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started by: grand union · last update: 1509698739 · posted: 1508851261

Hello, can anyone tell me if there are any scrap metal yards, where I can buy from, in the Charente?

started by: shegee · last update: 1509612097 · posted: 1509351023

Does anyone know where we can buy boxes and bubble wrap for moving house

started by: Jaqueline-Freeman-856393 · last update: 1509611923 · posted: 1509561227

started by: kath68 · last update: 1509571260 · posted: 1509107025

I’ve been contacted by numerous “solar panel”companies recently. Last week I caved and someone came round to do an assessment. Lovely chap, but I thought the prices he was quoting for solar PV, hot water and some heat exchange thing were a bit on the high side. I would like to have solar energy. We have a large, south-facing roof so we are in an ideal position. I know I could get an eco loan for the hot water bit and that there is some kind of cash back thing from EDF for each converter for the panels, and that somehow there is money available for energy production but if you go through EDF direct they don’t buy your spare back from you. Tbh, I’m a bit confused about the whole thing. I have tried reading up on the French websites about this but, whilst my spoken French is ok, I am struggling to get my head round the written info. Can anyone help? Is there a company out there who can fit solar panels without this whole business about borrowing money and “guaranteeing” it will pay for itself over the next eleventy billion years? Any thoughts or advice/recommendations very gratefully received.

started by: socksandharry · last update: 1509548760 · posted: 1509548760

We have a problem with our electrics into our Barn from the house. If you can recommend anyone who has done a great job for you and that you would recommend please, do let us know. We live in Chez Le Tard, Bourg Charente- 8 km from Jarnac and 8km from Cognac. Please, if you can and are happy to recommend someone please, contact us

started by: Living-The Dream-908612 · last update: 1509260350 · posted: 1508781460

As I've missed most of this year's street vide greniers etc, I was wondering if anyone could tell me where there are any shop/warehouse brocantes which are open all year round please? I'm looking for cheap second hand furniture that I can do up myself, rather than proper antiques. Confolens or Mansle areas? Many thanks  

started by: jabbie-557380 · last update: 1509131886 · posted: 1509106519

Has anyone with a campingcar bought a 12volt HD satellite receiver here in France, that works elsewhere in Europe, they all seem to say fransat is this just for France?  Or will it pick Astra 2 for English tele in France.

started by: mark60 · last update: 1509129624 · posted: 1509115342

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: Michelle-Johnson-871838 · last update: 1509118367 · posted: 1509078226

We have a nest in a disused chimney, that we were going to leave, but the chimney is now letting water in and we need it fixing quickly, so must get rid. With the warm days, there is loads of activity, so just can’t wait. The guy on here says it’s too far to come, so can anyone recommend anyone else. Preferably English speaking (I know - long shot).thanks in advance.

started by: flobelt · last update: 1509013961 · posted: 1508853163

Someone used to advertise in the expat magazines for scrap metal. I cannot find it now. Does anyone know of someone who would be interested in two large iron wheel rims. No spokes just rims. We are near Sauze Vaussais

started by: greenfingeredcook · last update: 1508762233 · posted: 1508679203

I just wondered whether there were any knitters out there who might have patterns for Jean Greenhowe's Clowns that they may consider sharing with me?  I think the booklet might be out of print now as it was quite old and I was really hoping to try and make one of these for my great nephew's Christmas present.

started by: mark60 · last update: 1508761140 · posted: 1508754925

Are there any places that sell Recycled Timber / Windows etc near Coivert 17330? Maybe the local rubbish tips sell on old timber etc? Any information will be a great help. Thank you. Mark

started by: Jon-Travers-901342 · last update: 1508674115 · posted: 1508674115

Can anybody recommend a good supplier to purchase fire logs in December around the Matha/St Jean D'Angely area please?

started by: onested-542732 · last update: 1507987049 · posted: 1507799587

Does anyone know of any mail order sites who deliver to France ie 'Littlewoods.

started by: Raman-558575 · last update: 1507968050 · posted: 1507789668

Our Box hedge has turned completely brown over the past few months (as have our neighbours).  Any experts out there who know if this end of this hedge or will it recover in time?

started by: Bertiebeauford · last update: 1507752078 · posted: 1507626340

Hi,Does anyone know if I can connect my fosse septic to the mains drainage by running any pipes above ground. ie against the house, or does it all have to be underground?Regards,

started by: jez1953-892507 · last update: 1507746695 · posted: 1507222363

I am looking for a termite and asbestos diagnostic company with sensible rates  in and around the Ruffec area.

started by: Carrots-571386 · last update: 1507614440 · posted: 1507567626

Does anybody know whether it is possible to use a wrought iron type fencing for a swimming pool, to comply with regulations, or does it have to be the mesh type of fence? We know that glass is a possibility but this is probably going to be too expensive. It is only to close a 3m gap in a wall. Thanks

started by: greenfingeredcook · last update: 1507415248 · posted: 1507415248

We have a Bodner and Mann air conditioning unit that has recently stopped working properly - possibly a gas leak.  We have tried contacting a few companies (although there aren't many around here) to try and get someone out to have a look but without success - all we are told is they don't do this make and that only licensed agents are able to re-gas the units now.Does anyone know of a company who might be able to help diagnose/fix our units?  Would be most grateful for any contact information.  We are in Lezay area (79120).

started by: alanjcoote · last update: 1507306536 · posted: 1507219516

Hi, wondering if anyone has any recommends for a good Tax advisor in and around Civray / Charroux / Champagne Mouton area. Would prefer someone who can speak English please? Ta Alan

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