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  • Sapindus
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    Slinky said:
    When showering we turn off the water after wetting hair, shampoo, turn the shower back on to rinse, turn it off to wash the body (using a shower scrunchie which saves on bodywash), back on again to wash off the bodywash, job's a goodun.  
    Can you not do shampoo and body wash in the same operation and save even more?
  • Topher
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    FreeBear said:
    CapricornLass said: In answer to newlywed's comment - yes you can get problems with condensation.  We did, so much so that I called in a specialist surveyor to check our walls in our bedroom as I was beginning to wonder if the DPC had failed.  It hadn't but he did say that we would have to keep our house at a minimum of 18 degrees, and install a special ventilator.

    One silly thing which has helped is to close doors to rooms.

    Have a small box room that was always cold and suffered from condensation & mold. Partly my fault for turning the radiator off and leaving the door shut for <mumble> years. Now that the walls have been insulated, it only needs a small radiator to heat it up. Keeping the door open means it gets fresh air in there along with a bit of warmth from the rest of the house.
    Maintaining a temperature of 14-16°C seems to avoid any problem with condensation (don't think you need to go as high as 17°C).
    Can I ask how you insulated the walls please? We live in an ex-council house, the ground floor was built with a cavity wall, but upstairs was not. Outside is a “decorative” ledge that runs round the building just above the level of the ground floor windows, the upper floor external walls are recessed slightly above that. Unfortunately that ledge in the original build was built using flat terracotta roof tiles (I had a friend who was housing manager for the council and investigated the build of my house). When the houses were first built they had some decorative (external) rendering to the upper floor, but mine, when I bought it had the whole lot spray rendered. (Adding little to the appearance or insulation). Across the road a similar house has had some good looking cladding put on upper storey walls but I’m conscious that they may have been depending on the ledge being of proper build and not the non buildings regulation, non-supportive tiles. Also next door’s electricity is provided by a mains cable that runs around the outside of our ledge. 
    n other news I need to buy replacements for the old radiator reflector sheets and have the best (most efficient) type. My last lot was the stick on type with reflective metallic style plastic, a sticky backing and a thin foam insulating layer. this has lasted some 15 years but has left a dark crumbly residue on the walls behind the radiators which comes of on clothing that I put on the radiators (I never put wet clothes to dry on radiators, just ironed or air dried clothes that need a final airing). 
  • Floss
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    Topher said:
    ... Also next door’s electricity is provided by a mains cable that runs around the outside of our ledge....
    ^^^ this
    Is that legal and / safe?!
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