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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
These two books are the perfect starting place to help you get to grips with one of the most vitally important aspects of our society - our homes and living environment.

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    • CommentAuthordickster
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2018
    So proud, got our water usage down to 13 cubic metres a year, 2 peeps, 3 dogs, rainwater to old septic tank used for flushing and washing machine.

    Standing joke amongst our friends that Dickster's just slightly anal about, for instance, the washing up, leaving old water in bowl to pre rinse the next batch of dirty dishes, etc etc etc.

    Got round to clearing the french drains of leaves last week (a tad later than I should have), noticed slight damp patch near water mains in. Before we built, joined new blue pipe to existing black plastic mains, suprised it wan't rusty old iron.

    Come Thursday her outdoors says "come and look at this", so I did. The ditch down the side of our house full and running water into the stream, so I says "XXXXXXXX!". Over to the meter next to the track, orbiting very nicely. "XXXXX!"

    Started digging, new blue, old black, but still bubbling away from below, then old rusty iron! Carried on digging, found leak at 1.4 meters down on our side, so our responsibility. Pipe had large pea sized hole in it. Trench constantly filling up with ground water, my water!

    Good old bodge repair round pipe, no real chance of proper job, obviously need new mains, so not too bothered that it leaks at 12 litres per hour. Will keep stop cock off until water needed.

    With that done, need a shower (2 days grime). No shower! Despite my best efforts at draining down and flushing pipes, crap has blocked boiler. Hurrah!

    Panic over, time to read meter. Water "used" since May......200 cubic metres.:cry:
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2018
    "Best laid plans", 'n all that, I sympathise. I'd be kicking myself for weeks.
    Perhaps time to institute monthly meter reading to detect any out of line readings that would indicate leaks. Water eventually will be seen but gas could leak for ages before noticed (even with the smell)

    We read meters monthly anyway for monthly billing.
    • CommentAuthordickster
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2018
    Hi, fixed the boiler, loads more sand flushed out.

    Thanks for your comments, have to check with Bournemouth Water as each utility has their own code of practice. Theirs is a discretionary reduction depending on circumstance. Watch this space.
    • CommentAuthorSilky
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2018
    been there, thankfully wasn't metered at the time, but water running under the house for a couple of years(!) before the penny dropped.. simple thing is to switch the heating off and listen at pipes, even a leak far from the house can cause a hissing noise in the pipes, no leak and everything should be silent ( as mine was after fixing ).
    • CommentAuthordickster
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2018
    Leak fixed, found where Bournemouth Water's blue joined old iron, where the stop cock/tap used to be 2 metres out on the forest. So now have blue pipe all the way with only one joint buried off site.

    Bournemouth Water says they'll credit the loss, even though it's not their fault.

    Great. Shower packed up again, but boiler good, so taking thermostatic shower control to bits this PM to de-sand it.

    Joy of joys.
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