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  2. binky

    Solar Panels

    you won't like my prices
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  4. Murdoch

    Solar Panels

    Thanks Off out now for the rest of the day , will pm you tomorrow - really interested in getting a good idea of costs - interested in an install in Woking?
  5. binky

    Solar Panels

    you have to tell them what inverter you have fitted. Now, the chances of anyone popping in to inspect it is basically nil! BUT, if somethig did happen that melted the local tramsformer, then they may well check ut the inverters in the local area and force you to shut it down. As it happens, it's nit that much of an issue, you get nothing for feeding back to the grid currently, and it's not often you will be using 3.68 kW in the house. What solar is best for is wiping out background loads, like the PC, fridge, phone chargers etc etc that tend to be left on all day using leccy in th background. Time it right and you can power the wshing machine, dishwasher etc ectc. Plus, it's not often the panels will be working at max output, that's why we talk about 4 kWp - p being peak. Most of the time there is a bit of high level cloud, moisture in the air, and a bit of dirt on the panels. If ypu really are interested in a set of panels PM me dimensions of your roof and I can get a set of kit delivered to your door.
  6. Geoff1946

    Solar Panels

    If the registered installer requirement has been dropped then presumably there is no longer any effective control of upload. They can't have it both ways. Under the old FIT scheme like I have the invertor specification had to be approved at installation, and every time I send in a reading I have to state that my system hasn't been modified. Presumably if I did declare modification, (or was caught doing it but not declaring), I would be kicked off the lucrative tarrif I'm on.
  7. Murdoch

    Solar Panels

    Re the 16A limit ........ how would they know its more than that? I can see online suppliers selling DIY kits for around £4K ....... mind you, I'm not going on the roof!
  8. binky

    Solar Panels

    the limit is 16A, which is roughly 3.68kW inverter. Up to 16A your DNO can't stop you, over 16A they can tell you to turn it off. Now a 16A limited inverter can take more panels than that, some as high as nearly 5kW, although that# not worth ding unless you have a split array. Not sure what insurance companies will make of diy solar panels?
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  10. From my experience of many electric showers, they tend to have a small mesh filter at the water inlet connection. (This is to stop debris coming up the pipe and damaging the internals of the shower). Have you actually removed the inlet connection pipe to (1) check the filter is clean, (2) measure the inlet water pressure. (Triton tend to quote between 1 & 10 bar IIRC). Random spraying of WD40 is probably as much use as washing and "Turtle-Waxing" a car to get it though an MOT. Basic rules of any fault finding are (a) Check all relevant elements are within manufactures specifications. (b) Assume nothing. (c) Verify everything. I have known water authority work out in the street to allow some grit and debris to flow along the incoming rising main and limit or restrict flow to taps and showers. Doc H.
  11. roys

    Solar Panels

    Aww Murdoch get it fitted, I got my system fitted in 2012, no regrets, mine is FIT registered and had to be fitted by a MCS installer, however since then the inverter has been changed and at the start of this year I took all the panels of my roof, got a roofer to retire it (tiles and battens 55 years old and done) and once it was done I put all the panels back on, on a Sunday morning. Think I had my panels of for a year. If I was to move house and I had a suitable roof I wouldn’t hesitate to fit a system myself as the MCS registered installer for FIT payment is dead. As Dave says all you have to do is inform the DNO (below 4kW ish I believe).
  12. binky

    Solar Panels

    will work a treat then. Lets be honest leccy isn't going to get cheaper - the Chinese will be drainng money out of Hinckley point.
  13. Murdoch

    The strange workings of the human brain .

    Re the lottery, I have used the same numbers since the 2nd week the lottery ran... had my fair share of 3 and 4 number winnings. that said I don’t smoke and don’t drink much so a a couple of quid a week and about 50 % of that going to good causes is ok for me fingers crossed, tomorrow it could be me
  14. Evans Electric

    The strange workings of the human brain .

    Had a disagreement with friends once , their lottery numbers were her birthday numbers . My argument was , a random lottery ticket has odds of 40,000,000 to 1 on winning , to win with the numbers of your birthday must be a trillion to one . Good to hear ! Missus says I'm still in the '60s . ( Something to do with that Buddy Holly CD in the car )
  15. Doc Hudson

    The strange workings of the human brain .

    Or maybe it does show you the lottery numbers, but you are so far ahead of you time that the numbers you get are not quite in synch with the week that you decide to use them! Doc H.
  16. kerching

    The strange workings of the human brain .

    Yep, quite often it just shows that we are ahead of our time! never tells us what the lottery. NUmbers are though
  17. Not working today , missus is already up waiting for the district nurse who tends to be early , I'm trying to get myself some breakfast down my neck before she comes , when out of the blue I think ..... " I can just see Paul & Shirley turning up , me half way through breakfast , Nurse sorting the missus , dog shut in back room creating , no extra food in the house etc." This scenario is so highly unlikely as cousin & wife moved to live on Kalymnos 7 years ago . Why should I think of that occurring ? An hour later , no nurse , phone rings , missus shouts through , "Its not the nurse its Paul & Shirley , they're on the M6 heading for Brum get kettle on " A few strange things have happened over the years , one that proved the pudding was in the '70s , working on the main sw/gear in a school basement with another sparks. I actually said to him out loud , "I just had one of those odd feelings , imagined John ( supervisor) rattling down those cellar steps and saying " ...... a certain sentence , I've forgotten what it was now . Two minutes later , footsteps rattling down the stairs , John bursts in and said those very words . The sparks with me , who was a black guy , is staring at me with the biggest white eyeballs you ever saw in a dark cellar . True story . Does anyone else get the old de ja vue ,s or whatever . ?
  18. Murdoch

    Solar Panels

    Nice one. Thanks. our roof is facing almost due south with absolutely no shading .....
  19. binky

    Solar Panels

    with tat sort of leccy use it is worth considering . Nothing to stop you doing it yourself, you only have to motify the DNO. A kit of arts, new, not second hand stuff that ProDave bought comes in around £2,500 inc VAT, assuming you use about half the leccy that would be a saving of about £400 per year. Factor in scaffolding and help of a roofer say £3,500 / £4,000 total.
  20. binky

    Solar Panels

    precisely, it's rediculous, it wouldn't cost that much more to install a 3/4 kw system, but...
  21. have to say, I've gone off QVIS, their Viper range seems good, but I fitted 4 of their 'own brand' cameras earlier this year, 2 have misted up internally, and 1 failed altogether after about 4 months. Don't need non-sense like that.
  22. ProDave

    Solar Panels

    Insulation is part of the energy saving and the most obvious bit. We have a lot of insulation and decent quality triple glazed windows and doors. The next thing is air tightness. Our house is sealed with an air tight membrane covering the whole of the inside and the windows don't have vents. Instead we have an MVHR system (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery) That extracts otherwise wasted heat from the exhausted air and puts most of that heat back into the fresh air coming in. The air tightness thing would be very hard to get right on a refurb, it really has to be thought of at build time. And as I say the silly part is that does not cost much, it is mostly attention to detail rather than anything hugely expensive.
  23. Murdoch

    Solar Panels

    I can't imagine it getting cheaper. I've wondered about installing PV ............ ATM with 4 "adults" in the house we are using over 5000 KWH per year - so there has to be some savings to be had - but at what cost? I did run in a cable from the loft to the fuseboard. As for the heating costs, when we refurbished the house, (its a 1980's house), there is more insulation, but its difficult to do more than turn the heating down and put on a thicker jumper - then the missues turns up the heat!
  24. ProDave

    Solar Panels

    That assumes electricty stays as it is today. If electricity goes up my 6 year payback could shorten. Yes I am "doing my bit". My new build is virtually to passive house standards (though not certified as such) Very well insulated and air tight. Heated with an air source heat pump and the solar panels help to reduce the electricity bill somewhat. So far since the PV going live in January, I have only exported 105Kwh the rest has been self used. Even if I qualified for this new export payment scheme (which I don't) I would have received less than £6 so far. Last winters heating bill was £234. There is scope for that to come down as there are a couple of details of the house not finished that will be allowing some heat loss. If I don't get an EPC A when it's finished I will be disappointed. What annoys me is it is not particularly expensive to build properly, but very few seem bothered to try and make something better than the average mass built leaky box.
  25. Murdoch

    Solar Panels

    That's very impressive - did you flat line the cost of lecky over the 6 years or add price increases per year So not only are you saving money, its you doing your bit for the planet too
  26. ProDave

    Solar Panels

    Typical of mass market house builders, they probably only fitted them to get a few more SAP points to scrape a pass through building regs. They are not the least bit interested in building good houses, just houses that scrape through building regs as cheap as possible.
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