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We now have a light sensor connected to the lighting computer. This means that we can programme the lights so that they come on after dark and turn off during the day.
It is another relatively cost effective piece of kit from Loxone. The main issue was climbing on the roof to fix it in position. We have sited it on the small apex at the rear of the property (away from any street lighting or security floodlights).
It is connected to the Loxone kit using Cat5e cable. One pair of wires is used to supply it with 24v. Another pair of wires send back data on the light level (as a 0-10v signal). This is then connected to one of the Loxone’s analogue inputs.
From the outset we decided to use LED bulbs throughout the property. Their longevity combined with lower power consumption made them a no brainer. We have used the same bulbs inside and out.
We also decided to standardise on the same fitting (GU10) and the same colour (warm white) as well as the same wattage (5W). This will hopefully mean that we don’t end up with a drawer full of light bulbs, but never the one that you want.
We have already installed around 20 LED bulbs and yesterday we purchased another 30. At around £10 each, this mounts up. I never thought that we were spend £500 on bulbs!
On a positive note, the 5W bulbs are very bright and in some of the rooms, particularly the bathrooms, they are probably a bit too bright. We picked a brand that had a decent guaranteed lifetime and standardised on them. These are also available locally.
Six months ago, it would have been difficult to imagine that there was anything interesting to say about gutters. But here we are!
We decided to go with cast iron gutters for a number of reasons. Firstly, because they fit in with the age of the property, but secondly, because the foundry is 2 miles away in Holmfirth. Although the property had aluminum gutters when we bought it, it probably did have cast iron gutters at some point (there are existing cast iron down pipes). There cast iron gutters would have most likely come from the same foundry that we are now using to supply the replacements.
It turned out that the gutters specificed by the architect were probably a little too small for the size of roof, so we had to look into putting up larger gutters. The choice of gutters runs into tens, if not hundreds. It isn’t like going to B&Q!
I went down to the foundry today and narrowed in on what I thought were the two most likely choices. It isn’t easy to tell which is the right one unless you look at it in place on the roof. The chaps at the foundry kindly let me two lengths which the builders held in position, so we could see what they look like!
The choice: 6″ x 4″ No.46 gutters.
The number “46” refers to the fact that this was the 46th pattern of gutter that they ever made!
I have been suffering recently with cold feet. The weather has turned wintery and standing building a wall doesn’t help with the circulation to the feet. I tried wearing thicker socks. I tried wearing more socks. No luck.
The solution was a new pair of wellies! Yep, I couldn’t believe it either. I came across Muck Boots in a shoe shop in Huddersfield. They are neoprene with a rubber outsole around the foot area. The neoprene seems to cover the whole of the inside of the boot. Boy, they are warm. Very warm. On the second day, I decided that I didn’t need such thick socks. They are exceptionally comfortable and I have been working in them all day without any problems. They don’t have a reinforced toe cap, but they are fairly solid.
|Derwent Muck Boots|
More information on the website here. Seems that everyone knows about these (except me). Always the last to know!