by: Piggle · last update: 1514280862 · posted: 1514021581

Hi...does anybody know of a technician who may be able to fix our heater? It's a wood granule /pellet stove. Thank you.

started by: bob&debs-554698 · last update: 1514107171 · posted: 1514107171

December 24, 2017URGENT Product RecallsB&Q and Wilko have issued Product Recalls on remote-controlled 3-pin  mains sockets and Euro to 2-pin converters, respectively. See article.https://www.which.co.uk/news/2017/12/bq-and-wilko-issue-product- recalls-for-fire-risk-plugs/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoRbHYJAwisI think it's appropriate to remind everyone at this time that plug- top devices containing electronics, especially power supplies ("mains  droppers"), and chargers should be used with caution. There are many  cheap imports flooding into the UK - especially via eBay - and some  are potentially dangerous. Make sure that, wherever you plug these  devices in, there is no curtain, furniture material or Christmas Tree  nearby to catch fire. Protect the carpet, below, with a ceramic tile  or plate that will catch dripping plastic safely."Fairy Lights" are especially prone to problems. Many of the  dangerous imports run directly off mains voltage and have poor  insulation and no safety isolation. The safest lights are those which  run off a low-voltage power supply. This type usually has much  thicker wire than the direct-mains type. Please be sure to remove  power when not in use (a timer is handy) and keep them out of the  reach of children.Wishing you all a Happy and Safe Christmas!Bob

started by: pimpernelalba · last update: 1514099284 · posted: 1514050744

Have any of you gardeners out there gotten any experience of using the above french- inspired soil-breaking alternative to spades, forks etc...........if you haven't seen one, itsa ( loosely) like an extrawide garden fork with the spikes and its double shated handles set at an angle such that you can break up the soil without the often back-breaking  effort of turning over every spadeful..........an increasing concern as your green fingers begin to age.They don't seen very cheap, but DO the advantages outweigh the financial outlay?Anybody have a considered view?

started by: mark60 · last update: 1513599516 · posted: 1512208105

Have just found that in the loft of our old stone house is an electrically powered extractor fan. It has several connection ports but three are connected. One to the bathroom and the other two to bedrooms.It would seem this is permanently running but a switch in bathroom increases its speed.Does anyone know if this is the norm? I can understand it helps the old house breath but must also extract warm air generated by our central heating and woodburner. The loft is very well insulated after recent restoration so I guess this was planned?Thank youMarkCoivert17330

started by: fromagebleu · last update: 1513513834 · posted: 1513513834

A while back we bought an enamel bath (Bette- made in Germany) as it seemed a good idea at the time. In the fitting, tiling etc it was chipped when something was dropped on it (only a glass jar which did not break!) and the enamel was damaged around the plug hole. I have painted, and re-painted enamel paint on it (in a small tube) from a DIY shop, but it is not at all good and I worry that the bath may be rusting out of sight and need someone to fix it professionally Anyone with any ideas- or knowledge of a professional but near Poitiers please? Many thanks in advance. FB 

started by: mark60 · last update: 1513014020 · posted: 1512823724

Septic Tank. We still have an old metal septic tank (just a holding tank) with a filter bucket (full of porous/ceramic rocks ??) tank in front of it. This tank serves just two toilets from our house. As we have three separate gites, these all have a modern sewage/grey water system that pumps the final effluent into a large filter bed system. Our grey water also travels through this modern system.Is anyone aware of a small, cheaper solution for our house toilet waste-water system, whereby we do not have to have the tank emptied every 5 months at a cost of nearly 300 euros. (maybe we can have a set up that finally pumps the waste to the existing filter beds)If there is a cheaper long term solution can this be installed by a building contractor after buying equipment myself?Thank you for any assistance.Mark

started by: htavenner-539784 · last update: 1512999050 · posted: 1510677409

We decided to change our boiler last year and wanted a Buderus but the plumber ( name on request)we were using said that you couldn't get the parts but that Frisquet were very reliable and he could fit one in two weeks.  It broke down 20+ times in the first 3 months and he tried to blame everyone but himself.  The job is still not complete. Does any one have experience of Frisquet boilers.Thank you.

started by: Sian-Shuttlewood-903973 · last update: 1512999050 · posted: 1510146605

Hi!Has anyone tried soda blasting beams in France? Does anyone have the correct equipment to lend or sell? I understand from my research that this is the least invasive way of cleaning paint off oak beams and would welcome any advise on the subject.

started by: shegee · last update: 1512999049 · posted: 1509350907

Does anyone now where we can buy bubble wrap and boxes as we are packing up to move house

started by: mark60 · last update: 1512999049 · posted: 1509115205

We moved to Coivert 17330 area of Charente Maritime a couple of years ago and eventually had our house and two sites set up to receive UK tv via Satellite Freeview. (Because of trees near our house we had to have satellite dish moved to get better all year reception)We would now like to get French terrestrial tv set up (TNT) and was hoping this would be simply by adding aerial to house (The gites already have one installed) and connecting coaxial cable to back of TVs. The TVs were bought over from UK and although HD have been told they may need de-coders to accept input.We have approached local French shops but the quotations have come in listing Satellite dishes, antennae  etc etc with exorbitant prices.If this is all that is required, does anyone know of a suitably experienced/qualified person who can attend to this work for us.Thank youMark

started by: maryhayley51 · last update: 1512999048 · posted: 1508189839

Hi can anyone help, we would like to install 2 yurts and run a small glamping business in Charente. Each yurt will be under 20sq meters. Do we need planning permissionregards and thank you

started by: maryhayley51 · last update: 1512999048 · posted: 1508189849

Hi can anyone help, we would like to install 2 yurts and run a small glamping business in Charente. Each yurt will be under 20sq meters. Do we need planning permissionregards and thank you

started by: maryhayley51 · last update: 1512999048 · posted: 1508189851

Hi can anyone help, we would like to install 2 yurts and run a small glamping business in Charente. Each yurt will be under 20sq meters. Do we need planning permissionregards and thank you

started by: maryhayley51 · last update: 1512999048 · posted: 1508189988

Hi can anyone help, we would like to install 2 yurts and run a small glamping business in Charente. Each yurt will be under 20sq meters. Do we need planning permissionregards and thank you

started by: maryhayley51 · last update: 1512999048 · posted: 1508249633

I wonder if anyone can shed some light on planning permission for yurts. We want to start a glamping business in dept 16 1 or 2 yurts. Under 20m2 any help in pointing me in the right direction will be greatMary

started by: Rebecca-Lavallee-896124 · last update: 1512823562 · posted: 1512489905

Hi,I want/need chipped garden refuse as a mulch. Does anyone know if road crews give away chipped debris from trimming roadside bushes and trees? Thanks in advance for advice.Rebecca

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