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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthordickster
    • CommentTimeNov 20th 2017
    I tested a piece of insect mesh I had lying around. It worked so I ordered up a roll. Sorry, can't remember where from or product name.
    Thanks Dickster. But it was fibreglass though? I know someone did it with mesh also (maybe on ebuild or BH). I would prefer FB as i still have scars from installing the last lot of steel mesh for the cladding!
    @ Nick: Not sure what size Dickster went for, but I bought a roll of No 16/18 of this stuff: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150mm-x-30-Metre-Roll-Soffit-Insect-Mesh-18-x-16-Black-Fibreglass-Woven-Mesh/131937980033

    holes seem large enough for water and small enough to catch most debris. Bird sh*t sticks to it though but a few rainy days will clear that I hope.

    @Dickster: I managed to lift my bottom row of slates and carefully slide the mesh between the slates. I then need to put the copper rivets back (you don't seem to have needed them on your roof) and that should fix the 'top'. I will then squeeze the mesh onto the gutter using the existing clips for the gutter support brackets and then dollops of superglue. Just wondering whether you recall which one you used on your steel? Most of the stuff is water 'resistant', so I had my eyes to something water proof like this:


    Hopefully it won't degrade too much in the sun.

    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2018
    Here is my DIY leaf extractor at the bottom of one of my downpipes, I save rainwater for flushing toilets so important to keep leaves out, it works perfectly and no ladders to climb.

    @Tony Thanks. I came across your leaf extractor and had already copied your pics for future reference! Roofart (Cheaper than Lindab) don't appear to do a leaf extractor so will have a fiddle with some of the leftover piping in the summer when the house will hopefully be done...and by which time it will have stopped raining.

    Was your design from two pipe ends joined with a couple of screws? Would seem the easiest way to do it especially trying to cut the steel (copper in your case?).

    With the mesh in gutter, leaf extractors at bottoms of all downpipes i hope there will be minimal leaf matter ending up in my disused (and empty!) septic tank at bottom of garden. My thoughts were to use a pump (using Pv in day) to get the water into the roof space into a tank for washing machine and toilets. Getting it direct from my roof was too cumbersome. I'll no doubt do a posting about that nearer the time! Back to plasterboarding now...
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2018
    I adapeded something called an ‘in-line outlet’ by adding the copper wires
    • CommentAuthordelprado
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2018
    you can also ensure your hopper has a trap in it, which is what I have done.

    Like this

    Posted By: kentishgreenWith the mesh in gutter, leaf extractors at bottoms of all downpipes i hope there will be minimal leaf matter ending up in my disused (and empty!) septic tank at bottom of garden.

    All septic tanks and cess pits that I have known leak, so it would be interesting to know how much water you can retain in the tank.
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