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  1. [quote user="Ian 56"]I am replacing our existing consumer unit (tableau électrique) which dates from 1977 with a larger modern one with a disjoncteur différentiel. Most of the work seems straightforward although the in the old one all the negative wires go to a common terminal block and only the positives pass through the fuse units. Sorting that out is not rocket science.

    However I am puzzled by the wiring for the va-et-vient circuit. The 3 hall and landing lights are controlled by 4 push-button switches. I can identify the wires which lead from these units and also the positive imput to the old switch unit which was a Legrand 49127. The helpful chap in Leroy Merlin sold me a unit to replace this which is an ABB E251T-230 which has 4 terminals. There is a sketchy wiring plan on this which makes no sense to me and I am not convinced it is the right unit anyway.

    Can anyone help with information for the correct replacement unit and of the connections to it?


    I tried doing this in the UK once and got so confused that I had to get an electrician in to sort it out [:$]

  2. [quote user="pachapapa"]

    [quote user="Rich1972"]Well I bought a bag of St Astier chaux aerienne from 3M so I'm going to make my own. Thanks for the feedback.


    May I enquire which type of chaux aérienne you purchased?


    St Astier 'Decorchaux' CL 90


    And I don't care if it's wrong. It's going on the walls.

  3. I find that very hard to believe, but this is France so god knows what the truth is. I've got the waste pipes running inside behind a false wall, only because the house backs onto a farmer's yard. Aesthetically it's better to have them inside the house, IMO.

  4. Well I bought a bag of St Astier chaux aerienne from 3M so I'm going to make my own. Thanks for the feedback.

  5. I've bought a bag of chaux aérienne so I'm going to make my own.

  6. [quote user="Théière"]

    Are you saying France makes hard work of a simple task?


    Yes! [:D]

  7. [quote user="Théière"]

    If you have a good lime rendered wall it doesn't need anything else


    I know...but as I said in the OP, the wall in one of the downstairs rooms was painted years ago and the render didn't need replacing, so I need to repaint it as it was probably last painted in the 1960s. I find it astonishing that you can't just go and buy a pot of the stuff off the shelf.

  8. [quote user="Théière"]

    If the wall needs to breathe then lime wash.[/quote]

    So given that France is full of lime-rendered walls, why doesn't the local brico sell anything other than emulsion? I'm trying to do things 'properly' and it's turning into a gigantic pain in the butt.

  9. So what have people actually used in their own homes!! I'm none the wiser at the moment [:'(]

  10. [quote user="Théière"]

    Calm down, calm down [;-)]

    You have to know exactly what to ask for, my impression is if you don't you will just get a Gallic shrug, some sort of fun the French play on the British

    Chaux Aimos" which comes in buckets and has the consistency of Creme Fraiche. It's very pure, very white and makes a very economical limewash paint when mixed with water. It can also be used as the basis for other inerior decorative finishes and easily coloured with pigments.


    Hmmm...and is this stuff readily available or do I have to order it online from a one-man band located in a small hut deep in the Pyrenees? [kiss]

    Edit: I'm rather disconcerted that Googling 'chaux aimos' has only produced 36 results...

  11. Actually I don't care if it's lime-based, I just want a white, breathable paint to go on a wall of pre-painted lime render! The wall must've been painted years ago and it's not emulsion. It's very powdery with a matt finish so I don't want to throw emulsion onto it. This is France! Land of limestone houses and renovations, and can I find anything suitable at the local brico? No. It's all emulsion this, that and the other.

    WHY don't they sell the stuff??

    Honestly, I could scream sometimes [:'(]

  12. [quote user="Chancer"]

    [quote user="Théière"]What's wrong with the panels, they fill the void. If your insulation is loose enough to fold back on it's self then that's not much insulation so it won't work effectively.[/quote]

    Speaking from my point of view, 100mm laine de verre revetu semi rigide @ €4.71 per square metre versus British Gas subsidised 200mm fibre glass split to 100mm at 15 pence per square metre.

    Even less if you include the profit that I made when I sold on the excess of 24 rolls but that was to cover the ferry costs etc.

    I have a lot of metrage to do with ceilings, cloisons and external walls on all 3 floors.

    I wish I been around during the silly weekend when they were selling for 89 per roll, it made 3 for a fiver seem expensive!


    But this is France, land of the rip-off! [Www]

  13. [quote user="BIG MAC"]It usually stays put if cut correctly if you are having bother then staple some paper tape/ scrim across the studs?[/quote]

    Ah ok, I understand the principle. Nice idea

  14. I've built partition walls for the bathroom and hallway using wooden chevrons (much to the disgust of my French builder acquaintance). I've plasterboarded one side and now the wiring and plumbing is installed I can put up the other side of plasterboard. Before that I need to get some insulation. I'm planning on using the roll type laine de verre insulation rather than the panel type so my question is, how do I attach the insulation to the wall so that it doesn't fold back under its own weight as I'm putting it up?

    What have other people's experiences been?

  15. [quote user="Théière"]Toupret or not Toupret that is the question [;-)][/quote]


  16. [quote user="Sunday Driver"]

    Enduit de rebouchage



    Ah! Merci bien, monsieur! [:)]

  17. [quote user="Sunday Driver"]

    Platre = plaster

    Enduit = Polyfilla

    Mortier = mortar

    Colle = glue



    Indeed, but I thought 'enduit' was a blanket term for dozens of different types of finishes, including plaster and chaux! What type of enduit is 'filler'?

  18. [quote user="ericd"]Sorry but once a house always a house so there would be no issue returning it to its original state.[/quote]

    That is not true. My brother wanted to rebuild a house in the Massif Central but was denied planning permission. The house was four stone walls with no roof and no floors and the answer was a resounding 'non' even though it had been lived in within the last 20 years or so.

  19. I just want some filler, some bog-standard white filler of the type that you can buy by the tubfull as Polyfilla in B&Q. I don't mind if it's a powder that I mix myself but what the hell is it called over here!! Platre, enduit, mortier, colle??


  20. I don't know about anyone else but the weather here has been appalling for weeks! We had literally sweltering temperatures about three weeks ago, for a couple of days it was 30C in the shade, and since then it has been overcast, humid and almost constantly raining. It's almost like being back in the UK.

  21. Oops, I thought it was going to be another of those 'rudest people in Europe' polls [:$]

  22. Thanks for the replies. So it's to do with the guarantee on the installation of the works. I'll have to phone him and ask whether there are certain outlets he wants me to select stuff from. I don't like the idea of not having complete and total control over exactly what is put in the bathroom.

  23. Is this normal? I said I wanted to buy stuff and get him to fit it but he made a great song and dance about it, insisting that he had to buy it himself and then bill me for it. He suggested going for a shopping expedition with him so I could tell him what I wanted.

    I am not happy with this. I want to buy what I want when I see it e.g. shower, toilet, bath, etc. and then get someone in to install it.

    Does anyone have a similar experience to relate?

  24. [quote user="cooperlola"]

    This sort of thing?



    Yes, sort of, but not in Paris [;-)]

    Edit: I think I've found one near Civray: http://atelierstjeanbosco.fr/

    I will visit and see if he can fulfill my needs

  25. I've finished laying 14m3 of old flagstones that were already in the house but I'm just over 1m3 short of what I need. I've tried sourcing reclaimed flagstones and it's proved difficult with none of the reclamation sites I've visited having what I want. I've decided to try and get the missing slabs made-to-measure out of new limestone. The problem is that I don't know where to go. I'm in a triangle between Ruffec, Civray and Confolens. I've tried looking under carrelage, tailleur de pierres, etc. but I can't find an outlet that might be able to supply what I need.

    Can anyone help with the search?


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