Friday, 21 August 2015

T-3 days, ish

The builders will be starting a bit later, and the utility room is not quite finished yet (couple more hours work). Mace has spent some time sorting out the worktop for this, and it is looking pretty good.

We need to attach sink fittings and taps, fix it all down, sealant, oil the worktop, and do cupboard doors, board the plinth neatly, and then it is ready to get the tiler in for the walls.

The garage will sort of start on Monday with clearing the old dry lining that was on some of the walls, and getting stuff ready for Thursday. Still have to empty the garage which is scary!

Only a few days and my garage project finally starts!


15 comments:

  1. That socket looks awfully close to the sink - I'd be nervous about splashes etc...

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    1. Hmm, may need moving... We'll have a sparky in next week and we can check.

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    2. SOCKET OTLETS NEAR SINKS

      Regulation Referred to 512.2.1 BS 7671

      BS 7671 does NOT specify a minimum distance between a sink and a socket-outlet.
      However, Reguation 512.2.1 does require due account to be taken of external influences"

      They go on to say that sockets, " ideally should be installed 1000mm away from the sink. In many instances this is impractical and where this is the case 300mm is a minimum acceptable distance."

      But I can't refer to my green book right now as I'm laid up with flu.

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    3. 300mm horizontally from the electrical fitting to the edge of the sink/drainer is considered "acceptable"

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    4. Ah, good, builder is coming in Monday to check anyway, and sink not yet connected, but edge of sink to edge of socket is 319mm anyway.

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    5. Oh, wait, that was straight line, horizontally is probably much closer to 300mm, but that is a crazy guideline - does that mean you cannot have a socket above a sink even if 10m?

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    6. Well, I think they are going to be moved, to be honest.

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    7. *cough* Yellow book, Alex...

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    8. Mine's green. Not bought the yellow one yet ;)

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  2. You can have one above a sink, but it should be more than 300mm above it. Not really a crazy guideline, have you seen the zone layout for bathrooms and sockets? now that's crazy precise...

    I can't find anything that says they must be, but building regs might pull you up on it also.

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  3. The single socket on the left hand wall looks so tight above the worktop that it may be impossible to plug things into it. The cable always comes out of the bottom of a 13A plug, and there's simply no space.

    And I see someone has caught the "belfast sinks are trendy" meme. There was a reason we got rid of them all 30 to 40 years ago, they're very deep so if you bend over to wash things in them you hurt your back, and if you drop things you can crack or chip the porcelain. Stainless steel sinks are much more practical I feel. I'm sure you'll say it was your wife's idea.

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    1. Yeh - planning to move that socket too, and yes, wife's idea.

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    2. Had she had a porcelain sink before? Helen wanted one for the new kitchen, and the existing kitchen here has one, and we both hate it. Going to be a nice stainless steel one I think when it finally gets done :)

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    3. She likes the one in the kitchen...

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  4. Butler sinks... terrible terrible things, they suck all the heat out of the water.

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