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  1. Ron, you could always put the paperwork in the post to the CPAM, saving you the 40 mile round trip for the cost of a Marianne. paul 
  2. [quote]Thanks for the advice. I cannot find the signal quality on this box so I am getting the installer back to check out the skew, and possibly show me where it is displayed on a sub menu. I agree with Pau...[/quote] Ian, Was that ITV1 by any chance? The other evening (Sunday I think it was) the presenter's sound was so distorted I nearly had to turn it off, and it was certainly the ITV news channel that was several frames out of sync on both studio and inserts a couple of days ago. I can't decide if they don't notice, or simply don't care . paul
  3. Anybody have experience of an Architect within striking distance of the upper left part of Creuse ? (sort of La Souterraine area) English-speaking not essential, but the ability to turn up would be! paul Actually adverse experiences might be useful, too. But better email or PM them!   
  4. On the subject of transferring money....   All the UK clearing banks are now subject to money-laundering laws which are (or at least the pressure to implement them is) US-derrived. It is my impression that the clearing banks are applying the chapter-and-verse of them with varying degrees of severity. We live in France but retain interests in the UK, thus retain the bank accounts there. I have banked with the same high-st bank for over 20 years, but have recently been appalled by their singular lack of help bordering on indifference when moving money to buy a house. For instance, I was told I couldn't move £20k from one account to another using Phonebank (both accounts in my name in the same branch!), nor could I move more than £10k/day out of any account. When I was last in the UK I went into the branch and - only with the greatest difficulty - managed to fill in a moneymover form for the house purchase and lodge it with them undated. Ultimately, this was useless because by the time I was back in France and had the exact amount (inc Notaire's fee) for the purchase it, didn't match the money mover form. This is a continuous bone of contention with this particular bank who have no mechanism for transferring variable amounts of money out of sterling to Euros unless you can visit the branch. I was told catagorically that arranging something like this was NOT POSSIBLE if you live outside the country.This is rubbish, of course, as any Bank of Scotland customer can readily attest. I move variable percentages of my pension this way each month ! In the end I transferred all the money to Bank of Scotland (4 accounts; 4 x £10k twice, across 2 days : what a nonsense ! ) and then telegraphed the money directly to the notaire's Tressor account. £25 fee, arranged over the phone in 10 minutes, by the most delightful (Irish call centre) staff. Most importantly, I was not made to feel I was trying to clean drug money or do something else illegal. I know this is nothing exceptional : it's just another example of draconian legislation designed to catch the big baddies (and signally failing) which simply inconveniences ordinary people with ordinary requirements. paul
  5. Quillan, "....You can only have Tempo if your heating is electric...." I'm intregued to know where you found the info about Tempo from. I've just been on the EDF site and the lowest kvA it's available for is 9kvA. That's - what - 40A ? Can't see a mention of any other restriction... am I just not looking in the right place (thinking of going over to Tempo in the next house) ? paul
  6. [quote]I have recently changed satellite reception from Hot Bird (TPS) to Astra 2 (BBC free-to-air etc). The last few evenings there seems to have been a problem with the sound and picture losing synchronis...[/quote] "....Also sometimes the picture cuts for a second or two, almost as if the satellite is trying to regain synch..."   It's not the satellite, it's the box which is freezing.. its running out of syncs and can only buffer for a field or two.  When you find the signal quality meter I'm sure you'll find it's showing poor. Agree with Mazan, maybe you were lined up properly but not skewed correctly.   As for sound & vision sync disparity: I wouldn't seek to blame either the satellite or the box, there seems to be nobody left in any of the major broadcasters who can detect a sync-slip of fewer than 3 frames! paul
  7. T H A N K S (I'll write it down somewhere safe this time) paul
  8. Help ! I'e forgotten how to get into the Sky digibox setup menu Services ?? ?? (I know there's a '0' in there somewhere!) p
  9. one other slightly galling advantage of a UK sim over a French one is the indiscriminate way a roaming sim with change networks while I'm stuck with just the one. We live j-u-s-t out of the service range of Orange (works if sitting on the sideboard!) but our Christmas visitors chatted merrily away wandering from room to room, while their hussy of a phone flited from network to network, providing them a seamless service. paul
  10. Thanks for that Paul, As usual I subbed the question in my head as I typed and missed a bit out. I should have said I have an exisited earth spike outside the front door on the east side of the house connected by what looks like 10mm CU nud. It test-trips happily enough so I assume it's OK. The idea of a second spike on the other side of the house was to prevent having to run a hefty-great earth wire from one side of the house to the other, back to the tableau. Here's another question ... purely for interest.. If you were to plumb an entire house in plastic (with acrylic bath, composition sink, china lavabo etc ) with not a bit of copper tube anywhere, would you still earth-bond all the taps on the basis that the water in the pipes represented a potential return path ? Not an issue for me as I'm using good old copper, bu tI'm interested to know. regards paul   
  11. Washing machine? No problem. The shop's are full of them. If you are planning to bring one from the UK then you'll probably need a 'Y' piece to enable you to connect both the pipes (assuming it's the usual sort of UK-style hot-and-cold fill) to the single, french cold pipe (since the majority of French houses heat their water in an electric chauffeau, they see little reason to squander it in the washing machine if it's just as simple for the machine to heat what it needs itself). I have never heard of a washing powder causing any trouble (but it makes sense to use as little as is practicable). Be very sparing with bleach and breach products. If it is a holiday home, get yourself a box of Eparcyl (or any of those) to 'dose' the tank with bacteria to get it going at the start of the season, and that's about it. paul
  12. Schluter make a matting which 'decouples' the tiles from the sub-floor making the tiles impervious to the sub-floor's expansion and contraction. Worth a look, although I've no first-hand experience of this product. http://www.schluter.com/english/products/2002/sectionf/ditra/601-index.html paul
  13. Probably one which Punch can answer off the top of his head... I've not designed it this way, but it looks as if most of the electrics will run along the east side of my house and barns, while the plumbing is more-or-less all on the west side. Having earth-bonded all the piping and anything metal, there is a tempting hole in the o/s wall just next to one of the pipes. It is however, on the opposite side of the house to the existing earth spike. Does my earth bonding HAVE to go back to the SAME spike, or can I put another one in the ground on the west? Would this be against the regulations ?  Would I be inviting an earth-loop hum ? Paul
  14. [quote]hi need advice on where to buy France or Uk and what make.I want one that does actually work, throws out some form of heat and not oh that looks nice as we freeze in the corner of the room. ...[/quote] "...Have now just got hold of a Machine Mart catalogue and there top output Franklin 64,000 btu fire is  £340  now  are there any better ones out there...." Dave, If you're anywhere near a Machine Mart I'd go and have a look at them. As far as I can recall, they seemed a pretty mixed bunch. some quite solid and cast and others tinny and made in China with very poor finishing. The pricing v kW output seemed oddly non-linear as well, but you might find what you need, also they have some quite good sales from time to time. (picked up a 2HP router at just over half price!)  P
  15. dave, Although what you say is absolutely true about how vital it is to be sure all parts of a CH are thawed and circulating before turning the heat on again, I don't think the poster has a Central heating system, just a chauffeau. The Hot flow pipe runs up the inside of the chauffeau and finishes a couple of inches from the top, (for the vertical models) so it will naturally stay full. When you get your cold running again you should find the hot flows too.  Ensure that that is the case and that the thing on the cold inlet (groupe de securite) is thawed and running cold into the drain when you twist the spring-loaded knob a little, BEFORE turning the electricity on again. On the subject of your warm showers: how hot is the hot by itself? maybe your thermostat needs turning up a bit? Is the system old? could it be furred up? The other possibility is that the pipework to or from the chauffeau is too narrow in relation to the size of the cold. Do you have a decent mains pressure incoming? paul
  16. Sorry to sound picky (actually it's just me being dense), but do you have 2 meters? On your EDF bill are you actually paying 2 abonnements? If not then I think you just have a 3-phase supply.  Unless like Dave (above) you are planning to run heavy-duty machines you don't need 3-phase, particularly. Are you planning a re-wire? If so I'd consider changing to a single phase system. [ the 400/220v busines is a red herring because any one of the phases + neutral gives you 220v, together = 400v] Sorry -drifting off-topic: the abiding sin of posters in this forum - "...The technical spec for the cooker that we have our eye on states that it must be connected to a suitable double pole control until with a minimum rating of 30A (230/240v)...." sound like it's a single phase job to me, so - no - to feed this from a 3-phase supply would require you to have a system rated at about 150A or so. So in all probability you would be pushed into a high abonnement band (with its higher daily standing charge) simply to supply this cooker on the odd days when you had all the elements and the oven going at once. (hope that makes sense: it's a bit early for me!) You would have to wire the cooker on a separate dedicated feed from its own fuse or (better) mini circuit breaker anyway in France. paul Dave, I'm curious to know, what do you use your 3-ph motors to run? and do modern ones still have a start/run function, or is it automated these days? p
  17. You don't get something for nothing with EDF; equally, you don't usually lose out. By which I mean I would expect the Abonnement for mono and triple phase supplies to be the same in respect of the total power supplied. So a 60A mono-phase should  be the same as for a 20A triple-phase. (1 x 60 = 3 X 20) I'm assuming the cooker you have your eye on is 3-phase because even if you had a supply rated high enough, I doubt if an electrician would be keen to install something so hefty on just one phase. Assuming your supply lines are butch enough, EDF will happily bump you up a notch, but, of course your abonnement will step up too. They'll be just as happy to change you to a monophase, as well. paul
  18. [quote]Well I have had a busy couple of days and not nearly enough time to check in with the current discussion, which I might add I find interesting but sadly not very enlightening. One point has been niggl...[/quote] Well said Andrew ! (I'd write more but it's difficult to type and applaud at the same time)   Wood is carbon neutral, and that's that ! paul
  19. [quote]Isn't there a difference between "environmental" and "cost-saving" issues? I have no particular axe to grind with the environmentalists, I am far too selfish to take environmental issues into account ...[/quote] I Love it when Nick goes off on one !!   "....Do you mean long-life or low-energy bulbs - neither of which will make a significant difference in the grand scheme of things.... If every light bulb in the country (either country) was changed to a long-life one: all those 60W changed 11W and 100w to 20w a whole power station could be moth-balled with that much less oil burnt; that much less CO2 stuffed into the atmosphere. .....Is burning wood, even if it is sustainable (and the French are good at that), environmentally friendly? Again it depends upon your definition, but not IMHO..." Explain yourself man ! go on, your turn...   paul
  20. [quote]I buy LOTS of wood in the uk - and buying in France is MUCH cheaper. If you are loooking for any decent quantity, it is worthwhile going to a local sawmill. In Limousin, there are numerous mills, an...[/quote] Brian "...For instance, I bought enough oak to make 2 sets of cut string staircases for our house for about £400 .........I also picked up some seconds of pre-machined chestnut parquet at 2 euros per sq. m. at the same time...! Where ? where?  We're new to the Limousin and this is precisely what I will soon be hunting for next month.   PM  me if you'd rather not advertise.   paul  
  21. [quote]Can't help with the exterior paintwork I'm afraid although we are having the sides of our cottage (front is dressed stonework) changed from white crepi (and some grey render) to honey coloured crepi i...[/quote] "..... Some Brits in the next village have painted all their woodwork purple...."   Helen; that's probably us.... although we prefer to call it 'lavende' ! paul
  22. Same for us too, we're bigger than the 170 sqm so need Architect's plans to go with the PdC application, so we are currently pouring over the hand-drawn room plans (40-odd tatty pieces of block-ruled paper), trying to make up an order of work and compile a list of jobs that either a) need no permission, or b) need only a DdT. Fun  this house renovation lark eh? paul
  23. [quote]Returning from a 3 month stay in the UK on Thursday, we were slightly concerned about an ominous crackling sound coming from TV. Now it's emitted a loud cracking sound a picture has gone, just a fain...[/quote] Was the house cold and - perhaps - a bit damp when you turned it on ? Sounds to me like it was arcing inside and finally something V.high voltage, like maybe the LOPT, has been zapped. It's worth pricing a replacement before you lug it around the SAV's to get it repaired to get a feel for the prices, as one expensive part and a hour or so's labour can bring you halfway to the cost of a new (and guaranteed) one. Hard, I know. I chucked a beautiful Loewe 32" multistandard a while back, and it was like parting with a major organ! paul
  24. [quote]Paul have you got 'chapter and verse' / any French legal reference for the quote below as it not my reading of the law. If it is I would be very pleased in deed. " if a barn is attached to a house, a...[/quote] Anton, We are buying a house with attached barns (viewed from the road from left to right it goes barn-house-barn/(then)/barn house barn (of neighbours). When we were in the agent's office writing out the compromis de vente I asked this very question and the agent said she thought it was the case (as outlined in the quote). I queried this  (as in 'thinking' is not good enough) as I felt getting a CdU needed to be a condition of the sale, and so she phoned the Notaire there and then who gave us the thumbs up. This is how she explained it to us as detailed by the Notaire.- If you buy land comprising various parcels of land with assorted buildings on it, you definitely need a CdU if the barn (for the purposes of this argument, let's call all agricultural, non-inhabited buildings 'barns' OK?) is free-standing, and on a parcel of land which does NOT contain a house. If it is free-standing yet sharing a parcel with a house, it's iffy. It will depend on your local regulations It may be up to the Marie, it may be up to the people who control the area's Urbanism plan (the same people, I think, who control the zoning of land as habitable or agricole- sorry I can't remember the name, VAL2 is bound to know instantly). If you have a house with attached buildings and the whole lot sit on the same parcel on the plan cadastral, then the certificat d' urbanisme makes no distinction and refers to all the contiguous buildings on the plot at once - regardless of what they are currently used for. Of course you still need a permis de construire if you alter the facade etc. You're not talking about a listed building in a national park, 250m  from a XIVeme chateau are you, by any chance? hope this helps   regards   paul
  25. PM me and I'll pick one up for you next time I'm in there (there's usually a pallet-load of them at the megining of each month). What Dept are you in? there might be a branch near you.   p  
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