Thursday, 28 December 2017
We switched our central heating to a gas boiler in November, which is working out really well, but the stove presented a bit of a challenge. This has been our main source of heat and hot water for over 5 years with the oil boiler acting as a back-up coming on for an hour in the morning and again in the early evening until the stove was lit and up to heat.
With the gas boiler the central heating has changed to a pressurised system which is incompatible with the stove's back boiler. The concern was in running the stove 'dry' as we like having a fire in the winter. Would the existing copper pipe overheat or worse?
The solution was to create a separate mini gravity-fed convection heating system with one radiator. Admittedly this is the highest-output radiator I could get from ScrewFix at 2.2kW which would fit the available wall space on the landing.
The plumber removed the special £600 dual-coil copper tank (groan) and moved the expansion tank in the loft as high as possible.
So far the radiator has dumped away the heat very efficiently and the upper floor in mi casa is comfortably warm when the stove is lit even when the gas boiler isn't running.
The carpet will be replaced during 2018!
Sunday, 25 June 2017
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Monday, 27 March 2017
Sunday, 19 March 2017
I got this bread bin from Home Bargains and it's not bad, but without a handle the lid was hard to lift off easily. When we got a new fitted kitchen a few months ago I dismantled the IKEA freestanding units we had and of course kept all the fittings, hinges and handles. Fitting one of the handles was an interesting task because I went back to my old O-level geometry and after covering the lid in masking tape I used a pair of compasses and a steel rule to construct a chord, diameter, centre and finally mark out the two mounting holes.
Mathematics is fun!