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Nick Trollope

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  1. How? Perhaps charge the rest of us who are legit another 10%?  
  2. Oh yes there are! Plenty, in Norme NF C 15 100, etc (400€). Including limits above doors, lengths of horizontals runs, diameters of gaines in hollow walls, etc etc. If yo can't afford a copy of the norme, get a copy of "Locaux d'habitation", published by Promotelec (off their website). It is all in there.  
  3. There are no "buildings certificates" in France. However, what you are suggesting is fraught with all sorts of problems, for any number of reasons. Suggest you do a search on the Forum - pots of information available.  
  4. All the electricians I know (self included) charge by the job, on a devis (a fixed-price quote, not an estimate). If I charge by the hour (some jobs warrant it), then I charge 37€ HT. That doesn't help much, does it? Get a couple of devis - they shouldn't charge you. Will answer your question exactly!  
  5. [quote user="jen"]Thanks for your advice, how is the best way to find a surveyor in France ?[/quote] Not common, but where are you?  
  6. For your own peace of mind (and it is your dosh), you should get a proper survey, but here is my take; That "plinth" is there for one of 2 reasons; a) to fix a damp problem  - we have several like this internally, but higher. There is no access to the outside of the wall in our place. Or b) to fix a foundation problem. Only a surveyor could confirm the latter.  
  7. Oh, I don't know, our Maire is quite sweet, really.  
  8. Yeah, I've done some more checking and it appears that it is 8/16K, but over 5 years - cumulative as LeP sez. Then again, the rules are changing at I type.  
  9. [quote user="Aly"] I cannot recall the exact amount but there is a ceiling on what can be claimed. [/quote] I know what it is...... 8K€ (16K€ for a couple) total, per year. You'll get quite alot of DG to reach the max.
  10. Yes, until  the end of the year, 25%. Only on replacements.
  11. Legrand do a couple - 671 59 for a start. Any decent electrical outlet should be able to get you one.  
  12. Aha aha aha. But there ain't... Be aware that this sort of work must be undertaken by a Qualigaz engineer (like CORGI in the UK), and he/she will know how to connect it.  
  13. [quote user="The Riff-Raff Element"] Not changing the jets / adjusting the air flow is not actually dangerous - usually it is just less efficient and you might end up with soot deposits somewhere. [/quote] You reckon?  
  14. [quote user="UlsterRugby1999"] Mmmmmmmm - and guess what I cannot find a chez nous. A thermometer that goes over 50C. This is getting silly to use a quote [:$][;-)] [/quote] Go to your local GiFi or other tat shop and buy an internal/external thermometer for about 10€ - they will work! I've emailed you, BTW. Let me know if you don't get it. EDIT - And it bounced! I'll PM you this time...
  15. [quote user="Will"] A small claims action has to be involved with an actual financial loss that you need to recover. As you had to pay a fee then a claim would seem to be justified. I'm not sure if such a claim can be instigated by a non-resident of the UK though. [/quote] One cannot issued small claims against the Crown - including the Police. This is dealt with seperately - as Opas is finding out! I have had some run-ins with the Police myself. In my experience, a significant proportion of those over the rank of sergeant are corrupt, in one way or another.  
  16. [quote user="UlsterRugby1999"]Any ideas, on a different theme for a second, why the quote thing behaves like this. [8-)][/quote] If you are using IE8, hit the "compatability" button (right of the address bar).  
  17. [quote user="UlsterRugby1999"]Nick - can I get access to an online method of calculating what my needs would be for a solar domestic hot water system?[/quote] Not that I am aware of, I'm afraid. Where are you? I can probably find you someone to design a system for you.
  18. [quote user="UlsterRugby1999"][quote user="Nick Trollope"] [quote user="UlsterRugby1999"]I have an 84 year old MIL who lives with me, who constantly washes things, along with 2 teenage children and my wife and me. The system doesnt run on Heures creuses as we'd never have hot water all the time. So, yes, its running pretty much all the time.[/quote] I'm not convinced, I'm afraid. A 200L C/E running 24/365 will cost about 1500€ per year to run. It is impossible for a C/E to run 24/7 (do the maths - I can't be bothered!). I reckon that an "average" family uses about 600€ (max) of water heating PA. Your C/E could be faulty or very old, which could account for some losses, but not 100%+   [/quote] While not wishing to throw all my personal data onto the Forum - lets assume that the Chauffe'eau was running 12 hours per day and ours is, as its is, a 3Kw unit then we'd cranck up 36kw per day which would be 13140 kw at (I believe 0.08€) per unit would equate to 1051€ per annum. Not quite 50% but still a large amount.[/quote] If your C/E is heating (as in drawing current) for 12Hrs a day, then there is something wrong with it, I'm afraid. As soon as I have a moment, I will do the maths and prove it to you. Alternatively, this should be your opportunity to fit a properly-designed solar system with a 300L ballon - solve all your problems in one go! Don't buy it fom BD, though.  
  19. [quote user="UlsterRugby1999"]I have an 84 year old MIL who lives with me, who constantly washes things, along with 2 teenage children and my wife and me. The system doesnt run on Heures creuses as we'd never have hot water all the time. So, yes, its running pretty much all the time.[/quote] I'm not convinced, I'm afraid. A 200L C/E running 24/365 will cost about 1500€ per year to run. It is impossible for a C/E to run 24/7 (do the maths - I can't be bothered!). I reckon that an "average" family uses about 600€ (max) of water heating PA. Your C/E could be faulty or very old, which could account for some losses, but not 100%+  
  20. Yes you can. But the recipient will need to pay tax and fees at a market value assessed by the Notaire.
  21. [quote user="Pete"]Thats why I like this forum. Plombiers agree - pipe sizing wrong. Will get it looked at. Thanks for the help.[/quote] Plombier single. I am not a plumber! Nice to know that he agrees with me, though. And his reply was much more succinct.  
  22. Indeed so - to both points. As I say, these things need to be designed, not cobbled together from BricoDepot.  
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