• Electrical

    Collaborative Electrical Rewire – Part 6a : Follow up – Adding Sockets to Radial Circuit

    28th August 2017 One of the reasons for having individual radial circuits for the sockets in each room was to enable easy alteration in future – for example – to add new sockets as needed. When we did the initial whole house rewire in December 2016, we just put a single socket in each room apart from the kitchen, where we installed two sockets on it’s own ring circuit to allow for higher draw appliances. I had an extension for my computer running from one side of my room (middle bedroom) to the other for a while & decided to finally do something about it! I switched off the circuit…

  • Research & Resources,  Tips & HowTo,  Woodwork

    Old vs new methods

    The 120 year old fixing… The twisted wooden peg, a.k.a the ‘dochen’ made from temperate softwood is a wonderfully strong fixing point you will find throughout older houses if you have cause to peel back the layers. I never knew about them until learning about hempcrete insulation retrofit, and seeing photos was not enough to truly understand what beautifully simple yet ingenious marvels they are. Only after seeing them in person and putting all your weight into trying to pull them out, do you realise just how strong they are & grasp how useful they can be. They can compress and expand to some extent as needed, retaining a strong…

  • Small Projects

    Local DIY Shop Discovery, Wood Purchase & First Dochens 15/11/2016

    Today we discovered the wonder that is Bishopston Hardware on Gloucester Road, Bristol. This is a fantastic traditional DIY & hardware shop… a veritable treasure trove! It is akin to a sweet shop for adults, with all sorts of handy things to fix stuff with. Everything is well laid out, staff are knowledgeable in addition to being helpful, there is plenty of choice and the prices are competitive. It is one of those places that I might never have ventured in, thinking it may not be able to compete with larger stores due to it’s diminutive floor space – but I am so glad I did. Such places are often…